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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 Reis. Chris Seitz, Drew Moor and Danny Szetela have been added to a group that also includes Cervi, Howard, Bocanegra, Califf, DeMerit, Onyewu, Pearce, Beasley, Bradley, Lewis, Adu and Johnson. The final slots are expected to be come from Chicago and Chivas USA, who face each other tonight, and the full roster will be announced Friday. All other MLS teams are in action this weekend.

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that John Thorrington, Chris Rolfe and Chad Barrett will be called up.

*Imagine another 6-foot-4 central defender with African family roots playing on the backline for the U.S. national team. You know Oguchi Onyewu's story. Now consider Bakary Soumare, the second-year Chicago defender. Soumare, 22, is from Mali, grew up outside Paris, spent his teenage years in New York and attended the University of Virginia for a couple years. (To read the big feature I wrote about him while at UVA, click here.) He has a green card and says he's a year or two away from becoming a U.S. citizen.

"Representing the U.S. national team would be fantastic, a great accomplishment," he told the Insider. "On the same note, as you know I'm not a U.S. citizen yet. If I was and I had gotten called up by either Bob Bradley or Peter Nowak for the Olympics, I would not have turned it down. I mean, it would be crazy for me to pass that opportunity. I have not talked to the USSF about it because I'm not sure how much they can help and I'm not even sure I'm on Bob Bradley's radar."

Is Soumare accomplished enough after one-plus MLS seasons to play for the USA right now? No, of course not. But he is certainly a player to watch in the coming years as he develops his game and receives citizenship.

*Some good summer soccer reading for you.....

"Bloody Confused," will be available in August from Random House. It's the story of an American writer (Chuck Culpepper) pledging his loyalty to Portsmouth and following the Premiership for a season. Click here for more details.

And just in time for the Netherlands' pursuit of the Euro title, "Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer" by David Winner has been reissued in paperback with a new introduction. It's a must read for every futbol supporter.

*Finally, it's official: DCU's makeup game with the Houston Dynamo will be Tues., July 22, which means the clubs will face each other in back-to-back matches at RFK Stadium. The first meeting is three days earlier in SuperLiga group play.

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2008; 12:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks, Steve!

Any news on the rumor that Grandpa Doe is stuck in Africa because of missing passport and Visa?

Posted by: JkR | June 19, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I love soccer, but I have yet to be able to bring myself to read books about it. Don't really know why, other than I think, why read a book about it when you can watch a match? Am I missing anything by not being a soccer-bibliophile?

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Goff, any word on the Francis Doe situation?
Grandpa Doe frustrated

Posted by: Johnny | June 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

My SuperLiga tix just arrived in the mail today. Yay! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | June 19, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I e mailed DCU customer service yesterday about bedraggled paper tickets from the suspended Dynamo game. I'm concerned they won't be Laser readable come the re-play, causing all kinds of problems.

If they ever respond, I'll be sure to share.

Posted by: JkR | June 19, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"why read a book about it when you can watch a match?"

there are a lot of terrific footy books out there. soccer makes for good reading, but not good movies. these sound great.

Posted by: Reading Is Fundamental | June 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

JkR,

I know this is way early, but with Tinos suspension from the next game, it would have been nice to see him get consideration for Sundays game with the MNT. I know Tino still has alot to prove, but it's not like the MNT is really loaded with forwards at this point.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

JkR,
Read How Soccer Explains the World.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic editing:

"Francis Doe told Star Radio he stands the risk of loosing his contract if he does not get the passport. "

Posted by: RK | June 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Ron & JkR, do yourselves a favor and read Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger's "Tor! the Story of German Football." It's one of the best soccer books out there.

Posted by: Paul | June 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Am I missing anything by not being a soccer-bibliophile?

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 1:13 PM

Two words: "Fever Pitch".

Not the Boston Red Sox-worshiping American movie, but the original, Arsenal-worshiping book by Nick Hornby.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting story about Bakary Soumare. I played against him in high school several times (we were in the same division while he played at La Salle) His physicall presence was incredible. I used to be charged with marking him in the center of midfield and he was a handfull. Would love to see him progress in the American setup.

Posted by: Austin | June 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"And just in time for the Netherlands' pursuit of the Euro title, "Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer" by David Winner has been reissued in paperback with a new introduction.."

This is great news. I've heard wonderful things about the book. I look forward to reading it while on VRE.

Having two 6-4 beasts in the center back positions would be outstanding -- as long as we have some fleet-footed outside defenders who can get forward with skill AND defend.

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ron: try "Winning at All Costs: A Scandalous History of Italian Football" it's a great history of the insane corruption and machinations of the Italian leagues, going back to the early parts of the century.

interesting tidbit: anyone wonder why AC Milan has an Italian Prefix, but uses the English name of the city? it used to be FC Milan, but Mussolini forced all the clubs to use Italian names. Milan agreed to use "AC" but refused to change to Milano.

there is much that can be learned about the interaction between football and society/politics/war/class issues across Europe and Latin America. the US has never had such relationships with any particular sport.

Also, find Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs" about his year with the ManUnited 'supporters' in the late 80s. much is reportedly falsified, but it's still a chilling read.

