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Breaking Women's News, Guzan, DCU and Terps

*The Insider has learned that U.S. under-20 women's coach Jillian Ellis has been promoted to national team assistant under Pia Sundhage and that Tony DiCicco, who guided the USA to the 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 1999 World Cup title, has agreed to oversee the under-20s through the world championship this November-December in Chile. The women's national team hierarchy is now all female: Sundhage, Ellis and GM Cheryl Bailey. Ellis will continue to coach UCLA, as well. No comment from the USSF, but I hear it's a done deal. Sundhage's contract is only through the Olympics, so it will be interesting to see whether Ellis or DiCicco is next in line if the Americans do not fare well in China. [It is now official: Read the press release here.]

*USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is scheduled to return to national team training camp in Carson today after his workouts with Celtic. From what I hear, the Scottish club is preparing to make a formal offer to MLS and Chivas USA. Some Celtic news here.

*D.C. United has announced more of its preseason travel plans and matches. After a few days in D.C. next week, the club will head to Bradenton, Fla., where exhibitions are scheduled against the U.S. under-17s (Feb. 1), U.S. under-23s (Feb. 2), Toronto FC (Feb. 5), Danish club Odense (Feb. 8) and Kansas City (Feb. 12). United will train in California Feb. 15-25 and then head to San Antonio Feb. 29-March 10 for a preseason tournament. More details are to come, but I believe D.C. will play San Jose in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

*The University of Maryland men's program has signed a major recruit from Michigan.

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2008; 4:24 PM ET
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Any idea about status of WNT coaches Messrs. Kirkorian and Wheddon, and Ms. Walsh?

Posted by: WNt fan | January 25, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Given that she's only been on the job a month or so, Sundhage would have to do really awfully for her contract not to be renewed. Gulati acted quickly to remove Ryan, but he would quickly destroy any goodwill by releasing her without some terrible event happening (e.g. no medal whatsoever or complete acrimony with the players).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 25, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Americans take over at Derby

http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,2247294,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=5

"Derby County have reportedly become the fourth Premier League club to fall into American hands after it was claimed chairman Adam Pearson had completed a multi-million pound deal."

Posted by: emanon | January 25, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I know that a U20 women's tournament is small potatoes, relatively speaking, but there is something about wasting one of 16 slots on Chile that grates.

Posted by: 22201 | January 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Nice pickup for the Good Guys!

Go Terps!

Posted by: Terp | January 25, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Goff-
what about the rumours that Guzan is being tapped by Villa?

Posted by: gilbert | January 25, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the Donnovan bashing on the previous thread....I see a lot of USA players abroad and I dont see any of them any better than Cakes. Let Donnovan be Donnovan. When you bash him you bash the MLS. We are trying to build our own league here.

Posted by: Mountaineer Pride | January 25, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Kirkorian was only temporary. Walsh has been given a part time contract and Wheddon is the goalkeeper coach.

http://www.fairgamemag.com/eng/fair_game_blog/random_musings_from_the_world_of_women_s_soccers

Posted by: GLB | January 25, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Sisters are doin' it for themselves."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDQE4UMVhEQ

Posted by: Anonymous | January 25, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Kirkorian was only temporary. Walsh has been given a part time contract and Wheddon is the goalkeeper coach.

http://www.fairgamemag.com/eng/fair_game_blog/random_musings_from_the_world_of_women_s_soccers


Posted by: GLB | January 25, 2008 07:48 PM
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This article doesn't mention Krikorian. Although it does mention Walsh, it is a couple of weeks old, so it leaves open the possibility that her situation is being reevaluated, now that Ellis is on board with the senior squad.

Posted by: 22201 | January 25, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GLB | January 25, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell set the value at 1m pounds for Guzan?
Are the keepers in the SPL that good?
The MLS will not be seeing Guzan past this season (if he stays) so they can't ask for too much, but 2 million dollars (roughly)? C'mon!

