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Soccer Insider: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

USL Gone Wild!

It's the weekend of the weird. In the aftermath of the incident on the Revolution's flight to L.A. yesterday, we received this gem of a dispatch from Crystal Palace Baltimore following its 2-0 USL2 victory over visiting Western Massachusetts at UMBC Stadium: The rivalry between the two clubs reached a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 19, 2008; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Matchnight SuperLiga: DCU-Houston

Your game-time weather forecast is available by clicking here. Your handy match preview is here. TV: Comcast SportsNet, Telefutura. Other MLS matches today..... *Toronto 0, San Jose 0 *Los Angeles at New York, 6:30 (FSC) [Read George Vecsey's column and relive last year's 5-4 thriller through the magic of video.]...

By Steve Goff  |  July 19, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Revolution to the Rescue!

You're not going to believe this: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after a passenger stripped, put his clothes back on and then tried to open an emergency exit door before being subdued by members of...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lalas Speaks on Xavier

In a statement to the Insider concerning departing defender Abel Xavier, Galaxy President Alexi Lalas said: "Abel has been a wonderful professional at our club and I want to personally thank him for coming to Los Angeles and being a part of the Galaxy family. We wish him continued success...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU's All-Star Snub

Jaime Moreno, commenting on no United players in the All-Star Game for the first time in MLS's 13 years: "For me, it has always been very political. Just look at who they are playing [MLS's selections]. Do they deserve it? No. When Juan Pablo Angel has missed half of the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCU Update

DCU needs a three-goal victory over Houston tomorrow and an Atlante loss to Chivas to advance to the semifinals of the SuperLiga. The club also knows it has a league match Tuesday against the Dynamo. So should the club go all out, play its regulars (at least the ones that...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Xavier Gone

Two sources tell me this morning that the Los Angeles Galaxy is planning to waive Portuguese defender Abel Xavier and his $156,000 salary. The Galaxy, which just acquired Argentine back Eduardo Dominguez, is in New York for tomorrow's match against the Red Bulls. Xavier, 35, made nine starts and 10...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Morning Kickaround

*A midweek crowd of 16,000 (though many got in for free), five goals in the first half, a goal by a former local college hero, a virtuoso performance by not-an-all-star Schelotto, the equalizer by a returning USA international, ESPN instead of ESPN2, what more could you ask for from Columbus's...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCU and Dallas Rumblings

*La Prensa in Honduras is reporting that Platense (Puerto Cortes) is close to a deal to loan 24-year-old midfielder Carlos Will Mejia to D.C. United for the remainder of the MLS season. DCU GM Dave Kasper said he had no comment. One person familiar with the player said that, if...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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All-Star Updates

As we expected, Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein, New England midfielder Steve Ralston and Dallas midfielder Juan Toja have been added to the MLS all-star team that will face West Ham next Thursday in Toronto. No Emilio, no Schelotto, no Morales....

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Surgery for Gallardo and Peralta

D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Gallardo and defender Gonzalo Peralta will have surgery for sports hernias over the next couple days in Germany. Both are expected to be sidelined two to three weeks. Click here for more details....

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Introducing the USA Olympic Team.....

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)*, Chris Seitz (RSL). DEFENDERS: Michael Parkhurst (New England)*, Patrick Ianni (Houston), Marvell Wynne (Toronto), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Nathan Sturgis (RSL). MIDFIELDERS: Maurice Edu (Toronto), Stuart Holden (Houston), Freddy Adu (Benfica), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen), Danny Szetela (Brescia), Benny Feilhaber (Derby). FORWARDS:...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Carvallo Gone, Phelan Update

No surprise: D.C. United has released reserve goalkeeper Jose Carvallo, a Peruvian on loan from Universitario who appeared in one regular season match and did not seriously challenge Zach Wells for playing time. In recent matches, rookie James Thorpe had served as Wells's back-up. Clearly, DCU is planning to sign...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*Emiliano Diaz, the 25-year-old right-side midfielder from San Lorenzo in Argentina, has arrived in Washington and will begin his trial with D.C. United today. *A link to the Gallardo-Peralta story. *New England moved closer to a SuperLiga semifinal berth with a 1-0 victory over Pachuca, thanks to Khano Smith's penalty...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Wambach to Miss Olympics

X-rays confirmed the USA women's team worst fears: Abby Wambach broke her leg in the first half of a 1-0 victory over Brazil and will miss the Olympics. She was diagnosed with a mid-shaft oblique fracture of the tibia and fibula. She will have a titanium rod inserted during surgery...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Wambach Injury

Striker Abby Wambach, the USA women's best player, suffered a possible broken left leg during the first half of tonight's friendly against Brazil in San Diego, the Americans' final tuneup before the Olympics. Wambach has 99 international goals and was expected to be among the top players at the Summer...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Oly, All-Stars, Santino and Clint

