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Soccer Insider: May 11, 2008 - May 17, 2008

Matchday: DCU at Chivas USA

[UPDATED with DCU lineup] California, preaching on the burning shore California, I'll be knocking on the golden door Man, it's hot out here. Hotter than the Jalapeno Burger at Carl's Jr. Hotter than Diane Lane in "Unfaithful." (Okay, maybe it's not that hot here.) Near 100 in the Valley. Around...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Greetings From L.A.

D.C. United's practice at Home Depot Center was closed -- something we are going to have to get used to, I'm afraid. Seems the ballclub isn't happy with my vivid descriptions of training sessions and the formation and player information being revealed. I can't blame them. I could agree to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2008; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Ramblin' Man

Tryin' to make a livin' and doin' the best I can Off to Los Angeles soon for DCU's match at Chivas USA tomorrow night. Before I depart, a few offerings..... *The USA player pool has been announced for the three upcoming friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina. The game-day roster...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Cordeiro's Time?

We know that Fred will not be available to start on the left flank for D.C. United at Chivas USA on Saturday night. From all indications, Marc Burch will drop back into defense after playing in midfield against Chicago. Devon McTavish is hurt. Ben Olsen is not returning anytime soon....

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCU's Dizzying Status Report

Oh, where to begin. Marcelo Gallardo participated in full workouts and seems set to start Saturday night at Chivas USA. "He has looked as good as he's looked all year," teammate Santino Quaranta said. Luciano Emilio, who has a quadriceps strain and sat out a portion of training, declined an...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Funny Conrad-Wizards Promo

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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Josh Gros's Transition Game

You may have noticed that Peter Nowak included a familiar name -- Josh Gros -- as an assistant coach for his U.S. under-23 national team's trip to France for the Toulon International Tournament, which begins next week. "We didn't talk about it all. It was a complete surprise," Gros told...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*MLS tonight: Real Salt Lake (2-3-2) at Colorado (3-4, first place!), 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). *The Celtic family loses Tommy Burns. *The transcript from my online chat yesterday. (Ignore the reference to Martin Palermo being from Mexico -- brain freeze.) *Joel Senior, a Howard University sophomore midfielder, was among 25...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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USA Qualifying Sites Announced

Insider loyalists have known for some time that RFK Stadium would be the site for the USA-Cuba qualifier in October (assuming both advance next month). Today, the USSF officially announced that game, as well as Toyota Park in suburban Chicago for the USA-Trinidad match in September and Dick's Sporting Goods...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Keller, Kai and CONCACAF

*From the Kasey Keller podcast on the USSF Web site, this great line about the reaction from Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed when the club avoided relegation last weekend: "He was saying the whole time, 'Keep believing, if you believe you can do it, you can do it.' He was very...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Toronto Protest Brewing?

Before we get to the TFC stadium issues, let's stay in Canada..... *Former DCUer Nicholas Addlery scored in USL1 Vancouver's 2-1 exhibition victory over David Beckham and the Galaxy before more than 37,000 spectators in Edmonton. *TFC supporters are suggesting a protest during the MLS All-Star Game to express their...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2008; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*As your favorite soccer/culture blogger, I was trying to find the right music for D.C. United's back-to-back shutout losses over a recent five-day period. How about "Five Days in May" by Blue Rodeo, the countryish band from Toronto? (DCU does, in fact, play TFC twice next week.) Sometimes the world...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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More on Altidore

Just when you think you've nailed down a juicy item along comes more information. Remember this morning when I told you a German club had been told it would have to pay at least $7 million for Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore? Now I am hearing that MLS turned down...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Quick DCU Update

[update on the update!] Sorry to interrupt the lively discussion on Toronto streamers. Good stuff! Marcelo Gallardo (groin) and Fred (quad) did not practice -- jogging and stretching only -- while Devon McTavish (foot) said he is making progress and might be available Saturday night at Chivas USA (10:30 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Morning Briefing

*An Insider contact with strong European ties tells me that one German club recently inquired with MLS about Jozy Altidore's transfer availability. The response: Give us $7 million. That club passed, but would others in Europe be willing to fork over serious cash for a young American? *England Coach Fabio...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2008; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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Afternoon Briefing

First, let's go to the mailbag..... Typical RFK (from an anonymous e-mailer): "Tonight's friendly match between USA and Canada -- all and all fun, great to see the US women back on the field - YET who could focus on a game when repeatedly the game pa announcer fumbled over...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2008; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *Columbus scoring three goals in 10 minutes to win its fifth straight and improve to a league-best 6-1-0. *After two losses and four ties, the two-time defending champion Dynamo has a victory. *Dane Richards's 30-yard run and delivery that led to Juan Pablo Angel's go-ahead goal for New...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Possession Game

Soccer on the front page of a major U.S. daily for the sixth consecutive day? It's true. Wednesday: Gallardo feature. Thursday: Hamlett feature. Friday: United-Fire match. Saturday: USA women feature. Sunday: USA-Canada match and Mike Wise's Ben Olsen column. Today's offering: Paul Tenorio's excellent feature on the emergence of possession...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2008; 12:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Preps  
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Mother? Not Mother?

On this Mother's Day evening, let's start with the women...... *The Washington Freedom opened defense of its W-League title with a 3-1 victory at Long Island. *Player ratings from the USA's 6-0 romp over Canada on Saturday at RFK: Solo 6; Chalupny 7, Rampone 7, Markgraf 7, Mitts 8;...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2008; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Read It in the Sunday Papers

Thanks, Joe. To read Mike Wise's front-page Sunday column about Ben Olsen and D.C. United, click here. To read my front-page match report on the USA-Canada women's friendly and Natasha Kai's hat trick, click here....

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2008; 1:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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