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Soccer Insider: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Rapid Reaction

Following Colorado's 1-0 loss at home to depleted Toronto today, Rapids Coach Fernando Clavijo had this to offer: "We didn't come to play. I'm extremely disappointed and embarrassed today with our performance. I'm not going to point fingers at anybody, but the players need to perform. I'm in charge and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  MLS  
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Gibbs Returns (Cory, Not Joe)

In his Friday blog, The Commish Don Garber essentially confirmed what the Insider reported exclusively last week -- that 28-year-old defender Cory Gibbs, a onetime U.S. World Cup candidate whose career has been interrupted by injuries, is on his way to MLS. Gibbs (St. Pauli, Dallas, Feyenoord, Den Haag, Charlton)...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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USA Women Defeat Japan

"The rain on my car is a baptism, the new me, Ice Man, Power Lloyd, my assault on the world begins now." Carli Lloyd's strike lifts the USA women over Japan, 1-0. Read about the match here and check coach and player quotes here. Norway (2-0) also won, beating New...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  MLS , Olympics  
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Open Clarification

D.C. United has been under the impression that Ivan Guerrero and Joe Vide would not be available for the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against New England because they had played in the event for the San Jose Earthquakes, thus rendering them "cup-tied." However, United was told by the U.S. Soccer...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU Updates

United Coach Tom Soehn could use some healthy bodies and, judging from the progress of individual players, he will probably have a few more options for Sunday's league match at New York and Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup game against New England at RFK. Let's go down the list: *Santino Quaranta...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Cunningham to Dallas

Okay, so maybe there was interest in Jeff Cunningham. Dallas has picked him up from Toronto for a 2009 third-round draft pick. Now let's see if TFC gets Carlos Ruiz from L.A. FCD also announced the signing of Dutch midfielder Victor Sikora, 30, who has played for Go Ahead Eagles,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Cunningham, Ruiz, TFC, L.A.

I am going to backtrack on that Jeff Cunningham-to-L.A. speculation from this morning. Upon further investigation, not only is there nothing to it, there is apparently very little interest around the league and he is exploring opportunities outside MLS. However, I do hear that there has been, in fact, communication...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Friday Kickaround

*We knew Toronto FC's Amado Guevara would miss this weekend's match with Colorado after receiving a red card for striking Dallas's Pablo Ricchetti in the face. But MLS decided to slap him (pun intended) with a second game ban, next week against New York -- which will give him plenty...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2008; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Olympic Poll

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Olympics  
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Afternoon Updates

*From all indications, D.C. United's negotiations are proceeding smoothly with Liberian-Swiss goalkeeper Louis Crayton and a deal should be reached by early next week. Besides the financial issues, he would need to pass a physical and United would need to receive his International Transfer Certificate. I can't imagine we would...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Olympics  
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DCU Back to Seattle?

There is a pretty good chance that a USL team will host the U.S. Open Cup championship game next month. Under three of four possible scenarios, either Seattle or Charleston from American soccer's second division will win the right to stage the final against an MLS opponent. The teams submitted...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , USL  
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DCU, Goalie in Talks

[UPDATES at the bottom] According to two sources close to the club, D.C. United is in negotiations with goalkeeper Louis Crayton, who has played for eight Swiss clubs over the last 11 years and made 36 Liberian national team appearances. A deal "is not final yet," one source said. United...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Early-Morning Kickaround

*Remember Mario Rodriguez, the Guatemalan midfielder who spent the 2005 season with Columbus? Me neither. Last night, though, "El Loco" caught everyone's attention at RFK Stadium with a goal and two assists in a 13-minute span of the Chapines' 3-0 rout of abysmal Bolivia in front of an estimated 15,000...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 1:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , Olympics , USL  
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Looking Ahead to Guatemala

Never mind the Olympics, the USA's first game in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying is just two weeks away. Guatemala City awaits! Who's with me? (I'll meet ya in the nearby colonial village of Antigua.) On paper, the Americans should beat Guatemala regardless of the venue, but playing...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Now Where Were We?

Before being rudely interrupted by technology, we were discussing D.C. United goalkeepers, SuperLiga, the USA women's team, the future of Pat Noonan and Cory Gibbs, and other assorted football subjects. To get back up to speed..... *No news on the DCU front. Still waiting for the club to finalize a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Olympics , Women  
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Sound of Silence

From noon Tuesday until 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Soccer Insider and most other washingtonpost.com blogs will undergo software upgrades and much-needed maintenance. Something having to do with Sen. Ted Stevens's series of tubes that keeps our Internet machine chugging along. What it means is that, for 27 excruciating hours, I...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Garber Speaks

The Commish Don Garber made himself available this afternoon to address the SuperLiga prize money issue and the union's statement this morning that, as a form of protest, the Dynamo and Revolution will pool the first- and second-place bonuses ($250,000) and split them evenly regardless of the winner tomorrow night...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2008; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
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Afternoon Kickaround

*The U.S. Open Cup championship game is scheduled to be played Aug. 26, but for various reasons, the match will probably be moved to September. If D.C. United defeats New England in next Tuesday's semifinal at RFK Stadium, the final is likely to be Sept. 3 at a site to...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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SuperLiga's Money Issues

[updated with further union comment] SuperLiga is a SuperMess. This just in from the MLS Players Union: "The players on the Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution have agreed in advance of tomorrow night's SuperLiga final that they will split evenly the bonus money at stake in the game. The...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *Average attendance of 20,182 for five league matches. *Kenny Cooper's second consecutive multi-goal game, giving him seven goals in seven matches. *Dallas, on a five-game unbeaten streak, improving to 18-1-6 when Cooper scores. *Zach Wells earning his first shutout of the season. *Brad Davis's left-footed blast in Houston's...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Noonan's Return

Forward Pat Noonan, who left New England last winter to sign with Aalesunds in Norway, is about to re-sign with the Revs. However, he is unlikely to play for them. From what I'm hearing this evening, a contract agreement should be in place in the coming days. The Revs then...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2008; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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L(ose) A(gain)

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By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU-KC, the Aftermath

Fred and Ivan Guerrero provided width to the attack, the surprise tandem of Clyde Simms and Joe Vide fortified the middle of the pitch, Zach Wells made a breathtaking save, the backline got it right, and Luciano Emilio and Jaime Moreno took care of the scoring. All in all, a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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