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Soccer Insider: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Terps Advance to Final Four

Rodney Wallace scored midway through the first half as Maryland defeated Creighton, 1-0, today at Ludwig Field to advance to the final four for the fifth time in seven years. The second-seeded Terrapins (21-3) won their 14th straight game and ended the seventh-seeded Bluejays' unbeaten streak at 15. Maryland will...

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Matchday: Maryland-Creighton

Greetings from chilly College Park. The second-seeded Terps (13 straight wins) face the seventh-seeded Bluejays (13-0-2 since mid-September) in the NCAA men's tournament quarterfinals at 1 p.m. ET today. No live video, but you can listen online to the Maryland student radio station's coverage. Other matches today: Northwestern at No....

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Simms, Toni, Bocanegra and U-20s

*The word in MLS circles today is that D.C. United and ironman midfielder Clyde Simms are applying the finishing touches to a new contract and might be prepared to make a formal announcement early next week. Simms's previous deal was to expire this month, leaving him free to negotiate overseas....

By Steve Goff  |  December 5, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Bundesliga , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Friday Kickaround

*Following up on our report from a few days ago, Sigi Schmid did meet with Seattle officials yesterday about the Sounders head coaching job. Is Columbus really going to let the MLS coach of the year slip away? *Maryland gears up for a cold-weather meeting with Creighton in the NCAA...

By Steve Goff  |  December 5, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Bundesliga , College Soccer , MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you planning to watch? TODAY Germany, Bayern Munich-Hoffenheim 2:30 p.m. ET GolTV U-17 friendly, USA-Brazil 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel NCAA women's semis, Notre Dame-Stanford 4:30 p.m. ESPN2, ESPNU U-17 friendly, USA-Australia 5 p.m. FSC NCAA women's semis, UCLA-UNC 7 p.m. ESPNU SATURDAY Oceania All-Stars-Los Angeles 1:30 a.m....

By Steve Goff  |  December 5, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  TV  
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USA to the Final

For the second time in three weeks, the USA and North Korea will face each other in a FIFA women's championship match. At the U-20 World Cup semifinals in Chile today, the Americans defeated Germany, 1-0, on a first-half goal by Sydney Leroux (UCLA) and North Korea came from behind...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2008; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Women  
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Donovan, Davino, Wizards, Olsen and City Stars

*On its official Web site, Bayern Munich addresses the Landon Donovan situation: A loan until March 15 is in the works. *Defender Duilio Davino has left FC Dallas after one season to return to the Mexican league. He counted $400,000 against the salary cap, leaving FCD with some money to...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2008; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United , Germany , MLS , USL  
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Thursday Kickaround

*A goal for USA defender Oguchi Onyewu in the UEFA Cup, a loss and an injury for compatriot Jay DeMerit in the Carling Cup, a hat trick for Carlos Tevez against former MLSer Ryan Nelsen and beleaguered Blackburn, and an exit from Sunderland for Roy Keane. Which prompts us to...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  College Soccer , Copa Sudamericana , D.C. United , England , Italy , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Diving Exhibition

This Colombian match video is making its rounds of the Internet machine. Thanks to Insider loyalists and the Force for sharing it. Who's worse: The player for attempting it or the referee for calling it?...

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  TV  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*If D.C. United plans to acquire Honduran forward Walter Martinez, it will have to do business with Marathon, which owns his contract despite the fact that he's been playing for a club in Beijing. The agent handling Martinez's MLS pursuits is also representing Honduran national team defender Victor Bernardez, 26,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2008; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Cannon, Convey, Schelotto and Alcantara

*Sources have confirmed to the Insider that San Jose declined the option on star goalkeeper Joe Cannon's contract, which was due to pay him around $225,000 next season. The Earthquakes would like to re-sign him at a lower figure, but because the option was not picked up by yesterday, he...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 8:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  MLS  
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Openers Unveiled; Schelotto Stays With Crew

D.C. United will begin the 2009 season on Sun., March 22 against Beckham (probably), Donovan (maybe), Arena (definitely) and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Home Depot Center. Telefutura will carry the match live at 3 p.m. ET. United's home opener is Sat., March 28 against San Jose. The league schedule...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Honduran to DCU?

According to this report out of Honduras, Catrachos midfielder-forward Walter Martinez is in talks with D.C. United. The club declined to comment. Martinez, 26, is currently with a team in Beijing. As we told you a couple weeks ago, the MLS discovery period opens next Monday and clubs will begin...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Response From FCD/Columbus

Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner offered this prepared statement: "There is absolutely no truth to the speculation/rumors regarding Mark McCullers and Michael Hitchcock. Mark is the president and general manager of the Crew, and Michael is the general manager of FC Dallas, which includes overseeing the soccer-side of the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  MLS  
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Lilly Returns

Kristine Lilly, the most-capped player in men's or women's history, will return to the USA squad for upcoming friendlies against China in Carson, Calif., and Detroit. She took most of the year off to give birth to her first child this past summer. The 37-year-old midfielder-forward has not played for...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Women  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*MLS player buzz: Veteran MF Dema Kovalenko appears on his way out of Real Salt Lake and might end up in Los Angeles. *Sorry to rain on the Philadelphia/Chester stadium parade that has marched through giddy soccer blogs and Web sites everywhere, but you might want to read this opinion...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  FIFA , MLS , World  
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Columbus Day

Insider loyalists already know that defender of the year Chad Marshall (out of contract) is being shopped aggressively by his representatives in Germany. Here's what else I've heard at this late hour...... *Crew Coach Sigi Schmid, also out of contract, is scheduled to meet with the Sounders in Seattle on...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2008; 12:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  MLS  
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2009 Is Here

MLS is planning to announce the opening matches of the 2009 regular season Tuesday afternoon. With 15 teams in the league next year, one club will sit out the first weekend (March 21-22). The lucky winner is: Real Salt Lake....

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 8:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS Player Watch

*Representatives for South Korean forward Ahn Jung Hwan approached MLS teams about a possible designated player contract, but there were no takers. A smaller salary demand might've attracted interest in MLS. You might recall Ahn, who turns 33 next month, was the player who scored the equalizer against the USA...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  MLS  
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United Roster Move

With MLS rosters slashed from 28 players to 24 and the reserve division dissolved, many young players are going to be out of the league. D.C. United has made its first move by waiving midfielder-defender Jeff Carroll, who was with the club for three seasons and appeared in only two...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Monday Kickaround

*The surprising top scorer in the Bundesliga struck again over the weekend for the surprising top club in the German league. Perhaps some credit needs to be given to Missouri youth soccer and Saint Louis University. Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic, 24, has 17 goals in 15 matches for first-place Hoffenheim,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Bundesliga , College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Brad Friedel 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie with Fulham (Friedel sets EPL record for consecutive starts) Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-0 win at Spurs Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 1-1 tie with Aachen Marcus Hahnemann for Reading today vs. Coventry DEFENDERS Gregg Berhalter 90 in 1860...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2008; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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NCAA Roundup

Few surprises as the top four seeds in the Division I women's tournament -- combined record of 92-2-5 -- reached the final four and most of the men's favorites advanced to the quarterfinals. WOMEN Friday in Cary, N.C. Notre Dame (25-0-0) vs. Stanford (22-1-1), tba UCLA (22-0-2) vs. North Carolina...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Parkhurst on the Move

The buzz around MLS circles is that Michael Parkhurst, the Revolution's standout defender who is out of contract this winter, has reached agreement with a Danish club. Barring last-minute complications, a formal announcement is expected soon. His departure is not a surprise: He expressed interest in playing in Europe and...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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