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Soccer Insider: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Saturday Kickaround

*Frank Lampard takes on a radio announcer about comments made about the Chelsea midfielder's personal life. *MLS today: Chicago at Columbus, 7 (FSC) New England at Real Salt Lake, 9 Los Angeles at Colorado, 9:30 Dallas at Chivas USA, 10:30 San Jose at Seattle, 10:30 *Houston signs Coach Dominic Kinnear...

By Steve Goff  | April 25, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  England, Euro Champions League, MLS, USL  
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D.C. United's Lineup?

With about 48 hours until the United-Red Bulls kickoff at the Meadowlands (TV: Telefutura), here is what we know: On the updated official injury list, Christian Gomez (hamstring) and Ange N'Silu (hip flexor) are considered "out." Only two goalkeepers will travel, so we'll assume Louis Crayton and Milos Kocic, which...

By Steve Goff  | April 24, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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A Few Minutes With Tom Soehn

What did you think of last night's New York match? "I didn't like that they got a red card because it screwed up our scouting. ... It wasn't a great game to watch, to be honest." How have you prepared for your first game on artificial turf? "We thought about...

By Steve Goff  | April 24, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday Kickaround

*Georgia native Jack McInerney scored twice for the second straight match as the USA defeated Canada, 4-2, to qualify for the Under-17 World Cup for the 13th consecutive time. Only the USA has participated in every U-17 finals since its inception in 1985. Silver Spring's Joseph Gyau entered in the...

By Steve Goff  | April 24, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS, U.S. men's national team, USL  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY France, Lyon-PSG 6 p.m. ET Setanta South American U-17s, Argentina-Ecuador 7 p.m. GolTV USL, Miami-Montreal 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, San Luis-Necaxa 9:30 p.m. Galavision South American U-17s, Venezuela-Uruguay 10 p.m. GolTV SATURDAY England, Hull City-Liverpool 9:30 a.m. ET Setanta England, West...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  TV  
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John In, Doe Out

You heard it here first last week, and now it is official: D.C. United has completed a trade with New England for the rights to veteran defender Avery John (American University). The Revolution received a conditional draft pick. To make roster space, United waived forward Francis Doe. Doe's departure was...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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USA World Cup Venue Update

The number of venues interested in taking part in the USA's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is 58, including Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Washington (RFK Stadium) and Landover (FedEx Field). Seventy were initially contacted by the USSF bid committee. Three venues that were not on the...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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Dynamo Assistant Apologizes

Saying his comments were "inappropriate and unprofessional," Houston goalkeepers coach Tim Hanley has apologized for a column he penned on an independent Web site last week. If he were not a team employee, Hanley's critical remarks about D.C. United's investors and players wouldn't have caused a stir -- fair game...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Thursday Kickaround

*Revolution defender Chris Albright will be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. *The USA looks to clinch a berth in the U-17 World Cup today against Canada at the CONCACAF tournament in Tijuana, Mexico. *Americans abroad: F Marcus Tracy and Aalborg at Esbjerg D Michael Parkhurst and...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  CONCACAF, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team  
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Everton to All-Star Game?

After negotiating with Valencia and Villarreal, MLS now appears to be eyeing Everton for the All-Star Game in Salt Lake City this summer. Featuring New Jersey's own Tim Howard in goal, Everton is currently sixth in the English Premiership and headed for the FA Cup final after upsetting Manchester United...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  England, MLS  
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Video: D.C. United's Victory

Nice production from the DCU video crew:...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Video: Copa Libertadores

After allowing the equalizer in the first minute of added time, Defensor Sporting scores the winner three minutes later to defeat Independiente Medellin, 4-3:...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Libertadores  
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United Rewind

Stat of the night: D.C. United (two) scored twice as much as the Capitals (one) and Nationals (zero) combined. Attendance watch: DCU 5,163; Nationals 15,567; Orioles 10,868. Grim on all fronts. First surprise: Brandon Barklage in the starting lineup. Second surprise: Barklage, projected as a wide player in MLS, in...

By Steve Goff  | April 23, 2009; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  
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Americans Abroad, Wed. Edition

In England, USA goalkeeper Tim Howard plays 90 minutes and makes four saves, including a second-half leaping gem on John Terry's bid from distance, in Everton's 0-0 tie at Chelsea; midfielder Jeremiah White enters in the 68th and scores in the 76th during Aarhus' 3-0 victory over Sonderjyske; midfielder Benny...

By Steve Goff  | April 22, 2009; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Open Cup Matchnight: United-Dallas

Greetings from RFK. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. No TV coverage, so come on down! Weather outlook here. D.C. United tells me that, indeed, it will produce a video highlight package from tonight's match and post it on their Web site by tomorrow morning. A few pregame notes..... *The Insider told...

By Steve Goff  | April 22, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  
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D.C. United's Lineup?

D.C. United has proclaimed all spring that the club's quality depth will help it thrive during a long year that includes the league calendar, domestic cup competition and international play. Injuries and a suspension tested the personnel pool early, and tonight Coach Tom Soehn seems likely to turn, by choice,...

