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Soccer Insider: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Matchnight: USA-Cuba

Greetings from RFK. At last check, only two Cubans have disappeared from the delegation. The buzz is that one of them met family here yesterday and is driving to Florida. So if you're on I-95 somewhere in South Carolina today, keep an eye out for a 5-foot-7, 155-poundish player in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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TV, Anyone?

Plenty of international footy available on your television set today..... Scotland-Norway 10 a.m. ET GolTV England-Kazakhstan noon Fox Soccer Channel Wales-Liechtenstein 12:30 p.m. GolTV Sweden-Portugal 2 p.m. Setanta Estonia-Spain 2:30 p.m. FSC/FS Espanol Germany-Russia 2:45 p.m. GolTV Bolivia-Peru 2:55 p.m. ESPN Deportes Romania-France 4 p.m. Setanta Netherlands-Iceland 4:45 p.m. GolTV...

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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USA-Cuba Stories

Here is the article from Saturday's Metro section, detailing the possible Cuban defections. For a closer look at tonight's match, read this story....

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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College Roundup

Maryland scored four times in the second half to rout Virginia Tech, 4-0, Virginia scored in the 88th minute to defeat Clemson, 1-0, and remain unbeaten in the ACC, and the No. 1 Notre Dame women handed Georgetown its first loss, 3-1. Speaking of Hoyas..... At halftime of Saturday's men's...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Two Cuban Players Disappear

Midfielder Pedro Faife and forward Reynier Alcantara disappeared from the team's hotel in Crystal City in the past two days and cannot be located, Cuba Coach Reinhold Fanz said today while the depleted team practiced at RFK Stadium. "It is always a problem for the Cuba team," said Fanz, a...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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USA Update

*The field has been lengthened by two yards to 110, an alteration that has left noticeable faded marks around the penalty area, six-yard box and end line in the north end. The width remains the same (75 yards). It might look a little funny on TV. *Ticket sales had surpassed...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Destination: Houston

The regulars who were left behind in Washington this week are on a flight this afternoon. The reserves who earned a point against Saprissa are departing Costa Rica. They'll all meet in Houston later today to prepare for Sunday's critical league match against the Dynamo. The encouraging news is that...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Playoffs? You Kidding Me?

Thanks, Jim. Columbus, Houston and New England are in the playoffs, Chicago and Chivas USA are on the brink. New York and RSL are in decent standing after last night's tie. The Galaxy is almost out. Toronto and San Jose are hanging in there. DCU, Kansas City, Colorado and Dallas...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*Read my print-edition story about the U.S. national team's Mexican-Americans. *As we told you the other day, USA defender Jay DeMerit hasn't been training. The diagnosis is a hamstring strain and he will not be available for the two qualifiers. *John Terry will miss England's qualifier against Kazakhstan tomorrow, while...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS  
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United-Saprissa, the Aftermath

A few thoughts while watching the match on TV..... *I've been to Saprissa three times and love the place, but it just doesn't seem the same with that artificial turf. *How many times did the FSC announcers refer to "Jeff Carroll"? Jeff Carroll hasn't played all season. Pat Carroll was...

By Steve Goff  |  October 10, 2008; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: DCU at Saprissa

DCU at Saprissa, 10 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel. No chance, right? Saprissa is missing a few players on Costa Rican national team duty, but in the aftermath of the Marathon-Cruz Azul draw, the Purple Monster has the opportunity to move into first place with a victory. So don't expect them...

By Steve Goff  |  October 9, 2008; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
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Morning Kickaround

*Please read my print-edition feature on USA midfielder Michael Bradley, whose passion for soccer was instilled at a young age while spending time at United and Fire practices. *It's not much, but here is the United preview for tonight's match at Saprissa (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). *News alert!...

By Steve Goff  |  October 9, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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A Few Minutes With Troy Perkins

What's it like being back in Washington? "It's weird. I actually came out to D.C. United training [Tuesday morning] to say hi to everyone because I never really got a chance to say goodbye last winter. It was funny because Ben Olsen was out here on the practice field, trash-talking...

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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A Few Minutes With Freddy Adu

How does it feel to be back in D.C. and training at RFK again? "It feels great. This is where I started my professional career and, without this, I wouldn't be where I am right now. It just brings back old memories, it brings back good memories out here, some...

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2008; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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USA in D.C.

