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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 begins
To set you up on your feet again
It wipes the tears from your eyes
How will you ever know
The way that circumstances go
Always going to hit you by surprise
I know my past
You were there
In everything I've done
You are the one


*Click here to read my DCU story from the print edition.

*Click here to submit questions for today's live online chat and to read the transcript later. The fun begins at 1 p.m. ET.

*UEFA Cup final today in Manchester: Glasgow Rangers vs. Zenit St. Petersburg (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Visiting supporters have been warned about racist taunts.

*Copa Libertadores quarterfinals today: Atlas-Boca Juniors (6 p.m., Fox Sports en Espanol) and Fluminense-Sao Paulo (9:30 p.m. FSE). Tomorrow: San Lorenzo-Quito (5:30, FSE) and America-Santos (8:30, FSE).

*For the few thousand fans who show at Home Depot Center on Saturday night for DCU (2-5) vs. Chivas USA (1-4-2), you are in for a treat! Mickey Mouse Ears while supplies last, and Mick (not to be confused with Roberto "The Rat" Ayala or Kevin "Mighty Mouse" Keegan) will make special appearances on the field prior to the match and at halftime.

Launch your MLS/Mickey Mouse jokes in 3...2...1...

Unless there is breaking news, I probably will not join you again today.

Share your thoughts on these topics or anything else transpiring on Planet Futbol.

For no apparent reason, I leave you with footy-lovin' SpongeBob SquarePants (known as SpongeBob Schwammkopf in German) and friends singing the Bayern Munich supporters song:

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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I'd go with 'The World Turned Upside Down'?


Posted by: Kire | May 14, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

FC Bayern, Stars of the South. I always enjoy that song. Would have worked better for me if I had never seen that episode of The Square One.

I thought the level of soccer had improved to the point where these gimmicks were becoming a thing of the past. Oh well, maybe the Goats should rethink thier location, or MLS allow them to field an all Mexican side? Ridiculous suggestion? Perhaps. But not as crazy as the rants from the fans of the other team in that stadium stating that MLS was OBLIGATED to allow them to rig and load thier roster because they were some kind of precious stone of the league.

Posted by: Kosh | May 14, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Mickey Mouse ears at an MLS game?!? Who's running the marketing for this league - Chris Rock?? What's next - Serie A holding a Las Vegas night??

Posted by: Hmmm | May 14, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

If it were the Galaxy we could blame Lalas, but I don't see the connection with Chivas. This definitely gives credibility to what Steven Cohen and company have been saying for years on World Soccer Daily; MLS is a Mickey Mouse League.

Posted by: Garrett | May 14, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Could MLS officials possibly be more out of touch?? Maybe they should contact Tropicana to see if they want to sponsor the half time orange slices.

Posted by: Hmmm | May 14, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

and then despite the lost how about Galaxy-Beckham friendly against Whitecaps in Canada attracted over 37k? Becks better not be injured for United game on June 29th on ABC. It's going to draw a hell of a crowed.
How about Rangers have 100k fans travelling? Do they have space for that many people? Where would Zenit fans sit?

Posted by: td | May 14, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm a big Blue Rodeo fan. Thanks, Steve.
Here's hoping United get back on their feet again.


Posted by: asitis | May 14, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

uh..maybe the want to encourage families with little kids to come (early and often).

Posted by: mk | May 14, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Said Wells, "You can't be afraid to call people out and you can't be afraid to hurt people's feelings," he said. "We've all got to grow up a bit and take accountability for our mistakes and our actions. With that said, I don't want to be picking the ball out of my net anymore. It's getting pretty frustrating."
You are damn right. How about some directions/instructions to your defenders to organize the back line now and NOT caught off line over and over? You do save some nice shorts, I gave you credit but you need speak, man! And wear a nice color shirts that makes you look a little more energetic and awake. Get rid of that depressed looking shirt.

Posted by: td | May 14, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Why REM, of course:

"Team by team reporters baffled,
trumped, tethered cropped.
Look at that low playing. Fine, then.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it'll do to
Save yourself, serve yourself.
World serves its own needs,
listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right, right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine."

I still say United wins the East.

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 14, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

here's a good song by Blue Rodeo to cheer up DC fans (listen for the chorus)

Posted by: satan | May 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Re. Zenit St. Petersburg supporters have been warned about racist taunts.

It's deeply ironic that Zenit has been warned (as of course they should be) but Rangers, with the most notoriously bigoted supporters on Earth, get a free pass to chant sectarian venom.

Will the ref stop the game when Rangers fans start an anti-catholic song? We'll probably know by the second minute or so.

