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The Blanco Situation and Other Tidbits

You all have been asking for more specifics on what exactly happened in last night's game with Blanco. Here's what I can tell you.

In addition to his on-field conduct, which according to D.C. United defender Marc Burch included both punching and eye-gouging D.C. midfielder Clyde Simms, Blanco also allegedly head-butted a D.C. United operations employee as he was being escorted off the field, according to sources.

Here is D.C. United's comment on the situation: "As a result of incidents last night, Major League Soccer has requested video footage, which we are preparing and will be sending to the league," United spokesman Doug Hicks said. Hicks said MLS will have the video today.

Here, again is the quote from Burch: "He came up and swung as hard as he could and tried to hit the ball and hit Clyde in the stomach," Burch said. "He thinks he can do whatever he wants. I went over and I pushed him. I didn't hit him, I didn't go after him, I just pushed him down. He's not going to do that to my teammate. He stood up and tried to poke Clyde in the eye and cut his eye open.

"I don't like him, I don't think he's a good person. He's a great player but when he's out there he's doing stuff that you shouldn't be able to get away with."

When reached by phone, Chicago Fire officials said the team currently has no comment.

Blanco and Burch were both red-carded for violent conduct.

UPDATE:

Here is a video where you can see Blanco punch at Simms/the ball at about 28 seconds and then slow-mo at around 40 seconds. Towards the end you can also see Blanco head back towards Simms.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XIE7lmgK2xw

UPDATE #2: D.C. United's U-17 Academy team advanced to the 2008 SUM U-17 Cup finals today with a 3-0 win over Chivas USA. With the win, United advances to the final to defend it's 2007 title. They will face the winner of the Toronto F.C. - Real Salt Lake semifinal tomorrow morning in the final.

Also, the MLS All-Star First XI will be announced on Thursday, July 10 live from BMO Field in Toronto, Canada at 11 a.m. ET.

Another also: Comcast SportsNet has dropped two league matches on Aug. 16 and 23 that conflict with Washington Redskins pre-season games and has picked up two SuperLiga games on July 12 against CD Guadalajara and July 19 vs. Houston Dynamo.

Stay tuned, I'll update you all if I get any more news on Blanco...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 9, 2008; 11:39 AM ET
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Comments

Blanco is dirty and needs to be removed from MLS!

Posted by: Smitty | July 9, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

good

Posted by: td | July 9, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for following up on this Tenorio. It is interesting to hear the reference to "incidents" in plural from United. I am glad to know that MLS is engaged and willing to review what happened.

Posted by: UnitedFanInTX | July 9, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I used this in the last thread, but it's too good to use just once:

This from another piece in the WaPo Sports section -- a quote from Nationals' pitcher Odalis Perez -- I'm sure Perez must be referring to Cuahtemoc Blanco:

"He is stupid," Pérez said, his face tightening in anger. "He is stupid and is an idiot."

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The really explosive rumor, *supposedly* from someone in the locker room area, was that he grappled with police/security as he left, and shortly after leaving, the area of the field. At least one person in the stands near that corner of the field has claimed Blanco tried to slap a police officer.

What kind of comment do the parks & recreation police have on what happened?

Thanks.

Posted by: Bootsy | July 9, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Tenorio,

You're a Goff in the making! Awesome job filling in, keep up the great work.

Posted by: strago | July 9, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Good to see MLS is concerned enough to request a video.
Good for Burch sticking up for his teammate.
Bad for Chicago's coaching staff for having no control over their players.
Thanks for getting some info Paul.
I'd sure like to see these videos myself.
I hope the team gets a little rest so they can bring it to the Goats this weekend!!!!!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is great. Violence has no place in the game. Hopefully DC will send this video along with the video of the DC player deliberately elbowing Donovan's face last week.

Anyone have the Burch quotes about that incident?

Posted by: don | July 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Blanco reminds me of one of the players from "Kickin' It" If you haven't seen the movie, it follows a half-dozen players from five of the teams in the Homeless World Cup (I believe it was the 2005 competition -- it's a yearly event). One of the U.S. players has serious anger issues, and keeps exploding at other players or the refs. Gets thrown out of one game for an emotional response -- a needless, violent, foul.

Anyway, he was on an alumni team at the recent Homeless USA Cup. I'll just say that his anger problems haven't resolved. Blanco's the same way. It's his make-up. He probably can't even control it. The diving, the constant yapping at the refs -- even the overreaction in trying to get the ball away from a completely clueless and innocent Clyde Simms. Blanco needs an intervention, but counseling might not be enough for him.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Too bad CSN is dropping DCU matches for preseason pointy ball games. Or more likely not the actual games themselves but pregame or postgame shows since the local network stations are the ones who typically televise the actual games. Whatever happened to that CSN+ channel??? Why not just put DCU there?

Posted by: Glenn | July 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I doubt he'll be kicked out of the league but I would hope MLS suspends him. Otherwise, what kind of precedent is that? It's one thing to dive every time an opposing player so much as breathes on you or to constantly show up the referees. But to physically assault opposing team's personnel is taking it to another level.

Posted by: Bart | July 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Good let's get rid of this mexican we dont need his kind in our league!

Posted by: D.C forlife | July 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

How many games did Rico Clark get suspended for kicking Ruiz when the Little Fish was flopping on the ground?

Posted by: TCompton | July 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"DC player deliberately elbowing Donovan's face last week."

- never happened...

"Good let's get rid of this mexican we dont need his kind in our league!"

- let's not be stupid!

Posted by: apqjr | July 9, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that Comcast will cover the Superliga matches, but I really hope the August 16 @ Chicavo and August 23 vs. Colorado games are still on tv. This is when Comcast used to use the CSN+ channel in the past. Even though it wouldn't be in HD... Or worst case scenario, they could show the United games on tape delay after the Skins postgame?

How about the Open Cup semifinal against New England? CSN should try to pick up that match as well. Especially after Steinberg's piece yesterday about the ratings United has been getting.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Quote: DC player deliberately elbowing Donovan's face last week."

- never happened...
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No comparison. According to a few posters that attended the game, they saw Blanco ASSAULT DCU staff and apparently some pushing around with the local police. All after he was ejected for punching Clyde.

Gallardo's HAND (not elbow) to Donovan happened during the game and can arguably be considered unintentional.

let's not be stupid

Posted by: juanma | July 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Official Communications: Chicago Fire

Bridgeview, IL

For immediate release:

The Chicago Fire have announced that pending the result of the League's investigation into the incidents surrounding the ejections of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Marc Burch, the club will voluntarily enroll Mr. Blanco in anger management courses and his sponsor will be Ozzie Guillen.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | July 9, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

juanma - I'm on your side buddy, relax!
:)

I was quoting two other posts.

