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Soccer Insider: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

The USA's Dilemma

With Mexico's 2-1 loss to Guatemala in Olympic qualifying last night, the Americans face a strategic quandry in their group finale tonight (7 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes) against Honduras. Mexico cannot finish better than second in its group and, if it advances, would face the first-place team...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Another Facundo in MLS?

That would be forward Facundo Sava, 33, who has been scoring at a high rate for Racing in Argentina the last two years and had previously passed through Fulham and Celta Vigo. Though his price would be rather steep, I'm hearing that three MLS teams have expressed some level of...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2008; 12:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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Walker Waived and Lots More News

*Forward Jamil Walker, who was attempting to earn a D.C. United roster spot after suffering a severe Achilles injury last spring, has been waived. With Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno, Franco Niell, Guy-Roland Kpene and Rod Dyachenko returning, the addition of Santino Quaranta and the extended trial of Brazilian Cezar, there...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Morning Kickaround

*I'm told that Columbus has lost interest in Argentine defender-midfielder Matias Almeyda and is in serious pursuit of frontline help. Crew technical director Brian Bliss is in Honduras on a scouting mission. San Jose is also searching for a forward before the season starts. No names available ... at the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2008; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Olympic Qualifying Continues

As short-handed Cuba prepares to play Honduras tonight (5:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes), Fab Freddy and the Americans will vie for their first victory later against Panama (8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes). Pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are encouraged. Giddyup. Cuba starts its match with 10 players. Honduras wins,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2008; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Liga Is Super

D.C. United wil face Chivas (Mexico) on July 12th, Atlante (Mexico) on the 15th and Houston on the 19th. All matches will be played at RFK Stadium and start at 8 p.m. The Chivas-Atlante site has not been determined, and Houston will host each of the Mexican clubs. The full...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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The Ties That Bind

Headline courtesy of Bruce and The River. D.C. United 1, Harbour View 1 Houston 0, Municipal 0 Mexico 1, Canada 1 The first two results were satisfactory for the visiting MLS sides, who will head home for the second legs of the Champions' Cup quarterfinals next week, while the last...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Champions' Cup and SuperLiga

Let's start over with a clean sheet, so to speak. Feel free to share your DCU pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts here tonight. Before we get started with the Champions' Cup, I can tell you that the SuperLiga groups, schedules and sites will be officially unveiled at 3 p.m. ET...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2008; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (309)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: DCU at Harbour View

Has anyone seen five Cuban soccer players strolling around Tampa looking for a pickup game -- and, oh, maybe asylum as well? Just checking..... Sorry for the delay today. Besides technical problems with the cranky blog machine, I've been working on NCAA basketball stuff. So it was with great pleasure...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

Busy day. Let's get to it. *The most -- or perhaps only -- influential player in the U.S. under-23 national team's disappointing 1-1 tie with unimpressive Cuba in the Olympic qualifying opener was 18-year-old Freddy Adu. Troubling? Yes. A USA-Mexico, do-or-die semifinal sure seems inevitable. Sorry for the cynicism, but...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday, Matchnight

*Liverpool takes its 2-0 aggregate advantage to Milano to face Inter today in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 series. Will the Reds make it through at San Siro? *USA-Cuba Olympic qualifying opener tonight in Tampa (8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes). You've seen the roster, now...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Late Return, Early Entries

Just got back from Richmond and George Mason's CAA championship. It's 2 a.m. and I am wide awake. A pound of chocolate to stay alert on I-95 will do that to you. Okay, enough with the hoops. Before we move on, please vote for your preferred mascot: Talon or Gunston....

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2008; 1:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Perez, Dorrance to Hall of Fame

No one in the player category was included on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, but former player Hugo Perez (veteran) and University of North Carolina Coach Anson Dorrance (builder) met the 50 percent requirement in their respective groups. Top 5 in...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*Giant killer Barnsley is drawn with league rival Cardiff in the FA Cup semifinals, while Portsmouth will face West Brom. Matches will take place in early April at Wembley. *U.S. Hall of Fame announcement coming today. *Now that we know the USA roster for Olympic qualifying, how important is it...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oly Qualifying Roster Set

Peter Nowak has set his 20-man Olympic qualifying roster. As expected, Jonathan Spector was added and Michael Bradley was not. Five players from the training camp in Bradenton were cut, most notably Benny Feilhaber (not injured). The others were Robbie Rogers, Tally Hall, Arturo Alvarez and Mike Randolph. GOALKEEPERS: Dominic...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Sunday Brunch

For his club's Texas Pro Soccer Festival finale today against Houston, D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn plans to give everyone some minutes in order to stay sharp before the Champions' Cup match on Wednesday at Harbour View. Expect numerous substitutions. The unofficial 18-man travel roster for Jamaica: GKs: Zach Wells,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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