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Soccer Insider: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Weekend Kickaround

*Keido Pour, the Liberian refugee who became the Minnesota high school player of the year and is pursuing a pro career instead of playing in college, was not offered a contract by Borussia Dortmund following his trial there but is in discussions with German second division clubs. There appears to...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Vanney-Kirk Trade Is Official

The league has stamped its approval: The trade is now official. Quavas Kirk is scheduled to join United tomorrow for the first day of its 10-day California training camp. D.C. will play Chivas USA in Carson in a closed scrimmage Monday, then head north to face San Jose at Cal...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Kirk to DCU [updated]

I thought things were going to slow down this morning. So much for that. A well-placed source tells me the Los Angeles Galaxy will send midfielder Quavas Kirk to D.C. United for the rights to veteran defender Greg Vanney. Kirk, 19, appeared in 11 regular season matches (five starts) last...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2008; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Olsen, Quaranta and the Academy

*United MF Ben Olsen has still not participated in preseason workouts following surgery on both ankles in November and will need to undergo another procedure Monday. Let's let Ben explain it: "The procedure involves taking blood and spinning the blood so the good healing blood is seperated from the other...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Vanney's Rights Going to Galaxy

I received a text message very late last night (and did not see until after consuming my shredded wheat this morning) from a reliable source that D.C. United is trading veteran defender Greg Vanney's MLS rights to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the club for which he started his career in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Early Edition

The full story from Friday's print editions on today's Poplar Point discussions and a graphic to accompany it. Whatcha think now?...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2008; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Revolution Signing

I'm hearing that New England has finalized a deal with Mauricio Castro, a 26-year-old Honduran midfielder from Olimpia who has made four international appearances. Expect a formal announcement from officials in Honduras and New England/MLS in the next couple days....

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Poplar Point, or Poplar Pointless?

The latest on our favorite saga....

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Kickaround

*Sorry to be so very vague, but there are no specifics available at the moment on this one: An MLS team in the hunt for a designated player might find out today or tomorrow if its plan is going to move forward. That's all I have been told. Meantime, completely...

By Steve Goff  |  February 14, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Poplar Point Update

To celebrate our 1,000th thread since the Insider's launch less than 13 months ago, let's discuss that coveted piece of riverside land in Anacostia. So what's this I hear about progress being made toward a D.C. United stadium at the Point of Poplar? Read David Nakamura's story here. Comment down...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2008; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Ronaldo: The End?

Brazilian superstar Ronaldo, the World Cup's all-time leading goal scorer, ruptured a tendon in his knee in a match with AC Milan today and will not return for at least nine months, if ever. "I heard a horrible sound, like a bang, it was a strange sound," said Livorno goalkeeper...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Rankings, Revs and Rapids

We have all conditioned ourselves not to pay any attention to the FIFA rankings. However..... *Despite beating Sweden and tying Mexico, the USA has dropped six slots to No. 26 on the latest list. How does this happen? It's a moving average, which means, with each new calculation, matches from...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ice, Ice, Baby

Welcome back to town, D.C. United boys. Hope you enjoyed your time in warm, sunny Bradenton. Now let's see your fancy footwork on the layer of ice that smothered the Washington area last night! Welcome to our world. Of course, you are off to Camarillo, Calif. (just north of L.A.)...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2008; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United, Wizards Tie

D.C. and K.C. played to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition divided into three, 30-minute periods this morning in Bradenton, Fla. Midfielder Carlos Marinelli converted a penalty kick for the Wizards and central back Pat Carroll, a rookie trialist from West Virginia and younger brother of Columbus's Brian and D.C.'s...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Got Tickets?

Tickets are now on sale for the El Salvador-Anguilla World Cup qualifier March 26, which will be played at Estadio RFK because Anguilla could not offer a FIFA-approved pitch. On the surface, there is some appeal to a neutral-site qualifier being played in our own backyard. But let's try to...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2008; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Who's a Keeper?

Unlike last year, when Troy Perkins was the No. 1 goalkeeper with marginal competition for playing time, D.C. United has a nice battle brewing at that position this spring. On one side, there is Zach Wells, acquired from Houston for Bobby Boswell, largely a reserve during his MLS career, but...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. United Updates

Just a couple quick items involving defenders from GM Dave Kasper..... *Gonzalo Peralta, the club's new Argentine defender who left training camp for personal reasons, will rejoin the team at some point during the 10-day California phase of preseason, which starts Friday. "Nothing to worry about," Kasper said. *Jay Needham,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*USA-England? At Wembley on May 28? It is possible. We told you last week that Sunil Gulati and Co. were hoping to set up a friendly on that date in Europe a few days before the test at Spain, and this is apparently their top choice. Gulati declined comment last...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Egypt Celebrates

Since none of us could make it to Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations final, I offer you this exclusive dispatch from jubilant Cairo by Insider loyalist Jon Jensen, an independent producer. I watched the game at the Al-Ohmda restaurant in Mohandessin, a residential neighborhood on the west bank...

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2008; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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