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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 with Jaime Moreno. Zach Wells is in goal. More details later. Read about the Christian Gomez trade here.

*Following up on the USA-Mexico match, Jozy Altidore's goal made him the youngest U.S. scorer in a full international in modern history. The USSF is still researching the early years, but Altidore was at least four months younger than Landon Donovan (2000), Jovan Kirovski (1994) and Ricky Davis (1977) when they scored at the same age (18).

*Sir Alex is not happy about Premiership clubs playing league matches abroad.

*Canada loses another international-caliber player to a European program.

*Greg Ryan has resurfaced in Ann Arbor and the Georgetown men's program recruiting class includes a big-time scorer from Northern Virginia.

First, we saw former MLSer Junior Agogo scoring goals for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations. Now we see ex-Colorado Rapid Alain Nkong propelling Cameroon into the final against Egypt. The Commish must be so proud of MLS's African development program!


By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2008; 11:52 AM ET
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Has their been any explaination for that red card action? In English.

Posted by: NoMindInHisHead | February 8, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

I really don't know what to say about that red card.

Posted by: B.A. | February 8, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to the Cameroon v Egypt final.

Posted by: Chico | February 8, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I've just caught up with DCU's schedule in the dead-tree version of this morning's Post. As someone noted in a previous thread, a fair number of games have been picked up by Disney, FSC, etc. However, the Comcast schedule hasn't come out yet. Can we assume that CSN will be limited to what is left over after the other Anglophone networks have grabbed their share? (Presumably having CSN simulcast with Telefutura doesn't pose any issues.) I get ABC, BSPN2, and CSN at home, but not FSC or HDNet, so does that mean I have to look for a friendly watering hole for FSC/HDNet matches?

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that video was available all of 50 minutes, and I missed it.

Posted by: RiverCity Kid | February 8, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

That long? Wow.

Is there a bootleg version?

Posted by: viv | February 8, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

22201: Check out FSC's pub guide:

http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/802702

... and no, I'm not affiliated with them in any way (although if they feel like sending me a bag of goodies for the referral, I won't complain).

Posted by: Juan-John | February 8, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the international fixtures in the EPL schedule is that somebody gets stuck playing an extra game against Man U or Arsenal, one of the top guns. It would be unfair to take a club that was in a relegation battle, or in a battle to make it to UEFA Champion's League, and make them play an extra game against Arsenal, while the team they are just above or just below in the table gets a game against Derby County. The extra fixture unbalances the schedule.

Not to mention, it'll be like an extra home game for teams like Liverpool and Arnseal, Man U. Those guys have global fan base already. Most of the other clubs couldn't possibly hope to see partisan crowds in a foreign venue.

Posted by: Matte | February 8, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Personally, there's no way I see the EPL international fixture idea getting off the ground.

Posted by: Matte | February 8, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Is Namoff's toe ailment anything to be concerned about or just something that'll be here for a few days?

That's an interesting article on the state of things in the Great White North.

Posted by: Kire | February 8, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I meant to rite the write version of 'their', gotta type fast on these work computers....

Posted by: NoMindInMineEither | February 8, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown snagged the 2007 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year?

Wow.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 8, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Juan-John: Thanks for the FSC pub list (although it seems far from comprehensive; pubs should be falling over themselves to take advantage of this sort of free advertising).

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

new video is up. let's see how long this one is available. unfortunately, the red card incident is not included.

Posted by: Goff | February 8, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Guy-Roland Kpene is destined to be a talismanic striker for the Ivory Coast in 2010?

Posted by: silentbob | February 8, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr goff or anyone else:
Does anyone have an explanation for why andre bikey freaked out and attacked that steward? It is a very odd incident.

Posted by: red card? | February 8, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for Canada, too bad even his brother couldn't convince him to play for Canada.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 8, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Any word on the Odense scrimmage?

Posted by: Chico | February 8, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

silentbob-

To meet all the qualifications, he'll have to leave MLS sometime this year, fade from memory, and then pop back up.

SG-

When does the United-Odense match kick off (or more accurately, when should I start repeatedly refreshing SI and DC's website)?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 8, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I know that I extremely late with this post, but can somebody tell me why Convey continues to start for the US. Honestly, they could bring John Harkes or Tab Ramos out of retirement and they would be more effective.

Convey was always garbage with the United (MLS kept trying to have us drink the Kool-aid that he was a star) and he is garbage now.

Posted by: BT | February 8, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tmc | February 8, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Steve: any comment on the progress or lack thereof on Ben Olsen's ankles? Are we in danger of losing him for the season? Ankle surgery is notoriously more difficult to recover from than is knee surgery. I am beginning to worry a bit. A loss of Ben will pose a serious challenge to the squad.