Posted by: apqjr | July 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Good let's get rid of this mexican we dont need his kind in our league!

Posted by: D.C forlife | July 9, 2008 1:12 PM "
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This is uncalled for. Let's not sully the blog with this nonsense.

Posted by: JkR | July 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe his wife will be saved after all!

Posted by: ShannonS | July 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

i agree with jkr. dc forlife's comments have no place here. while i agree that blanco is a complete @ss (and that is being generous), comments like that about mexicans is racist. now if you meant "his kind" by being a total @sshole, etc. i'd agree, however that is not how it came across.

Posted by: steve-o | July 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Tenorio for following in Goff's example and just reporting facts (or noting as other).

When its reported on the Soccer Insider.... I'll believe it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

TMZ is also reporting that Blanco beats his wife

Posted by: mexicant | July 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

let's not be stupid

Posted by: juanma | July 9, 2008 1:26 PM
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"He is stupid," Pérez said, his face tightening in anger. "He is stupid and is an idiot."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a great player and I would take him on our team anyday. Sometimes things happen and you take the bad with the good.

Posted by: Sharp | July 9, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

some of you are so naive that you can't see that Blanco isn't diving but is in fact a great shielder of the ball although he does exagerate sometimes.

a dive would be something like Charlie Davies's feeble attempts during the Olympic qualifiers.

american footy fans have much to learn.

Posted by: Chris | July 9, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Blanco shouldn't be held as an example of all Mexican soccer players. He's just a jackass.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | July 9, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Big shocker: The new stadium in Utah will be the site for next year's All-Star game.

Which raises the following important questions: Does every American league have to have an all-star game? Why does the league persist in this ridiculous venture, and pretend that it's a big deal?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope Blanco is raped in prison

Posted by: Sam | July 9, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So much for Blanco's make-a-wish good deed from last week...

Posted by: RK | July 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"The 2009 MLS All-Star Game will be the sixth time the MLS All-Stars will take on a high-profile international club"

No doubt, next year's opponent will be high-profile Stoke. Or maybe Wolfsburg.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Are you really arguing that Blanco doesn't dive? Wow.

I mean really... WOW. Minor embellishment is one thing, but Blanco is a blatant diver.

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 9, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Dont eff with Cuah!!!!!

Posted by: chiquis | July 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"I hope Blanco is raped in prison"

Posted by: Sam | July 9, 2008 1:49 PM

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Get a life, man. That's way out of bounds.

Posted by: KR in DC | July 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I think y'all are crazy if you think anything is going to come of this. Blanco will probably be suspended from next year's US Open Cup (big deal) and MAYBE fined a few hundred dollars. Unless there is actually video footage of him headbutting the DC United employee or a police officer files a formal complaint the MLS isn't going to do anything to one of their stars, that's just the way it is.

Posted by: Wyrm2 | July 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't see much difference between that and most of what Etch did his last two seasons or so. He got away with whatever he wanted to back then.

Posted by: Sharp | July 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

blanco definitely dives, not as bad as last year, but it has been very blatant at times. that being said, he also gets hacked a lot. too bad, that's football/soccer. you can yell at the refs for being blind but not punch players off the ball

Posted by: matt | July 9, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Why does the league persist in this ridiculous venture (All Star Game), and pretend that it's a big deal?"

To sell advertising spots and sponsorships to the [Insert Corporate Name Here] All-Star Game and to get money for hits on the "Vote for your [Insert Corporate Name Here] All-Stars" website (registration required so that we can spam you and make more ad money).

Oh Fisch Fry, your naivete is so sweet.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Frack the Redskins.

This means we won't see the next DCU-Chicago game.

Frack the Redskins. Frack Comcast.

Posted by: bdr | July 9, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that Comcast will cover the Superliga matches, but I really hope the August 16 @ Chicavo and August 23 vs. Colorado games are still on tv. This is when Comcast used to use the CSN+ channel in the past. Even though it wouldn't be in HD... Or worst case scenario, they could show the United games on tape delay after the Skins postgame?

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CSN+ does not exist duringt he summer -- that channel is used for MASN2. CSN+ only exists during the winter when both the Caps and Wizards play.

That said, I don't know why CSN can't put those games on tape delay at least, as has been done in th epast. What else does the network have to broadcast in August?

Also, to answer another question, yes the Redskins games themselves will actually be on CSN. Although local over the air networks do carry those pre-season games, CSN does carry them throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, to places that local DC networks aren't broadcasted.

Posted by: Phil | July 9, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Quote: DC player deliberately elbowing Donovan's face last week."

- never happened...
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Quote: No comparison. According to a few posters that attended the game, they saw Blanco ASSAULT DCU staff and apparently some pushing around with the local police. All after he was ejected for punching Clyde.

Gallardo's HAND (not elbow) to Donovan happened during the game and can arguably be considered unintentional.
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Come on, DC fans, at least be honest. You'll have more credibility that way.

Gallardo's hit on Donovan was with his ARM (not hand...and not elbow solely either), mostly back of the forearm (the part from the elbow to the wrist) and it most certainly was intentional. You could see he went for him twice, once hitting him in the chest and then again in the face. And it was ABSOLUTELY DELIBERATE. If you're honest, you know that's a red card (read US Soccer Referie diatribe on the matter)

Having said that, that is in NO WAY COMPARABLE to what Blanco did. Gallardo/Donovan was in the heat of the game, during the run of play. Blanco's actions were way beyond the game itself.

Posted by: Gilbert | July 9, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What do Blanco and Gallardo have in common? Anyone?

Blanco and Gallardo are not only both accomplished players at the highest levels of the game but are also magnets for problems and controversy.

Bad thing? HELLLL NO! These are the types of players that keep bringing people back because they have the what if factor about them. Both are explosive and both have a rather mean side to them which makes it for great entertainment when it all goes south.

I am glad both players are in the game so we can all sit back and call them hot heads and bad influences... it gets people talking. NOT DEFENDING! Just saying, it makes a great story and something to look out for at games which makes things... interesting.

Posted by: Felix | July 9, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I would think MLS does have some jurisdiction. After all, both of these teams are *MLS* teams. It seems to me MLS could assert jurisdiction and and hand out a suspension or fine by virtue of the fact that Blanco was representing the Fire *and* MLS in the USOC. Whether they will or not is another question.

