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Election Day

Could we possibly surpass yesterday's avalanche of news? Not likely.

Let's see what we can round up for ya.....

*The full story on Josh Gros's retirement plans.

*Kansas City is moving to Kansas for two years to share a field with something called the T-Bones. Seating capacity will be about 10,000 -- which will suit the low-drawing Wizards just fine.

*Champions League today and tomorrow. Full schedule here.

*Here's your chance to have a say in what appears on Page 2 of this Monday's paper. We want to know what you think were the five biggest moments in U.S. soccer history. Give it a try.

So who are you picking to win the Eastern Conference on Thursday? Chicago is rollin'.....

Don't forget to vote.....

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2007; 10:25 AM ET
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Chicago, 1-0. Rolfe. Nicol once again is too conservative when it's all on the line. After the Fire goal, Chicago drops everyone into their goalmouth, forming a human shield stretching from post to post.

Why in the world did ESPN pick this game, rather than the Houston-KC game, to broadcast nationally? Houston will go on the attack, and KC at least was attacking during the season. Chicago vs. the playoff edition of the Revs is likely to be dreadful.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | November 6, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a feeling for why the league does not move the wizards team to a city with greater potential for support? Is the Hunt family still that a strong an influence in the league office? This team has never been supported by this city and it would appear doubtful that Kansas City will support this team even with a soccer specific stadium. Any thoughts on the matter anyone?

Posted by: rob | November 6, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

KC still won't sell out, but it should look a bit better. Maybe they can get their fans in a prominant camera position to make the games not seem so horribly depressing.

Posted by: DCUinCT | November 6, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Hunt Sports Group doesn't own the Wizards. OnGoal, a group of local businessmen does. They actually seem like a pretty decent ownership group (building a million dollar training complex for example).

Posted by: Nic | November 6, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Biggest moments?

1. Beating Mexico in Korea 2002
2. Beating Mexico in Gold Cup Final 2007
3. Beating Portugal in Korea 2002
4. Beating England back in 1950 WC
5. World Cup Semifinal back in 1932

I might have dates wrong in #s 4 and 5; I'm just to lazy to google them.

Posted by: Troy | November 6, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Troy, World Cup Semis back in Uruguay 1930.

Posted by: Soy United! | November 6, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

You know what would be a great location for the Wizard's new stadium? St. Louis. Kansas City is obviously not a soccer town. I wish the owners would cut their losses so the league could move that team to a city that would actually support it.

Posted by: Jeff M | November 6, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Whom do we have to suck up to to have a blog entry selected as Soccer Insider comment of the day on print page 2?

(I wonder if that qualifies)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 6, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

"Maybe they can get their fans in a prominant camera position to make the games not seem so horribly depressing."

Now here's where ESPN should use the overhead cam.

Soccer moment: Bert Patenaude scoring the first WC hat trick in 1930.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 6, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

yeah, I know. I just posted them on the appropriate link and changed the date to 1930.

Benfica-Celtic tonight!

Posted by: Troy | November 6, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Best thing about the K.C. story: "general-admission seats on the grass berm". Nothing says major league like seating on the grass berm.

Posted by: h4 | November 6, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

what was the big story from yesterday blog, i didn't see one, arena, gros, is that it?

Posted by: Atlanta | November 6, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to talk about the 1930 WC or anything else of that sort, please click on the link that Goff provided, so that your comment will be recorded in the proper venue.

Posted by: 22201 | November 6, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing says major league like seating on the grass berm."

What's the difference between a berm and a knoll?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 6, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

h4: "Best thing about the K.C. story: "general-admission seats on the grass berm". Nothing says major league like seating on the grass berm."

isn't that the closest we are ever going to come to a terrace?

Posted by: northzax | November 6, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me if I'm putting this in the wrong place, since it needs more of a catchall topic, but I wanted to share possibly the most creative -- and laugh out loud FUNNY -- website I've seen in a while, thanks to the folks in San Jose.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 6, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

1) Hosting World Cup 1994
2) Beating Mexico 2-0 2002
3) Qualifying for 1990 World Cup
4) "The Game of Their Lives" 1950
5) David Beckham coming to America



Posted by: JayRockers! | November 6, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

SG--any more info on the story you broke about Gomez, Moreno and Qatar? Obviously there was something there or you wouldn't have posted it. I'm sure you've done some more digging. What do you know?

Posted by: JoeW | November 6, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

SportzNut21, thanks for the link.

I think it's pretty funny that the Quakes are going to play at Buck Shaw instead of Spartan Stadium. It should make for much better games. Spartan was too small for u-14 players, let alone MLS.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | November 6, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm somewhat disappointed in the lack of Bert Patenaude's inclusion on that list so far. Not so much, that it's not overwhelming first, but that it's hardly mentioned.

Posted by: B.A. | November 6, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Godspeed, Josh! In my opinion, you were Rookie of the Year in 2004! You made D.C. United better when you were on the field with your tireless work ethic and dedication. I hope to see you wearing a D.C. United jersey again soon... just not on the field... but in the stands! I have no doubt you will land on your feet. Best of luck and cuidado con la cabeza!

Posted by: Soy United! | November 6, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SPrtzNut. Juggling the cantaloupe video is hysterical.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 6, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

LSF: If you zoom in from overhead on the Buck Shaw site on Google Maps, the lines for a soccer pitch are quite clear...though the turf looks awful scruffy. (I'm sure the renovations will include better turf.) Heck of a decent temp location for San Jose-ites, though.

Now, as to the girl juggling the cantaloupe -- real or computer generated? My buddy says it's fake...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 6, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I stand corrected. Google Maps has replaced the imagery at Buck Shaw...looks like they were getting ready for a concert when the current image was taken.

(I hate when that happens!)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 6, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It would be pretty hard to head a cantaloupe like that without wearing it, but it is still funny.

The guy with the drum reminds me of the crazy guy at the Wash Freedom games.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 6, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Let me just echo the comments here. The only thing the Wizards lack, besides a place to play, is a fan base. I appreciate the Hunts have done much for soccer here, and there is some symbolism in having a team in KC. Right now, that symbolism is not good. Why not try out St. Louis, on a trial basis? If it doesn't work, they can come back to empty Arrowhead, after the renovations. Or, move this team to Philly, or even New York City?

The MLS needs to convince the media that it is a major league. ESPN gives hardly any attention to it. The New York Times gives only sporadic coverage to the hometown team, and the Times is one of the more soccer-indulgent papers out there.

I am so grateful that, at least, the Washington Post has the good sense to recognize the keen interest in United. For the league to make a similar impression nationally, they must play to bigger crowds the soccer-specific stadium is nice, but the crowds are more important. At some point, the media will realize that people care, and that there is money to be made in covering the games -- but the league needs a strong presence in Philly and New York, not weak crowds in KC.

Posted by: FischFry | November 6, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

1. Hosting WC in 1994.
2. "Game of their lives"
3. Beating Mexico in 2002.
4. TIE: Beating Colombia to ensure our advance to the 2nd round in 1994. Beating Portugal in 2002.
5. Beating T&T to qualify for WC 1990.

I didn't include highlights for the Ladies because they deserve their own list (which is more impressive than this one).

Posted by: Eric Mondero | November 6, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post used to cover soccer and DC United a lot more. They stopped. They even had a bilingual section.

Posted by: Atlanta | November 6, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Wizard's couch was on the phone with Fox Football Fone in last night and he said they have some investers who are planning to build a stadium that cost 1 billion.

Posted by: td | November 7, 2007 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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