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Soccer Insider: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

NCAA, W-League and Nicole Cup

A few items to share..... *Soccer America magazine has unveiled its NCAA preseason polls: MEN 1. UCLA -- 2006 finalists but Zizzo is gone and others might go 2. Wake Forest -- u-20 defender Julian Valentin returns 3. Duke -- senior-dominated squad led by Michael Videira 4. UC Santa Barbara...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2007; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Saturday in the Park

I think it was the Fourth of July, People dancing, people laughing, A man selling ice cream, Singing Italian songs The park is actually the DCU training grounds and Chicago (the band, not the Fire) was nowhere in sight. Neither was the ice cream man. Reason for concern: Christian Gomez...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2007; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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FC Dallas to Fans: We'll Make It Up to Ya

In a move to appease fans who came to Pizza Hut Park on Tuesday expecting to see David Beckham, FC Dallas announced late today that it will offer a free ticket promotion for a Dallas-Los Angeles charity match in early 2008. Details still to come. Here is what the club...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2007; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  
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United's Lineup Options

United's regulars were given the day off -- it's been a busy couple weeks -- so I do not have a training report for you today. Sorry. I'll be back out there tomorrow before the team departs for New England. In the meantime, let's speculate on the starting lineup. Fred...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2007; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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What Will Happen First.....

D.C. United scores on the road? Real Salt Lake wins a game? Beckham actually plays? Tough one, huh? Before you make your pick, here's some background: *Since winning 2-1 at Toronto in May, United has scored two goals in seven road matches overall, including U.S. Open Cup and SuperLiga. Both...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2007; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  MLS  
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Freddy Getting Ready

I've got a ton of quotes to share with you from my visit with Freddy Adu at his home in Rockville this afternoon, but first a few anecdotes: *Freddy said that, besides Benfica, Ajax, as well as other clubs in the Netherlands and in France, were most interested in his...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2007; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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SuperLiga Absences

Any player that received two yellow cards in the group stage of SuperLiga will have to sit out the semifinals, which means, for their Aug. 15 encounter at Home Depot Center, D.C. United will be without Marc Burch and the Los Angeles Galaxy will miss Alan Gordon, Kelly Gray and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2007; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Final Four for Freedom

Four years removed from its WUSA championship, the Washington Freedom is on the verge on another national title. As you may have read in The Post a few weeks ago, the Freedom is very much alive and kicking even after the demise of the WUSA in 2003 and has positioned...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2007; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Women  
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SuperLiga Suspense

D.C. United missed its chance to take a direct route to the SuperLiga semifinals with an excruciating 1-0 loss at Houston, but after returning to its hotel late last night, the club settled around the TVs in the lobby and watched the wild America-Morelia match end in its favor. United...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2007; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Match Comments Here

Ignore the previous post. Let's use this new one once the DCU-HOU match begins. DCU's starting lineup is the same as the America game: Perkins, Gros, McTavish, Boswell, Burch, Olsen, Carroll, Gomez, Fred, Dyachenko, Emilio. Subs: Nolly, Mediate, J. Carroll, Namoff, Simms, Kpene, Moreno....

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2007; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (279)
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Superliga Matchday: DCU at Houston

I come to you from Virginia, not Texas. A freelance writer will handle coverage of tonight's match for the Post's print edition. Don't blame the editors; it was my call. With the travel budget in mind, I felt it was better to save the cash for the semifinals and final...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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USA-MEX...Again

We know the Americans can beat El Tri in Chicago and Columbus and Phoenix and almost everywhere else they've faced each other on U.S. soil the last 10 years. Estadio Azteca in Mexico D.F.? (Or anywhere else in Mexico, for that matter?)That's another issue. The Americans are 0-22-1 all-time in...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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"These Go to 11"

The volume went to 11 Tuesday night in Frisco. And Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel was nowhere in sight. Galaxy 6, FC Dallas 5. No, that's not the score of the penalty kick shootout. Four goals in the first 18 minutes. Six goals in the final 18 minutes, including three during...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2007; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McTavish on McTavish

I didn't have room for these quotes in my Wednesday story previewing United's match at Houston, so I figured I'd post 'em here. Devon McTavish, pride of Winchester, Va., and a second-year player from West Virginia University, on his development as a central defender: "I'm getting there. Boswell's got a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2007; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freddy, Benfica Complete Deal

As expected, Freddy Adu and Benfica finalized a five-year contract in Lisbon today and, after returning to his home in Maryland on Wednesday to pack up and say goodbye to friends and family, the 18-year-old midfielder will join the Portuguese club for good on Sunday. Adu, his mother Emelia and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2007; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moreno Is Back

Sort of. Coach Tom Soehn said this morning that team captain Jaime Moreno will travel with the club today to Houston for Wednesday's crucial SuperLiga match against the Dynamo. Will he start? I doubt it. Will he play? If the circumstances allow it. Soehn was able to get a few...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2007; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Beckham Watch

You don't think MLS team officials are getting a little jittery about David Beckham's ankle injury and his availability to play? On the eve of what was supposed to be Beckham's one visit to his club's stadium this year, FC Dallas executive Michael Hitchcock last night took the unusual step...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2007; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Only Two Games??

Colorado's Mehdi Ballouchy has been suspended two games for this cheap shot against Kansas City's Sasha Victorine on July 22. Here's what the league had to say: Ballouchy collided with Wizards midfielder Sasha Victorine in first-half stoppage time of a 2-2 tie on July 22 at Arrowhead Stadium. Ballouchy was...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2007; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Goal in 10 Seconds

Houston scored 10 seconds into its match with Morelia last night. Unfortunately for the Dynamo, it was unable to hold on for the final 89:50 and had to settle for a 1-1 tie, leaving SuperLiga's Group B semifinal berths up for grabs heading into the final matchday Wednesday....

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SuperLiga Aftermath

Here's the situation: United has four points. Houston has four points. Morelia has scratched out two. And Club America, with none, has been eliminated from semifinal contention. United plays at Houston Wednesday with the winner claiming first in the group. However, a tie in that game and a Morelia victory...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2007; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SuperLiga Matchday: DCU vs. Club America

[UPDATED!] Rain, anyone? Sloppy day at RFK. The baseball tarp was covering the infield area to keep the temporary turf from turning into mush before kickoff. Lots of America supporters already in Lot 8 -- a sign that, despite the weather, there will be a nice turnout. First, the DCU...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2007; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Iraq Wins!

Iraq beats three-time champion Saudi Arabia in the Asian Cup final -- a remarkable accomplishment for a country in shambles. Since the tournament's launch in 1956, Iraq had finished fourth (in 1976) but had previously never been to the championship match. More match details here. More than half the field...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2007; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Copa Mundial 2018

As first reported by The Post in February, the United States is planning a formal bid to host the 2018 World Cup and quietly put itself into position to stage the 2010 or 2014 event if South Africa or presumably Brazil is not ready for the tournament. After reading this...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2007; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thanks, but No Thanks

No official confirmation from D.C. United yet, but from I am hearing, Juan Sebastian Veron yesterday turned down the club's offer to play in MLS this season. However, he might reconsider this winter and join up for 2008. Again, this is just the initial buzz I'm hearing. I hope to...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2007; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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