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

United Season Preview

The Post's season preview for D.C. United will be in Sunday's paper, but you can read Goff's story here. He's en route to Los Angeles for tomorrow's opener, so as usual, make sure to check the Soccer Insider for pre-game and post-game news....

By Greg Manifold  |  March 21, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Video: Soehn on Post Show

D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn previews the season on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live"........

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England, Portsmouth-Everton 8:40 a.m. Setanta Germany, Bayern Munich-Karlsruhe 10:30 a.m. GolTV England, Fulham-Manchester United 10:40 a.m. Setanta England, Spurs-Chelsea 11 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Stuttgart-Hertha Berlin 12:30 p.m. GolTV England, Crystal Palace-Reading 1:15 p.m. Setanta England, Newcastle-Arsenal 1:30 p.m. FSC Netherlands, PSV-Vitesse...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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USA Roster for Qualifiers

The 22-man USA player list for next Saturday's World Cup qualifying match at El Salvador and the April 1 meeting with Trinidad and Tobago in Nashville: Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard*. Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Danny Califf, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector. Midfielders: DaMarcus...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Video: Seattle's Debut

Watch highlights of the Sounders' 3-0 victory over New York:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 20, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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USA Roster Announcement Friday

The USA national team squad that will face El Salvador next Saturday night in San Salvador and T&T on April 1 in Nashville in World Cup qualifying will be unveiled by the USSF on Friday. Starting goalkeeper Tim Howard is out on yellow card suspension. Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni is expected...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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World Cup, NCAA Style (continued)

In our final first-round pairings, we've got some tasty matchups..... poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com keep reading........

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Portland, Baltimore, D.C., N.Y.

*Merritt Paulson, owner of Portland's second-division soccer team and minor league baseball team, will join MLS Commissioner Don Garber tomorrow morning to "make an important announcement on the future of professional soccer in Portland." So Seattle is in, Vancouver is on the way, Portland is next. To truly corner the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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World Cup, NCAA Style (East Region)

Let's wrap up the first round of our mock World Cup using NCAA-style seeding and pairings with the East Region, anchored by Germany. Four matchups to vote on in this thread, four more in a bit. poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Video: Orozco's Goal

See USA defender Michael Orozco's 78th-minute goal during San Luis' 2-2 tie with Universitario in Copa Libertadores:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Libertadores , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: CONCACAF Champions League

First legs of the semifinals..... Santos Laguna's 2-1 victory over Atlante last night: Puerto Rico's 2-0 victory over Cruz Azul the previous night:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Mexico , USL  
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Early Thursday Kickaround

*Welcome, Seattle. Okay, I'm good with that. *Welcome, Vancouver. Great city with soccer tradition and a strong club foundation, but should an American league continue to support Canadian soccer? Just wondering..... *D.C. United second-round draft pick Lyle Adams, the Wake Forest defender who brushed off MLS to pursue a European...

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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World Cup, NCAA Style (continued)

I am swamped with college basketball work in Philadelphia the next couple days, but will continue to provide brackets for our mock World Cup. There is also scheduled to be a modest MLS preview in Thursday's print editions. Wrapping up the Midwest Region with four more games..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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World Cup, NCAA Style: Midwest Region

We're halfway through the first round of our mock World Cup based on FIFA rankings and arranged like the NCAA basketball tournament with four regions and seeded teams. Today we look at the Midwest, led by the Netherlands. If you haven't participated yet, there's still time to vote in the...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Wednesday Kickaround

*D.C. United and Prince George's County are seeking the land adjacent to the Morgan Blvd. Metro station for the 24,000-seat stadium. *United moves forward for the season opener without Santino Quaranta and Fred. *DCU cast-off Nicholas Addlery scores his third tournament goal as the USL1 Puerto Rico Islanders stun Mexican...

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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MLS Destination: Vancouver

Vancouver officials have scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference for an "announcement about the future of soccer in Vancouver and British Colombia." Read this story for more details about MLS's newest club....

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Video: United in Annapolis

If the above video does not work, try this link....

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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World Cup, NCAA Style (continued)

The last four games in our West Region: poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com Scotland-Ivory Coast and Italy-Senegal below........

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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D.C. United Notes and Quotes

*Goalkeeper Louis Crayton says he has fully recovered from a quadriceps injury that he suffered a few minutes into the Carolina Challenge Cup opener and is available to start in Sunday's opener at Los Angeles. "I consider it a miracle because I should have been out for one or two...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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D.C. United Update

*Santino Quaranta and Fred, projected to start on the midfield flanks this season, stretched on the side during today's workouts at RFK Stadium and seem certain to miss Sunday's opener at Los Angeles. Both suffered hamstring injuries in the Carolina Challenge Cup opener 10 days ago. *No. 1 goalkeeper Louis...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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World Cup, NCAA Style: West Region

Confused about this Insider feature? Read this first. Otherwise, commence voting. Four matchups now, four more later today. poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com Two more ballots on the continuation of this thread........

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*The USL1 Puerto Rico Islanders -- not to be confused with the NHL's New York Islanders, USL2's Harrisburg City Islanders or NCAA-bound Radford University Highlanders -- will host struggling Cruz Azul tonight (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Santos hosts Atlante...

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Kamara Suspended

Houston Dynamo forward Kei Kamara has been suspended two league matches and fined $500 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber for an incident at the Feb. 15 friendly against San Jose. After an investigation, the league ruled that Kamara made inappropriate comments to an official. He will miss Saturday's opener against...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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USA, T&T, Freedom, Real Md.

*USA defender Jonathan Spector came on in the 29th minute for injured starter Matthew Upson during West Ham's 0-0 tie with West Brom in the English Premier League today. *Trinidad and Tobago's federation plans to appeal FIFA's four-game ban assessed to Soca Warriors veteran forward Dwight Yorke for unsportsmanlike behavior...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  CONCACAF , England , Freedom , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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World Cup, NCAA Style Part II

We're off to a good start in the Spain-led South Region. (If you missed the tournament introduction and first four voting matchups, click here right away.) Let's continue with the final pairings in the South: poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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D.C. United's Annapolis Showdown

From the Post/Metro staff's Maryland Moment blog..... D.C. United plans to rally its forces at the state house tomorrow, but stadium opponents will be there too. Read all about it....

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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World Cup, NCAA Style

What if FIFA replicated the NCAA basketball model and expanded the World Cup finals to 64 teams -- well, 65 if you'd like a play-in game in Dayton or, say, Dortmund -- and essentially seeded the entire field instead of relying on imbalanced groups? We're talking about one match at...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Monday Kickaround

*Already qualified for the World Cup, the USA under-20s wrap up the CONCACAF tournament in Tobago with a thud. The Cup field is now set this fall: host Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Tahiti, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, T&T, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Australia, South Korea, UAE, Uzbekistan, Czech...

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 win over Stoke City Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Spurs Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 3-0 loss at Rosenborg Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 2-1 win over Koblenz...

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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