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*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 anything as an organization following the death of Redskins player Sean Taylor. A club spokesman tells me that United did, in fact, send flowers and condolences to the Redskins staff last week but that a public statement would not be appropriate.

*United's Nicholas Addlery, Marc Burch, Jeff Carroll and Justin Moose will depart Wednesday on a 15-day Armed Forces Entertainment Tour and give clinics at bases in Hawaii, Japan, Guam and Kwajalein.

*Terry likes Mourinho.


By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2007; 3:32 PM ET
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That's the problem with humility -- nobody knows how cool you are!

Posted by: JJH | December 4, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

just in case some of you didn't see it - everybody should see it - David Aldridge on Sean Taylor's death:

Sean Taylor, while no saint, was not a "thug." He didn't grow up in the 'hood. He went to private schools before college. And even if he was a thug - whatever that is - or embraced that culture during one part of his life, that doesn't mean he deserved to die in front of his child and fiancée, in his home, bothering no one.

I'm angry that people cry about Sean Taylor's death because he was an outstanding football player, as if his death has extra meaning because he had great closing speed. This is not about sports. We have buried 200 Sean Taylors in this city this year. We don't know what would have come of their dreams and hopes. They deserve our tears, too, for they may have been anonymous to you, but they weren't to their mothers and fathers, their best friends and lovers, their teachers and mentors.

Posted by: Adam Spangler | December 4, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Are DC United allowed to have Saturday night games?

Posted by: song219 | December 4, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's see Steinberg work a link to Kwajalein into the Sports Bog.

Posted by: Kim | December 4, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Factoid: Aldridge was one of my housemates in Chevy Chase and then Bethesda after college (AU).

Posted by: Goff | December 4, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Those are some seriously crap sight lines at the new KC Wiz field. Just when you think that they can't make it any worse for fans in KC, they have this as their alternative. They should just get a Columbus style stadium up in 6 months.

Posted by: DCUinCT | December 4, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

If I was in the military and those dudes came to entertain me I'd be pissed... well, more pissed than I'd already be, what with being in the military.

Posted by: BadEntertainment | December 4, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor, while no saint, was not a "thug." He didn't grow up in the 'hood. He went to private schools before college. And even if he was a thug - whatever that is - or embraced that culture during one part of his life, that doesn't mean he deserved to die in front of his child and fiancée, in his home, bothering no one.

I'm angry that people cry about Sean Taylor's death because he was an outstanding football player, as if his death has extra meaning because he had great closing speed. This is not about sports. We have buried 200 Sean Taylors in this city this year. We don't know what would have come of their dreams and hopes. They deserve our tears, too, for they may have been anonymous to you, but they weren't to their mothers and fathers, their best friends and lovers, their teachers and mentors.
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AMEN!!!

Posted by: mb | December 4, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Report on Shaka Hislop's tribute match. FC Dallas lost 0-1. Looks like they took their full squad too.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,69203.html

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | December 4, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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Let's see Steinberg work a link to Kwajalein into the Sports Bog.
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No kiddin'.

The available world geography, history and political lessons are additional reasons to be a soccer fan.

Posted by: Atoll | December 4, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"...well, more pissed than I'd already be, what with being in the military."

Not one of the more enlightened comments on Soccer Insider.

Posted by: Joe Doc | December 4, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

That sounds like a good sign that Burchie's knee is doing well

Posted by: Shatz / DCUMD | December 4, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

song219 raises a good point. Goff, do you or anyone else know what the scheduling will be like in terms of Saturday vs. Sunday vs. weekday games next season? I assume that the higher number of non-Saturday games this past season was due to television considerations (and maybe scheduling with the Nats?) I don't mind the odd weekday game, but I felt like there were way too few Saturday evening games this past season.

Posted by: GDopplerXT | December 4, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Too soon to say.
Full schedule won't be finalized until probably February.

Posted by: Goff | December 4, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Should Jeff Carroll be concerned that United is sending him to a Balistic Missile Test site in the middle of the South Pacific?

I don't even think they have a field big enough to play soccer.

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 4, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

OK you gay little soccer players I'm going to need you to get in that row boat and go about 20 clicks south/southeast near all those floating fish.

Posted by: Sgt. Dicks | December 4, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

GolTV is reporting that D.C. United is very close to signing the deal. Also Sheva from Chelsea is MLS possibily NYRB and New Emgland.

Posted by: td | December 4, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say sigining Veron very close.

Posted by: td | December 4, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Fifa player of the year award to Kaka was absolutely rubish. If their argument is that he took Milan to Champions League then C. Ronaldo was driving force to win the Premiership title as well and Milan didn't win Seria A title. As an individual player Ronaldo and Messi's skill were pure entertaining and Kaka doesn't have anywhere near that. It is another clueless awards that damage the reputation of the award system. So clearly Ronaldo should have won it.

Posted by: td | December 4, 2007 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Kwajalein was an important objective in the island-hopping campaign to Tokyo in WWII. Biggest atoll in the world, I believe.

Posted by: Admiral Nimitz | December 4, 2007 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Playing soccer, hanging at the beach with good looking Polynesian babes, and surfing - not necessarily in that order. Where do I sign?

Posted by: No Bikini Atoll | December 4, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Guam! Guam rules.

Posted by: Dominghosa | December 4, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor, while no saint, was not a "thug." He didn't grow up in the 'hood. He went to private schools before college. And even if he was a thug - whatever that is - or embraced that culture during one part of his life, that doesn't mean he deserved to die in front of his child and fiancée, in his home, bothering no one.

I'm angry that people cry about Sean Taylor's death because he was an outstanding football player, as if his death has extra meaning because he had great closing speed. This is not about sports. We have buried 200 Sean Taylors in this city this year. We don't know what would have come of their dreams and hopes. They deserve our tears, too, for they may have been anonymous to you, but they weren't to their mothers and fathers, their best friends and lovers, their teachers and mentors.
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AMEN!!!

Posted by: mb | December 4, 2007 04:28 PM
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What's the view like from atop that soap-box?

Posted by: I Pooped My Pants | December 5, 2007 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Report on Shaka Hislop's tribute match. FC Dallas lost 0-1. Looks like they took their full squad too.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,69203.html
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Thanks for the link, I-270, Exit 1
No Carlos Ruiz on the game-play roster. Wonder if he had another restaurant opening to attend?

Posted by: Stevan in Gaithersburg | December 5, 2007 7:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure David Aldridge was in my sports journalism class at AU (it was a fun class!)

K

Posted by: SEKim | December 5, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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