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Soccer Insider: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Matchnight: United-Fire

[updated with lineup] Greetings from Toyota Park and the debut of new DCU goalkeeper Louis Crayton. Yes, Crayton is in, Wells is out. Today's opponent-appropriate tunes are courtesy of Graham Parker. Unlike our last visit, there are no tornado sirens wailing. In fact, nothing but a few puffy clouds and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 16, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (242)
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Arena Ball

Well, that was quick. Bruce Arena is close to reaching a deal to become coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, sources told the Insider late this afternoon. What are your thoughts about Arena returning to MLS and taking over another high-profile, but highly troubled, club?...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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United Roster Moves

To make room for goalkeeper Louis Crayton on the senior roster, D.C. United has demoted midfielder Joe Vide to the developmental roster and waived rookie midfielder Dan Stratford. Stratford, a London native who played at West Virginia University, appeared in five league matches (one start) for a combined 81 minutes....

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Cooper, Pros and Cons

Before we get started, you should know that veteran midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the U.S. roster for Wednesday's qualifier at Guatemala. Before yesterday's initial roster announcement, we had a pretty good idea who would be summoned: Howard, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Donovan, Dempsey, etc etc. The big question was...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Crayton Is Eligible

According to General Manager Dave Kasper, the final paperwork on Louis Crayton's move to D.C. United from FC Basel is complete, which means the Liberian goalkeeper will be eligible to play in tomorrow night's league match at Chicago. Crayton began training with United on Monday. Still awaiting word on the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Morning Kickaround

*The USA women are headed to the semifinals for the ninth consecutive major international tournament since 1991 (World Cup and Olympics) after edging Canada, 2-1, on Natasha Kai's overtime goal. For the match report, statistics and photos, click here. On Monday in Beijing, the Americans will face Japan, a 2-0...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Olympics , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Mo Edu on the Move?

Never mind that Bruce Arena was hangin' at Home Depot Center with Galaxy execs, that the Los Angeles derby ended in a tie and that T&T defeated El Salvador, 3-1, in a fiesty friendly at RFK, thanks to Cornell Glen's two goals. Here's the big news: Two sources tell me...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2008; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Feilhaber Update

Just touched base with Benny Feilhaber's agent, Lyle Yorks, who is in Aarhus (Denmark) with the USA Olympian. "He had his medical and, if all of the final details are agreed, he will sign in the morning," Yorks told the Insider. Derby County, Feilhaber's current club, will let him go...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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USA Roster Announced

Here you go..... The 17-man initial roster, including four Olympians, for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Guatemala (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision): [FYI, an 18th player will be added in the next few days.] GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan. DEFENDERS: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hejduk,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Where Is Benny Headed?

The Insider was the first to tell you this week that Aarhus in Denmark is seriously pursuing USA national team and Olympic midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who has fallen out of favor at Derby County. The word I am getting today is that his agent, Lyle Yorks, has been in discussions...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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DCU Injury Update

Coach Tom Soehn said the club has not yet decided whether Marcelo Gallardo, rehabbing from sports hernia surgery, will travel to Chicago tomorrow for Saturday's match against the Fire. "It's still a long process," Soehn said. "It has taken longer than we had hoped." Meantime, defender Gonzalo Peralta, who just...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Show Us the Money!

The guaranteed salaries of some MLS newcomers (based on full-season figures): *Greg Dalby, Colorado: $33,000 *Bruno Guarda, Dallas: $65,500 *Darren Huckerby, San Jose: $355,000 *Francisco Lima, San Jose: $207,000 *Marco Pappa, Chicago: $33,000 *Victor Sikora, Dallas: $163,000 *Jorge Rojas, New York: $94,000 *Eduardo Dominguez, L.A.: $192,000 *Gabriel Cichero, N.Y.: $157,500...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Morning Kickaround

*As the Galaxy and Chivas USA prepare for their Home Depot Center derby tonight (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2), the L.A. Times's Grahame Jones looks at the Galaxy's coaching search and who might be considered. *A look back at the USA Olympic exit by The Post's Amy Shipley. *USA national team...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  MLS , Olympics , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Serious Matters

Colorado Coach Fernando Clavijo has flown to Uruguay to be with an ill family member. "We're giving him as much time as he needs," a Rapids official told the Insider tonight. "Our thoughts are with him and his family." Read more by clicking here....

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Clavijo's Status.....

[updated] Through various contacts, here is what I have been able to piece together on the Fernando Clavijo situation: Clavijo was called into a meeting with Rapids executives yesterday, fully expecting to be fired. Instead, he was given the dreaded vote of confidence and told he will remain the coach...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Keller, Cory, Clint, Crystal and Cuscatlan (North)

*No surprise: USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who turns 39 this fall, has finally made the leap to MLS and will play for expansion Seattle next year. RSL tried to acquire him a few years ago, but Keller was not ready to leave Europe. *USA defender Cory Gibbs, back in MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Nowak's Comments

USA Olympic coach Peter Nowak..... On Orozco's red card: "It's extremely difficult in the third game of your group to get a red card four minutes in. It makes it hard to play your game and the whole lineup had to be reshaped. The whole mentality just went in the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Wake Up

Defending NCAA champion Wake Forest has been picked by ACC coaches to finish first in the conference. The Demon Deacons, who return nine starters, were named on seven of the nine ballots. Maryland was No. 2, followed by Boston College, the 2007 ACC regular season and tournament champion which received...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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RSL Updates

