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There Is Hope

The U.S. women's national soccer team, fresh off a disappointing on-field performance and bizarre off-field saga at the World Cup in China, will begin a three-game series against Mexico with a friendly on Saturday night in St. Louis. Goalkeeper Hope Solo is, indeed, on the roster, which was unveiled by the U.S. Soccer Federation this evening. There is no mention of Coach Greg Ryan -- read into that what you will, although a coach is not always listed or quoted in a press release before a match.

The only player absences are defender Stephanie Lopez, who will miss the first and third games because she has returned to the University of Portland for her senior season, and midfielder Marci Jobson, who is the head coach at Northern Illinois.

The other matches are Wednesday in Portland, Ore., and next Saturday in Albuquerque.

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2007; 7:53 PM ET
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Comments

So there is Hope for the team!

Posted by: Curious | October 10, 2007 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Ryan is listed as the head coach at the end of the post on the web site. I trust that there will be a good many people at the game (or at least a good percentage of the few who turn out) who are sporting "DUMP RYAN" shirts or the like.

Dalmy and Hucles added to the roster.

Posted by: WNT fan | October 10, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Dalmy and Hucles were on the WC team.

Posted by: Goff | October 10, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hope is only on the roster so the sisters can show the girls of America how to actively shun a teammate.

No. Curious there is no hope for this team until Ryan is gone.

Posted by: Tommie | October 10, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Tommie, I thought Ryan was gone when I wrote that there was Hope for the team. I agree with you that, with Ryan, it's hopeless.

Posted by: Curious | October 10, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

So Hope made the roster, but will she play?

There were rumors during the WC that she wasn't going to fly back with the team.

Goff - do you know if she did come back with the team or by herself?

Posted by: emanon | October 10, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

why are they playing so soon?

is this a way to patch things up quickly?

all sounds like a pr move

Posted by: Panchito | October 10, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

these games were scheduled long before the world cup.

Posted by: Kurt | October 10, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I was on the same flight from Shanghai to S.F. as the team. Hope was not on it.

These games were scheduled months ago as part of what was supposed to be a Victory Tour. If they had won the title, several more games would've been added this fall/winter.

We'll see if she actually plays...

Posted by: Goff | October 11, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Still have a bad taste in my mouth over the whole thing. I bet US Soccer is trying to save face and well, that just doesn't seem sincere. Therefore, I'm not sure if her being on the roster does anything good for me in terms of the way I view women's soccer right now.

Posted by: Sean | October 11, 2007 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Boycott until Ryan gets fired with a voicemail

Posted by: Eugene | October 11, 2007 6:59 AM | Report abuse

So the Mexican team plays Washington Generals to the US Women's Harlem Globetrotters?

Only, given the abysmal quality of play that developed under Ryan, that's an insult to the Globetrotters. Entertaining does not define this US team, and Globetrotteresque skills they don't have.

Hopefully attendance will be influenced by how boring and unimaginative this team has become and those who do attend will be clear about their feelings.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 11, 2007 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: emanon | October 11, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully if we have to build a stadium outside the city it will be in the inner suburbs near metro. I can get to the Dulles site in a couple of minutes but we all know metro isn't getting there til 2020. Arlington or Alexandria aren't as far or as negative as leaving the metro zone.

Posted by: bluemeanies | October 11, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Can't tell you how pathetic this whole thing is. I'm OK with them playing these games that they already had scheduled. I guess they could have cancelled them but that would have been worse. However, why is Ryan still at the helm? Replacing him is not rocket science and coaching that team is not rocket science. Roll the ball out and tell them to go to goal.

Pathetic leadership at the top.

If there is a better time to replace the coach, when is it? We can't wait until after the Olypmics. I'll be staging my own personal boycott of the team.

Can somebody do something?

Posted by: Matt in Tampa | October 11, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

From ESPN.com's Page 2 - Look @ Number 3

Thursday October 11
1 Florida State at Wake Forest: 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
The No. 21 Seminoles travel to Winston-Salem to avenge last season's 30-0 loss to the Demon Deacons. And by "avenge" they're probably just going to try and score more points and win the game ... not kill them.

2 Rockies at Diamondbacks: 8:37 p.m. ET, TBS
The National League Championship Series kicks off in Arizona Thursday ... much to the chagrin of everyone at MLB headquarters and the people at TBS.

3 CD Chivas USA at FC Dallas: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Here's an FYI for MLS -- if you want to be a VIP ASAP with fans and not go MIA or force people to keep their soccer love on the DL, then you might want to rethink some of your team names. Raise your hands if you knew CD Chivas was in California ... I thought so.

Posted by: Can't get on Big Soccer | October 11, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Please tear my 3 buildings down, throw up some serious development and have a stadium that overlooks the Potomac and the Monuments.

Posted by: River Place, Arlington | October 11, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Re: the stadium

This tells us nothing about the chances of the stadium winding up in DC. Standard negotiating practice is to remind the other party you have alternatives. It's a drag they're still in the stage of needing to do that, but it's an indication of how early they are in the process, not what the outcome is going to be.

Posted by: just sayin | October 11, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

River Place; be careful what you ask for, you might be homeless in a year! Only problem with that location is where are you going to put all the cars?

Have their been any discussions about building a stadium on the RFK grounds and then tearing down RFK after its finished? Very much like how a lot of older baseball stadiums are now being done to preserve their location.

Posted by: J-Mart | October 11, 2007 10:01 AM | Report abuse

* I wonder if Abby has thought more about whether she would think that she may possibly, at some point, perhaps, tentatively forgive Hope.

* Have they renamed this the Third Place Tour? How about the Goodbye Greg Tour?

* Is there a big (American) fan base in Albuquerque?