By Steve Goff  | April 22, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  
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Early Wednesday Kickaround

*The preview of D.C. United's U.S. Open Cup match against Dallas tonight at RFK Stadium. *DCU-Real Madrid negotiations are on hold but expected to resume soon. *Toronto (1-2-2) hosts Chivas USA (4-0-1) tonight but will be without star midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, sidelined several weeks with a hamstring injury. Coach...

By Steve Goff  | April 22, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. Open Cup, U.S. men's national team, USL  
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A Liga of Their Own

Post colleague David Montgomery offers this compelling story about a Fairfax County police officer who uses soccer to reach at-risk youth in Northern Virginia....

By Steve Goff  | April 22, 2009; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Madrid Madness

A wild one in La Liga as Real comes back from a late deficit and stops a penalty to beat Getafe, 3-2:...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Spain  
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Bocanegra to French Cup Final

USA defender Carlos Bocanegra played all 90 minutes as Rennes won at Grenoble, 1-0, to advance to next month's French Cup final at Stade de France outside Paris. The opponent will be Toulouse or second-division Guingamp. Elsewhere in Europe, USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann earned a shutout for Reading in a...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  England, France, U.S. men's national team  
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Olsen, Pontius and Soehn Speak

*Ben Olsen, on D.C. United beginning defense of its U.S. Open Cup title: "I am still shocked at how you win it and don't get a berth into the final round. But it's always about building a bigger case for trophies. As disappointing as last year was, we still managed...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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United News & Notes

U.S. Open Cup fever is rampant! D.C. United vs. FC Dallas tomorrow night (7:30) at RFK Stadium. The game is part of the season ticket package; otherwise, the turnout probably wouldn't fill the RFK training grounds. The winner will face New York or San Jose in the next round of...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Terps in MLS

After winning the NCAA championship in December, the Maryland Terrapins had five players selected among the top 23 picks in the MLS draft a month later in St. Louis. Here's how they are faring: OMAR GONZALEZ Defender, Los Angeles Galaxy First round, third overall All four games, four starts, played...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the USA national team's next World Cup qualifier at home: June 6 vs. Honduras at Chicago's Soldier Field. The Americans play at Costa Rica three days earlier. *Listen to USA goalkeeper Tim Howard talk about Everton's PK victory over Manchester United in...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  TV, U.S. men's national team, Women  
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Americans Abroad, Monday Edition

In Sweden, USA forward Charlie Davies plays 90 minutes and scores the go-ahead goal in the 66th minute of Hammarby's 3-1 victory over Djurgarden. In Denmark, forward Marcus Tracy plays the final 30 minutes of Aalborg's 0-0 tie with Vejle. In Germany, goalkeeper Luis Robles (injured) not in the 18...

By Steve Goff  | April 20, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Germany, Sweden, U.S. men's national team  
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Local Soccer This Week

WEDNESDAY D.C. United vs. FC Dallas RFK Stadium, 7:30 p.m. U.S. Open Cup preliminary round (winner plays San Jose or New York, date and site TBA) TV: none. Radio: WTOP (1050 AM), English; WACA (1540 AM), WLXE (1600 AM), WZHF (1390 AM). Audio available via mlsnet.com FRIDAY Crystal Palace Baltimore...

By Steve Goff  | April 20, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United, Freedom, U.S. Open Cup, USL  
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MLS Observations

*Party like it's '02 in Daegu: Brian McBride scores twice for Chicago, Josh Wolff answers with two late strikes for Kansas City in a 2-2 tie at Toyota Park. *After 36 league matches, 13 have ended in ties (36.1 percent). Last year's overall rate was 27.1 percent. More than half...

By Steve Goff  | April 20, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Monday Kickaround

*The deadline for U.S. cities/stadiums to express interest in bidding to host World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022 has passed, and the Insider is hearing that while a few on the original list of 70 have passed, at least two that were not initially invited have stepped forward. We're...

By Steve Goff  | April 20, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United, Scotland, Spain, USL, USSF  
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Video: Gallardo's Goal

Marcelo Gallardo, D.C. United's $1.9 million fiasco, scores the second-half equalizer for River Plate during a 1-1 tie at Boca Juniors in the Buenos Aires super clasico:...

By Steve Goff  | April 19, 2009; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Argentina  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 120 minutes in Everton's FA Cup semifinal win over Manchester United (Everton wins on PKs, 4-2, after 0-0 tie; Howard stops two penalties) Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie with West Ham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 0-0 tie with Barnsley Troy Perkins 90 in...

By Steve Goff  | April 19, 2009; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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American Goals

A day after USA defender Oguchi Onyewu scored twice in Standard Liege's 3-1 victory at Mouscron in Belgium, USA midfielder Maurice Edu connected in the 73rd minute of Glasgow Rangers' 3-2 victory at Hibernian in Scotland. On a down note, USA midfielder Michael Bradley had a penalty kick saved in...

By Steve Goff  | April 19, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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