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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 loaned out twice before coming to MLS. After an impressive first season, this year's campaign was derailed by a broken leg.

*There is a fighting chance that AEG will sell the Houston Dynamo's operating rights to a group that includes boxer Oscar de la Hoya.

*Champions League continues today with Matchday Five. Best matchups:
Lyon-Barcelona (ESPN Deportes 2:30 live, ESPN Classic and Setanta 5 p.m. taped)
Man U-Sporting Lisbon (ESPN2 2:30 live)
Inter Milan-Fenerbahce (ESPN Deportes 4:45 taped)
Sevilla-Arsenal (Setanta 2 live)

*And finally, congrats to K.C. midfielder Kerry Zavagnin for his big catch.

Wizards midfielder Kerry Zavagnin returned over the weekend from a short trip to Cabo San Lucas. During the stay, Zavagnin did a little fishing and came away with a 180-pound marlin to his credit. "It was the fight of my life," Zavagnin said of the reeling process that took over an hour. "The next day my left arm, back and shoulder were all sore. If you ever get in a fight with a marlin, you'll find out what kind of a man you are."

Just for fun, replace the word "marlin" with "Stoitchkov" and read it again.

More later.....

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2007; 9:57 AM ET
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"fighting chance"? Witty Steve, very witty.

Posted by: Matte | November 27, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

And that sandwiched in between a reference to a broken leg and another fighting reference and Stoitchkov...

I think if you also plot all the apostrophes, dashes, and commas in Goff's post onto musical staff, you get the same myesterious song that is hidden within Da Vinci's 'Last Supper"...

Posted by: Ron | November 27, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Cooper knows how bad his year was by making plans not to be in the USMNT Camp.

Posted by: tex | November 27, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

According to MLSNet, the fish weighs 10lb more than Zavagnin... and probably is bigger than Zavagin.

I'm surprised it didn't eat him alive.

I'm surprised Stoitchkov didn't eat him alive either.

Posted by: James | November 27, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"Hairy-chested Bulgarian" works just as well as Stoichkov.

Posted by: JoeW | November 27, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

If you replace it with "Jack Jewsbury," it doesn't work as well.

Posted by: Logan Circle | November 27, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Another day, another match without a loss for the Gunners.

Posted by: UVA-United | November 27, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I hope Kevin Payne is able to set the hook and reel in Veron.

On another note, I don't think I'd want Oscar de La Hoya running my business. What does he know? He's beats people up (and gets hit in the head) for a living.

Posted by: David | November 27, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Have your leg snapped in two by a vicious tackle and you'll have a bad year, too.

Posted by: RK | November 27, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

On the Champions League, as a new Benfica fan, I noticed they're up against AC Milan on Wednesday at home. Here's a preview:

Posted by: David | November 27, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

180 pounds seems a bit light for Stoichkov by the time he made it to MLS. He was a bit chunky (though short).

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"More later..... "

Is there some particular news/trade/shirt sponsorhsip/etc you have heard will be announced this afternoon - or was this more just a generic closing line to the post?

Posted by: emanon | November 27, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

As a fan of the beautiful game and the gridiron game, I just would like to send my condolences to Sean Taylor's family and the Washington Redskins. All of DC United's fanbase are feeling awful and remorseful about the loss of such a talent even if he played a different sport. I know that in South America, that there have been cases where soccer players have been murdered, and targeted in kidnappings. These disgusting acts of behavior need to stop now. It is a shame that these athletes who many people look to for inspiration are so tragically taken from us. God Bless!!!

Posted by: DC United Fan | November 27, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Despite this being a soccer blog - I feel that we as supporters of a DC entity should feel for the loss of the Redskins and the Taylor family. It's terrible for any club in any sport to lose a member of their squad in that manner.

Posted by: UVA-United | November 27, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Anybody watching the champions leage live? I wish I could. I see Barcelona and Lyon are on high fly.

Posted by: td | November 27, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Ferguson will be pissed. He has underestimated sporting and now they are leading

Posted by: td | November 27, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ferguson's always pissed.

Oh, wait, did you mean "angry"?

Posted by: Seth | November 27, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

what ever you do Houston fans, don't let De La Hoya pick the uniforms.

Another day, another match without a loss for the Gunners.

Posted by: UVA-United | November 27, 2007 11:41 AM
good job. you gooched 'em.

Posted by: papa bear | November 27, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Kerry Zavagnin uses new training tools to get better at defending Carlos Ruiz.

Posted by: Todd H. | November 27, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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