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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 be a good chance he will sign overseas when he turns 18 in October. Before then, he plans to train in the Chicago area.

*The second SuperLiga gets underway this summer and, although the July calendars of the four participating MLS teams (DCU, NE, Chivas, Houston) have been largely cleared to accommodate their tournament fixtures, the championship match will not take place until a mid-week date in early August.

*Read about the Vanney-Kirk trade here and here.

*On the NCAA front, Syracuse starting midfielder Luis Martinez has transferred to American University this semester and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning this fall.

*Honduran forward David Suazo scores twice in the first half for Inter Milan in Serie A play.

*"American Idol: Madrid Edition" has a new contestant: Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o. Or not.

You are welcome to share your thoughts on any weekend futbol matters here. Cheers!

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2008; 10:47 AM ET
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Comments

GOAL BARNSLEY!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 16, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Steve, is Todd West still coaching AU?

Posted by: Chico | February 16, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

RE:Eto'o

Some FA's are more retarded than others. Wow..

Posted by: gilbert | February 16, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

GOAL BARNSLEY!!!!!!!! 2-1

Posted by: NamelessFaceless | February 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

BARNSLEY IN STOPPAGE TIME!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Barnsley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Whoo-hoo. Even sweeter to see them do it to the Scousers. Love it!!!

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | February 16, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Barnsley - with 30 seconds left in stoppage!!! Guess bringing on Gerrard in the 75th wasn't such a good idea!

Posted by: Hmmm | February 16, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Great Game between Liverpool and Barnsley. This has been one of the best FA cup editions I've seen, more upsets than before.

Will Rafa still be manager by Tuesday?

RE: Eto'o
I remember that chant and I can't believe it took them almost 3 years to come up with something.

Posted by: Red Devil | February 16, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Just like Barnsley win and Liverpool loses Chelsea should have loose too. Chelsea doesn't deserve to win. They are terrible. Sooner or later they will be at the bottom half.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

*Honduran forward David Suazo scores twice in the first half for Inter Milan in Serie A play.
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But Inter is fixed by refs to win all the time. There will be another big match fixing scandals. That's for sure.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

And second to Eto. Go Eto!

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Rafa is gone...its a matter of (short) time.

Posted by: strago | February 16, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Rafa should go now. I am not fan of Liverpool but something is very wrong with that club. How embarresing is this?

I am glad I didn't go to watch ManU v. Arsenal at Summers to pay $10 and no Ronoldo and Adubayor.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I was heart-broken to see that second Barnsley goal go in. I can't even imagine what is going to happen when 'pool play Inter on Tuesday. I hope that I'm wrong, but it's going to be u-g-l-y.

Not sure what is wrong this year on that team but something isn't right, that's for sure. They have so many shots on goal, corners, and possession but they can't do squat.

So frustrating...

Posted by: Rob | February 16, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't even imagine what is going to happen when 'pool play Inter on Tuesday. I hope that I'm wrong, but it's going to be u-g-l-y.
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Specially if the ref is a Italian.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Liverpool-Barnsley is match of the year so far for 2008. It may still be by the end of the year. Incredibly entertaining stuff.

Posted by: Barnsley! | February 16, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Holy moly...I just turned out a few secs and now ManU 2-Arsenal 0. Wow wow wow.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

DC just got another player and Goff didnt break the news? What is going on?

Posted by: Matt | February 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

what other player? You mean someone besides Kirk?

Posted by: voyager | February 16, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Is it Goff's duty to break the news all the time?

Posted by: arlington | February 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What are you people talking about???? DCU got Kirk yesterday. Goff broke the story on the blog yesterday morning and linked to his newspaper story today. Am I missing something??

Posted by: DCU Fanatico | February 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

My stock is rising high and I can only give sympathy to Arsenal fans.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, FA Cup, Champ's League and Premiership all ours this year!!!

Posted by: DCU for ManU | February 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Man Utd 4 - 0 over Arsenal. Gunners change their name to Paper Tigers.

Posted by: Hmmm | February 16, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

DC just got another player and Goff didnt break the news? What is going on?
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Are you referring to this? I have no idea either...hummm
Posted by: Matt | February 16, 2008 01:14 PM
http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080216&content_id=139205&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Dan Stratford was picked in January's supplemental draft.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/01/uniteds_picks_and_other_notes.html

Posted by: apqjr | February 16, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What a day! Liverpool was nocked out, ManU crashed Arsenal, Bettys upset Real Madrid, Juve win over Roma and now the Barca is winning. The best weekend over.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

re Dan Stratford now I remember. Besides it's not that exciting since he couldn't get a club to sign him in Europe. They just posted on the DCU website.

