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Soccer Insider: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Two Goals for J. Johnson

Jemal Johnson, a 23-year-old forward who was born in New Jersey and raised in England, scored early and late during MK Dons' 5-3 victory over Cheltenham in England's League One today. To learn more about Johnson, click here. UPDATE: Check out his first goal, courtesy of watchsocceronline....

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  England  
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Weekend TV Listings

Forget the Super Bowl, plenty of pure football this weekend, including River-Boca on Sunday evening. What are you planning to watch? SATURDAY England, Stoke City-Manchester City 7:45 a.m. ET Setanta England, Arsenal-West Ham 9:45 a.m. Setanta England, Aston Villa-Wigan 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Dortmund-Leverkusen 11:30 a.m. GolTV England,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  TV  
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Goodbye, Poplar Point?

First, Gallardo leaves. Now it appears D.C. United's hopes of a stadium at Poplar Point are dead. Read about it here. Much more, I suspect, on this issue in Saturday's Metro section print edition (available online later tonight). UPDATE: Click here to read the complete, detailed story. Thoughts?...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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In Other DCU News.....

*United Coach Tom Soehn's reaction to Marcelo Gallardo's departure: "I think it is something he wanted to do. Obviously, we know the difficulties we had last year -- we wanted him on the field more. But it's his desire to finish over there, and you can respect that. He has...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gallardo Is Gone

D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper has confirmed that Argentine midfielder Marcelo Gallardo will not return to the club. The sides reached agreement this morning to break ties, allowing Gallardo to return to the Argentine league. [UPDATED] Kasper: "We have reached an agreement with Marcelo to let him go back...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Greetings From RFK

Chilly day at the training grounds. United worked out for about 90 minutes on the artificial turf field. Jaime Moreno, recovering from knee surgery, jogged on the side. Zach Wells, recovering from foot surgery, did some work on the side. Midfielder Andrew Jacobson has arrived and did some conditioning. Brazilian...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Friday Kickaround

Join me later for DCU training updates from RFK, but for now..... *Reports from Paraguay say that 2002 MLS most valuable player Carlos Ruiz (82 goals in seven seasons) will sign with Olimpia. The 29-year-old Guatemalan forward was waived by Toronto after last season. *More on the David Beckham situation...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Beckham , College Soccer , MLS , TV , USL  
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D.C. United News and Notes

*Marcelo Gallardo's official departure? Any moment now. *Christian Gomez's arrival? We'll see. *The Insider has learned that United is in the final stages of signing midfielder Andrew Jacobson, the 2008 draft pick from Cal who spurned MLS's offers to join French club Lorient last year. He will join the team...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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USA Training Camp Roster

Twenty players, all but one from MLS, have been invited to USA training camp starting tomorrow in Carson, Calif. Foreign-based players will be added in the days leading to the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio. The only import in this preliminary camp is Swedish-based forward Charlie...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Video: Mexico-Sweden Friendly

1-0, Swedes:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Mexico  
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USA to Bid for World Cups

The USSF will formally announce on Monday its intention to bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. At that time, Fed Prez Sunil Gulati will discuss the project and introduce an executive director of the USA bid committee. Monday is the FIFA deadline for federations to submit paperwork expressing...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Thursday Kickaround

*No surprise: Tickets to the USA-Mexico qualifier Feb. 11 in Columbus sold out in 90 minutes Wednesday. If you missed out, check Stub Hub, the online marketplace for buying and selling tickets. As of last night, there were more than 200 seats available for $100 to $700. *Two weeks ahead...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: Goals

*David Beckham's superb strike against Genoa: *The lone goal during Universidad de Chile's victory over Pachuca in the first leg of a Copa Libertadores preliminary-round series:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2009; 12:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Beckham , Italy , Libertadores  
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United Statement on Marcelo Gallardo

Here is a statement from United:"We've spoken with Marcelo at length about his desire to continue his career in Argentina and expect resolution of the issue in the coming days."...