Posted by: Ron | July 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

yo Gilbert, the other difference between the muñeco and blanco is that Gallardo at least went over to the Galaxy bench and apologized. I wouldn't hold my breath for blanco.

Posted by: matt | July 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Tenorio ever posted a link to his own contribution to this morning's Section E:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/08/AR2008070803444.html

BTW, Paul, were you banking on this much drama when you agreed to sub for Goff?

Posted by: tri-village | July 9, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a great player and I would take him on our team anyday. Sometimes things happen and you take the bad with the good.

Posted by: Sharp | July 9, 2008 1:44 PM
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I wouldn't take the guy if he came with a $50k per year salary. I never want to see that guy wearing a DCUnited jersey.I wouldn't want that guy in a Puerto Rico Islanders or Crystal Palace Baltimore jersey.

Personally, I wouldn't to take that combo of bad and good.

Posted by: yankiboy | July 9, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This means we won't see the next DCU-Chicago game.

Posted by: bdr | July 9, 2008 2:08 PM

I've already got my plane ticket!

Posted by: DCU_Rick | July 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Good let's get rid of this mexican we dont need his kind in our league!

Posted by: D.C forlife | July 9, 2008 1:12 PM
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OK. Let's give D.C for life the benefit of the doubt and assume that he meant "dirty player" when he said "his kind" in our league. Blanco is Mexican. Seems like some people may have assumed racism when there very well might not be any. Change the guy's nationality to "Canadian", change his name to "Adrian". For example. Is there "racism" implied in that, also? Seems like some folks like to assume the worst sometimes.

The other posters "rape" comment was so out of bounds that I'm not even going there. Absolutely not funny. Not even when we are talking about Blanco.

So will you please clarify what where you trying to communicate, DC4Life?
Was the emphasis on Mexican or @ss? Maybe that will alieviate some of our brothers' concerns about your post, Bro.

Posted by: yankiboy | July 9, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Blanco shouldn't be held as an example of all Mexican soccer players. He's just a jackass.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | July 9, 2008 1:45 PM
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Don't you mean burro?

Posted by: Soy United! | July 9, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of credit goes to Clyde Simms for keeping his cool and not tackling Blanco after Blanco punched him. It must have been hard to resist quick retribution on that one -- aside from the shock that it even happened. Hopefully MLS will dish out the deserved justice.

Posted by: UnitedFanInTX | July 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@bdr

Frack the Redskins.

This means we won't see the next DCU-Chicago game.

Frack the Redskins. Frack Comcast.

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Whatever you say Apollo. Or is that Starbuck?

For what it's worth, CSN has excellent coverage of DC United. But anyone who thinks that CSN is going to elevate United coverage above Redskins coverage is delusional.

Posted by: Mike | July 9, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is dirty and needs to be removed from MLS!

Posted by: Smitty | July 9, 2008 12:52 PM

I really don't like Blanco. We have to be honest though about the situation. Blanco is a quality player who helps to add to the profile of the league. If anything he provides the appeal of a "villain" type character. It's great for MLS. It really is. His conduct is inexcusable, but he is helping to add to the game in this country by playing in our league.

Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It's appropriate that I was raised from the dead today, since my 7 dirty words all apply to that c-------ing, m-----f---ing, s---, f---, c---, c--t, p---y, Cuauthemoc Blanco.

Posted by: George Carlin | July 9, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a quality player who helps to add to the profile of the league. If anything he provides the appeal of a "villain" type character. It's great for MLS. It really is.
Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 2:59 PM

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How do you say "heel" in Mexican?

Is it against MLS rules for a player to take the field wearing a Mexican wrestling mask? perfect for Mr. White..

Then after the game he can go after Burch with a folding chair.

Posted by: The_Whale | July 9, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Probably not a surprise that Comcast is dropping an away and home game in exchange for two homes. That makes sense financially. I'm very happy with the coverage they offer United, so I'm not pissed.

I'll just go to a fine beverage providing establishment that offers MLS Direct Kick on Aug 16th to do my swearing at Blanco. Finn macCool's will be fun.

Posted by: Kev | July 9, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Blanco was/is an ass and deserved his red card, but I wouldn't be so quick to praise Marc Burch for standing up for his teammate Clyde Simms by taking a five-yard run at Blanco and shoving him to the turf. I'm sure he's a hero to our fan-atics, but just how did he help his team? He's now suspended for the semifinal, when we might just need him badly. Blanco might have gotten the red alone, and we would have Burch for the NE semi, had Marc not lost it. I can't imagine Tommy is pleased.

Posted by: Hedbal | July 9, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If you have ever been on a team and you see someone punch your teammate and start walking towards him then of course you would push the other player to the ground.

Hopefully the league will reduce Burch's red card to a yellow.

Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Old Colt | July 9, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Watching the video shows that was a full-swing punch to Simms's rib cage. Too bad the ref was walking away at the time, but I'm sure Blanco knew that and that's why he threw that shot. Simms is too much of an honorable dude to fall on the ground, flail and whine like Blanco did when he got bumped by Burch.

Posted by: Beaker | July 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

On that link...it looks like Namoff is playing against a 10-yr-old.

Posted by: RK | July 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the league will reduce Burch's red card to a yellow.

Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 3:16 PM
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Retaliation still earns a red card.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again for the updates, Paul.

As our league expands and brings in more talent we will inevitably get our flavors the Joey Bartons and Robbie Savages here and there. With all the neg rep that the other leagues in this country are getting nowadays, it will be interesting to see what standards the MLS sets for that type of behavior. On the one hand we need the stars and we need the talent and profile, but the question is how much are we willing to pay for all that stuff?

Speaking of standards, Paul did Goff forget to tell you about the post-be-gone tool that he uses on very inappropriate posts? :)

Posted by: Kosh | July 9, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Retaliation still earns a red card.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 3:32 PM

Yeah but what about saving your teammate from a lunatic with a hump? :)

Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I should probably clarify that I'm not Dave from most of the posts above...

Posted by: Dave | July 9, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a great player and I would take him on our team anyday. Sometimes things happen and you take the bad with the good.

Posted by: Sharp | July 9, 2008 1:44 PM

I have to assume Sharp isn't a United fan. I would never want him in the black. I wasn't happy when we acquired Stoichkov and Blanco is worse.

Posted by: Terp | July 9, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"But anyone who thinks that CSN is going to elevate United coverage above Redskins coverage is delusional."

