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Soccer Insider: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Matchday: DCU-RSL

Greetings again from Estadio RFK. Before we get to the new-look DCU lineup, I wanted to offer up an update on former DCU midfielder Brian Kamler, who is in town for the match. While his primary purpose for the visit is color commentator on RSL's radio broadcast (he also does...

By Steve Goff  |  April 26, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday Primer

For the weather forecast between 7:30 and 9:30 at Estadio RFK, click here. For a look at Luciano Emilio's problems, click here. For a look at RSL's approach, click here and here. For RFK qualifier news, click here. For George Vecsey's wonderful column on the closure of a New York...

By Steve Goff  |  April 26, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Bradley Speaks

In addition to what will appear in the Saturday print edition story (available on washingtonpost.com late tonight), USA national team boss Bob Bradley addressed several issues during an hour-long discussion with Wash Post editors and reporters today. Some excerpts: On Pachuca midfielder Jose Torres, who grew up in Texas but...

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Cuba at RFK

Assuming both sides advance this summer, the United States and Cuba will meet in a 2010 World Cup semifinal-round qualifier at RFK Stadium on Sat., Oct. 11, USA Coach Bob Bradley told Washington Post editors and reporters this afternoon. The other home venues -- in September and November -- have...

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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MLS's African Pipeline

Super agent Patrick McCabe, who has strong ties to the African player market, was spotted at D.C. United training this morning. He was not accompanied by any players, but he did share this with me: He is headed to Senegal and Gambia in June on a scouting mission with representatives...

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  MLS  
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Eddie on eBay

Eddie Firmani, former Cosmos coach and the first boss of the MetroStars in 1996, has something for you. Get your PayPal ready. Click here to place your bid....

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Update From RFK

United's training session this morning was closed, but I can tell you this: *Defender Gonzalo Peralta (knee) is fine and appears set to start against RSL tomorrow night. However, midfielder Devon McTavish (foot-ankle) sat out again and will not be in uniform. Midfielder Domenic Mediate (hamstring) is doubtful. *Santino Quaranta...

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

Let's play "Name That Team." Here are your clues: Chase Hilgenbrinck, Amaechi Igwe, Gary Flood, Kheli Dube, Rob Valentino, Spencer Wadsworth, Brandon Tyler and Sam Brill. The first three mysterious characters were starters on the road against unbeaten Dallas last night. The other no-names were available on the bench. That's...

By Steve Goff  |  April 25, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Maradona and Others

And we thought Diego Maradona was brilliant in tight spaces..... Story here, video below. cargarVideo(870926); *USA and MLS veteran Tony Sanneh, who will turn 37 in June, had been working himself back into shape with his old club, Hertha Berlin, in hopes of signing somewhere. Sanneh, who played nine games...

By Steve Goff  |  April 24, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Decide, Deciding, Decider

After his club's cowardly tactics in the first leg (I'm kidding, I'm kidding!), Sir Alex had this to say about next Tuesday's second match against Barcelona: "The game now starts at Old Trafford -- it's the decider." Hold on here! I thought this guy was the decider. Or maybe this...

By Steve Goff  |  April 24, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  World  
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Champions' Cup Even

Saprissa scores a late equalizer to tie Pachuca, 1-1, in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup finals at the Monster's Cave. Lineups here. Game 2 is next Wednesday in Mexico. The winner heads to the Club World Cup. What, no MLS teams in the finals again? Well, at...

By Steve Goff  |  April 24, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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British Humor

During his wickedly funny stand-up routine on Comedy Central this week, British comedian John Oliver ("The Daily Show") had this to offer: (Don't forget to read it with an English accent.) "You only have a two-pronged career strategy as a child. One is to become an ice cream tycoon and...

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2008; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Beas Is Back

After suffering a serious knee injury last fall, USA winger DaMarcus Beasley has returned to training with Glasgow Rangers and has set his sights on this summer's World Cup qualifiers. Click here for more details and a podcast....

