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Soccer Insider: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Matchnight: DCU at Chicago

Greetings from Bridgeview. A brief rainstorm passed through Chicagoland, maybe more later. Very humid, nice breeze, immaculate pitch. UPDATE: The Bridgeview tornado siren -- yes, tornado siren -- was wailing for a few minutes. The gates have remained closed and we could have a delay. First Wednesday's rainout, now this....

By Steve Goff  |  June 7, 2008; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Euro Matchday

Let the games begin! Switzerland-Czech Republic, noon Portugal-Turkey, 2:45 TV: ESPN Classic. This is the place for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. In the meantime..... *Read my United-Fire preview. *Show your disgust about racist elements in Paris. *Watch video highlights from the Revs' 2-1 victory over Dallas. *Marvel at Venezuela's...

By Steve Goff  |  June 7, 2008; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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USA Roster for Argentina Match

Coach Bob Bradley's 19 choices are..... GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard. DEFENDERS: Dan Califf, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce. MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni. FORWARDS: Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson. Who would...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Streamers on Probation

Are you listening, Toronto supporters? In the wake of the Columbus incident and the on-going issue at BMO Field, here's MLS's ruling: "MLS teams will communicate to their supporter groups MLS's existing policy - that streamers are not to be used to impact on-field competition or thrown toward a player,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2008; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU Update

*RFK survived Wednesday's storm without significant damage to the field -- just an awful lot of water passing through the turf. *United officials are beginning to look ahead to the club's U.S. Open Cup opener on July 1, a round-of-16 match against an opponent to be determined. RFK is not...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Around MLS

*Juan Pablo Angel lifts the Red Bulls over Chivas USA, 1-0, on this header. Did attendance reach five figures in the Swamp? Nope (9,521) -- though you'd never know it from the audio on ESPN2. It sounded as if a microphone had been strategically placed in the middle of the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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And The Winner Is.....

With the European Championship getting underway Saturday, I'd like to know who you think is going to win the title. Cast your vote and then explain your choice in the comments section. more at twiigs.com......

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  European Championship  
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NY, MLS, RSL and a CD

Before I call it a day (hopefully), a few odds and ends to share: *Depleted Chivas USA (4-4-2) vs. shorthanded New York (3-3-3) at Giants Stadium (7:30 ET, ESPN2). Attendance predictions? Five figures? *Two items from the Sports Business Journal that caught my eye...... Founding editor Steve Bilafer writes: "I...

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Jozy's Deal

From what I've been able to piece together, MLS will receive approximately $10 million from Villarreal for Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, not the $12 million-plus I initially reported. However, if Altidore meets certain incentives, the league could end up with a couple million dollars more. There is also a...

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*The second round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF began last night with Honduras crushing visiting Puerto Rico, 4-0. *Greenbelt United? Read this. *In a U.S. Open Cup qualifier, Kansas City defeated Colorado on penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie to reach the round of 16 starting July 1. Ivan...

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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DCU-Houston, the Aftermath (Sort Of)

D.C. United's first shutout in league play! See, that wasn't so difficult. And they didn't even need to use any reserves to pull it off. Player Ratings: Perfect 10s for everyone. But seriously..... The teams and league today will discuss possible make-up dates. DCU Prez Kevin Payne mentioned the week...

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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'Banned for Life'

MLS Commish Don Garber issued the following statement in regard to the racial epithet directed at New England's Kheli Dube by a Columbus fan two weeks ago: "MLS and the Columbus Crew are working diligently with all relevant authorities, including Club Supporters Groups, to identify the spectator involved. In the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchday: DCU-Houston

[UPDATE: Because of lightning and heavy rain, tonight's match will not begin until 8 p.m., at the earliest.] [SECOND UPDATE: Late lineup changes.....Ching out with a tight hamstring, Niell has replaced Stratford on United's active roster.] Greetings from RFK. The first massive storm swept through the area this afternoon, another...

