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Soccer Insider: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

World Cup Matchday: USA-England

[updated] Greetings from Tianjin, where the air has cleared a bit, a breeze has picked up and the sparkling new 55,000-seat stadium awaits two quarterfinals over the next 24 hours: USA-England today, Brazil-Australia tomorrow. You remember what happened 57 years ago in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, right? That massively favored England...

By Steve Goff  |  September 22, 2007; 4:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  World  
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Geeky Stats from the WWC

DeNunzio here. If you read Goff's story on the U.S. Women's World Cup team today on the Web, you may have missed this attractive set of data that ran on Page E1 today (courtesy of ace sports graphic editor Bonnie Berkowitz). Just in case you are REALLY curious and want...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 21, 2007; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Women  
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The Air Over Here

I apologize. I should not have taken a swipe at Tianjin upon my arrival yesterday. (No, um, I have not been pressured to write this.) Actually, a closer look through the haze today has revealed wide boulevards, an amusement park, 12 islands in East and West Lake, a zoo, the...

By Steve Goff  |  September 21, 2007; 3:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Troy Perkins Loses His (Second) Job

(By Kevin Clark - TWP) Troy Perkins knew what was going on in the mortgage industry, of course. His mom's spent 25 years in the business, and he'd spent two years working part-time in the industry himself, starting off as an entry-level loan officer and moving his way into...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Real World: Fort Washington Update

The hair that was. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP) Toward the beginning of the season, I mentioned how D.C. United rookies Bryan Arguez, Kasali Yinka Casal, Shawn Crowe, Guy-Roland Kpene and Kiki Willis were sharing a house out in Fort Washington. Kasali and Kiki, of course, are no longer...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2007; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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DCU Close to Deal With Boca Juniors

After this spring's strategic partnership with Clube Atlético Mineiro, United is getting close to finalizing a similar deal with Argentine power Boca Juniors. There are also negotiations with an as-yet unidentified Chinese club for another partnership arrangement. More later....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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DCU's New General Manager

Later today, United Technical Director Dave Kasper will be officially named the club's general manager. What does this mean exactly? Sort of a matter of semantics. The club's overall organizational structure will not change. Kevin Payne remains the president and CEO. Stephen Zack remains senior vice president, presiding over all...

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Talkin' Tianjin

[updated] Ni Hao! Today's adventure takes us to Tianjin, about 90 miles southeast of Beijing and near Bohai Bay on the Pacific. My initial reaction was the name should be changed to Tiangrim, but that's not fair. I'll take a closer look at the city tomorrow. Anyway, the U.S. team...

By Steve Goff  |  September 20, 2007; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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He's Gone

Yep, Jose Mourinho quit Chelsea. Or was fired. Unclear. Two quick links: - A less-is-more statement from the club. - A report from the Times of London, which includes this tidbit: "He is believed to have phoned Frank Lampard before sending text messages to several other players, telling them only...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 19, 2007; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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On Fair Play

Hey. DeNunzio here. Two items in the Times of London caught my eye today: 1. Leicester City's sporting gesture at the start of its League Cup replay vs. Nottingham Forest yesterday. A goal adrift when the initial meeting was abandoned because Clive Clarke, the Leicester defender, suffered a heart attack...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 19, 2007; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Party On, Garth!

I just received an e-mail from Garth Lagerwey, former MLS goalkeeper and part-time D.C. United color commentator, who tells me that later today he will be named GM in charge of all soccer operations and player personnel for Real Salt Lake. Lagerwey, who played at Duke, is an associate in...

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Writers on the Storm

[updated at bottom with schedule changes] I woke this morning fully expecting to be floating down the Huangpu River, or, if the current was just right, perhaps the magnificent Yangtze, which by the way I hear is lovely this time of year. I would be another faceless victim of that...

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2007; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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DCU Training Notes

Is this the MVP? (Jonathan Newton - TWP) Hey strangers, Steinberg here. Sorry for long-time-no-post. I've been on serious local-NFL-team duty. Will now attempt to vomit up as much from my computer screen as I can before I'm back to local-NFL-team duty. First off, the new acquisition, Jerson Monteiro....

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 18, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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World Cup Matchday: USA-Nigeria

Well, they say there will be a match tonight. Thanks to Typhoon Wipha, it is already very dark at 3:30 p.m. local time with rain pelting the city and flooding streets. I don't see how they are going to play in this mess, but FIFA must figure there is a...

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2007; 3:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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China Storm Watch

With Typhoon Wipha approaching the eastern Chinese mainland, I have been told FIFA strongly considered moving the USA-Nigeria game up to an earlier kickoff Tuesday, primarily to allow the winning team to leave that evening and head to its next destination before the full force of the storm struck Wednesday....

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2007; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where's Bowzer?

I have important news to share. Well, yes, Shanghai is one of the world's great cities and should not be missed during a trip to Asia, but that's not it. Indeed, the U.S. team is concerned about another sluggish start in its Group B finale Tuesday evening against Nigeria and...

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2007; 3:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Behave Yourselves

Tied with North Korea after two matches, the U.S. women could end up winning Group B on, of all things, good behavior and thus avoid a quarterfinal showdown with defending champion Germany. Here's the deal: The U.S. and North Korea are tied with four points apiece. They both have a...

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2007; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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