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Soccer Insider: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Matchday: DCU vs. TFC

[updated] Greetings from Estadio RFK. A few notes..... *Almost all of the Nationals signage inside the stadium has been replaced with DCU material. *DCU and Pachuca have had very preliminary discussions about entering into a partnership -- similiar to the one United has with Brazil's Atletico Mineiro -- and will...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday Warm-Up

*Read about Devon McTavish's surprising scoring touch, his tour of almost every position on the pitch in college and MLS, and his battle with Crohn's disease. *Portsmouth is going to the FA Cup final for the first time since 1939 after edging West Brom, 1-0. Pompey's opponent will be Barnsley...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Quick Update From RFK

[updated with Soehn and Carvallo quotes] DCU's morning training session at Estadio RFK was closed to the media, a rarity so early in the season. Something's up. Carvallo gets the call in goal? Quaranta starts up front with Emilio? Moreno ready to return? Weather conditions for tomorrow's match here. Meantime,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Beckham scores! Donovan scores! Kobe rejoices! All is well in Lalas-land. *Ralston and Twellman down, Larentowicz sent off, Revs crushed. *A moment of silence for Hrvoje Custic, a 24-year-old Croatian striker who died after crashing into a retaining wall during a NK Zadar match....

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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He Makes How Much?

We were the first to bring you the long list of MLS salaries earlier this evening (see previous thread). Now we offer a few numbers that might have caught your eye: BARGAINS Maykel Galindo, Chivas: $79,750. Brad Guzan, Chivas: $103,974. Juan Toja, Dallas: $150,000. Devon McTavish, D.C.: $33,000. Marc Burch,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS Salaries Are Here

I offer you the complete list. Not every player is included; the paperwork on some contracts has not been finalized (i.e. Lopez in K.C.). Highlights: Gallardo -- 1.5 million base salary; $1.9 million guaranteed Blanco -- 2.5 million; 2.7 million Christian Gomez -- 385,000; 430,000 Schelotto -- 425,000; 425,000 Duilio...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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That's the Ticket

USA-England tickets will go on sale to U.S. supporters starting Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET on the U.S. Soccer Federation's Web site. As we told you yesterday, seats for the May 28 friendly at Wembley are on the lower-level endline, will cost $115 each, are limited to eight per...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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More From RFK

United relinquished a first-round supplemental draft pick to acquire rookie defender Mike Zaher from Toronto FC. GM Dave Kasper said the club plans to sign him to a developmental contract. "He gives us some cover on the left side," Coach Tom Soehn said. "When we watched him [at the scouting...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Moreno's Thoughts

Jaime Moreno, who has not played since injuring his hamstring early in the March 12 match at Harbour View, is hoping to play against Toronto FC this weekend. "I will probably play one half," he said. "So far, maybe that is the idea. We'll see how it goes." Was he...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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All-Star Lame

MLS has finalized plans to have West Ham play the all-stars in Toronto on July 24. The Commish promises a "memorable display of the world's game." Prediction: MLS 3, West Ham 1 League trumpets another glorious victory over a foreign club in preseason. Rest of world yawns....

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Zaher In, Cezar Out

I'm hearing that D.C. United and representatives for Brazilian forward Cezar (Atletico Mineiro) could not reach a deal and he has departed training camp. Detials to come. Meantime, United has acquired the rights to rookie defender Mike Zaher, a third-round pick from UCLA, from Toronto FC. He'll be on trial...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Missed Opportunities

Most of us were sensible enough to know that D.C. United was not going to get a result at Pachuca and that the club would have to take the Champions' Cup series next week at RFK. But we had to believe that Houston, the defending MLS champion, would take care...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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MLS Fines and Suspensions

Colorado's Ciaran O'Brien has been suspended an additional match and fined another $250 for his red card tackle that sidelined Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz for at least a month. Watch the video and tell me what you think of the league-imposed penalties. Meantime, Galaxy defender Abel Xavier was fined an...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Midday Kickaround

*The brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, captured by The Independent. *Tickets for the USA-England match May 28 at Wembley will go on sale to the general U.S. public Friday at 11 a.m. ET. (A private sale began yesterday to those on a national team e-mailing list.) The cost is $115 apiece,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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DCU-Pachuca Video

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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DCU-Pachuca, The Aftermath

You didn't really think United, without Olsen's grit and Moreno's composure, was going to win in Mexico at 7,900 feet against a seasoned club with superior talent, did you? United held its own for 45 minutes, but in the second half while D.C. played conservatively and tried to escape with...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2008; 1:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Matchday: DCU-Pachuca II

Since the previous thread was getting a bit cluttered, I've created a new forum for tonight's match. Fire away, amigos!...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2008; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
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Matchday: DCU at Pachuca

Will United finally break the MLS hex in Mexico? Or is the club headed for another Champions' Cup crash? United would love to come away with a tie, but playing on the road at altitude against a strong Mexican opponent spells trouble. Would you be happy with a one-goal loss?...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ralston, Twellman Sidelined

New England's 3-0 victory over Houston in an MLS Cup rematch Saturday at Gillette was the good news for the Revs. Today's injury report was the bad news. Forward Taylor Twellman tore cartilage in his right knee during training last week and will have surgery tomorrow. He will miss at...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Day of Fools

April Fool's joke or no joke? You be the judge. *Three days after he and his Galaxians set the tone for the season with an abominable performance at Colorado, David Beckham will appear this evening on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." (No joke) *Hugol is gone. Somewhere in Monterrey,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sanchez Dismissed

Mexico has seen enough. Hugo Sanchez, who again failed to beat the USA and could not get his U-23s through group play of Olympic qualifying, has been fired. MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hugo Sanchez was fired as coach of Mexico's soccer team on Monday, two weeks after El Tri's under-23...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2008; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Women's Roster Set

Pia Sundhage has finalized her 20-player roster for the Olympic women's qualifying tournament, which begins this week in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Hope Solo makes the squad, Briana Scurry does not. The Americans will face Jamaica on Friday, Mexico on Sunday and, assuming they advance, play for an Olympic berth in...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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A New Stadium

That got your attention, didn't it? (A cruel trick on a Monday morning, my apologies.) Just to brighten this gray day in the nation's capital, let's celebrate the opening of the new ballpark on the banks of the sparkling Anacostia. The home team opened their field of dreams with a...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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