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Soccer Insider: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

USA Roster on Sunday

Foreign-based USA players are beginning to arrive for Wednesday's World Cup qualifying showdown against Mexico in Columbus. Bob Bradley will unveil his 20-man roster Sunday afternoon. The Insider has learned that Freddy Adu didn't make the cut and Dallas announced that Kenny Cooper has returned to the club. How 'bout...

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2009; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Beckham Offer Rejected

According to the Los Angeles Times, AC Milan will need to dig deeper into their pockets to retain David Beckham. "We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo,'' AEG/Galaxy executive Tim Leiweke said. "We just received an offer. It was rejected.'' How much should Milan spend on...

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Italy , MLS  
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Convey and Gambians

*According to a source close to Bobby Convey, paperwork is the only obstacle standing between the former D.C. United midfielder's return to MLS and his introduction as the newest member of the San Jose Earthquakes. Reading, Convey's English club the past 4 1/2 years, formally released him today. *New England's...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS News and Notes

*Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena addresses the David Beckham situation. *The Galaxy has so far balked at the loan fee to acquire Honduran defender Osman Chavez from Platense. Chavez, 24, is currently with the national team for Wednesday's qualifier at Costa Rica. A move to MLS remains possible. *Former D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  England , MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you planning to watch? SATURDAY England, Manchester City-Middlesbrough 7:45 a.m. ET Setanta England, Chelsea-Hull City 9:45 a.m. Setanta England, Blackburn-Aston Villa 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Schalke-Werder Bremen 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, West Brom-Newcastle 12:30 p.m. Setanta England, Portsmouth-Liverpool 12:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Real Madrid-Racing 2 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV  
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Video: Marquez Goal for Barcelona

Sweet free kick........

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mexico , Spain  
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Friday Kickaround

*Anticipating the possible departure of both Landon Donovan and David Beckham, the Los Angeles Galaxy has again inquired about free agent midfielder Stephen Appiah, the Insider learned. However, the club concluded that it cannot compete financially for a player who has drawn interest from Spurs and other European teams, including...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , Netherlands , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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2018, According to the Beeb

The BBC examines the bids to host the 2018 World Cup -- take a look. The odds: England 11-8 Australia 4-1 Portugal/Spain* 4-1 Russia 6-1 Netherlands/Belgium* 14-1 Mexico 16-1 USA 20-1 South Korea 20-1 Japan 20-1 Qatar 33-1 Indonesia 50-1 *If FIFA ends up allowing co-hosts The USA with the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 11:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  FIFA  
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United Loses, 4-1

With Moreno, Olsen, Emilio, Fred, Namoff, Simms, Roger and Burch sitting out, Guerrero with Honduras' national team and Crayton home in Liberia, D.C. United lost its preseason opener today, 4-1 to Danish club Vejle in Bradenton, Fla. Forward Mawale Ange N'Silu, the 22-year-old trialist from France, scored United's only goal....

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Freedom's Schedule Set

In the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season, the Washington Freedom will play: Sun., March 29 at Los Angeles, 6 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel) Sat., April 11 vs. Chicago, 5:30 p.m. (FSC) Sat., April 18 vs. Boston Sun., April 26 at Gold Pride/Bay Area 6 p.m. (FSC) Sun., May 3...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. United , Women  
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DCU Stadium Drama Continues

In the wake of the Poplar Point mess, Prince George's County in Maryland remains very much interested in a D.C. United stadium -- although, in these difficult economic times, public funds for infrastructure and other considerations are scarce. Read about it here. DCU investors have told the Insider that the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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USA Women's Roster

Coach Pia Sundhage has named her 18-player squad for the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal starting March 4. The Americans will play Denmark, Iceland and Norway in the group stage. GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride/Bay Area), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica). DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St....

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Women  
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Thursday Kickaround

*D.C. United begins its preseason schedule at 2 p.m. today against Danish club Vejle in Bradenton, Fla. With an emphasis on fitness and conditioning at training camp, Coach Tom Soehn says his regulars won't play much in this friendly or next Tuesday's game against MLS Cup champion Columbus. Mawale Ange...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United , Libertadores , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team , USSF  
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Beckham's Next Move

To watch and listen to David Beckham's interview about wanting to leave MLS and join AC Milan for good, click here. To read more about it, click here. Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena told the Insider late tonight that he didn't want to comment about Beckham at this time. Becks remains...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Beckham , Italy , MLS  
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Video: Beasley's Goal

As well as the other three from the Rangers-Milan friendly........

