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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 www.federalnewsradio.com, and statistical updates on MatchTracker. You can watch me preview the game on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" around 5:25 p.m. today.

*Congrats to the 12 percent of you (among 1,501 votes) who predicted in last week's Insider poll that both Alexi Lalas and Ruud Gullit would be dismissed following the Galaxy's seventh game without a victory.

*An interesting story from England about a player winning a judgement against an opponent who was responsible for breaking his leg during a game. Sound familiar?

Back in a bit with the USA women's Olympic result.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 8:35 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , World  
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Comments

No Ralston or Reis - good news for DCU. Bring on Doug Warren!!

Posted by: Sylvester | August 12, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

any idea about a TV showing for tonight's game?

Posted by: downtown | August 12, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

no TV in the Open Cup until the final

Posted by: Goff | August 12, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Tarpley makes it 3-nil. Then Hucles for 4-nil. What's even better, Japan is ahead of Norway.

Kai is on as a sub. If I'm not mistaken, she is the only Polynesian in this game.

Posted by: tri-village | August 12, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

While I am thrilled to hear that Reis, Ralston, and Heaps will not be on the field for tonight's game, that type of travelling at this point of the season is stupid.

I really hope that someday, MLS can evaluate club schedules, a little better in the future. When you know that a team is going to playing in an International tournament, the league should try to at least schedule their away games with regional opponents.

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Totally forgot this game was on -- tuning in online now. Too focused on getting up early for tomorrow's match.

Thank you, NE. DCU better take advantage.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

As for the US ladies, they'll claim the top spot in their group if the don't give up a goal now. Their 4 goal lead will overcome the Norge's +3 Goal differencial (assuming, of course, that Japan holds onto their lead... which is 3-1 right now).

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Did I say, 3-1? I mean 4-1.

Wow!

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, it will be USA vs. Canada in the quarters.

Also, for those of you who are just getting up, O'Reilly caught the keeper off her line and punished her from 40 yards out in the first minute. That goal will probably get its share of replays on MSNBC and elsewhere.

Posted by: tri-village | August 12, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's good news that some of their top producers will not be in the lineup tonight.

I'm very interested in what's developing in NBA land right now. Really it's a great ploy for both money and some CBA angling on the part of LeBron and Kobe - but this whole NBA to Europa bit has some serious undertones - HEAR THAT MLS SALARY CAP!

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | August 12, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Goff already said NO TV in the blog above. Do people read first?
NE sympathized with DC and willing to give us a chance because they already won USOC recently.

Posted by: td | August 12, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Women's game 4-0 USA. HELL YEAH!!!!!!

Posted by: kris | August 12, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

could we expect 5k tonight?

Posted by: arlington4united | August 12, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Reis has owned us. He's the only reason we didn't beat them 6-2 early in the season.

Let's pepper the goal tonight and score our troubles away?

If United come out and make the same bs mistakes tonight, I'm calling out the coaches.

I've said it from the beginning of the season . . .

How hard is it to play organized team defense?!

Teams go through us like a Sunday walk in the park because there are defensive gaps all OVER THE FIELD.

It's simple pressure, cover, and balance the defensive field. Instead, United's a sieve.

Posted by: delantero | August 12, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Interesting. DC United's path to USOC glory is now easier. Curious why Reis is being rested. VAMOS UNITED!

Posted by: strago | August 12, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"Goff already said NO TV in the blog above. Do people read first?

Posted by: td | August 12, 2008 9:34 AM"

in the original post by goff, there was no mention of no TV and the radio feed. and why make that snide comment anyway? I love internet snipping by the testicularly challenged.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@ Delantero:

how hard is it to play organized defense?

it's like hitting a PK, easy in theory, a lot harder in real life.

Posted by: northzax | August 12, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

testicularly challenged . . .

Nice, I'm going to have to borrow that.

Posted by: Livestrong | August 12, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

That story from England is crazy dangerous. Soccer is contact sport and injuries happen. Sometime those injuries are very bad. But it's part of being a professional athlete and is a risk you take. If this decision gains steam, it will soon cost club owners a fortune in insurance to cover these type of situations. That could easily bankrupt thousands of clubs.

