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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, plus a $15 shipping charge per order, with a limit of eight tix per customer. The seats are in the lower level of the endline, traditional for visiting supporters at Wembley. Some details here, but more information from the USSF tomorrow.

*Champions League today: Liverpool at Arsenal (ESPN2) and Chelsea at Fenerbahce (ESPN Deportes), both at 2:30 p.m. ET. The second match will be shown on tape on ESPN Classic at 5 p.m.

*Champions' Cup today: Saprissa at Houston (10 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel).

*The hits keep on comin' for the Galaxy: Carlos Ruiz is out for at least a month.

*Santino Quaranta meets the macabre: The DCU forward will be at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday to present a soccer ball signed by the United squad that will be displayed with the full-body soccer player plastinate at the Body Worlds 2 exhibit.

*Last I heard, negotiations between DCU and young Brazilian forward Cezar had yet to be resolved. United is looking to acquire him on loan from Atletico Mineiro with an option to buy next year.

*Don't forget about my live online chat at 1 p.m. ET today. The full transcript will be available at the same link.

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2008; 11:05 AM ET
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Dude, not even a link to your excellent print story on the WNT? If there's a separate thread, I should have waited.

* WNT will get first re-match versus Brazil in South Korea in June. I hope some WWC film is on continuous loop in the locker room.

* An interesting and somewhat grotesque story about Hope Solo. http://wnt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/2008/04/not-blog-or-goal-post-for-squeamish.html

Posted by: WNT fan | April 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

bought my airline tix to london today, before realizing that the game tix were going to be even more costly. this is starting to sting....

Posted by: troy | April 2, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

bought my airline tix to london today, before realizing that the game tix were going to be even more costly. this is starting to sting....

Posted by: troy | April 2, 2008 11:39 AM
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Yeah, but do you get to use euros to make your purchases, unlike the rest of us who have to use dollars?

Posted by: tri-village | April 2, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Can't believe there was no card for the foul on Ruiz...shoulda been red. Hopefully a suspension is in the offing.

Posted by: Matt | April 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Went to see the Body Worlds exhibit a couple of weeks ago. It is FANTASTIC! There's nothing macabre about it. A 90-minute walk through the place teaches you more than any book or TV show ever could.

Ben Olsen should go just to see how his ankles are put together...

Posted by: Matt Mathai | April 2, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Dude, not even a link to your excellent print story on the WNT? If there's a separate thread, I should have waited.
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Check the previous thread. And here's the link to the South Korea news:

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_5898249.html

Posted by: tri-village | April 2, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

troy, flights to London are the only reasonable ones from Atlanta right now, actually. I'm going to the Mediterranean in late May, and it was cheaper to fly to London and buy some more tickets to get where I'm going. I'm sure you've got tons of options where you are...

Posted by: RK | April 2, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh, great the Peace Cup again

It's a marketing tool for this guy and his organization:

http://www.trueloveking.net/

Posted by: What??? | April 2, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess the event will get a lot of coverage from the Post's crosstown rival, the one that regularly loses more money that all MLS franchises combined.

Posted by: tri-village | April 2, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

steve:

what do you know about Cezar's playing style. Would he give our striker corp some needed speed at the point of attack. Emilio looks very slow to me so far this season. I realize that Pachuca made our entire team appear to be a side of slugs, but Emilio in particular looked slow. Any thoughts?

Posted by: rob | April 2, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen him enough in training to offer an opinion. He's young, though. Don't expect an instant superstar. If he were, Mineiro wouldn't consider letting him go.

Posted by: Goff | April 2, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"The hits keep on comin' for the Galaxy: Carlos Ruiz is out for at least a month."

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Posted by: Section 130 | April 2, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

* WNT will get first re-match versus Brazil in South Korea in June. I hope some WWC film is on continuous loop in the locker room.

Posted by: WNT fan | April 2, 2008 11:29 AM
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The promotional video for the new women's league shows Marta's jaw-dropping, behind-the-back, defender-toasting heel flick against Tina Ellertson.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 2, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

In the recently concluded online chat, someone asked whether CSN would offer a rebroadcast of the TFC game on Sunday or Monday. 'Fraid not, since they're not televising it to begin with.

Posted by: tri-village | April 2, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Steve, from the just completed chat -- tried to get this in before you finished:

New York, NY: I saw that there were rumors of Henry heading to Seattle's team next year. Any truth to that? Wouldn't there be a huge transfer fee or is his contract expiring? Thanks!

Steven Goff: According to who?

Don't believe everything you read on the silly Internet machine.

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Grant you your point. Here's where the Thierry Henry item is coming from -- it was first posted here, with attribution:

http://www.fansfc.com/frontpage/frontpagenews.asp?newsid=183000

It was then picked up by FanNation.com, which carries the support of Sports Illustrated and CNN, and is where I first saw it:

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/soccer?page=3

Okay, it's two "truth-or-rumors" sites, but the initial source does have a name posted with it as well. Just sayin'.