Posted by: EASTLAHIVA | January 25, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Mountaineer:

You said that when we bash Landycakes we bash MLS?

Are you mad?

MLS suffers for Landy's presence. To vault Donovan as the best of MLS is the true insult to MLS and all the players who fight to make the best out of themselves and would cut off their jewels to get the opportunities and talent that PrimaDonovan has enjoyed.

For starters, Bradley is more successful than Cakesy. Moreover, he has scored more goals in a far more difficult league.

As Captain, Cakesy led his club team to the basement of his domestic league, behind his 8 goal effort. McBride was made Captain of a Premiership club, after being their TOP SCORER the previous season. Ben Olsen has more domestic championships than Landon.

Bradley and Feilhaber practically knocked Lando Ballchinian out of his USMNT starting spot last summer and made a case for the next generation of US midfielders.

At World Cup 2006, Donna-van led his team to a despicable display, resulting in the firing of the coach. Clint Dempsey led my example, stepped up against world class opposition, showed his class (and moves) and knocked in the USA's only goal of the tournament.

Granted, Landy is now the goals leader for the USMNT, but this came (of course) on a patented penalty kick. Where would he be without PKs?!? In his international career he has only scored 4 goals outside of the United States. He has never scored against a country that has won a World Cup, or been to a World Cup Final (he likes to score against minnows from third rate confederation...only Oceania is weaker than CONCACAF). He scored ZERO GOALS in all of 2006 part of an 18-month scoring drought)! In 2007, TastyCakes - aside from his hatrick against Ecuador - he scored ONE goal in open play. At the 2007 Gold Cup every goal he scored was a PK! (Perspective, Carlos Pavon - a laughing stock in MLS won Golden Boot in the same tournament). He SHRANK in fear and withdrew from Copa America - the most important tournament in the Western Hemisphere - because he feared disappearing from the radar in the wake of Beckham's arrival in LA. In 2007, aside from his hat trick against Ecuador, he has only scored ONE goal in open play.

He is a disgrace. He brings disrepute on American players.

He is NOT a player I would want my sons or players to emulate. I would prefer they go for someone with less talent and more heart (like Jay DeMerit) are loads of talent and loads of heart (like McBride).

You are out of your mind if you think he is the most successfu US international ever.

Posted by: Erick | January 25, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I was just wondering how much of a challenge the match with the U17s will be for DC?!?

Also, word up to Mountaineer Pride for calling it like it is. Too many peeps seem to want to slag off Landon because he doesn't seem to care about playing overseas but the fact of the matter is that he's still one of the top players in MLS even with the DPs thrown in. Ditto for the nats, even with the euro players thrown in.

It's too bad that Landon doesn't live his life to please you lot but that's life, deal with it.

Posted by: Gary B | January 25, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

*perk*

DCU to Cali on the 15th?

Hmmm. I fly there on the 14th. Wonder if the San Jose match might happen that weekend....

Posted by: PotomacBoater | January 25, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Erick,

Do you have a dartboard with Landon's photo on it?

Posted by: fivehead | January 25, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

No...but his photo is on the lid to my kid's Diaper Genie...

Actually, if did not get so much proganda from the league - stuff like winning the Honda Player of the Year (how was Dempsey not even on the ballot this year?)

He is full of it. He has stated MLS is just fine for his development. His performance does not reflect that. He was only truly dominant in the Ecuador game - the player we saw in 2002.

No one forced him to be a footballer. He could go and be a cook at Denny's, but he does not. He must accept the criticism for his failures (real or perceived) if he is going to take the plaudits (Player of the Year, All Star, etc.).

Is he a good player? Of course. Is he our best performer? No. Is he the most talented? I would have said yes, but at a certain point potential becomes meaningless in the face of results.

To those who think Landon does not live for us or what we think, you are partially right. Only partially.

