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Wednesday Kickaround

*The USA women began play in the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal today with a 2-0 victory over Denmark on first-half goals by St. Louis Athletica's Angie Woznuk, 23, and UCLA's Tina DiMartino, 22. Hope Solo made five saves. The Americans will play Iceland on Friday.

*The Miami Herald's take on Barcelona's decision not to pursue an MLS team in South Florida at this time. For a Herald columnist's view, click here.

*Real Salt Lake claimed veteran midfielder Ned Grabavoy off waivers.

*Soccer on TV:
Spain Copa del Rey, Atletico Bilbao-Sevilla 2 p.m. GolTV
England, Manchester City-Aston Villa 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Espanol
England, Newcastle-Manchester United 2:40 p.m. Setanta
Spain Copa del Rey, Mallorca-Barcelona 4 p.m. GolTV
England, Blackburn-Everton 5 p.m. FSC
Copa Libertadores, Tachira-Boca Juniors 5 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Copa Libertadores, Recife-LDU Quito 7 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
CONCACAF Champions League, Marathon-Puerto Rico 8 p.m. FSC, Galavision
Italy, Sampdoria-Inter Milan 9 p.m. GolTV
CONCACAF Champions League, Pumas-Cruz Azul 10 p.m. FSC, Telefutura
Copa Libertadores, Universidad Chile-Aurora 10 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

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*Copa Libertadores video.....

Caracas 2, Chivas 0:

Colo Colo 3, Palmeiras 1:

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
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"Barca didn't want to enter an investment with financial risk. Claure felt the franchise fee should have been lowered considering the global financial crisis."

1) That's the second time I've read "no financial risk". That's just stupid.
2) MLS needs to hold tight at 40 or just not have expansion. MLS can wait.

Posted by: Reignking | March 4, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. The $40M entry fee is completely arbitrary. Seattle and Philly only paid $30M. Why the $10M bump?

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | March 4, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"Claure was getting cold feet because he felt guilty laying off employees while bidding for a sports toy."

SOUnds like a guy with a conscience.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 4, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Steve, thanks for the link to that Linda Robertson column. Her piece was thoughtful and well done.

She nailed it with this assessment of Miami and what home teams sports is all about:

"The fact is, it's a quirky place with little sense of place. Sports fulfills a territorial urge, a need to belong to ''my team'' and declare, ''We won.'' Most people here are from someplace else. Their favorite team, the one they grew up loving, is in New York or Bogota."

That, of course, begs the question about why the same is not true of the DC area. Why is it that our teams have the role of unifying when Miami's don't?

Kevin Payne reasoned well when he pushed to name our soccer team DC United.

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 4, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Why 40? Because that's what they chose :) If they back off now they lose credibility and negotiating power. If the economy dictates that people can't afford 40, so be it. Just wait.

Posted by: Reignking | March 4, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The price went up because fewer slots will be available. Slot 12 of a mythical 20 should be cheaper than slot 16. Dwindling supply (theoretically).

Regarding why DCU has garnered enthusiasm in a known transient area: While most of us current DC area transplants bring our NFL, MLB and NHL allegiances with us, there were no allegiances to Soccer teams to bring for those of us of a certain age. Soccer was a clean slate. Winning early helped.

Posted by: JkR- | March 4, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

It's good the investors got cold feet because the players' feet would have burned off if they played on field turf in the Florida summer sun.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 4, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Great write up in The Herald. Can't say there's anything to disagree with there.

Posted by: CHICO13 | March 4, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe I'm the first to say it, but:

I can make those saves. Oh, yeah...I did already.

-Hope Solo

Posted by: DrBeaker | March 4, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

More Soccer on TV...

England, Wigan v West Ham 2:45. Setanta Xtra/Broadband 2.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Also, if you're really bored and want to check out Maurice Edu's 90 minutes from the other day. Setanta are re-airing that match this morning at 11.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Man, watching Scottish Premier replays is hard core...

Posted by: JkR- | March 4, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey - it's not often you actually get to see one of our young players go 90 minutes in Europe ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Glad Miami fell through. I've never seen anything to reassure me that this would be better than the Fusion experiment. You can't keep doing the same thing in the same place and expect different results.

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | March 4, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

glad to see the young players lighting it up in the algarve. I was worried this year's club might be lacking in firepower. guess not!

Posted by: troy6 | March 4, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Did somebody say "Ice"land?!

"Yo, VIP, Let's kick it!
Ice Ice Baby
Ice Ice Baby
All right stop
Collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flowin like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
Yo--I don't know..."

And then there's this, 80s fans...

"Love comes
Down upon us and it flows like water
Burning with the hope of insight
Feathered books the colors of the bright elation
stolen in the sight of love..."

Go ahead. Make it through the day without one of those songs ringing in your head.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 4, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ah Joe, I wanted to slap you for putting that novelty rap song in my mind, but you made up for it with the Icicle Works. saw them at the old 9:30 club, as the singer (in my dotage I can't remember the name) smoked throughout the songs, inhaling in the pauses and exhaling while singing. good times.

Posted by: troy6 | March 4, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Twice today someone has used the word "dotage." Did you both get the same word-of-the-day calendar for Xmas?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 4, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'd just like to point out that it's not 'Atletico Bilbao' but 'Athletic Bilbao.'

Posted by: RedDevil1 | March 4, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was AC Bilbo Baggins?

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 4, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd just like to point out that it's not 'Atletico Bilbao' but 'Athletic Bilbao.'

Posted by: RedDevil1 | March 4, 2009 2:26 PM

Indeed. That would get under the skins of many Basque people. Keeping the English "Athletic" is an important reminder that they are no longer under the thumb of Franco (who forced Bilbao to change to the Castillian name, Atletico).

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a word for athletic in the basque language?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 4, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a word for athletic in the basque language?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 4, 2009 3:06 PM

I'm sure - but like many clubs - Bilbao were founded by British workers transplanted to the area, hence the use of English in the name. They probably got their shirts from Southampton or Sunderland as well.

They're pretty stuck in their ways over there. English name and Basque players only! Plus, the Basque word for 'athletic' probably consists of some random series of 'z's and 'k's than not even locals can say :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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