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Soccer Insider: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Matchnight: United-Earthquakes

I'm in Havana, not Santa Clara, but if you would like to comment on the DCU-San Jose match late tonight or any other MLS games, this is the place....

By Steve Goff  |  September 6, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: USA-Cuba

[UPDATED WITH USA LINEUP] Who do you think will be in Bob Bradley's starting lineup? Keep in mind that he not only has to replace the suspended Steve Cherundolo and the injured Pablo Mastroeni, but consider the physical demands on players ahead of Wednesday's match against Trinidad and Tobago at...

By Steve Goff  |  September 6, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: The World

A busy day of World Cup qualifying begins with ex-MLSer Ryan Nelsen's goal and New Zealand's 3-1 victory over New Caledonia at the wonderfully named Stade Numa-Daly Magenta. Among the other matches today..... Paraguay-Argentina Jamaica-Mexico T&T-Guatemala Uruguay-Colombia Canada-Honduras France-Austria Saudi Arabia-Iran Spain-Bosnia Israel-Switzerland Ecuador-Bolivia El Salvador-Haiti Andorra-England Follow the matches...

By Steve Goff  |  September 6, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Saturday in the Park

Buenos dias, amigos. *The scene in Havana. *D.C. United's West Coast challenge. *Maryland (2-1)wins its home opener, 3-0, over Hartford. Georgetown wins its third straight by shutout, 3-0, over Davidson. Virginia overcomes a two-goal deficit to defeat George Mason, 3-2, in overtime for its first victory after two losses. Anything...

By Steve Goff  |  September 6, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Cuba, Day 3

Today's schedule began with a 20-minute taxi ride to Estadio Pedro Marrero, located in the Kohly neighborhood near the Almendares River, which flows north through the western section of Havana and empties into the Caribbean. The driver, Manuel, speaks almost flawless English and uses slang to get his point across....

By Steve Goff  |  September 5, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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Morning Kickaround

*Read about Cuban futbol's struggle for recognition in the land of beisbol. *Strange occurrences at Pizza Hut Park last night: The Rapids scored (after 283 minutes), Mike Petke scored (for the first time in a year), Colorado won at Dallas (for the first time in more than seven years) and...

By Steve Goff  |  September 5, 2008; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS  
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Havana Nights

The U.S. team arrived safely at its seaside hotel early this evening. The Commish Don Garber made the trip. So did USSF Prez Sunil Gulati, who taught a class at Columbia this morning. A few dozen foreign reporters based in Havana awaited the delegation in the hotel lobby and chased...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2008; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Cuba Libre

That's white rum, Coke and a twist of lime. Keep 'em coming. Some observations from Havana: *A distinct Russian presence -- tourists, reporters, vehicles. I have also encountered Italians, Argentines, Brits and Canadians. *You think a U.S. 2-dollar bill is odd? How about a Cuban 3-peso bill? *The shop in...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

Every step along Calle Obispo, a narrow, brick-covered, pedestrian street in the heart of the old section known as La Habana Vieja, offers a new contradiction: Street lights flicker, residents of crumbling apartment buildings lean from balconies to watch the foot traffic, a jazz band entertains a small gathering in...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2008; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Matchday: U.S. Open Cup Final - Battery at United

Greetings from Estadio RFK, where it's hotter out here (currently 92 degrees), than it is in Havana (currently 89), where the person whom I am temporarily spelling, Sr. Goff, is readying for the U.S. qualifier on Saturday evening. I'll have your DCU lineup as soon as possible... Feel free to...

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 3, 2008; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
Categories:  D.C. United , USL  
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Greetings From La Habana

Just wanted to say hi. Or Hola. The 45-seat turbo-prop, operated by American Airlines, got us here from Miami in about at hour -- a 60-minute flight but a world away. The plane was two-thirds full and included bible teachers, families with Cuban roots and three morally suspect soccer journalists...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Dark Day for MLS

What was the worst aspect of New England's elimination from Champions League play? a.) The 4-0 loss at home. b.) The 6-1 aggregate score. c.) The attendance of 3,523 at Gillette. d.) It came at the hands of Joe Public. e.) All of the above. Yes, E is the correct...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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What About Bob?

USA Coach Bob Bradley does not go into great detail about his roster decisions. He just doesn't. Few coaches do. Sorry. That said, I did get him to talk a little bit today here in Miami about the decision to add young players such as Marvell Wynne and Michael Orozco...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2008; 8:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Update

United striker Luciano Emilio, who left Saturday's match against New York just before halftime with a groin injury, took part in full workouts today and should be available for tomorrow night's U.S. Open Cup final against Charleston at RFK Stadium. Midfielder Fred, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Cuban Countdown

Greetings from Miami, which is almost like being in Havana. As we get closer to the USA's first visit to Cuba for a full international in 61 years -- Saturday night's World Cup qualifier at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic and Galavision -- some thoughts about the matchup from...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2008; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

Passport? Check. Visa? Check. Stack of cash to convert to euros and then to pesos? Check. Extra cash for jailhouse bribes? Check. Bonus cash for mojitos? Check. Oh, sorry, just packing for Cuba. I am actually off to Miami for a day, then to Havana tomorrow. Before I leave, you...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2008; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , World  
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Local Holiday Kickaround

*D.C. United's reserves bounced back from an early-week loss to New York with a 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls, thanks to rookie midfielder Ryan Cordeiro's two goals. Midfielder Quavas Kirk suffered a mid-foot sprain and will not be available for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final against Charleston at RFK...

By Steve Goff  |  September 1, 2008; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United  
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Wrapping up another weekend in MLS..... THE GOOD *Back from injury, Fabian Espindola scores twice for RSL. *Guillermo Barros Schelotto's third straight two-assist game, setting a team record with 16 on the season. *Brian McBride from Cuauhtemoc Blanco -- get used to it. *Expansion San Jose's seven-game unbeaten streak (3-0-4)...

By Steve Goff  |  September 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  MLS  
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Bradley to Moenchengladbach

USA midfielder Michael Bradley has been transferred from Dutch club Heerenveen to Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, his New York-based agent, Ron Waxman, confirmed to the Insider this morning. Terms of his new contract were not made available. Bradley, 21, is expected to join his new club following the USA World...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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United-Red Bulls, the Aftermath

From DCU's perspective, there was good news: *Marcelo Gallardo returned from a two-month layoff and played well in 20 minutes, setting himself up to play significant minutes Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup final. *Francis Doe returned from more than a month off and was okay before running out of...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2008; 12:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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