Yeah, it would sure be delusional to expect coverage of road games for an in-season major sport over coverage of Redskins preseason games that no other media outlets pay attention to.

Posted by: Landru | July 9, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a disgrace to the game. I wish the media didn't worship him like they do.When he is on the field that is all the announcers want to talk about. I am surprised he was standing up long enough to hit anybody !! He is just a #1 Jerk

Posted by: Mike | July 9, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine a central midfield triangle of Stoichkov, Blanco and Etch (when he's in a bad mood?)

Talk about a no-fly zone.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 9, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"But anyone who thinks that CSN is going to elevate United coverage above Redskins coverage is delusional."

Yeah, it would sure be delusional to expect coverage of road games for an in-season major sport over coverage of Redskins preseason games that no other media outlets pay attention to.


Posted by: Landru | July 9, 2008 4:01 PM

Redskins pre-season games will outdraw United games (even if they are away). CSN's move is just business.

Posted by: Sad but true | July 9, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

They took the video down because MLS claimed copyright to it.

I saw it and it was definately a cheap shot when the ref was not looking. The fourth official or linemen were quick on the field to break it up. They must have seen what happened. Blanco really lost it. I hope they have other footage to back up the off field claims, too.

Posted by: DamonL | July 9, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a no-fly zone.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 9, 2008 4:14 PM

The Black Hole of RFK?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

was that deleted video "official" or fan-in-the-stands?

If it was a fan-shot video, I can't see how MLS can have a claim on it.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it would sure be delusional to expect coverage of road games for an in-season major sport over coverage of Redskins preseason games that no other media outlets pay attention to.

Posted by: Landru | July 9, 2008 4:01 PM

What do you want CSN to do, send Dave and Rongen out there only to show the match delayed at midnight (maybe)? CSN has a big preseason/news contract with the Skins - that's just the way things break.

I don't have a problem finding a bar with Direct Kick.

Posted by: Kev | July 9, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The clip I saw looked like "official" footage that somebody copied from their t.v. which was tuned to a show (Sportsrise, I think) on Comcast.

Posted by: Smitty | July 9, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, it would sure be delusional to expect coverage of road games for an in-season major sport over coverage of Redskins preseason games that no other media outlets pay attention to."

Yes, it definitely would be. CSN could air the Redskins staff washing the player's jocks after practice and it would probably get better ratings than United. Or any other team in DC, for that matter. Anyone who doesn't realize that is either delusional or completely ignorant of the sports landscape in this area.

Oh, and you can rest assured that EVERY media outlet local to the DC area will devote extensive coverage to all Redskins games, scrimmages, and team meetings. It's not CSN's fault that the Redskins are an object of worship even after a decade of mediocrity.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

If you don't think anything Skins-related isn't important, you haven't lived in DC long enough. If Sonny Jurgenson has a fever, you'll know about it.

Posted by: RK | July 9, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What do you want CSN to do, send Dave and Rongen out there only to show the match delayed at midnight (maybe)? CSN has a big preseason/news contract with the Skins - that's just the way things break.

I don't have a problem finding a bar with Direct Kick.

Posted by: Kev | July 9, 2008 4:25 PM
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Seems to me that CSN already showed one DCU game on tape delay, this year.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a no-fly zone.

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 9, 2008 4:14 PM

The Black Hole of RFK?

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"Our Hole"

Posted by: Mickey | July 9, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Another 3-0 win for the U-17 DCU side? That's a 12-1 goals advantage in this tourney. They're seriously good. So are you Paul. The MLSnet site still doesn't have this..... Thanks.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how MLS can claim any domain over the video since it was the Open Cup. Guess Comcast or USSF took it down. Though I can't see out Federation being competent enough to complete the steps required.

Posted by: Kev | July 9, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Huh...you know, the video was of footage from Comcast SportsyNet's highlights...but it was removed due to a copyright claim put in by MLS...of course, it wasn't even an MLS match. Freakin' lawyers! (Note to self: no dessert for you tonight! Bad lawyer!)

Posted by: EdTheRed | July 9, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks there may be a net POSITIVE to the CSN arrangement?

Probably - but here's my thinking:

Both games will still be on-air likely over the DirectKick package/MLSnet.TV deal.

Chicago will have a local broadcast that we can all congregate for and spit hate and distaste towards all things covered in red.

The Colorado game is a home game, so, um, unless you're really "out of market" you'll be at RFK? Right?

Getting the Chivas game on air this weekend will be great because we'll have a high powered match up that otherwise wouldn't normally grace English language broadcasts. Houston game is a wash (too badd the Atalante one won't be on either) but still good.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | July 9, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I should add that, while it may be legally legit, it's a BS copyright claim on MLS' part. They (thankfully) leave up plenty of fan-made highlight packages...but put one up of a DP sucker-punching an opponent in a match MLS has absolutely nothing to do with, and it's "oh noes! copyright infringement!"

Posted by: EdTheRed | July 9, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Cuauh es Dios!!

no lo niegues!

Wassup yankiboy
:)

Posted by: chiquis | July 9, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Major League Soccer, LLC

grrrr

Posted by: bobf | July 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that CSN already showed one DCU game on tape delay, this year.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | July 9, 2008 4:31 PM

Just the Salt Lake match right? And that was joined in progress after the Wizards game - about a half hour in. So there was live coverage.

Posted by: Kev | July 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Cuauh es Dios!!

no lo niegues!

Wassup yankiboy
:)

Posted
Posted by: chiquis | July 9, 2008 4:42 PM
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Chiquis is like the ARod-Madonna story.


You'll find it when you may least expect it. Even when you aren't looking...

&!@#$%@$ americanista

:)

Posted by: yankiboy | July 9, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

A bit off topic, but attendance figures from last night:

FC Dallas-Charleston: 5911 at Pizza Hut Park
Seattle-Kansas City: 4674 at Qwest Field
DC United-Chicago: 4118 at Maryland SoccerPlex
NE Revolution-CP Baltimore: 2590 at Veterans Stadium-CT

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 9, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and you can rest assured that EVERY media outlet local to the DC area will devote extensive coverage to all Redskins games, scrimmages, and team meetings. It's not CSN's fault that the Redskins are an object of worship even after a decade of mediocrity.
Posted by: | July 9, 2008 4:30 PM
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But sadly our local media OVER EXPOSED the sport teams other than United and of course more poeple will know about it. Although Comcast has been the most United friendly channel, still I just can't take the fact they keep ignoring our leage. Oh and don't let me even start on NBuickC, CBSS, Foxy and AssBC.