Landon the private person does not live for us. However, as a footballer he does. He cannot be a professional in a vacuum. His soccer existence is then actualized by his salary, which is only generated via TV rights, sponsorship, endorsements, and ticket sales. Every component of his salary depends on the public: people wathcing games on TV or in person, buying sponsors' products, or buying his jerseys. As such, he is defined by what we think of him. If he was totally ignored, he would command scant fractions of his current salary. Further, the federation and league have too much vested in him to allow him to be anonymous, particularly as the best Americans are moving to superior leagues overseas.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a dizzingly skillful young player at Sporting Lisbon. Yet, he took the reins of his own destiny and went to ManYoo. He struggled at times, his deficiencies (finishing, in particular) were magnified by the size and scope of ManYoo's stage. However, he worked, seized the opportunity and is developing to the world's best players. He is truly world-class, something that could not be said before his switch to United.

The Premiership is laden with internationals, players with World Cup and Champions League medals. Currently, Landon plays day-in-day out against players from lower Latin leagues, over-the-hill Euros, and players making less than a Fotomat cashier.

Am I exaggerating?

To his credit, Gooch tried to move up, but failed. He did not pack it in. His play has floundered since last season. Buy he keeps drilling, hoping to hit oil. I respect him for that.

Beasley had a rough spell in Holland. He went to Man City, perfomed fairly well, and rescued his reputation, such that Rangers bought him. He goes and scores in Champion's League (Landon's CL debut was a disaster, by all accounts). Beasley is digging and scraping to get better.

I would LOVE for Donovan to prove me wrong...in other words, go out and command the run of play, methodically dissecting opposition with aplomb. THAT would show he has developed. However, he has not only once in recent memory (Ecuador), at home, against a mid-level team.

I would rather be wrong and have him play like a beast, as that would help the USMNT. His capitulation to ego for Copa America was unforgiveable. The euro players were bound up by their clubs, Landon had no excuse. But because he was Landon, he gets a pass. He preferred to play the Columbus Crew instead of Brazil or Argentina's first team.

Is that what you want in your "star" player? How can one not react when his image is rammed into our brains by the US soccer establishment's PR campaign? It borders on fraud.

It is an insult to the guys playing in the snow in the viking leagues, or getting pelted with bottles in the Chilean first division, or choking on dust in Mexico.

Honestly, what else would anyone expect? I don't wish him injury, but I have zero respect for him as a player. We should expect more from him.

Posted by: Erick | January 26, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

man if your eyes were bullets..he'd be gone!
nuff said!
LoL nice commentary!

Posted by: WashDiplomatsSince88 | January 26, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

damn man, you need to find a hobby or something, you sound like Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: uranderson | January 26, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Erick, You should buy a Corvette to get over that feeling of masculine inadequacy. Typing long posts about athletes who have accomplished more at the age of 25 than you ever will in any field is just not cutting it for you. Also could you send me your current career status ans I will evaluate how you are doing and let you know when you need to leave your current job and where you have to go work next to maximize your potential. Thanks.


Posted by: TimD | January 26, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I, on the other hand, agree with Erick.
Well stated and thoroughly analyzed. There are lots of people that don't like Donovan. Erick explains why. Donovan has the talent and has had the chances.....for whatever reason, he does not seem up to the challenges.

Being that Donovan is a pro athlete, he made his bed and must lie in it. He accepts the plaudits and must also accept the denunciations. The same goes for Brett Favre. When he has a crap NFC Championship game, he must be called out for it.

And please people, don't compare Erick's job as a gov't bureaucrat or coffee store waiter to Landon's as a high profile, highly paid PROFESSIONAL athlete. There is NO parallel. I would expect that none of you ever critcize any athlete for any mistake or lack of growth. Or would you have us analyze your chosen profession for the same? Really, that's just silly.

Another way to look at this is as a reflection of the astounding growth of the game in the US. Fifteen years ago, we had noone like Donovan. No expectations laid at his feet. No youngsters pushing him to be the best. Now there are numerous young men nipping at his heels and passing him by like a Maserati blows by a 1970 VW bus. Thanks for the couple of good years. Now...step it up or step aside. That's just how this big-boy game works.

