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MLS, World Cup, WPS Updates

*MLS will conduct a waiver draft at 3 p.m. today. Not much in the pool and some of the players have already headed to the USL. Stephen Wondolowski, Nik Besagno, John Cunliffe, Ned Grabavoy, Pat Carroll, Jamie Watson are among those on the list. The top five picks belong to San Jose, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas and Colorado. Zzzzz.

*About 506,000 applications have been received online for 2010 World Cup tickets, FIFA reports. This total does not include paper applications submitted in South Africa. The deadline for the first phase of ticket sales is March 31. Click here for details.

*NBA superstar Kobe Bryant will welcome women's superstar Marta to the USA sports scene Thursday afternoon during a press event at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , Women  
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Comments

Nik Besagno? The former #1 wunderkind? There's a gamble that didn't pay.

Posted by: Str8Red | March 3, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

no Joe Vide among the masses?

Posted by: BurchFan4 | March 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, statistically, I have to think that most 17-year olds in a position to choose would be better off in the long run with a college degree from Wake Forest, UCLA, etc., than an MLS contract.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 3, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. Besagno was GenAd (just like Quavas Kirk) and has banked a couple hundred thousand, chased the dream, and still has his scholarship money to go back to school. that ain't bad for a 20 year old...

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 3, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Has Joe Vide landed anywhere?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | March 3, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

and statistically, OWNTF, the average 17 year old is better off going to college (especially for free) than signing any professional contract. if you have a 30% success rate in picking 17 or 18 year olds to become career professionals, then you are doing a damn good job. only about half the first rounders from the 2003 MLB draft taken out of high school are playing in the Majors, and soccer is a lot less scientific in scouting and development than baseball.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 3, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Joe Vide has cleared waivers, I think. I can't figure out why Dyachenko is on this list, wasn't he released a month ago?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 3, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Is there an over/under on how much confetti LA will use for the Marta press event?

Posted by: sitruc | March 3, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

random info

Barca might be playing Seattle in a friendly as well as Chelsea!

DC always gets over-looked...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't post often, but I'm an avid reader of the Insider. I'm also a cartoonist and comics reader.

So, it was a pleasant surprise to see my two worlds collide today when reading a friend's weekly online comic. DC United is represented well (at Chicago's expense):
http://www.act-i-vate.com/42-2-15.comic

Posted by: sinderson | March 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

random info

Barca might be playing Seattle in a friendly as well as Chelsea!

DC always gets over-looked...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 1:10 PM
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Wuddayamean?

We got to play Real Madrid a few years back.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 3, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention, In Seattle at Qwest field instead of in DC!
Stupid twitter. I had to look. Goff talking about Peter's being a giant humanoid?!?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 3, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

DCU vs Real Madrid that is. They played at Qwest.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 3, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow Dad - I hope Twitter didn't shorten that to "giant... Peters"

Posted by: Kev29 | March 3, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently guys that were out of contract but didn't show up to preseason were part of the group that had to be waived this week. So guys like Dyachenko and Andrew Daniels (noshow in Dallas) make the list. Some guys on the full list have already been signed in other leagues.

Agree with the Zzzzz, with reduced roster sizes there is little room for teams to take chances on these guys.

Posted by: undrafted | March 3, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone link to the full waiver draft list? I'm not seeing it on MLSnet and Google turns up links from 2008, 2007, etc, but nothing from now.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 3, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Uhmm. Maybe having Kobe announce Marta isn't such a great idea for a league that is trying to sell itself to families lead by "soccer moms" and "soccer dads" with kids.

I know it's been a few years since his "misunderstanding" in Colorado but too me it doesn't seem like a good match.

I also dodn't understand why Kobe, who I don't think ever bothered to go to a Galaxy game before the arrival of the "Pretty One" has decided to make this appearance.

Very interesting...Puzzling, but interesting.

Posted by: yankiboy | March 3, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

random info

Barca might be playing Seattle in a friendly as well as Chelsea!

DC always gets over-looked...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 1:10 PM
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Wuddayamean?

We got to play Real Madrid a few years back.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 3, 2009 1:22 PM
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Like you said YEARS ago as well as Chelsea.
Since then its been all bout the cows and the milky ways.
DC needs to get more high-profile friendlies at least once in a while

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Chest_Rockwell, Ives had it buried in his morning blog post today. mlsnet probably won't publish it until after the draft is finished and maybe not even then.

Posted by: undrafted | March 3, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Like you said YEARS ago as well as Chelsea.
Since then its been all bout the cows and the milky ways.
DC needs to get more high-profile friendlies at least once in a while


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 3:22 PM
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I didn't realize that they let people ivolved in the Witness Protection program have access internet access. Note to Dips: You are supposed to change your username after Uncle Sam has invested taxpayer dollars to give you a "second chance"...

But seriously, you are right. This year, playing in less competitions, they should try and book a high profile friendly. I didn't realize that it had been so long...

On second thought, I really think they are overated. Watching guys play a half with a completely different XI on in the second half. If they make a lot of coin then KP and company should book one. If not, then I can live without it...

Posted by: yankiboy | March 3, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that they let people ivolved in the Witness Protection program have access internet access. Note to Dips: You are supposed to change your username after Uncle Sam has invested taxpayer dollars to give you a "second chance"...
Posted by: yankiboy | March 3, 2009 3:32 PM
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If i could find a way to make this symbol ? any bigger it would be at font 78.

what is that suppose to mean? Straight out of left field!

and yeah booking a high profile team would be nice but even though the second XI would have changed, it would be nioe to know we put a result in the win column.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 3, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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