[UPDATING THE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE THREAD] I am hearing that a deal between Real Salt Lake and the much-traveled Clint Mathis is imminent, though it is unclear whether all the paperwork would be done in time for him to suit up in Saturday's Western Conference showdown at...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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USA Eliminated

Michael Orozco's early red card -- the third minute! -- put the Americans in a massive hole, and after a pair of Nigerian goals, all the USA could muster was Sacha Kljestan's late penalty kick. The 2-1 loss, coupled with the Netherlands' 1-0 victory over Japan, left Peter Nowak's squad...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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United-Revs, the Aftermath

Two Emilio goals, a go-ahead strike by Quaranta, a nearly full strength DCU lineup, a hardly full strength Revs lineup, a few thousand spectators. That pretty much sums it up. The Battery, penalty kick winner over Seattle, comes to town Sept. 3 for the final. The Revolution have suffered back-to-back...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 12:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Matchnight: United-Revs

Greetings from RFK. What, no rain/lightning/typhoon? Clearly, the soccer weather gods do not recognize U.S. Open Cup on their schedule of RFK disruptions. Marcelo Gallardo, who will not play tonight, is doing pregame training exercises with some of the reserves. He appears to be moving pretty well. Perhaps we will...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (266)
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Comment From Rapids

A Colorado team spokesman said: "There has not been a coaching change with the Colorado Rapids. Fernando is our coach and we are preparing for Kansas City on Saturday. He was running today's practice session."...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Gambians in L.A.; Change in Colorado?

*A pair of young Gambian players have arrived at Home Depot Center to begin informal, two-week workouts with the Galaxy, according to Patrick McCabe, an agent with strong ties to the African soccer market. They are Ebrima Bojang, a 6-foot-3, 16-year-old striker, and Amadou Sanyang, a 17-year-old defensive midfielder who...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Badilla-to-Revs Is Set

I'm hearing that New England VP of player personnel Mike Burns was in Costa Rica over the weekend to finalize the acquisition of defender Gabriel Badilla from Saprissa. Badilla, 24, is currently with the national team and awaiting a work visa and other paperwork to be completed. Barring a last-minute...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Open Cup Poll

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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USA Women Win Group

The USA women were on course to face world champion Germany or nemesis Brazil in the Olympic quarterfinals. But after their 4-0 rout of New Zealand and Norway's stunning 5-1 loss to Japan today, the Americans found themselves atop their first-round group on goal difference and paired with regional rival...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Morning Kickaround

*Read about D.C. United's long trip back from the Meadowlands and its quick turnaround to prepare for tonight's U.S. Open Cup semifinal against New England at RFK. Matt Reis, Steve Ralston and Jay Heaps will not play for the Revs. No TV, but live audio coverage at 1050 AM and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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No Gallardo

D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn said today that Argentine midfielder Marcelo Gallardo, who hasn't played since June 29 because of a sports hernia injury, will not be available tomorrow against New England in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal at RFK Stadium. Club officials had hoped Gallardo would be ready for...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Pursuing Feilhaber

Through e-mails, phone calls and text messages, I've been following USA midfielder Benny Feilhaber's situation closely the last few days -- not his status with the Olympic team in China, but his future employer. Now I can tell you what club is aggressively chasing him: AGF Aarhus of Denmark. Derby...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Gullit, Lalas Out

Ruud Gullit gone. Alexi Lalas gone. Read about it in the Los Angeles Times. Thoughts?...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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United, Revs, RSL, Ouch

*DCU forward Jaime Moreno, who left Sunday's match at halftime with a sore back, says he is feeling a bit better today and should be ready to play in Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinal against New England at RFK. *New goalkeeper Louis Crayton participated in workouts this morning and,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD *Chad Barrett's sensational free kick for his new club, Toronto. *Juan Pablo Angel's free kick for the Red Bulls. *Taylor Twellman's header three minutes into his first league start of the year. *Toronto snapping an 0-6-5 skid in all competitions and earning its first league road victory since...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Mathis to MLS?

Don't be surprised if Clint Mathis -- yes, that Clint Mathis -- ends up on Real Salt Lake's roster this week. Sources tell the Insider that the club is seriously considering acquiring Mathis from Los Angeles, which has maintained MLS rights to the 31-year-old midfielder-forward since he left for Greece...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 3:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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United-Red Bulls, the Aftermath

I will post my full match report when it's available on washingtonpost.com later [update: the website is having technical problems, so to read the story, go to the continuation of this thread], but for now, here are a few quotes: Tom Soehn: "I thought we came out with some energy....

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2008; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Matchday: DCU at New York

Greetings from the Meadowlands. The energy-conscious Insider cruised from Northern Virginia to Northern Jersey on 4.2 gallons of gas. The power of the 55-mpg Prius. Severe thunderstorm watch -- what else is new for a DCU match. Some personnel news to share: *Liberian goalkeeper Louis Crayton has joined the team...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
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USA, Netherlands Tie

Gerald Sibon scored on a 22-yard free kick with seconds remaining as the heavily favored Netherlands salvaged a 2-2 tie with the United States. Sacha Kljestan and Jozy Altidore scored about eight minutes apart in the second half as the Americans overcame Ryan Babel's early goal. Kljestan collected Freddy Adu's...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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