Posted by: rob | February 8, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Chest, usually the scrimmages down there are at 10:30. Did you check BigSoccer? I can't access it from work.

Posted by: Chico | February 8, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Convey was great in 2006 for lcub and coutnry but hasn't regined that form since his knee injury. But without beasley his is better than are other options

Posted by: DRB | February 8, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anything on there, Chico.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 8, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Goff has a new thread up...

Posted by: Chico | February 8, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Convey was great in 2006 for lcub and coutnry but hasn't regined that form since his knee injury. But without beasley his is better than are other options

Posted by: DRB | February 8, 2008 01:47 PM
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I wholeheartedly agree. But then why bring him in when he isn't ready? There has to be someone beyond Beasley and Convey when these two are not in top form. I know that Adu doesn't prefer to play wide, but...

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

How about El Salvador 12 Anguilla 0, any video out there on this game?

Posted by: yo its me | February 8, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"I get ABC, BSPN2, and CSN at home, but not FSC or HDNet, so does that mean I have to look for a friendly watering hole for FSC/HDNet matches?"

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In the past, both FSC and HDNet have had some exclusive and some non-exclusive broadcasts. IOW, it's possible that some of the DCU games on those two channels will also be carried on CSN.

All the Telefutura games should have CSN doing to English broadcasts.

I'm also wondering if there will be English language TV coverage for Superliga this year. Is it too much to hope for ESPN2 to pick them up? They love doing to US-Mexico national team games and this is basically an extension of that rivalry.

Posted by: Phil | February 8, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Found It
ELS 12 Anguilla 0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE8UEVjoEF0

Posted by: yo its me | February 8, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't forgoet Bouna Coundoul's play for Senegal. Apparently the road to the African Cup of Nations runs through Denver...

Posted by: Jason | February 8, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

whats with the celebration on the 10th goal, what coach would allow that crap on his team?

Posted by: frank | February 8, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Adu would be absolutely worthless playing on the flank, not to mention a huge defensive liability.

Convey is a solid winger, and the MNT really doesn't have anyone else who can swing in crosses quite like he does or play box-to-box.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 8, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Convey is a solid winger, and the MNT really doesn't have anyone else who can swing in crosses quite like he does or play box-to-box.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 8, 2008 03:35 PM
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Quite true. But given that both Beasley and Convey are injury-prone, grooming someone else to step in is something for Bradley to work on. Any candidates?

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Convey is a solid winger? Have you watched him play for MLS/USA? He's a turnover machine. He puts his head down and dribbles straight ahead into defenders. He's worthless inside the 18. Seriously, watch him. His continual call-ups to the national team are U.S. Soccer's greatest mystery.

Posted by: Steven | February 8, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

quick clip of the red card incident:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-3ptEXSTB_4

Posted by: DG | February 8, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@Posted by: Steven | February 8, 2008 04:06 PM

AMEN. I have seen very little of Convey that makes me think he has any business being called up for the USMNT. His play at Reading isn't always a treat either.
He's a long ball automatica kinda player that I wish we would get rid of (Bocanegra is often guilty of this as well though I'm still willing to give him a pass). MLS is becoming, slowly but surely, a more possession style (in the vein of La Liga) league and I'd like our national team to emulate that rather than the god awful English style.

Every time I get pissed at US Soccer, I read a story from up north and realize it could be worse. REALLY worse. The CSA is an utter joke. There are U-7 clubs with more organization than them.

Posted by: papa bear | February 8, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr goff or anyone else:
Does anyone have an explanation for why andre bikey freaked out and attacked that steward? It is a very odd incident.

Posted by: red card? | February 8, 2008 01:19 PM
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I think what happened (and this is based on my watching the entire game on demand online, pausing, and rewatching the incident a few times) is this:

-- Ghana was down a goal with only a few minutes left.
-- A Cameroon player went down with injury.
-- The Cameroon medics came out to inspect him.
-- The local stewards/first aid dudes also came out, and they key thing is that they are all Ghanaian.
-- It appeared that the local first aid dudes were trying to get the Cameroon player on the stretcher while the Cameroon medics were trying to "treat" him (with the magic water bottle) on the field. Presumably the Ghanaian medics were aware of time slipping away for the team and were trying to "help."
-- The Cameroon player who got the red was standing a bit away and saw one of the Ghanaian medics sort of grabbing at the "hurt" Cameroon players legs.
-- He lost it and took a running charge at the medic and blasted him over.

So, he quite rightly got the red. If the Ghanaian medics were acting inappropriately, it' up to the ref to handle the situation.

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 8, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

i didn't read the responses ahead of me, but did anyone notice that save by kameni at the end of the cameroon v. ghana headlight? that might be one of the best stops by a keeper on a one-on-one like that i've ever seen. awesome goalkeeping.

Posted by: matttttttttt | February 10, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

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