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Soccer Insider: November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007

Boo-Hoo England

Failure to reach Euro '08 is having long-term ramifications on the English side, namely the next World Cup. No Mourinho, no O'Neill, no Hughes, no Lippi. There is one clear choice. As a nation mourns, cabinet making and auto repair move to the forefront of English competitive pride. Let's reflect...

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2007; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Giving Thanks for Cup Qualifying

BRAZIL 2, URUGUAY 1 Brasil vs Uruguay 2-1 - Eliminatorias Sudafrica 2010.Uploaded by -Rush ECUADOR 5, PERU 1 Ecuador 5 - Peru 1. Eliminatorias Mundial Sudafrica 2010Uploaded by futbolizados PARAGUAY 3, CHILE 0 Chile 0 - Paraguay 3. Eliminatorias Mundial Sudafrica 2010Uploaded by futbolizados...

By Steve Goff  |  November 22, 2007; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Europe to England: Get Out. Now.

So with England's colossal failure today at Wembley and Russia's narrow win over Andorra, the Euro '08 field is set: Switzerland Austria Poland Portugal Greece Turkey Croatia Russia Romania Netherlands Italy France Czech Republic Germany Spain Sweden The biggest disappointments in qualifying: 1. England (huge gap) 2. Ukraine 3. Denmark...

By Steve Goff  |  November 21, 2007; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Expansion Draft Etc.

[UPDATED! The list below is 100 percent accurate -- MLS just put out the official release.] I am told DCU has lost Brian Carroll in the expansion draft. Awaiting official confirmation and the complete draft list very soon. I hear SJ has taken: CARROLL (D.C.) Cochrane (Houston) Goodson (Dallas) Grabovoy...

By Steve Goff  |  November 21, 2007; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video Killed the Blogging Star

Awaiting the MLS expansion draft this afternoon. Getting fired up for the K.C. Wizards' open tryout. Searching for highlights from Venezuela (5) vs. Bolivia (3) and Colombia (2) vs. Argentina (1). (Found 'em.....) Venezuela 5 - Bolivia 3. Eliminatorias Sudafrica 2010.Uploaded by futbolizados Colombia 2 - Argentina 1. Eliminatorias Sudafrica...

By Steve Goff  |  November 21, 2007; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This and That

Yesterday was buzzing with activity. Let's hope today is quieter. Why? Because I'm trying to avoid any contact with a computer keyboard for 24 hours. Some casual reading: The Revs expect Andy Dorman to leave MLS. Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech are in the NCAA tournament. The 48-team field was...

By Steve Goff  |  November 20, 2007; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Full Expansion Draft List

A day earlier than expected, MLS has compiled the list of players available for selection by San Jose in Wednesday's expansion draft. Lots of interesting names, including Denilson and three Houston starters, but keep in mind that salaries and whether players want to remain in MLS will play a big...

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS Cup 2008: Carson

Soccer Insider has learned that Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., has been chosen to host the 2008 MLS Cup on Nov. 23. Chicago and Dallas were the other finalists. Expect an official announcement soon. HDC also hosted in 2003 and 2004....

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United's Protected List

The Soccer Insider has learned that DCU has protected the following players for Wednesday's expansion draft, which will supply San Jose with its first 10 players: Perkins Boswell Namoff McTavish Burch Fred Simms Gomez Olsen Moreno Emilio So United will risk losing Vanney (older; hefty salary) in order to protect...

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mathis Traded

First, Bruce Arena was dismissed. Now, Clint Mathis has been exiled. Could Claudio Reyna be next? Mathis was guaranteed $410,000 this year. It is probably safe to say he will not be making that much next year. Details..... SECAUCUS, NJ (Monday, November 19, 2007) - Red Bull New York announced...

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What Offseason?

MLS Cup is over, now the real fun begins. We were the first to tell you about the salary cap adjustments, the Champions League plan, the foreign player proposal, Chicago's rejection of New York's request to talk to Juan Carlos Osorio and the Red Bulls' interest in Peter Nowak. We...

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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We Are the Champions (League)

Here are the latest rumblings on CONCACAF's plans next year: The 2008 Champions' Cup will go on as planned with D.C. United and Houston as the MLS entries. Apparently, the tournament will start a little later than this year, so expect first matches to be played in March. The Champions...

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2007; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS, Looking Ahead

Three days until the expansion draft. 60 days until the college draft in Baltimore. 74 days (approximately) until training camp opens. 132 days until the 2008 regular season openers....

By Steve Goff  |  November 18, 2007; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday: MLS Cup

Greetings from Estadio RFK..... Cool, sunny morning, chance of sprinkles later. Lot 8 starting to fill up, hopping with tailgaters. The pitch looks (almost) immaculate. Jimmy Eat World is warming up. They're very loud. The highlight of the pregame will be Placido Domingo singing the national anthem. We're also expecting...

By Steve Goff  |  November 18, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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