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Soccer Insider: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

Kick It

D.C. United will play its annual friendly with the Richmond Kickers (USL2) tonight at 7 p.m. at UR Stadium, though it is unclear whether the series will continue. United will bring primarily reserves and a few regulars, including Clyde Simms, Marc Burch and perhaps Devon McTavish. I will not be...

By Steve Goff  |  March 22, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Final Thoughts From Music City

*With an Olympic berth secure, Coach Peter Nowak said some players from his under-23 squad will not play in Sunday's meaningless final against Honduras in order to prepare for the senior national team's friendly at Poland. Probably Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector and Sal Zizzo, maybe Charlie Davies, but probably not...

By Steve Goff  |  March 21, 2008; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Oly Matchday: USA-Canada

Greetings from Nashville. Share your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts on the Olympic qualifying semifinals here. Honduras-Guatemala, 6 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN Deportes) USA-Canada, 9 p.m. ET (FSC, ESPND) Winners go to China. There has been a lot of buzz on the silly Internet machine the last few...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Champions' Cup Semis Set

Well, almost. D.C. United will face defending champion Pachuca, which edged visiting Motagua (Honduras), 1-0, on Wednesday night. Houston moved on with a 3-1 victory over Municipal and now awaits the Atlante-Saprissa winner tonight. The Mexican club has a 2-1 advantage. The semis have not been kind to MLS teams...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA-England Done Deal

When: May 28. Time: 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. in London). Where: Wembley (maybe you've heard of it) TV: ESPN Classic and Univision. Tickets: According to the USSF, information will be announced shortly....

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2008; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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DCU Updates

Gotta make this quick..... *No truth to the report that DCU is considering ancient Borussia Dortmund defender Christian Worns. According to the club's front office, Worns's reps approached them last year, but once United settled on Gonzalo Martinez and Gonzalo Peralta in central defense, they had no interest in pursuing...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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United Moves Forward

With a 5-0 victory over Harbour View, United moves into the Champions' Cup semifinals against Pachuca or Motagua. The first leg of the semifinals will be on the road April 1-2, the return leg at RFK on April 8-9. My player ratings: Wells 6; Namoff 6, Martinez 7, Peralta 7,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2008; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Matchday: DCU-Harbour View

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Last time we were here, Christian Gomez, Troy Perkins and Bobby Boswell were on the pitch, baseball foul poles were still standing and United was headed toward another premature playoff exit. Ah, the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy memories..... A few things to share: *Fox Soccer Channel will carry the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Maradona Gets High

I knew that might get your attention. The Argentine legend joined, among others, Bolivian President Evo Morales and former DCUer Marco Etcheverry, for an exhibition in sky-high La Paz to raise money for flood victims and to protest FIFA's attitude about altitude. "You have the right to play where you...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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United Lite

Before giving United the lead at Harbour View last week, when was the last time Devon McTavish scored a goal? "I think I was a junior in high school. No, it was my senior year at college. I scored in a preseason game my rookie year [with United], but that...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Moreno Out, Roster Updates

*Team captain Jaime Moreno will be sidelined two to four weeks from the time of his hamstring injury last Wednesday at Harbour View, so he'll definitely miss tomorrow night's second leg of the Champions' Cup quarterfinals and be questionable for the MLS opener at Kansas City in 12 days. *United...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Selection Monday

No 65-team tournament field here. No mascots, cheerleaders or pep bands. Just four sides playing for two tickets to China this summer: Honduras-Guatemala USA-Canada One site (Nashville), not eight, and all on one day (Thursday) to determine the CONCACAF's two men's Olympic berths. In case you missed it, Mexico is...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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