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Jozy and the Nats

[UPDATED with more information on the transfer fee.] The deal we told you was on the brink of being finalized is all but done: Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore to Spanish club Villarreal. New York made the official announcement moments ago. He still must reach a contract agreement with Villarreal,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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Altidore, Villarreal Deal Close

According to one U.S. source familiar with the situation, Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore is on the verge of completing a move to Spanish club Villarreal. The paperwork is being finalized, I am told, and the transfer is likely to be announced in a couple of days. MLS had rejected...

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*Click here to read my story about D.C. United's goalkeeping situation. *Weather outlook for Estadio RFK tonight: gloomy. *Attendance outlook: Maybe 15,000. *D.C. United's academy team wrapped up group play in a major youth tournament in Spain with an 8-0 loss to Partizan Belgrade. Yes, that score is correct. *Besides...

By Steve Goff  |  June 4, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Oh, Jack

CONCACAF strongman Jack Warner comments on a possible/probable U.S. bid to host the 2018 World Cup: The United States should abandon plans to host the 2018 World Cup in favor of a 2022 bid, FIFA vice president Jack Warner urged Tuesday. Warner wants to back England to host football's showpiece...

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Update

I don't anticipate any major lineup shifts tomorrow against Houston, other than Gonzalo Peralta returning to the backline in place of Domenic Mediate. Here's a developing storyline: Fred's wife is due to give birth soon -- Monday, to be exact. As you'll recall, Peralta missed two recent road matches during...

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2008; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Cat's Meow

As we awaited D.C. United to open the final stage of practice -- you know, the stretching and messing around session, where no secrets are revealed -- a scruffy, black and white cat dashed through the media room in the RFK basement. (For dramatic writing purposes, we were hoping it...

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

Off to DCU training soon, so this will be brief..... *The MISL has shut down with plans to reorganize and restart. Do we care? Perhaps Preki, an indoor legend. Do fans of MLS, the national team and other traditional outdoor soccer pursuits follow the indoor game or care about its...

By Steve Goff  |  June 3, 2008; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Robinson: Added Time

Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson will have to sit out another match -- Wednesday at D.C. United -- for an altercation with Andre Rocha, which immediately followed an altercation with Marcelo Saragosa last week at Dallas. Click here to watch the video. Robinson, who missed Saturday's game against New York for...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's Comcastic

Big week for D.C. United: two-time defending champion Houston in town Wednesday, a trip to Chicago on Saturday, and most importantly, it's United Championship Week on Comcast SportsNet. Here's the rundown: Today: Mark Simpson in studio during "Washington Post Live" at 5 p.m. (replay at 11), the top five goals...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Roster for Spain Match

The 20-man list for Wednesday's friendly in Santander is set. For more details, click here. Goalkeepers: Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton). Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege),...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

It's a wrap..... THE GOOD *By scoring against Columbus, Chivas USA's Jesse Marsch, in his 13th season, has more goals (four) than either Luciano Emilio or Jozy Altidore (three apiece). *Christian Gomez's midfield control and perfect ball to Conor Casey for Colorado's first goal. It was Gomez's fifth assist. *Geoff...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2008; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*Tragedy in Liberia, where at least eight die at the Monrovia stadium during a World Cup qualifier with Gambia. The match ended 1-1. D.C. United's Francis Doe played the final 29 minutes. New England's Kenny Mansally was on the Gambia roster, but did not play. *England defeated T&T, 3-0, in...

By Steve Goff  |  June 2, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brazil in Seattle

Brazil 3, Canada 2 before 47,000 at Qwest Field. Great second equalizer by De Guzman, not-so-great De Guzman back pass for Robinho's winner:...

By Steve Goff  |  June 1, 2008; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poplar Point Update

Follow these instructions carefully: 1. Read today's story. 2. Open backdoor and scream. 3. Fire off disgruntled e-mail to City Council and Mayor. 4. Vow never to cross Roosevelt, Memorial, 14th Street, Key or Chain bridges again. 5. Configure MapQuest for drive to Greenbelt or New Carrollton....

By Steve Goff  |  June 1, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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