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Soccer Insider: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Saturday in the Park

*Read about the USA women's team, about Gordon Bradley's memorial service and Heather O'Reilly's online chat. *Expecting to see Mike Wise's column about Ben Olsen and DCU in this morning's paper? It will appear in Sunday's editions instead. *The USA women's 18-player game-day roster for tonight's friendly against Canada at...

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2008; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Soccer Video x 2

Some solid futbol-related video on post.com today ... first, I invite you to watch Mike Wise's latest "Behind the Column" feature, in which he visits Ben Olsen's house. The column itself will run in the Saturday paper (and go live online sometime tonight): Next, how about Dan Steinberg's trip to...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  May 9, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Who's to Blame?

D.C. United failed to get past the Champions' Cup semifinals again. It has lost five of its first seven league matches, has not scored a goal on the road and been vulnerable at home. Who is to blame? THE PLAYERS? Luciano Emilio has gone from MVP (most valuable player) to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bradley Service Moved Indoors

Because of the heavy rain, the memorial service for Gordon Bradley will be held at George Mason's Center for the Arts Building instead of the soccer stadium. Free parking is available in lots A, J and K on campus. Paid parking is available at the Mason Pond Parking Deck. Click...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2008; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Payne Is, Um, a Little Upset

Read all of the DCU president's postgame comments by clicking here. Bonus quotes..... Tom Soehn: "We have got to evaluate and make sure now we turn this around. It's getting to a crucial time." Yup. Santino Quaranta: "We do the right amount of work, but we are just not good...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2008; 12:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: DCU-Chicago

[UPDATED with DCU LINEUP] Greetings from soggy RFK. Reminders..... *Kickoff is scheduled for 8:02 p.m. *TV: ESPN2, with pregame starting at 7:30. *Weather: The game-time report is available here. *Parking is free. (All at once....."Thanks, VW!") *Because of the wet field, the DCU under-18 academy team's match against the Potomac...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA-Brazil Again

Women, that is. The U.S. women's national team is in town for Saturday's friendly against Canada at RFK Stadium, but it is not too early to look ahead to the summer calendar leading to the Olympics in China. Coach Pia Sundhage told the Insider today that the Americans will play...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women  
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Hamlett, Contracts, Web TV

*Click here to read my front-page profile of first-year Fire coach Denis Hamlett, who went to high school and college in the Washington area, had his playing career cut short by a stroke and worked 10 years as an assistant before getting a top job. *Second Third-year defender Michael Dello-Russo...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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United's Second DP Is.....

Luciano Emilio. Sort of. It's complicated. According to his agent and officials with other MLS clubs who were notified about the upgrade -- and confirmed this morning on DCU's official roster -- the Brazilian striker has filled the designated player slot acquired from Colorado in the Christian Gomez trade. Here's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inter Advances

Inter reaches the Italian Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Lazio:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  World  
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More Surgery for Vaughn, No Suspension for De Ro

Chivas USA defender Lawson Vaughn will require three surgeries, not one as initially believed, to repair a shattered nose and other facial injuries when he was kicked by Houston's Dwayne De Rosario on Saturday night. Vaughn had surgery Sunday to reconstruct his nose, will have another procedure Thursday for further...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Join the Photo Fun

Your chance to write a clever caption. Click here for details and submit your entry on both blogs! (Lindsay's first, of course -- it's her idea.)...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Updates

*DCU-Chicago kickoff tomorrow is scheduled for 8:02 p.m. ESPN2 coverage begins at 7:30. *A moment of silence for Gordon Bradley (former Cosmos, Dips and George Mason coach, and a former DCU TV commentator) and longtime USSF official Bill Goaziou will be held before tomorrow's match. Both passed away last week....

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Commissioner's Comments

Insider: Have you smoothed out your relationship with Tom Soehn after he made critical comments about things you said concerning DCU's performance in the first match against Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup semifinals? Don Garber: "I don't know if it is a matter of smoothing them out. Tommy gave...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Kickaround

*Click here to read my long profile of DCU's high-priced playmaker, Marcelo Gallardo. Unlike most foreign players, he opened up and had some interesting tales to tell, most notably the telephone call he received from Diego Maradona. *Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog was on location at RFK for the VW-DCU festivities...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2008; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Yes, There Is Non-VW News

Fred (quadriceps) practiced, Devon McTavish (foot) did not, Marcelo Gallardo and Domenic Mediate jogged on the side. Don't expect an appearance on Thursday against Chicago by McTavish, who said: "I could wake up in the morning and feel amazing, but that has not happened yet." DCU Prez Kevin Payne and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beep-Beep

Greetings from the RFK Stadium's Volkswagen Lounge, formerly known as the VIP Lounge. Outside the entrance is the 1964 black VW Beetle, Max, featured in the new TV ad campaign. Sadly, no Heidi Klum. Fortunately, no David Hasselhoff. It's now official: VW and DCU have joined forces in a five-year...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Morning Kickaround

On a day that D.C. United will join forces with a German automaker, let's start the morning with an American theme. *Clint Dempsey commits to Fulham, regardless of whether the clubs stays in the Premiership or drops to the Championship division. *Michael Bradley had an incredible season in the Netherlands,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2008; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Das Auto: VW and DCU

[updated with news conference details] D.C. United has finalized a five-year deal valued in excess of $14 million with Volkswagen for the international automaker to become the club's primary sponsor, sources familiar with the negotiations said today. DCU officials declined comment. It is the second-richest pact between an MLS team...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Spain, Italy, Argentina

Real Madrid secures its 31st La Liga championship by downing Osasuna, 2-1 (Audio essential for a workplace sing-along with Placido Domingo): AC Milan halts Inter's march to the Serie A title -- for the moment, anyway -- with a 2-1 victory: In the superclasico, Boca Juniors ends a three-year drought...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

It's a wrap..... THE GOOD *David Beckham's two goals: 25 yards into the far side in the run of play, 30 yards on a free kick. *Houston investor and noted pugilist Oscar de la Hoya wearing Dynamo colors during his boxing match at Home Depot Center. *ESPN Classic on Saturday...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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DCU-Colorado, the Aftermath

Fans entering Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday were given Mexican wrestling masks as part of the Rapids' Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Perhaps to spare themselves further embarrassment after their brutal display, United's players should have tried them on for size. Yes, it was that bad. "We were just bad...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2008; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Matchday: DCU at Colorado

Greetings from the Front Range, where wispy clouds, light breezes and a 70-degree temperature serve as a gorgeous backdrop for MLS's lone Sunday match. Never mind the game, though. Afterward, as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Dick's Sporting Goods Park will be transformed into a Mexican wrestling venue....

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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