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Soccer Insider: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Matchday: DCU at RSL

Greetings from Salt Lake City. Gorgeous spring day on the Wasatch Front: deep blue sky, snow-capped mountains, temps around 60, light breeze. While I, nor anyone else, will miss Rice-Eccles' artificial turf or excessive capacity, you can't beat the view from the upper levels of the hilltop stadium on the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Fire Search and More Salaries

I'm hearing that a possible replacement for the ousted John Guppy in Chicago is Ilja Kaenzig, the former sporting director at Hanover, GM at Bayer Leverkusen and front office executive with Grasshopper. The last two years he has been running a Zurich-based consulting firm, Boutique Football. (Any relation to Ruud...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS  
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'We're a Folk-Singing Group From Salt Lake City'

[updated with Fire news, Mexico roster, charity event] Greetings from the Wasatch Front. No wedding crashing this weekend. No venture capitalists from New Hampshire. Sadly, no Rachel McAdams either. Just futbol. United (the airline, not the MLS club) apologizes for my day-long absence. (The connection from Denver was ready for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2008; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday Night Arrives Without a Suitcase

My suitcase gets packed tonight in advance of tomorrow's day of travel to Salt Lake City. So the floor is yours until I rejoin you sometime Friday. Your MLS weekend schedule is highlighted by San Jose's home debut, though not at the Santa Clara University stadium. The Quakes will host...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2008; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  MLS  
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Nowak at RFK

What was old friend Peter Nowak doing back at Estadio RFK last night for the D.C. United-Pachuca Champions' Cup match? "Scouting, in general terms. I look at many players, not just for my [under-23] team, but the whole program with Bob Bradley and the USSF." Anyone specific, maybe, um, a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Broadcast News

Please don't take it wrong when I tell you that I believe that Tom, while a very nice guy, is the Devil. A 1987 flashback. Don't mind me. Important broadcast information for D.C. United's match at Real Salt Lake at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night: Comcast SportsNet will provide...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Revolution Revelations

No Twellman, no Ralston, no Albright, no Thompson, not even a Larentowicz. No worries. The Revolution turned to its Gambian teenagers, Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally, and a collection of other young players to hand host Kansas City its first loss, 3-1. Amaechi Igwe made his MLS debut at left...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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DCU-Pachuca Aftermath

United wins the match, but loses the series. Ain't football cruel? The late goals by Rod Dyachenko and Franco Niell were nice and kept United unbeaten at home against Mexican competition, but the missed opportunities in the first 85 minutes, combined with Damian Alvarez's strike, doomed United's effort. If you...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2008; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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Guevara to Toronto

From Honduran star Amado Guevara's rep, Patrick McCabe: "Guevera has signed and will arrive in L.A. on Friday." Guevara, who had been playing for Motagua, reached a deal with MLS. His previous MLS club, Chivas USA, then traded his rights to TFC for undisclosed 2009 and '10 draft picks. The...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Matchday: DCU-Pachuca

[updated with lineups] Greetings from RFK Stadium. (We'll avoid 'Estadio RFK' today -- can't let Pachuca get too comfortable in DCU's house, right?) Gorgeous day here along the banks of the mighty Anacostia. Nats fans looking for their shuttle to the ballpark/amusement park down river have been told they cannot...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Super Wednesday

Here's the big fixture list: *Roma faces a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League quarterfinal at Manchester United (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). *With a 1-0 lead, Barcelona welcomes Schalke to Nou Camp (2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes). *The USA women play for an Olympic berth against Costa Rica at 7 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Guevara Update

The Amado Guevara saga continues. A few weeks ago, negotiations with the Honduran midfield star and 2004 MLS most valuable player stalled. This week, with talks heating up again, reports out of Honduras said he was about to join Toronto FC. Today his representative, Patrick McCabe, told the Insider: "Slow...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2008; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yi Retires

Defender Alex Yi, who grew up in the Baltimore-Washington area and spent time in Belgium before joining FC Dallas, has decided to retire. Yi, 26, was a product of the Bradenton Academy and represented the United States at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. He played three full seasons for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Notes and Quotes

*Team captain Jaime Moreno , who injured a hamstring last month, rates his fitness level at 90 percent and Coach Tom Soehn is encouraged by his progress after playing him 45 minutes Saturday. "I see the confidence to be able to do that [run hard] the last couple days," Soehn...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Strained Roster Muscle

Flashing back to yesterday's thread that included the Champions League schedule..... I am all for MLS clubs playing in international competition, the challenges it brings on the field and the marketing possibilities off it, but after taking a closer look at the calendar late this summer and in the fall,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Women at RFK

The Insider has learned that the U.S. women's national team will play a friendly against Canada on Sat., May 10 at RFK Stadium -- the Americans' first appearance in D.C. since the 2003 World Cup opener against Sweden. Kickoff will probably be early evening. An official announcement is expected this...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2008; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women  
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Seattle's Club Will Be Named.....

After counting 15,000 votes, the new team is Seattle Sounders FC. (The write-in candidate wins -- shocker! FC, Republic and Alliance rejected.) Whatcha think? Home: Qwest Field. Kickoff: 2009. Season Tix: Approaching 14,000....

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2008; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Midday Kickaround

*DCU's Santino Quaranta has a broken hand, but will not miss any matches. *Did you know that MLS has changed the playoff format again? I don't believe the league ever announced anything -- let me know if I'm wrong about that -- but according to the 2008 rules of competition,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Update

*MF Justin Moose has arrived in Vancouver. "He needs games," United GM Dave Kasper said. It's still unclear whether he is there on loan or transfer. Details will be finalized later this week, Kasper said. *In its final match before facing DCU on Wednesday in the second leg of the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers wrote it. Everyone from the Neville Brothers to Ziggy Marley and Sting covered it. On the subject of great music, please take five and read this profile of Dave Brubeck that appeared in The Post on Sunday. Where is this going? Not sure really. But it was, after...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2008; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moose Crossing

Midfielder Justin Moose, who earned a roster spot with D.C. United after the club did not pick up the option on his contract in December, is leaving for the USL1 Vancouver Whitecaps, DCU confirmed today. Moose, a first-round pick from Wake Forest in the 2006 draft who is also an...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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DCU-TFC Aftermath

Two early goals, a flawed opponent, a red card, a comprehensive victory. Several outstanding performances, but on a night when the attack returned to form, I'll mix things up and go with Bryan Namoff as my man of the match. He timed his tackles exquisitely, distributed long balls out of...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2008; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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