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Soccer Insider: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

The Aftermath

Not a very attractive performance by United -- other than Bobby Boswell's postgame dance routine in the locker room -- but considering the circumstances (four regulars out of the lineup, artificial turf, 10th game in a month), a satisfying result for the club. While the attack labored, the defense kept...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2007; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Matchday 21: DCU at TFC

Greetings from Estadio BMO, which tonight is a little futbol oasis surrounded by the Canadian National Exhibition (The Ex), an 128-year-old summer fair on the banks of Lake Ontario. Ferris wheel? Pharoah's Fury? Human Cannonball? Tiny Tom Donuts? You've got it. As Insider loyalists, you already know United will be...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2007; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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U.S. Euro Update

*Clint Dempsey scores in the sixth minute, putting away a deflection, and compatriots Kasey Keller and Carlos Bocanegra play 90 in Fulham's 2-1 loss at Aston Villa. *DaMarcus Beasley scores for Rangers, a 52nd-minute strike from short distance during a 2-1 victory at Kilmarnock. *Keepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Beckham Down, Bravo Up

Big surprise: David Beckham will not play in Denver tomorrow after playing 90 Wednesday, playing 90 Thursday and aggravating his ankle injury during his team's embarrassing performance against Chivas USA. Coach Frank Yallop admitted, "I used him tonight and I shouldn't have done that. I don't like to put any...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2007; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Sesay to L.A.

The Galaxy has won the weighted lottery for the rights to Israel Sesay, a 16-year-old forward from Sierra Leone who has lived in the D.C. area for several years and attended the U.S. residency program at Bradenton. Los Angeles had the second-best chance of winning the lottery, behind Real Salt...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2007; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Emilio, Olsen Out

Just when you thought United was healthy..... MLS leading scorer Luciano Emilio, who strained his hamstring Wednesday, and Ben Olsen, still bothered by ankle prolems, did not travel with the club to Toronto today and will not play tomorrow night. Neither injury is considered serious and both are likely to...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2007; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Hello, Capello [updated]

Amid speculation that Tottenham was trying to land former Milan/Juventus/Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello, these gems are appearing in the London papers this morning: From the Times: "Capello was in London with his lawyer son, Pier Filippo, to meet representatives of the United States Soccer Federation..." And in the Sun,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2007; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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L.A. in Shambles

Beckham flew 10 hours across eight time zones after going 90 minutes against the Germans at Wembley to play in that mess? Credit to Chivas, and especially Galindo and Mendoza, for a classy second half, but, wow, is L.A. bad. Refresh my memory, who put this team together? Hmmm. The...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2007; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Denilson Checks In

The Brazilian midfielder, whose $40 million move from Sao Paulo to Real Betis in 1998 was at the time the most expensive transfer in soccer history, has finalized a deal with FC Dallas and will become the club's designated player. Most recently, he had been playing in Saudi Arabia. More...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2007; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lottery Lowdown

As we reported here the other day, Israel Sesay, a 16-year-old forward from Sierra Leone has has spent the past six-plus years in the Washington area and in the U.S. u-17 residency program, has indeed signed with MLS and will be allocated through a weighted lottery Friday at 2:30 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2007; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brazil Roster for USA Friendly

Here's who Brazil will have available for the Sept. 9 friendly vs. the USA at Soldier Field in Chicago. So much for fears of them sending a C squad. GOALKEEPERS: Doni (Roma), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan). DEFENDERS: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Alex Silva (São Paulo), Lúcio (Bayern Munich),...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2007; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United on Defense

Following last night's victory over New York, the second consecutive game in which Greg Vanney and Devon McTavish started in central defense and Bobby Boswell watched from the bench, Coach Tom Soehn was asked about the back line situation. His response: "Those guys did a good job in Columbus. We...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2007; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Around the World in Video.....

Germany comes back from an early deficit to overtake England at Wembley. The trashy Sun's headline here.... Hungary responds with three straight goals to humble the Azzurri in Budapest..... And Brazil puts away Algeria in the second half at Montpellier (the goal-celebration audio jingle is to die for)........

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2007; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Aftermath

You just knew the record would come on a penalty kick, right? Three months after he tied the all-time mark on a PK, Moreno broke it with a PK. Not the most stylish route into the history books, but considering how many splendid goals he scored to reach this...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2007; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday 20: DCU vs. RBNY

Greetings from Estadio RFK..... After spending the afternoon at Summer's watching the USA-Sweden friendly and catching glimpses of several European matches, I turn my attention to the United-Red Bulls showdown and a match between a club that has not yielded a goal in its past three league matches and a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2007; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday: USA-Sweden

For those of you at work, I hope you remembered to program your DVR/TiVo for Fox Soccer Channel or Galavision. For those of you with access to video, please join us for in-game commentary. If all goes well at the Chinese Embassy and my visa is ready (for Women's World...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2007; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Briefing

Before we turn our attention to the USA-Sweden friendly this afternoon and the DCU-NY match this evening, some worthwhile reading: *We might not see Josh Gros in uniform again this season. *Abby Wambach scores. *Abby Wambach chats. *My chat this afternoon. *Owen and Smith to start for England. *Freddy has...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2007; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sesay Signs With MLS

Israel Sesay, a Sierra Leone-born forward who has lived in the Washington area for seven years and attended the U.S. under-17 residency program at Bradenton, has signed with MLS and will be available in a weighted lottery this week, sources in the soccer industry said today. Sesay, who will turn...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2007; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News & Notes

Lots to share..... -- Josh Gros, who suffered another concussion Saturday at Columbus, did not practice today and is scheduled to see doctors and specialists this week. I wouldn't expect to see him in a match again for quite some time, and there is some talk that his season might...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2007; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Media Matters

My profile of U.S. women's star Abby Wambach was supposed to run in today's editions, but alas, Michael Vick's plea bumped it out of the paper. The story will hopefully appear soon, but in the meantime, you can get to know Abby during a washingtonpost.com live online chat at 1...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2007; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gros Sidelined

D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros, who suffered yet another concussion early in Saturday's match at Columbus, will not be in uniform for Wednesday's game against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium, a club official confirmed. I will provide additional details as they become available, probably after Tuesday morning's...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Is England

England has significant injury concerns ahead of its big friendly with Germany on Wednesday at Wembley, and it has little to do with David Beckham. Meantime, former England manager Bobby Robson questions in this BBC report whether Becks's decision to play in MLS will impact his international form. "The longer...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2007; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colorado Loses Gargan

Dan Gargan, a third-year defender from Georgetown who started 26 games the past two seasons, has a torn ACL and expects to undergo surgery soon. Gargan, a right back who had just returned from a shoulder injury, suffered the knee tear Thursday night against the Revolution. According to his former...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2007; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Beckham, the Bulls and an Angel

Oh, to have been at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. (I can guarantee you haven't heard that said very often since MLS got started 11 years ago.) Wow. 66,000-plus, nine goals, 42 shots, not much defense, a late game-winner, Becks..... Relive it by clicking here....

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2007; 12:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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