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Soccer Insider: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

Gbandi Out, Corrales and Borchers In?

FK Haugesund of the Norwegian Second Division has paid FC Dallas/MLS a transfer fee of close to $100,000 for Chris Gbandi, the 29-year-old left back and former No. 1 overall draft choice, according to one source. Norwegian media is reporting the figure is closer to $75,000, but I've been assured...

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  
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Gomez Deal Announced [updated]

[updated with details, clarifications] After weeks of contract and trade negotiations, the Christian Gomez deal that sends his rights from DCU to Colorado is now official. As we reported, United received the Rapids' first-round draft pick in 2009 as well as future considerations. What are those considerations? The latest I've...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United Falls to Odense

A late goal by Costa Rican Cristian Bolaños led Danish club Odense to a 1-0 victory over DCU in a scrimmage in Bradenton. United started Wells in goal, McTavish, Martinez, Peralta and Burch on the backline, Moose on the right flank, Fred on the left, Simms behind Gallardo, and Moreno...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

Okay, so it's almost afternoon. Late-night drive home requires later-than-usual blogging. *D.C. United is playing Odense of Denmark in a scrimmage in Bradenton today. Bryan Namoff is sitting out with toe ailments and was replaced in the lineup at right back by Devon McTavish. Luciano Emilio is starting up top...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Philly Fever

Greetings from Philladelphia, home of MLS's next club. (Well, we'll see about that.) After departing Houston, I've come here for a college basketball game -- not that you care. I did have the opportunity to drive through the heart of Chester, proposed site for Philly's soccer stadium. Always a thrill....

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2008; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  MLS  
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Gomez to Sign With Rapids

Christian Gomez, 2006 MLS most valuable player who couldn't reach terms with United, has finalized a deal with Colorado and will sign a contract with the Rapids today, the Insider learned this morning. The agreement will allow DCU to trade his MLS rights to Colorado, which sources say offered Gomez...

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
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USA News

From USSF Prez Sunil Gulati..... *The March 26 friendly at Poland is set. The June 4 match at Spain is set. There is a good chance the USA will play a "top five team" on or around June 8 in the northeast U.S. The current top five in the FIFA...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2008; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday Houston: USA-Mexico

Greetings from Estadio Reliant. Make no mistake: This match and the crowd will definitely have a Spanish accent. A few things you should know: *The retractable roof is closed. It is a gorgeous day, but apparently the cool weather that blew in overnight and will stay with us this evening...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Predictions, Anyone?

USA-Mexico 9 p.m. ET ESPN2, Univision About 70,000 at Reliant Stadium Just a friendly, but..... So what do you think will transpire? I'm going with a 1-1 tie. Michael Bradley scores off a corner kick, Giovani Dos Santos equalizes....

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Before the USA-Mexico Match.....

.....let's take a look at other newsworthy items. *Australia wins its first-ever Asian World Cup qualifier. *China and Iraq tie. *Among the friendlies today: Turkey-Sweden, Croatia-Netherlands, Poland-Czech Republic, Austria-Germany, Ireland-Brazil, Italy-Portugal, England-Switzerland, Spain-France. *England remembers the 1958 Manchester United tragedy. *Jeremiah White, who just returned to Denmark after spending three...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Misc.  
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The Players Speak

A few of 'em, anyway. Before we get to the comments, the only injury we know of is midfielder Brad Davis, who tweaked his groin muscle yesterday and tested it today. Our guess is that he will be among the four scratches, which will not be made public until tomorrow....

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Update

United and Toronto played to a 1-1 tie in a 60-minute scrimmage in Bradenton, Fla., today. Dominic Mediate scored in the first half, Danny Dichio in the second half. United used mostly reserves before halftime, mostly starters afterward. Luciano Emilio did not play, but Fred did. Zach Wells, who just...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live From Houston

Some highlights from Bob Bradley's news conference at Reliant Stadium before today's closed training session..... *On a future friendly between the teams in Mexico: "I know there have been discussions about playing a friendly match in Mexico. I would assume that, as we go forward, those discussions will continue and...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Houston, Too Close to New Orleans

Jerry lives! Before I head to the airport for a flight to Houston, a few topics to discuss: *Chivas USA has already signed Swiss World Cup midfielder Raphael Wicky. Is the club now about to lure Paraguayan legend Jose Cardozo, who will turn 37 next month, out of retirement? *Are...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA at HDC

Insider loyalists knew about it weeks ago. Today it was made official. The U.S. national team will play its 2010 World Cup qualifying opener at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The opponent will be Barbados or Dominica. As we reported, kickoff is 2 p.m. Pacific time, with TV coverage...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Guardado Is Out

Mexico has had to scratch star midfielder Andres Guardado from the roster for Wednesday's friendly against the USA because of injury. Cruz Azul's Cesar Villaluz, 19, has been called up....

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Island Qualifying Underway

While Super Bowl fever gripped America (and little else of the planet), CONCACAF World Cup qualifying commenced yesterday with Bermuda settling for a 1-1 tie at home against the Cayman Islands. Several other first-round series will begin this week. Read about the Revs' Khano Smith, who is recuperating from surgery...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  World  
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Going to Agogo

While we enjoy the late stages of the Africa Cup of Nations and watch Ghana attempt to win the championship at home, let's keep this in mind: Junior Agogo, whose second goal of the tournament gave the undermanned Black Stars a 2-1 victory over Nigeria yesterday, played exactly 57 minutes...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Gomez, Rapids Closing In on Deal

From a well-placed contact, the latest on the negotiations between Christian Gomez and the Colorado Rapids is that there is one last, minor hurdle to overcome but it should be cleared up by Monday at the latest. As we reported a few days ago, the contract would be guaranteed for...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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