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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 of the USA showdown, Mexico loses to Sweden, 1-0, in Oakland.

*Former DCU defender Carlos Llamosa has joined Preki's coaching staff as an assistant at Chivas USA.

*Americans Abroad on Wednesday:
MF Jose Torres 67 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to Universidad de Chile
GK Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-1 tie with Arsenal
D Jonathan Spector not in the 18 for West Ham's 2-0 win over Hull City
F Eddie Johnson did not play in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Coventry
D Heath Pearce did not play in Hansa Rostock's 5-1 German Cup loss to Wolfsburg

*Soccer on TV today:
Copa Libertadores, Sporting Cristal-Estudiantes 3 p.m. Fox Espanol
Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras-Real Potosi 5:30 p.m. Fox Espanol
Italy, Catania-Inter Milan 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
UNCAF Cup, Guatemala-Nicaragua 8:30 p.m. Galavision
Mexico, Tecos-Cruz Azul 9 p.m. Telefutura
Copa Libertadores, Anzoategui-Cuenca 9 p.m. Fox Espanol
Argentina, River Plate-San Lorenzo 11 p.m. FSC

I will join DCU veteran Ben Olsen and radio man Tony Limarzi for a soccer roundtable segment on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" between 5 and 6 p.m. today. If you don't have access to CSN, the Post's Web site streams the show.

*Buckeye Barometer
(Countdown to the USA-Mexico qualifier Feb. 11 in Columbus)
Today: 21-28 degrees, cloudy
Tomorrow: 6-22 degrees, chance of snow
Saturday: 22-23 degrees, sunny

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

Since this is a kickaround, I have a random but soccer-related question:

How do those "3-D" on-field, goal-side advertisements work? Is it simply the geometry of the sign itself, or is there camera trickery involved?

Posted by: Ron16 | January 29, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

So, has anyone at D.C. United Holdings done the math on last off-season's transfer success? It looks to me like Payne or Kasper need to be worried about their jobs...
2007-08 In: Gallardo, Niell, Carvallo, Peralta, Martinez, etc.
2008-09 Out: Gallardo, Niell, Carvallo, Peralta, Martinez

Hmmm

Posted by: inzzo79 | January 29, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe I missed it elsewheere in the blog, but here is the link to Goff's article on Gallardo in the "dead-tree" edition of the post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/28/AR2009012803480.html

The photo with the article is great. It looks like the SJ defender is saying to his compatriot:

"What do you MEAN do I have him??!!?? I thought YOU had him!" :-)

Posted by: Ron16 | January 29, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Steve, either washpost.com has been hacked or you've got a sponsor.

On the Sports columns and blogs access page, you have a listing right below Video: Goals that is 'Presented By:' Click on it and I wind up at an HP ad, CafeMom.

Congratulations at joining the sponsored group. Do you have to wear an HP on your shirt?

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 29, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"It looks to me like Payne or Kasper need to be worried about their jobs... "
======================================

I really don't understand this line of thinking. Kasper and Payne have built perhaps the most successful long term soccer club this country has seen. And at the first sign of trouble, you throw the captain and the chief engineer overboard.

This not a 'skins blog.... :)

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The photo with the article is great. It looks like the SJ defender is saying to his compatriot:

"What do you MEAN do I have him??!!?? I thought YOU had him!" :-)

Posted by: Ron16 | January 29, 2009 8:38 AM

Ivan is in that photo too! Anyone been watching UNCAF? How's he looking?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 29, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

>geometry of the sign itself

Yes.

Posted by: Reignking | January 29, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

@inzzo79,

To echo JkR-,

Um, no. For the 1,000,000th time (or does DC only measure in Billions/Trillions anymore?) Kevin Payne is never going anywhere because HE HAS AN OWNERSHIP STAKE IN THE TEAM. He's like Dan Snyder - his name goes on the checks so leave the man alone. He's been the PILLAR on which DC United was founded, built, and developed on from 1994 onward. He picked a great name for the club, ran the club like a soccer club and not like the Galaxy, and created what we enjoy today. Lay off.

As for Dave Kasper - again no. One year of bad signings does not a career make. Were Emilio and Fred poor additions? Was it wrong to bring Tino back?

A never ending cycle of front-office staff in and out creates the NHL, NBA, and lower tier Premiership teams. Considering how quickly people are hired and fired, it'd be better off if they all hired a pool of coaches and FO staff and just have a draft each season and see who has the relative success to stay on for more than 18 months. It creates no identity, no personality.

