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Soccer Insider: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Matchnight: United-Rapids

Greetings from RFK Stadium. No Olsen. No Mediate. No Doe. No Peralta. No Gallardo. No Fred. No Wells. No Burch. No Comcast SportsNet. If Dyachenko, Namoff or Simms receives a yellow card, they'll miss next weekend's match against New York. So, any Insider loyalists interested in suiting up? Developmental rates...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gooch, Ruiz Updates

The latest on Oguchi Onyewu's possible transfer..... As we've been reporting, Italian club Catania has been pursuing the big USA central defender and hoping to work out a deal with Standard Liege. This morning, though, I got word from sources on this side of the Atlantic that the move will...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Television, Drug of the Nation

Thanks again to the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Here's a sample of your viewing options over the next two days..... TONIGHT *Midnight ET: Olympic men's final, Argentina vs. Nigeria (CNBC, Telemundo, Oly Soccer Channel) SATURDAY *9:30 a.m. ET: Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich (GolTV) *10: Tottenham-Sunderland (Fox Soccer Channel) *11:30: Werder Bremen-Schalke...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Fred Out 3-4 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Hey guys, Tenorio here again checking in quickly from RFK. Bad news on the injury front. D.C. United midfielder Fred is out for 3-4 weeks after sustaining a left hamstring injury late in the game against New England on Wednesday (he was substituted in the 72nd minute). It's yet another...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 22, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

Bruce Arena's Galaxy debut against Chicago last night. Discuss. I am planning to take the day off to recover from the Guatemalan adventure....

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchmorning: USA-Brazil

For a preview of the gold medal women's match in Beijing (9 a.m. ET, USA Network, Olympic Soccer Channel), read Barry Svrluga's preview. You know the drill: Give a prediction, assess the lineups and comment as needed. You can also follow the action online through Dan Steinberg's Beijing Sports Smog....

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Olympics , Women  
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Howard vs. Ruiz

I am going to go out on a limb and say that USA goalkeeper Tim Howard will not be sending a Christmas card to Guatemalan pest Carlos Ruiz this year. Here is what Howard, who got hit by Ruiz in the second half and witnessed the MLS veteran take shots...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2008; 1:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchnight: USA-Guatemala

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2008; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (325)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchnight: United-Revs

I am in Guatemala City, not Foxborough. The Post has a freelance writer in place to cover the DCU-NE match at Estadio Gillette. As always, this is the ultimate place for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. I will create a SEPARATE international thread later for the USA-Guatemala match and the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
Categories:  D.C. United , Indoor , MLS  
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In the Post.....

Lots of futbol in today's Washington Post. Click. Read. Enjoy. *Setting the scene in Guatemala City for tonight's World Cup qualifier (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision). *D.C. United and its new Liberian-Swiss goalkeeper travel to Foxborough (7:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet). *Argentina blasts Brazil to reach the Olympic final against...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  D.C. United , Olympics , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Fielding a Problem

At around 5 p.m. this evening here in Guatemala City, the USA players boarded the team bus for a 15-minute drive up Avenida Reforma to Estadio Mateo Flores and one final practice session before Wednesday's qualifier against the Chapines. The convoy was ready to roll -- the media mini-bus with...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Rumblings

We have been telling you for weeks that Los Angeles and Toronto were in serious talks about a trade involving Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz, and today it was completed. From what I understand, the Galaxy will receive a draft pick and a whole lot more: salary cap space to officially...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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USA-Guatemala Poll

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA Update

Greetings again from Ciudad de Guatemala. A few items to share before I dive into my story for Wednesday's print edition..... *Landon Donovan, on rising expectations over the years: "I see it two ways. The expectation should be now that winning the game is feasible and we should win....

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Good Morning, Guatemala

The Americans made the front page of Prensa Libre this morning -- a photo of Oguchi Onyewu and Brad Guzan exiting the team bus with a serious-looking security guard in the foreground -- and Page 2 as well with an outline of Guatemalan security measures at the team hotel and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Belgium-Nigeria, Brazil-Argentina and Chapines

Tuesday's Olympic semifinals: Belgium vs. Nigeria, 6 a.m. ET Brazil vs. Argentina, 9 a.m. ET (If he arrives in time, Dan Steinberg is planning to provide commentary on his blog.) I've seen conflicting information on TV coverage. I am guessing that the first game is on MSNBC, the second on...

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2008; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Olympics , U.S. men's national team  
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Arena Takes Over Galaxy

As Goff reported here on the Insider on Friday, former D.C. United, New York Red Bulls and US men's national team coach Bruce Arena was named head coach and general manager of the L.A. Galaxy this morning. Read about it here and here. Not much to update you on from...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Women's Olympic Poll

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Olympics , Women  
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Monday Morning Kickaround

Good morning to all, Tenorio here and it's nice to be back with you here at the Soccer Insider. As Goff heads down to Guatemala, I'll try to keep you updated on D.C. United here in the States. This morning thought I'd put up a few links to keep you...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 18, 2008; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Stormy Start

U.S. national team players began gathering in Miami today for the start of a brief training camp leading to Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Guatemala. Their stay there, however, will be shorter than expected. With Tropical Storm Fay bearing down on the Keys and South Florida, the team has decided...

By Steve Goff  |  August 17, 2008; 9:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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United-Fire, the Aftermath

Welcome to DCU, Louis Crayton. First appearance, first shutout for the Liberian-Swiss keeper. Some tidy team defending certainly helped the cause. Tom Soehn, on the goalkeeping move: "Louis comes with a lot of experience - he has played in a lot of big games - and it was an important...

By Steve Goff  |  August 17, 2008; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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