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Soccer Insider: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Who Is Andrei Arshavin?

You just saw him tear apart the Dutch. Now watch and learn about Russia's 27-year-old sensation from Zenit St. Petersburg:...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Revved Up for Euros

Quick story to share..... The New England Revolution was en route from Boston to Salt Lake City yesterday via Cincinnati for its Saturday night game against RSL. The second flight was scheduled for 4:45 p.m. The team had missed the Croatia-Turkey kickoff during the first leg of the trip and...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Saturday in the Park

Today's lineup..... EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP Quarterfinals Netherlands vs. Russia, 2:30 ET (ABC) WORLD CUP QUALIFYING Belize at Mexico, 10 (Telemundo) Guatemala vs. St. Lucia in L.A., 10 Grenada at Costa Rica, 10 ...and lots of African matches. MLS Kansas City at Toronto, 3:30 Dallas at New York, 7:30 (FSC) Houston at...

By Steve Goff  |  June 21, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Matchday Europe

Who will join Germany in Wednesday's semifinals? It's Croatia vs. Turkey, 2:45 (ESPN). Your in-game and postgame commentary is welcome. Enjoy!...

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  European Championship  
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USA Roster Unveiled

Here's the 18-man list for Sunday's qualifier at Barbados. Don't read too much into the choices: The game doesn't mean much, most MLS players have club commitments this weekend, Tim Howard is rehabbing a bad back, Eddie Johnson is sick, other Euro-based players need a summer break..... GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Updates

Let's start our session with DCU's goalkeeping status..... Coach Tom Soehn, on departing trialist Manuel Vallaurio (Monaco): "I think he came from a situation where he has been coached because some of the dynamics of positioning are all there. It's just not a situation we are going to act on...

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Bob Bradley might want to rescind Chad Barrett's invitation to Sunday's World Cup qualifier at Barbados after watching his two first-half misses druing last night's 2-0 loss at Chivas USA. (Video match highlights are available by clicking here.) MLS's best team through the first third of the season, the Fire...

By Steve Goff  |  June 20, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Matchday Europe

The bad news: With group play over, only one match to watch. The good news: Now there's something truly at stake. First up, Portugal vs. Germany, 2:45 ET (ESPN). Based on first-round form, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have got to be favored, but never count out the Germans in the...

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Doe? Doh!

D.C. United reserve forward Francis Doe has been issued a new Liberian passport but still needs a visa to return to the United States next week, DCU GM Dave Kasper said. What's going on, you ask? Apparently, the Liberian federation misplaced Doe's passport while the national team was competing in...

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Barbados, Bakary, Books and Back-to-Back

A variety of afternoon topics to discuss: *Sticking with the alliteration, Bob Bradley is in the process of finalizing his roster for the almost meaningless World Cup qualifier at Barbados on Sunday. The following players have been dropped from consideration: Ching, Dempsey, Cherundolo, Donovan, Guzan, Hejduk, Edu, Kljestan, Mastroeni and...

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*The Euro quarterfinals get underway today with Portugal facing Germany in Basel (2:45 ET, ESPN). *New England's unbeaten streak reaches seven with a 1-1 tie against visiting New York. Credit to the Revs' Shalrie Joseph, who played for Grenada over the weekend, returned to Foxborough to play all 90 in...

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Ocho

With the completion of group play today, the Euro field has been narrowed from 16 to eight teams. Your quarterfinal matchups: *Thursday: Portugal vs. Germany, 2:45 (ESPN) *Friday: Croatia vs. Turkey, 2:45 (ESPN) *Saturday: Netherlands vs. Russia, 2:45 (ESPN Classic ABC) *Sunday: Spain vs. Italy, 2:45 (ESPN) The first two...

By Steve Goff  |  June 18, 2008; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Emptying the Notebook

The Santino Quaranta story last Saturday checked in at around 2,700 words. Nonetheless, there was plenty of great material that did not make the cut: On whether he was looking for sympathy: "I don't need a pat on the back. I don't need anyone to say, 'Good job for not...

By Steve Goff  |  June 18, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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In Reserve

Nothing like spending a gorgeous morning at the RFK training grounds for a DCU-Toronto reserve match. What does it say about Jose Carvallo that, for the second consecutive reserve game, he starts out on the bench? Clearly, the clock is ticking on his MLS career. The July 1 contract deadline...

By Steve Goff  |  June 18, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*The complete Luciano Emilio story and other DCU notes are available here. TODAY IN MLS -- New York at New England, 7:30 -- San Jose at Real Salt Lake, 9 Depleted and defensive-inept Red Bulls attempt to slow the surging Revs, while RSL looks to extend its modest streak against...

By Steve Goff  |  June 18, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Get a Haircut, Punk

Everything you ever wanted to know about D.C. United hairstyles and haircuts -- and were afraid to ask -- is chronicled on Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog. Enjoy. Or at least pretend to....

By Steve Goff  |  June 17, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Emilio Is Staying

As we told you the other day, Morelia Coach Luis Fernando Tena and one of his assistants attended D.C. United's match against New York on Saturday night at Estadio RFK. Their target: Luciano Emilio. But according to both Emilio and DCU General Manager Dave Kasper today, the club is not...

By Steve Goff  |  June 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchday Europe

The Group of Death meets its maker today with the final two matches: Netherlands-Romania, 2:45 ET (ESPN Classic) Italy-France, 2:45 (ESPN) So what better time than to hit you with another poll....... more at twiigs.com......

By Steve Goff  |  June 17, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

MLS's weekend in review..... THE GOOD *A hat trick for Luciano Emilio, a hat trick for Edson Buddle, two goals for Rohan "Best Day of My Life So Far" Ricketts, two goals for Alejandro Moreno. *Toronto remains unbeaten at home (5-0-2). *Nearly 40,000 in Oakland for the visit by David...

By Steve Goff  |  June 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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48 Hours

I am off the grid for a couple days in order to attend a family function in a foreign land (okay, it's Ohio) and will not rejoin you until Tuesday morning. Lots of activity on Planet Futbol while I am away: SUNDAY *USA vs. Barbados, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Galavision)...

By Steve Goff  |  June 15, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
 
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DCU-NY, The Aftermath

Show of hands, as of a few weeks ago, who wanted Luciano Emilio driven to the city limits and told never to return? Go ahead, admit it, don't be shy. Good thing that didn't happen, huh? His first MLS hat trick -- that Olsen character had one last season, but...

By Steve Goff  |  June 15, 2008; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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