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Morning Kickaround

Questions, questions.....

*Whatever happened to the USSF's probe of Cuauhtemoc Blanco's behavior during the Open Cup quarterfinal vs. DCU?

Apparently, two individuals who will be involved in the review have been on vacation. Rest assured, the situation is far from over. Blanco's apology, issued in a prepared statement last week, was clearly a peace offering and an attempt to soften the blow of what could be a considerable penalty. Once the USSF makes its ruling, MLS might act. True, the Open Cup was not an MLS event. But Blanco is a league employee and subject to additional sanctions. From what I've been told, the videotapes widely viewed in the days after the game tell only part of the story and that other evidence might be introduced. Stay tuned.....

*At whom was Houston's Bobby Boswell shooting an invisible gun in celebration after scoring at RFK on Saturday night (and was he pleased with the recent Supreme Court ruling about D.C. gun laws)?

"Brad Davis and I play Big Buck Hunter [an arcade game], so that's our sign. We always play when we get a chance. He was supposed to be a deer, but he didn't want to do the deer, didn't want to fall down."

*What's going on with Honduran midfielder Carlos Will Mejia and his reported loan to D.C. United?

He might end up in Washington for a trial in the coming weeks.

*What happened to Chivas goalkeeper Luis Michel on Saturday night against Atlante?

He broke his arm and will be sidelined several months.

*What are the SuperLiga semifinal matchups?

Pachuca at Houston on July 29, Atlante at New England on July 30.

Okay, your turn.....

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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Am I the only one who thinks the Superliga insignia-thingie looks like an aquarium fish?

Goffmeister, you are up early.

Posted by: Ron | July 21, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

NE is on too much of a roll to not win SuperLiga.

Posted by: strago | July 21, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

The correct answer to who will win Superliga is who gives a flying....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | July 21, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

dirty harry ---spot on.

Posted by: steve-o | July 21, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

So... New England?

Posted by: B.A. | July 21, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

For those that may have missed the Blanco/Simms scuffle, video clip is now posted here:

Mastodon - too late to take advantage of your Ironbound tips - caught the DCU/Houston match at the Blitz after striking out at Club Madrid.

Posted by: MR Caretaker | July 21, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I had wondered what that celebration was, but didn't want to assume anything.

Posted by: sitruc | July 21, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Who will win SuperLiga?

Goff, I think there's a fifth option: 'Who Cares'?

Posted by: Bad Hair Day | July 21, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

original winger = worst blog ever....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update on Blanco. We were sitting behind the Chicago bench. I can tell you one thing, his minion did all his carrying, picking up, and putting on and down all game. He does nothing. I am glad this will not be white washed. Do you know if they are looking at the tackle on Jaime? Also, any news about a goalie for us? Is Thorpe just too new to use? He couldn't be worse than Wells. Please update.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | July 21, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Well its pretty clear that at least one team has a worse goal keeping situation. Losing two keepers in two weeks? Poor Chivas USA. This won't help their attendance woes. Superliga=ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: Doze | July 21, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse


I didn't see anything about this in the postgame, but is Gonzalo Martinez healthy? He looked like he did something to his hamstring stretching for a ball late in the game on Saturday. Of course we had exhausted all our subs by that point, so he was left to move gingerly about. Tuesday night counts, so it'd be nice to have him healthy out there.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | July 21, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

i like superliga and think it is great for the league

Posted by: Chris D | July 21, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"Is Thorpe just too new to use? He couldn't be worse than Wells. "

While I haven't seen him in a game yet, judging from watching him in warmups, his reaction time is actually worse than Wells.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

What happened to Chivas USA's 2nd keeper?

Posted by: RK | July 21, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Martinez pulls up like that all the time. And then the next minute he seems to be fine.

Posted by: Glenn | July 21, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The GK who was injured is from Chivas de Guadalajara and he was injured in the Superliga game against Atalante.

By the way, that injury was bad, and you just knew it was broken before the replays were even shown. I hope Chivas has now ruled themselves out of any further Superliga competition, and I am very thankful that DC was able to get out of it with no major injuries.

Chivas fans proved themselves among North America's best at that game too. They were in awesome form.

Posted by: seth|NYC | July 21, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Thorpe looks slow but Wells is slow. The only thing he does fast is snap his head toward a missed ball to let everyone know he knew where it was.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 21, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I would like Houston to win, NE stadium always looks empty

Posted by: Elvis | July 21, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

After two Chivas's in this year's, next year's Superliga should be a round-robin between Atlante FC, Atalanta of Bergamo and the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Posted by: AM | July 21, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"After two Chivas's in this year's, next year's Superliga should be a round-robin between Atlante FC, Atalanta of Bergamo and the Atlanta Silverbacks."

If I could rep this like on bigsoccer I would.

Posted by: ha! | July 21, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

That would have been hilarious if Brad Davis had "played the deer" and fell down. Even after leaving DC, Boswell still delivers great material.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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