Posted by: northzax | June 19, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I was also gonna mention that the Portsmouth book sounds like Fever Pitch.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | June 19, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

FYI

Action Alert: Public Hearing on Poplar Point Development

SAY NO TO PUBLIC FINANCING OF A SOCCER STADIUM
& YES TO A PARK FOR ALL DISTRICT RESIDENTS!


Poplar Point encompasses more than 110 acres of land, much within National Capital Parks, adjacent to Historic Anacostia (directly across from the Navy Yard). DC United, our local soccer team, is pushing to build a 27,000-seat stadium with residential and commercial development in the surrounding area. This proposal will also include a soccer stadium as well as residential and commercial development. Many District residents and environmental organizations have expressed reservations about any proposal that forces so much development on parkland. District residents have also expressed concerns about spending $150 million dollars of taxpayer money on a soccer stadium. Please attend the EIS community meeting and help us make a strong showing of support for fiscal common sense and the environment.

WHAT: National Park Service & Office of Planning and Economic Development's Public Meeting on Poplar Point EIS.

DATE: Tuesday, June 24th 2008

TIME: 6 - 9 PM

PLACE: Thurgood Marshall Academy, 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, (Use Anacostia Metro Station)

CONTACT: Chris Weiss, Friends of the Earth, 202-222-0746, cweiss@foe.org or Jim Dougherty, DC Sierra Club, 202-488-1140, jimdougherty@aol.com for more information.

Details: The Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development and the National Park Service are serving as joint-lead agencies in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the redevelopment of Poplar Point. The EIS will analyze alternatives for the District's redevelopment of the Site. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS and proposed relocation of certain National Park Service and U.S. Park Police facilities.


You can find out more information about the meeting at: http://www.epa.gov/EPA-IMPACT/2008/June/Day-11/i12837.htm

You can look at the DC United Proposal at: http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/t103/stadium/poplar_point/ .
You can look at the Our Park's Coalition website at: www.ThePointIsOurPark.org .


Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

FYI

Action Alert: Public Hearing on Poplar Point Development

SAY NO TO PUBLIC FINANCING OF A SOCCER STADIUM
& YES TO A PARK FOR ALL DISTRICT RESIDENTS!


Poplar Point encompasses more than 110 acres of land, much within National Capital Parks, adjacent to Historic Anacostia (directly across from the Navy Yard). DC United, our local soccer team, is pushing to build a 27,000-seat stadium with residential and commercial development in the surrounding area. This proposal will also include a soccer stadium as well as residential and commercial development. Many District residents and environmental organizations have expressed reservations about any proposal that forces so much development on parkland. District residents have also expressed concerns about spending $150 million dollars of taxpayer money on a soccer stadium. Please attend the EIS community meeting and help us make a strong showing of support for fiscal common sense and the environment.

WHAT: National Park Service & Office of Planning and Economic Development's Public Meeting on Poplar Point EIS.

DATE: Tuesday, June 24th 2008

TIME: 6 - 9 PM

PLACE: Thurgood Marshall Academy, 2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, (Use Anacostia Metro Station)

CONTACT: Chris Weiss, Friends of the Earth, 202-222-0746, cweiss@foe.org or Jim Dougherty, DC Sierra Club, 202-488-1140, jimdougherty@aol.com for more information.

Details: The Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development and the National Park Service are serving as joint-lead agencies in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the redevelopment of Poplar Point. The EIS will analyze alternatives for the District's redevelopment of the Site. The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public input on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS and proposed relocation of certain National Park Service and U.S. Park Police facilities.


You can find out more information about the meeting at: http://www.epa.gov/EPA-IMPACT/2008/June/Day-11/i12837.htm

You can look at the DC United Proposal at: http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/t103/stadium/poplar_point/ .
You can look at the Our Park's Coalition website at: www.ThePointIsOurPark.org .


Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

No soccer stadium on Poplar Point!

Put windmills there!

Sheesh.

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This JkR has read, and enjoyed several of those books. Not sure whom some of you are responding to?

Posted by: JkR | June 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

JkR,

I know this is way early, but with Tinos suspension from the next game, it would have been nice to see him get consideration for Sundays game with the MNT. I know Tino still has alot to prove, but it's not like the MNT is really loaded with forwards at this point.

Posted by: | June 19, 2008 1:54 PM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why is this directed to me? Just curious, but it doesn't seem to relate to anything I've posted.

Posted by: JkR | June 19, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Geesh! I REALLY want to know how many people who are lobbying for no stadium at Popular Point have actually been there or can even find it on a map!

Posted by: kasdc | June 19, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of books, anyone check out 'The Ball Is Round'? Surely, a 900 page global history of soccer deserves some serious consideration.

Posted by: bc | June 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is tough. The rescheduled Houston match at RFK or fifth row tickets for Mark Knopfler at Wolf Trap. What Would Goff Do (if he weren't paid to cover DCU)?

Posted by: Karen | June 19, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I was looking forward to the Mark Knopfler show. Tough decision between the two events.

If it rains buckets again, I'd rather be at RFK than Wolf Trap. Plus, I've already paid for the United game. That might be the tiebreaker.