Just think, Eskandarian could sue Matt Reis and the Revolution getting kneed in the head during the course of the game. While I don't think Reis did it with the intention of giving Alecko a concussion, it was a reckless challenge for the ball.

Alecko could argue that he had a very bright future in soccer given that he had won the Herman Trophy winner, was a #1 draft pick, and MLS Cup MVP when he was injured. Had his game continued to improve, Alecko could have attracted interest overseas, and made a substantial sum of money.

Since then, Alecko has played for 4 different clubs and appear to never have fully recovered from his injury.

I suppose it's good that while our legal system may be based on it's English predecessor, it does not use legal decisions in England for it's own legal cases.

Posted by: TCompton | August 12, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I'll back up northzax...it isn't that easy to have 4 guys on one page. You need eyes in the back of your head, experience playing together, constant communication, tirelessness, some help from the midfield, and a keeper that keeps it all together.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

After the craptastical performance at Giants Stadium it's hard to feel confident but at least we will be facing some of New England's reserves like the mighty Doug Warren and maybe even the generous Amaechi Igwe.

The wear and tear of MLS and cup travel obviosuly affects more than just DC. If we do manage to win we should root for Charleston to win the other game as hosting Charleston would be a lot less taxing than traveling to Seattle.

The schedule gets a lot more congested in September and October:

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/schedule/scoreboard/season.jsp?team=t103

Posted by: garbaggio | August 12, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

""it isn't that easy to have 4 guys on one page""

That's my point, it's not 4 guys, it's 11 guys. Team defense starts up front and makes teams go through layers . . think Italian

Posted by: d | August 12, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

well, the English story doesn't get into the actual circumstances of the incident. Yes, soccer is a contact sport, but that doesn't mean players have free reign to assault each other and break each others legs. I am guessing this was some sort of malicious, beyond the pale incident like the Stoichkov thing.

Posted by: Glenn | August 12, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"The damages were awarded by Mrs Justice Swift"

Seriously?

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"The damages were awarded by Mrs Justice Swift"

Seriously?

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 10:56 AM

Couldn't go another minute without googling that. Her name is Caroline Swift, and the proper honorific is The Honorable Mrs. Justice Swift....

Better: Apparently her husband is a Justice as well....making him...

The Hon. Mr Justice Openshaw (Oh, well)

Posted by: JkR | August 12, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I know it's been said before but with all of the additional tournaments and competitions MLS teams are playing in the league has to do something to address team depth. I'll be interested in seeing how the Revs hold up after playing in SuperLiga, Open Cup, and the Champions League.

It is almost as if a team has to decide at the beginning of the season what do we want to win: MLS regular season, MLS Cup, SuperLiga, Opean Cup, Champions League? And then they base their strategy on winning the one trophy and then hope for the best in the other competitions.

Posted by: diego r. | August 12, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

in the original post by goff, there was no mention of no TV and the radio feed. and why make that snide comment anyway? I love internet snipping by the testicularly challenged.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 9:57 AM
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Oh when I read it, it mentioned so I assumed it was there from the biginning. If it was not I apologized.

Posted by: td | August 12, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It is almost as if a team has to decide at the beginning of the season what do we want to win: MLS regular season, MLS Cup, SuperLiga, Opean Cup, Champions League? And then they base their strategy on winning the one trophy and then hope for the best in the other competitions.

Posted by: diego r. | August 12, 2008 11:25 AM

Excellent point and I think this is true. While it may be frustrating for the fans or any one team, I think the league may quietly like it that way, as it gives more teams something to shoot for as the season goes on.

Posted by: JkR | August 12, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It is almost as if a team has to decide at the beginning of the season what do we want to win: MLS regular season, MLS Cup, SuperLiga, Opean Cup, Champions League? And then they base their strategy on winning the one trophy and then hope for the best in the other competitions.

Posted by: diego r. | August 12, 2008 11:25 AM

Unless you're NE. They're still looking at every trophy they could win. Makes you wonder how tired Reis is.

Posted by: dr | August 12, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

DC Fans had to deal with the same traffic on the way home, not to mention worse traffic on the way up.
Did we get a single player applauding us for our efforts after the game?
No.

Posted by: DC Fan in MD | August 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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