Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

Tuesday Kickaround

*MLS has issued a statement in reaction to yesterday's report about ESPN's decision to alter its match coverage this season:

"As part of our 2009 strategic planning process, MLS and ESPN mutually decided to move from broadcasting the MLS game of the week exclusively on Thursday to include other weekday and weekend nights. The flexibility to schedule games on multiple nights will provide MLS the opportunity for better lead-in programming, more compelling matches and better in-stadium atmosphere for our broadcasts."

*It's now official: D.C. United will join Toronto, Real Salt Lake and the host Charleston Battery at the Carolina Challenge Cup, a sixth annual preseason tournament in South Carolina. Matches will be played March 7, 11 and 14 at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.

*D.C. United is strongly considering using a hotel in Prince George's County as the visiting team headquarters during the 2009 season, sources tell the Insider. Perhaps a gesture to the county as the sides pursue a new stadium? In the past, DCU has used hotels in Northern Virginia and Washington (last year).

*It's now official: Veteran midfielder Dema Kovalenko is a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

*It's now official: The expansion Seattle Sounders have named recently retired defender Ezra Hendrickson as an assistant coach to Sigi Schmid.

more below.....

*Real Salt Lake has been receiving criticism for selecting Jean Alexandre, a Haitian national team prospect from Division II Lynn University, with its first-round pick. But the buzz in MLS circles is that several teams were eager to claim Alexandre with their next selection. Like all draft picks, he might turn out to be a great selection, he might not.

Said RSL GM Garth Lagerwey at the draft: "With us moving to a fast and wide field at Rio Tinto Stadium, we feel the need to bring in athletic and versatile players, and selecting Jean helps us accomplish those goals. We took a chance taking a kid from a smaller school, but we felt very comfortable taking a chance with him at that pick."

Soccer on TV today:
England Carling Cup, Manchester United-Derby 3 p.m. Setanta
U-20 South American Championship, Bolivia-Uruguay 6 p.m. GolTV
Argentina, Boca Juniors-Independiente 8 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel
U-20 South American Championship, Brazil-Paraguay 8 p.m. GolTV

By Steve Goff  |  January 20, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  MLS , TV  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Video: Donovan's Goal
Next: A Duke in England

Comments

Cool -- March 7th happens to coincide with the Charleston Food & Wine Festival. Good weekend to go down there.

Posted by: Reignking | January 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Great idea! The visitors will not know to boil their Pr. Geo. water.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Great idea! The visitors will not know to boil their Pr. Geo. water.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 20, 2009 2:46 PM

Maybe they'll just get lost in Cheverly, or Largo. That'll be fun for 'em.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Steve. You're all over the DC United beat like a cheap suit!

Posted by: billindmd | January 20, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

""Another player, goalkeeper Troy Perkins, returned to Valerenga IF in Norway for mandatory team exercises with Norwegian Special Forces.""

Sweet excuse to leave . . . sucks to be Troy Perkins though, leaving sub 80 temps in Southern California for sub 0 temps near the Arctic circle . .

Posted by: delantero | January 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Given RSL's rapid improvement under the Lagerwey/Kreis regime, I'm sure Jean Alexandre will be a fine pickup.

Posted by: DWE4 | January 20, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Since it's a general kickaround, thought I'd mention that there's a good looking Mexican soccer movie on the horizon. It's called Rudo y Cursi and stars Diego Luna and Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal brothers who play for rival professional Mexican soccer teams. (The teams are apparently fictional.) Whenever it's released here, it'll probably only play at some place like E Street.

See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405393/

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

Do you have any information on how Gallardo is doing? News about him have been pretty quiet these past few months. Do you have an update on his health/status/feelings for the upcoming season?

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | January 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Its prolly cheaper in PG.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 20, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I will have DC player updates when camp officially opens Thursday

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 20, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Prince Georges County. The ol' home county.

Home of the lead mosquito.

I can just see Becks putting his feet up in the Howard Johnson's in Cheverly.

Money

Posted by: ARickey | January 20, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I can just see Becks putting his feet up in the Howard Johnson's in Cheverly.

Money

Posted by: ARickey | January 20, 2009 3:41 PM

I'm pretty sure I used to lifeguard at that hotel pool when I was in college. That hotel also served as a "hideout" for people in a sorta-witness protection type deal.

Boy how I miss PG County.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it will be at the massive Gaylord Hotel complex at the new National Harbor along the banks of the Potomac. Nothing else in PG County measures up.

Posted by: sobugged1 | January 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

""Another player, goalkeeper Troy Perkins, returned to Valerenga IF in Norway for mandatory team exercises with Norwegian Special Forces.""

Sweet excuse to leave . . . sucks to be Troy Perkins though, leaving sub 80 temps in Southern California for sub 0 temps near the Arctic circle . .

Posted by: delantero | January 20, 2009 3:19 PM
---------------------------------------------


Did you read his blog on Day 1 of the exercises?

http://mnt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/2009/01/troy-perkins-team-building-experience.html

Posted by: beach3 | January 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it will be at National Harbor, but so sure that it will be at the Gaylord. More likely, they will stick them in the Hampton Inn or the Residence Inn. If I had stay there, it would be the Westin.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | January 20, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Perkins story - you can't make this stuff up, can you?

What a howler!

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | January 20, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

They should just put the new stadium up at the National Harbor. Great location, nice area -- and it's right across the bridge from me!

Posted by: stwasm | January 20, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

And if teams are flying into BWI, it makes sense to use PG County.

Posted by: Verrazzano | January 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Shorter MLS release: yeah well, We didn't want that coverage anyway. So there!

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 20, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Perkins blog link. Can't see him wanting to deal with that again next year if other options present themselves.

Posted by: Pedalada | January 20, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Gaylord? The Norovirus hotel? Well, I'd post another Pepto Bismol comment, but the powers at the Post may edit it again.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 20, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

61 days to the opening match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 20, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Why do the home teams select the hotel for the visting team? Don't visting teams have access to travelocity, hotwire, etc to make their own hotel reservations?

Posted by: Ron16 | January 22, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company