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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 of 10 clubs, while four teams will not lose anyone. Based on ability and salary, D.C. United's Joe Vide and Francis Doe are appealing, but don't be surprised if the Sounders claim Zach Wells and trade him to a club in need of goalkeeping depth.

*Oops: MLS left three New York players off the unprotected list distributed on Wednesday: GK Terry Boss and Ds Andrew Boyens and Gabriel Cichero.

*Maryland cruised past George Mason, 2-0, in the NCAA tournament, earning a round-of-16 home matchup Saturday at 1 p.m. with California, a 3-2 overtime winner of UC Santa Barbara. Virginia and Loyola (Md.) lost at home while William & Mary pushed top-seeded Wake Forest into overtime before falling, 1-0. For the complete bracket, click here.

*Champions League(s) on TV:
Liverpool-Marseille 1 p.m. Setanta
Bordeaux-Chelsea 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Sporting Lisbon-Barcelona 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes (5 p.m. ESPN Classic)
Inter Milan-Panathinaikos 4:45 p.m. ESPN Deportes (5:45 Setanta)
Cluj-Roma 7:30 p.m. Setanta
Atletico Madrid-PSV Eindhoven 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Houston-Firpo 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2008; 9:54 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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That would be some high priced underachieving goaltending depth, but I wouldn't complain if that's the pick that FC Sea makes from the roster.

Posted by: Section117 | November 26, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Gazidis to Arsenal? I don't know that much about his long-time work in the administration of MLS, but a new job in such a high-profile position may be a good thing?

I know one person on BigSoccer who is sure to have a strong (and thsi is unusual, but it would be an informed) opinion about this. Let us hope he weighs in.

Posted by: StevanF | November 26, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

God help the MLS if Garber is left to run the show alone. Gazidis is a loss, hopefully Abbott will keep AEG's Garber in check.

Posted by: LCR-54 | November 26, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Lets hope someone will come in and become a liason between the sport (including the fans) and the high office.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 26, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What the hell was Arsenal thinking??

Posted by: dvseawolf | November 26, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

This is quite newsworthy -- FIFA is trying to swing its weight around, again.

FIFA has suspended Peru from international football because the government is feuding with the national federation.

Football's world governing body on Tuesday gave the sides a month to settle their differences.

FIFA rules prohibit political interference in football affairs, but Peru's government has refused to recognize the election of Manuel Burga as president of the Peruvian Football Federation.

Peru is now suspended from the 2010 World Cup. It is last in the 10-nation South American qualifying group and is not due to play until next March.

Peruvian clubs are barred from playing teams from other countries following the FIFA ruling and Peru has already lost hosting rights for the South American under-20 championship next year.

Posted by: Reignking | November 26, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Gazidas - that's a great, challenging position.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 26, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted the highlights from Donovan's future teams Champs League game yesterday over at my blog, Looks like they are doing alright on the striker front, but with Podolski on the way out and Donovan being versatile I can see him getting some minutes. I still wish he would of went to England or Spain tho, thought those leagues were more suitable for his style.

Posted by: dosacero | November 26, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Maybe my disappointment colors my view of the situation, but I'd be surprised if Seattle chose anyone from United. It's not impossible, obviously, but I see better choices.

Gazidis' move is a big loss for the league. However, I'm available.

About that Peru thing -- what happens if it's not resolved? Forfeits? How does that figure into goals tiebreaker?

Finally -- it's "would have" or "would've", not "would of"

Conan the Grammarian signing off.

Posted by: fischy | November 26, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Hell, fischy, Conan wasn't much of a Grammarian today...he missed three others.

But I concluded 'so what?'. Got to love dosacero's handle, and it's a nicely laid out blog.

Posted by: seahawkdad | November 26, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Who'd we lose? Who'd we lose? Who'd we lose?!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BurchFan4 | November 26, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

We gave them our entire unprotected list minus Olsen. Sort of like the racial draft on Chapelle Show when the Asian delegation took the entire Wu Tang Clan with one pick.

Gazidis moving on to Arsenal could signal the return of Kevin Payne to the MLS top brass, especially considering our possible impending demise as a franchise.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 26, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

United traded all the players on the unprotected list to other teams, just so Seattle could take them?

Posted by: fischy | November 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Did Gazidis have a transfer fee or was he on a free?

Posted by: IamAM | November 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Let me first vouch for dosacero. He's a friend, and he definitely knows his stuff.

I went to the Maryland-Mason game, and saw 3 classes of player: Jeremy Hall, the other 10 Terps, and Mason. Hall created something dangerous virtually every time he was on the ball; he only had 1 assist, but with better finishing and a touch of luck he gets 3 or even 4. Other than a 10 minute spell near the beginning of the game, you never had a sense that Mason had any real chance of winning the game. The biggest problem for the Patriots was transitioning out of the back. It was either a long ball (easy pickings for 6'5" Omar Gonzalez), a poorly-selected pass to a midfielder under pressure, or an outright turnover. 2-0 flattered Mason, and I expect Saturday's game against Cal to be more of a match.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 26, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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