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Soccer Insider: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

United Wrap-Up, Houston Rally

United reflects on an unfulfilling year and looks to the future. The latest on Poplar Point. Defending champion Houston rallies from two down in the series to defeat Dallas in overtime in front of 30,000. Red Bulls-Revolution tonight (Fox Soccer Channel). Maryland-Virginia tonight. Wizards-Chivas USA late tonight....

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2007; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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United (continued)

*Courtesy of Steinberg and washingtonpost.com, up close and personal video with dejected United supporters. *MLS has narrowed its goal of the year candidates down to 10. As a darkhorse pick, I like Ngwenya's sweet run in the box against Chicago. *Be sure to read my end-of-season obituary in Saturday's print...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Friday Gallery

Check out the Post photo gallery from the United-Fire match. Some stunning images. And for your reading entertainment, Valderrama and a few South Korean players are in trouble....

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2007; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Aftermath (aka The End)

United's got this regular season thing figured out. Now if only they could learn how to win in the playoffs again. Sure felt like Chicago 2005 all over again in that first half and New England 2006 in the second half. United made a game of it at the end...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2007; 12:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Playoff Matchday 2: DCU vs. Chicago

[UPDATED with DCU lineup: Boswell, Moreno, Emilio in] A gorgeous afternoon has given way to a partly cloudy, mostly breezy, cool rush hour -- perhaps a harbinger of things to come for against-the-wall United? Hmm? Hmm? We shall see. For those heading out to the ballpark this evening, keep in...

By Steve Goff  |  November 1, 2007; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
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Countdown to Kickoff

As we await tonight's showdown between United and the Fire at Estadio RFK, a few items to pass along: *Chicago's Diego Gutierrez has been named MLS's humanitarian of the year. According to the league, Gutierrez is a national spokesman for Nothing But Nets, a campaign dedicated to fighting malaria in...

By Steve Goff  |  November 1, 2007; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Ellinger Hired

Former Real Salt Lake coach John Ellinger has a new gig. The United States Youth Soccer Association (US Youth Soccer) announced today that the organization has named John Ellinger to the newly created position of Technical Director. The new position will head the US Youth Soccer Technical and Coaching Education...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News & Notes

Another autumn day, another...... Yeah, yeah, you know the rest. Indeed, training was closed again today. Big deal. Insider loyalists already know the deal: Moreno will start, Emilio will probably start. Right, Tommy? "Everything's right on schedule," Soehn said. So you foresee them available to play 90 minutes? "They could...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2007; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Boo!

To celebrate Halloween, I pose this spooky question: Is D.C. United in for a trick or a treat tomorrow night? Will it be another frightful evening of playoff soccer at Estadio RFK? Or have they exorcised the demons of seasons past and are on their way to a sweet ending?...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2007; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News & Notes

Another autumn day, another closed practice. Hey, blog boy, you wrote that same thing yesterday. Well, yeah, partner, but practice was closed again today. Okay, so I could not see much, no problem. From all indications, Moreno and Emilio are fine (Moreno is further along than Emilio) and don't be...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2007; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brazil and Germany Win

No surprise: Brazil gets the 2014 World Cup. (There were no other finalists.) No surprise: Germany gets the 2011 Women's World Cup. (Canada was in contention.) The official news is available here. Meantime, competition to host the 2018 WC is already heating up....

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2007; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Mornin'

-- FIFA will soon announce the host nations for the 2011 Women's World Cup (Germany or Canada) and 2014 World Cup (Brazil!). -- MLS folks tell me ticket sales for MLS Cup at Estadio RFK have surpassed 30,000 -- an impressive figure considering neither participant will be known for at...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2007; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS Finalists Unveiled

The league has announced the finalists for individual awards: (What, no Beckham?) Goalkeeper (Winner to be announced Wednesday): Brad Guzan - Chivas USA Pat Onstad - Houston Dynamo Matt Reis - New England Revolution Fair Play (Wednesday): Cobi Jones - L.A. Galaxy Michael Parkhurst - New England Revolution Eddie Pope...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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As the World (Cup) Turns.....

So FIFA has decided to essentially abandon the rotation system for awarding hosting rights to the World Cup, which means only African and South American countries are out of the running for 2018 and the United States will have to beat out a European nation, among others. (Boy, the English...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United News & Notes

Another autumn day, another closed practice. Soccer's version of Hoya Paranoia? Banned from visual observations, I'll pass along what I could hear: "Guy!" "Benny!" "Nice, Jaime" "Wide, wide!" "%$*&#" One name I did not hear was "Luciano," as in MLS's goal scoring champion who only played about 12 minutes in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slow Start to MLS Playoffs

Not exactly a dynamic start to MLS postseason. Three goals in four matches, all in first-half play. Higher seeds earn no better than a tie. Average attendance was 14,245 -- 2,500 below the regular season figure despite three games played on Saturday night. The biggest crowd (17,834) came on a...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freddy's Game-Winner

Freddy Adu had scored a couple goals in league cup play. Yesterday, he tucked in the game-winner for 10-man Benfica against Maritimo for his first goal in regular competition. He seems to be a nice fit for the Lisbon club and, despite the early coaching change, is on the right...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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