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Soccer Insider: September 2, 2007 - September 8, 2007

Training Notes: Moreno Absent

[Eagles lose, 28-10, to England.] The headline from training is that Jaime Moreno was excused due to illness. The club says his availability for tomorrow hasn't been determined, but on the afternoon he's being honored for his goal scoring, and just before he departs to join the Bolivian national team,...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Not Watching the Eagles

OK, maybe that was an overly antagonistic headline. Sorry, Dan. Jon DeNunzio here, just creating a thread for those who want to comment on the Euro 2008 qualifiers today. Already a good day for England and Scotland, to name two. Bad day for the Ukraine. The match of the day,...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 8, 2007; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Watching the Eagles

Apologies for the brief diversion from soccer, but since there were a few questions about where to watch the Rugby World Cup, I wanted to point people to Fritz Hahn's Going Out Gurus blog, which has a nice roundup of local viewing options. I'm trying to find the best place...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

Greetings from Estadio RFK's training grounds, where the weather is warm, the sun is out, the spirits seem incredibly high and the press corps is doing some major MLS stat crunching for tomorrow's advance. More on that later. Wanted to give a quick introduction. Many of you know me from...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 8, 2007; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Destination: China

Greetings from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province and, most importantly, home to an Irish bar called Shamrock. D.C.-based photographer extraordinaire Tony Quinn, who will arrive Tuesday, is very happy about this prospect. (McGoff is too.) To review the last 30 hours or so...... *Pre-dawn hours Friday at LAX.....It's after Labor...

By Steve Goff  |  September 8, 2007; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Women  
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The TV Coverage: Tape Delay Galore

Hey all, Dan Steinberg here. I'll write a longer introduction and explanation at some later point. The only standing request is to limit the number of "I Miss Goff!!!!!!!!" comments to a few dozen a day. Trust me, I miss him too. Anyhow, with the powers that be having evidently...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2007; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Aftermath (and the Future)

Strange night, eh? *TV coverage is delayed by a 115-89 college football game *More folks are lined up outside In-N-Out Burger than the Home Depot Center box office *United scores another early goal, courtesy of Emilio *Guzan can't handle Moreno's shot, Emilio cleans up *Despite the deficit, Chivas creates against...

By Steve Goff  |  September 7, 2007; 2:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday 23: DCU at Chivas USA [updated]

Hola from Home Depot Center...... Today I'm in Los Angeles, tomorrow somewhere over the Pacific, Saturday in China. The futbol adventure continues..... Big match for United this evening. They've won six in a row in league play and have conceded just one goal -- a PK -- during that time,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 6, 2007; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (284)
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Travel Day

I will be en route to Los Angeles much of Thursday and won't be able to rejoin you until an hour or two before D.C. United-Chivas USA kickoff at Home Depot Center. In the meantime, read about Ben Olsen , mourn one of the Azzurri's biggest fans and talk among...

By Steve Goff  |  September 5, 2007; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Briefing

*United officials have confirmed that team captain Jaime Moreno will join the Bolivian national team for a friendly at Peru next Wednesday, meaning he will miss D.C.'s match against Real Salt Lake the same day. Moreno will depart following United's game against New England on Sunday and return to Washington...

By Steve Goff  |  September 5, 2007; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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You've Got Questions, I've Got (Some) Answers

How about a chat? How about a live online chat? Wednesday. 1 p.m. www.washingtonpost.com United, MLS, Women's World Cup, U.S. men, U.S. women, Beckham (who?), Poplar Point (huh?), Adu (Freddy), Adu (Fro)......... To submit questions, click on this link and follow the instructions. It's so easy, a caveman can do...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2007; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Q&A  
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DCU News & Notes

Not a lot of hard news to share, to be honest. The team returned to training today and will fly to Los Angeles early tomorrow morning for Thursday's match at Chivas USA. Some of you asked whether Luciano Emilio was injured or upset (or both) when he was removed from...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2007; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Women's League in '09

As Insider loyalists learned last week, a new national women's professional league will indeed wait until 2009 instead of starting up in 2008. Seven of the eight cities/metro areas are set: Boston, Washington, New York, Chicago, L.A., Dallas and St. Louis. (San Jose is the front-runner for the final team.)...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2007; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Okocha, Reserves and Colleges

*Remember Real Salt Lake's failed pursuit of former Nigerian international Jay Jay Okocha this summer? He has ended up back in England. *For those wondering about DCU's reserve match at Dallas on Sunday, it was a 0-0 tie. DCU's lineup was, in no particular order, Nolly, Mediate, North, deRoux, J....

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2007; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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USA Roster for Brazil

Nineteen players -- 14 from Europe, five from MLS -- have been chosen for Sunday's friendly against the Brazilians at Soldier Field in Chicago. Training began today and the full squad is expected for Tuesday's session. Goalkeepers - Tim Howard (Everton FC), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake). Defenders - Carlos...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2007; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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If the Playoffs Started Today.....

I was excited earlier this year when MLS presented its playoff format for this season. Instead of the usual conference pairings -- and for D.C., an inevitable matchup with New York and then New England -- there was the possibility of, say, Chicago vs. Chivas USA or D.C. vs. Dallas...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2007; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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