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Soccer Insider: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Matchnight: United-Galaxy

Greetings again from Carson. United has gone 7-8-2 in all competitions since smashing the Galaxy, 4-1, at RFK on June 29. Subtract two victories over USL teams in the U.S. Open Cup, and they're down to 5-8-2. Compounding their problems -- or perhaps triggering their problems -- has been the...

By Steve Goff  |  September 20, 2008; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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TV, Anyone?

Saturday's viewing options..... *England, Sunderland-Middlesbrough 7 a.m. ET Setanta USA *England, West Ham-Newcastle 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel *England, Liverpool-Stoke 10 a.m. Setanta USA *Germany, Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen 11:30 a.m. GolTV *England, Blackburn-Fulham 12:15 p.m. Setanta USA *England, Bolton-Arsenal 12:30 p.m. FSC/Fox Espanol *Spain, Athletico Madrid-Huelva 2 p.m. GolTV *Italy,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 20, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Cirovski Sets Terps Record

Sasho Cirovski became Maryland's all-time winningest coach with 218 victories when the Terps defeated Duke, 1-0, before 6,083 at Ludwig Field -- the fifth-largest crowd in program history. Omar Gonzalez scored off a corner kick in the fifth minute for the Terps (5-1, 2-0 in ACC), who have won four...

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Friday Night Lights

Greetings from Carson proper.. *DCU arrived this morning and held a light training session late this afternoon at Home Depot Center. *Gallardo, Moreno and Vide are not here. McTavish is here, but will not travel to Honduras on Monday because of his red card against Saprissa. The two new defenders...

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2008; 9:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*The yellow jersey goes to the leader of the Tour de France. In MLS this year, the Supporters' Shield might end up going to the club in the yellow jersey. Columbus's 3-1 victory over visiting New York last night increased its lead in the East -- and in the race...

By Steve Goff  |  September 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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The Galaxy: Far, Far Away?

Los Angeles has not won in nearly 100 days, a stretch that has included six losses, six ties, 28 goals conceded, a coaching change and the departure of its general manager. But in the lowly Western Conference, where five points separates second place from seventh place, the Galaxy miraculously still...

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  MLS  
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A Few Minutes With Tom Soehn

Excerpts from the coach's media briefing after training at RFK today: Reflections on the Saprissa game..... "Defensively, I think we can still be a little more organized and make it harder. We are getting stretched a little bit, but overall, even being down a man, I thought we still were...

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU's Travel Schedule

United is going to be just a little busy over the next two weeks. Here's how the schedule looks: -- Fly to Los Angeles on Friday and train at Home Depot Center. -- Play the Galaxy on Saturday night. -- Train in L.A. on Sunday. -- Fly to Honduras on...

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Wisely, the Houston Dynamo has postponed Saturday's home match against San Jose until Oct. 15. *The first-place Crew -- have you gotten used to saying it yet? -- hosts New York tonight (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2), but will probably be without MVP front-runner Guillermo Barros Schelotto again. Columbus is 4-0-1...

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  CONCACAF , MLS , USL , Women , World  
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Morning Kickaround

John Barnes is in for Jamaica, Jorge Luis Pinto is out in Colombia, but most importantly, another episode of "I'm on Setanta Sports": Unless something urgent arises this afternoon, I am not planning to rejoin you again until tomorrow. Feel free to use this thread for thoughts on today's CONCACAF...

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  World  
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2 Live Cluj

Euro Champions League group play got off to a stirring start when CFR Cluj from Romania came from behind on the road to stun Roma, 2-1. To learn more about Cluj's players and to see the club's cool logo, click here. For a sing-along with your Romanian friends, you must...

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  World  
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DCU-Saprissa, the Aftermath

To answer the first obvious question, Zach Wells started in goal because, a) Louis Crayton has a sore knee; and b) Crayton is going to end up starting most games the rest of the year and needed a break. To answer the second obvious question, Devon McTavish was red-carded for...

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2008; 12:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: DCU-Saprissa

I like the idea of the CONCACAF Champions League and I truly think it will become a major event on the MLS calendar in the future, but right now, the clubs will labor to both succeed in this tournament and make a strong push toward the league playoffs. The challenge...

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2008; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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WPS Allocation List

The following players from the U.S. women's national team player pool have been allocated to the seven inaugural clubs in Women's Professional Soccer..... Boston Breakers: MF-F Kristine Lilly, MF-F Angela Hucles, D Heather Mitts. Chicago Red Stars: MF Carli Lloyd, D Kate Markgraf, MF Lindsay Tarpley. Los Angeles: MF Shannon...

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Women  
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Morning Kickaround

Lots going on. Let's get started..... *D.C. United begins Champions League play tonight without Marcelo Gallardo -- what else is new? -- and possibly several other regulars. If you are going to RFK tonight, you will be one of the few; attendance might reach 6,000. TV coverage begins at 8...

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , D.C. United , Italy , Women  
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Freedom Allocations Are Set

Insider loyalists were the first to learn today that Abby Wambach, the U.S. women's national team's premier player, will play for the Washington Freedom in the new pro league that kicks off next spring. We can now tell you that the Freedom's other two allocations from the national team player...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Women  
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Night Moves

A few additional transactions to pass along..... *USA national team defender Rachel Buehler will go to San Jose/San Francisco in the new women's league, a source told the Insider, and the Los Angeles franchise hires SoCal club coach Abner Rogers as head coach. *D.C. United fills its final developmental slot...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 8:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS , Women  
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Wambach to D.C., Solo to St. Louis

The new women's pro soccer league (WPS) will not announce its major U.S. player allocations until tomorrow at a news conference in New York, but word is beginning to circulate about where the top Americans are headed. Sources tell the Insider that Abby Wambach, the high-scoring forward who missed the...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Women  
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Soehn Speaks

Before we get to Coach Tom's comments, Gonzalo Peralta (hamstring) says he is not ready to play tomorrow, Luciano Emilio (groin) says he thinks he will be fine to play substantial minutes and Jaime Moreno says he has had swelling in a knee and will have to see whether he'll...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gallardo Out at Least 2 Weeks

DCU designated player Marcelo Gallardo ($1.9 million, 14 appearances) will be sidelined at least two weeks because of continuing problems after sports hernia surgery. He has returned to Argentina to see a specialist and begin a rehab stint, but is not scheduled to have additional surgery. Since June 29, Gallardo...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Before we wrap up MLS weekend, here's how the playoff matchups would look if the season ended today: East Columbus (1) vs. New York (4) New England (2) vs. Chicago (3) West Houston (1) vs. D.C.* RSL (2) vs. Chivas USA (3) *fifth in the East THE GOOD *Davy Arnaud's...

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  MLS  
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Americans Abroad

A sampling of performances this weekend by U.S. players employed abroad..... *Jeremiah White scored in the 86th minute -- 17 minutes after entering -- during Aarhus's 2-0 victory over AaB in Denmark. Benny Feilhaber did not play and, from what I understand, will have his troublesome knee reevaluated. *Maurice Edu...

By Steve Goff  |  September 14, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU-FCD, the Aftermath

On the surface, it wasn't the worst of results for D.C. United -- a 2-2 tie against Dallas. But when you dig a little deeper, you realize that DCU..... *is fifth in the East. *is in the playoffs at the moment, but leads K.C. and San Jose by only four...

By Steve Goff  |  September 14, 2008; 12:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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