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Soccer Insider: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

Matchnight: United-Wizards

Greetings from Estadio RFK. It wouldn't be a DCU home match without the threat of severe weather, now would it? Everything was fine on my drive to the Duomo on the Anacostia, but upon arrival, the rain began to fall and interrupt the Latin Festival in Lot 8. There is...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2008; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Saturday in the Park

*Let's start with another goal-less performance from the U.S. Olympic team, which completed its preparations for the Summer Games today with a 1-0 loss to Cameroon in Hong Kong. The starters: Guzan; Wynne, Parkhurst, Edu, Orozco; Rogers, Bradley, Holden, Kljestan; Altidore, McBride. Seitz, Adu, Davies, Szetela, Feilhaber and McCarty came...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Night Lights

A couple late-day moves..... *Dallas officially bids farewell to all-star midfielder Juan Toja, who is off to Romania. *Chivas USA, which just lost Brad Guzan to England, acquires goalkeeper Zach Thornton in a trade with New York. For those up early on weekends, the USA Olympic team will play its...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Video Tribute to Guzan

Enjoy the video. You can also listen to this podcast, recorded today in Hong Kong, where Guzan is with the U.S. Olympic team....

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Update

A few items to share..... *No trialists today, maybe next week. *Gonzalo Peralta did not practice again because of illness and, considering he has just recovered from a sports hernia injury, is unlikely to be in uniform tomorrow night against Kansas City. Francis Doe (foot infection) is also sidelined, but...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gibbs to MLS Soon

Two sources tell me that U.S. defender Cory Gibbs, whose promising career has been interrupted by injuries, is close to returning to MLS and will be available through an allocation process in the next couple weeks. Toronto had been atop the allocation list, but moved to the bottom after claiming...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Good Friday

*MLS has announced the process for the next round of expansion, which will determine two new teams in 2011: a. Submit application by Oct. 15. b. Await an announcement late this year or early next year. Sounds simple enough. You know the contenders: Montreal, St. Louis, Vancouver, New York Jr.,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blanco Fined by MLS

Yesterday, the U.S. Soccer Federation took action against Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco for his behavior during a U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United on July 8 at Maryland SoccerPlex. Today, it was MLS's turn. Sort of. The league announced that Blanco has been fined $7,500 for "behavior detrimental to the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Afternoon Kickaround

Let's take a break from MLS and look at the Olympics and some local clubs in the W-League, USL2 and colleges: *The Olympic men's rosters are set. Click here for more details. Familiar names to MLS followers on non-U.S. teams: Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott (New Zealand), Samuel Caballero, Ramon...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Greetings From RFK

Some things you should know about DCU's acquisition of Ivan Guerrero: *I'm hearing that a portion of his salary ($147,000 guaranteed) will remain on San Jose's books this season. *Guerrero entered in the second half in each of Honduras's World Cup qualifiers against Puerto Rico this summer and presumably will...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BREAKING NEWS: United Trade

D.C. United has acquired Honduran midfielder-defender Ivan Guerrero from the San Jose Earthquakes for a partial allocation. Guerrero, 30, played three seasons with Chicago before joining San Jose this year. He has made 14 appearances (13 starts) for the Earthquakes and scored one goal. Guerrero, who has a green card...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rowdy Night in Revsville

So if my math skills have not betrayed me, two games between New England and Atlante in the past five months have produced 22 yellow cards and seven reds -- almost enough cards for every spectator that actually showed up in Foxborough last night for the SuperLiga semifinal between the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Blanco's Punishment Is.....

Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been suspended from U.S. Open Cup play for at least two years for his conduct during a quarterfinal game against D.C. United on July 8, a U.S. Soccer Federation panel ruled. The panel listened to testimony from the three game officials, United employees and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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Midday Briefing

*The McBride-Barrett deal has been finalized. No McBride in Chicago until after the Olympics. Of course, he will be needed to fill Blanco's slot in the lineup after the USSF and MLS announce their 20-year suspensions. (kidding) Speaking of Blanco, the USSF might unveil its findings from the Open Cup...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Moreno Call-Up

As we told you yesterday, D.C. United captain Jaime Moreno will be in uniform for Bolivia to face Guatemala in a friendly at RFK next Wednesday night. With the Guatemalans set to host the United States in a World Cup qualifier two weeks later, the U.S. team will have a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Early-Morning Kickaround

*Houston reaches the SuperLiga championship game with a 2-0 victory over defending champion Pachuca at Estadio Robertson. Boswell and Ashe with the second-half goals. The Dynamo will face the winner of tonight's New England-Atlante semifinal (8 p.m. ET, Telefutura) next Tuesday night in Houston or Foxborough. Click here for the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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An MLS Poll

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2008; 8:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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No Deal for Cooper

Rosenborg and Cardiff City wanted him, but it appears they are not going to get him. Said FC Dallas GM Michael Hitchcock: "We received offers from multiple international clubs for Kenny Cooper during this transfer window, but we elected to decline them all. The international interest is a credit to...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Greetings From Quiet RFK

I asked DCU Coach Tom Soehn whether there were any trialists at training today. "Not yet." Tomorrow? "Not yet." Another reporter: Any new things that you..... "Not yet. I'm not talkative today. You are not going to get much out of me." Soehn will appear on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*There is just no stopping those RSLers. Well, at least at the Rice-Eccles rock quarry. Robbie Findley's late sliding goal a few minutes after Amado Guevara's brilliant free kick lifted RSL over Toronto, 2-1, to improve its home record to 6-0-5 with only seven goal conceded. TFC fell to 1-7-0...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alvarez to San Jose

Insider loyalists have known since last week that Arturo Alvarez was on his way out of Dallas. The question was: Where? Now we know: FC Dallas today completed a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes, acquiring allocation money and San Jose's first-round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft (originally held...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Colorado-Dallas Trade

As we speculated about last week, Dallas has obtained Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guarda, who played for FCD Coach Schellas Hyndman at SMU, from the Rapids. Read the details: FC Dallas today acquired former SMU midfielder Bruno Guarda from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the team's natural 2nd and 3rd...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Kasper, Soehn Speak

DCU GM Dave Kasper, on the possible roster moves: "We are in discussions with a number of players -- some would require a trial, some would not. There is no exact timeline. ... Obviously we want to get a keeper to compete with Zach [Wells]. We need some cover in...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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DCU, MLS Updates

*D.C. United returned from a three-day break for morning workouts, and despite Coach Tom Soehn's declaration last week that reinforcements are on the way, there were no trialists here today. I will have comments from Soehn and GM Dave Kasper on a new thread soon. *The Brian McBride-Chad Barrett trade...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

With the USL in the stretch run, we'll spice up our MLS roundup with some third-division and W-League items..... THE GOOD *Abe Thompson's curling shot for Dallas's fourth goal. *Jason Garey's clincher for Columbus, capping an end-to-end team sequence. *Kansas City extending its unbeaten streak to 2-0-4, Chicago pushing its...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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He's Super

Two more goals for Kenny Cooper, one step closer to a fat European contract. Rosenborg (Norway) has been the front-runner for some time, but now it appears Cardiff City (Wales) is making a play for the Dallas forward. The headline on the Wales Online story: "Super Cooper in Bluebirds' Sights."...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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