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Celebrating Presidents' Day.....

.....with some words from our favorite jefe, Theodore "Sepp" Roosevelt, er, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter. He's a busy man these days, what with reported squabbling in the 2010 World Cup local organizing committee, the arrival of formal bids for the 2018 tournament and the possibility of having to admit a new member someday soon.

What else can I offer on this fine holiday morning?

*Another discarded D.C. United reserve has found a home in the USL: midfielder Stephen deRoux, who signed with Minnesota. Jay Nolly and Nicholas Addlery went to Vancouver last month. Meantime, United has settled in California for the second stage of training camp and will play a closed scrimmage against Chivas USA today (2:30 p.m. ET) at Carson.

*The U.S. Open Cup schedule is much more compact this year. Pending USSF approval, the round of 16 to the championship game will be held over an eight-week stretch between July 1 and Aug. 26. No more late-round matches in the fall, when MLS clubs are focused on the playoffs.

*Barnsley's reward for stunning Liverpool? A quarterfinal date with Chelsea.

*Results from the first day of the USSF's Development Academy Winter Showcase at Frisco.

*So many footy blogs, so little time. lists some of the best. (Yes, we are mentioned, thank you. But the links to the others are invaluable.)

Boca 4, Argentinos 0 (Where's Franco Niell when you need him?). The third goal is fun. Watch:

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2008; 9:56 AM ET
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Congratulations, Steve, on the recognition of your fine work.

Here's a semi-football related issue: will the British gov't become Newcastle's new shirt sponsor?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 18, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Third Boca goal was ridiculous.

Posted by: Skyler | February 18, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

yeah Goff, thanks for the Boca Jrs highlights! That third goal was awsome!

Posted by: Felix | February 18, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The story of Kosovo got me thinking ... Could the District of Columbia gain FIFA recognition as well? Isn't DC similar to the US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico as far as senate representation, taxation, etc is concerned?

Posted by: grumpy | February 18, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Yes! D.C. vs. Anguilla in first-round action. Oguchi Onyewu and Jeremiah White were born in the city!! Too bad they are already U.S. capped.

Posted by: Goff | February 18, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So were Judah and Micah Cooks, and Roy Lassiter.

Posted by: Goff | February 18, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Stephen DeRoux.

Now that his spot on the roster has opened up, the team must surely be about to sing Veron!

Those of you enjoying the 3-day Weekend of the Presidents need to get out and enjoy the warm sunny weather.

Posted by: Millard Fillmore | February 18, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Sorry that's "sign" Veron, not "sing" Veron.

Darn newfangled laptop keyboards...

Posted by: Millard | February 18, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Yes! D.C. vs. Anguilla in first-round action. Oguchi Onyewu and Jeremiah White were born in the city!! Too bad they are already U.S. capped.

Posted by: Goff | February 18, 2008 10:35 AM

I fear that DC fans would be outnumbered by Anguillans.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 18, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations should also go out to fellow blogger and DC United fan Fullback for a mention on this list as Editor's runner-up for Best MLS blog.

It's interesting to see where these former United players are winding up, but I'm actually kind of surprised that they haven't been added by other MLS teams. Especially Addlery. Remember when he was Player of the Week that once? I feel like DeRoux could maybe earn his way onto the Senior roster in Colorado or Salt Lake. Nolly... not so much. I guess that's one of the downsides in the league of "no free agency" that prohibits a guy like Addlery from signing with a team like Toronto, but allows him to sign with Vancouver.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 18, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

DC United development teams are 0-1-1 in the Development Academy Showcase!



Posted by: Sean M. | February 18, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

RE: Sepp Blatter

He has issued a warning to the Spanish Govt' to not interfere with their respective FA elections or they will lose their spots in the European competitions.

Posted by: Red Devil | February 18, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

as for Barnsley (I think my poor girlfriend's ears are still ringing from the shout I uttered when that last one went in)

sure, they get Chelski, but more importantly, they get Chelski at HOME, that one game is probably worth an entire season in the CCC, money-wise, at least.

Posted by: northzax | February 18, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Is there any reason I should care about the Open Cup? United never seems to...

Posted by: Chico | February 18, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

So many footy blogs, so little time. lists some of the best. (Yes, we are mentioned, thank you. But the links to the others are invaluable.)
Steve, there is only one: Soccer Insider.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 18, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I saw a Liverpool comment on the BBC boards that Liverpool shouldn't be expected to compete with the other top 3 because they have less high-priced players. I've been curious about this for ages...does anyone know of a list of the team salaries or payrolls of Premier League teams? It's readily available for MLB but I've never seen one for European soccer. Baseball teams are always judged on their payrolls but I never hear talk about it in soccer.

Posted by: Scott A | February 18, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

joe doc,

You have chosen the most correct answer.

Posted by: gilbert | February 18, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's me and this silly little thing called rules, but wasn't Riquelme about 100 meters offside when the first shot in that third "goal" (and I use the term loosely, it looked more like something from the Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man group) was taken? Just saying.....

Posted by: Throwin | February 18, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Riquelme wasn't actively in the play at the time of the first shot though.

Posted by: B.A. | February 18, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

He was certainly a player that was without question in the vision of (and thus had to be accounted for by) the goalkeeper as a potential passing target, thereby presenting a distraction to the 'keeper and negating the passive offside rule, IMHO.

From the official laws of soccer, Section 11, ss1:

A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:
interfering with play or
interfering with an opponent or
gaining an advantage by being in that position

Posted by: Throwin | February 19, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Argie refs are up and down on calls just like the rest of the globe. They let a LOT more slide in Argentina than most other countries. I've seen elbows to the face, punches to the head, and kicks right to the jewels so many times its disturbing what they get away with there. A ref calling back a goal scramble in the Bombonera isn't very healthy either.

Posted by: Felix | February 19, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

For Throwin:

Most referees rightfully count the "gaining an advantage by being in that position" as receiving the ball by pass or deflection. The no-call was the proper one since there was no active involvement. Heck, he was behind the keeper by the time the shot was released and never even moved toward the straight-up deflection. The ATR (Advice To Referees--a sort of Q&A format for rule application in all sorts of hypotheticals) describes situations just like this one.

And a keeper distracted by a clearly offside player while advancing on a striker with the ball on his foot from less than two meters has no business playing professionally. I was impressed with how many times he actually got his body in front of the shot(s).

Posted by: Stevan in Gaithersburg | February 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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