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Soccer Insider: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

United's Traveling Party

DCU's 18-man roster for Sunday's showdown in Columbus..... GOALKEEPERS: Louis Crayton, Zach Wells. DEFENDERS: Bryan Namoff, Devon McTavish, Gonzalo Martinez, Marc Burch, Gonzalo Peralta, Greg Janicki. MIDFIELDERS: Joe Vide, Clyde Simms, Fred, Ivan Guerrero, Santino Quaranta, Thabiso Khumalo, Rod Dyachenko. FORWARDS: Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno, Francis Doe. Starting lineup predictions?...

By Steve Goff  |  October 25, 2008; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Payne Penalized

From the MLS offices late today: Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber fined D.C. United President and CEO Kevin Payne $5,000 due to inappropriate conduct directed at an official after the D.C. United at L.A. Galaxy match on Sept. 20, 2008. Payne was upset after the game about several calls...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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For Quaranta, a Special Day

On Thursday evening, while most of D.C. United's players, coaches and front office folks were home preparing to watch the critical New York-Chicago match on ESPN2, Santino Quaranta was surrounded by two-dozen friends and family members at Chiapparelli's restaurante in Baltimore's Little Italy. The gathering was organized by his wife,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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TV, Anyone?

The weekend schedule: SATURDAY England, Everton-Manchester United 7 a.m. ET Setanta England, West Brom-Hull City 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Bayern Munich-Wolfsburg 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Reading-QPR 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Blackburn-Middlesbrough 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Osasuna-Real Betis 2 p.m. GolTV Italy, Juventus-Torino 2:30 p.m. FSC France, Toulouse-Monaco 3...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  
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Sol Women

The Insider has learned that the Los Angeles franchise in Women's Professional Soccer will be called the Sol. Their colors are dark blue, light blue, yellow and black. A formal announcement will be made this weekend. WPS launches next spring. Other teams with nicknames in place are the Washington Freedom,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Women  
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Rejuventated at RFK

D.C. United arrived for training this morning with a renewed outlook after watching Chicago smack New York last night to create an opening for the final wild-card berth. "Some guys were coming in singing, 'Fire, Fire!" captain Jaime Moreno said. Coach Tom Soehn said he wore his old #6 Chicago...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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World Cup Futures

FIFA has delayed outlining the process for bidding on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. The tentative plan is to make the selections at the same time, which would presumably boost the efforts of England (2018) and the United States (2022)....

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  FIFA  
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Morning Kickaround

*Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic (USSF bio) has played for the U.S. under-17 and under-20 national teams, but because of his birthplace (Bosnia) and family roots (Serbia), he has a choice of countries to represent on the senior level. Despite initial indications that Subotic, 19, was eligible to play for...

By Steve Goff  |  October 24, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Is Alive

Paging Chris Rolfe, you've got a call on Line 1. It's the entire D.C. United organization. They'd like to thank you for your spectacular performance against New York tonight -- three first-half goals and two second-half assists to lead the Fire to a 5-2 romp over the horri-Bulls at rainy...

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2008; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Are They Motivated?

We already know that, in order to remain in the MLS playoff race, D.C. United needs either New York or Kansas City to lose their final regular season match. We also know that a tie by either club would keep United alive, but require D.C. to win by an unrealistic...

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  MLS  
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Rhine to Retire

Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine is calling it quits after 10 seasons with FCD, 211 matches (second most in team history), 23 goals (seventh), 34 assists (third), five coaches and three regular positions. His final game will be Sunday at Los Angeles. He has made six appearances this year (five starts)...

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  MLS  
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El Salvador Highlights

Read my match report. Watch the video of El Salvador's two golazos, courtesy of a fan in the upper deck and his editing skills:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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Matchnight: El Salvador-Bolivia

Greetings from Estadio RFK. Bolivia lost goalkeeper Carlos Arias to a red card in the 33rd minute for upending former DCU forward Eliseo Quintanilla on a clear run just outside the penalty area. Quintanilla struck eight minutes later with a wonder shot from 25 yards, a rising left-footer from the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  World  
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African Qualifying Draw

South Africa will compete in the 2010 World Cup as host, though judging by the quality of play displayed by Bafana Bafana the last few years, they barely deserve it. Today the five final-round qualifying groups were forged by FIFA, with two in particular promising a major struggle for a...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Bye-Bye, Becks?