The latest buzz on the Olympic roster, which will be unveiled at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, is that Robbie Rogers is in and that Charlie Davies may end up as an alternate. Despite Rogers's excellent form in MLS, there had been some question to his status with USA Coach...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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World Derbies

Old topic, new list..... The esteemed World Soccer magazine has unveiled its choice for the world's top 50 rivalries. (Sorry, no Galaxy-Chivas USA, but India's Mohun Bagan vs. East Bengal is No. 48.) What do you think of the top 25? 1. Real Madrid-Barcelona 2. Boca-River 3. Celtic-Rangers 4. Galatasaray-Fenerbahce...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Gallardo, Peralta Possible Surgery

This just in..... Both Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Peralta will see a specialist in Munich to determine whether they will need surgery for sports hernia injuries. The Argentine duo was scheduled to fly to Germany today. A prognosis is not expected until Thursday or Friday. If surgery is necessary, the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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Late-Morning Kickaround

*Barcelona bids farewell to Ronaldinho, welcomes Alexander Hleb from Arsenal. More details here. *The USA women prepare for their final Olympic tuneup tonight against Brazil in San Diego. Kickoff is 10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel. *SuperLiga tonight: Pachuca at New England (8 p.m. Telefutura) and Santos Laguna at...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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SuperLiga Status, Reyna Situation

First things first: DCU has NOT been eliminated from the SuperLiga. Despite losing its first two matches, United can advance to the semifinals if..... -- DCU (0-2-0, minus-2 goal diff) defeats Houston (1-1-0, plus-3) by at least three goals and Chivas (2-0-0, plus-2) beats Atlante (1-1-0, minus-3). If that occurs........

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2008; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Argentine Trialist With DCU

According to two trusted sources, Argentine right-side midfielder Emiliano Diaz, 25, will begin a trial with DCU in the near future. Diaz played at San Lorenzo for his father, former Argentine World Cup striker Ramon Angel Diaz, who coached River Plate for many years and is now in charge of...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Matchnight SuperLiga: DCU-Atlante

Greetings from Estadio RFK. As you probably know by now, New York designated player Claudio Reyna is set to announce his retirement tomorrow. One of my contacts joked that he thought Reyna had retired a year ago. Cruel, I know, but this arrangement clearly did not work out well for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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All-Star Roster Announcement

Revs Coach Steve Nicol has added five players to the roster: Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad, Toronto defender Jim Brennan, New York forward Juan Pablo Angel and Colorado midfielders Christian Gomez and Pablo Mastroeni. Commish Don Garber chose Los Angeles forward Edson Buddle and Houston midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. Hmmm, the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Boca Juniors in D.C.

Maryland SoccerPlex, actually. The highly decorated Argentine club arrived at the upper Montgomery County facility on Saturday for preseason training sessions that will run through next Tuesday. The public is welcome! Tomorrow is the premier event of their stay -- an intrasquad scrimmage on the stadium field beginning at 10...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Morning Kickaround

*Chase Hilgenbrinck's retirement from the Revs to enter a seminary at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland has reminded us of some other noteworthy departures from MLS over the years: -- Galaxy defender Ty Harden, to pursue charitable endeavors -- Dallas defender Brandon Pollard, to work at a health food bakery...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Parkhurst to China?

With the USA Olympic roster set to be unveiled Thursday afternoon, the latest buzz in U.S. soccer circles is that New England defender Michael Parkhurst will join national team veteran Brian McBride and possibly goalkeeper Brad Guzan as the overage players. (The other 15 slots will be filled by under-23...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Update

*Marcelo Gallardo, who has not played since aggravating a groin injury against Los Angeles on June 29, sat out practice again and presumably will not play tomorrow night against Atlante. Asked about Gallardo's status, Coach Tom Soehn said: "We're still evaluating." Asked if surgery is an option, he said: "We're...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Kickaround

*The USA women edged Marta-less Brazil, 1-0, on reserve Amy Rodriguez's second-half goal, stretching their winning streak to 10 and their 2008 record to 20-0-1. The teams will meet again Wednesday in San Diego. *Revs defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has retired. Why? Read this release from the Revs: The New England...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

A look back at MLS's weekend..... THE GOOD *Javier Morales's free kick through the parting Columbus wall to help RSL move into -- gulp! -- first place in the miserable Western Conference. *Houston's demolition of Atlante. *Chris Rolfe's wonder strike against Toronto. *Gonzalo Pineda's free kick, Luciano Emilio's turn and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Montreal, for Real

I am not going to pretend to know the financial aspects of Montreal's MLS ambitions, whether Canadiens owner George Gillett (Liverpool) will back the bid or what the Commish's true thoughts are about placing a club there, but after spending a couple vacation days in the fair city on the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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