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Soccer Insider: October 14, 2007 - October 20, 2007

The Aftermath [updated]

That's no way to go into the playoffs, now is it? First, the injury report: Moreno said he hurt his foot, not his ankle, and he said it happened when he stepped in a seam on the brand-new grass field (or maybe he stumbled on the Pros vs Joes football...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2007; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday 30: United-Crew

Greetings from Pros vs Joes Arena (aka Nuevo Estadio RFK), where the football markings from the silly sports reality game show have been painted over but are still visible. Thank your favorite sports commission. Well, we have reached the end of a nearly seven-month regular season, a campaign that began...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2007; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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U-17 Changes

Word is beginning to get around soccer circles that John Hackworth is out after three years in charge of the U.S. under-17 boys' program in Bradenton. The Americans struggled to advance out of group play at the World Cup in South Korea in August and was eliminated by Germany in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2007; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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The Day Before the Finale [updated]

Almost all is well at Pros vs Joes Arena (aka Nuevo Estadio RFK aka Estadio RFK aka RFK Stadium), where Spike TV has completed taping of its sports reality show (I hear NFL running back Smokin' Ricky Williams was a participant). The boxing ring and basketball court are gone, but...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Galaxy Ties, Angel Doesn't

With David Beckham back in action after a long layoff, Los Angeles kept alive its chances of making the playoffs -- barely -- with a 1-1 tie late Thursday night against New York at Home Depot Center. Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel had an abundance of opportunities to tie...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2007; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU Stadium Q&A

United has created a page on its Web site addressing issues surrounding the Poplar Point stadium project and the club's future plans. Click away....

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2007; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Even More MLS/United News

*Several sources tell me that if Dominic Kinnear returns to the Bay Area this winter and takes control of the expansion Earthquakes, assistant John Spencer is set to take over the Dynamo. With both Kinnear and Spencer in place, the number of MLS head coaches who played in the league...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2007; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United/MLS Update

United Coach Tom Soehn gave his players the day off today, so nothing new to report -- other than the fact that team captain Jaime Moreno was traveling back to Washington from Bolivia after not playing in the 0-0 tie with Colombia on Wednesday. Lots of speculation about Luciano Emilio's...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2007; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video Replay

We've got England-Russia. Is that really a penalty on Rooney? Hmmm..... The Sun headline here. Watch the magical end-line footwork by Robinho on the fourth goal during Brazil's 5-0 victory over Ecuador: In women's soccer, the USA thumped Mexico again, this time 4-0 in Portland, Ore., in the second of...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2007; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Matchday: USA-Switzerland

If you are watching the match, please contribute your in-game observations. If you are not watching and are taping at home, go away. Immediately. Thoughts on the other matches today (er, England) are also welcome. USA lineup: Hahnemann Cherundolo Onyewu Bocanegra Lewis Feilhaber Bradley Edu Beasley Dempsey Twellman Subs: Guzan,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 17, 2007; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busy Wednesday

United notebook here. Stadium story there. Fisher's thoughts here. Bog Man's take there. USA-Switzerland this afternoon in Basel (mmmmm, Basel) on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 p.m. ET. Just a friendly, but it sure would be nice if the Americans actually won one of these unimportant games. Whatcha think, Coach...

By Steve Goff  |  October 17, 2007; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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United News and Notes

This week, we will refer to RFK Stadium as Pros vs Joes Arena. Eager for revenue now that the Nationals are gone and confident that the new turf will withstand even the silliest of reality shows, the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission has reached a deal with the Spike TV...

By Steve Goff  |  October 16, 2007; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Pope's Home Farewell, Houston's Victory

Eddie Pope made his final home appearance with RSL during a 1-0 loss to Houston last night, a result that pulled the Dynamo within one point of Chivas USA in the Western Conference with one game remaining. Those clubs will face each other Saturday night at Home Depot Center. Stuart...

By Steve Goff  |  October 16, 2007; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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In Honor of El Diablo

The lineup is set for Saturday's Marco Etcheverry tribute match, which will precede the United-Crew game Saturday at Nuevo Estadio RFK. Kickoff is 5:30 and open to those who have tickets to the MLS match. Etcheverry's squad will be anchored by players from the 1997 championship team: John Harkes, Jeff...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2007; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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MLS's Muddled Playoff Picture

Okay, ready? With help from the MLS communications dept., we can tell you this about the playoff pursuit heading into the final week of the regular season: CHICAGO: Will clinch a playoff spot IF: Chicago defeats LA on Sunday OR IF Chicago ties LA on Sunday AND any two of...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2007; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Copa Mundial 2010 -- Golazo!

This is how you score a goal to win a World Cup qualifier: Jose Manuel Rey, Venezuela stuns host Ecuador..... And as an added bonus, Argentina-Chile:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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DCU Wins Supporters' Shield

Colorado scores twice down a man in the second half, hands Chivas USA its first loss at home this season, 2-1. Shocker. As a result, Chivas cannot beat out DCU for the Supporters' Shield because even if they won their finale and DCU lost to Columbus, United would win the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2007; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Poplar Point Update

It's not much, but here you go....

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2007; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Good Day at the Gate

The four MLS matches Saturday night provided attendances of: -- 27,000 at Home Depot Center -- 25,404 at RFK Stadium -- 22,295 at Gillette Stadium -- 20,083 at Giants Stadium (Not likely to be duplicated today by Chivas USA, which will be without Ante Razov, perhaps for the rest of...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2007; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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DCU Aftermath

First, before we get to United's zip-zip tie with the Fire, let's read Hope Solo's formal statement and apology issued before the USA's 5-1 victory over Mexico in St. Louis: "I would like to apologize to my teammates, coaches and everyone else adversely affected by my comments at the Women's...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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