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Soccer Insider: July 8, 2007 - July 14, 2007

Matchday 15: DCU vs. FCD

Greetings once again from Estadio RFK..... Happy Halfway Through the DCU Season! (after tonight's match, 15 down, 15 to go) Let's begin with some news: *MF Justin Moose has a sports hernia and will fly to Germany tomorrow for surgery. Expect him to miss a few weeks. *Ticket sales for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2007; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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U-20s and You

Freddy and the U.S. under-20s are on the verge of a place in the World Cup semifinals, but they will need to beat Austria this afternoon in Toronto. Will recent injuries to two of their stars, keeper Chris Seitz and forward Jozy Altidore, affect the outcome? (I assume they will...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2007; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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The Day at RFK

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Light training today. A few things to share before I get started on a Jaime Moreno story for Saturday's paper. (Also, it should be noted that Sports Bogger Dan Steinberg is on site at the Beckham festivities in L.A. and has filed for his blog. He...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2007; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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House of Blues

Chicago is rolling, huh? Good thing they dumped Sarachan. Since his departure, the Fire is 0-2-2 with one goal scored -- and that was a penalty kick. Things have to get better once Osorio settles in and Blanco arrives, right? Right? Any guess as to when Houston might yield a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2007; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  MLS  
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United Injury Status

Defender Bryan Namoff, recovering from a hamstring injury, was limited to individual workouts today and appears unlikely to play Saturday against FC Dallas. Forward Guy-Roland Kpene -- who also has hamstring concerns and could be seen jogging around the field prior to the U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday -- was...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2007; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Conflict of Interest?

During an MSG halftime show on the Red Bulls-Rapids broadcast in the New York area Sunday night, commentator Shep Messing, the former NASL goalkeeper, had some very complimentary things to say about U.S. under-20 midfielder Danny Szetela. Indeed, Szetela has had a very good World Cup in Canada and could...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2007; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  MLS  
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Big Night

For D.C. United, you get a link to the game report and player ratings only (video not appropriate for impressionable minds). For USA-Uruguay and Mexico-Argentina, you get highlights! DCU report here, player ratings there: Nolly 4, Mediate 5, Boswell 6, Burch 5, J. Carroll 5.5, Simms 5, B. Carroll 6,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Matchnight: USA-URU, MEX-ARG, DCU-HCI

A big night calls for a big forum. This is the place for all your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts concerning the under-20s, Copa and Open Cup. I am hitting the road and heading for Landisville. (Has there ever been a Washington Post dateline from Landisville, Pa.???) I'll try to...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2007; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Women's Team Unveiled

U.S. Coach Greg Ryan has named 18 of the 21 players who will head to China in September for the Women's World Cup. The final three slots will be announced in the coming weeks. The Americans will play friendlies against Norway this Saturday in East Hartford, Conn., Japan on July...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2007; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Women  
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In Search of DCU's Lineup

I've been trying to put the pieces together and figure out who will actually be in Landisville tonight for the Open Cup match. Most of the full-time starters are not making the trip. My hunch is that the lineup will look something like this: Nolly in goal. Boswell and McTavish...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2007; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Postdotcom. Venezuela. Canada. Landisville.

What a grand day for Insider loyalists. We'll start at 1 p.m. with a live online chat at washingtonpost.com (where I am sure I'll get plenty of unanswerable questions about DCU's proposed stadium scheduled to open in 2029 zzzzzzz). We've got Freddy and the U-20 lads, coming off their sterling...

By Steve Goff  |  July 11, 2007; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Misc.  
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New Salary Numbers

For those who've been trying in vain to calculate team salary caps, here are some new numbers to throw into the mix (not that you have any chance of figuring out MLS's secretive and convoluted system this century!): Los Angeles forward Carlos Pavon has a base salary of $132,000 and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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All-Star Roster Finalized

Revs Coach Steve Nicol has added Kevin Hartman, Pablo Mastroeni, Landon Donovan, Ronnie O'Brien and Brian Ching to the all-star team that will face Glasgow Celtic July 19 in Denver, while The Commish named the retiring Eddie Pope and Cobi Jones as special selections to the squad. The First XI...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2007; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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DCU Injury Update

[UPDATED!] Bryan Namoff and Guy-Roland Kpene (hamstring injuries) were limited to individual workouts at training this morning and did not participate in regular practice. While Namoff will not travel with the team to the U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday at Harrisburg, Kpene will be among 17 players heading north. It...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2007; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Open (Cup) to Ideas

D.C. United and most other MLS teams are interrupting their league schedule this week for round-of-16 matches in the U.S. Open Cup, which is our little FA Cup. I used to hate this tournament, but have begun to warm to it. I like the idea of second- and third-division clubs...

By Steve Goff  |  July 10, 2007; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Adu, Clavijo, Expansion

A few things to share before I run off to the airport for the flight home from Houston..... -- From what I understand, if MLS sells Freddy Adu overseas, Real Salt Lake would receive at least $400,000 in allocation money from the league, but, based on the terms of last...

By Steve Goff  |  July 9, 2007; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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The Aftermath

You saw Gomez's free kick skip through the penalty area and hit the crossbar, right? You saw Emilio break in by himself and fail to beat Onstad, yes? Well, you saw the extent of United's threats this evening in Houston. Not a very inspiring performance. There are many reasons for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 9, 2007; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Matchday 14: DCU at Houston

Greetings from Houston....... Sorry for the delay....... Here are your starters: *Perkins in goal *McTavish on the right, Vanney and Boswell in the middle, Gros on the left *Fred on the right, Carroll behind Gomez, Olsen on the left *Addlery and Emilio up top Subs: Nolly, deRoux, Burch, Moose, Dyachenko,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 8, 2007; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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