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Wednesday Kickaround

*We begin with our final edition of the Buckeye Barometer, and it ain't pretty.

Today: High of 62 degrees, thunderstorms, 20-30 mph winds
Tonight: Low of 39, 50 percent chance of rain, 25-35 mph winds with gusts over 40 mph

*We re-introduce our on-the-road restaurant recommendations with three fine downtown Columbus establishments: Elevator Brewery, El Arepazo Latin Grill and TipTop.

*Join me for a live online chat at 2 p.m. ET today on Submit your questions in advance, follow the action and read the full transcript by clicking here.

*Soccer on TV:
Qualifier, Japan-Australia 5 a.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel
Qualifier, Iran-South Korea 11 a.m. FSC
Friendly, Germany-Norway 2:30 p.m. GolTV
Friendly, France-Argentina 2:55 p.m. ESPN2
Qualifier, USA-Mexico 7 p.m. ESPN2, Univision

*D.C. United finalized a senior roster contract for Andrew Jacobson, the Cal midfielder drafted by the club last year who opted to sign in France instead.

*The expansion Seattle Sounders added experience to their backline by acquiring defender Tyrone Marshall from Toronto for allocation money. Marshall, 34, is with Jamaica's national team for today's friendly against Nigeria in London.

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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A fun side note for the game. From,17033,8652_4912230,00.html

Porstmouth are reportedly waiting to see if Sven Goran Eriksson is sacked as Mexico boss before they make a decision on their new manager.

The Times reports that Eriksson is coming under increasing pressure in Mexico, and face a difficult trip to America as they look to qualify for the World Cup.
If they lose that game, Eriksson could be dismissed from the position that he took just six months ago. The country barely scraped into the second phase of CONCACAF qualifying, and defeat in the first game of the six-strong group would be seen as a major blow.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 11, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Reading reports Convey has signed with San Jose.,,10306~1552969,00.html

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 11, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

So is that it for senior spots? Who's left?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | February 11, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Goff -

Hope you packed your Wellies for tonight's match!

Posted by: BaltoFan | February 11, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

joshuaostevens - I count 18 senior roster slots taken if DCU signs Kocic. that leaves two slots available with N'Silu, Mediate, Veris, Atieno, and the mystery foreign defender to be acquired fighting for the final two slots. Could N'Silu qualify for a Developmental slot? He is only 22.

Senior: Olsen, Moreno, Gomez, Fred, Emilio, Quaranta, Namoff, Simms, McTavish, Burch, Janicki, Jacobson, Crayton, Doe, Khumalo, Vide, Pontius, Kocic?

That leaves four Developmental slots to be occupied by some combination of the following:

Two of Zaher, Barklage, or Miller
Thorpe or Graczyk

Does that sound right? Did I miss anyone?

Posted by: combedge | February 11, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Also on TV...

Friendly, Spain-England, PPV $20
($10 cover at Summers, $20 at Fado)

Ireland-Georgia qualifier available at Fado as well - also $20. God I hope Setanta get rid of these antiquated PPV arrangements.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 11, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Adding my voice to the chorus of kudos for the two print articles and huge front page picture in yesterday's Sports section. If the Sports page is real estate, then yesterday Steve was Donald Trump (with better hair).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 11, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Weird -- the Spain/England game is $10 at the Atlanta Fado's.

Posted by: Reignking | February 11, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

From the Fado Washington site...

"*** Our satellite provider mandates a $20 cover charge for the England match."

Oh really?

Posted by: Kev29 | February 11, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

yeah I saw a guy reading the Sports page on the Metro yesterday and the picture of Fred was so big you could see it from across the aisle

re: jacobson, glad to hear and hope lyle adams will do the same next year

Posted by: Pedalada | February 11, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Intersting blurb from Ives:

"In other news, sources tell SBI that former Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke is ready to return to MLS but is not interested in signing with Seattle, which secured his rights in the MLS Expansion Draft. No word yet on where he might wind up, but there are several teams that could use a defender with Parke's ability, including D.C. United."

I think Parke would be a good addition to the DCU back line. I guess I should wait and see who the unnamed foreign defender is first.

Posted by: PeteO1 | February 11, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Who wants a dude who's going to start the season sitting in the stands because of performance enhancing drugs? Pass.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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