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Soccer Insider: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

On Holiday

I am going to disappear for the next eight days, heading here and here, among other northern destinations. I'll rejoin you from Estadio RFK on July 12 for DCU's SuperLiga opener against Chivas Guadalajara. Post colleague Zach Berman will handle the U.S. Open Cup coverage Monday and Tuesday (articles only)...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*Argentina's Olympic roster is set. Looks a bit like the national team, eh? GKs: Oscar Ustari (Getafe), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar). Ds: Pablo Zabaleta (Espanyol), Luciano Monzon (Boca Juniors), Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid), Nicolas Burdisso* (Inter Milan), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), Lautaro Acosta (Sevilla). MFs: Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Juan Roman...

By Steve Goff  |  July 3, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Late-Morning Kickaround

*LDU from Ecuador takes a two-goal lead into the second leg of the Copa Libertadores finals against Fluminense tonight at Maracana. Great quote from Fluminense's Washington: "LDU's best player, the altitude, is not coming." Away goals are not factored, so if the Brazilians win by two, regardless of the score,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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DCU-Rhinos, the Aftermath

So with just a few minutes left in United's 2-0 victory over the Rhinos in the U.S. Open Cup round of 16 -- a game you can read about by clicking here -- United was awarded another free kick in a dangerous spot. Marc Burch had already finished two of...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2008; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: U.S. Open Cup

If eight matches are played and only a few people see them (either in person or on online video), do they make a sound? This is our blog-thread dilemma tonight as eight MLS teams face five USL1 and three USL2 sides in Open Cup action in Boyds, Md.; New Britain,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*Click here to read all about D.C. United's approach to tonight's U.S. Open Cup round-of-16 match against USL1 Rochester at Maryland SoccerPlex (7:30 ET) and the status of several players, including Ben Olsen. Other Open Cup games: -- New York (MLS) at Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) in Annapolis, Md., 7:30...

By Steve Goff  |  July 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Evolving Galaxy

As we told you yesterday, the Galaxy has been trying to trade Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz, who did not accompany the club to Washington over the weekend. Today we hear that Los Angeles is moving closer to signing a mid-level Argentine central defender. No other details are available at this...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  MLS  
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Injuries and Open Cup

Make no mistake, D.C. United is taking the U.S. Open Cup very seriously this year. A 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League berth is at stake and the embarrassment at Harrisburg last summer has not sat well with the club. Plus, DCU hasn't won the thing since 1996. But after playing in...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *DCU stretching its winning streak to four and its unbeaten streak to six with a rout of the Galaxy before 35,000+ at RFK. *Steve Ralston's fantastic second goal during the Revs' win over Toronto. *Emmanuel Ekpo's run from midfield and finish from distance to lift Columbus over Colorado....

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

If the DCU coverage in the Post sports section wasn't enough for you..... .....the Business section looks at the impact of a big Ethiopian tournament at RFK. .....and the Metro section has stories about the homeless soccer tournament and a Euro-viewing party at the Austrian Embassy. *Sepp Blatter acknowledges having...

By Steve Goff  |  June 30, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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DCU-LA, the Aftermath

Was RFK at its loudest after each of DCU's four goals (they could have scored eight) or when Ben Olsen made his season debut? It was an emotional moment for player, team and supporters, and was captured beautifully in a sidebar by my young Post colleague Steve Yanda. My full...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2008; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday Europe

Spain's time has arrived but will German fortitude prevail again in a major tournament? 2:45 p.m., ABC. What does David Beckham think? Here is what he told me at the team hotel last night: "I like both teams, I like both countries. I respect Germany because they are always there,...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Ruiz on the Move?

Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz is not hurt and not here at RFK. Word from a high-placed source is that Ruiz is on the trade block and several scenarios have been discussed. Chivas USA was very interested, but needs to clear salary cap space in order to complete a deal. Don't...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchday: DCU-Galaxy

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Bring your sunscreen and a few gallons of water. It's gonna be a hot one. Things you should know: *The field is not in great shape. Actually, it probably looks worse than it actually is, but, indeed, it does not look good -- patches of brown...

By Steve Goff  |  June 29, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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