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Soccer Insider: July 22, 2007 - July 28, 2007

Urgent: Freddy to Benfica Very Close

Freddy Adu and Benfica have reached a tentative deal on a contract and the teenage star will head to Portugal on Sunday with hopes of finalizing it. "It's 99 percent done -- the deal is very good," a source close to the 18-year-old midfielder said this evening. Adu told the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2007; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Itchy & Scratchy

Your favorite Insider just saw The Simpsons movie with Son of Insider. Lots of giggles. Do see it. Soon. So, you might ask, how can I get away with such a random item in a soccer blog? Well, amigos, all I needed was the ticklish, 2.3-second reference to the beautiful...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2007; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Good News, Bad News for DCU

[UPDATED!] Bryan Namoff and Guy-Roland Kpene, longtime members of United's Hamstring Club, participated in full-field workouts today. While it would seem unlikely they would play Sunday vs. Club America because of their lack of recent game experience, they could be available Wednesday at Houston or next weekend at New England....

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2007; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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What's the Point?

As promised, here is the latest on the Poplar Point stadium saga from our man David Nakamura. Read and then discuss. Or not. For those of you in support of the project -- and I'm sure almost all of you are -- how do you feel about the notorious Marion...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2007; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA, Year After

Quiet day so far -- other than the expected Wanchope signing with Chicago -- perhaps more news later. In the meantime, I drew up a comparison of the U.S. national team schedule in the year immediately following a World Cup, beginning with 1999. I don't know if we can draw...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2007; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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SuperLiga Aftermath

There's not much D.C. United could do about Diego Martinez's strike in the 79th minute, a half-volley from the top corner of the penalty area to the far side of the net. World-class stuff, no doubt. HOWEVER, United had no excuse for..... *the inability to finish scoring opportunities when they...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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SuperLiga Matchday: DCU vs. Morelia

Greetings from Estadio RFK. If you have not yet read the Q&A with Kevin Payne in the previous thread, please do so immediately. As for tonight's match, United's starting lineup is..... Perkins in goal Gros on the right, MCTAVISH and Boswell in the middle, Burch on the left Fred, Carroll,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Revealing Q&A With Kevin Payne

Here's the latest on DCU's Argentine escapades..... Soccer Insider: What were your objectives in Argentina? Kevin Payne: To look at players. SI: How many did you look at? KP: Several. SI: You told the Insider the other day that you were interested in a couple players possibly available on loan......

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Drew Carey, David Letterman and Iraq

I know I said I wouldn't be back here until this evening, but I wanted to share a couple items: Drew Carey talking soccer with Letterman on the Late Show and the story of Iraq's improbable run to the Asian Cup final....

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Let's Chat in 3...2...1...

Just a reminder that I will host a live online chat on washingtonpost.com beginning at 1 p.m. It all takes place at this link. Submit your questions now. Watch the drama unfold live. Read the complete transcript after 2 p.m. (Surely, we can generate more traffic than that impeccable Svrluga...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Q&A  
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Not Just a Liga -- It's SuperLiga!

Beckham's magic leads the Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over tournament favorite Pachuca on the first night of SuperLiga -- wonderful ball to Alan Gordon for the first goal and then a clever redirection of Cobi Jones's bid for the late game-winner. What? Beckham didn't play? That was Donovan, not...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2007; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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DCU News You Can Use

Quick update from Estadio RFK, site of the SuperLiga match between United and Morelia tomorrow night..... *The Hamstring Boys -- Jaime Moreno, Guy-Roland Kpene and Bryan Namoff -- will not play tomorrow, although Namoff did return to training routines with his mates. "I've finally turned the corner," he said. "Now...

By Steve Goff  |  July 24, 2007; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Because Media Matters

I will be discussing D.C. United and other soccer matters during "Washington Post Live" on Comcast SportsNet this evening. The segment is tentatively scheduled to begin at 5:20 p.m. The show runs from 5 until 6:30 -- it's also available live on streaming video at washingtonpost.com -- and then repeats...

By Steve Goff  |  July 24, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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It's All About Argentina

Ah, Argentina -- Buenos Aires, great steaks, Patagonia, Evita, gauchos........and futbol players. Who needs futbol players? Struggling D.C. United could use one, no? United President Kevin Payne and technical director Dave Kasper are in Argentina as we speak. I just reached Payne, who reluctantly confirmed his location. Why are they...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2007; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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RSL Looking in Argentina?

I am hearing that Real Salt Lake Coach Jason Kreis has taken a strong interest in the Argentine player market and has identified at least two players to possibly pursue. They are: *Edgar Espinola, a young forward who, I believe, is with the Boca Juniors reserves and *Javier Morales, a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2007; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Women's World Cup Roster Finalized

U.S. women's coach Greg Ryan filled the final three spots on his World Cup roster today by naming former University of Virginia star Angela Hucles, Hawaii-born forward Natasha Kai and twice-capped wing defender Marian Dalmy. The Americans will face Japan in a friendly Saturday in San Jose, New Zealand on...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2007; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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The Aftermath

The long drive home from the Meadowlands this evening/morning provided ample time to assess the match and United in general. First, the ratings: Perkins 5; McTavish 5, Boswell 5, Vanney 5, Burch 6.5; Fred 5.5, Carroll 5, Simms 5, Gomez 5, Gros 5; Emilio 5. Subs: Addlery 4, deRoux 5....

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2007; 1:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday 16: DCU at RBNY

[FOR THE RECORD, THIS THREAD WAS CREATED AT THE TIME LISTED AND UPDATED WITH LINEUPS AND TEAM INFO AT APPROXIMATELY 4:05 P.M.) Things that make the car ride from D.C. to the Meadowlands tolerable: *Prius's 52 mpg *XM Radio's The Loft *Smart Tag/EZ Pass *James Fenimore Cooper's rest area So...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2007; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swamps of Jersey

Dulles Toll Road. Beltway. I-95. Jersey Turnpike. Meadowlands -- what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday? Before I depart, a few not-so-deep thoughts: *Did Tommy Smyth really say on BSPN (in case you missed it on the Insider the other day, ESPN has changed its change to become the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2007; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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