In success or failure, I can point to DC United being different from every other club and not just because of it's location, colors, and name.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Inzzo79

A few months ago, DC United Holding issued a letter to United's fans saying that they were disappointed with 2008. However, because of the organizations prior success, instead of turning over key positions, they decided to become more involved themselves. They want to be able to hold everyone more accountable. As a result, they'll be more involved in decision making and Dave Kasper will report directly to them.

So, yes, they did notice. And they've made changes to the organization they felt will address the issue in the future.

Posted by: TCompton | January 29, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

OK, time for US Soccer to implement a better membership scheme and some sort of loyalty program. The only advantage you could get in buying tickets this week was to have a Visa card? Giving tickets to Sams Army is well and good, but they need to do more.

It's no coincidence that the strictest ticketing guidelines for US Soccer web members provided the best atmosphere (Germany 2006). Sure, it was a rough go getting the tickets (hello, one fax machine!) - but it paid off in the end.

Looks like the Mexico tickets are a scalpers paradise. And in spite of putting it in a tiny stadium in Ohio, there will be a significant amount of Mexican supporters there. Bigger stadiums, better ticket policies, please.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Americans abroad: Jozy Altidore may be going on loan.

http://villarrealusa.org/?p=1240

Posted by: fadiomer20 | January 29, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

From my experience, I wouldn't say that the manner at which the World Cup tickets in Germany could be considered a success at all.

Granted, that could very well be the fault of the Soccer Travel, Inc that we went through to get our tickets and not US Soccer. But something got screwed up and now Soccer Travel is out of business.

Posted by: TCompton | January 29, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Noted - Payne is here to stay

What I'm getting to is that player acquisition has to be looked at as well as coaching and 'team drive' when breaking down failures of a season.

Several recent draft picks have gone the Euro route. While not preventable, this should be discussed in some way with their agents and decisions made to those ends.

Can you really say Wells for Boswell was a good move?

As far as the '2 for 6' success rate of players brought in from South America, the method for judging talent is skewed and thus a season.

Posted by: inzzo79 | January 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@inzzo79,

Fair points indeed.

Wells for Boswell - well DC had just lost a key player in Perkins and needed a replacement. It's hard in MLS to devote a huge amount of cap space to a goalkeeper given that reaching the playoffs doesn't hinge on having a national team caliber keeper. At the time, Boswell:DC United::Drogba:Chelsea and Wells was in the National team pool.

33% success is not above 50%, but it's not terrible. With the amount of resources available to United as well as all of MLS, scouting remains a hard road. DVDs of second division and first division play in the Western Hemisphere is not a science and is going to be edited by agents and players to show their best aspects. Getting excited watching Franco the Gnome pound in goals in the second division is akin to UVA Football fans getting excited because a 6'2" monster from Grundy High School lifted his team the A title in the State of Virginia. Maybe he is really gifted and there was a real reason he stood above his teammates or maybe the second division in Argentina is no better than the Sunday games played on fields around the area here.

So, I'll let it slide for now. If we miss the playoffs this year or don't show marked improvement, then yeah, 3 years for a coach and a GM is probably a fair run, especially for a team that shouldn't have needed a complete overhaul at the time it was inherited.

Ah - sports talk - the one bright spot in my day surrounded by impending economic doom.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 29, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

For the value and benefits of staying the course in successful team ownership, please read Wilbon today on Dan Rooney.

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I would like an answer to the "Presented by:" title, also. I'm guessing it's a sponsorship to help defray costs, but if I'm an advertiser, it's a waste of money. Now that I know what "Presented by:" means, I won't click on the link again.

Posted by: DrBeaker | January 29, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Granted, that could very well be the fault of the Soccer Travel, Inc that we went through to get our tickets and not US Soccer. But something got screwed up and now Soccer Travel is out of business.

Posted by: TCompton | January 29, 2009 9:58 AM

Yeah, I'm betting it was the travel company. They often sell packages well before getting a guaranteed number of tickets - the effective ones just get them from scalpers. But it was a pretty dry market in '06.

US Soccer managed to barely get the tickets right in '06 (in spite of itself).

Posted by: Kev29 | January 29, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Jozy is going nowhere. VCF nixed the Xerez deal as soon as they got it. And it looks like Oliveira may be going from Zaragoza to Betis. Still VCF needs Panucci (or some defense) if it wants to do anything this spring.

Posted by: Reignking | January 29, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Except Niell wasn't in the 2nd div, and he's also doing quite well down there at the moment.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

When will camp start for the Feb. 11 game? How soon will they announce who's invited?

Posted by: eadc | January 29, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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