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Soccer Insider: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

No Fred

Greetings from Denver. The team is on its way. Fred (the D.C. United midfielder, not the Lyon forward or the XM Ch. 44 station) did not make the trip because of his quadriceps injury. As expected, midfielders Devon McTavish (foot) and Domenic Mediate (hamstring) also stayed home. As far as...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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More News From RFK

*Devon McTavish (sprained foot) did not practice and appears unlikely to travel with DCU to Denver this weekend. *Fred (bruised quadriceps) practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but worked out on the side today. *Domenic Mediate (hamstring) was also limited in his activity today. *Marcelo Gallardo is a little banged up and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Olsen's Career in Jeopardy

DCU midfielder Ben Olsen , a 10-year veteran and 2007 all-league selection who has yet to play this season because of ankle problems, will not return to the field anytime soon, if at all. "It's not great," he told the Insider today. "It's a situation where we are going to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*I hear that D.C. United President Kevin Payne will join GM Dave Kasper in Argentina this weekend for the superclasico. Intriguing, no? Maybe a formal relationship with Boca? Are the Juan Sebastian Veron talks back on? How about a Martin Palermo signing after Luciano Emilio is transferred to a Central...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Remembering Gordon

A memorial service for Gordon Bradley, the former Cosmos, Dips and George Mason coach who passed away this week, will be held Fri., May 9 at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax. The event will begin at 1 p.m. The public is welcome. "George Mason was a special place for Gordon...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Friendly Anyone?

As Insider loyalists have known for some time, local promoters have been attempting to stage an El Salvador-Guatemala friendly this month at Estadio RFK. Today the deal was finalized: Fri., May 30, 8 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance will cost $30 or $40. Tickets purchased on the day of the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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United, Argentina and France

Things I'm hearing..... *DCU General Manager Dave Kasper departed for Argentina yesterday to meet with his club and player contacts. I seem to remember United picking up a few players in South America over the winter. ;-) He is planning to attend Sunday's Boca-River superclasico. Begin wild speculation at your...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Not a Banner Day for PSG

Paris Saint-Germain is already in grave danger of being relegated from Ligue 1. Now the club is being banned from next year's French League Cup because their supporters displayed a mean-spirited banner. How would MLS supporters feel if one of their banners got their club booted from the U.S. Open...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  World  
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Morning Kickaround

*One day after the U.S. soccer community said goodbye to Gordon Bradley, longtime soccer administrator Bill Gaoziou passed away in Florida. He was 68 and had battled emphysema. Gaoziou was a four-term USSF treasurer and had served on the federation's board member for many years. "From his work at the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pachuca, Boca, River Highlights

The CONCACAF Champions' Cup came to a close after 46 years with an entertaining second leg finale last night. Pachuca defended its title with a 2-1 victory over visiting Saprissa and will head to Japan again for the Club World Cup in December. The Champions League, which launches this summer,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Goal of the Week Is.....

Marcelo Gallardo's one-time smash from a tight angle against RSL. He received 52 percent of the vote. Amado Guevara's 25-yard free kick was second with 39 percent. MLS received three times more votes this week than last week, much of it apparently through clever electronic means -- the modern version...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2008; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchday: Chelsea-Liverpool

Here's your forum to comment on the Champions League match as it unfolds this afternoon. LINEUPS Chelsea: Cech, Essien, Carvalho, Terry, A. Cole, J. Cole, Ballack, Makelele, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba. Subs: Cudicini, Shevchenko, Mikel, Malouda, Alex, Belletti, Anelka. Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Riise, Kuyt, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun, Gerrard, Torres....

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2008; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Morning Kickaround

*Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is none too pleased about Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez's accusations. "Perhaps he is looking for something to destabilize us before the match. If he wants me to stay on my feet, maybe he should tell his defenders to stop hitting me." Today's the day: The second...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Remembering Gordon Bradley

With a heavy heart, I must report that Gordon Bradley, one of the most influential figures in American soccer the last 30 years, has died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 74. He would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Vera, this summer. Information on a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Great Nike Ad

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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Soehn Speaks

On facing Christian Gomez for the first time this weekend in Denver..... "Having Christian here for so long, obviously we know his strengths and we are going to have to stop him because he can hurt you in so many different ways. But we're just focused on being a harder...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU News and Notes

*MF-D Devon McTavish (sprained foot-ankle) and MF Fred (bruised quadriceps) worked out on the side and did not participate in regular workouts. MF-D Domenic Mediate (hamstring) remains out. "I feel much better," Fred said, adding that he thinks he'll be ready for Sunday's match at Colorado. Coach Tom Soehn believes...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2008; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*Barcelona visits Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal today (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Following the dreary scoreless draw in the first match, let's hope we see something akin to the clubs' 1999 CL group showdown when a young lad named David...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Parlez Vous Francais, DCU?

Three independent sources tell me D.C. United is in talks with a French coach or administrator about overseeing the club's youth development system as well as working in other areas of the organization. The individual is meeting with team officials today. More details as we learn them. [UPDATE: DCU has...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Bradley Speaks, Part II

As promised, here is more from The Post's conversation with USA Coach Bob Bradley on Friday. On the massive task of creating a youth development system that adequately feeds the national teams..... "What we are trying to do is to make sure that the things we see with the senior...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

*The USA women relinquished a late two-goal lead only to beat Australia, 3-2, on Carli Lloyd's header during added time in a friendly in Cary, N.C. The Americans (11-0-1 this year) will play the Aussies again Saturday in Birmingham before coming to D.C. to face Canada on May 10. *Some...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

In our third installment of the MLS weekend in review..... THE GOOD *Five Saturday matches averaged nearly 20,000 spectators. And then there was the one Sunday game in the Swamp (see The Coyote Ugly). *Landon Donovan's hat trick, increasing his league-best goals total to eight. *The past three No. 1...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU-RSL Aftermath

Big victory for DCU. How big? Gheorghe Muresan big. You remember the 7-foot-7 former NBA player, right? Well, the football-lovin', Washington-livin' Romanian was in the DCU locker room after the match. You think he makes other NBA players look small? Imagine the sight of Muresan and Franco Niell in the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2008; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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