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Soccer Insider: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

MLS Cup Is Set

Let me get this straight: On the final day of the MLS regular season, D.C. United hit the framework three times, allowing New York to sneak into the playoffs. Tonight in the Western Conference final, Real Salt Lake hit the posts thrice and missed in every conceivable manner, providing the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 15, 2008; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  MLS  
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Matchnight: RSL-Red Bulls

Welcome to the discussion area for tonight's MLS Western Conference final between third-seeded Real Salt Lake and fourth-seeded Red Bull New York. (Combined record, including playoffs: 22-21-21.) Kickoff is 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel and HDNet. Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are encouraged. Enjoy the match!...

By Steve Goff  |  November 15, 2008; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  MLS  
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Bradley's Equalizer, Subotic's Brace

Big stuff in the Bundesliga..... USA midfielder Michael Bradley scores a late equalizer on a header as Borussia Moenchengladbach comes from two down to tie visiting Bayern Munich, 2-2, while maybe-USA defender Neven Subotic scores twice on headers in the first 26 minutes to lead host Borussia Dortmund to a...

By Steve Goff  |  November 15, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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No. 1 Wake Forest Upset

At the ACC tournament, Matt Poole converted a penalty kick in the second overtime as Virginia stunned top-ranked Wake Forest, 3-2, ending the Demon Deacons' 24-game unbeaten streak. Wake (18-1-1) had forced overtime on Danny Wenzel's goal with 1:36 remaining in regulation. The fourth-seeded Cavaliers (11-7-1) will face second-seeded Maryland...

By Steve Goff  |  November 14, 2008; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England, Bolton-Liverpool 7:40 a.m. ET Setanta England, Manchester United-Stoke City 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Arsenal-Aston Villa 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Moenchengladbach-Bayern Munich 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Doncaster-Ipswich 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, West Brom-Chelsea 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Valladolid-Real Madrid 2 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  November 14, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV  
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Friday Kickaround

*You know the result by now: Crew 2, Fire 1. Personally, I thought it would be the other way around, but full credit to Columbus for its determined and composed performance. Attendance was a respectable 14,688. Regardless of the opponent -- Real Salt Lake hosts New York in the Western...

By Steve Goff  |  November 14, 2008; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  College Soccer , Copa Sudamericana , D.C. United , MLS  
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Matchnight: Crew-Fire

You've come to the right place for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. Enjoy the match....

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Perkins and the King

By virtue of winning the Norwegian Cup with Valerenga, USA goalkeeper Troy Perkins got to shake hands with the king of Norway, Harald V, who, like Perkins, is a former resident of Washington, D.C....

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Rookie of the Year Is.....

Los Angeles defender Sean Franklin, who beat out New England forward Kheli Dube and Houston midfielder Geoff Cameron. I know Franklin is very talented and he started most of the year, but can you really give a league-wide award to a member of a backline that was in large part...

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Bison Blues

Not a good year for Howard University. Once one of the nation's elite college programs, the Bison: *finished the season with a 1-16-2 record after losing in the conference tournament. *are No. 203 in the 203-team Division I RPI ratings system. *enjoyed its only victory against Virginia Military Institute, ranked...

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Sudamericana Video

*First leg of the Copa Sudamericana semifinals, Internacional wins at Chivas, 2-0: (Audio is absolutely mandatory on the second goal!)...

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Copa Sudamericana  
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Morning Kickaround

*The MLS Eastern Conference championship game is tonight with Chicago facing New England (nope, Revs are missing for the first time in seven years), D.C. United (wrong, after two straight Supporters' Shields, they missed the playoffs), New York (oops, wrong bracket). It's Columbus, which is hosting an elimination game this...

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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Goal of the Year Finalists

MLS has announced the five finalists for 2008 goal of the year. Watch, enjoy, vote. Blanco at DCU: Cepero vs. Columbus: Johnson vs. Dallas: Rogers vs. New York: Cameron vs. Dallas (first clip only): poll by twiigs.com The official voting will begin Thursday at the league's web site....

By Steve Goff  |  November 12, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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FIFA and Terps

For entertainment purposes only, not to be taken seriously: The new FIFA rankings were released today. USA and Mexico are in a tight race! (for 24th place). On the college scene, Maryland won its ninth straight game today, edging UNC for the second time in six days, this time by...

By Steve Goff  |  November 12, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Soccer , FIFA  
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Morning Kickaround

*Real Madrid concedes six goals in two Copa del Rey Cup matches.....to a third-division club. The result: elimination at home to Real Union on a 6-6 aggregate (3-2 away goals). "I have no idea," Coach Bernd Schuster responded when asked to explain the defensive breakdowns. A 90th-minute goal lifted the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 12, 2008; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Spain , TV  
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USA Training Camp Roster

GOALKEEPERS: Brian Edwards (Toronto FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract). DEFENDERS: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution). MIDFIELDERS: Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo),...

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Donovan in Munich

Two months ago, the Insider was first to tell you that Bayern Munich had been pursuing USA and Galaxy superstar Landon Donovan. The Bavarian club got him -- sort of. Donovan, who didn't last long in his previous Bundesliga adventure a few years ago, has begun a 10-day training stint...

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2008; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Schmid, Huckerby Honored

No surprises: MLS announced this morning that Columbus's Sigi Schmid is the coach of the year and Darren Huckerby is the newcomer of the year (given to a first-year MLS player with previous professional experience). DCU's Luciano Emilio won it last year, the first time it was awarded. Schmid beat...

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2008; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning Kickaround

*A 19-man USA training camp roster, comprising mostly out-of-season MLS players, will be unveiled today. The group will practice for four days in Denver. After the two playoff games are completed this week, players from the losing sides will be added to the list for next Wednesday's World Cup qualifier...

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2008; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Brad Friedel 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 3-1 win at West Ham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 3-0 win over Derby Troy Perkins 89 in Valerenga's 4-1 win over Stabaek DEFENDERS Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 3-1 loss at Swansea...

By Steve Goff  |  November 10, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , World  
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Morning Kickaround

*Here's where we stand in MLS: EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL Thursday: Chicago at Columbus, 7:30 ET (ESPN2) WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL Saturday: New York at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 (FSC, HDNet) Video of the Red Bulls' 3-0 stunner at Houston yesterday is here. poll by twiigs.com *The NCAA women's tournament will be...

By Steve Goff  |  November 10, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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MLS, USA, NCAA

*Real Salt Lake had never been to the MLS playoffs before this year. Now they're heading to the Western Conference final, which they would host next weekend should New York happen to upset heavily favored Houston today (3 p.m. ET, Telefutura). RSL went on the road last night and earned...

By Steve Goff  |  November 9, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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