Posted by: td | July 9, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

4600 at Qwest must've looked awfully pathetic...

Posted by: RK | July 9, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

what do people figure the Blanco bobblehead does? is it like a Weeble, except without that 'don't fall down' bit?

Posted by: northzax | July 9, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to me that MLS filed a DMCA takedown notice, forcing YouTube to remove the video, when it wasn't an MLS match and so MLS doesn't have the rights.

Trying to keep this quiet, maybe?

Posted by: Bootsy | July 9, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

RK -- I was watching the USLlive feed of SEA-KC last night, and would have sworn there were more than that -- the seats along the sideline, in camera view, seemed pretty full.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, how can MLS claim that it owns that video?

It wasnt an MLS game and it wasnt televised. Thats ridiculous.

Posted by: strago | July 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Soy United!: Hahahaha--yeah, I did mean "burro." Good one, bro.

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | July 9, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

MLS has the rights to the uniforms, so it has the right to the images of those uniforms. Or something.

Posted by: RK | July 9, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It was a DC United game. They paid for the rights to host the game. Therefore they may control exhibition of it. Of course, that would depend on any agreement between United and the USOC administration.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, how can MLS claim that it owns that video?

It wasnt an MLS game and it wasnt televised. Thats ridiculous.

Posted by: strago | July 9, 2008 5:09 PM
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All the logos on the jerseys are copyrighted by MLS and unauthorized (unwanted) use blah, blah, blah. Seriously, who's going to sue MLS over this?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed with Comcast cancelling its showing of DC's game at Chicago. And I've been a Skins fan since we had to worry about Jurgensen's actual gameday health (and whether Billy's hangover might affect his wobbly spirals).

It's normal for DC fans to have Cuauhtemoc Blanco but most of the desire for ultra-lengthy suspension is probably just wishful thinking. Rico Clark got a 10-game suspension for the vicious kick against an opponent that was already on the ground in a regular season game. What Blanco gets for violent conduct in a Cup game will certainly be considerably less than that.

I was on the far side of the field and didn't catch the details of the fracas. Fred got yellow carded and then moments later Blanco hit the turf away from the ref. Then Peralta came in and seemed to me the player most likely to get in a fight but I couldn't see all the internal stuff in the crowd of players (Blanco had retaliated or kicked at Peralta a few minutes earlier).

Nice to see some intensity in an Open Cup match and a DC victory!

Posted by: garbaggio | July 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

dangit! I would have posted before RK if I was distracted by stupid work.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Dont get offtopic guys.

go home and buy your "odiame mas" T-shirts!!!

Posted by: chiquis | July 9, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

go home and buy your "odiame mas" T-shirts!!!

Posted by: chiquis | July 9, 2008 5:21 PM
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I don't know what that means, but I'll buy one for my brother-in-law. He has Japanese character tattoo and he doesn't know what it means.

Then again, he's an Arsenal fan. Do those T-shirts come in burgundy?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

actually it seems like CSN was the owner of the copyright to that video, not MLS. I don't see how MLS can squelch it either. There is such a thing as fair use in copyright law. No one is profiting off of the highlights. This is a newsworthy incident. Youtube just hasn't got the time or $$$ to fight all those f'in lawyers.

Posted by: Glenn | July 9, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

i am sure mls bought the rights to the video from csn just so they could take it down and protect one of their stars. makes sense for a league that is more concerned with financial solvency than image or product...

Posted by: moses | July 9, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I've somehow missed out on my opportunity to see the highlight reel from last nights game and most of us realize it's been removed from You Tube...
Did anyone copy it? Can someone Repost it somewhere so that we can see it? I'll be waiting...
Please computer nerd gods give us what the man will not let us have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow they just showed the replay on abc channel &! tim brant is an idiot though and called it the World Cup quarter final! They showed the Punch!
@ RK the Sounders game actually looked pretty well attended, but they must have not had anyone on the side of the Stadium where the camera was, and they must not have had anyone behind the goals.At least not many people I mean, I saw a couple.
Comcast sometimes also has replays the next day or in the Case of the Season Opener vs KC they even showed it again on Monday.
I watched the replay of the NYRB's game at home after settling down at home after attending the match...
It isn't too hard to order DK yourself, and there are plenty of Bars that'll show these matches.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

For those of us at work places that block Youtube and were dying to get home to see the video, this stinks! I wish MLS would not try to protect their own and let the process take its own course.

Posted by: Dsmac | July 9, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the Ramble, I did catch The Punch on channel 7.
Tim Brant called it the World Cup quarter final.
If anyone knows where the whole highlight reel may be posted besides you tube please post it here!
Thanks!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess a last resort would be rewatching Channel 7 or if anyone knows how much of the footage got shown on WAPost Live or whatever folks could look for the replay later tonight...

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

We at Public Citizen do a great deal of litigation on Internet free speech, including the abuse of intellectual property claims to suppress undesired speech. See http://www.citizen.org/litigation/briefs/IntFreeSpch/. If the poster of the YouTube video would like to contact us about the possibility that MLS has abused the DMCA take-down procedure, we'd be glad to talk to them. Personally I love to combine my personal passions with my legal work :-)

Posted by: Paul Alan Levy | July 9, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

whoa.

Posted by: keanu reeves | July 9, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

MLS is a partnering sponsor of US Open Cup, they, US Soccer, USL, and USASA have rights to the Cup. MLS and SUM have the most muscle to throw. So I assume they were asked to remove it.

Posted by: Jason S | July 9, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

someone just please re-post it. I am in the midwest and will never get to see it now. boo

Posted by: dc fan in 314 | July 9, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I must say Marc Burch is a man with some self control. If Blanco would have punched my boy like that I would have knocked him out!
I think I'm gonna start saving my dead batteries now, in case we have to see Chicago in the playoffs...
Bags of Piss would be fun too!
I'm sort of joking.

Wouldn't it be neat if you could put in some sort of Cheat Code on Fifa soccer video games and go into Riot mode? Blend the GTA Platform with the State of Emergency platform or something...
I've always thought that would kind of be funny for a minute.

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

In the Gallardo incident, everyone has overlooked LD's three-second reckless challenge that led to the arm-to-face incident. And I didn't see Gallardo look over his shoulder to target LD's face...he was spreading his arms out as a sign to the ref that he was being molested. If only LD showed that much passion and energy in big matches...

