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Soccer Insider: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

United Rewind

Video of Emilio's header. Video of Olave's equalizer. Video of Morales' game-winner. Read my United match report. Read the Freedom match report. DCU PLAYER RATINGS Crayton 4.5; Namoff 6, Jakovic 5, Burch 5; Fred 5, Jacobson 6, Simms 5, Gomez 5, Wallace 5; Pontius 6, Emilio 6. Subs: McTavish 4.5,...

By Steve Goff  | April 11, 2009; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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WPS Matchnight: Red Stars at Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where it's slightly cramped in the press box for the Freedom home opener. More importantly, however, is the clear weather outside after a mostly rainy day. The field looks good, and the crowd is trickling into the stands. For a little preview, check out this feature...

By Paul Tenorio  | April 11, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  
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Matchnight #4: DCU at RSL

"We're a folk-singing group from Salt Lake City!" It always comes back to "Wedding Crashers," doesn't it? Greetings again from the Beehive State and Rio Tinto Stadium, with its immaculate playing surface and breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered Wasatch Mountains. A shout-out to Ken Sanders Rare Books ("Creating Chaos Out...

By Steve Goff  | April 11, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Olsen Out? Villarreal Issues?

I'm getting word here in Salt Lake City that D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen did not make the trip. Hoping to receive confirmation from the club in the morning. I am also hearing that the latest candidate for the MLS All-Star Game, Spanish club Villarreal, has been unable to commit...

By Steve Goff  | April 11, 2009; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Saturday Match Options

Greetings from Salt Lake City. D.C. United conducted a closed practice in the southern suburb of Lehi this afternoon in preparation for tomorrow's match against Real at Rio Tinto Stadium. For those of you interested in attending a live match in the D.C. area tomorrow, your options are: 5 P.M....

By Steve Goff  | April 10, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Freedom, Spain, USL  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England, Liverpool-Blackburn 7:40 a.m. ET Setanta England, Sunderland-Manchester United 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Chelsea-Bolton 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Bayern Munich-Eintracht Frankfurt 11:30 a.m. GolTV Italy, Inter Milan-Palermo noon Fox Sports Espanol England, Stoke City-Newcastle 12:30 p.m. FSC Netherlands, PSV-Utrecht 1:30 p.m....

By Steve Goff  | April 10, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Freedom Player Juggles Careers

It's been a while since I've posted on this blog, but hopefully I'll be back around a lot more now that the Freedom season is underway..... Check out my story on local product Joanna Lohman, a Freedom midfielder-defender who is balancing her soccer career with another successful venture. The story...

By Paul Tenorio  | April 10, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Freedom, Preps, Women  
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Open Forum

If the skies are indeed friendly, I will be on my way to the Wasatch Front this morning. While I'm off the grid, the floor is yours -- United? Garber? Freedom? UEFA Cup? Fire away. You should know that Cuban refugee Reinier Alcantara, who has had trials with Chivas USA,...

By Steve Goff  | April 10, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Garber: United's Future in D.C. in Jeopardy

In an exclusive interview with the Insider, MLS Commissioner Don Garber suggested that, if a D.C. United stadium solution is not found soon, the league might have no choice but to move the club out of Washington. Highlights: -- "We don't seem to be able to get a deal done...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
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Janicki Update

While D.C. United's health continues to improve, defender Greg Janicki is apparently not at full strength. Janicki was involved in that frightening head-to-head collision with Devon McTavish in the season opener at Los Angeles, and although he returned to play the final 11 minutes last Saturday, "we are still cautious...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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United News and Notes

Santino Quaranta (hamstring) says he is traveling to Salt Lake City. Devon McTavish (head) says he is traveling to SLC. Andrew Jacobson (not on game-day roster last week) says he is traveling to SLC. Quaranta: "It's going to take a game or two until I get to where I want...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Select World Cup Venues

The U.S. Soccer Federation has come up with 70 stadiums in more than 50 areas for consideration to host World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022. (With that many included, the question is not who is on the list, but who isn't. What? No Nissan Pavilion?!) Take a look at...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Thursday Kickaround

*Bayern Munich Prez Franz Beckenbauer, on his club's 4-0 loss to Barcelona on Wednesday: "What I saw in the first half is, without doubt, the worst football in Bayern's history. It was a demonstration, almost a humiliation. They gave us a lesson." Bayern has been around for 109 years. *The...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Bundesliga, CONCACAF, TV, U.S. men's national team, USL  
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Banner Day for Lopez

How windy was it for the Kansas City-San Jose match Sunday? Watch:...

By Steve Goff  | April 9, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Edu, Johnson Score; Beasley Hurt

A big day for Americans abroad: Former University of Maryland midfielder Maurice Edu scored on a header during Rangers' 2-1 victory at St. Mirren. He played all 90 minutes. However, USA teammate DaMarcus Beasley was taken to the hospital with a rib injury suffered after 15 minutes. Former New England...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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T&T Coaching Change

According to Trinidad and Tobago's soccer federation, Colombian Francisco Maturana is out as national team coach "due to differences in opinions regarding the way forward in the FIFA 2010 World Cup qualification campaign for South Africa." On an interim basis, midfielder/assistant coach Russell Latapy, 40, will guide the Soca Warriors...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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Latest FIFA Rankings

The USA moves up two slots to No. 15. Mexico drops two to No. 25. Not to be taken too seriously, of course: the full FIFA rankings....

