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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 will be played in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang and Qinhuangdao. The teams:

Men -- China, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Honduras, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia.

Women -- China, Argentina, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, North Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Brazil/Ghana.

*More than 1,200 tickets have been purchased in the American supporters' sections by U.S.-based fans for the England-USA friendly at Wembley on May 28. An impressive number.

*At 3 p.m. today, stop what you are doing: The Commish's blog debuts on the MLS Web site. Let the countdown begin!

*For a good cause, D.C. Collegiates for African Aid will hold a 4 v 4 tournament at American University's Reeves Field on Sunday to "raise money for Tanzanian organizations who specifically use soccer as a means of educating youth on HIV/AIDS prevention." The event is being organized by AU player Irene Karistinos. More information is available here.

Finally, as the most cultured soccer blog around, we offer a tribute to E Street band member Danny Federici, who passed away yesterday at age 58. He had melanoma.


By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2008; 9:12 AM ET
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