Posted by: Eric Mondero | July 9, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Comcast, in their pre-season announcement (which has very recently been taken down from their website, it was there 2 weeks ago when it was initially leaked that they would be dropping the games) stated this-

"Comcast SportsNet's broadcast schedule is highlighted by a compact summer schedule featuring dates at Eastern Conference rivals New York (August 9), at Chicago (August 16) and at New England (August 20). Home broadcasts, not including United's game against New York on June 14, are scheduled to air in high definition."

So Comcast has decided to drop one of their maquee matchups featuring DC United for a preseason Redskins game. I believe this will mark the 6th time Comcast has delayed or dropped a previously announced United game in the past two seasons. Most because of the Redskins, but a couple because of Wizards playoff games running long, something that can't be helped.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 9, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

A bit off topic, but attendance figures from last night:

FC Dallas-Charleston: 5911 at Pizza Hut Park
Seattle-Kansas City: 4674 at Qwest Field
DC United-Chicago: 4118 at Maryland SoccerPlex
NE Revolution-CP Baltimore: 2590 at Veterans Stadium-CT
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Pathetic, if DCU played in RFK they would have drawn 15-20k easy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Now its time for me to go break his other LEG.....


before the world cup
"Patience Ansil"

Posted by: Ansil ELcock | July 9, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

And I didn't see Gallardo look over his shoulder to target LD's face...

Posted by: Eric Mondero | July 9, 2008 6:46 PM
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Come on. Haven't you seen a single kung fu movie in which the hero closes his eyes during the climactic battle, harkening back to his blindfolded training, and senses every move his opponent makes? Or how about Searching for Bobby Fisher, when Joshua closes his eyes in the final match to visualize sacrificing a piece to win the match?

Gallardo is a master. He didn't need to see Donovan to whack him.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

http://ww2.mlsnet.com/mls/events/sum_u17/

Wow...these youngstars won by 3 goals all the way. I am confident they will win the championship.

Posted by: arlington4united | July 9, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hi Blanco I am ANsil Elcock I broke your leg prepare to die

Posted by: Emilio Montoya | July 9, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

No, he just had to envision the growing forehead.
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Gallardo is a master. He didn't need to see Donovan to whack him.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 7:21 PM

Posted by: delantero | July 9, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"How do you say "heel" in Mexican?"

"Rudo"

Posted by: Eric B | July 9, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: arlington4united | July 9, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

El Grande Blanco Rudo

Posted by: The_Whale | July 9, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

First things first, Tenorio is not only a great back up plan for when Goff is on vacation, he is also a threat to get his own blog to rival Goff's. Great work Paul!

No on to the soccer stuff. What Blanco did deserves a suspension! In this day and age of leagues punishing players for things off the field of play, one must assume that anything that happens within the field is fair game. They can't deny it didn't happen, other wise, they should have left the videos up where they were. This would send a message, as one would assume that the cozy confines of the SoccerPlex would put young soccer players and viewers within a stone's throw of this poor example.

Lastly, in defense of Marc Burch, what he did is commendable. As a high school and club coach, he did what is expected of a player when his teammate gets cheap shotted. This was compounded by the attempt by Blanco to go back at Simms. Remember, Burch just pushed him and in Blanco fashion (remember the story about the boy who cried wolf) he fell to the ground. It does cost us Burch's services for the semifinal game, however, the message it sends to the players in the locker room and the fans of DCU far outweigh the loss of a player for that game.

It appears that DCU has finally gotten the edge it has been lacking for awhile. With Benny out, maybe we have a new emotional leader! Vamos United! Do the right thing MLS! Keep up the great work Tenorio!!!

Posted by: TA Drick | July 9, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know a good soccer bar in Atlanta??? I'll be in downtown Atlanta on 8/12 (the next round of the Open Cup).

Posted by: Curious | July 9, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

He is a dirty mexican

Posted by: los | July 9, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

From the posted link to MLSNet's description of the match on the Fire's site:
"..Fred received a caution for a violent tackle on Thorrington.."

Good. It wasn't just Burch giving a message about what happens when you pull down one of our guys.

This team fights for each other. This is good, very good.

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 9, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

My 10 year old son was watching the game with me last year when ESPN had the player introductions before the game. When Blanco came up he said, "Daddy, that guy looks constipated". Since then he is known as the constipated mexican in my house. His diving antics are like no other. He is, the constipated mexican.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"Since then he is known as the constipated mexican in my house."

Polk's Revenge?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 9, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

MLS is claiming a copyright in the video. Hahahaha. That's funny. Maybe Garber will post it in his blog. Otherwise, I guess we'll have to wait 95 years for the video to become public domain.

Posted by: Beloved Cartoon Mouse | July 9, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

whatever happened to his blog anyway? There's no link to it anywhere on the mlsnet.com website

Posted by: Glenn | July 9, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Does Garber actually ever post anything on his blog other than some stupid picture of himself pointing?
I would really like to see the footage being released to the public once the all mighty powers that be get their eyeful.
Three cheers from me for some transparency!!!
Three Cheers From Me for some Transparency!!!
three cheers from me for some Transparency!
It's really not that big of a deal, but in any other Major League Sport league EVERYONE would expect to have access to the footage.
I know the Folks in Toronto have their own agenda when it comes to PROTEST at the ALL STAR game, but in my honest opinion I sure hope the league coughs up the footage or face the wrath of a Fanbase that won't stand for this sillyness.
Brave New World this may be Garber, but this Green Society will not take this censorship!!!
Give us the facts or you better start building the fences to corral the "popular". While you are at it you might want to consider investing in some riot gear and a water cannon...
Note: Parts of this post are meant to be tongue in cheek.
Note: Some parts may be a little more ominously serious and even more entertaining to the author.
Off Topic: I'm voting for Wee Man on Celebrity Circus because I think he is a true crowd pleaser and an exceptional athlete.
Vamos United!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I shoulda wrote Soilent Green Society, oh well...

Posted by: Dadryan | July 9, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Off topic -- Game in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship tonight.

Final: Vancouver 2-2 Toronto

Current standings: Montreal 2-1-0, 6 points; Toronto 1-1-1, 4 points; Vancouver, 1-2-1, 4 points

TFC must beat Montreal in the last game of the round-robin tournament in order to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League and a date with Nicaraguan national club champ Real Esteli. An Impact win or tie sends them through. Final game is at BMO Field on 7/22.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 10, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Add me to those who think more of Burch for standing up for his teammate. That's a huge sign of a team that is playing / fighting for one another. Now, does that mean I personally am happy about fighting, of course not. Too bad Blanco feels its ok to resort to this kind of tactic and behavior. Like him or hate him, there is no getting around his talent. He should stick to that. Even some of the diving is a bit ammusing, but this goes beyond the pale.