By Greg Manifold  |  January 28, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United  
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Gallardo, Gomez Update

Midfielder Marcelo Gallardo, the highest-paid player in D.C. United history, is "muy cerca" (very close) to returning to River Plate in Argentina, according to media reports in Buenos Aires. Watch the video here and read this story. (Spanish language skills required.) A United source says Gallardo's departure after one injury-marred...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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D.C. United's Schedule

Click here for the full calendar. United will also enter the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round this summer. From the league: The 15 MLS clubs will face each other twice for a base of 28 games per team. The two remaining games for each team...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The Beckham Watch

Here's the latest from David Beckham in Italy. Which brings us to these polls: poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The complete MLS schedule will be released around 12:30 p.m. ET today. Check the league's Web site or just stay here with the Insider for information and a link. *Not that he's expected to return to D.C. United, but free agent defender Gonzalo Martinez has received offers in Colombia, I'm...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Americans Abroad

Several European clubs that employ Americans were in action Tuesday: GOALKEEPERS Brad Friedel 90 minutes in Aston Villa's 1-0 win at Portsmouth Marcus Hahnemann not in the 18 for Reading's 1-0 win over Wolves DEFENDERS Gregg Berhalter 90 in 1860 Munich's 3-1 German Cup loss at Hamburg Jay DeMerit did...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2009; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Martinez to Spain?

No, not Gonzalo. We're talking about Walter, who provided us with that smashing goal on the Insider earlier this afternoon. According to Honduran media, D.C. United's pursuit of the forward is over. He is apparently headed from Honduran club Marathon to Alaves in the Spanish second division on loan with...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Cuban to Seattle

The Insider told you six weeks ago that Seattle was pursuing Cuban defector Osvaldo Alonso, the USL1 rookie of the year at Charleston last season, and today the Sounders made it official by acquiring his rights from the Battery and signing him to a multiyear contract. Alonso is a 23-year-old...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Video: Martinez's Goal

A few days old, but worth a look: Walter Martinez, who is being aggressively pursued by D.C. United, scoring the final goal during Honduras' 4-1 victory over Nicaragua in the UNCAF Nations Cup....

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Our condolences to D.C. United goalkeeper Louis Crayton , who has left training camp because of the death of his mother in Liberia. *The presale for USA-Mexico tickets begins today at noon ET at the USSF Web site. In order to purchase, you must use a Visa card. The presale...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Gallardo, Gomez, DCU

Call it an unsubstantiated hunch..... The Insider is getting vibes that something is brewing with D.C. United, current Argentine playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and former Argentine playmaker Christian Gomez. Let's see if we can put the pieces together: We know DCU's investors would love to dump Gallardo's bloated contract (the league...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Boswell Returns to Dynamo

Remember back in 2007 when Bobby Boswell, the reigning MLS defender of the year, turned down D.C. United's contract offers in order to become a free agent and test the European waters when his deal expired at the end of '08? And remember when United dealt Boswell to Houston last...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS Notes

*Defender Pat Carroll, the youngest member of the soccer-playing siblings from Springfield, Va., has lined up workouts with the USL1's Charleston Battery, according to his agent. He was not invited back to D.C. United because of the MLS roster reductions. Eldest brother Brian is secure in Columbus's starting lineup and...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USL  
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Monday Kickaround

*500 days and counting until South Africa '10! *D.C. United officials say they will know more this week about midfielder Andrew Jacobson's situation. To recap, Jacobson bolted for Lorient in France last year instead of signing with the MLS club that drafted him, DCU. Foot surgery sidelined him for months...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , D.C. United , FIFA , USL  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-1 FA Cup tie at Liverpool Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 0-0 FA Cup tie at Doncaster DEFENDERS Jay DeMerit 90 (goal) in Watford's 4-3 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 1-0 win at Westerlo Carlos...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Video: Beckham's Goal

Capping AC Milan's 4-1 victory over Bologna........

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Beckham , Italy  
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