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Afternoon Kickaround

*Because of the weather, D.C. United's friendly against the University of Maryland tomorrow night in College Park has been cancelled. No word on whether the sides will be able to find a date to reschedule before the MLS season begins. United is off to Charleston on Thursday.

*Read the full transcript of DCU President Kevin Payne's Q&A.

*I'm now hearing that the MLS All-Star Game opponent is probably going to be from Spain.

*The San Jose Mercury News breaks the news that the Earthquakes have acquired defender Chris Leitch from the New York Red Bulls. Expect a formal announcement soon. For more details, read's report.

*We introduced you to Tromso in a previous thread, and now the Norwegian club is back in the news, facing USA goalkeeper Troy Perkins and Valerenga in a preseason friendly today. Well, actually, Perkins is taking the day off because he just became a father. You can send him a message here. Born in Norway, his son Jack (6 pounds, 4 ounces, 18.5 inches) is an EU passport holder, right?

*Having won the Carling Cup yesterday, Manchester United has now captured two trophies this season (Club World Cup was the other). They're still in contention for the Premier League (first place by seven points), FA Cup (in the quarterfinals vs. Fulham), Champions League (round of 16 vs. Inter Milan).

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , England , MLS , Poll  
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Not sure what the official stance on this is, but to me the Club World Cup should count as part of last season. They made it there by winning last season's CL, it just happens that the comp is played this season. That's how I think of it.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | March 2, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Barcelona to the All-Star Game?

Miami's in????

Also--Norway isn't part of the EU, unfortunately.

Posted by: Shmenge | March 2, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Barcelona please! Any shot at seeing Messi play in the US would be a treat

Posted by: doh1 | March 2, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If it's Real Madrid, as I used to hear rumors of, I'ma have a hard time not making it out there, and an even harder one making it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse


Nope, Norway is a "jus sanguinis" state, not a "jus soli" one. In non-Latin, that means that it cares about the nationality of the parents, not where the child was born.

Posted by: WFU03 | March 2, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Fulham knock Man U out of the FA Cup, if only because I want to hear the rap that Deuce has promised to compose.

Posted by: Colm1 | March 2, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Payne says: "I don’t think we’re not going to have trouble scoring goals."
--Ouch. Too many negatives on the pitch.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 2, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Besides being a "jus sanguinis" state as WFU03 said, Norway also isn't actually in the EU.

Posted by: mercedeskk | March 2, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I also notice that Payne talks up Doe a lot, in his chat. Be interesting to see if Doe delivers.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 2, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else have trouble registering on Valerenga's forum?

Posted by: Juan-John | March 2, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, forgot about this: At Saturday's Screaming Eagles annual meeting, Soehn was asked about who the opponents might be for season ticket holders' extra games package (aside from the US Open Cup). He hinted that there was one possible game against an opponent that he couldn't mention just yet.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 2, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I know Yallop doesn't ever seem to use all his foreign slots, but giving up a slot AND allocation money (even a small amount) for Chris Leitch? Really? No disrespect to Leitch, but I feel like NY just got away with robbery.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 2, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

CWC is definitely part of this season, yes, they qualified last season, but then they qualified for champions league and Carling cup last season as well. it's when you win the cup, not when you qualify.

I don't see ManU taking the quintuple, although they are certainly capable of it. Odds are something will go wrong for them in either FA or CL, all it takes is one bad game, so I think they'll pull the quad, CWC, CC, EPL and either FA or CL. if it's CL, it has to be considered one of the great runs in football ever, if not the greatest. back to back european titles, combined with back to back league titles? unheard of in the modern era. (and I consider the true modern era to be post-EU, with the total free movement of players across national boundaries in Europe)

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

when the heck did Steve Davis write the DCU prediction?

