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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 will also write for Saturday's editions. Go, bog, go!)

*Guy-Roland Kpene seems ready after his long rehab from the hamstring injury, but figure on Moreno and Luciano Emilio starting up top Saturday.

*Bryan Namoff (hamstring) has started jogging and will know more about his status and timetable next week. "We've turned the corner," he said. "I just don't want to come back too early."

*The Latin American Festival begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with music, food and dancing in picturesque Lot 8. Peruvian legend Nene Cubillas and former Honduras star Gilberto Yearwood will sign autographs from 5 to 7 in Lot 8 and then kick out the first ball.

*DCU officials met with Metro, police, security and stadium representatives Wednesday to discuss the David Beckham-RFK zoo in a few weeks. Parking lots will open five hours early and the gates will open two hours before kickoff (30 minutes earlier than usual). Metro has pledged to add cars to each train on the lines that pass through the RFK-Armory stop. The biggest concern is the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, which has absorbed additional traffic due to the closing of the Frederick Douglass Bridge. A plan will be in place to speed traffic in the far left lane that empties into the back road leading to Lot 8. Team officials anticipate around 20,000 fans taking Metro, but the perfect storm of rush hour, an early kickoff (7 p.m.) and a late-arriving sellout crowd has the potential to create quite a mess.

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2007; 12:48 PM ET
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Riquelme se acerca
al Vicente Calderón

El Atlético nunca ha tenido más cerca el fichaje de Riquelme. El club rojiblanco y el Villarreal ya han comenzado los contactos para que el astro argentino juegue en el Calderón la próxima temporada.
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Riquelme to Atletico Madrid -- this team, without Torres, might be better this year. They had some serious MF problems last year due to injury.

Posted by: RK | July 13, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The SE Freeway will be a mess, guaranteed. And for Northern Virginia commuters, the backup at the Pentagon is a sure bet also. Only way to beat it is leave EARLY. My main concern is if the stadium authority will ipen the other parking lots. At the Barcelona Milan game a few years back, parking was truly atrocious. And in total authority fashion, they flat out didn't give a damn. Tons of people sat down at almost halftime.

Posted by: Chico | July 13, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

can't wait for the bog. watching the big show on mlsnet right now. 1) goldenboy could have had a bit more prepared (or something better to say); 2) who the &#$% is this mayor?

Posted by: sf59 | July 13, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

How many people is the the Post sending to cover Beckspalooza@RFK?

You and Bogmeister for sure.

Wilbon? Argetsinger and Roberts? Givhan?

Hax for the lovelorn teenage girls?

Mark Fisher for the traffic's impact on the community while ignoring the fact that the Nationals play at RFK too?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 13, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"The biggest concern is the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, which has absorbed additional traffic due to the closing of the Frederick Douglass Bridge. A plan will be in place to speed traffic in the far left lane that empties into the back road leading to Lot 8."Hopefully that includes ticketing the rude {expletive deleted] that tend to use the left lane to jump the line of traffic continuing on. It frustrates me to no end that most gamedays (Saturdays included) there's always one guy at the front of the line preventing people from driving straight up into RFK.

"Parking lots will open five hours early"

Does that meant they'll open 8 hours before game time? Usually it's 3 hours. I guess I'll just have to get there around noon and find out. One helluva tailgate thanks to Mr. Spice.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 13, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'll be off from work that day - but, what are the chances that DCU/ESPN/DC Metro/RFK Stadium officials LOBBY LIKE HELL to get the game pushed back to 8PM That would be a real sweet spot for all invovled and it would make the kickoff at 5PM on the West Coast.

Posted by: Andrew (Baltimore) | July 13, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

How did Steinberg get LA and Becks and you get Harrisburg and reserves? I would be seething...lol.

Posted by: Moutaineeer Pride | July 13, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Getting ESPN to change a time slot means an Act of Congress. Just hope the mixed doubles tiddly winks championship from Kuala Lamur doesn't go into OT.

Posted by: Chico | July 13, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Who is this David Beckham guy? I hadn't heard of him until now.

Posted by: quartervolley.com | July 13, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Goff got Ottawa and the Renoir exhibit (though I prefer the Philips Collection Renoir exhibit better). He was also in Germany for the WC.

Posted by: JSF | July 13, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

*I've done enough traveling the last six weeks. More than happy to let Steinberg handle the Beckham madness.

*For the Beckham game here, the RFK lots will open five hours before kickoff (2 p.m.). The stadium gates will open two hours before kickoff (5 p.m.).


Posted by: Goff | July 13, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Posh Spice should give a halftime performance at every Beckham MLS game. Then the fans can throw things at her.

Posted by: Inciteful | July 13, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Like food. Girl need a sammich.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 13, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

""goldenboy could have had a bit more prepared""

For a bit of a wider perspective on Beckham's arrival watch Adrian Healey's "Jay Leno Street Interview" piece on Soccernet.com.