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2008; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Thinking of Hristo

After reading this story, I could not help but reminisce about the lovable Bulgarian, Hristo Stoitchkov, whose ferocious challenge shattered a leg and sparked a civil suit that was settled out of court last fall. Ah, the memories. If only Paul Gascoigne had made his way to RFK, as well....

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2008; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Owning Up to an Equalizer

*We feel John Arne Riise's pain after his own-goal-heard-round-the-world during added time yesterday in Liverpool's 1-1 loss draw with visiting Chelsea. We really do. Rest assured, the Norwegian defender has had better days. Here are a few of 'em: Today's match: Manchester United at Barcelona (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). This...

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Midday Kickaround

*Local organizers are close to finalizing a May 30 friendly between El Salvador and Guatemala at Estadio RFK. Both teams are preparing for the second round of World Cup qualifying in June: El Salvador vs. Panama and Guatemala vs. St. Lucia. The Salvadorans drew more than 22,000 at RFK last...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Going South

Carlos Alberto Parreira, the renowned Brazilian, stepped down as South Africa's national team coach because of his wife's illness, a decision that apparently had been kept quiet for weeks. Curiously, the replacement is countryman Joel Santana, who has never coached a national team. Bafana Bafana has not made much progress...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Happy Earth Day

It's a day to celebrate all things green on Planet Futbol. "Green Street Hooligans" Goias Celtic Cameroon Ireland Ex-K.C. Wizard Michael Green Rev. Al Green (couldn't resist) Sporting Lisbon Saudi Arabia Saint-Etienne Betis Banfield Bolivia Werder Bremen Mexico (sorry!) Palmeiras Panathinaikos Leon Laguna Nacional Nigeria Norwich City Ferencvaros Tokyo Verdy...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gargan to Chivas USA?

I'm hearing that Chivas USA is considering offering defender Dan Gargan a senior roster contract. Gargan, 25, was waived by Colorado after starting 26 games the past two seasons. He has been training with the Goats and played most of today's reserve division match against Dallas. Primarily a right back,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2008; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU News and Notes

Just a bit of rain the last two days, eh? Reminds me of Foxborough on Oct. 20, 1996, and RFK on Oct. 26, 1997. DCU supporters remember those days fondly. With the grass training grounds turned to mush, United moved practice to the adjacent turf field for a 90-minute workout...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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3 for Kaka and Del Piero, No. 1 for Liege

Kaka and Milan 5, Reggina 1, keeping alive Champions League hopes: Del Piero and Juventus 4, Atalanta 0, locking up a Champions League qualifying berth: Onyewu and unbeaten Liege 2, Anderlecht 0. Read about their first title in 25 years here, watch it down there:...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  World  
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *Toronto wins its second in a row for the first time in almost a year and does it in front of another large, energized crowd. *When Kenny Cooper scores, Dallas is 15-0-3. He scored. They won, despite no Toja, Rhine or Richetti. *Jozy Altidore shows off his acceleration,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2008; 2:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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The Real Deal

Players for Real Maryland, a new pro soccer club based in Montgomery County, have gathered behind the north goal of the No. 20 field at the vast Maryland SoccerPlex. The early-evening air crackles with sound -- a brew of English and Spanish banter, the thump of a foot striking the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  USL  
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Men's Olympic Draw Results

Peter Nowak and the Americans are grouped with the Netherlands, Nigeria and Japan. Only the Japanese qualified for the previous Olympics, in 2004 in Greece, and did not advance out of group play. The Nigerians won gold in 1996 at the Atlanta Games and lost in the quarterfinals in 2000....

By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2008; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Women's Olympic Draw Results

The USA will play Norway, Japan and New Zealand in the first round of the Olympic tournament this summer -- a breeze for the Americans compared to the mega-group of Germany (World Cup champion), Brazil (World Cup runner-up), African champion Nigeria and Asian power North Korea. Host China was placed...

By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2008; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Olympics , Women  
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