If there IS any truth to it, it would certainly be a splash for the Republic Alliance of Seattle Sounders FC...


Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"advanced" stage...according to who?

Posted by: Goff | April 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The promotional video for the new women's league shows Marta's jaw-dropping, behind-the-back, defender-toasting heel flick against Tina Ellertson.
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If they don't actually get Marta on board, doesn't this border on deceptive advertising? (I remember a controversy about an ad in the real estate section of the Post, circa 1980, for a condo development in Annandale. It touted a location near a planned Metrorail line. The trouble was that the proposal for the line, along Columbia Pike, had been dead for some years by then.)

Posted by: tri-village | April 2, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

*It came out afterwards that Ellertson was pregnant at WWC. I'm not drawing a link between that and the aforementioned toasting, but I wonder if the USSF has (or can legally have) any kind of pregnancy policy.

*Re Cezar/Mineiro, FSC said last night that DCU was exploring a relationshiop with Pachuca. I meant to ask Senor Goff about that on the Q&A but got caught up in work. If they are developing their own players, they are doing a helluva a job based on last night's show, and their results the last couple of years. High quality.

Posted by: WNT fan | April 2, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Haven't heard anything about a DCU-Pachuca relationship. Not sure where that came from. Not saying it isn't possible, but news to both me and someone I spoked to at DCU.

Posted by: Goff | April 2, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

O'Brien did get a red card for that, and should get more than the usual suspension for that awful foul...at least 5 matches off...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Steven Goff: Thirteen years, and MLS/DCU are still ignored by some in the media. I'm a big Wise fan, but he should've mentioned Etcheverry, Gomez and Emilio.

These days, is the NHL any more "major" than MLS? They have a greater history and more teams, but ... "

You were joking, right? History has nothing to do with it, for that matter neither does popularity. The NHL is the top hockey league in the world, so their MVP can be considered the world's greatest hockey player. Has even the drunkest Barra Brava member ever suggested that Etcheverry, Gomez, or Emilio were the world's best soccer player?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | April 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Interesting post on the SportsBiz blog regarding the credit crunch cities are starting to experience (which might explain DC's reluctance to help finance in any way the building of another stadium):

http://thesportsbizblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/credit-crisis-hits-nfl.html

Posted by: Juan-John | April 2, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"The NHL is the top hockey league in the world,"

then why are there games on something called versus network and their attendance figures lag in many markets?

it might be the best hockey league in the world, but it's being challenged by the 12th best soccer league in the world for an american audience

the wnba is the best women's basketball league in the world too. so what?

Posted by: BMOC | April 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The link to the transcript of the chat is broken -- all I get is a partial answer to the first question. I've used both Firefox and IE to access the transcript so an in-house code monkey has bollixed up the page. Any help will be appreciated.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 2, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

It looks like the transcript is only posting one comment and change, or maybe it's me. Just a heads up.

Posted by: Section 130 | April 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The NHL is the greatest hockey league in the world ahead of....

That's like saying the NFL is head and shoulders above the American football leagues of.....

Exactly.

Posted by: Blatant Hockey Hater | April 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Same problem here. The Posts' collection of Internet tubes has lost the plot today...

Posted by: JkR | April 2, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's not get into slagging Hockey. There are some great leagues in Europe, and there's a heck of lot more money in Hockey right now than in MLS, regardless of crowd trends in both.

We soccer people look small when we lash out at other sports. Leave it.

Posted by: JkR | April 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Gossip chat: Check

Baseball chat: Check

Marc Fisher chat: Check

Soccer Chat: Broken

C O N S P I R A C Y

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 2, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What's that smell? Hmmm, it may be the Galaxy.

I thought LA had a reasonable chance to stay competitive this year. I figured they'd score a bunch but so would the other team (no D) and -potentially- they'd manage to come out on top in quite a few of those if things clicked and they got a bit lucky. It seems their luck just ran out.

I wonder how bad the stench might get...

Don't bank on BSPN changing their game back though. :)

Posted by: Kire | April 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

$130 for tickets to a friendly? ouch.

Whoever said there were great hockey leagues in Europe, get serious. There are hockey leagues in Europe, but that doesn't make them great.

Posted by: Joe S. | April 2, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see Arsenal vs Liverpool?

1-1 final. Pretty good, especially the first have. Arsenal had their chances to win, but Liverpool had a few goal-line clearances. Another draw at home for Arsenal.

Posted by: andrew | April 2, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

NHL absolutely dwarfs MLS in annual revenue. They don't have a good TV contract in the US, but don't confuse that with ticket revenue, merchandise sales, sponsorships, etc.

MLS is doing fine, but it's not on the same planet with the NHL. Do you think MLS's annual revenue is even a TENTH of the NHL's $2.4 billion? Do the math on tickets sold per game x number of games + sponsorship deals + merchandise sales.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 2, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Also, the WNBA is arguably the best league for women's basketball. Players rarely play there for the money.

Posted by: sitruc | April 2, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

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