Key losses: M Marcelo Gallardo, D Gonzalo Martinez, D Gonzalo Peralta, GK Zach Wells, M Ivan Guerrero, M Joe Vide

um, those are key losses? one was traded for a starter, one retired to find a new career and the rest were summarily cut. and a whole section on CBs without mentioning Jakovic, who will have a much bigger impact on DCU's season than Wallace?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 2, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Lets just hope its a strong Spanish team rather than a weak side. I bet its gonna be villareal because of Altidore.

just a guess!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Didn't ManU win the Community Shield as well? Put me down for six trophies.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 2, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else have trouble registering on Valerenga's forum?

Posted by: Juan-John | March 2, 2009 1:46 PM

Registering? I had trouble reading the site.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Wait, wait, wait...someone ELSE broke a story? You're slipping, Goff. :)

Posted by: very_clever_username | March 2, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I read through the rest of Valerenga's site - it has mostly to do with moose and herring. It's a silly place.

Posted by: IamAM | March 2, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

LA Times: Beckham back in July, then likely gone in November.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | March 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@IamAM: Thanks for making me splurt coffee all over my keyboard.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 2, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"Nope, Norway is a 'jus sanguinis' state, not a 'jus soli' one. In non-Latin, that means that it cares about the nationality of the parents, not where the child was born."

And Norway's one of those countries that badly needs to be that way. They've pretty much run out of non-frozen real estate upon which to build housing; the last thing they need is a relaxed immigration and citizenship policy! :-)

Posted by: WorldCitizen1 | March 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Here's the LA Times Beckham story. They say he's coming back in July.,0,6510100.story

Pretty lame if you ask me. AC Milan's probably not going to win anything major and this reinforces the notion that MLS regular season games have little importance.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 2, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If you are born in Norway you qualify for a Norwegian passport which I believe is all you need to qualify as a national in order to play. I was born in Norway and qualify for a passport...

Anyway if anyone is interested Bjarte Flem was Tromso's keeper in the late 80's and three the ball in his own net.

They used to call doing something stupid doing a Bjarte Flem afterwards. Believe it or not he did it by mistake though you wouldn't know it by watching the clip.

Posted by: bighungry | March 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

So that means DCU gets another Beckham game at RFK on 8/22 at 7:30pm - should be a nice bump for ticket sales with the evening kickoff (no melting in the sun like last year)

Posted by: Pedalada | March 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't know whether this has any importance, but while Norway are not members of the EU, they are party to the Schengen treaty.

Re: Beckham -- Grahame Jones just quotes "a source close to the negotiations." As Goff likes to ask, who's the source?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 2, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lame if you ask me. AC Milan's probably not going to win anything major and this reinforces the notion that MLS regular season games have little importance.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 2, 2009 3:51 PM

Well, I think that MLS have bigger worries than that regular season importance in this matter. It's really kind of disheartening. There will be no way to spin the Beckham saga for MLS other than a failure. And this move was supposed to be about gloss, marketing and respectability. Now we're talking buy out clauses. I know it's complicated, but it's also not a positive.

As for Milan, (unfortunately) European football isn't as much about winning or losing anymore. It's about qualifying for the Champions League and justifying expenses. If he helps their chances of finishing fourth, then they qualify for the group stages next season - they won't care about going trophy-less.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 2, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Re Man U, I'm not saying it's the greatest club side ever, but I am saying it's in the conversation.

Re Becks, sounds like there's some serious money involved. I don't see this as a humiliation for MLS. We are the league we are, and if the money is serious, we didn't get rolled.

Posted by: dccal | March 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Troy's kid would not become a citizen of an EU member state because he was born in Norway for the simple reason that Norway is not an EU member state. The Schengen Agreement (Accord) is irrelevant to securing nationality (it applies to exchange of law enforcement data between participating countries, and freedom of movement across borders). If Troy or his wife hold the passport of an EU member, it is possible that young Jack could inherit nationality of that member. That aside, congratulations to the Perkins clan!

Posted by: bartapest1 | March 2, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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