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Soccer Insider: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Snake River, Wacky Packages and Bubble Yum

This essay has absolutely nothing to do with soccer. Read it anyway....

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's Friday I'm in Love.....

The Insider is "The Cure" for your end-of-the-week blues (hilarious, I know). Some final thoughts before the weekend: The USL, American soccer's lower divisions, has unveiled one-table scheduling for its top two leagues and the playoff rewards for finishing at the top during the regular season. Are you listening, MLS?...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2007; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Choose the Player of the Year

As we await DCU's signing of Veron, MLS to officially unveil the new foreign player guidelines we've already told you about and the Red Bulls to hire a coach, let's have some fun on the international front. FIFA today unveiled the finalists for the men's and women's player of the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2007; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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MLS's Foreign Rule, Gomez Update and More

We told you exclusively here at the Insider two weeks ago that MLS had proposed ditching its senior international/youth international designation and allowing each team to sign seven foreign players, regardless of age. (No longer would clubs be limited to four older internationals and three younger ones.) Now I am...

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2007; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Things You Should Know

*The complete 2008 MLS schedules will not be finalized until probably February, but don't be surprised if the league announces the matchups and sites for the opening weekend (March 29-30) in the next week or two. With a winter lull approaching, MLS would like to provide teams with an opportunity...

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2007; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Injuries, Stadiums, Becks and NCAAs

Good mornin'. Lots of quality reading material for you. Take a look and come on back to share your thoughts. *Sadly, it's looking like American winger DaMarcus Beasley is going to be sidelined for several months..... *D.C. United turns to the Maryland suburbs for a place to play..... *The Beckham-Galaxy...

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2007; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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United Waives Four

As expected, third-string goalkeeper Shawn Crowe, reserve forwards Brad North and Mira Mupier and midfielder-forward Kiki Willis, who left the club in midseason for personal reasons, were let go by DCU. I also hear that midfielder Justin Moose, slowed by injuries and unable to make the game-day roster when he...

By Steve Goff  |  November 28, 2007; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Nowak Gets Started

Peter Nowak, new coach of the U.S. under-23 national team, has invited 22 players to his first training camp. Because of conflicts with European seasons, all but two are domestic based. The group will gather Saturday at Home Depot Center and head to China next week for a pair of...

By Steve Goff  |  November 28, 2007; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Tidbits

A little bit of everything this morning: *I'm told that representatives from both United and the Revs attended the River Plate-Colon de Santa Fe match Saturday in Buenos Aires. They did not know the others were there, but ran into each other at some point. Might they be scouting the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 28, 2007; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Pick a Stadium

Thanks to Sepp and his friends, we now know that the U.S. national team will play its first World Cup qualifier in June, probably against Barbados -- which might not have the most imposing team, but does have one of the planet's great flags. (Gotta love a trident!) We also...

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Ruby Tuesday

*FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper is heading back to Manchester United in January.....for training purposes only. It is not a trial and if, by chance, he is called into U.S. training camp, he will skip the trip to England. Cooper spent several years in the Man U system and was...

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Countdown to 2018

The next World Cup is 2 1/2 years away. The following World Cup is in nearly seven years. So why are we discussing the 2018 tournament? Because FIFA bossman Sepp Blatter said today that the number of nations interested in staging the event might have to be trimmed down before...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2007; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Carroll Traded

We fully expected former DCU midfielder Brian Carroll to be traded after being selected by San Jose in the expansion draft last week. And now it is done -- he's going to Columbus. The Earthquakes also acquired GK Preston Burpo from Chivas USA for a fourth-round draft pick. COLUMBUS, Ohio...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2007; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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MLS Rumblings

*Two sources tell me that Chivas USA's Preki, the MLS coach of the year, has spoken to the New York Red Bulls about their head coaching vacancy. I am also told that the Red Bulls remain very serious about Chicago's Juan Carlos Osorio, even after the Fire denied them permission...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Heard It on the Grapevine

I am hearing that..... .....representatives for DCU, RSL, K.C. and Dallas are in Argentina this week to meet with agents and attend a scouting combine. Following the success of Emilio, Fred, Angel, Schelotto, Toja, Blanco and others, clubs are well aware that Latin America is the place to find...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2007; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Europe's World Cup Qualifying Draw.....

Toughest group has got to be the first one, right? And at the end of the day, after all their concern, the English find themselves in a workable group. Group winners go to South Africa. The eight best second-place sides head to a playoff to decide the final four slots....

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2007; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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USA's Road to '10 Begins.....

.....in June against Barbados or Dominica. It's a home-and-home, second-round series, with the winner advancing to a CONCACAF semifinal-round group starting in August. You may recall the Americans faced Barbados, a cricketing nation, in the build-up to the 2002 World Cup, and after winning 7-0 in a semifinal-round match at...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Benfica Loves Freddy

Adu scores again in Benfica's 3-1 league victory over Academica: 1-3 Adu Academica BenficaUploaded by futebolportugues...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2007; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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