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Soccer Insider: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Golazo!

Yura Movsisyan's game-winner in the 90th minute for Real Salt Lake:...

By Steve Goff  |  November 1, 2008; 11:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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TV, Anyone?

While you're devouring leftover Halloween treats, plop yourself on the couch this weekend and watch..... SATURDAY England, Everton-Fulham 8:40 a.m. ET Setanta Germany, Hoffenheim-Karlsruhe 10:30 a.m. GolTV England, Manchester United-Hull City 10:40 a.m. Setanta England, Chelsea-Sunderland 11 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Bayern Munich-Bielefeld 12:30 p.m. GolTV England, Cardiff City-Wolves...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Clyde Simms, By the Numbers

D.C. United's industrious midfielder played..... *2,697 of 2,700 minutes in league matches (99.9 percent) *315 of 360 minutes in Champions' Cup (87.6) *345 of 390 minutes in U.S. Open Cup (88.5) *242 of 270 minutes in SuperLiga (89.6) *277 of 540 minutes in Champions League (51.3) In perhaps the most...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Midday Kickaround

On this Halloween, what could be more frightening than: Revolution 0, Fire 0, in front of an announced crowd of 5,221 at Foxborough. Are you kidding me? A playoff game with 5,000 spectators? I know, I know, it was mid-week, it was cold, there wasn't much time to sell tickets,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 31, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , World  
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United's Reception

You thought D.C. United's season was over, didn't you? Ha! It's not over until Kevin Payne says it is. Though the final game was Wednesday, the last official activity didn't occur until tonight: The United Awards Reception at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the historic H Street cooridor of...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2008; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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The Finalists Are.....

MLS has unveiled the finalists for postseason awards. Take a look, select the winners. My choices are marked by asterisks. Goalkeeper (Nov. 4 announcement) Jon Busch, Chicago Fire* Will Hesmer, Columbus Crew Matt Reis, New England Revolution Fair Play (Nov. 4) Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls Michael Parkhurst,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Beckham Loan Finalized

AC Milan and the Galaxy issued this statement: An agreement has been reached between the L.A. Galaxy and AC Milan for the loan of Galaxy midfielder David Beckham effective in January 2009. Beckham remains under contract to the Galaxy of Major League Soccer and will return to the club for...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Morning Kickaround

*The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal slots that have been filled: Montreal, Puerto Rico, Atlante, Pumas, Santos, Marathon. The final two will come from Group B (Houston or Firpo) and Group A (Saprissa or Cruz Azul). The quarterfinal draw will take place next month. The two-leg quarterfinals are set for late...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , Spain , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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United-Marathon, the Aftermath

The. End. My match report is here. By the numbers..... *Announced attendance: 7,156. Hilarious. *United's 47-game record: 17-24-6. *United against foreign competition: 2-9-2. (No, Toronto doesn't count.) *United at home (RFK and SoccerPlex): 15-10-2. *United red cards in 30 league games: six (Namoff 2, Moreno, Gallardo, Martinez, Burch). *United red...

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2008; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Matchnight: United-Marathon

For the final time this season, greetings from Estadio RFK. Tonight's theme: Numb. Numb from a sour year on the pitch. Numb from a 47-game calendar. Numb from the meaningless nature of this match. Numb from rush-hour traffic getting here. Numb from the unseasonal temperature. Numb from the biting wind....

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Revs' Smith Suspended 3 Games

For taking a run at Kansas City's Hercules Gomez last weekend, New England's Khano Smith has been suspended three games -- one for the red card and an additional two handed down by the MLS disciplinary committee today. MLS called it "an egregious challenge that endangered the safety of the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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DCU's Seat Assignments

Let's continue the airline theme (see today's print-edition story) and assess D.C. United's roster situation with a seating manifest. FIRST CLASS *MF Marcelo Gallardo ($1.874 million): With that salary, we had no choice but to put him in Seat 2B with Argentine beef and a glass of red wine. Does...

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Morning Kickaround

*Argentina's new leader has a 3-8-12 career record as a coach. But it's Diego Maradona? Oh, never mind. *Freddy back in MLS? No, it's Freddie. *The Rothenberg Trophy is out, the Anschutz Trophy is in. "Phil Anschutz has transformed the face of soccer in America," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber....

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Argentina , CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , TV  
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United: Past, Present and Future

Before reading my 1,200-word obituary on DCU's season, you should know that..... *Luciano Emilio has a guaranteed contract in 2009 and is almost certain to return. Marcelo Gallardo, Jaime Moreno and Ben Olsen also have guaranteed deals, GM Dave Kasper confirmed. Louis Crayton, who arrived late in the season, is...

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Twellman Out

New England's playoff concerns deepened today with news that star forward Taylor Twellman will be sidelined indefinitely with concussion-related symptoms. He was initially hurt in the Aug. 30 match against New England Los Angeles, but returned a week later and then played in a portion of the final eight games....

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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A Few Minutes With Ben Olsen

Have you taken a liking to sitting on the bench and serving as an unofficial assistant coach? "No. I have realized this though this year: It is a very tough job. Players have a head start because you know the game, but there is a lot that goes into coaching....

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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D.C. United Winding Down

I will be back shortly for a Q&A with Ben Olsen and am also working on a long story for tomorrow's print edition, but for now, a few items to share: *Jaime Moreno said that, in addition to surgery on his ailing left knee, he will need to undergo a...

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Morning Kickaround

*Here is what Revs midfielder Shalrie Joseph had to say about teammate Khano Smith's brutal tackle on Kansas City's Herculez Gomez, who just happened to have ended New England captain Steve Ralston's season two weeks ago: "He didn't get a yellow, he didn't get suspended or fined or nothing. So...

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Jose vs. Fabio

"What's the difference between Tottenham and a triangle?"...

By Steve Goff  |  October 27, 2008; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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And the Winner Is.....

Cast your vote. poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  October 27, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

The playoffs are set: EAST Columbus (1) vs. Kansas City (4) Chicago (2) vs. New England (3) WEST Houston (1) vs. New York (4) Chivas USA (2) vs. Real Salt Lake (3) The first game is Thursday with undermanned New England hosting Chicago (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. ET). Okay, let's wrap...

By Steve Goff  |  October 27, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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United-Crew, the Aftermath

Now what? Well, there is that crucial Champions League finale Wednesday night at RFK! No doubt, the place will be rocking. The expansion draft is Nov. 26, in which 10 of 14 current teams will lose one player to the new Seattle club. Around Dec. 1, teams will begin offering...

By Steve Goff  |  October 26, 2008; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Matchday: United-Crew

A lovely day here in central Ohio, though a stiff breeze and a dropping temperature could make things uncomfortable in the second half. United has been waiting for Columbus since New York's loss on Thursday opened the playoff door. Travel Note: On the flight here aboard our charter Southwest, I...

By Steve Goff  |  October 26, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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