Posted by: marksman | January 26, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Uranderson, he did find a hobby. The same hobby that has you and I posting here, and I agree with Erick entirely. The USSF and MLS have made Landon Donovan the poster boy of American Soccer, but at this point the standard needs to be set by someone who is really pushing themselves. If Donovan wants to live out the rest of his years in California playing in MLS that's his business, best of luck to him. I just don't want to see any more pre-game or half time reports about how absolute he is, when he bolted from developing in Germany and is now being eclipsed by Michael Bradley.

Let's pass the USMNT captaincy to someone who is up to the challenge, not someone who has to squat and kiss his knuckles just to step on the field. Cherundolo, Bocanegra, or Howard and from MLS Conrad, Parkhurst, or Ricardo "Fish Stompin" Clark. The arm band is not cosmetic, it is not an accessory, it is a gut check.

Part of why I love DC United is why I'm sick of Donovan hype. Payne, Kasper, and Soehn are doing what they can with limited resources to compete for international trophies outside of the domestic league. The organization says to me that after the Supporter's Shield, Copa Sudamerica and CONCACAF Championship are more important than MLS Playoffs. It is the standard of trying to grow beyond being the big fish in the little pond. Along with Erick, I also want to see Donovan take up the challenge and move abroad to develop. Until then, I ask that BSPN/MLS/USSF raise the bar and pick a better poster boy to inundate us with.

Well, enough with reasoning and eloquence.
NO, TimD. Bad. Mean bad.

Posted by: Dominic | January 26, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, there is this Beckham person that's being mentioned now.

Posted by: Dominic | January 26, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks GLB. Interesting that Ellis and Walsh get to keep their college jobs; wonder if that will hold true for the long term.

Unbelievable Donovan posts, but off topic. Goff's post was womens soccer, not girls.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 26, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree with Erick and the likes as they see as REAL and the FACT.

Posted by: td | January 26, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"Unbelievable Donovan posts, but off topic. Goff's post was womens soccer, not girls."

Wins the one-liner award of the day so far.

Posted by: gilbert | January 26, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_5013506.html

This should clear things up.

Posted by: GLB | January 25, 2008 08:44 PM
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Thanks for this link.

I am somewhat dubious that DiCicco will be involved with national teams past this temporary assignment. He has a nice job lined up in Boston, and as I recall, he was really burned out in '99, and is probably still recovering. Then again, I don't know what will be a typical salary for a head coach in WPS, but it probably will be far less than the USWNT honcho makes, which I believe is in the neighborhood of $200K.

If, for any reason, the senior WNT head coaching position becomes vacant again soon, I'd expect a full-fledged search, rather than just giving the job to Ellis.

Posted by: 22201 | January 26, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Liverpool are losing to Havant & Waterlooville....

Posted by: gilbert | January 26, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

just noticed i used "are" instead of the proper "is". half asleep. sorry.

Posted by: gilbert | January 26, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Liverpool 2-2 H&W
HT

Amazing half. Anyoe else watching this?

Posted by: JDO | January 26, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the use of "are" with collective nouns is standard British usage, so you sounded like a Brit, even if you didn't intend to.

Posted by: 22201 | January 26, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

There hasn't been much chatter about Africa on this blog over the past couple of days. I just got a chance to review the group standings on Wikipedia. It looks as if Nigeria is in a precarious position.

Here's an interesting commentary on the timing of the competition:

http://www.nysun.com/article/69946

Posted by: 22201 | January 26, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Just when I comment on the lack of news from Africa, Goff starts a new thread called "March of the Elephants."

Posted by: 22201 | January 26, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

Where at in Cali are DCU going to be training?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 26, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Man I wish there was an option on this blog to rate a comment up or down, you know where if they get too low they are blurred out..would be nice

Posted by: NCteach | January 27, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

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