Posted by: AlexandriaDan | July 10, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I agree that Blanco should be "punished" by USSF; also, how many red cards has Burch received this year? His action against might be "heroic" but he is getting a bad habit of getting red-carded.
And, last but not least, how many times did "First-round given-up Dychenko give up the ball to players in Red during the game?
How can DCUnited coaches keep putting Dyachenko into games, he is really a USL-2 player. Does anybody see this?

Posted by: Leo | July 10, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/09/AR2008070901978.html
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More info on the situation by Paul. Great report Paul.

Posted by: arlington4united | July 10, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Someone PLEASE find the video. I didn't get the chance to see it.

Posted by: BK | July 10, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Paul,

Keep up the great work! You're gaining a lot of fans! Glad to see an updated article on this. In the article, you write that Blanco was trying to knock the ball out of Simms' hands, or so someone claims. From the video I saw on Comcast last night, it looks like his arm went backwards before going forward, like he was winding up, which you wouldn't do if all you were trying to do was knock the ball out quickly to get the game restarted. It looked like a deliberate punch to these eyes.

Posted by: Dsmac | July 10, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

So I'll be in Virginia Beach over the weekend. Anyone know of a good sports bar down there that would be showing the United game on Saturday night?

Posted by: DCUMD | July 10, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Paul, you will surely get hired by post as soon as you complete this internship thing. Watch out Goff! There is a competition coming and it won't be too bad if the post could keep both of you as soccer insider as United and Soccer in general deserved more coverages. Look all the other junky sports have multiple blogers or reporters. We are as earned as any other sports team in this region. All said, well done job and please keep continue.

Posted by: arlington4united | July 10, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Topic: Nutrilite Canadian Championship

With one game to play, TFC needs a WIN at BMO over Montreal to earn a spot in Champions League. Now, with the Revs and United set to face a USL side (or if the Sounders win, maybe a quasi MLS side) for a guaranteed Champions League space - is it abberation if two lower division clubs were to earn what should be "gimme" shots at Champions League?

Does this really fire the cannon at Garber and league executives and owners that rosters and payrolls need serious attention?

In a situation where you need to be on a roll for 4 games in order to get a spot in a major international tournament TFC and the Revs or DC need to show an edge in quality, even on their benches.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | July 10, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

is it abberation if two lower division clubs were to earn what should be "gimme" shots at Champions League?

Does this really fire the cannon at Garber and league executives and owners that rosters and payrolls need serious attention?

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | July 10, 2008 8:17 AM
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@OleVBB

In some ways I think that it is an aberation and in other ways, I don't think so.

Many USL1 clubs and in the case of clubs like Crystal Palace Baltimore, a few USL2 clubs are very capable at beating an MLS side which is "reserve" loaded.

Last year, Vancouver & Montreal were both better than TFC. This year, I give the edge to TFC over Montreal and Vancouver but not by too much. They might get the spot. Or they might not. Nolly and the Caps played their behinds off last week against TFC.

Charleston is capable of winning the USOC. So are the Sounders. No matter which one makes it, an MLS would, even United would probably want to field more starters than the previous USOC matches just because they will be one win away from a lock for Champions' League play next year.

Given the Revs historical difficulties winning the "big" game, seems to me like they should field a side of strong reserves and some key starters for the USOC final.

DCU plans on winning the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup. So we will have more options.

As far as the increased salaries go, I seriously don't think that Garber and his crew are going to lose that much sleep if Vancouver wins up North and Charleston were to win down here. If Seattle wins then they just will gloat about how it validated their decision to bring them into the fold. They disrespect the USL as utterly inferior so if they were to react like they were distressed or alarmed about losing the spots to USL sides then they would be doing something that they hate to do--Publicly acknowledge that the USL even exists, let alone has players in their jerseys who could beat some guys in an MLS jersey. Garber and the league--I can't see them being too keen on broadcasting that fact. Especially when talking about their franchises losing to such a product that they constiently say is so inferior (even when it comes to the talent of the rank and file MLSers).

Posted by: yankiboy | July 10, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Curious, I've only gone looking for soccer once in Atlanta, and that was for the Italy-US World Cup game. I'm told that the Brewhouse, east of downtown, is a good one. Check this thread:
http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=695909

Posted by: RK | July 10, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

OK. All this praise (mine included) has gone to Paul's head. Time to get back to business. Where is my morning update?!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 10, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I watched the video and I don't recall seeing a call in the hands of Simms when Blanco went at him. Was it there and I missed it or is the Fire spewing BS now that they no their pony acted like an ass?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Someone asked about soccer bars in Atlanta. The best one is the Brewhouse. It's in the Little 5 Points neighboorhood. (Not to be confused with 5 points.) Little 5 Points is in the northeastern part of the city, sorta between the Highlands and Decatur. Brewhouse's website is http://www.brewhousecafe.com/

Posted by: Lived in tha A | July 10, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I watched the video and I don't recall seeing a call in the hands of Simms when Blanco went at him. Was it there and I missed it or is the Fire spewing BS now that they no their pony acted like an ass?

Posted by: | July 10, 2008 9:41 AM

I couldn't see a ball in Clyde's hands in the video either, but that is because the view of part of Clyde's body was blocked by Blanco and his big head.

So many people have said that Clyde had the ball that it must be true. I think MLS pulled the video becuase it showed the Ref walking away (his back was to Blanco), Blanco walking up to Simms, Blanco winding up and taking a big swing at his stomach. If you didn't have any context to the video and just watched it your thought would be definitely an intentional, dirty blow. The part about him going for the ball was made up for PR reasons.

I don't think the push from Burch was on the video because it cut away pretty quickly after the punch.

Someone needs to re-post the video and let the SI readers know so we can quickly check it out for ourselves before it is removed.

Posted by: GoldenChild | July 10, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Now that MLS has turned into the Ultimate Fighting Challenge---and even got unheard of air time on a soccer ignorant local sportscast, here's some match ups I'd like to see:

1) Simms v Josephs
2) Namoff v Twellman
3) Reis v Reis

Posted by: delantero | July 10, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I saw the video on simms and it really did look like blanco was only trying to punch the ball out. If he also tried to jab him in the belly, it's a red card, nothing more.

