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Soccer Insider: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Happy Weekend

Slow day so far. Let's keep it that way. D.C. United is off this weekend, and so am I. You should know that the DCU reserves rebounded from a two-goal deficit to beat Columbus, 3-2, this morning. Keep a look out in Saturday's print editions (available online late tonight) for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Morning Kickaround

*The link to my DCU-Crew match report with a slide show included. Video highlights here. *Looking ahead, the draws for the Olympic soccer tournaments will take place Sunday morning (7 a.m. ET) on fifa.com. The final qualifier will be determined Saturday when Brazil plays Ghana in a women's playoff. Matches...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2008; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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DCU-Columbus Aftermath

A few quick observations from United's 2-1 loss to Columbus at RFK: *Luciano Emilio's finishing touch is not the only problem. His speed of thought is slow, he can't maintain possession when under pressure and seems uncomfortable with the ball at his feet. Is it an aberration or is he...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2008; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Matchday: DCU-Columbus

[updated] Greetings from Estadio RFK. Another gorgeous evening for a match. Almost heavenly. Divine intervention? After all, the Pope is in town. Okay, first a pair of expected developmental signings: defenders Jeff Curtin, who was claimed in the waiver draft last month, and Mike Zaher, a rookie from UCLA drafted...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2008; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Predictions, Anyone?

Does D.C. United bounce back from Saturday's horror show at RSL and continue its fine run of play at Estadio RFK? How about Everton at home against Chelsea? (Lampard and Drogba are out, Chelsea trying to keep its league title hopes alive, Everton vying for a top-four finish) And for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Morning Kickaround

Unless you stayed up very late last night, you missed the Mexico-China friendly out west. El Tri won, 1-0, on 19-year-old Cesar Villaluz's first-half goal before more than 56,000 at Qwest Field. The D.C. United-Real Madrid exhibition in 2006 is still the Seattle attendance record-holder at 66,000-plus. *Celtic is closing...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2008; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Formations and Transgressions

With Gonzalo Martinez possibly out with a hamstring injury, how would you like to see DCU line up tomorrow? Back to 4-4-2? McTavish and Peralta in the middle and Quaranta on the right flank of midfield? Stay with three in the back with Burch joining Peralta and Namoff? While you...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Martinez Injured and DCU Notes

*DCU defender Gonzalo Martinez felt tightness in his hamstring at training yesterday, did not work out today and will be a game-time decision tomorrow. I would not count on him starting against Columbus, but we'll see. *Ailing midfielder Ben Olsen is heading to Delaware today to be examined by a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

I spent a few hours last night with Washington's newest pro club, Real Maryland, which will make its USL2 debut Sunday afternoon at Maryland SoccerPlex. I plan to have a feature about the club in Saturday's print editions, but for now, a few things you should know: -- Salvadoran forward...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Pope in D.C.

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Washington today, so on this historic occasion, the Insider offers you a look at some of the Pope's greatest moments. Please share your memories, as well. Bless you, Insider loyalists....

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moose Watch

[updated] Third-year midfielder Justin Moose, a former first-round draft pick who earned a developmental deal this preseason after D.C. United declined to exercise the option on his previous contract, was waived. He has been with the Vancouver Whitecaps for the past week and is now free to sign with the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

My exclusive news yesterday that Freddy Adu was leaving Wasserman Media Group for a new agency reminded me of our favorite agent, Ari Gold, and one of the greatest scenes ever from "Entourage." The language in this video is for mature audiences only, but here's the cleaner classic line: "I...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Changes for Adu

[updated with quote] Freddy Adu, who has been with L.A.-based super-agent Richard Motzkin since signing with MLS at age 14, is in the market for new representation. Adu, who turns 19 in June, has decided to end his relationship with Wasserman Media Group and is in the process of interviewing...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Update

Francis Doe, a 22-year-old Liberian forward who had two goals in eight appearances for the Red Bulls last year, is on trial with United. The club has two open roster spots. GM Dave Kasper also tells me he'll know more about midfielder Justin Moose's status today or tomorrow. Moose, who...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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USA in D.C.

We told you last month that the U.S. women's national team was going to play at RFK Stadium. We told you last week that the opponent would be Canada. Now, it's official: May 10 at 7 p.m. (no TV), a rematch of Saturday's Olympic qualifying championship game, won by the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Women  
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *A pair of goals apiece from three Americans: Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers and Landon Donovan. *TFC, Canada's Team, winning on the road for the first time since the American holiday, Fourth of July, its only away victory last year. *The wonderful passes by Andre Rocha and Adrian Serioux...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2008; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU-RSL Aftermath

Some quick thoughts (and player ratings) before I get a few hours' sleep and catch a flight home..... *Why start a young, back-up goalkeeper in his first MLS match on the road on that field? Remember what happened last year with Jay Nolly? I'm not comparing Jose Carvallo to Nolly...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2008; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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