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Soccer Insider: March 2, 2008 - March 8, 2008

Say Anything

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed." [updated with Lopez and Mina news at...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Lopez-Wizards Update

[updated with DCU-TFC result at bottom] Following up on our exclusive report from this morning (actually, dating back several weeks from when we first broke this story)..... Just got off the phone with Wizards Coach Curt Onalfo, who confirmed that Claudio Lopez has joined the team in Buenos Aires. As...

By Steve Goff  |  March 7, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Lopez Nears Deal, Mina Talks Heat Up

I am hearing that Argentine forward Claudio Lopez is scheduled to fly from his home in Cordoba to Buenos Aires today and meet up with the Kansas City Wizards to finalize a two-year contract that would make him the club's first designated player. As usual with major international negotiations, there...

By Steve Goff  |  March 7, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

With March Madness approaching, I will have to shift my work responsibilities into full college basketball mode starting today in Richmond, but of course, will try to keep you updated on the soccer front as best I can the next few days. *The Post editorial page chimes in on the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 7, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Quaranta and DCU, Together Again

[updated with more details at the bottom] A week into his trial, Santino Quaranta has reached agreement on a contract with D.C. United. Quaranta came on as a reserve in United's first match with Chivas USA yesterday, then started and played about 33 minutes in the night game before leaving...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Olympic Preparation

U-23 coach Peter Nowak will name his 20-man Olympic qualifying roster on Sunday, two days before the opener against Cuba in Tampa, the USSF announced today. You've seen the list of 24 players in camp, but there is also the strong likelihood that defender Jonathan Spector, who has remained with...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Earth Watch

*For those of you tired of watching the U.S. national team play Mexico, Sweden and Poland, you are in for a treat this summer. (No, I'm not talking about the showdown with Barbados or Dominica in June, although I know you are fired up for the start of World Cup...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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United Sweeps Doubleheader

In the second game of the DCU-Chivas USA series on Wednesday, United earned another 2-1 victory. Chivas went ahead in the 13th, but Quavas Kirk tied it three minutes later on an assist from Justin Moose. Brazilian trialist Cezar added the go-ahead strike in the 27th, set up by Rod...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2008; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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United Wins Renegade Match

The Texas Pro Soccer Festival near San Antonio is not off to a good start. Get this: Disgusted with the width (57 yards?) and general condition of the field to be used in the tournament, D.C. United and Chivas USA agreed to go their own way this morning and play...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Euro Clash

Today's Schedule: *Olympiakos at Chelsea, 2:45, ESPN2 (0-0 first leg) *Roma at Real Madrid, 2:45, ESPN Deportes (2-1 Roma, first leg) *Schalke at Porto, 4:45, tape delay, Deportes (1-0 Schalke, first leg) Tomorrow: Liverpool takes a 2-0 aggregate lead to Inter Milan (no TV) Predictions? FYI, Barcelona will be without...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Harbouring Thoughts

Jason Amaguaña's perfect scenario for D.C. United's Champions' Cup opener at Harbour View next Wednesday? "Ronny scores but we win," he said. Jason is an operations manager for DCU. Ronny Amaguaña is his big brother, a wing back for the Jamaican club who has strong ties to the Washington area...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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AU Hires Women's Coach

Keeping things very local for the moment..... The Insider has learned that American University will name David Bucciero as its women's head coach, replacing Michael Brady, who took an assistant's position under John Kerr Jr. with the Duke men's program. Bucciero, a Northern Virginia native, has been on the Boston...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2008; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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MLS Waiver Draft Results

D.C. United bolsters its defensive corps by claiming Jeff Curtin, the former Georgetown standout who was let go by Chicago after two seasons. Houston takes forward Kyle Brown (Real Salt Lake) and Chicago acquires defender Brandon Prideaux (Colorado). The 6-foot-3 Curtin, 24, is out of contract and will have to...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Games and Claims

I am hearing that..... *D.C. United has finalized its local TV package with Comcast SportsNet. Overall, 29 of 30 regular season matches will be available either through Comcast or national outlets (ESPN2, ABC, Telefutura, Fox Soccer Channel). The only exception is the home opener April 5 vs. Toronto, which can...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*With just eight days until Champions' Cup play begins, D.C. United is trying to get its diverse act together. *The Texas Pro Soccer Festival begins tomorrow in San Antonio, featuring DCU, Houston, Chivas USA and Toronto in preseason friendlies. Each club will play three matches over five days. *Still awaiting...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Roster Status

Midfielder Justin Moose, who was on trial after not having his option picked up, and rookie defender Pat Carroll, younger brother of MLS's Brian and Jeff, signed developmental contracts. Forward Jerson Monteiro, who was acquired late last season from Chicago, was waived. The club also announced today that midfielder Ryan...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lopez, Mina Updates

[updated with Mina] Two weeks after the Insider broke the story, the Argentine media is finally catching up to Kansas City's pursuit of former Albiceleste star Claudio Lopez. The sides have been ironing out the final details the past week and, barring a last-minute problem, an announcement is expected in...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2008; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Monday Video

Good morning..... As we await word on Kansas City's negotiations with Claudio Lopez, Dallas's issues with Roberto Mina, D.C. United's local TV schedule, Seattle's nickname/logo, final details of this summer's SuperLiga and reaction to Tim Cahill's goal celebration for Everton, let's watch some motion pictures..... Fiorentina's late game-winner against Juventus:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2008; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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