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Soccer Insider: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

United Wins, 2-1

In his first match since returning to D.C. United, Christian Gomez scored on a free kick in the 58th minute and Clyde Simms added a goal from 35 yards eight minutes later during a 2-1 exhibition victory over USL1 Puerto Rico tonight. The host Islanders converted a penalty kick in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2009; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Brawl, Brazilian Style

Seven red cards in a seven-goal match between Brasil and Ulbra..... Read about it here. Watch it down there....

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Brazil  
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Signs of Freedom

The Washington Freedom has signed its top two international draft picks: Japanese star midfielder Homare Sawa and French national team left back Sonia Bompastor. Sawa, 30, is a two-time Asian player of the year who played for Atlanta in the WUSA. Bompastor, 28, is France's captain and has 100 caps....

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Women  
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The Kid Has Mad Skills

Madin Mohammed, a 6-year-old born in Algeria who moved with his family to France, has become an Internet phenomenon. Here's why: Where's the young Dema Kovalenko to take him out?!...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY Australian final, Adelaide-Queensland 3 a.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel England, Aston Villa-Chelsea 7:40 a.m. Setanta England, Arsenal-Sunderland 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Bolton-West Ham 10 a.m. FSC Germany, Bayern Munich-Cologne 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, QPR-Ipswich 12:15 p.m. Setanta England, Manchester United-Blackburn 12:30 p.m. FSC...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV  
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World Cup Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The prices: Opening match: $200-$450. First-round games: $80-$160. Round of 16: $100-$200. Quarterfinals: $150-$300. Semifinals: $250-$600. Final: $400-$900. Of course, we won't know the first-round matchups and potential elimination pairings until the final draw takes place in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Friday Kickaround

*As part of its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Chicago will submit a proposal to use 90,000-seat FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, as one of six venues for the preliminary rounds of men's and women's soccer. The others are the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Edward...

By Steve Goff  |  February 20, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United , Libertadores , Olympics , U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Roster Update

With 11 days until MLS teams must be roster compliant, D.C. United's 24-man list is taking shape. The club is permitted to keep 20 senior players and four developmentals. First, a quick transaction review: Ange N'Silu, a 22-year-old forward from the Republic of Congo via France who most recently played...

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United Kickaround

Two D.C. United stadium stories prominently displayed at the top of the Post's Metro section in Thursday's editions: A look at what went wrong with the D.C. negotiations and what went right in Prince George's County. Columnist Marc Fisher -- gasp! -- thinks it's a bad move for everyone. Meanwhile,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Americans Abroad, Wed. Edition

UEFA CUP D Oguchi Onyewu plays 90 in Standard Liege's 3-0 loss at Braga GK Brad Guzan plays 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie with CSKA Moscow F Marcus Tracy in the 18 but doesn't play in Aalborg's 3-0 victory over Deportivo de Coruna SCOTTISH CUP MFs DaMarcus Beasley (70...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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DCU, Red Bulls, Galaxy, Rapids

*Of the six goalkeepers in D.C. United training camp, the four headed to Puerto Rico for workouts and Saturday's friendly against the Islanders are Louis Crayton, Milos Kocic, James Thorpe and trialist Nic Platter. Not on the list are Mike Graczyk, acquired in the Christian Gomez trade, and Bill Hamid,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Chatting With Payne

D.C. United President Kevin Payne is conducting a live online chat on washingtonpost.com right now. Click here to engage. Go to the comments section of this thread to discuss his answers and any other stadium or club issues....

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Video: Copa Libertadores

Liga de Quito 3, Palmeiras 2. (Caution: poor audio.) Try to figure out what is happening after the final whistle:...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Libertadores  
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Early Wednesday Kickaround

*I'm hearing that the New York Red Bulls have taken interest in Argentine midfielder Emiliano Diaz, son of Ramon Diaz, the former coach of River Plate who was fired by Club America last week. The younger Diaz, 25, had a brief trial with D.C. United last summer. The Red Bulls...

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , USL  
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Americans Abroad, Tues. Edition

On Tuesday..... D Jay DeMerit plays 90 minutes in Watford's 2-0 win over Swansea City F Mike Grella plays 31 minutes in Leeds' 2-0 loss at Hereford United D Frank Simek not in the 18 for Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Barnsley MF Danny Szetela not in the 18 for...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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A Few Minutes With Louis Crayton

Before we get started with Louis, a few more items to share..... *The three-story Marcelo Gallardo banner above Gate A at RFK Stadium has been removed. Eerily, Ironically, it was in a damaged state and had to be discarded. *United President Kevin Payne is scheduled to conduct a live online...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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More DCU News and Notes

DCU Coach Tom Soehn on..... Joe Vide's departure: "I don't think it's that Joe changed. I think the circumstances around him changed. Our team is really deep. It's competitive and losing some roster spots obviously affects not just Joe, but some other guys too." Zach Wells's retirement: "It came by...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Greetings From RFK

*As the Insider told you this morning, a D.C. United regular from last year will not make the roster this season: It is midfielder Joe Vide, who made seven league starts and eight appearances for 590 minutes after being acquired on waivers midseason. Word of his imminent exit began circulating...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*The D.C. United stadium story from a political angle and a sports angle. *United executive chairman Victor MacFarlane, on his current relationship with the city: "We have a two-year lease at RFK. We have had conversations with the city: They're not going to kick us out before we are ready...

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Poll: Name That Team

If D.C. United finalizes a stadium plan in Prince George's County..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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Wells Retires

The Insider has learned that D.C. United goalkeeper Zach Wells, who left training camp several weeks ago to evaluate his future, has decided to retire from MLS and pursue other opportunities. The league is finalizing the paperwork and a formal announcement is expected in the coming days....

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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DCU, Stadium, RFK, Terps

*The new stadium is not a done deal, by any means, but if all goes well, D.C. United believes it could move into a new facility late in the 2011 season and definitely for the 2012 campaign. *"This is a new day for D.C. United. We now see a new,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United  
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Greetings From Largo

D.C. United executive chairman Victor MacFarlane and team president Kevin Payne are here to discuss a potential new stadium in Prince George's County, Maryland. The county executive Jack Johnson as well as the county council chairwoman, a delegate and state senator are here. Several players -- captain Jaime Moreno with...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Monday Kickaround

*Besides the Beckham dilemma, two unresolved issues remain for the league: the MLS Cup venue and All-Star Game opponent. The Insider has been telling you for weeks that Seattle is the front-runner ahead of Toronto and Foxborough to host the championship match, probably on a late Sunday afternoon (Eastern time),...

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USL  
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Milan's Offer? $3 Million

According to U.S. sources close to the situation, AC Milan's offer to the Galaxy/MLS for David Beckham was ... $3 million. That's it. Not $10 million, not $15 million. Can't blame MLS for turning it down. To put it in perspective, MLS received about $1.5 million from Reading for Bobby...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Beckham , Italy , MLS  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Everton Brad Guzan did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Everton Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 2-0 win over Ingolstadt DEFENDERS...

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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