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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 Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain.

*USA national team coach Bob Bradley is in Nashville today for a site inspection and media event. So far more than 12,000 tickets have been sold to fans from 43 states for the April 1 (mid-week) World Cup qualifier against T&T.

*CONCACAF Champions League semifinals begin tomorrow in Puerto Rico with the USL1 Islanders hosting Cruz Azul.

*D.C. United is organizing a rally at the Maryland State House in Annapolis tomorrow before committee hearings concerning the proposed Prince George's County stadium. Details here. Besides the car caravan from RFK to Annapolis, the club has also arranged a bus to transport fans.

*Stay tuned for the Insider's NCAA-style World Cup tournament that allows you to pick the winners in each round.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 16, 2009; 9:59 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

How strange to see five teams representing CONCACAF... and none of them is Mexico!

Posted by: schmuckatelli | March 16, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I know everyone has jobs but is anyone going to the rally tomorrow? They could really use a visible sign of support before the hearing. I'll be there.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 16, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has jobs? ;)

Posted by: Reignking | March 16, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

North Dakota State!

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 16, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

four teams from concacaf

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 16, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

No Argentina? Wow - they're usually so strong at the youth levels.

Posted by: jsm91 | March 16, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Could a WPS team beat the Tahitian Under-20's?

Posted by: IamAM | March 16, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Tahiti is qualifying in Concacaf?

Posted by: godpere | March 16, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Granted, U20s is a total mystery to me, but other than obvious shocker of Tahiti, I'm pretty surprised to see Uzbekistan and the UAE in there. Both have relatively weak senior teams.

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 16, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Tahiti is qualifying in Concacaf?

Posted by: godpere | March 16, 2009 10:59 AM
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Presumably Tahiti is representing Oceania, which itself is interesting, given that most people woild consider New Zealand the pre-tournament favorite at any age level in that region. (There are over 4 million Kiwis, and slightly under 200,000 Tahitians.)

Posted by: universityandpark | March 16, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

There is a lack of dominant teams from senior level for the most part. It is kind of weird how youth teams do not translate.

Posted by: bighungry | March 16, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Tahiti?!

Countries like UAE and Uzbekistan place a high priority on the youth world cups because their senior teams are weak and have a more difficult path to the senior World Cup, so thorough preparation is taken. It's not a bad idea, as I think the Uzbeks and UAE have been in the U20 world cup somewhat regularly recently, so it's given their players good experience. Countries like England and France, for all the talent they have at that level, could care less about the youth tournaments because the club system is more important to them.

Posted by: ZidVicious | March 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Goff! Any link to info about the club provided transportation tomorrow?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 16, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

yessss TAHITI! great to see this many minnows get in there (even if its just the u-20).

Posted by: gregegeg | March 16, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

kool can't wait for "NCAA-style World Cup tournament"

Posted by: RM27 | March 16, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Too bad we didn't have Jozy and Adu for the U-20 team. But they were very busy...

Posted by: Reignking | March 16, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Including the goalkeeper switch, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen made eight changes from the starting lineup that won Friday night’s semifinal game in a penalty shootout against Trinidad & Tobago"

Doesn't winning CONCACAF lead to a higher seed for the draw?

If so, wouldn't it have been better not to play around with the final by playing the bench and, instead, go for the win to avoid a group of death scenario like the summer Olympics?

Posted by: delantero | March 16, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey Steve - Did I miss a thread reporting on the outcome of the game against Charleston? You going to have preseason wrap piece in the print edition this week, hopefully before the regular season preview? :)

Posted by: regularfan | March 16, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, a rally on a Tuesday afternoon...in March...possibly in the rain...in Annapolis when people are already using time off from work this week to watch March Madness. I think it's a bad idea. If the purpose of the rally is to show how great our team is supported, won't that purpose be defeated when only 12 dudes dressed in black and a some guy from the Post named Goff show up?

Posted by: MBUSA | March 16, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

the rally coincides with the hearings; dcu didn't pick the time or date

no, i will not be there, but state house reporters will attend

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Where's Argentina?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 16, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Where's Argentina?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 16, 2009 12:35 PM

It's a South American country, located south of Brazil, but that's not important right now.

Posted by: IamAM | March 16, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Again. I've seen nothing on BTB or DCU.com mentioning the club providing some transportation from RFK. Any link? Anyone?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 16, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

La Barra Brava is providing a bus to all DC fans...contact information in the second post here: http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=970220

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 16, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

DCU does have a bus leaving lot 5 at RFK at 11 am tomorrow for Annapolis (no sign up needed, just show up before 11).

K

Posted by: goaldigger | March 16, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info fellas. Not promising I'll be able to make it, but I will assume if I get to RFK with my kid in time I'd be able to find some room on a bus.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 16, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

"Did I miss a thread reporting on the outcome of the game against Charleston? "

Yeah, it's not like it was a meaningless friendly against minor league opposition or anything.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | March 16, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Hardly meaningless MJ. Coffee Pot Cup was retained and drank from by many a DCU supporter after the victory!!!
http://www.behindthebadge.com/2009/03/preseason-match-6-dcu-2-batter.php
Good game photos here:
http://www.unitedmania.com/episode-43-charlsetons-dope-and-photos-3889
Hope ya'll don't get stomped by the big dorky green monster on Thursday Masto'... wait a second, yes I do.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Where's Argentina?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 16, 2009 12:35 PM

It's a South American country, located south of Brazil, but that's not important right now.

Posted by: IamAM | March 16, 2009 12:58 PM

Poor choice of words. I was asking why Argentina isn't listed with the teams who qualified.

Here's an answer, to anyone else who's wondering.

http://africanfootball.mtnfootball.com/live/content.php?Item_ID=18176

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 16, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

MLS just updated the online video package. 130 games with 800k-quality streams!

http://web.mlsnet.com/products/

$20 for a season pass

Posted by: addick | March 16, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a poor choice of words UnitedDemon, but good for a laugh.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 16, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Very nice IamAM

Posted by: FreddieFreeIoader | March 16, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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