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  FIFA, U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: United's Future Home

With the Poplar Point plans a distant memory, the Maryland stadium proposal in tatters and RFK Stadium crumbling, it's time to ask..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Soccer Agenda

Looking ahead..... * Here's a Bryan Namoff story that will also appear in tomorrow's print edition. * Sports Bog Dan Steinberg will look at DCU's Twitter madness later today and tomorrow. * Post colleague Paul Tenorio will preview Saturday's Washington Freedom home opener with a feature about a local player...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Sueño MLS!

The 12 finalists for Sueño MLS 2009 will begin gathering in Los Angeles tonight for three days of competition to determine the winner of the player search. Each of this year's participating clubs, D.C. United, Chicago and Los Angeles, selected four players apiece from local workouts. More than 600 players...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Puerto Rico's Champions League dream is over. Entering the second leg of the semifinals with a two-goal advantage, the Islanders allowed two goals in regulation despite a man advantage, and after taking the lead in overtime, they yielded an equalizer and then fell at Cruz Azul in penalties, 4-2. The...

By Steve Goff  | April 8, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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United Stadium Setback

The project is dying, just about dead. Prince George's County Council voted 8-0 today to not pursue the plan. Three of those eight council members spoke in favor of the plan at the big news conference at PG Community College a couple months back. You remember that joyful event, right?...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Galaxy Not "Vieri" Interested

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena tells the Insider that the story originating in Italy today that former national team forward Christian Vieri is lining up a possible move to Los Angeles "is false" and that the club has no plans to enter talks or offer a tryout. Three days after losing...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Italy, MLS, U.S. Open Cup  
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United's Injury List Is.....

.....the shortest it has been since Franco Niell was here. (Not funny. Apologies.) OUT: GK Josh Wicks (hip flexor strain). PROBABLE: MF Santino Quaranta (hamstring strain), MF-D Devon McTavish (concussion). F Jaime Moreno is suspended. Do you think DCU should stick with the same lineup as it used in the...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Bora Is Back?

No joke: The well-traveled Bora Milutinovic says he will coach Iraq's national team. With Iraq out of qualifying contention for South Africa next year, however, there's no chance for Bora, 64, to make a sixth World Cup appearance. Unless, of course, he jumps to another nation in the next 14...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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United Preparing for RSL

*In D.C. United's two previous visits to Salt Lake City, the club has allowed six goals in a pair of humbling losses on artificial turf. The primary culprit was forward Robbie Findley, who in 2007, just two days after being acquired from Los Angeles, scored twice to end the club's...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Vieri to Galaxy?

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy has linked the Los Angeles Galaxy with Italian stiker Christian Vieri. The Vieri File Age: 35. Big Clubs: Torino, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Monaco. Caps/Goals: 49/23. World Cup: 1998, 2002. He had a rather unpleasant departure from Atalanta last week. Thoughts?...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*North Korea's accusations of tainted food, biased officiating, swindling, the cancellation of "Ugly Betty" and other global outrages have been dismissed by South Korea. Despite the 1-0 loss, the northern missle-launchers are still in good standing to reach the 2010 World Cup and the inevitable first-round grouping with the United...

By Steve Goff  | April 7, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team, USL  
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Monday Kickaround

*The USA's bid to finish atop its U-20 World Cup group for the fourth straight time will not come easy. Sunday's draw stuck the Americans with Germany, Cameroon and South Korea in this fall's tournament in Egypt. See all the groups. "We have definitely been drawn into a strong group,...

By Steve Goff  | April 6, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  MLS, Poll, U.S. men's national team, USL  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 4-0 win over Wigan Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-2 loss to Manchester United Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 0-0 tie at Coventry Luis Robles not in 18 for Kaiserslautern's 1-1 tie with Oberhausen Troy Perkins and Valerenga today vs. Tromso DEFENDERS...

By Steve Goff  | April 5, 2009; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Marta and WPS

Marta scored two goals late in the first half of the Los Angeles Sol's 2-0 WPS victory over Sky Blue FC before 6,053 in Bridgewater, N.J. Speaking of the Brazilian superstar, she is featured in a four-page takeout in the New York Times Magazine today. I am almost didn't make...

By Steve Goff  | April 5, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  
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United Editorial

Jaime Moreno wasn't the only red-card recipient this weekend. The Post editorial staff issued one to Prince George's County council chair Marilynn M. Bland for quashing debate over the D.C. United stadium proposal. Between the dreary early-season attendance figures at RFK and the three-ring political circus in the District of...

By Steve Goff  | April 5, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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United Rewind

You have questions, we have answers..... Did Jaime Moreno deserve a red card? Watch the video, tell us what you think. Why did Christian Gomez leave so early in the second half? "We are in a defending mode and we want to get some work out of there so we...

By Steve Goff  | April 5, 2009; 12:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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