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Mercenary Territory

On this glorious Columbus Day, we pay tribute to Lowell George and Little Feat on the 30th anniversary (sort of) on their recording of "Waiting for Columbus," one of rock's greatest live albums.

Using song titles, let's cover some ground on a variety of topics:

"All That You Dream"

In the latest issue of World Soccer, Freddy Adu looks back at his DCU days and says, "I honestly felt like I was over-coached. I had never played outside midfield before in a 3-5-2, and there were a lot of defensive responsibilities. I'm not the greatest defender in the world, and it was a tough system for me to adapt to. There were so many things put in my head that when I was on the field my confidence wore thin." Next month: Peter Nowak's response (yeah, right).

"Spanish Moon"

FourFourTwo magazine unveiled its top 100 players in the world and, although No. 1 is a Brazilian playing in Italy (Kaka) and No. 2 is a Portuguese in England (Cristiano Ronaldo), five of the top 10 compete in La Liga (Ronaldinho, Henry, Messi, Eto'o and Cannavaro). You should also know that the highest rated player from CONCACAF is a Honduran, No. 39 David Suazo of Inter Milan, and the only MLS player is Beckham at No. 43. One Mexican (Nery Castillo) made the list at No. 95. Sorry, no Americans.

"A Apolitical Blues"

I have watched in amusement as the exchange between our hard-working Bog Man, Dan Steinberg, and soccer-hating Marc Fisher has unfolded in my absence. No way am I entering this fray, but it should be noted that, if we are going to discuss teams "struggling" to draw crowds, the Washington Capitals' home opener on a Saturday night did not come close to filling an arena that holds only 18,000+ for hockey. United is currently averaging 20,458 at RFK.

"Feats Don't Fail Me Now"

A hearty thank you to Steinberg (and Hope Solo's meltdown) for keeping the Soccer Insider humming while I was in China. His efforts, and the contributions of the women's team, made the Insider by far the most popular sports blog and the seventh most read among all subjects on washingtonpost.com for the week of Sept. 23-29. (It was a Redskins bye week, so the deck was cleared for a big Insider performance.) Thanks to Dan and thanks to all of you!

I will jump back on the United bandwagon today and keep you updated on Josh Gros's status, on United's mentality for the final two games of the regular season and anything else that might be brewing. Some other random thoughts.....

Does Greg Ryan still have his job?
Does the Galaxy really have a shot at making the playoffs?
Are the Maryland Terps going to miss the NCAA tournament?

FYI, I will host a live online chat on washingtonpost.com Wednesday at 1 p.m. Submit questions by clicking here on this handy link.

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2007; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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