Posted by: td | February 16, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Steve, is Todd West still coaching AU?

Posted by: Chico | February 16, 2008 11:21 AM
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Yes, Todd West is the AU coach.

Posted by: JSF | February 16, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Steve thanks for the news on Keido! Sorry he won't be signing with BVB, but BL2 wouldn't be a bad place to start.

Posted by: dcpohl | February 16, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Re: Eto'o, the fine is ridiculous considering this is the same amount or higher than some teams have been fined for their racist fans.

As recently as todays Barca @ Zaragoza game, there was racism occurring against players, yet the LFP and Spanish FA do nothing, it's very disheartening for La Liga fans.

Posted by: NattyBo | February 16, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So why doesn't Keido Pour sign with MLS and put a clause in his contract that if a European offer comes in, he must either be paid substantially more in MLS or be transferred?

It was one thing when it looked like the kid could get picked up by Borussia Dortmund. Now that they have passed, his value has come down. Going to 2. Bundesliga is not a step above MLS. C'mon Chicago, call him into training, or someone file a discovery on him and convince the kid to sign here.

Posted by: Eugene | February 16, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Goff

uslsoccer is claiming Deroux is going to the Minnesota Thunder. Know anything about this?

http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/227685.html

Posted by: Drunken Duncan | February 17, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"So why doesn't Keido Pour sign with MLS and put a clause in his contract that if a European offer comes in, he must either be paid substantially more in MLS or be transferred?"

Because no employer would agree to this.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 17, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Goff, is your colleague Nakamura a columnist or a reporter? I found this item in today's Post interesting because it sure looks like opinion to me. You know many would make valid arguments to the contrary.

"Although United does not have as deep a fan base in the city as do other Washington teams..."

Taken from here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/16/AR2008021603164.html

Posted by: DuPont Mike | February 17, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Nakamura's anti-soccer stadium bias has been glaring in each of his articles on the topic.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 17, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"So why doesn't Keido Pour sign with MLS and put a clause in his contract that if a European offer comes in, he must either be paid substantially more in MLS or be transferred?"

Because no employer would agree to this.

I-270, I'm pretty certain this was exactly the type of clause that Freddy Adu and Danny Szetela had in their contracts. Escalate the salary to DP level or let the player transfer to Europe. I beleive that Jozy Altidore also has a clause like this in his contract. I don't think this type of clause is that uncommon in MLS.

Posted by: Eugene | February 17, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Pour was in DCU's scouting combine; they thought he was a couple years away from being pro material and did not pursue it further. The kid was also intent on exploring his options in Europe before committing to MLS.

As for Nakamura, he is not anti-soccer. That's just plain silly. We've gone over this before and reluctantly we'll have to go over it again. He couldn't care less about the area's sports teams -- win, lose, tie, stadium, no stadium. Any good reporter would approach it the same way. The comment mentioned above is probably based on the fact that United has only been around for 12 years compared to decades for the Redskins, Wizards and Caps (the Nats are clearly a different situation and, like it or not, baseball is much more popular than soccer). Don't get me wrong -- DCU has a great fan base after just a dozen years in town -- but it takes a lot longer than that to truly become ingrained in a city's sports culture. Sorry, but I understand Nakamura's point.

Posted by: Goff | February 17, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Did I say he was anti-soccer? No.
I said he was anti-soccer stadium.
Which is readily apparent from every article he's written. He ignores key facts in favor of conjecture that will elicit a response from the readers, particularly those readers who aren't familiar with the situation, and only see this as a handout.
I don't argue with United having a small fanbase. However, it's likely on par, if not greater than the fanbase for the Caps.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 17, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Which is readily apparent from every article he's written.

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Yes, "readily apparent from EVERY article." David clearly hates DCU, hates the idea of a stadium, hates anyone who is in favor of a stadium. And if there is no stadium ever built at PP, the reporter will be to blame, not the mayor or the city council.(sigh)

Today's story clearly states that Fenty was prepared to announce the stadium plan on Thursday, but lukewarm reception from the council changed his plans.

Here's a crazy thought: Call David directly (202 334 6000, ask for him), identify yourself, leave your phone number if necessary, and politely tell him all the things he has gotten factually wrong over the last year. I'm sure he will welcome your feedback.

Posted by: Goff | February 17, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

AlecW81:

Was the big-red-in-capital-letters word "ANALYSIS" at the top of the story when you first read it? Stories like those are slightly different than regular straight-news stories. If that word WASN'T there when you first read the story, then some WaPo online editor messed up and I can see why you could be confused, even though I don't see any kind of bias in Nakamura's story.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Inaccurate reporting won't kill Poplar Point, but it won't exactly help things either.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 17, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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