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Soccer Insider: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Matchnight: DCU vs. New York

[updated] Greetings from RFK. Guess what? It's been raining. Almost every match this season, or so it seems. Hopefully, no postponements (RFK) or tornado warnings (Chicago), like last week. Here's the game-time forecast: click here. For those of you watching at home: Comcast SportsNet and HDNet. Yes, United's Domenic Mediate...

By Steve Goff  |  June 14, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Some Fairfax County soccer players and their parents are partnering with U.S. diplomats to build in Iraq a network of soccer fields and organize a youth league modeled after those in the United States. *Real Maryland (USL2) needs overtime to oust a famed New York amateur side, 3-2, in the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 14, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Santino's Story

Since returning to D.C. United this spring, Santino Quaranta has been telling everyone that he went through a lot in his recovery from injuries and in his attempts to turn around his troubled career. We didn't know exactly what he had to overcome to make it back. Until now. In...

By Steve Goff  |  June 13, 2008; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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CONCACAF Poll

more at twiigs.com......

By Steve Goff  |  June 13, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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What's the Lineup?

Tom Soehn did not reveal his starters for tomorrow night's match against New York at Estadio RFK -- no surprise there -- but with Marcelo Gallardo and Bryan Namoff suspended, he is going to have to make some adjustments. You can certainly read into these comments: "Right now we are...

By Steve Goff  |  June 13, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Never mind the Celtics' majestic comeback or Mike Lowell's grand slam last night. Boston is all about Matt Reis and the Revs, who are on a 5-0-1 run following a 2-0 victory at Houston. The Revs are the rage up and down Route 1, no? Reis continues to exact his...

By Steve Goff  |  June 13, 2008; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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MLS's Open Cup Pairings

The USSF has set the potential pairings and sites for the round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup, when MLS teams join the fun. D.C. United will host the winner of the second-round match between Rochester (USL1) and Pittsburgh (USL2) at Maryland SoccerPlex. The game is tentatively set for...

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Morning Kickaround

Good mornin'..... *Big Phil will take over Chelsea after the European Championship. He brings winning experience, personality, international flair, and most importantly, the gift of gab. "If someone talks about my private life, for example, I'll give them a good punching. I'm not interested in suing. I like to sort...

By Steve Goff  |  June 12, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  European Championship , MLS  
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Midday Update

*USA defender Cat Whitehill tore a knee ligament and will miss the Olympics, the second women's standout to be ruled out of the Summer Games. *CONCACAF conducted only a portion of the Champions League draw (my bad), so we still don't know the potential groups for DCU and Houston. However,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Matchday Europe

Whether you are watching at home, online at your desk, in the employees' lounge, or at the local pub because you -- cough, cough -- called in sick all week, this is the place for Euro pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. Czech Republic-Portugal, noon Switzerland-Turkey, 2:45 TV: ESPN2. Enjoy!...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Show Us the Money

That pay raise D.C. United quietly gave Luciano Emilio a few weeks ago, elevating him to designated player status? The details: His base salary increased from $285,000 to $425,000 (a jump of nearly 50 percent) and his guaranteed compensation from $313,125 to $453,125. Forward Francis Doe, acquired by United after...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*Click here to read my print-edition story about Luciano Emilio and his postgame celebration in Chicago. *Chicago defeated Columbus in overtime in U.S. Open Cup qualifying to reach the round of 16, while the first round commenced with matches all around the country. Real Maryland's home game was postponed until...

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2008; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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USA Roster

Sorry for the late thread. I am working on an important project and was tied up all afternoon. Anyway, here is Bob Bradley's roster for Sunday's qualifying opener against Barbados: GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard. DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Califf, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Update

*Midfielder Julio Arjona, a D.C. native who was attending Clarksburg High in Maryland before moving to the Bradenton system and the U.S. under-17 national team, is training with United's full squad (this week only). *Fred's wife gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. He was given today off to spend...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday Europe

The final group gets underway..... Spain-Russia, noon ET Greece-Sweden, 2:30 ET TV: ESPN2. Predictions? For more on the Netherlands' controversial first goal against Italy yesterday, click here for UEFA's statement. Your thoughts on that issue and today's matches are welcome in the comments section....

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Another Step Closer to PG County

We offered you a pro-stadium perspective in this morning's kickaround. Now, yet another anti-stadium theme. A group of economists have checked in on the Poplar Point/soccer stadium issue. Their conclusion: 20-30 events at such a stadium is not economically feasible for a city that would have to commit at least...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*The USA roster for this Sunday's World Cup qualifying opener against Barbados at Home Depot Center will be unveiled today on ESPN2 after the Spain-Russia Euro match and before the Sweden-Greece game. So sometime between 2 and 2:30 ET. *A final update on the VIP list at Giants Stadium for...

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

A belated look back at MLS last week..... THE GOOD *Brian Ching's two goals and one assist. *Luciano Emilio awakening from his spring slumber, capped by his game-winner at Chicago. *Jeff Cunningham's 99th career goal. (His uniform selection before the season was No. 96 to match his total. If he...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MLS  
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They Said It

A few bonus quotes from the USA-Argentina postgame festivities..... USA Coach Bob Bradley, on DaMarcus Beasley's return from a serious knee injury: "I thought tonight for DaMarcus was very important. When you are coming back from an injury, sometimes it starts at high and then there's a little bit of...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

It's still morning in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, so I get a pass, right? ;-) *In the wake of last Wednesday's monsoon at Estadio RFK, D.C. United has proposed playing the make-up match with Houston on July 23, the day before the All-Star Game in Toronto. It would...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Matchday Europe

Sorry for the absence. Flight delay. Just turned on the Euros on HD -- what a gorgeous sight. For all the complaining we do about various announcers and camera angles, you've got to admit we've come an awfully long way in soccer viewing opportunities in this country. Apparently, I didn't...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Women's League Status Report

According to Tonya Antonucci, commissioner of the new women's national pro league that will launch next spring, each of the seven clubs will be allocated three U.S. national team players in the second or third week of July. It is not a draft; rather, the players have selected their preferences...

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Women  
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USA Player Ratings

Howard 9 Cherundolo 5 Onyewu 6 Califf 5 Pearce 8 Bradley 6 Mastroeni 5 Dempsey 6 Donovan 6 Beasley 7 Johnson 4 Subs: DeMerit 5, Lewis 5, Edu 5, Adu 6, Kljestan 5, Hejduk NR....

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchnight: USA-Argentina

Greetings from the Stadium of Giants. The temporary grass layout looks, um, strange -- wavy strips running from sideline to sideline. ... It's as hot as Hades. ... The sports complex grounds are a mess with orange barrels, construction areas and cranes. If you have tickets, get here soon. USA...

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday Europe

Sorry for the late start. Just arrived in N.J. and tuned into ESPN2. Croatia-Austria now, Germany-Poland later. Your analysis is welcome. I'll be back later with a USA-Argentina thread....

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  European Championship  
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DCU-Chicago, the Aftermath

A few hours' sleep, and then back to O'Hare for a flight to New Jersey and the USA-Argentina match Sunday evening. So I'll have to make this quick. An evening that began with a tornado alert, ends with..... United winning a road match, shorthanded no less. United getting out of...

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2008; 1:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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