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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 Rico Islanders continue to show their fine form, routing Santos Laguna, 3-1, in an ill-tempered Champions League group match played in awful conditions on the island.

*The third-ranked Maryland Terrapins (6-1) roll to their fifth consecutive victory, 4-0 over American. The Terps will host No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Wake Forest on Friday night (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

*FIFA clears Georgia (the nation) to host World Cup qualifiers.

*A female college player resumes her career after serving in Iraq.

*Mexican teenager Carlos Vela strikes thrice, leading a young Arsenal squad to a 6-0 victory over Sheffield United in the third round of the Carling Cup.

*While the reigning Copa Libertadores champion, LDU Quito, goes down badly, 4-0, at Boca Juniors in the first leg of a Copa Sudamericana series.....

*.....Arsenal de Sarandi, the 2007 Copa Libertadores Sudamericana champion, falls to Juan Sebastian Veron and Estudiantes, 2-1:


By Steve Goff  |  September 24, 2008; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , USL , Women  
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Comments

That Islanders-Santos game was HORRIBLE; the waterlogged field made it impossible to string more than one pass together, and a fight almost broke out every 5 minutes...let's hope DC can pull out the victory tonight!

Posted by: Ed | September 24, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Boca played the game against LDU with reserves.

Palmeiras de Brasil will be traveling to Peru with a mostly reserve squad to face Sport Ancash which is forced to play its' game on turf in Lima and not at altitude at their home stadium in Huaraz http://www.elbocon.com.pe/Sport%20Ancash_estadio.php.

Posted by: Mifflin | September 24, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Just an update on Cervi that I saw today(it's from The Sun so who knows):

Celtic will sign 22-year-old American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi as back up to Artur Boruc within the next 48 hours. (The Sun)

Posted by: Randomher0723 | September 24, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goffinho,

Any idea which defenders DCU brought to play Marathon? Carroll, Koroma, Zaher, the new guy? Just wondering what kind of back line we might expect.

Thanks.

Posted by: JMR | September 24, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Another result for the Puerto Rico Islanders. Now if only my MLS side can get a win tonight.

The torrential rains in the Caribbean are part of our home field advantadge. We can't control the weather but we can darn sure take advantadge of knowing our field and how to play in that sort of weather.

The commentators of the Sunday Santos-Cruz Azul match were talking a lot of #%#& about how my Islanders were going to need to "drink from miracle soup" (doesn't translate well, sorry). Well there
was your #^#& miracle.

Everybody who knows me or reads me knows that I am not a trash talker. Just not my style.

Just check our last week or two. Or three. We won the USL Commisioner's Cup. While pushing for CCL. We have played in the US, Canada and at home.

Colin Clarke has been nothing short of freaking genius and my boys have shown heart, confidence and "overachieved".
Everything after getting past Alajuela was gravy.

Please, anyone looking for a USL1 club to support, there is room for you on the bandwagon. We are a small club with big ambitions. I support United and Islanders and Crystal Palace. If you got room in your heart and wanna have a USL1 side, you have now formaly been invited.

Posted by: yankiboy | September 24, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Goff, Arsenal de Sarandi was the Sudamerican champion, not Libertadores...

Posted by: EMP | September 24, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow, we got stuck in a bad group. Cruz azul beats saprissa by 4, marathon by 2 and we lose by two at home to saprissa?

Posted by: pigman sweet | September 24, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff or Anyone else -

You guys know how much tickets are for Students and non-Students at the MD games? Also do they sell out? Should I try to get tickets in advance? Thanks...

Posted by: greginho | September 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

man i wish the US had a teenager at Arsenal banging in a hat-trick. at least we got some...nevermind

Posted by: mizage | September 24, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey GOffinho or anyone else -

Do you guys know how much tix are for students (i'm assuming free) and non-students for maryland games - specifically this Friday's game? How early would you guys recommend going? Do they sell out??