Interviews with everyday Joe's at the beach . .

Posted by: d | July 13, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/index?cc=5901

Look for "Does LA know who Beckham is?"

Posted by: d | July 13, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

ha! rambo's reaction on that video is awesome

Posted by: pat | July 13, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

If I need to get to Lot 8 by 2P, then I better take Friday off, 'cause I'll be in no shape to work the next day (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). One's gotta stay cool with frosty beverages, right?

Posted by: Beaker | July 13, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say I love them opening the lots early. Gives the Barra extra time to get just that much more... clever.

Posted by: d, dc | July 13, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Beckham stats predictions? Put me in the book for 3 goals, 8 assists, and 3 hairdos.

Posted by: New England Guy | July 13, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

NE Guy... love the Becks Hairdo stat. Let's start a betting pool.

Posted by: d, dc | July 13, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

NE Guy: Great guess on the Becks hairdo stat. Wanna start a betting pool?

Posted by: d, dc | July 13, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I think the most importnant Beckham stat will be if he is able to turn the Galaxy around, and lead them to the playoffs. If so, that in itself would be a good accomplishment.

Posted by: DC United Fan | July 13, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

All those lovely midfield crosses of his won't be worth jack if his fellow teammates aren't able to do something with those crossed balls...

Okay, that sounds wierd, but I'm sticking to it... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | July 13, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Pavon can score, right? Landon can too, if its a PK and the goalie dives to one side or the other.

Posted by: New England Guy | July 13, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Juan-John. Bending crosses can look lovely, but there's gotta be a head or a foot at the end of it. That's what I don't see happening. IMHO, the Galaxy should've kept Jaqua just for the target head for Mr. Posh's crosses. Sure, he has a hard time putting a ball in the net from 6m out, but at least he's tall and even a blind squirrel can get a nut every once in a while.

Posted by: Beaker | July 13, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm with DC United Fan - if he can help get them into the playoffs, that will be a major accomplishment. it'd be good for MLS as well (and ratings), if that can happen. I can only imagine the negative press otherwise (or, even more negative press I should say - there will be negative press regardless).

Posted by: SF59 | July 13, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Beckham stats predictions? Put me in the book for 3 goals, 8 assists, and 3 hairdos."

That's for one game, right?

Posted by: noptov52 | July 13, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"I'll be off from work that day - but, what are the chances that DCU/ESPN/DC Metro/RFK Stadium officials LOBBY LIKE HELL to get the game pushed back to 8PM That would be a real sweet spot for all invovled and it would make the kickoff at 5PM on the West Coast."

Kickoff is at 1900 hours EDT precisely because Disney wants it that way, and the other parties you mention probably have very little leverage. (Similarly, the price of expanded TV coverage of the NCAA D1 men's lacrosse tournament was some weird scheduling that drove university administrators crazy.) If Disney had thought that kickoff at 5:00 on the West Coast was a good idea, they would have specified that in the first place.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 13, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Beckham is playing in the U.S.?

Posted by: Tony K | July 13, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Is Landon going to be sad now that he's not the star of the team? Will it lead to three years of depression and an inability to score (penalty kicks)?

Hopefully Beckham will slap the kid around and tell him to grow up a bit.

Posted by: Hacksaw | July 13, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I've decided that

thx,

jay!

is the most pointless and annoying thing on the internet.

Posted by: DC | July 13, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I've decided that

thx,

jay!

is the most pointless and annoying thing on the internet.

Posted by: DC | July 13, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Totally off subject

"Certain clubs have made bids on Eddie in this transfer window (which closes Aug. 15), and I'm sure we'll hear many more," he said to the Kansas City Star. "As far as we're concerned, Eddie's with us. We're excited to have him back.

"Nothing has materialized that would lead to Eddie leaving us. We want him here. He's having a lot of success under this new management. We want that to continue."

So I gather based on these statements there is absolutely no way (even if a ridiculous transfer offer came in) that the Wizards will let EJ transfer to Derby.
EJ needs to go to improve his game and a season in the EPL would do him good. Boo on the Whiz!

Posted by: John | July 13, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, is Alexi Lalas ever enjoying all of the spotlight he's gotten due to Beckham's arrival. He was on PTI tonight. Notice how he got to stand next to Becks in the press conference photo, while Yallop was left to reach around him to "touch" the Beckham jersey. I hear that Yallop and Lalas aren't on speaking terms, but Lalas was praising him today. I'll be the behind-the-scenes circus is much more interesting that all the open hype.

Posted by: Gus | July 13, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I've decided that posting twice is the most pointless thing on the internet.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 14, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

What a blessing that I'll be in England and will miss the circus.

My must-see game will be Blackburn's home opener on August 15th.

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