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Soccer Insider: July 1, 2007 - July 7, 2007

Impressionism

With an evening flight out of Ottawa, I had the pleasure of spending a cool, rainy day in the Canadian capital's city center, much of it at the breathtaking National Gallery to see the Renoir exhibit and explore an incredible building. Wonderful city, lots to remind you of Europe, hope...

By Steve Goff  |  July 7, 2007; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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USA-BRZ Aftermath

Where do we begin after this one? Altidore's brace? Adu's brilliance at the end? Seitz's reflex saves? Brazil's wasted opportunities? Zizzo and Rogers' work on the flanks? Wow. I am not going to compare this to the USA-MEX match in the Gold Cup final, but there was an energy and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2007; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: USA-Brazil U-20s

Greetings from Ottawa, where the weather is noticeably cooler than much of the States this week. Very nice..... Sellout crowd this evening for the doubleheader at Frank Clair Stadium: Argentina-North Korea at 5 p.m., USA-Brazil at 7:45. In a surprise, ESPN has decided to show the U.S. match live instead...

By Steve Goff  |  July 6, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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What We Learned.....

After a month of invaluable international competition in a usually quiet post-World Cup year, after a championship victory over a bitter rival and a disappointing performance in Latin America, after a sensational goal to win the Gold Cup and a couple of soft ones allowed in Venezuela, and after...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Chicago Hires New Coach?

Juan Carlos Osorio, who was a finalist for the D.C. United job before Peter Nowak's hiring prior to the 2004 season, appears set to be named coach of the Chicago Fire. Here's the word from SBI....

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchday: USA-Colombia

I am hearing that Bob Bradley has, indeed, decided to field a lineup of players who have either not appeared yet in Copa or have seen limited playing time. That means probably Guzan, Boswell, Califf, Pearce, Nguyen, Beckerman, Gaven, Davies and Gomez, plus two others (Klejstan? Clark?), in a match...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moreno Out

Despite Bolivia's elimination from Copa America, Jaime Moreno will not play for United this weekend at Houston. Moreno and club officials came to agreement that it would be best for him to take a few days off following almost a month of international duty. He will next be available for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS All-Stars and More

Here's your MLS First XI to face Celtic July 19 at the All-Star Game in Denver: Goalkeeper: Matt Reis. Defenders: Jimmy Conrad, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Parkhurst. Midfielders: Ricardo Clark, Shalrie Joseph, Juan Toja, Christian Gomez, Dwayne De Rosario. Forwards: Eddie Johnson, Juan Pablo Angel. Votes were cast by four groups...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Holiday Festivities

While you were watching fireworks..... The Galaxy received a borderline call early and a downright dodgy one late for a pair of Donovan PKs to keep Chicago winless and goal-less since Dave Sarachan's dismissal. Real Salt Lake's glorious one-game winning streak comes to an end, thanks in part to its...

By Steve Goff  |  July 5, 2007; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Aftermath

Over the course of a long MLS season, there are going to be matches in which the result is simply not deserved. Perhaps this was one of them. Kansas City should have had two, three goals in the first half, but because of Troy Perkins's saves and because of Devon...

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2007; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday 13: DCU at KC

Greetings from Arrowhead..... Flashback: 5:15 a.m., National Airport, holiday morning...........and lines at security. Go figure. Whatever. Easy flight, no traffic, let's play. Hot and humid in the American heartland, hardly ideal conditions for futbol. Why is this game being played at high noon (local time)? Because the Royals have a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2007; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Honoring El Diablo

We've known for some time that United plans to honor Marco Etcheverry this fall. Today we learned the details of the tribute match and who will participate: Valderrama, Lalas, Ramos, Wynalda, Chacon, Cinefuegos, LeBouef, Gough, Ramirez......not to mention actors Anthony LaPaglia, Vinny Jones (former Wimbledon hard man) and Jimmy Jean-Louis....

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2007; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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As I Was Saying.....

Sorry for the delay. Having issues with that Internet machine thing. U.S. game? Look on the bright side: All those players will be coming home soon to miss scoring opportunities for their MLS clubs (bitter sarcasm). One of the few to look good and show some heart during Copa has...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2007; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Matchday: USA-Paraguay

USA falls hard in their opener. Paraguay, usually defensive and dull, drops five goals on Colombia. Bleak outlook for the Americans this evening? Nah. Although a victory by an inexperienced U.S. squad is a stretch, we should see a competitive match. Okay, all you Bob Bradleys out there, what's your...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2007; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Raw Soehn

Tom Soehn's thoughts on Casal and the trade..... "We had a lot of conversations on being a two-way player and the importance of [Casal's] defensive responsibility. We saw a lot of potential, and that's why we brought him in, and the inconsistencies...he'd play reserve games and instead of being one...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2007; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Injury Update

Guy-Roland Kpene (hamstring) is not participating in training today, so expect Nicholas Addlery to get the call alongside Luciano Emilio on Wednesday vs. K.C. at Estadio Arrowhead. Bryan Namoff (hamstring) is more active than Kpene today, but not much. Unless he shows significant improvement over the next 24 hours, I...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Casal Released

D.C. United has released English midfielder Kasali Yinka Casal, freeing up another senior roster spot. The club had asked Casal to accept a developmental contract, but, according to technical director Dave Kasper, Casal's unwillingness to do that and some homesickness resulted in his departure. Casal is free to pursue European...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2007; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goals, Goals, Goals

Columbus-New York: Lots of chances, but only Kamara's goal. Galindo seals Chivas USA's victory over New England. K.C. and Toronto are even. Vinotinto! Down goes Moreno and Bolivia: Robinho scores 3 (questionable PK, brilliant final goal): No stopping Nery and Mexico: USA-S. Korea, Under-20 WC (beware of excitable announcers):...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2007; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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