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Beasley Goal, Edu Assist

USA midfielder Maurice Edu sets up compatriot DaMarcus Beasley for the first goal in Glasgow Rangers' 2-2 friendly tie with AC Milan at Ibrox. David Beckham plays the first half for Milan....

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Beckham , U.S. men's national team  
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Red Bulls in Annapolis

*The MLS Cup runner-up New York Red Bulls are coming to the Washington area on March 12 for a friendly against USL2 Crystal Palace USA at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Last summer, CP upset New York in the U.S. Open Cup. Later in the year, the Red Bulls...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  MLS  
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United's Roster Status

D.C. United has another 26 days to finalize the 24-man roster, and while most slots are locked up, the coaching staff will have to make a few difficult decisions. To recap, under the new MLS roster guidelines, clubs have the flexibility to sign between 18 and 20 senior roster players...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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In Their Own Words.....

D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn, on not having to prepare for an international tournament before the start of the MLS season this year..... "It's been a lot less stressful. Normally we are already worrying about set pieces and marking. The focus now is making sure we get everyone fit and...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Very Early Wednesday Kickaround

*Former D.C. United prodigy Bobby Convey, who disappeared at Reading and subsequently disappeared from the USA national team, is coming back to MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes? Read about it here. *Former DCU and USA captain John Harkes is investing in Sheffield Wednesday? Read about it here. *Chivas USA...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2009; 12:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , Women  
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Late-Day News and Notes

*The USA-Trinidad & Tobago World Cup qualifier April 1 in Nashville that we were telling you about last night has been officially announced by the USSF. Kickoff is 7:45 p.m. ET (6:45 local) and will be shown live by ESPN2 and Galavision. *D.C. United's Ivan Guerrero and Kansas City's Roger...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Gallardo: Yea or Nay

Now that Marcelo Gallardo has left D.C. United..... poll by twiigs.com And ..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Poll  
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Looking Ahead to Gold Cup

The USA national team is gearing up for a very busy year, what with 10 World Cup qualifiers, meetings with Brazil and Italy at the Confederations Cup in South Africa in June, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. We know the Gold Cup dates: July 3-26. We know the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Here's the link to my Zach Wells story. From what I hear, the chances of him returning to MLS are slim. The foot injury was a factor, but he really just wants to do something else. Life's next adventure awaits. *Defender Lyle Adams, D.C. United's other second-round pick besides goalkeeper...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United , Italy , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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USA-T&T in Nashville

Sources confirmed to the Insider late tonight that the USA's World Cup qualifier on April 1 against Trinidad and Tobago will be played at LP Field in Nashville, site of a friendly vs. Morocco in 2006 and the late stages of Olympic qualifying last March. Awfully big stadium (68,798) for...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2009; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA in '18 (or '22)

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati today formally announced the group's intentions to bid on hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. FIFA will determine both venues in December 2010. David Downs, a 30-year veteran of the broadcast industry who was president of Univision sports since 2001, was named executive...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  FIFA  
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Wells on Leave

D.C. United goalkeeper Zach Wells has taken an indefinite leave of absence to contemplate his future, Coach Tom Soehn confirmed to the Insider today. Wells was not at training today at RFK Stadium and is not expected to join the club in Florida this week. "He is at a point...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Greetings from RFK

*Taiwo Atieno, a 6-foot-2, English-born forward who played for the USL1's Puerto Rico Islanders last season, has begun a trial with D.C. United. The 23-year-old with Kenyan roots has played for an assortment of clubs in England. *During a full-field workout, Ben Olsen scored on a nice one-timer. *Contracts for...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Monday Kickaround

Buenos dias, amigos! Let's begin the week with a Latin American theme..... *Mexico's roster for the USA qualifier next Wednesday in Columbus: Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos Laguna), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos). Defenders: Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Argentina , Beckham , CONCACAF , Italy , TV  
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Americans Abroad

How the U.S. lads fared this weekend..... GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss at Manchester United Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie with Wigan Brad Guzan did not play in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie with Wigan Marcus Hahnemann not in the 18 for Reading's 0-0...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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