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Soccer Insider: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

Happy Holidays

I'm out until Jan. 5. Merry New Year to one and all. Feel free to use this thread to discuss any futbol topics during my absence. As part of the Insider's appreciation of soccer, military and world history (see last week's thread about a Normandy match), I'll leave you with...

By Steve Goff  |  December 23, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  History  
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Alston, Cooper and Appiah

[UPDATED WITH WAKE INFO] *The Insider has learned that junior Kevin Alston, an outside defender from Indiana who was a Big Ten first-team selection, has agreed to a Generation Adidas contract with MLS and will be available in the Jan. 15 draft. He is from Silver Spring, Md., attended Good...

By Steve Goff  |  December 23, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  College Soccer , England , Germany , MLS  
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Marshall's Status

MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall, out of contract with Columbus and available on a free transfer, has finished his trial with German second-division club Mainz, which will apparently wait until after the first of the year before deciding whether to sign him. (The German leagues are on winter...

By Steve Goff  |  December 22, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Germany , MLS  
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Hall, Wallace and GAs

The Insider has confirmed that midfielder Jeremy Hall and defender-midfielder Rodney Wallace, who decided to leave Maryland early to turn pro, are planning to sign with MLS. Negotiations are apparently in the late stages. There had been speculation that Europe was an option for both players. MLS is expected to...

By Steve Goff  |  December 22, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Monaco-Bordeaux Video

Three goals for Monaco, then four for Bordeaux:...

By Steve Goff  |  December 22, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  France  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Brad Friedel 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over West Ham Tim Howard plays Monday for Everton vs. Chelsea Marcus Hahnemann (injured) not in the 18 for Reading's 3-1 win at Birmingham DEFENDERS Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 2-1 win at Lorient Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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A Is for Appiah

Did D.C. United pass up an opportunity to negotiate with Ghana star Stephen Appiah? First, Appiah's portfolio: Position: Central midfielder. Age: Turns 28 on Wednesday. Nickname: Tornado. Clubs: Hearts of Oak, Udinese, Parma, Brescia, Juventus, Fenerbahce. National Team: Captain, about 50 caps, started four games at 2006 World Cup (penalty...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2008; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Terps Update

Omar Gonzalez, the 6-foot-5 junior defender who helped Maryland win the NCAA championship, has turned down two offers from Mexican clubs to sign a Generation Adidas contract with MLS, the Insider has learned. The Dallas native signed with Proactive Sports Management, which also handles, among others, half the USA national...

By Steve Goff  |  December 21, 2008; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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