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Soccer Insider: December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007

Christmas in Washington

So come back Woody Guthrie Come back to us now Tear your eyes from paradise And rise again somehow If you run into Jesus Maybe he can help you out Come back Woody Guthrie to us now .............................................Steve Earle (El Corazon, 1997) Barring any big news -- which always seems...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2007; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Perkins Details and Freddy Alert

[UPDATED WITH PERKINS COMMENTS] From what I have been able to piece together..... The transfer fee paid by Valerenga to D.C. United/MLS for goalkeeper Troy Perkins was, indeed, close to $750,000 and that Perkins will more than double his salary (which should put him in the range of $200,000 per...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2007; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Perkins's Transfer, Euro Draw, Crouch (as in Ouch)

*Patrick McCabe, Troy Perkins's agent, tells me in an overnight e-mail that the goalkeeper's transfer to Norwegian club Valerenga from D.C. United has, indeed, been completed. It is a five-year deal. Still awaiting financial details and transfer terms. For the news and photos on Valerenga's Web site, click here. *Champions...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2007; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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They're All Winners

The USSF has named..... MF-F Clint Dempsey male athlete of the year. F Abby Wambach female athlete of the year. MF Michael Bradley young male athlete of the year. F Lauren Cheney young female athlete of the year. (Online voting accounted for 50 percent of the tally, with media and...

By Steve Goff  |  December 20, 2007; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Arguez to Germany...and Other News

*I'm told that D.C. United's Bryan Arguez, a first-round draft pick last winter who did not appear in a regular season match, is headed overseas in early January for a two-week stint with the Bundesliga's Hertha Berlin. It is not a trial, but probably more than an offseason workout opportunity....

By Steve Goff  |  December 20, 2007; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Woohoo

The people have spoken. The soccer people, anyway. Our little online get-together has been voted top blog in the "Best Of U.S. Soccer" end-of-year contest conducted on the USSF Web site. Thank you for your support! In 11 short months, we have attracted a passionate and sophisticated audience to become...

By Steve Goff  |  December 19, 2007; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This Is Our Lives on Holiday

While you were all trying to find a parking space at Target, I gathered a few items to share: *I mentioned this in the comments section of a different thread, but I'll post it again: DCU did not exercise the option on Greg Vanney's 2008 contract and is in the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 19, 2007; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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CONCACAF Draws It Up

According to this bracket on the CONCACAF Web site, DCU will play Harbour View (Jamaica) and Houston will face Municipal (Guatemala) in the quarterfinals of the Champions' Cup. The other pairings are Pachuca-Motagua and Atlante-Saprissa. Opening matches are March 11-13. As for the men's under-23 tournament groups, they are: *USA,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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MLS Changes Unveiled

MLS has dumped the distinction between senior internationals and youth internationals, and provided each club with an additional foreign player slot (eight total). Insider readers have known for weeks that this announcement was coming. What we did not know until today was that those foreign slots can be traded,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Qualifying Dates Set

Okay, so I was a little off with the USA World Cup semifinal-round qualifying schedule last night. (Speculation is always troublesome when it involves FIFA and CONCACAF.) Here is how it will play out for the Americans, assuming all the favorites advance: *At Guatemala on or about August 20 *At...

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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New York, New York

While we wish the best for hobbling John Terry, here's what we're looking forward to today from three separate locations in New York City: 1 P.M. *On Ninth Avenue, the Red Bulls introduce their new coach, Juan Carlos Osorio. In case you've lost count, he succeeds Firmani, Queiroz, Parreira, Mondelo,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2007; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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USA Qualifying Sked Taking Shape

We know the Americans will play their opening qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup in June against Barbados or Dominica. Let's go out on a limb and say they advance. A stretch, I know. Next up is a four-team, semifinal-round group between August and November with the top two...

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2007; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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And the Winners Are.....

....both from Brazil. FIFA named its world players of the year in Zurich tonight. Kaka and Marta, take a bow. Not much change in the world team rankings....

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2007; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  World  
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MLS Player Updates

[UPDATED WITH ESKANDARIAN COMMENTS] *Argentine media reports insist that D.C. United is pursuing former national team star Claudio Lopez, but DCU GM Dave Kasper tells me that there is "no truth" to it. *Luciano Emilio and his agent, Alex Solis, have been in discussion with United about a new contract...

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2007; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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NCAAs, the Aftermath

Wake Forest has been among the nation's elite teams and a reliable supplier of talent to MLS for years, but what the Demon Deacons have lacked was an NCAA championship. That all changed Sunday when a kid from Cary scored the game-winner against Ohio State on a blustery day in...

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2007; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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World Champions, NCAA Champions

AC Milan defeats Boca Juniors, 4-2, in Yokohama to claim the FIFA Club World Cup title. Video highlights here. Meantime, Messi will miss next weekend's Barca-Real showdown with a foot injury. Today at 3 p.m. (ESPN2), it's the NCAA final at Cary with No. 2 Wake Forest facing No. 5...

By Steve Goff  |  December 16, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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