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Soccer Insider: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

Hokies Advance to Final 4

Before this year, Virginia Tech's only NCAA tournament victory in program history came in a penalty kick tiebreaker four years ago. Now the Hokies are going to the final four. Patrick Nyarko, a junior forward from Ghana, scored midway through the first half as 11th-seeded Tech shocked No. 3 Connecticut,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 8, 2007; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Long December

Long December and there's no reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself To hold on to these moments as they pass How 'bout a round of applause for the Counting Crows. Thanks, Adam. FYI,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2007; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  MLS  
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Mastroeni on the Move? United's Draft List

Unrelated items, of course. Sources tell me that Colorado has discussed trading veteran midfielder-defender Pablo Mastroeni this offseason. The latest scenario, I'm told, has him going to expansion San Jose. More details as we learn them. However, with almost two months until training camps open, there is no urgency in...

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2007; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS  
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I Said Good Morning, Gill

Other than Bill Murray's greeting to his pet goldfish, let's see what we can round up for ya..... *Pay no attention to those breathless reports saying D.C. United has already finalized a deal with Juan Sebastian Veron. Here, according to a source close to the actual negotiations, is the latest...

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2007; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bumbles Bounce

Good morning. Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. So for now, I offer: *Men's college soccer quarterfinal sites, dates and times are set: Virginia Tech at Connecticut, Saturday, 1 p.m. Notre Dame at Wake Forest, Saturday, 7 p.m. Illinois-Chicago at Massachusetts, Sunday, noon Bradley at Ohio State,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 5, 2007; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Pia Gets Started

Pia Sundhage will open her first training camp as U.S. women's national team coach this weekend at Home Depot Center. Twenty-four players were invited. Hope Solo is one of them. Details here....

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Women  
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Updates

*It's now official: United will play its regular season opener March 29 at Kansas City. Kickoff is 8 p.m. Eastern. Beckham and the Galaxy will open at Colorado, then host San Jose the following Thursday night for ESPN2 coverage. *Some of you have been wondering why United did not say...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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United Openers Appear Set

I'm hearing that, pending final league approval, DCU will open the 2008 season on March 29 at Kansas City and have the honor of being the first visiting team at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. While Arrowhead undergoes renovation, the Wizards will share the park across the river in Kansas (capacity 10,000 for...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Till Tuesday

*MLS is expected to announce today the opening weekend schedule (March 29-30). I do know DCU will start the season on the road (perhaps at champion Houston?) and play its home opener a week later. *Travis Perkins, older brother of DCU goalkeeper Troy Perkins, has made it through qualifying school...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Q&A Continued

You have many questions. I have a few answers. Skip below for the Qs and As........

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Q&A  
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Q&A Returns

With no more live online soccer chats on washingtonpost.com until probably March, I am taking your questions here on the Insider. Submit your inquiries (keep 'em short, please!) in the comments section below by 6 p.m. (Eastern) and I'll post the answers late tonight or early tomorrow. Commence....

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Q&A  
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Azzurri, Les Bleus and Oranje, Oh My!

The Euro '08 groups are set..... A: Switzerland*, Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey B: Austria*, Croatia, Germany, Poland C: Netherlands, Italy, Romania, France D: Greece, Sweden, Spain, Russia *hosts No England? Really? ;-) Predictions to get through? I'll go with Portugal and the Czechs; Germany and Croatia; Italy and Netherlands; Spain...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Hand of God, NCAA Style?

It was bad enough that Maryland relinquished a two-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation, but to then lose the game on a controversial golden goal? Not a good night for Sasho Cirovski and the Terps. Read the details of this wild match by clicking here. From my...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2007; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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