So it is looking more and more as though David Beckham will play for AC Milan during the MLS offseason. (Read the full account in The Independent.) The plan is for Becks to stay in top fitness, contribute at a high level in Serie A and prepare for England duty...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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DCU-Cruz Azul Video

Take a look........

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Jaime Moreno's final appearance for Bolivia's national team is tonight at RFK in a friendly against El Salvador. With a creaky knee and DCU's critical league finale four days away, don't expect to see him until late in the game. Kickoff is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the stadium...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , USL  
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United-Cruz Azul, the Aftermath

Ah, CONCACAF. Where to begin? *If someone had told you before the match that DCU would start mostly reserves against a strong Mexican side, lose two goalkeepers to red cards, play one man down for 57 minutes and three down after another sending off and injury ... and only lose...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2008; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Cruz Azul

Let's gather around the television machine tonight and watch the DCUers play the Cement makers. Kickoff is 10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. DCU STARTERS: Thorpe; Thompson, Namoff, Martinez, Zaher; Kirk, McTavish, Carroll, Miller; Khumalo, Cordeiro. Subs: Crayton, Simms, Doe, Burch. (Poor James Thorpe -- first real...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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All Dressed Up

As we await tonight's Champions League game in Mexico City -- DCU at Cruz Azul, 10 p.m. FSC, Telefutura -- a fun video from the club's behindthebadge.com:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2008; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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MLS's Playoff Race

The matches that matter..... Thursday: New York at Chicago, 9 (ESPN2) Saturday: Kansas City at N.E., 7:30 (Direct Kick) Saturday: RSL at Colorado, 9:30 (HDNet) Sunday: DCU at Columbus, 5 (Comcast SportsNet, Direct Kick) Let's start in the West: If Real Salt Lake (39 points) defeats or ties Colorado (37),...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

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By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  College Soccer , U.S. men's national team  
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Moreno Makes It Official

As we told you earlier today, D.C. United captain Jaime Moreno is retiring from the Bolivian national team. He issued this statement a short time ago: "The time has come for me to say goodbye to the Bolivia national team after 17 years. It's time to step aside and let...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Afternoon Kickaround

*While "El Primitivo" is out as Guatemala's coach after another failing effort by the Chapines in World Cup qualifying, "Tappa" will remain in charge of Jamaica through the end of this round. *Brazil beats Spain in the Futsal World Cup final. Yes, futsal. Watch the video here. *Soccer America men's...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer  
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Moreno to Announce Bolivia Retirement

Sources tell the Insider that D.C. United's Jaime Moreno has decided to retire from the Bolivian national team and will make his final appearance Wednesday night at RFK Stadium against El Salvador. (This, of course, is completely unrelated to his club career.) Moreno, 34, seems likely to enter late in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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DCU's Traveling Party

United conducted workouts this morning here at RFK and then headed to the airport for a flight to Mexico City and tomorrow night's Champions League match against Cruz Azul. Because of injuries, suspensions and players recovering from injury, the club will have only 15 players in uniform: GOALKEEPERS: Louis Crayton,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

A seven-month regular season comes down to the final weekend with three playoff berths up for grabs. At the moment, the playoff situation is..... EAST 1. Columbus vs. 4. Kansas City* 2. Chicago vs. 3. New England WEST 1. Houston vs. 4. New York* 2. Chivas USA vs. 3. Real...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Barra Brava Obama

Barry is a soccer supporter....

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 loss at Arsenal Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie with Portsmouth Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 2-1 loss at Preston DEFENDERS Heath Pearce DNP in Hansa Rostock's 9-0 win over Koblenz Gregg Berhalter 90 in 1860 Munich's 3-1 win Fuerth...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2008; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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