Posted by: Seth|NYC | May 14, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse


british fans are notorious for travelling to big games even if they don't have tickets. it's been a source of problems in the past (well at least when english fans are involved). many of these supporters just take over the town and the start the party very early. i remember being in milan during a celtic champions league match..wherever i was i ran in to celtic fans. kinda weird.

Posted by: mizage | May 14, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow - Blue Rodeo. I saw them at the Bayou.

For you kids, that was a bar in Georgetown just around the corner from Poseurs....

Good times...good times....

Posted by: PotomacBoater | May 14, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

From Goff's DCU article today:

United has entered into a partnership with Bolivian club Bolivar, the MLS team's second such arrangement with a South American side. D.C. also has a relationship with Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) and has held preliminary talks with Pachuca (Mexico) about forming one

I didn't know about those Pachuca talks. Don't they already own DCU?

Posted by: RK | May 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

mizage brought back memories. Celtic came to Lisbon twice over the last year, and better traveling fans I have never seen. Yes, they filled the downtown all day and were drinking a singing from about 12 hours before the match until about 12 hours after, but there were no fights, no aggression, and great fun was had by all. At the end of the match, virtually every pasty-white Scot had a Benfica scarf around their necks, having traded their Celtic scarfs to the bemused Portuguese. Would that all fan bases were as personable...

Posted by: troy | May 14, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

excuse all the grammatical errors in the above post. apparently some hallucinogenic is being pumped through the air conditioning ducts.

Posted by: troy | May 14, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

"Black players Jean-Claude Darcheville and Amdy Faye could play for Rangers on Wednesday, and British sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has warned that any fans found guilty of racist abuse could face six months in prison."

Should we take this as an indication that we won't see DMB today?

Posted by: couchtoast | May 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Posted by: spike_2.0 | May 14, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Uefa Cup Final:
Rangers - Zenit
AKA The Skinhead Bowl

Posted by: Max | May 14, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"Should we take this as an indication that we won't see DMB today?"

DMB cannot be in the squad today. He is not listed in the Rangers squad list for the UEFA Cup; although he did play in the Champions League. After his injury and Rangers moving into the UEFA Cup, they submitted a new squad list and DMB was at that point ruled out until the summer.

Rangers could sure use him though; my only issue is that he is too small for the SPL and needs to bulk up a bit or move on to a less physical envirnoment.

Posted by: Garrett | May 14, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Awesome, can't wait to get my Mickey ears at the game.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | May 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Mickey Mouse ears?? What a joke.
How can this league be expected to be taken seriously?
what a f****** joke.

Posted by: andrew | May 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see DC United play on Sat. The mouse ears are going to be fantastic

Posted by: Shanoni | May 14, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Mickey Mouse ears?
Shooot rather have a ton of kids running around in those than all
the losers in those "Supporters" groups bringing the violence and then not attending matches because one of "theirs" has been banned for two games.
Maybe it'll inspire our players to loosen up and have some fun out there, keep their shape and get a road win.
Hope Fred mans up and plays, sometimes sitting around tricks you into thinking your still hurt.

Posted by: Dadryan | May 14, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: spongebob fan | May 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

What's our position on throwing the Mickey Mouse ears on to the field?

Had to be asked.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Will the ref stop the game when Rangers fans start an anti-catholic song? We'll probably know by the second minute or so.

Posted by: Seth|NYC | May 14, 2008 9:32 AM

Aren't the people of St. Petersburg mainly Russian Orthodox? Not that this fact will stop the bigots.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 14, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Less Than Zero" - Elvis Costello; "Hole in my Life" - The Police

Posted by: e | May 14, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

For Kevin Payne and Dave Kasper, Hall and Oates "Out of Touch"

Posted by: Sam | May 14, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Зенит - Чемпион! Обладитель Кубка УЕФА!

Posted by: Гриша | May 14, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Obviously Soehn will play Niell and Mickey up top.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | May 14, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the UEFA cup final and what a game by Zenit FC. I didn't know Russia has a quality teams like this. They make Rangers look like Derby County.

Posted by: Sky | May 14, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@Posted by: Kosh | May 14, 2008 6:58 AM

not to sound like I'm nitpicking, but it is an important difference and the reason most people hate us Bayern fans, but the song is STAR not STARS of the South.

If it was stars it wouldn't be as unpalatable since it would technically true as we normally do have the biggest stars, but calling the club itself the star it rubs many the wrong way; and I love it.

Gut. Beßer. Bayern!

Posted by: papa bear | May 15, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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