Posted by: greginho | September 24, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is Maryland Soccer draws very well. A quick Googling shows advance sales at $8. No idea about students, I did the 15 second search, not the comprehensive.

I bet they sell this out, pronto.

Posted by: JkR | September 24, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Who's Veron again?

Posted by: Section 130 | September 24, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link on Katy Werginz! A wonderful article to start the day with.

Can you elaborate on the Soccerplex expansion being tentative? From what I read in the Gazette a few months ago, it seemed like a done deal.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Unless things have changed since I was a student, student tickets at Maryland are free.

For the Duke game a couple years ago they actually were turning people away before the game started, so you might be well served to get there plenty early. Especially if you want to sit and not stand, or even have a good seat.

Posted by: gs | September 24, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Maryland game will be fun to watch on FSC Friday. I just bought 100,000 shares of AIG, so no movie money for this weekend.

Must have been a bit weird for the Houston guys, playing in the outfield of a baseball diamond. The signboards were all of 3 feet from the touchline. Pretty difficult to do a flip-throw there. And I had no idea Rod Carew is from Panama (I'm assuming that, since the baseball stadium was named for him).

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 24, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

stadium in PG county? Have you ever been on the metro to a DC United game? Very few people get off at Metro center...they just stay and keep going back to NoVa....I for one would be a lot less inclined to go to MD for a game.

Posted by: beckster | September 24, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

RE: MD games

Students are free -- show your id
Adults are $6 or $8 I forget...

Games sell out fast and this one will surely be sold out #1 vs #2.

Posted by: strago | September 24, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at the last part of the following statement or else I'll have an aneurysm.

Sean Madigan, a spokesman for Neil O. Albert, the city's deputy mayor for economic development, said: "We're interested in making sure the team stays in the city. We've been in touch [with United]. There's a constant line of communication with them, but we're waiting for the council to take the lead."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Maryland soccer draws good crowds (probably some of the best in the NCAA). They usually don't sell out their home games but they do fill the place up for some of the rivalry games like Duke or probably Wake Forest this weekend.

Good idea to purchase in advance.

Posted by: garbaggio | September 24, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

to answer a few questions.....

DCU defenders: namoff, burch, martinez, peralta, zaher

freedom is awaiting final permits to expand soccerplex

terps-wake game will be packed; get there early for tickets

Posted by: Goff | September 24, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Stop mentioning Veron . . . it still hurts.

Posted by: ohboyohboy | September 24, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

- great piece on the Wisconsin player, thanks.

- great piece on the Freedom, thanks.

- Hoyas women are undefeated, have one of the leading scorers in the country, and have cracked the top 20. Match-up against #1 ND on 10/10 at 3:00.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Like I-270 and OWNTF, thanks for linking the Werginz feature, Steve. An impressive young lady.

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 24, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Stupid question, but are Puerto Rican's eligible to play for the US national team (based on nationality)?

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 24, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Stupid question, but are Puerto Rican's eligible to play for the US national team (based on nationality)?

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 24, 2008 10:36 AM
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As long as they're not capped by the Puerto Rican national team.

Not stupid, because it has come up with respect to the USMNT. As I recall, Chris Armas played for Puerto Rico once, but FIFA later decided that the match was not sanctioned as a full, senior international.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

terps-wake game will be packed; get there early for tickets


Posted by: Goff | September 24, 2008 9:59 AM
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Wonder how many tix UMD could sell in a larger soccer stadium a mile down the road? How about an ACC tournament or NCAA final four?

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Ricans are US citizens. The fact we have a national team in anything boggles my mind... but we are not a state. We are in fact the closest thing to a state you can find in a Spanish speaking territory outside the US.

