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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 Man U players were involved in a brush-up with Chelsea staff after Saturday's match at Stamford Bridge.

*D.C. United's reserves will scrimmage Crystal Palace USA (USL2) tomorrow morning at the RFK training rounds.

*Remember Ricardo Quaresma, who in the summer of 2003, as a then 19-year-old winger, scored in his Barcelona debut against AC Milan at RFK Stadium? He lasted just one season at Barca, the result of conflicts with Manager Frank Rijkaard, and moved to Porto, where he has built an impressive portfolio. Yesterday he provided two smashing goals against Guimaraes:


By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
 
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The EPL and Champions League is going to be fun to watch over the next few weeks.

Will Pia match Ryan's 50-plus game unbeaten streak?

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 28, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

quaresma has been a star all season long. incredible highlight reel. porto put three starters on the bench last night since they already have the league title clinched, but the opponent -- guimaraes -- is in a battle for second, which brings a guaranteed spot in champions league. 0-0 at half, but then the wheels came off. quaresma just took their manhood and Sporting and Benfica fans celebrated.

Posted by: troy | April 28, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

That first one was very Kjlestan-esque, no?

;)

Posted by: voyager | April 28, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Is the scrimmage open to he public?

Posted by: pigman sweet | April 28, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

How is it possible that Gallardo is not leading the Sierra Mist goal of the week? Surely, we have more fans than Toronto...

Can we get people pumped up here to vote??

http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: psubuzz | April 28, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Toronto ballot-stuffers!

Posted by: RK | April 28, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

* I voted Gallardo, but Sacha's goal is worth replaying just to watch him abuse Xavier.

* Pia is too good to pay attention to Ryan's "record". She's only got a one year deal anyway. Match report looks good even if you discount the federaton spin. Many chances created off the dribble by fast mids.

* Heather is back.

Posted by: WNT fan | April 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

man beautiful stutter step on that second goal. wonder how long he will last at Porto. He looks like a big strong attacking type who could do well anywhere. That said it would be nice to see him stay at Porto and help build another Champs League upset team.

http://www.futink.com

Posted by: wrc | April 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Please stop advertising your web site.

Posted by: fu tink | April 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse


http://s3.excoboard.com/exco/thread.php?forumid=2561&threadid=374993&page=1
"Are these Goal of the Week voters crazy or just Canadian?"

The Cannucks are vote-riggers. They are 2005-2006 RSL fans all over again x 10.

If you want Gallardo to win then vote
and rig it cause the Canadians had a head start in voting before most people even knew the goals were up for a vote.

http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: nat | April 28, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

You didn't mention history was made in the Sunday paper...

"Paxten grumbled about having to leave the city and the activities he loved, hanging out at Unicare City, the giant sports-and-healthplex alongside the Anacostia River where the Hogs and D.C. United played at Fenty Field and where much of the city received medical care at Six Flags' Snyder Memorial Hospital. (Paxten's favorite NFL team, finally renamed in 2016, might be hopelessly lackluster on the field, but it would soon be the first professional sports franchise to also act as health insurer for a majority of its fan base.) His mother didn't know it, but Paxten and his friends loved to wander around the mostly abandoned Nationals Park and the ruins of the entertainment complex, despite reports that coyotes had a den in the Nationals' former bullpen. The park had been neglected since Major League Baseball dissolved Washington's team in the second wave of contractions to hit the sport. Once Paxten moved to Konterra, there would be no such chance to roam the city, to think of it as his own playground. "

- Marc Fisher on DC in 2025 (Washington Post Sunday Magazine)

MLB dissolves while MLS and NFL are going strong. Maybe Marc has finally realized, after miserable Nats attendance, baseball won't make it in DC.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 28, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to the Fisher piece:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/23/AR2008042302930.html

I wonder why Fisher would think that United would ever be interested in moving back in with someone else. In fact, Fisher is having an online discussion at this hour, and I submitted just that question. Of course, I don't really expect him to answer it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2008/04/24/DI2008042401813.html

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Kele Golebiowski of the Freedom no longer in the Aussie WNT picture? She wasn't on the WWC roster last year. It would have been nice for them to call her up for one or both of these friendlies in the States. She appeared in the 1999 WWC as a teenager, and she's still only 26 years old.

Also, if Mitts were to get back into the starting 11, whom would she be most likely to send to the bench?

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wooot. I'm gonna be at the game in Birmingham. I can try to provide something of a match report, but I can hardly recognize any of the players outside of Solo and the Wombat.

