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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 Russian champion Rubin Kazan. Dallas and D.C. United expressed interest in Appiah earlier this winter. Appiah is expected to play for Ghana on Wednesday against Egypt.

*Any thoughts of Mexican star defender Rafael Marquez missing Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against the USA were put to rest yesterday when he scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 Spanish Cup victory over Mallorca. Marquez had injured a calf on Jan. 21, jeopardizing his national team availability.

*Forward Marcus Tracy would've been the top pick in the MLS draft but decided to sign with Aalborg in Denmark instead. His latest comments: "It's a large leap for me on this level. The pace is higher and the tactical element is definitely more sophisticated. It's something I have to get used to."

*Soccer on TV today:
South American U-20s, Colombia-Brazil 3:30 p.m. GolTV
South American U-20s, Uruguay-Paraguay 5:30 p.m. GolTV
South American U-20s, Venezuela-Argentina 8 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, Tecos-Monterrey 9 p.m. Galavision
Australia, Adelaide-Melbourne 3 a.m. (Sat.) Fox Soccer Channel

*Buckeye Barometer
(Countdown to the USA-Mexico qualifier in Columbus)
Today: 33-36 degrees, sunny
Tomorrow: 43-51 degrees, windy
Sunday: 26-44 degrees, chance of rain
Monday: 36-39 degrees, cloudy
Tuesday: 50 degrees, showers
Wednesday: 48-53 degrees, showers
(The Feb. 11 average temperature is 22-40 degrees)

*PSV 6, Den Haag 0 (fantastic goal at the 57-second mark of the video):

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , Netherlands , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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I anticipate we will be reading a lot of DP rumors regarding LA and DC this summer....

Maybe Dallas, too. Can't wait for the Philly DP rumors to get going next winter.

Posted by: fischy | February 6, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Galaxy will miss the playoffs again this your - or have one heck of an opportunity to go out and buy in the summer.

I'm ready for the season!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 6, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Geeze Columbus. You win the MLS Cup, at least you could give us some cold weather for Hexday 1. Sheesh. Let's all try to contact Uncle Lamar to see if he can work some magic up there. God Bless!

Posted by: EssEff | February 6, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how Blackburn fans will greet Brad Friedle's on Saturday (Aston Villa @ Blackburn 10 am SC)
He deserves cheers but boos would not be entirely unjustified.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 6, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RIP Busby Babes. February 6, 1958. Forever Remembered.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | February 6, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

People everywhere outside of the US grow up playing soccer; they don't wait until they have organized practice or games to play the game. This is the main difference why US players are so tactically naive because the only soccer they learn is the institutionalized soccer. Sure there will be exceptions to this like Ramos, Mathis, Dempsey, Donovan. I know Dempsey grew up playing with local Mexicans so thats why he's got a great tactical awareness.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | February 6, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I think we should be inquiring about Appiah's services. He has already hinted that he could take a pay cut to come to play in the US. Have we revisited our earlier interest, Goff?

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | February 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Appiah isn't going to happen. Last I heard Spurs couldn't compete with what Arsenal was willing to offer him. I can't see him leaving $$ on the table to come play in the US.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | February 6, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Appiah will 2012.

Posted by: fischy | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Let it be known that when DCU-ATL teases Ms. DCU-ATL about her beloved Galaxy the term used will no longer be The LA Fightn' Beckhams but will now be The LA Fleein' Beckhams.

That is all.

Posted by: DCU-ATL | February 6, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

DCU-ATL: Don't worry about spending Valentine's Day alone. It's on a Saturday and you can spend it in a bar watching EPL and other Euro matches.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 6, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind, neither Beckham nor Donovan are gone yet, and there's no certainty either will go. The Galaxy/AEG will do what's right for them, not for the player. AC Milan will not set the price for Beckham, and what L.A. asks may be beyond what Milan is willing to pay. I'm guessing $17M minimum.

Same thing with Donovan. His price is going to be steeper than Bayern wants it to be, and whether Bayern is willing to step up will depend greatly on LD's performances the next couple of weeks.

Posted by: LAStory | February 6, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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