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Wednesday Kickaround

*Looking ahead to the MLS expansion draft next week, the 14 current clubs have until 3 p.m. Monday to submit their list of 11 protected players to the league office. The full list of players available to the Seattle Sounders is scheduled to be released late that day. The draft will be held next Wednesday. As usual, expect prearranged deals and trades to surface in the ensuing days. Only 10 current teams will lose a player.

*The league will unveil the goal of the year this afternoon. Vent your disgust in the Insider comments section later.

*The USA women begin play at the Under-20 World Cup in Chile today with a group match against France (1 p.m., ESPN2).

*D.C. United will hold its annual equipment sale Dec. 13 at RFK. Click here for details.

*Upon the recommendation of FourFourTwo magazine, which gave a glowing review, I purchased "Bamboo Goalposts: One Man's Quest to Teach the People's Republic of China to Love Football" by Rowan Simons, a Brit who has worked in China for 20 years. His mission: selling the Chinese on amateur soccer, a difficult proposition in a country where, for decades, it was illegal to gather for unsupervised sporting activity.

Has anyone read it yet? Reviews?

Back later with a World Cup qualifying thread.....

By Steve Goff  |  November 19, 2008; 6:06 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Women  
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Comments

Wow, having the alleged equipment sale on a weekend would hypothetically mean a larger crowd and a tougher time scoring cool stuff. If, of course, this sale were actually to happen. Legend has it that these are but figments of fevered fans' imaginations.....

Posted by: 22206no1 | November 19, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Hoping Robbie Rogers wins Goal of the Year. A great strike.

@Reignking: Bartowski has to learn that Jill is nothing but trouble...

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 19, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

speaking of soccer books, i picked up 'brilliant orange' a while ago after seeing it mentioned on this blog and absolutely loved it.

Posted by: stairs | November 19, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

joedoc: as I said, Adam Baldwin's character has one good laugh per episode. This time, the high-C...

IMO devastating news for the Atlanta MLS bid, ironically.

http://www.atlantasilverbacks.com/news/displaynews.php?id=1046&cat=1

ATLANTA- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced today that the Atlanta Silverbacks Men’s professional team will take the 2009 season off.

Due to the state of the economy and the potential of an MLS team coming to town, the men’s pro team has decided to sit the year out while the Silverbacks assess the landscape.

Posted by: Reignking | November 19, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Curious, Steve. Do you plan to travel to LA for the MLS Cup?

Posted by: jofij | November 19, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

@ Reignking,

Atlanta had less of a chane at getting MLS there than Ottawa did in this guy's opinion. You had a mediocre stadium plan and while the Atlanta area has a good exposure to the youth game, the support that the city lends to its other teams is not the best.

It's always terrible to see a soccer team go belly up - but when stacking up against the other potential markets, Atlanta just doesn't look good.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | November 19, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The stadium plan was probably less than mediocre -- it was more of a brainstorm, with nothing much concrete done. There's still no indication if the Kennesaw idea was the only one that Blank was interested in, either.

I completely agree with your last thought; if Atlanta weren't to get a team in the next expansion, it wouldn't be because of Atlanta, but it would be because the other markets are so attractive.

Posted by: Reignking | November 19, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

-as I said, Adam Baldwin's character has one good laugh per episode. This time, the high-C...-

"What? I wasn't hatched!"

Hysterical!

I've also heard that "Brilliant Orange" is outstanding. Need to track that down. First, have to finish "Will Terrorists Go Nuclear" by Brian Michael Jenkins. Great bedtime reading...

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Football in China . . . oh you mean this isn't real?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYSKdIsHAXE

I bet one could teach some of those gymnasts to do a wicked flip throw . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | November 19, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

I'm off this afternoon to LA for the game. Hopefully I'll catch you at the airport either outbound or back.

Posted by: dcufan53 | November 19, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Do any of my well-traveled amigos know of a good sports bar on Union Square in San Francisco. My hotel does not carry ESPN Classic and I cannot stray too far from the area. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Union Square Sports Bar on O'Farrell is pretty accommodating.

Posted by: poremsbe | November 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The Blue Oyster?

Posted by: Reignking | November 19, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Elephant & Castle in Embarcadero/Financial. A long walk, a short cab. A soccer-friendly chain.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

You gotta be kidding Reignking. Your posts are a joke.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | November 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The Blue Oyster?

Posted by: Reignking | November 19, 2008 11:10 AM
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R U Ready 2 Rock?

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Steve: How about an article in the Pulpwood Post about how DCU scouts players in advance of the Superdraft? You've described how the brain trust watches hours of matches on tape, but I expect most of these involve foreign players we might want to make a run at. How does DCU scout the college scene, especially the non-local schools?

Posted by: b18bolo | November 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Dude... Alex Morgan scores in the 53rd minute. US up 1-0 over France!
Nice;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow Leroux with another goal! US scores two in three minutes.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Leroux with a second goal in the 72nd minute. US-3 France-0

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Ah. Here's the U-20 thread. Nice (and lucky) save by the US keeper.

LeRoux flicks in another from a cross that wasn't hendeled well by the GK or Ds. 3-0

That's right! A French-named US player with deux. Put that in your baugette and eat it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Another long-range screamer from France, forcing the US keeper to dive and push it wide. With the US defending and their own fatigue, France is ineffective in the box. Might as well take the outside shots. I've only been watching for 15 minutes, and that time the US goalkeeper (Penn St) has been strong. The commentator is also praising her efforts.

DadRyan: has she made any errors at all or has she been in control?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

will johnson for GOY.
usa beats guatamala by 2.

football is already huge in china, but the main obstacle to well-developed amateur football is the lack of places to play. i played some pickup footie in shenyang in 2004, and it was in an field that looked like a factory had recently been there but was razed within the last month. the "field" was littered with bricks and broken bottles, and who-knows-what-else. (the players were quite good though.) the largest plot of land i saw with grass on it was about 3m x 5m, and had a 15 v. 15 game going on it. china has A LOT of people.

Posted by: dfunkt | November 19, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Final 3-0
USA atop Group B with 3 pts. Argentina and China at 1 each. France with 0.

Looking at the replays: Morgan's goal was a quality one-timer from LeRoux's cross. A masterful finish in any league or by any gender. On LeRoux's first goal, the French GK was interefered with (IMO) by a US player. Nevertheless, LeRoux, the 2nd half sub has 2G 1A. LeRoux! LeRoux! LeRoux is on fire!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry 270, after the third goal, I stepped away from the computer and the future of US women's soccer woke up from her nap:-)
Very solid goalkeeping from Naeher(sp?) in the second half. LIttle shaky in the opening minutes of the match.
France's keeper actually did alright despite the scoreline... I know that's going to sound stupid, but you had to see it.
Sure would like to see this game vs. the Argies this weekend.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 19, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Does the Future of US Women's Soccer have a Mia Hamm replica onesie?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 20, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

That's right! A French-named US player with deux. Put that in your baugette and eat it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 19, 2008 2:29 PM
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Interestingly, Leroux played on Canadian national youth teams before going with the USA:

http://uclabruins.cstv.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/leroux_sydney00.html

Posted by: universityandpark | November 20, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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