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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)
Columbus at Chivas USA, 10:30
Tomorrow:
Dallas at Colorado, 3 (Telefutura)

*Netherlands loses Ryan Babel for Euros.

Italy 3, Belgium 1:

Honduras's early goal in a 1-1 tie with Venezuela in Fort Lauderdale:


By Steve Goff  |  May 31, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

Today's print edition editorial about the stadium was on point -- not biased one way or the other.

Posted by: Curious | May 31, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The date stamp on the web doesn't seem to be working. I didn't really post a comment before Goff submitted the text of his blog. Wish I could have done so. With that ability, i might own a football team or two.

Posted by: Curious | May 31, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, there is a timestamp problem. I notified the .com folks. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

Posted by: Goff | May 31, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I figured it out!!! The solution to our problem is alliterative, and I'm giving it Kevin Payne for FREE.

Productive Argentines: Gori, Gomez, Gallardo, and maybe Gonzalo.

Unproductive Argentines: Facundo, Filomeno, Franco.

So, Kevin, from now on no F words, just G spots.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Once again Goff is lying to promote soccer.

Only 35 soccer games (max) are played a year in DC, thats it.

You obviously made this illegal immigrant game up, as it never really happened and soccer has never attracted an audience of more than 200 spectators in DC.

Thank god DC will never pay for a soccer stadium that could only be used for DC United soccer games.

Posted by: Marc Fisherer | May 31, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Today's print edition editorial about the stadium was on point -- not biased one way or the other.
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Excepting, of course, the headline: Field of Schemes

Posted by: seahawkdad | May 31, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Even the Reveloser site is calling Niell's goal a 3/4 volley. I googled it yesterday and cam up with two references, a 1920's tennis manual that still did not define the term and Behind the Badge article.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 14, 2009 13:59 AM

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The two teams battled back and forth through the second half until Wadsworth tallied the equalizer for New England (0-3-2, 2 pts.) in the 77th minute, picking up the rebound off a poor touch by a United defender and fired it home past Carvallo.

I guess poor defending runs throughout the whole team

The revs reserves tied the game with a goal that lookes almost like freds mistake in the box

Posted by: 135 | May 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

will they let us view the locker room tommorow for the meet the team thing?

Posted by: dc fan | May 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

A more appropriate lyric for this thread is "In the year 2525."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Greenbelt will be nice, you'll see.

Posted by: Old WNT fan | May 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Probably yes.

Posted by: sitruc | May 31, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

You bet your sweet bippy, 270.

Posted by: Dick Martin | May 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I picked up the early edition of Sunday's Post. On the second page of the sports section there was this discussion question in the TalkBack column. (So far as I can tell, it has not yet been posted to the Post Web site.)

"I'm impressed with the fan support generated by struggling D.C. United, which is averaging about 18,000 mostly enthusiastic fans at RFK Stadium this year. But is the District government doing right by the public in considering to finance between $150 million and $225 million to build a soccer stadium?

"The question for District officials: Can such a facility for a Major League Soccer team match public support and future development generated by a Major League Baseball team in the same decade as the public financing ($611 million) of Nationals Park?

"Eager to see what readers have to say about the issue."

In fact, last Sunday's TalkBack column had a question about United, too:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/24/AR2008052401537.html

The address for comments is talkback@washpost.com.

Posted by: tri-village | May 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Greenbelt would suck. Could you walk to the stadium from the metro station?

Posted by: Dadryan | May 31, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey I-270-i am not sure I would put facundo in the same category as filomeno et al.

Posted by: pigman sweet | May 31, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

full volley - ball struck out of the air.
half volley - ball struck just as it hits the ground.

speculation: 3/4 volley between the two. So, it bounced and he struck it. hmmmm.

Posted by: jsf | May 31, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Hoost, shut it.

PG wouldn't be the end of the World.
It'd probably mean more parking than a potential Poplar Point site, which is definitely a positive as a Barra Brava member.

Posted by: AlecW81 | May 31, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Fold the team if they have to leave the city. Seriously.

Posted by: Hoost | May 31, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

First time I've watched a match at the Houston stadiu.. Would someone please tell the groundskeeper not to let cows graze on the pitch.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 31, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The current RSL field surface is ridiculously awful. I just saw the ball roll for about 70 yards without slowing down whatsoever...and all of those high bounces. If they're gonna allow artificial surfaces, the league should at least require it to be Field Turf. That crap is an embarrassment!

Posted by: DE | May 31, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Time stamps still screwed? Not everyone drives to games. Moving the stadium further out is a terrible idea. Gas is not going to get cheaper. In fact I bet gas prices have doubled by the time this stadium gets built anywhere. Again I ask can you walk from the metro to wherever these stadium locations will be?