Posted by: Dire Straits | June 19, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey you nameless coward from stupid friends of the earth or whatever don't be wasting our insider with your devil blooded anti soccer campaign here. Let the park sit empty and let it go wastland wasted but you will end up paying more cost for some deep pocket developer comes to you and filled your bank account you won't say a word, would you?

Posted by: arlington4united | June 19, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

...meh. Different strokes, I guess. The Amazon reviews for Fever Pitch looked ho-hum and sorry but I could care less about corruption in the Italian soccer federation. The only soccer book I almost read some years ago was Girls of Summer or something like that by Jere Longman about the US WNT when they won the 99 WWC but I dont really care that much about women's soccer so didnt read that one either.

I'll keep an open mind, though, if I run across a compelling review I might give a soccer book a read. Just haven't seen one yet. For now its all about watching the matches.

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What about Tony Limarzi's book? (Shameless, not-really-self-but-sibling-promotion)

And thanks for the Doe update in the next thread, Steve

Posted by: Johnny | June 19, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I understand that if Bakary Soumare moves to California and marries David Regis, we can get his citizenship expedited.....

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | June 19, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Are there any books about DC United?

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Guess this is why DC United will never get a stadium. Post an announcement about a hearing and what the folks who do not want a stadium are doing and the response is... Shoot the messenger. If you want this, organize, show up at the hearing, and be heard... duh.

Posted by: JR | June 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Terrible conflict on July 22, but I already have tickets to see Knopfler. See y'all at Wolf Trap.

SG

Posted by: Goff | June 19, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"A love struck romeo
Sings a streetsuss serenade
Laying everybody low
With a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like "You and me babe, how about it?"

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 19, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm near page 500 of the Ball Is Round. Best. Soccer Book. Ever.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | June 19, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

What is good about the book?

Posted by: Ron | June 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Steven. That is what I thought you'd say. Does anyone know if United still has the program where you donate (soggy) tickets back to the club and they give them to disadvantaged kids?

Posted by: Karen | June 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

No soccer stadium on Poplar Point!

Put windmills there!

Sheesh.

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 19, 2008 2:24 PM

=============================

Or a nuke plant. "The other clean fuel."

Posted by: OWNTF | June 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

PS -- Greenbelt won't be so bad, you'll see!

Posted by: OWNTF | June 19, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

bakary soumare is the 2nd coming of eddie pope only taller. he is silky smooth, great distributor, matches up well 1v1. he just needs some higher level play.
ps WHERE IS CORY GIBBS?

Posted by: MarkVA | June 19, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I already read Culpepper's book. In England it was published as Up Pompey! It's a good read, though he has no clue about MLS or soccer in the States.

Posted by: Fuegofan | June 19, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano is a great book, too.

Posted by: Soccer Reader | June 19, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

A propos of absolutely nothing, how far we've come in 30 years...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaY433RHRDg

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 19, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess Kenny Cooper is more valuable to his club team than Barrett. Barrett is a joke dude. I think the only person I've seen blow more sure things in the last six months is Adebayor(sp?).
It would be nice to see Chicago take another loss or draw tonight.

Posted by: Dadryan | June 19, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse


Great point about Soumare. The USMNT has a real need for quality central defenders beyond 2010 and naturalizing/capping Bakary would be a smart move.

Posted by: jogobonito | June 19, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Soumare is pretty darn good but Barrett continues to crap the bed.

Posted by: Dadryan | June 20, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

The Ball is Round is a global history of soccer. Covers ancients games (briefly), the codification of Association Football and its rise in England and Scotland, to Latin American, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa. That is as far as I've gotten. The anti-futbol of 50's River Plate, the Wunderteam of 30's Austria, the invention of tactics and formations, the initial creation of club football in Europe and country in South America. Too much too cover here, but its the most thorough overview of soccer I've ever seen attempted. Very interesting read.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | June 20, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

the USSF REALLY needs to have a convo with the state department about fast tracking Baky.
It would behoove us to get him experience before 2010 so he could be on the bench. He is a excellent centerback but also plays d-mid pretty well too. Good to have that kind of size, power and versatility.

Posted by: papa bear | June 20, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

A propos of absolutely nothing, how far we've come in 30 years...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaY433RHRDg

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 19, 2008 7:33 PM
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Thanks for this clip! What I always wonder about is how material like this ever got preserved in the first place. It is not as if 30 years ago, people had any inkling that if they waited long enough, someday there would be a medium for sharing this stuff with people far and wide. (Since, for all practical purposes, in-home recording didn't exist then, is this essentially a bootleg from TVS' vault?)

As far as books (and early U.S. soccer history) go, The Game of Their Lives, by Geoffrey Douglas, is a very good little book about the 1950 USA World Cup squad that was turned into a mediocre Anschutz-financed fictionalized movie treatment several years ago. Douglas' description of the on-the-pitch action is shaky and suspect in places, but he really captures the culture of the inner-city working-class ethnic neighborhoods of St. Louis, Philadelphia, and other cities that produced these folks who led ordinary lives, but who did something extraordinary on one day in 1950.

Posted by: tri-village | June 20, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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