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Soccer Insider: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

United-Chivas, the Aftermath

[updated] Just when you thought things could not get any worse for DCU...... Wow, what a disaster. Worse than the Los Angeles debacle? More troubling than the loss at Dallas last weekend? I will be back later with bonus quotes and player ratings, but for now, I can tell you...

By Steve Goff  |  October 4, 2008; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Goats

Greetings from RFK. Heavenly day/evening on the banks of the mighty Anacostia. Lot 8 buzzing with activity several hours before kickoff. More than 25,000 tickets have been sold and the club figures another 2,000 or so to walk up, which will give United its second largest crowd of the season...

By Steve Goff  |  October 4, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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TV, Anyone?

A sample of viewing options Saturday. Actually, it's everything I could find. Enjoy. England, Birmingham-QPR 7:15 a.m. ET Setanta England, Sunderland-Arsenal 10 a.m. Setanta England, West Brom-Fulham 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Stuttgart-Werder Bremen 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Coventry-Southampton 12:30 p.m. Setanta England, Blackburn-Manchester United 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2008; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Live From RFK

A quick D.C. United update..... *Jaime Moreno says he's been told by the league that his appeal of the two-game suspension will be reviewed next week. (He wasn't going to play tomorrow anyway.) *Luciano Emilio (hamstring) did not practice and will not play tomorrow. *Marcelo Gallardo said he is ready...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2008; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA Roster Announced

Here is the group for the Cuba qualifier at RFK next Saturday: GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Troy Perkins (Valerenga). DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Danny Califf (Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2008; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

*Dallas grabbed a 1-1 tie with San Jose last night at the House of Pizza on a controversial call that both referee Abby Okulaja and ESPN seemed to mishandle (pun intended). In the waning moments, with the Quakes clinging to the lead, Okulaja awarded FCD a penalty kick, ruling that...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Torres Commits to USA

Jose Francisco Torres, the Texas-born midfielder who has spent five years in the Pachuca system and is eligible for both the U.S. and Mexican national programs, has accepted an invitation to play for the United States and will be at training camp in Washington starting Monday. Torres confirmed the decision...

By Steve Goff  |  October 2, 2008; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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USA National Team Update

The USA roster for the Cuba qualifier at RFK on Oct. 11 will not be released today, after all. From what I understand, there are just too many issues with player status at the moment. Look for the full list, with as many as 23 players, to be announced Sunday....

By Steve Goff  |  October 2, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Morning Kickaround

*My full match report on DCU-Cruz Azul is available here. On a side note, Jaime Moreno said he is appealing MLS's decision to suspend him an extra game after his red card at Dallas on Sunday. A ruling is expected today. "Hopefully we can get the right answers and the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 2, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , USL , Women  
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Matchnight: United-Cruz Azul

Will Tom Soehn march out an entire reserve lineup? Or, more likely, a blend of regulars and reserves? In case you missed last night's group result, Saprissa at home defeated Marathon, 2-1, to pull into a tie with the Honduran side. If Cruz Azul defeats DCU tonight, there will be...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Olsen Family Expansion

Some good news in this otherwise grim stretch for D.C. United: Veteran midfielder Ben Olsen and wife Meghan are proud parents of a baby girl, Ruby, who was born last night....

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Moreno Suspended 2 Games

MLS has determined that DCU captain Jaime Moreno's elbow to Andre Rocha's face Sunday was severe enough to warrant a two-game suspension, the Insider has learned. The red card earned him an automatic one-game ban, but the league's disciplinary committee has added a second match because of the nature of...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Before we review MLS's weekend and the collection of outstanding goals that offset several defensive nightmares, let's take a look at the current playoff matchups: EAST (1) Columbus vs. (4) New York (2) New England vs. (3) Chicago WEST (1) Houston vs. (4) Real Salt Lake (2) Chivas USA vs....

By Steve Goff  |  September 29, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
Categories:  MLS  
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United-Dallas, the Aftermath

Well, at least one team from Washington won a game in the Dallas-Irving-Frisco metropolis today. DCU barely made an effort. Moreno got tossed. Emilio got hurt again. No shots on goal until the second half. Three poorly defended goals. Searing heat. Announced crowd of 12,000-plus. (Try 5,000.) Dreary on so...

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2008; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: United-FCD

Greetings from Frisco. Gonna be a hot one. I had the great displeasure of sitting among a group of Redskins fans on the flight from National to DFW last night. Apparently, domestic flights are now BYOB. Go 'boys. (Not really.) In case you have not noticed following last night's MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2008; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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