I was at the game, I was in an huge line in torrential rain just to buy tickets to get in. I arrived 10 minutes late but it was ALL worth it. The game was ugly, yes, because of huge pools of water. HOWEVER, thats said, PR was able to pinpoint the ball to certain players and score 3. Santos looked like they couldn't believe the match was still going on. I know it will be a different story in Mexico but at least we WON in PR. When standing in line the first goal was scored and the roar could be felt outside the stadium and everyone outside started jumping up and down in the rain singing OLE OLE OLE OLE!!! It was awsome!!!

Posted by: Felix | September 24, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that players have the option of either PR or US national teams. But once they pick, they can't change their minds (unless they are Chris Armas)

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | September 24, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

got to admit Watching Puerto rico win made me happy, even more so because they beat SANTOS the crybaby dragons

Posted by: dc fan | September 24, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Any chance Steve will return to the bi-weekly chats anytime soon? I don't think he's had one in a month or so.

Posted by: Matt in Dupont | September 24, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

good win for the Islander's. Bad or good fields, they still left with a win.

Lets hope United can hold it even with Marathon, cause Cruz Azul murdered Saprissa.

early exit :(

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | September 24, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Puerto Ricans are US citizens. The fact we have a national team in anything boggles my mind...
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Ya kinda of mean like how Scots, Welsh, Northern Irish are UK citizens and have national teams in a lot of sports. :)

Posted by: yankiboy | September 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that players have the option of either PR or US national teams. But once they pick, they can't change their minds (unless they are Chris Armas)

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | September 24, 2008 11:10 AM
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Good one.
Anything up until U-20 level. FIFA rules. There are dudes in MLS, USL1 and Bundesliga2 sides that are eligible to play for the PRMNT but haven't because they want to keep the door open for a US call up in the future.

Crazy little factoid for ya:

"We" couldn't use Yuri Morales (even though he really wanted to play for PR) because he was already capped by the US Beach Soccer NT.

(I'll take "Obscure and irrelevant Puerto Rican soccer facts for $500, Alex)

Posted by: yankiboy | September 24, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Any chance Steve will return to the bi-weekly chats anytime soon? I don't think he's had one in a month or so.

Posted by: Matt in Dupont | September 24, 2008 12:07 PM
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Post.com has decided to cut back on most of the usual live sports chats. Why, I'm not sure. (sigh)

Posted by: Goff | September 24, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

- Hoyas women are undefeated, have one of the leading scorers in the country, and have cracked the top 20. Match-up against #1 ND on 10/10 at 3:00.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 24, 2008 10:16 AM
..........................................

This is all the more impressive given that one of their star players, Ingrid Wells, has donned the red shirt, in light of the U20 world championship in Chile in mid-November. (It doesn't appear that DiCicco has officially selected the final roster. Do Wells and other redshirts around the country have some sort of understanding that they will be selected?) There are players who have not redshirted, which means that if they are called up, they will be yanked from their college sides just as the NCAA tournament is getting underway.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the day that the Scots disband their national team to play in a unified UK team will be the day the world ends (which will, coincidentally, be the same day DC United's new stadium is completed).

Anyway, why aren't there more Puerto Ricans in the national team pool? Some of those guys look pretty good.

Posted by: hacksaw | September 24, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone who is not cap-tied to the USA move to Puerto Rico and immediately become eligible to play for Puerto Rican NTs?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone who is not cap-tied to the USA move to Puerto Rico and immediately become eligible to play for Puerto Rican NTs?

Posted by: The Jeff | September 24, 2008 1:27 PM
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Not any more. Used to be that way.

You either have to:

Be born there

Have at least one parent of grandparent born on the Island

Carry a US Passport and reside in Puerto Rico for 3 years

The "adoption" thing ain't working right now. Neither is the "marriage thing". Too bad. We could recruit a lot of dudes that way with the strength of hotties down there :)

Posted by: yankiboy | September 24, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

We could recruit a lot of dudes that way with the strength of hotties down there :)

Posted by: yankiboy | September 24, 2008 3:49 PM
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People's Exhibit A: Roselyn Sanchez.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 24, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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