Twenty-one players participated in training today. The exceptions were forward Charlie Davies, who just arrived from Sweden and was doing regenerating work following a game on Monday, and defender Jay DeMerit, slowed by an undisclosed ailment. The team played 10 v 10 (nine field players) for a portion of training....

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Kickaround

*Houston stays on track for a Champions League quarterfinal berth with a 2-1 group-stage victory over visiting San Francisco (Panama) at mostly empty, football-lined Estadio Robertson. DeRo to the rescue from about 30 yards in the late moments, rescuing backup keeper Tony Caig, who got chipped on the equalizer. The...

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2008; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Poll Time

No, this is not about our favorite Pole, Piotr Nowak. poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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USA Training Update

The pleased Bob Bradley, on today's first full session: "It was a good day. From start to finish, there was a good mentality, sharpness and competitiveness. We believe that the camps add up and eventually you get to the point where, when you come in, you don't start over; you...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Misc. , U.S. men's national team  
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Fred Out for Regular Season

The hits just keep on coming for D.C. United. Brazilian midfielder Fred has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will miss the final three matches of the regular season. Which means, for this Sunday's game at Houston, DCU will be without Fred, Gallardo, Emilio (hamstring) and Moreno, unless Jaime's suspension...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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A Few Minutes With Michael Bradley

The purpose of my interview session with USA midfielder Michael Bradley this morning at the team hotel was to gather information for an article that will probably appear in Thursday's print editions (and on washingtonpost.com, of course). Lots of great stuff tracing his development and experience as a wee lad...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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United's Costa Rica Adventure

With little hope of reaching the quarterfinals and another critical league match looming Sunday, D.C. will send just 16 players to Costa Rica for Thursday's Champions League game against Saprissa (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). The list: GOALKEEPERS: Zach Wells, James Thorpe. DEFENDERS: Marc Burch, Pat Carroll, Greg Janicki,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Morning Kickaround

*The Sepp's World Cup bidding proposal will seemingly bring the tournament back to Europe in 2018 and perhaps the USA four years later. What do you think? *Read my story about the USA national team's return to Washington after a four-year absence. *Read my other story about DCU bust playmaker...

By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team , Women , World  
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A Few Minutes With Bob Bradley

A brief excerpt from the coach's media session after today's training..... If the USA wins Saturday and clinches a berth, how will the roster change for the T&T trip? "We have 23 in this camp, which obviously means we have some extras, and if we win, we have certainly the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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USA in D.C.

The opening day of USA training camp was rather uneventful. Much of the squad was traveling to Washington today from foreign destinations and not available for today's light workout. In attendance were Ching, Dempsey, Kljestan, Bradley, Altidore, Hejduk, Szetela, DeMerit, Orozco and Donovan. Coach Bob Bradley and assistant Peter Nowak...

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Gallardo Out for Season

Marcelo Gallardo, D.C. United's 1.9 million-dollar man, will miss the remainder of the MLS season with a knee injury. The results of an MRI exam showed a Grade 2 sprain of a medial collateral ligament, an injury that typically sidelines a player for six to eight weeks. Gallardo suffered the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Late-Morning Kickaround

*Fabio Capello names his England squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. *Poland seems to have settled its internal problems. Speaking of Poles, was that Peter Nowak wandering around the D.C. United locker room after Saturday night's game? Why yes, it was. Calm down, he was just in town early before...

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  College Soccer , USL , Women , World  
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Club and Country

Beginning a very busy week of USA coverage on the Insider, let's look at the recent performances of the 23 players called into training camp, which starts Monday at RFK Stadium (closed to the public). We break it down by position and include the club's record and standing in the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Before we get started, a look at the playoff scenarios: EAST (1) Columbus vs. (4) New York* (2) New England vs. (3) Chicago WEST (1) Houston vs. (4) Colorado* (2) Chivas USA vs. (3) Real Salt Lake *wild card The wild-card race: New York 35 points Colorado 34 -------- Dallas...

By Steve Goff  |  October 5, 2008; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  MLS  
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United, By the Numbers

14 Regular season losses, most in MLS. The club's overall record in all competitions is 16-21-4 -8 Goal difference, tied for worst in league with Toronto -20 Goal difference in road games, by far the worst in MLS 0 Goals by Luciano Emilio in league play since Aug. 2 166...

By Steve Goff  |  October 5, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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