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Soccer Insider: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Freedom, United Friendlies

The Washington Freedom made its debut today at Maryland SoccerPlex, dropping a 1-0 decision to Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) in a WPS friendly. Natasha Kai scored in the 86th minute on an assist from Heather O'Reilly in front of an estimated 1,000 spectators. Meantime, after two losses, D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom  
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Bradley Scores Twice

USA midfielder Michael Bradley scored in the 24th minute, then added another goal in the 86th during Moenchengladbach's 4-2 Bundesliga victory at Cologne. The first strike came from close range, the second on a penalty kick. He's, uh, pretty good....

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Bundesliga , U.S. men's national team  
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Mystery Solved

For four years at the University of Maryland, the standout defender from Lackey High School in Charles County was "A.J. Delagarza". Some pre-draft listings referred to him as "A.J. De La Garza" or "A.J. de la Garza". After being selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Galaxy this...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England, Manchester United-Liverpool 8:40 a.m. ET Setanta Germany, Hertha Berlin-Bayer Leverkusen 10:30 a.m. GolTV England, Everton-Stoke City 11 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Arsenal-Blackburn 11 a.m. Setanta Italy, Cagliari-Genoa 1 p.m. FSC Germany, Bochum-Bayern Munich 12:30 p.m. GolTV England, Doncaster-Birmingham 1:15 p.m. Setanta...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV  
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A Few Minutes With Jeremy Hall

Jeremy Hall was Maryland's leading scorer last fall and helped the Terps win their second NCAA championship in four years. He then decided to leave school a year early to sign with MLS and was selected with the 11th overall draft pick by the Red Bulls, who are converting him...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Friday Kickaround

*Defender Mamadou "Futty" Danso, who was released from D.C. United training camp recently, has returned. Injuries forced the club to find more healthy bodies for the Carolina Challenge Cup, but the move also allows United to take another look at him as the season approaches. Veteran midfielder Dominic Mediate also...

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Greetings From Annapolis

Before we get started with the Red Bulls-Crystal Palace Baltimore friendly at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, you should know that D.C. United formally announced the signing of rookie goalkeeper Milos Kocic from Loyola College in Baltimore. James Thorpe, last year's developmental keeper, has been let go. United is trying to...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USL  
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United Injury Update

Amid the doom and gloom about stadiums, injuries and preseason losses, a sliver of good news for D.C. United: Santino Quaranta tells the Insider that his hamstring injury is not as severe as first feared, and although he will not play in the season opener at Los Angeles on March...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Real Madrid to RFK (Sort Of)

Real Madrid plans to send an under-17 squad to Washington April 4-11 for the Tiffany Trophy Cup. The marquee match is Real against D.C. United's U-16 team April 4 at RFK Stadium, preceding United's MLS game against Houston. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. Other foreign clubs involved are Blackburn, Saprissa and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , Spain  
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Pope Speaks, People Listen

Dear D.C. United Fans, I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support over the length of my career. You all were definitely my 12th man even when I happened to be wearing a different uniform! Unfortunately, today I am writing to all of...

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Thursday Kickaround

*Reminder: Please come by RFK Stadium this Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. to help Marcia Williams, wife of Real Salt Lake veteran Andy Williams, find a bone marrow donor for her rare disease. Time is running out. The initial test is swabbing your mouth. Ages 18 through 55 only....

By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , TV , USL  
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DCU Stadium, Dempsey Goal, USA Loss

*United responds to the Post's Metro section story. *USA midfielder Clint Dempsey scores in the second minute, but Fulham falls at home to Blackburn, 2-1. *The USA women score a late equalizer, then lose to Sweden on penalty kicks in the Algarve Cup final....

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Matchnight: DCU-TFC

Newly acquired goalkeeper Josh Wicks will join D.C. United in Charleston tonight but won't be available to play in the 5 p.m. match against Toronto in the Carolina Challenge Cup. Expect to see him make his debut Saturday against the Battery. As expected, Santino Quaranta, Fred, Bryan Namoff and Louis...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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MLS Cup in Seattle

Insider loyalists have known for two months that this was in the works, and now it is official: MLS Cup '09 Qwest Field, Seattle Sunday, Nov. 22 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 local) ESPN For the first time, MLS Cup will be played on artificial turf. It's high-quality turf, but still...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  MLS  
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Will They Build It?

