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Soccer Insider: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Marta to Sol, Alcantara to Chivas USA

*West Coast sources confirmed to the Insider today that Brazilian superstar Marta has finalized a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer and will formally announce her intentions Monday at the FIFA awards ceremony in Zurich. Marta, 22, has spent the past four years with Swedish...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  MLS , Women  
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Hermann Trophy Winners Are.....

Marcus Tracy, the Wake Forest forward who passed on MLS to pursue a Danish contract, won the Hermann Trophy as the nation's top collegiate player. Read the Winston-Salem Journal's full report. Tracy is planning to sign with Aalborg this coming week. Akron's Steve Zakuani and Wake midfielder Sam Cronin were...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Freedom, USA and Galaxy

The Washington Freedom agreed to contract terms with three draft picks: midfielder Lori Lindsey (Virginia), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia) and midfielder-defender Emily Janss (Maryland). The club is working to reach deals with its foreign selections and other Americans. The league is still working on contracts with the national team players...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  MLS , Women  
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Soccer History (Continued)

An update on last month's story about the effort to organize a match in Normandy to commemorate a 1944 game between a local French team and a U.S. Army Air Force group: An American, Jim Frison, who is assisting with the research, tells me that organizer Jan Milders, a Dutchman,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  History  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? How about Manchester United-Chelsea on Sunday?! SATURDAY England, Aston Villa-West Brom 7:45 a.m. Setanta England, Arsenal-Bolton 9:45 a.m. Setanta England, Newcastle-West Ham 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Burnley-Swansea 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Stoke City-Liverpool 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Deportivo de Coruna-Sevilla 2 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  TV  
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Friday Kickaround

*We told you the other day that Wake Forest star forward Marcus Tracy was looking to Europe instead of MLS, and today this report surfaced in Denmark saying he is going to Aalborg. U.S. sources say a deal is close to being finalized and an announcement is expected Tuesday. *Select...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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Bob Bradley: Year 3

As Bob Bradley enters the third and most important year of his USA national team coaching tenure, how do you think he has done so far? Consider the overall record (21-8-3), tournament performance, World Cup qualifying results (7-1-0), introduction of new players, evolution of player pool, lineups..... If you give...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Jacobson Resurfaces

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson, D.C. United's first pick in last year's draft who bypassed MLS for Europe, is on trial at Danish club Esbjerg after overcoming a serious foot injury while with Lorient in France. United will keep his MLS rights until the end of this year. Awaiting DCU news today,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Thursday Kickaround

*Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, who played for USA youth teams, is officially introduced as a member of Serbia's national squad. (No more inclusion in our Americans Abroad segment, Neven! So there.) *Cristiano Ronaldo is not injured after crashing his red Ferrari in a tunnel under Manchester airport. *The best goals...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  England , U.S. men's national team  
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Long Live the King

As part of the Insider's continuing effort to mix soccer with music, cinema and culture, today we celebrate the 74th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth by dedicating songs performed by the king of rock 'n' roll to those in our grand sport. First, special recognition to Scottish defender Steven Pressley,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2009; 1:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Soccer and music  
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Burch Is Back

With the re-signing of Marc Burch today and an imminent new deal for Devon McTavish, D.C. United is continuing to put together the pieces for its 2009 backline. Greg Janicki, on loan the latter part of last season, is also under contract. However, out-of-contract Bryan Namoff is still in negotiations...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Commitments

As we reported a few weeks ago, Maryland's Omar Gonzalez, Jeremy Hall and Rodney Wallace, as well as Silver Spring native Kevin Alston of Indiana, are on the list of MLS Generation Adidas signees who decided to leave school early and make themselves available in next Thursday's draft in St....

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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His Name Is Messi

"Messi was magnificent," Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola says of Lionel Messi. In a 3-1 Copa del Rey victory over Atletico Madrid, the Argentine wizard completed a hat trick with an instinctive move past the goalkeeper. But what you really want to see is the breathtaking footwork and acceleration in the...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Spain  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The agent for D.C. United veteran defender Bryan Namoff tells the Insider that the sides are "still talking and no resolution yet" in contract talks. His previous pact, which had a base salary of $95,000 last season, expired last week and made him a free agent. United retained his MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Becks in Dubai With Milan

The Galaxy's David Beckham made his AC Milan on-loan debut today, playing the first half of a friendly against Hamburg in Dubai. Read about it by clicking here. Watch the Beckham-less video highlights courtesy of a Tokelau-based Web site down there:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Beckham  
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Hernandez and the USA, Tracy and .....

San Jose defender Jason Hernandez has been added to the U.S. national team's training camp roster in Carson, Calif., helping to fill the void left by the absence of Clarence Goodson (recovering from injury) and Cory Gibbs (unspecified reasons). Can't say I saw that one coming. Here's his full MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Freddy Fever

USA's Freddy Adu starts at forward, plays 68 minutes and draws a first-half penalty during Monaco's 1-1 tie with Juventus in a friendly today. The French club won on PKs, 5-4. Might this be an indication of a bit more playing time for Adu in the second half of the...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  France , U.S. men's national team  
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Quaranta Returns

As expected, D.C. United has officially announced a new contract for midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta, whose 2008 base salary of $35,000 was near the senior roster minimum and loaded with incentives. Per league policy, terms of the new deal were not disclosed. After recovering from drug abuse and the imminent end...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA-Mexico Result?

I know it's early in the buildup to the Feb. 11 World Cup qualifier, but why not ask..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Take a look at this David Beckham column by the Associated Press's London-based soccer columnist. This line might jump out at you: "He still has the ability to dominate games in MLS..." Huh? Dominate? Becks has had a few impressive performances in two seasons in America, but to say he...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  England , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Drafting Expectations

The days leading to a draft are always fun as teams make trades, players' stock rises and falls, and everyone on the funky Internet machine takes a crack at projecting the selections. The 2009 MLS draft will be held next Thursday afternoon in St. Louis as part of the National...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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USA, U-20, DCU Updates

Defenders Clarence Goodson and Cory Gibbs have withdrawn from the national team training camp roster, leaving Coach Bob Bradley with 23 players for the Jan. 24 friendly against Sweden at Home Depot Center. For further details, click here. With Goodson and Gibbs out, should Bradley invite other defenders overlooked on...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Mexico Tickets

If you are looking for tickets to the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier next month in Columbus, beware of this offer for outlandishly priced seats on StubHub. The USSF says it is looking into it and reminds everyone that the only legitimate access to tickets is through Ticketmaster. The official sale...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Terps News

Midfielder Matt Kassel, who turned down New York's developmental offer last spring to play at the University of Maryland and was being pursued by MLS again this winter, plans to return to College Park for his sophomore season, Terrapins Coach Sasho Cirovski told the Insider this morning. Kassel, a holding...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Back to Work

Hope you enjoyed the holidays. My break took me from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the snow banks of Ohio, from sea breeze to seeing my breath, from a 24-hour, in-house bar near the beach to a bar mitzvah in Beachwood (shalom, mates!) and from Awful Arthur's to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Bundesliga , D.C. United , England , MLS , Spain  
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