* McFarlane, Chang, et al. invested in DC United for the development opportunities. If they move the team to the suburbs, I expect they will sell. However, this announcement may be gamesmanship to light a fire under Fenty.

* The Globetrotters-Generals analogy is apt, but dissolves when you consider that the Globetrotters have dribbling skills and a transition game.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 11, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Where exactly is River Place, Arlington? Can you post a google maps URL, please?

Posted by: Soy United! | October 11, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I really don't want to go to VA to wacth a DCU game and if it moves all the way to Dulles I'll probably just stop going. It reminds me of the New Jersey Giants/Jets.

Posted by: Mike | October 11, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Where exactly is River Place, Arlington? Can you post a google maps URL, please?

Posted by: Soy United! | October 11, 2007 10:35 AM
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Just look north of the Iwo Jima Memorial and west of Roosevelt Island. However, you should be aware that this site was once briefly considered for a baseball stadium some years ago, but that plan went nowhere, because of community opposition and other factors. Why should we expect a different outcome this time around?

Posted by: Section 410 | October 11, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

River Place:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=1011+Arlington+Blvd,+22209&sll=38.895241,-77.077117&sspn=0.022546,0.043645&ie=UTF8&ll=38.893095,-77.069435&spn=0.005637,0.010911&t=h&z=17&om=1

It's a development on a 99 year lease next to the old USA Today buildings. Lots of financial problems, my ex-wife owned a few of the apartments and lost much money there. There is no parking but it is near the Roslyn metro station.

Posted by: Pedro Burrito | October 11, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Have their been any discussions about building a stadium on the RFK grounds and then tearing down RFK after its finished? Very much like how a lot of older baseball stadiums are now being done to preserve their location.

Posted by: J-Mart | October 11, 2007 10:01 AM
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There has been talk about building a stadium of FedEx proportions and luring the Deadskins back (http://www.nbc4.com/politics/10416500/detail.html). An SSS would preclude that option, as every acre of the RFK site would be needed for the pointyball stadium and associated parking lots, and then some. I strongly suspect that the District would want to keep all its options open at this point.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 11, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

* The Globetrotters-Generals analogy is apt, but dissolves when you consider that the Globetrotters have dribbling skills and a transition game.
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Ha, you missed my apparently not-so-clever "...that's an insult to the Globetrotters. Entertaining does not define this US team, and Globetrotteresque skills they don't have."

I also resent that these games will not be televised...they have taken away my opportunity NOT to watch.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 11, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Just look north of the Iwo Jima Memorial and west of Roosevelt Island. However, you should be aware that this site was once briefly considered for a baseball stadium some years ago, but that plan went nowhere, because of community opposition and other factors. Why should we expect a different outcome this time around?

Posted by: Section 410 | October 11, 2007 11:51 AM "

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Damn, Roosevelt Island looks like a great place to put a beautiful SSS!

(Pls, I'm kidding, so no tree-hugging rhetoric)

Posted by: Soy United! | October 11, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"Ha, you missed my apparently not-so-clever..."

Mea culpa. Short attention sp

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 11, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Mike... the river place location is ONE METRO STOP outside of DC. I think you can make it.

Posted by: d, dc | October 11, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but the Dulles idea is a billion miles away for some of us. I would have to seriously scale down my attendance at games also.
I am sure the team is taking things like this into consideration but, they must do what is best for them and the largest # of fans possible - not just me and my 1/2 season plan.

Posted by: marksman | October 11, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Dulles is 30 miiles from DC. A half-hour drive. What is so undoable about that?

Posted by: Ron | October 11, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Ron-

Factor in rush hour first.

Then factor in that United's fanbase is located mostly within a 60 mile radius of DC but in all directions including Maryland. Moving to Dulles makes a very bad trip for the Marylanders.

Then add in the Metro people. There are some who don't have cars and use Metro. And there are some who don't want to have the zoo of sporting event parking and take metro instead. Dulles severely hampers both those populations and the metro link is planned but there seem to be more attempts to delay and torpedo it than Poplar Point right now. Plus it would be the extremity of the orangish line as opposed to central to the system.

Dulles is the 'we have to build a stadium somewhere and this is the only place that would let us' last ditch sulution. All solutions closer in and on Metro should take priority.

Posted by: bluemeanies | October 11, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Just curious -- why not put the stadium in College Park and share it with Maryland? (Which is need of a new soccer stadium.) It would be near Metro and the Beltway. Presumably, the land cost would be low. OK, schedules would have to be worked out for 8 weekends in the fall -- but that might be a small price to pay for the land. Parking revenues, etc... could still go to United for its games.

Posted by: Curious | October 11, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

RE: Fan base in Albuquerque.

As I recall... The last time the WTN came through we had one of the largest crowds that the national team attracted that year (2004 or 2005 I think). The stadium was pretty full. There was a good sector of Mexico fans in attendance. Soccer is fairly popular here (great weather year-round helps).

For the match on the 20th, the University is booking it as a double-header with the men's UNM team game following the US-Mexico match.

Posted by: Newmexter | October 11, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Just curious -- why not put the stadium in College Park and share it with Maryland?
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I see that the university recently committed to new construction on a 36-acre plot that it owns (http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2007/09/24/daily23.html). Is there any more land where that came from?

Posted by: Section 410 | October 11, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Back to the topic that started this thread:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20071003/news_1s3socpage.html

Posted by: Section 410 | October 12, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Just dying to read of Gulati or whomever: "I flew out to St. Louis and met with Greg in the airport and told him that he longer possesses the qualities I am looking for in a head coach as this team moves forward."

to echo the dismissal of Chastain in 2005.

wonder how long USSF's "pretty quick review" will take?

Posted by: WNT fan | October 12, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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