Posted by: Colm | April 28, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Fisher did answer my question, amazingly. However, the answer itself shows how clueless he is:

"Don't you think United would be thrilled to share a new stadium just the right shape for both football and soccer with the Redskins, especially if Snyder were to pay for the bulk of the project?"

Er, Marc, a stadium with just the right shape for both sports is a contradiction in terms.

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Portions of the Fisher article where it isn't just a bad sci-fi story aren't that bad(the footnotes), but that is one of those worst pieces I have ever seen on this site.

Posted by: sitruc | April 28, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wooot. I'm gonna be at the game in Birmingham. I can try to provide something of a match report, but I can hardly recognize any of the players outside of Solo and the Wombat.

Posted by: Colm | April 28, 2008 1:30 PM
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If you see a bunch of tattoos, you know you've locked in on Kai. BTW, she has a pretty good scoring streak going.

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

i was at rfk for that game!! it was ronaldinho's debut, and javier saviola had some time as well, too bad i was wearing a milan shirt in a section full of barca fans

quaresma and cristiano ronaldo are bringing in the new golden generation of portuguese futebol! por-tu-gal! por-tu-gal!

Posted by: hokiepride | April 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, who needs a scenario involving MLB contraction? The more pedestrian scenario of a team pulling up stakes and moving has happened twice within the lifetimes of many of us.

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Mitts started at right back this week, where Cox and Beuhler have been playing this year. It seems Chalupny is secure at left back.

Posted by: WNT fan | April 28, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I've said it to a number of people now - the novelty of a new stadium shouldn't wear off in the first stadium. DC can be a very fickle sports town, but MLB and their would-be-buyers did the worst thing ever in moving this team before it had a park. The novelty of the team has worn out its welcome to the point that the stadium, which I'm sure was pro forma-ed to have a higher average gate at this point, is operating as though the team and the park were semi-decent and had been here for 15-20 years.

MLB should have waited. But as far as moving - I'm not sure there are many better markets than the floundering market here for baseball. Sure, you might find an area that will have some more passion behind it - but the media size will dwarf the passion and the associated advertising deals and other means of revenue that really pay the bills in professional sports.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 28, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Mitts started at right back this week, where Cox and Beuhler have been playing this year. It seems Chalupny is secure at left back.
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Does this mean that Rampone, Markgraf, and Whitehill will be vying for two spots in the middle? That would be interesting.

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's match between DC Reserves and Crystal Palace has been canceled.

Posted by: Yoda Wears Adidas | April 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

MLB and their would-be-buyers did the worst thing ever in moving this team before it had a park.
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But there almost surely wouldn't have been a park without a tenant lined up (chicken and egg and all that). So MLB would have had to announce its intention to move the Expos several years in advance, and the club would have labored in Montreal as lame ducks for that period, a situation that is probably unprecedented in pro sports. (Then again, it could be argued that they had already effectively been lame ducks for some time by that point.)

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Shape is fine. SIZE is the issue. Think Reliant....perfect shape but way too large for a MLS team.

Posted by: Hoost | April 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Quaresma crossed his right leg behind his left to hit a cross onto someone's head that night at RFK. It was Ronaldinho's first-ever appearance in a Barcelona shirt, and the single best player I've seen in person since World Cup '94, but my memory is of Quaresma's cross.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 28, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If you want Gallardo to win then vote
and rig it cause the Canadians had a head start in voting before most people even knew the goals were up for a vote.

http://web.mlsnet.com/sierra/sierra_mist.html

Posted by: nat | April 28, 2008 12:23 PM

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Wow - the power of Soccer Insider is clear...Gallardo's Golazo now leads the race for goal of the week 40% to Guevara's 38%.

Posted by: DE | April 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Shape is fine. SIZE is the issue. Think Reliant....perfect shape but way too large for a MLS team.
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Not to mention the scheduling conflicts (although an NFL lead tenant would be produce fewer headaches in this department than an MLB club).

Posted by: tri-village | April 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

How many times can one vote from a single computer?
Does MLSnet track votes by cookies?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Whitehill mostly has been coming off the bench to relieve Markgraf or Rampone in the center.

It will be interesting to see how PS decides to match up with Brazil if it comes to that.

Posted by: WNT fan | April 28, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The rules last year were 10 per day per IP.

Posted by: RK | April 28, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Fisher?
is this a science fiction blog?
Maybe a long lost acid trip...
I thought the sky was falling.

NOw i just had a vision of The sounders playing at Safeco field.
Blackberry vines growing all over the outside of the structure...
The mutants can still power the retractable roof though and the field is almost immaculate except for the Gigantic nutria that lurk beyond the goals...

Posted by: Dadryan | April 28, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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