Today's poll..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*D.C. United will play its second match at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C., at 5 p.m. today against Toronto. Santino Quaranta, Fred, Bryan Namoff and Louis Crayton are out. Newly acquired goalkeeper Josh Wicks is expected to arrive soon but it's unclear whether he'll play tonight or not...

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2009; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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DCU Stadium Update

The saga continues..... Read it and weep. Thoughts on St. Louis United?...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Terps' Newcomers

The NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins' 2009 freshman class includes five players from in-state or Virginia as well as a 6-foot-4 Canadian under-20 national teamer. For the bios, click here. For Coach Sasho Cirovski's video introduction, go here....

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Americans Abroad

Before we get to the USA players, let's take a look at the result for a certain German club that, until a few days ago, had a certain American forward on the squad: Bayern Munich 7, Sporting Lisbon 1 That is not an aggregate score, just today's Champions League result....

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Euro Champions League , U.S. men's national team  
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United Acquires Goalie

D.C. United just announced a trade with Los Angeles: United receives goalkeeper Josh Wicks, the Galaxy gets a conditional draft pick in 2010. Wicks, 25, made six appearances last season. Previously he played for Portland and Vancouver in USL1. Presumably, Wicks, who is 6 feet 3, will be the No....

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United's Offense

Perhaps sensing the club is falling behind in the public-relations battle for a stadium in Prince George's County, D.C. United President Kevin Payne seized the initiative today by issuing a letter of sorts to the team's supporters. Read it by clicking here. "We have to let the lawmakers know that...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Livin' the Dream

This e-mailed press release just arrived at Insider world headquarters: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home to the mighty Rapids of Commerce, will be the venue for the Denver Dream's two regular season home games this year. What is the Denver Dream? One of 10 teams in the Lingerie Football League,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS  
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Euro 2016 Host Is.....

Four finalists have emerged to host the 2016 European Championship: Italy, France, Turkey and a joint Norway-Sweden bid. A final decision will be made in May 2010. Ukraine and Poland are scheduled to host the 2012 tournament. Read the UEFA report here, read the BBC report there. All of which...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  European Championship  
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Quaranta and the Injuries

Just got off the phone with DCU midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta, who has returned home from the Charleston tournament after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday's Carolina Challenge Cup opener against Real Salt Lake. He said he thinks he'll be sidelined a few weeks. Quaranta was en route to the team...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Early Tuesday Kickaround

*The Washington Freedom signed USA national team veterans Cat Whitehill and Briana Scurry as well as University of North Carolina midfielder Allie Long. More details here. The Freedom will make its debut Saturday in a preseason friendly against Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) at Maryland SoccerPlex. *Following a 1-0 victory...

By Steve Goff  |  March 10, 2009; 2:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  CONCACAF , TV , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Berhalter's Status

After 15 years and more than 300 appearances in European soccer, has the time come for New Jersey-born defender Gregg Berhalter to come play in MLS? Perhaps. Berhalter's contract with second-division 1860 Munich expires this summer, and judging by the dwindling playing time he has received recently under new manager...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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United Updates

*Nic Platter, on trial from USL1 Minnesota and vying for the back-up goalkeeping job behind Louis Crayton, was not offered a contract by D.C. United and has left training camp. So unless a late signing occurs, second-year James Thorpe and rookie Milos Kocic will round out the goalkeeping corps. Kocic...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gold Cup Details

As we've been telling you for weeks, RFK Stadium will be the site for a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader July 8. The full lineup with 13 venues was unveiled today (all doubleheaders): Group Play July 3: Home Depot Center July 4: Qwest Field, Seattle July 5: Oakland Coliseum July 7:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Monday Kickaround

*Awaiting the prognosis on four D.C. United players injured in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake at the Carolina Challenge Cup. The initial word was that Louis Crayton's leg injury was minor but that Fred and Santino Quaranta ailments needed further evaluation. All three were scheduled to have MRI...

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2009; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , USSF , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough Luis Robles 90 in Kasiserlautern's 1-0 loss at FSV Frankfurt Marcus Hahnemann in the 18 but didn't play in Reading's 2-2 tie at Plymouth DEFENDERS Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 1-0 win at RAEC Bergen Mons...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Beckham Deal Finalized

English superstar David Beckham will remain on loan to AC Milan through the end of the Italian Serie A season. He will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy when the international transfer window reopens on July 15. As part of the multi-million dollar arrangement, which includes funding by Beckham himself,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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