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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 Charlie Davies 90 minutes (goal) in Hammarby's 6-3 loss to Malmo
GK Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss at Newcastle
MF Danny Szetela 7 in Brescia's 2-0 loss at Livorno
D Gregg Berhalter 90 in 1860 Munich's 0-0 tie at Kaiserslautern

*The two U.S. World Cup qualifiers scheduled for June 6-10 will now be played between June 3 and 7, FIFA announced. The reason for the change was the USA's participation in the Confederations Cup, which takes place June 14-28 in South Africa. The final round of CONCACAF qualifying begins Feb. 11. The schedule and pairings for each of the 10 matchdays are expected to be finalized next month.

IN: USA, Costa Rica, El Salvador. ALMOST IN: Mexico, T&T. CONTENDERS: Honduras, Jamaica. (The final semifinal-round games are Nov. 19.)

*Today's MLS postseason awards annnouncements: Goalkeeper (Busch, Hesmer, Reis) and Fair Play (Angel, Parkhurst, Rolfe).

*A Wizards auction, for a good cause.

*Euro TV offerings:
Liverpool-Atletico Madrid 2:30 p.m. ESPN2
Barcelona-Basel 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Roma-Chelsea 2:45 p.m. Setanta
Roma-Chelsea 5 p.m. (tape) ESPN Classic
Werder Bremen-Panathinaikos 5:40 p.m. Setanta
Sporting Lisbon-Shaktar Donetsk 7:30 p.m. Setanta
Marseille-PSV 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 6:08 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina , CONCACAF , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Goooood Morning USA!
Thanks for the info Steve.
Something funny about that picture of you and Kyle on BTB. You look a little ambushed;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 4, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I voted that Jose was Fantastic.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | November 4, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff, Yank Luis Robles kept a clean sheet for Kaiserslautern against Berhalter's 1860 Munich. He produced an amazing flying save in the 42nd minute to push the ball over the bar on ball that swung in and flicked on from a Berhalter freekick. Robles will be between the pipes for a month or more as FCK's #1, Tobias Sipple, has a broken forearm.

Posted by: MichaelVann7 | November 4, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Re: Maradona: I am glad it's not just in Nigeria that we make these kinds of future train wreck decisions. I've got news for Maradona: Football has changed.

Posted by: tundey | November 4, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

sadly Maradona is now a big (pun intended) joke.

Posted by: torrey151 | November 4, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@MichaelVann7--thanks a lot for mentioning Robles. Been busy--I didn't realize that he was getting first team action. Good for him.

Posted by: yankiboy | November 4, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"We all know how this is going to end, don't we?"

The bitter, cynical voice of BIG MEDIA has spoken! Yes, Diego, THEY are against you, just like THEY are out to get innocent mayors from Alaska with their trick questions!

Posted by: Modibo | November 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Argentina has enough talent to qualify for the WC with me as their head coach. But if Maradona has a couple of bad games, he'll quit petulantly, blaming the media, the federation, and, somehow, George Bush. he will then take the position of coach-for-life of the Venezuelan national team, answering only to his close friend Hugo Chavez.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 4, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Looks like someone is 2 for 2 on the Awards so far, according to Ives.

Posted by: Section117 | November 4, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

After Maradona leaves his coaching position for Argentia, I'm sure President Payne will hire him.

Posted by: LCR-54 | November 4, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess MLS teams with national team players are going to be hurting -- possibly a month or more without their players...

Posted by: fischy | November 4, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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