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Soccer Insider: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

Enjoy the Weekend

Travel day today, off the next couple days. Enjoy the Euro league play, MLS playoffs and college matches (Terps game moved to Saturday evening because of the weather -- see umterps.com for details). You are welcome to use this space to share your thoughts on any soccer matters. See ya...

By Steve Goff  |  October 26, 2007; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU-CHI Aftermath

Considering Emilio and Moreno (27 goals combined) did not start... Considering Moreno was not at full strength in his 45 minutes... Considering Emilio was understandably tentative in his 12+ minutes... Considering they were on the road playing a team that had not lost in seven weeks... Considering they conceded an...

By Steve Goff  |  October 26, 2007; 1:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Playoff Matchday 1: DCU at Chicago [updated]

***LINEUP ALERT: No Emilio, no Moreno. Kpene up top, Gomez advanced a bit, Carroll and Simms clog the middle. Full lineups at the bottom of this thread..... Greetings from gusty Toyota Park, where the temperature is going to drop significantly once the sun dips below the west-side stands. For those...

By Steve Goff  |  October 25, 2007; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
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USSF Coaching Done Deal(s)

Former Colombian international Wilmer Cabrera, whose name first surfaced on the Insider last night, has been hired by the USSF to oversee the under-17 boys' program in Bradenton. This is a significant development, for the fed has turned to a Latin player/coach to run a prominent youth team. Prez Sunil...

By Steve Goff  |  October 25, 2007; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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How Are You, Mr. Adu?

Just killing time here in suburban Chicago..... In case you missed it yesterday, Freddy Adu became the youngest American to appear in a European Champions League match when he entered in the 61st minute of Benfica's gripping 1-0 victory over visiting Celtic. From Soccer America magazine: At 18 years, 4...

By Steve Goff  |  October 25, 2007; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  World  
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Chelsea Highlights

Schalke's goalkeeper has a bit of trouble:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 25, 2007; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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United's Traveling Party

Greetings from Chicago..... I can't tell you United's starting lineup yet, but I can tell you that the 18-man game-day roster will include: Goalkeepers: Perkins and Nolly. Defenders: Namoff, McTavish, Vanney, Boswell and Burch. Midfielders: Olsen, Carroll, Simms, Gomez, Fred, Mediate, deRoux. Forwards: Emilio, Moreno, Kpene, Dyachenko. Please share your...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Goats on the Move

The wildfires ravaging Southern California have impacted Chivas USA. The team just put out this notice: CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007) - Due to air quality conditions from the ongoing wildfires in Southern California, Chivas USA will depart tomorrow, one day early, for its MLS Cup Playoff game at...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Just a Quick Update

The latest name to surface as a candidate to run the U.S. under-17 program in Bradenton is Wilmer Cabrera, the former Colombian international who has been coaching in the New York area and was hired by MLS earlier this year to a developmental role....

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Not-So-Sweet Seventeen

Those of you who have been closely following the U.S. under-17 coaching saga here on the Insider the past week will be interested to know that, in addition to his role in the new academy system, dismissed u-17 head coach John Hackworth has been named a senior national team assistant....

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Morning Reading and Viewing

*Maryland beats Georgetown for the 27th consecutive time and extends its current unbeaten streak to seven. No brawls this time. *Virginia Tech ties at Duke to stretch its run to 13 and remain unbeaten in the ACC. *Greg Ryan speaks for the first time since his dismissal. Meantime, the San...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2007; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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United News & Notes (aka How's Emilio?)

I would love to give you a first-hand account of how Luciano Emilio and Jaime Moreno looked in training this morning, but alas, for one of the few times this season, United Coach Tom Soehn closed practice to the media. Well, not all of it, just 70 minutes or so....

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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U-17 Shake-Up (continued)

Here's the latest on the U.S. under-17 boys' program: John Hackworth is out as coach and will have an administrative role with the youth development programs, I assume related to the new nationwide club system. Assistants Raul Diaz Arce and Keith Fulk have been dismissed, Tim Mulqueen will move to...

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Monday Night Futbol

The votes are in. The ballots have been tallied. The D.C. United team award winners are..... Team MVP: Luciano Emilio. Defensive Player of the Year: Bryan Namoff. Humanitarian: Bobby Boswell. Coaches' Award: Ben Olsen. Fans' Choice: Olsen. Goal of the Year: Olsen (volley vs. N.Y.). Shifting gears..... *What in the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2007; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Ryan Out as Women's Coach

No surprise. The U.S. Soccer Federation has decided to not renew women's national team coach Greg Ryan's contract, which expires at the end of the year. A search for a replacement will begin immediately, USSF President Sunil Gulati said. Ryan guided the team to a 51-game unbeaten streak, but at...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Women  
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United News & Notes (aka Injury Central)

Three days and counting until United's playoff opener at Chicago..... Jaime Moreno (foot/ankle injury) was out on the training grounds today, but only to stretch. No sign of Luciano Emilio (mild sprained ankle). Both ailing players received treatment this morning. The early outlook is that Moreno will be okay, but...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2007; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Greg Ryan Announcement Monday

USSF President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn will address U.S. women's national team coach Greg Ryan's status during a media teleconference at 4 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday. From all indications, Ryan is finished after nearly three years in charge. I would be shocked if they decided to retain...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2007; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Playoffs Are Set

Despite Joe Cannon's heroics and David Beckham's dangerous service in the second half, the Galaxy failed in its late push for the playoffs with a 1-0 loss at Chicago. A tie would not do them any good, so John Thorrington's goal in added time did not really matter. Here are...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2007; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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