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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 week. Was anyone really surprised by this result? The undermanned Revs have never won a playoff game at Chicago and, on this night, had no answer for Chris Rolfe. For the first time in seven years, no New England in the conference title game as the Revs closed the season in a 1-6-5 rut.

Help on the Way
I should probably add a question mark to that song title. D.C. United is sticking with Tom Soehn as coach and will probably retain many of the regulars on its roster, but some moves are expected. The club plans to look at some players on trial over the next couple weeks. Sorry, no names yet, but I am assuming they are USL or discarded MLS players. Also, for what it's worth, when asked to confirm Soehn's return in 2009, managing partner Will Chang kept things general and told me: "We are reviewing many things at D.C. United. Stay tuned."

Built to Last
As expected, DCU captain Jaime Moreno underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. He is also planning to see a abdominal/sports hernia specialist in Germany and might have another procedure in the coming weeks.

Spanish Jam
Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege defeat Sevilla, 1-0, in the UEFA Cup.

Playing in the Band
Brad Guzan makes a rare appearance for Aston Villa and, as starter and USA compatriot Brad Friedel watches, the former Chivas USA keeper blanks Slavia Prague, 1-0, in UEFA Cup play.

Terrapin Station
Maryland (14-3) goes for its eighth consecutive victory at 8 p.m. tonight against North Carolina (11-5-1) in College Park. A win would also clinch the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament. The Terps will honor their five seniors in a pregame ceremony. Meantime, Virginia (9-6-1) hosts unbeaten and top-ranked Wake Forest (16-0-1) at 7 p.m. tonight. Georgetown advanced to the Big East quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Cincinnati yesterday, while GW hosts Duquesne at 1 p.m. today in need of a victory to keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

You Win Again
Chivas Guadalajara overcomes a two-goal deficit to tie River Plate, 2-2, and win the series, 4-3, advancing to the Copa Sudamericana semifinals:

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico  
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"We are reviewing many things at D.C. United. Stay tuned."

Oh-oh. Sounds like the Soehn thing isn't as much of a lock as we were first lead to believe.

Trying to lock up some USL talent early (since we aren't in the playoffs) makes sense. Thay way we cn put "discoveries" in on some guys. Why wait until late February or March? Some of those guys are going to play indoors so by process of elimination, unless those guys have escape clauses in their indoor contracts we can pretty much assume that it won't be a guy like Puerto Rico Islanders Johnny Steele or Lazo Alavanja getting another look from United after they jettisoned him (don't laugh, dude is one of the best, most consistent players in the USL1--the USOC Championship game wasn't some sort fluke just coz he was pumped to be playing against his old club--I would definitely sign that guy to a minimum salary deal.)

Posted by: yankiboy | November 7, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I hope that DCU puts a premium on health as they re-evaluate the roster for next season. It does us no good to wast salary dollars on people who do not play for long periods of time, and when they come back are so rusty they can make no meaningful contribution. We need a full roster of healthy players next season that can mesh together as a team over time. I think it is time for a big infusion of youth.

It would be great if they could sign Tracy of WFU.

I think Soehn should have been cut. He remains as coach purely because of the good will of the club. It is time for him to step up his game, and quit making bonehead moves like putting competent central defenders on left/right back. Go to school man.

Posted by: Wiggan | November 7, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

"Built to Last
As expected, DCU captain Jaime Moreno underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. He is also planning to see a abdominal/sports hernia specialist in Germany and might have another procedure in the coming weeks."

Why is it that Moreno was able to wait until the offseason to have his sports hernia dealt with (as well as most other MLS players) but Gallardo and Peralta had to do in the middle of the season?

From my not so research intensive searches on webmd it seems that you can keep on playing with a hernia, as Moreno and many others have been doing.

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 7, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I miss Copa Sudamericana. I was initially excited about CCL, but disappointed by the poor organization and officiating.

Posted by: Pedalada | November 7, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

@southeasterener. Some of these injuries run a spectrum of damage and discomfort, which can range from mildly annoying but tolerable to excruciating and career threatening. One has to weigh the pros and cons of immediate or deferred surgery.

I am not a physician.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Second goal by River Plate was a lovely individual effort following Chivas' inability to get the ball out of their defensive end. Show that to any kids that you know who panic when "surrounded" by the opposition -- teach 'em how to make it happen with a bit of swerve and quickness.

That said, also show the kids how NOT to defend on Chivas' two *safe* in the back, kids.

Posted by: 22206no1 | November 7, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I turn on Channel Six, the President comes on the news
Says I got no satisfaction, that's why I sing the blues
Michelle says don't get crazy, man, you know what to do
Just crank that old Victrola, put on your rocking shoes

Uh huh, hey, Saturday night
One more Saturday night
Hey, Saturday night

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

A little off topic but MacFarlane and Chang should do it too...

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | November 7, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | November 7, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | November 7, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Long live Bob Weir! Haven't seen him play since oh, I think my last show was '89 in Worchester (Dead of course).

NE was never going to win that game.

Posted by: KireDCU | November 7, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'd have gone with "Loser" for the Revs, but that's just me...DC already has dibs on "Brokedown Palace."

FC Dallas, of course, are laid up with a bad case of the Deep Elem blues.

The Red Bulls are about to be Just Like Tom Thumb: "I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough."

The Dynamo are, of course, rather Hard to Handle.

And, sadly, the announcers at FSC continue to dominate the rap, Jack, despite having nothing new to say.

Posted by: EdTheRed | November 7, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

They should replace their left backs and try to get these players: Wade Barrett, Gonzalo Segares, Todd Dunivant, Michael Harrington. I'd look to replace the right back too but a forward to replace Emilio is a higher priority.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | November 7, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse


You should check out the Dark Star Orchestra tonight and tomorrow night at the 930 Club.

Posted by: Jmenditch | November 7, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Did someone say "Molly Hatchet"?!


Oh, uh, ok....

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 7, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry

Posted by: live1 | November 7, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Hatchet? Nah. They must be talking about The Marshall Tucker band.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ditto on the Dark Star Orchestra recommendation Goff. If you close your eyes, you'd swear you're back at a Dead show. It helps that when you take a deep breath, it smells like it to ;)

Here's another one that we could use to describe DCU's season:

Hell in a Bucket

Posted by: mbatl2002 | November 7, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Jamie going to the chick in Munich - Dr Ulrike Muschaweck - who did Michael Owen's hernia?

Posted by: Shanoni | November 7, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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