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Soccer Insider: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

On the USA Front.....

Before I open the forum for USA-Sweden (8:30 ET, Fox Soccer Channel) pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts, a few items to share: *A source tells me that Eric Wynalda, who has been bumped from ESPN's MLS coverage in favor of John Harkes, has been moved to the network's European Champions...

By Steve Goff  |  January 19, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Post-Draft News

According to DCU General Manager Dave Kasper, team captain Jaime Moreno will sign a new contract next week that is guaranteed for the 2008 and '09 seasons, but at a lower salary than he had been making. "Where he is in his career, he wanted security. It's important to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU Selects.....

With the 24th overall pick, United claims Cal-Berkeley holding midfielder Andrew Jacobson. He is 22 years old, 6 feet 2 and 188 pounds. First-team all-American this past season. Three-time all-Pac-10 first team selection after redshirting in 2004. He had 11 goals and 13 assists in 83 matches (62 starts). He...

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Draft

FIRST ROUND 1. KANSAS CITY: D Chance Myers UCLA 2. DALLAS: D-MF Brek Shea U-17s 3. REAL SALT LAKE: D-MF Tony Beltran UCLA 4. LOS ANGELES: MF-D Sean Franklin Cal State Northridge TRADE ALERT: Galaxy trades D Chris Albright to New England for allocation money. 5. COLORADO: MF Ciaran O'Brien...

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Live From Baltimore

The latest buzz..... In no particular order, the top three might end up being UCLA defender Chance Myers, UCLA defender Tony Beltran and UConn defender Julius James. One well-connected source said the latest he heard was that Kansas City was going to keep the top pick and select Myers to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Draft Central

Back to Baltimore soon. Join me on the Insider beginning at 2 p.m. (ET) for draft results as they occur....

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  MLS  
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Late Night on the Insider

Just got home from slushy Baltimore..... Nothing urgent, but a couple items to share before I get some pre-draft sleep. *Read about Virginia Tech's Patrick Nyarko here. *I received a tip that Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is headed to Glasgow Celtic on Sunday to start a trial. Still awaiting...

By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Update From Baltimore

It's snowing. Hard. Inside the warm confines of the MLS hotel headquarters, a few things to pass along: *Wizards Coach Curt Onalfo, who has already made two significant trades and is finalizing a deal for a Colombian forward, said there is a possibility his club could trade the No. 1...

By Steve Goff  |  January 17, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*On the surface, the reports that Morelia is interested in acquiring MLS MVP Luciano Emilio seem awfully far-fetched, but I am hearing that the Mexican club may very well be serious about the prospect. Of course, it would take several millions of dollars to even get MLS's attention. Emilio's U.S.-based...

By Steve Goff  |  January 17, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  MLS  
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Arguez Deal Nears Completion

Despite not playing a minute in MLS last year, under-20 national teamer Bryan Arguez is on his way to the Bundesliga. Through MLS channels, I've learned that D.C. United and the league have agreed to sell the 19-year-old midfielder to Hertha Berlin. Details could be wrapped up as early as...

By Steve Goff  |  January 16, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Checking In With the Hokies

I wish I had more to offer right now, but everything seems up in the air, so we'll have to be patient. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of Patrick Nyarko's thoughts as the MLS draft approaches. I am planning to write a comprehensive story for Friday's print...

By Steve Goff  |  January 16, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Briefing

Lots of ground to cover this morning. Buckle up..... *Let's start with the women for a change: USA 4, Canada 0 in the Four Nations tournament in China. Hope Solo was in goal. Scoring and lineup summary here. China defeated Finland, 2-0, in the other match. The Americans will face...

By Steve Goff  |  January 16, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Misc.  
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'Quakes Deal Top Pick

*Expansion San Jose has apparently traded the top overall pick in Friday's draft to Kansas City for defender Nick Garcia. Details from the Kansas City Star are here. Are the Wizards now angling to select Virginia Tech's Patrick Nyarko or UC Santa Barbara's Eric Avila with the No. 1 pick?...

By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  MLS  
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Ruiz Traded

We suspected this was going to happen, and now it has. Carlos Ruiz is going back to the Los Angeles Galaxy in a trade with FC Dallas. FCD receives allocation money and a 2009 second-round pick. Beckham, Donovan and Ruiz together at Home Depot Center! Thoughts?...

By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Update

*As we told you late Sunday night, Wizards star Eddie Johnson is hoping to close a deal with Fulham and join compatriots Kasey Keller, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride at the struggling Premiership club. *Speaking of McBride, he is close to returning from his horrific knee injury suffered...

By Steve Goff  |  January 15, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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While We're Waiting.....

Consider this the calm before the soccer storm. MLS draft not until Friday. USA-Sweden friendly Saturday. USA women start Four Nations play Wednesday. Waiting to see if the Eddie Johnson-Fulham deal goes through. MLS international signings imminent. Trades too? Even the gripping Scotland coaching search continues. So in the meantime,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 14, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Breaking News, and Other News

*I hear Kansas City's Eddie Johnson has left U.S. national team camp in L.A. and is in serious negotiations with English club Fulham. *As you know, D.C. United is preparing to finalize deals with Argentine forward Franco Niell and Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez. In addition, the reports out of Peru...

By Steve Goff  |  January 13, 2008; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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