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Soccer Insider: May 25, 2008 - May 31, 2008

Saturday in the Park

*Dallas finally gets its man: SMU's Schellas Hyndman. *More than 38,000 at Estadio RFK for El Salvador-Guatemala. *Franco Niell scores for the DCU reserves in a 1-1 tie with New England. *MLS today: Los Angeles at Toronto, 3:30 New York at Houston, 9 (HDNet) San Jose at RSL, 9 (FSC)...

By Steve Goff  |  May 31, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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L.A. Law

The Galaxy is atop the Western Conference, albeit with a mediocre 4-3-2 record. David Beckham is as much substance as style. Landon Donovan is an early MVP candidate. No team has scored more goals. And a no-name group of young players has nicely complemented the big-ticket stars. But if you...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2008; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU-NE, the Aftermath

Nice show for almost an hour. DCU played like the team it was supposed to be, even struck for a pair of goals on the road. (Say it ain't so!) But the scoring dried up, thanks in large part to Matt Reis, and United abruptly faded. Under most circumstances, getting...

By Steve Goff  |  May 30, 2008; 12:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: DCU at New England

[updated with team news and lineup] Greetings from the Borough of Fox..... Gorgeous, cloudless day in New England. Given our location and DCU's opponent, today's musical selections are Foxboro Hot Tubs (a Green Day alias), Steve Earle and OAR. Our tour of MLS road eats continues with a very modest...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2008; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

Before I head to the airport for a flight to Boston and tonight's DCU-Revs match..... *The entertaining video highlight package from the 2-2 tie between Dallas and Houston is available by clicking here. *As you will read in my print-edition story, Franco Niell has been left off DCU's game-day roster...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
 
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More on McBride

As you know, Brian McBride has decided he wants to return to MLS after five seasons in England. Here is what I know at the moment: *MLS's negotiations with McBride have just begun and a deal must be formalized before his club can be officially determined. *Toronto is first in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchday: USA-England

USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Pearce; Dempsey, Bradley, Clark, Beasley; Wolff, Johnson. England: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, A. Cole; Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, Gerrard; Defoe, Rooney. In case you have not heard, former USA international Brian McBride has decided to leave Fulham and return to an MLS club to be determined....

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Quick DCU Update

*Defender Gonzalo Peralta's wife is expected to give birth soon and, although he is not scheduled to travel with the team to Boston today, he could rejoin the club tomorrow before kickoff. *Rookie midfielder Ryan Cordeiro has been promoted from the lower developmental to the senior developmental roster, taking the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2008; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Lots of Soccer

[Updated with link to U.S. national team preview package] Where to begin in today's soccer-happy Washington Post? *The prospects of a 27,000-seat D.C. United stadium at Poplar Point are improving, or so it seems. *Franco Niell could be nearing the end of his stay in Washington. You'll find an interesting...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Stadium? Oh, That Stadium

Poplar Point update..... From David Nakamura's story in Wednesday's editions of The Post: A coalition of D.C. Council members is drafting legislation that would authorize Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to spend $150 million in public money to subsidize construction of a soccer stadium for D.C. United in Southeast Washington, city...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Crew's Statement

Following up on the video from the Crew-Revs match, Columbus has issued this statement: "We appreciate the energy and support we receive from our fans and understand that emotions run high during games, but there is no excuse for the reprehensible behavior exhibited by the fan heard in the video...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  MLS  
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Moreno's Bolivia Status

DCU team captain Jaime Moreno has been asked by the Bolivian federation to report to national team training camp this Sunday -- almost two weeks ahead of its World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Paraguay at home -- but he said he does not think the club will allow him...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU Training Update

*Argentine forward Franco Niell, who has been left off the 18-man roster the last two matches, is getting discouraged by his lack of playing time. "Any player in this situation would be not only very discouraged, but very worried," he said through an interpreter. Asked what he has been told...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Incident in Columbus

Watch this home video from the Columbus-New England match on Saturday night. Listen closely, between the obscenities, for the racial epithet hurled at Revs goal-scorer Kheli Dube. MLS, we've got a problem. [CAUTION: Strong language.]...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

Wrapping up Week 9 in MLS..... THE GOOD *Cuauhtemoc Blanco playing a part in four of Chicago's five goals against New York's comical defending and goalkeeping. "He knows what the stage is about and he's not afraid to step on it and our guys know that," Fire Coach Denis Hamlett...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  MLS  
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Holiday Kickaround

Hope you are enjoying the long weekend. While you are lounging at the beach and minding the grill, please remember the reason most of us do not have to work today. Our weekly MLS "Good, Bad and Coyote Ugly" feature will return Tuesday morning. In the meantime, a few things...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beckham From 70 Yards

Video of David Beckham's long-distance clincher against Kansas City. (If the embedded clip does not work, click here for the official MLS link.)...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCU-TFC, The Aftermath

It wasn't graceful by any means, but after four consecutive losses, D.C. United wasn't too concerned about aesthetics tonight. Before we go any further, when was the last time three goals were scored in an MLS game by players as large as Danny Dichio and Gonzalo Peralta? (A combined 12...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2008; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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