Posted by: Dadryan | May 31, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

i wish we can pull 38,000.

Posted by: Clyde Syesterson | May 31, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

here's an MLS scandal. While watching the DC v NE match the other night BSPN2 told us that the "goal of the week" was Beckham's empty netter. However, while watching tonight's FSC match they told us that McManus's goal was the GotW. The official MLS website confirms this. So, why did BSPN feel the need to lie about this?

Posted by: Glenn | May 31, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Is Canada-Brazil worth watching?

As if there were any doubt, Crush FTW.

Posted by: sitruc | May 31, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for Canada to give up that goal before half.

Posted by: sitruc | May 31, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Brian McBride has signed an 18 month contract with Chicago Fire.

Posted by: Garret | May 31, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

My buddy just moved to Seattle and is at the game. Fun introduction to Qwest no doubt...

Posted by: Dadryan | May 31, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

How bout Flores? Where's our young blood?

Posted by: Dadryan | June 1, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

I never said PG was preferred to Poplar Point.

Just stating that it's not nearly as horrible a possibility as some are making it out to be.

All of you crying about driving an extra 10-15 minutes if the team has to move to PG can take a flying leap for all I care. I drive 3.5-4hours for matches at RFK.

Posted by: AlecW81 | June 1, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Here are the words of one Adrian Fenty:

"Thank you Kevin for this D.C. United jersey and congratulations on your terrific season. It is great to see over 20,000 fans here at RFK supporting D.C. United. It is my hope that your fans will soon be coming to your brand new soccer stadium at Poplar Point in Anacostia. World class fans, and a world class team like D.C. United, deserve a world class stadium. And I am going to make it a priority to help you build that stadium. Thank you -- congratulations and good luck to the Black-and-Red!"

Words spoken on Oct 29 2006 (right before a mayoral elction mind you)

link to full article: http://www.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20061031&content_id=77524&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: A. Fenty | June 1, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Here are the words of one Adrian Fenty:

"Thank you Kevin for this D.C. United jersey and congratulations on your terrific season. It is great to see over 20,000 fans here at RFK supporting D.C. United. It is my hope that your fans will soon be coming to your brand new soccer stadium at Poplar Point in Anacostia. World class fans, and a world class team like D.C. United, deserve a world class stadium. And I am going to make it a priority to help you build that stadium. Thank you -- congratulations and good luck to the Black-and-Red!"

Words spoken on Oct 29 2006 (right before a mayoral elction mind you)

link to full article: http://www.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20061031&content_id=77524&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: A. Fenty | June 1, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Time stamps and the order of posts has changed quite a bit over the night.

Posted by: sitruc | June 1, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Nakamura with an 'Analysis' piece in today's Metro section. He says the soccer stadium project has some support, but that no one has taken the lead to get it pushed through. The bill originally to be presented Tuesday may now be pushed back a month.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/31/AR2008053102023.html

Victor Macfarlane, white courtesy phone....

Posted by: JkR | June 1, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

As much as I hate to move United out of the district it is now the time that DCU should leave these junkies behind and seriously start moving to Greenbelt or wherever in Maryland next to the Metro. Obiviously, these clueless folks at DC including the residents and the officials do not dereseve DCU as their hometow team. If they want to wellcome with open arm for dying stage team like Nats or boring game and the rising stage league team like DC United to pushed back for their stadium plan to give back a great deal of entertainment value and revenue from sports events then it is now time to say good bye and let them enjoy with nothing.
Loyal fans such as myself would go to Greenbelt to support United and rise all the way to the MLS Championship and International Championships with pride and passion.
Meanwhile I hope the ANTI United folks including some contributors from the Washingtonpost will be happy and satisfied for their devil spirit and eat and sleep peacefully while they live. Long live United an please move on.

Posted by: td | June 1, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Greenbelt/PG County = Frisco


Posted by: Hoost | June 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I like how pissed off Buffon looks in the Italy highlights after Belgium scores in the last second of extra time in a 3-1 friendly against Belgium in the rain. Doesn't matter the context, he doesn't want to let in goals.

Posted by: Johnny | June 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

See what happens when Beckham and Donovan is not on the team. Without those two LA team is garbage let alone super club.

Posted by: FC | June 1, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

A half-volley is technically anyball hit "on the bounce" , while a 3/4 volley is one that's hit about an inch before it hits the ground or exactly at the point of contact.

Posted by: George W. Volley, inventor of the volley | June 2, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

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