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Soccer Insider: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Soehn Officially Returns

In an open letter, D.C. United managing partners Victor MacFarlane and Will Chang confirm that President Kevin Payne, GM Dave Kasper and CoachTom Soehn will return next year in their current capacities. However, MacFarlane and Chang say they will both be more involved with the team and will hold the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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TV, Anyone?

SATURDAY England, Arsenal-Manchester United 7:40 a.m. Setanta England, West Ham-Everton 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Sunderland-Portsmouth 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Hamburg-Dortmund 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Southampton-Bristol 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Liverpool-West Brom 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Real Madrid-Malaga 2 p.m. GolTV Italy, Bologna-Roma 2:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Barcelona-Valladolid 4...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  TV  
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Friday Updates

*I'm told that Cuban defector Reinier Alcantara will begin workouts with Chivas USA next week. He previously had trained with Kansas City. *Alexi Lalas speaks out about Becks, Arena and the Galaxy. *D.C. United midfielder Ivan Guerrero has been recalled by Honduras for its crucial World Cup qualifier against Mexico...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Beckham , College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team , World  
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Morning Kickaround

Here Comes Sunshine..... Today's theme courtesy of Bob Weir and RatDog, who wrapped up a two-night gig at the Warner Theater with a most excellent, 3 1/2-hour show last night. Fire on the Mountain Chicago blasts New England, 3-0, to claim a berth in the MLS Eastern Conference final next...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico  
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Matchnight: Fire-Revs

The two-game, total-goals series is level entering tonight's final leg at Toyota Park. If necessary, a full 30 minutes of overtime and penalty kicks. TV coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. I am not in Bridgeview, but am hoping to attend the Eastern Conference final next week. Your pregame,...

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  MLS  
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Cuban Update

Whatever happened to the two Cuban players who bolted from the national team's hotel in Virginia before the World Cup qualifier against the USA last month? Both forward Reinier Alcantara and midfielder Pedro Faife are now in Los Angeles working with an immigration attorney in an effort to gain work...

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  CONCACAF , MLS  
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MLS Goal of the Year Semifinalists

The candidates have been trimmed to 10: Gallardo, W. Johnson, Rogers, Angel, Beckham, McManus, Cepero, Arnaud, Blanco and Cameron. Watch the videos, cast your vote and come back here to discuss your choice....

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  MLS  
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Marshall Honored

Columbus center back Chad Marshall has been named MLS defender of the year, edging out Kansas City's Jimmy Conrad and Chicago's Bakary Soumare. The list of previous winners: 2007: Michael Parkhurst - New England Revolution 2006: Bobby Boswell - D.C. United 2005: Jimmy Conrad - Kansas City Wizards 2004: Robin...

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Morning Kickaround

*D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms, out of contract at the end of December, "is exploring all his options," one of his representatives tells the Insider. Sounds as if Simms will see if there's any interest overseas, perhaps line up a trial, and then evaluate his opportunities. DCU officials have said...

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2008; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USL , Women  
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Soehn to Return

Tom Soehn will return for a third season as head coach of D.C. United in 2009, the Insider learned today. According to sources familiar with the process, Soehn was told by club management this morning that the option on his contract will be exercised. Neither Soehn nor his agent, New...

By Steve Goff  |  November 5, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Morning Kickaround

*Diego Maradona names his first Argentine national team squad. *The incomparable FourFourTwo unveils the top 100 players in the world in the December issue. You have to buy the magazine to see No. 11 through 100, but as a sneak preview, the top 10 are revealed online: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo...

By Steve Goff  |  November 5, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Argentina , College Soccer , TV , World  
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Ljungberg, FCD and the Hall

*Can you believe the expansion Seattle Sounders are going to pay Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg around $2.5 million next year? Me either. Contradicting reports both here and abroad, sources familiar with the negotiations tell the Insider this evening that Ljungberg's contract in 2009 is approximately $1.3 million. Of course, we...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  MLS  
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Midday Kickaround

*Might Jozy Altidore make another move? *Marshmallows fly at Messiah. *Georgetown will host Cincinnati on Thursday in the first round of the Big East men's tournament, needing a victory to meet South Florida in the quarterfinals and keep alive its NCAA at-large hopes. *Michael Parkhurst of the Revs (nine fouls...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Vote.

Why stand in line for hours when you can cast votes on the most important issues of our day right here? poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Morning Kickaround

*Diego Maradona, on criticism that he's not qualified to coach Argentina's national team: "It makes me laugh when they say I'm inexperienced. Football hasn't changed. I don't think there's anything there that can surprise me." We all know how this is going to end, don't we? *Americans abroad Monday: F...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Argentina , CONCACAF , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Puppet Power

"I'm on Setanta Sports" is featured on Page 29 of this month's FourFourTwo magazine. Here's last weekend's Halloween-themed episode:...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Americans Abroad

A look at some of the American lads' performances in Europe and Mexico over the weekend: GOALKEEPERS Brad Friedel/Brad Guzan for Aston Villa vs. Newcastle today Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-0 victory over Fulham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 4-1 win at Bristol Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 1-0...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Morning Kickaround

*Norman Chad offers his annual, tiresome critique of MLS in the form of, um, humor. (I usually love Norman's column; this theme falls flat.) *Zidane-Materazzi revisited.....in court. *Guatemala's new coach is the same as the old coach. *The USA women were in Richmond on Saturday for a 3-1 victory over...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , Italy , MLS , Women , World  
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