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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 Revolution has announced that defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has decided to leave the club and retire from soccer to enter a Catholic seminary in Maryland to prepare for a new career in the ministry. Hilgenbrinck, 26, signed with the Revolution on March 28, 2008 following a four-year career in Chile. He made four appearances in MLS first-team matches, including one start. A native of Bloomington, Ill., he also started the Revs' two U.S. Open Cup victories this month. Additionally, he started all six of the reserve team's games for which he was available, captaining the team twice. "After years of discernment, I feel strongly that the Lord has called me to become a priest in the Catholic Church," he said.

*Columnist Norman Chad is no fan of MLS, but you might enjoy today's D.C. baseball-bashing piece.

*In an Olympic tuneup, Honduras relinquished a three-goal halftime lead and was tied by Guatemala, 3-3, in Los Angeles. Former Galaxy forward Carlos Pavon, who has joined ex-Fire defender Samuel Caballaro and China-based Emil Martinez as overage players for the Summer Games, scored for Honduras.

*UMBC has given Coach Pete Caringi a four-year contract extension. He has been at the Catonsville, Md., school for 17 years and compiled a 180-112-35 record. Caringi's previous gig? Guiding Jean Harbor, Philip Gyau and the Maryland Bays to the 1990 APSL championship.

*In lieu of any recent DCU away games to make culinary road suggestions, this month's restaurant offerings are based on vacation stopovers in Burlington, Vt., Montreal, Schroon Lake, N.Y., and Walpole, N.H. (Click on the links for details.)

*Finally, you can catch me on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" this evening between 5 and 6 p.m.

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2008; 11:01 AM ET
 
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