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Soccer Insider: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Terps Advance to Quarters

Maryland reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's tournament for the fifth time in seven years with a 2-1 victory over California today at Ludwig Field in College Park. Junior defender Omar Gonzalez nodded in Graham Zusi's corner kick in the 19th minute and junior midfielder Jeremy Hall scored from...

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Weekend TV Listings

SATURDAY England, Sunderland-Bolton 9:30 a.m. ET Setanta England, Middlesbrough-Newcastle 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Leverkusen-Bayern Munich 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Preston-Bristol 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Bournemouth-Blyth 12:30 p.m. FSC Italy, Catania-Lecce 1 p.m. Fox Espanol Spain, Getafe-Real Madrid 2 p.m. GolTV Netherlands, Heerenveen-PSV 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes Italy, Juventus-Reggina...

By Steve Goff  |  November 28, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  TV  
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Thanksgiving Video

Okay, now the MLS season is over. The Houston Dynamo claims the final berth in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-0 home victory over Firpo. They'll join Marathon, Cruz Azul, Atlante, Montreal, Pumas, Santos Laguna and Puerto Rico. The draw is Dec. 10. Down a man, Internacional converts...

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2008; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Copa Sudamericana  
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'Give Thanks'

"Years have gone by and I've finally learned to accept myself for who I am: A beggar for good soccer. I go around the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums, I plead: 'A pretty move, for the love of God.' And when good football happens, I give thanks for...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Seattle Selects.....

You heard it here first: Columbus MF Brad Evans Houston F Nate Jaqua Chicago MF Stephen King New York D Jeff Parke San Jose D-MF James Riley New England MF Khano Smith Toronto F Jarrod Smith RSL MF Nathan Sturgis Los Angeles MF Peter Vagenas Kansas City D Tyson Wahl...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  MLS  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*In the works for weeks, it is now official: MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis is off to Arsenal to become the Gunners' chief executive officer. *The MLS expansion draft will take place at 1 p.m. ET today and the results unveiled shortly thereafter. Seattle will select one player from each...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2008; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Open Thread

Tell us what is on your mind -- Euro Champions League observations this afternoon, NCAA tournament games tonight, the unveiling of WPS St. Louis's name (Athletica) and logo today, your dizzying anticipation of tomorrow's MLS expansion draft..... Unless there's urgent news, I don't anticipate rejoining you until tomorrow morning. I...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2008; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  College Soccer , Euro Champions League , MLS , Women  
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Del Boca Vista

(Headline courtesy of Seinfeld episode) Boca Juniors at San Martin Tucuman..... Ignore the first goal, marvel at the other two:...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Argentina  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*According to D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper, negotiations with ironman midfielder Clyde Simms "are moving along very well" but that the club is still in talks with veteran right back Bryan Namoff. Hmmm. Both players are out of contract on Jan. 1. *After helping Wellington to a 2-0 victory...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Seattle's Options

MLS has released the names of all players available for selection in Wednesday's expansion draft. Among the notables (many of whom earn a lot of cash and probably won't be picked): Ante Razov, Claudio Suarez, Carey Talley, C.J. Brown, Andy Herron, Brandon Prideaux, Jose Burciaga, Terry Cooke, Facundo Erpen, Mike...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2008; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  MLS  
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More United and MLS News

San Jose forward Jovan Kirovski has been traded to Los Angeles. Not sure of the details. D.C. United did not pick up the contract options on Quavas Kirk, Gonzalo Martinez, Gonzalo Peralta and Rod Dyachenko. The club seems likely to renegotiate with Peralta and perhaps Kirk at a lower salary,...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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D.C. United Protects.....

Marc Burch Luciano Emilio Fred Ivan Guerrero Greg Janicki Thabiso Khumalo Devon McTavish Jaime Moreno Bryan Namoff Santino Quaranta Clyde Simms Which leaves the following players available for selection by Seattle in Wednesday's expansion draft: Crayton, Martinez, Peralta, Vide, Gallardo, Doe, J. Carroll, P. Carroll, Cordeiro, Dyachenko, Kirk, Koroma, Mediate,...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: MLS Cup

Not much left for me to say. Enjoy the match. TV coverage on ABC and Telefutura begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. Kickoff will be closer to 3:50 p.m. Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome here. Predictions? I'll go with Columbus, 2-1, in overtime....

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  MLS  
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A Cuban's Story

Until the immigration process is completed, Reinier Alcantara's only proof of identity is a lamented slip of paper that, like most things from Cuba, looks as if it were made 50 years ago. He has been in the United States for six weeks now, a 26-year-old forward who bolted from...

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  CONCACAF , MLS  
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