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Soccer Insider: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

TV, Anyone?

A sampling of televised matches Friday and Saturday: TONIGHT NCAA, Maryland-Wake Forest 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England, Everton-Liverpool 7:30 a.m. Setanta England, Manchester United-Bolton 9:45 a.m. Setanta England, Stoke City-Chelsea 10 a.m. FSC Germany, Dortmund-Stuttgart 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Ipswich-Crystal Palace 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Arsenal-Hull City 12:30...

By Steve Goff  |  September 26, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Soehn's Approach

With his team winless after two Champions League matches, in a tight race for an MLS playoff berth and still battered by injuries, how will United Coach Tom Soehn approach the next four weeks of regular season games and CONCACAF competition? Here's what he told me today: "The regular season...

By Steve Goff  |  September 26, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United Injury Update

Midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta (bruised shin/ankle) said he hopes to play Sunday at Dallas. "It's a lot better," he said. He is able to run just fine, but "every time it gets touched, it's so tender." Midfielder Joe Vide (hamstring) has been upgraded to probable, but considering he has not played...

By Steve Goff  |  September 26, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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A Few Minutes With Ben Olsen

Not Exactly News: Ben Olsen is done for the season. A Bit of News: His very pregnant wife will give birth early next week. A Little More News: He is fully intending to pursue a comeback. Definitely News: His contract is guaranteed in 2009. "Once I get the go-ahead, I...

By Steve Goff  |  September 26, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Big showdown in Prince George's County tonight. No, D.C. United hasn't moved there -- yet. It's Wake Forest vs. Maryland. Kickoff is 8 p.m. ET. TV coverage on Fox Soccer Channel. If you are planning to attend, get there early; it's a small ballpark. The No. 1 football team went...

By Steve Goff  |  September 26, 2008; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , World  
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24 Teams for Euro Championship

UEFA is about to approve a plan to increase the number of finalists in the European Championship to 24 from 16 starting in 2016. Is the tournament getting too big, and making it more difficult for small countries to serve as host, or is expansion necessary to include more quality...

By Steve Goff  |  September 25, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Football and Futbol in Big D

There was no way, I suppose, for MLS to avoid it. On Sunday, around the same time that D.C. United faces FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Tex., the longtime NFL adversaries from the respective cities will clash 26.8 miles south at Texas Stadium in Irving. The MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  September 25, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*MLS tonight: Los Angeles, seeking its first winning streak since mid-June, visits Chicago, which hopes to rebound from a 4-1 home loss to Dallas over the weekend. A Fire victory would pull it within a point of second-place New England in the East and create some distance from pursuers New...

By Steve Goff  |  September 25, 2008; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , World  
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United-Marathon, the Aftermath

United survived the first half, seized the initiative for about 20 minutes of the second half to generate three quality opportunities.....and then let the match slip away. It wasn't an abominable performance like Saturday's fiasco at Los Angeles, but did stretch the club's overall winless streak to five (0-4-1, outscored...

By Steve Goff  |  September 25, 2008; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Marathon

Before we get started with tonight's CONCACAF Champions League match (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel), a bit of off-field news: Jeff Agoos has been voted to the club's Hall of Tradition, joining John Harkes and Marco Etcheverry. This year's other finalist was Richie Williams. In order to be eligible,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Freedom Foreign Selections Are.....

*Japan midfielder Homare Sawa *France defender Sonia Bompastor *Australia forward Lisa De Vanna *France midfielder Louisa Necib Remember, the Freedom is not assured of acquiring these players. All it means is that the club has the exclusive WPS rights to negotiate with them. For the full four-round draft list, click...

By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Women  
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Setanta Does It Again

The middle segment about Keane and Warner is priceless. Perhaps we can persuade Setanta to turn this feature into a full-length movie, like "Wayne's World" or "South Park." What do you think, Jose? Please respond on this weekend's show. Insider loyalists are awaiting your feedback. Watch the clip, use this...

By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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United in Honduras

Tired of political polls? Let's try a very-unscientific United survey..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Morning Kickaround

*Read the print edition story about the D.C. United stadium feasibility study in Prince George's County. *Read the Washington Freedom story and DCU mini-preview. *While Cruz Azul blasts Saprissa by 4-0 in Mexico City and Houston earns a point with a 0-0 tie at Panama's San Francisco, the USL's Puerto...

By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , USL , Women  
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DCU Stadium (continued)

D.C. United has issued a statement concerning the Maryland Stadium Authority's report about the feasibility of building a soccer stadium in P.G. County: "D.C. United would like to thank Prince George's County for requesting and the Maryland Stadium Authority for its efforts in analyzing the potential economic impact of a...

By Steve Goff  |  September 23, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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Freedom of Information

The Washington Freedom (2.0 version) held a news conference today at RFK Stadium to introduce Maureen Hendricks, who owns and operates the team with her husband, John; President and GM Joseph Quinn, the chief financial officer for Hendricks Investment Holdings; returning coach Jim Gabarra; and defender Cat Whitehill. D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  September 23, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Women  
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Gallardo Update

As you know, DCU designated player Marcelo Gallardo is not with the club in Honduras for tomorrow night's Champions League match against Marathon. He's not in Washington either, instead choosing to rehab his adductor strain in his native Argentina. The latest on his situation from DCU Prez Kevin Payne: "We've...

By Steve Goff  |  September 23, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Stadium? Did You Say 'Stadium'?

The Maryland Stadium Authority will present its feasibility study today to Prince George's County concerning a potential D.C. United facility in Greenbelt or New Carrolton. Early feedback is that the MSA is positive about the potential project. The Post's Metro section is covering the story -- it's a government/community/financial topic...

By Steve Goff  |  September 23, 2008; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Morning Kickaround

*World Cup 2010 in South Africa has a mascot: Zakumi! *Two Red Bulls are called up by Venezuela for World Cup qualifying next month. *Reading Manager Steve Coppell suggests his club's controversial game with Watford could be replayed, though that seems highly unlikely. *Chance Myers, the first overall draft pick...

By Steve Goff  |  September 23, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , MLS , World  
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No Moreno in Honduras

D.C. United captain Jaime Moreno, who has missed the past two matches with knee inflammation, will not rejoin the club in Honduras for Wednesday's Champions League match against Marathon, United offficials said today. The team had held out hope that, by skipping Saturday night's game at Los Angeles, he would...

By Steve Goff  |  September 22, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Before we get started with the MLS roundup, an update on the playoff outlook: EAST (1) Columbus vs. (4) New York (2) New England vs. (3) Chicago WEST (1) Houston vs. D.C. United* (2) Chivas USA vs. (3) Colorado *Fifth in the East THE CHASE DCU 33 points, K.C. 32,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 22, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  MLS  
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Americans Abroad

How the U.S. players fared in foreign leagues..... GOALKEEPERS *Marcus Hahnemann went 90 minutes in Reading's 2-2 tie at Watford *Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 2-2 tie at Hull *Brad Friedel 90, Brad Guzan did not play in Aston Villa's 2-1 win at West Brom *Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's...

By Steve Goff  |  September 22, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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What Goal?

Reading scored the first goal in the match with Watford -- or did they? You've got to watch this........

By Steve Goff  |  September 21, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  World  
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United-Galaxy, the Aftermath

What was worse: United's collective defending, the officiating crew or the high-pitched squealing that serves as the Beckham soundtrack? Tough call. (Just don't let Terry Vaughn make it.) To read my full match report with all the juicy quotes, kindly click here. A couple bonus quotes from Louis Crayton: "Since...

By Steve Goff  |  September 21, 2008; 3:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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