However, if it's true that Blanco headbutted a DCU official after being sent-off, that is a VERY serious offense and should receive a fine and prolonged suspension. That is completely inexcusable

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

If you didn't have any context to the video and just watched it your thought would be definitely an intentional, dirty blow.
Posted by: GoldenChild | July 10, 2008 9:54 AM
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I watched the video in context and my thought is that it was definitely an intentional, dirty blow.

I really doubt that the "going for the ball" part was for PR. Burch said it in his post-match quotes (nicely posted on the Chicago website too), which are filled with his contempt for Blanco. If he were spinning the situation, he wouldn't have said those things about Blanco.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 10, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

haha

Toronto tied Vancouver 2-2 -- they are really trying to mess up their free Champions League ticket.

Another example of how a USL could be in the CL.

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

Considering the kid gloves they routinely handle Blanco with, I'll be happy if they don't end up suspending Burch instead...

Posted by: JB | July 10, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

on any given tuesday, a USL team's starting 11, fired up and in great form, can beat a MLS mixed team of starters and reserves. most USL teams have one or two players who could start on most MLS teams, and in soccer, chemistry and momentum goes a long way. Score once, bunker and counter. they are professional teams, after all. that's what's so fun about it.

but if you put Charleston or Seattle into MLS and made them play a full season, plus the Cup, etc? they would be below San Jose.

Posted by: northzax | July 10, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

To anyone upset that this game wasn't played at RFK, first of all, it wouldn't have been economical (attendance certainly would have been higher, but likely not enough to justify the cost outlay that playing a match at RFK entails), and secondly, it wasn't available. They were laying a brand-new pitch for the upcoming Superliga games. Frankly, after all the rain and home matches recently, thank goodness -- it was starting to look pretty bad.

Posted by: Chris | July 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Blanco is terrible for MLS. He should be banned. He is a baby, dives persistantly and represents everything that people see as bad about soccer. He has perfected taking cheap shots when nobody is watching and then acting like he is the victim. It amazes me that people cheer for him and the MLS glorifies him.

Posted by: DCUMark | July 10, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

blanco is a disgrace to MLS. he does not show respect nor kindness to any of the dc united players and crew. AND its NOT okay for blanco to be a u know what 2 my fav 2 playas mark and clyde. kick him out of MLS!!!

Posted by: anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

haha

Toronto tied Vancouver 2-2 -- they are really trying to mess up their free Champions League ticket.

Another example of how a USL could be in the CL.

Posted by: RK | July 10, 2008 10:29 AM

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While is was certainly a much easier route than the US MLS sides, it was far from a "free ticket". We are talking about a club that got waxed last year in a post seaon friendly last year by a USL1 side (Portland Timbers).

What is interesting is that they have used more starters than any of the US MLS sides in USOC this year. And they still have struggled...

Posted by: yankiboy | July 10, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Redskins suck!
How can a whole world be wrong about soccer and the US be right...

Posted by: BaBaBoey | July 10, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Redskins suck!
How can a whole world be wrong about soccer and the US be right...
Posted by: BaBaBoey | July 10, 2008 1:38 PM
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It's the other way around...man. what?

Posted by: td | July 10, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

On some Fire blogs, people are focusing on Burch's comment about Blanco being Mexican and calling him a bigot. That is ridiculous. He's stating that he's a big name, with a large fan base and he gets away with crap. How that equates him to a bigot is beyond me. It's not like he said anything bad about Mexicans. Why are people so dumb?

I can't blame Burch for coming to Simms defense. That happens in every league on all levels when scuffles break out. You have to defend your teammates.

Posted by: tk3k | July 10, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sat 8/16 @ Chicago.....Too bad soccer does not carry "goons"/ENFORCERS on it's roster like the NHL used to....Maybe we ought to get a fund going "The Hire DCU 88th minute goon foundation" One game 10k and instructions on studs up knee high tackle on Aztec. Where's Ansel Elcock when you need him?

Posted by: glove | July 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@tk3k

People are so dumb, huh? How's that working out for you?

I'll explain it using smallish words so you can figure it out. It's one thing to call out a player for getting away with things because he is a big name and has lots of fans. However, calling out a player because he is from another country as part of the explanation for getting away with things is bigotry, pure and simple.

Not that I think any of this will sink in with you and your ilk down in the swamp, you all seem to have made up your minds in absence of any concrete evidence.

Posted by: theoryofworld | July 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Not that I think any of this will sink in with you and your ilk down in the swamp, you all seem to have made up your minds in absence of any concrete evidence.
Posted by: theoryofworld | July 10, 2008 3:42 PM
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You can think? huh...

Posted by: overpowertheoryofworld | July 10, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry if this has already been posted, but let me see if I've got this right: there was an altercation in the DC- Chicago game this week that resulted in two red cards and the league requesting video, so CSN has decided to NOT show the next game between these two teams?

brillant!

Maybe it's all a ploy to get folks to buy the pay-per-view package...or will that not exist now that CSN isn't showing the game?

Posted by: Rob | July 10, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

gud speling, even more brilliant!

Posted by: Rob | July 10, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Theoryofworld,


Calm down, than stand up and re-arrange your panties so they aren't in a bunch.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | July 10, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Rk & Lived in the A,

Thanks for tip on the Brewhouse.

Posted by: Curious | July 10, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Curious...this is the first time I see your name here. You had been counting the home opening days as I recall.

Posted by: td | July 10, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Here it is gang! I finally found something that MLS hasn't taken down yet. It is a compilation of Blanco being Blanco, but the last ten seconds stars Clyde Simms!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBEK3zsnS_U

Look quick in case they find it and remove it!

Posted by: TA Drick | July 10, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you TADrick! It's even better with the prior ultra violence of Blanco.\
Finally this SuperClasico is on.
I 'm listening closely to hear if their is any mention of the controversy.
Or is all the Drama just in our(united fans) heads?
Blanco is a pinche joto.
Sorry I mean no disrespect to gay guys, but when in Rome...
Passion seems to be the new word of the week on ESPN.
Pinche super Clasico Passion!!

Posted by: Dadryan | July 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Pinche thing doesn't speak spanish.

Posted by: Pinche Curse Filter | July 10, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Blanco is a hack, whiner and actor. He is constantly on the ground whining about something. For the amount of money that the Fire is paying this guy you would think he could stay on his feet and actually play the game. Fire - cut this guy and shop for some real talent.

Posted by: PT | July 14, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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