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Soccer Insider: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Matchnight #7: United-Dallas

Greetings from RFK. First thing I noticed upon entering Lot 8: Lots of Capitals jerseys sprinkled in with the DCU red and black. Big sporting day inside Washington city limits as the Caps seize Game 1 against the Penguins and the Nationals -- get this -- won a game. On...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Barcelona 6, Real Madrid 2

That is not a misprint. At Bernabeu. And Real scored first. Henry, Puyol and Messi in the first half. Henry, Messi and Pique in the second half. Barca goes seven points clear with four matches remaining. Let's see how long these highlights remain available:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Spain  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Read my Santino Quaranta story. *The Capital Weather Gang brings you tonight's forecast for RFK Stadium. *A look at FC Dallas. *Insider readers knew about it early in the week, and the Commish Don Garber has confirmed it on his Twitter page (yes, the Commish has a Twitter page): He...

By Steve Goff  |  May 2, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USL  
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MLS Ref Suspended 2 Games

Jair Marrufo, the MLS referee who accepted a jersey from Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco after last Saturday's match against Columbus, has been suspended for two games by the U.S. Soccer Federation. "The initial step in dealing with the situation was to remove Jair Maruffo from his assignment for this weekend," USSF...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  MLS  
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United News & Notes

*Another D.C. United victory over New York this week: DCU has won the U.S. Open Cup coin toss and will host the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium, probably on Wed., May 20. The winner will advance to the tournament proper this summer. For ticket plan holders, the match will likely...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Video: Libertadores Golazo!

The second of Martin Palermo's two goals for Boca Juniors against Tachira during a 3-0 Copa Libertadores victory:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Libertadores  
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Friday Kickaround

*The second phase of ticketing for next year's World Cup in South Africa will begin Monday morning with approximately 100,000 available for all games except the semifinals and final. Each applicant is permitted to apply for four tickets per match for up to seven matches. *USA defender Michael Orozco and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Libertadores , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? (Well, besides Real Madrid-Barcelona.) FRIDAY USL, Cleveland-Rochester 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Tecos-Pumas 9 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY England, Manchester United-Middlesbrough 7:40 a.m. Setanta England, Chelsea-Fulham 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Portsmouth-Arsenal 10 a.m. FSC Germany, Bayern Munich-Moenchengladbach 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Stoke City-West Ham...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  TV  
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Local Pro Matches This Weekend

FRIDAY USL2: Crystal Palace Baltimore (1-0-1) at Charlotte Eagles (0-0-1), 7 p.m. SATURDAY MLS: FC Dallas (1-4-1) at D.C. United (2-1-3) RFK Stadium, 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WTOP (1050 AM), WWWB (820 AM), English; WACA (1540 AM), WYSK (1390 AM), WLXE (1600 AM), Spanish....

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , USL  
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A Few Minutes With Mia Hamm

At halftime of this Sunday's WPS match at Maryland SoccerPlex, the Washington Freedom will honor former players Mia Hamm and Siri Mullinix. Hamm, the U.S. national team legend and women's sports icon, told the Insider yesterday that "I'm so grateful to be honored this way. I loved my time there....

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Not-See TV, Coin Flip, Fire, Copa

*If the Capitals-Penguins series goes to Game 5 -- and that seems almost certain -- Comcast SportsNet will not show the D.C. United-Toronto match on May 9. Comcast apparently has no plans to find an alternate outlet or use tape delay for DCU coverage and, under its contract with the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United , Libertadores , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. Open Cup  
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Early Thursday Kickaround

*D.C. United's opponent in the second round of qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup will be the New York Red Bulls, who defeated San Jose, 2-1, in Santa Clara, Calif. John Wolyniec scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute. Four former D.C. players appeared for San Jose: GK Andrew...

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , Spain , TV , U.S. Open Cup  
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DCU, USA, TFC, WPS

*In need of games, midfielder John DiRaimondo and defender Anthony Peters have been loaned by D.C. United to third-division Harrisburg for a USL2 match this weekend. They'll join the City Islanders in time for a grueling road trip to, um, an island: Bermuda. *Americans abroad today: D Carlos Bocanegra went...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Euro Matchday: Manchester United-Arsenal

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Manchester United and Arsenal kicks off today at around 2:45 p.m. ET. Your options: English TV: ESPN2. Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes. Delayed TV Coverage: ESPN Classic at 5, Setanta at 9. Online Video: ESPN360. Satellite Radio: Sirius XM. Online Updates:...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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United News & Notes

*As part of its blossoming business relationship with Prince George's County, D.C. United was excited to stage its annual charity golf tournament at a prominent course in that Maryland jurisdiction this summer. Not anymore. The Insider has learned that the county government's recent decision to withdraw support for a soccer...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Read about D.C. United's rookies. *Three days after beating New England by six goals, Real Salt Lake was thumped by Seattle, 4-1, in a U.S. Open Cup preliminary game. The Sounders will face Colorado in the next play-in round. Tonight New York is at San Jose, with the winner advancing...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United , France , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Everton at All-Star Game

*Insider loyalists knew last week that this was in the works, and now it is official: English side Everton will face the MLS select squad at the All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City on July 29 (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Telefutura). Today's announcement ended weeks...

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  England , MLS  
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Marquez Sidelined

If you were watching the Barcelona-Chelsea match today, you saw Mexican defender Rafael Marquez suddenly go down in midfield without any contact. According to Barcelona's official Web site, Marquez suffered a meniscus injury and will undergo further testing tomorrow. He is almost certain to miss the remainder of the La...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2009; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Mexico , Spain  
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Dallas Roster Move(s)

Less than two weeks after acquiring U.S. under-20 defender Kyle Davies in an MLS lottery, Real Salt Lake sent him to Dallas today for a 2010 second-round draft pick. To make room on the roster, I'm hearing that defender Aaron Pitchkolan is being traded to San Jose. RSL had no...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Euro Matchday: Barcelona-Chelsea

The first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Chelsea begins today at around 2:45 p.m. ET. Your options: English TV: ESPN2. Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes. Delayed TV Coverage: ESPN Classic (5 p.m.) Online Video: ESPN360. Satellite Radio: Sirius XM. Online Updates: UEFA's gamecast. Post your pregame,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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United News & Notes

Greetings from RFK. Here's the latest..... *Jaime Moreno, on the heel injury that kept him out of Sunday's stirring victory at the Meadowlands: "It was pretty sore and going to New York I don't think the turf would have helped. We decided it was best for me to stay. The...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Ticket sales for the USA's World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago have surpassed 32,000. Somehow I have a feeling American fans will be in the minority. *A lesson in media ethics, boys and girls: South Africa's marketing council is offering expense-paid trips ("junkets")...

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: Champions League

With the first legs of the UEFA Champions League semifinals taking place this week -- Chelsea at Barcelona (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2) and Arsenal at Manchester United (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2) -- I've got to ask..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Euro Champions League , Poll  
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Swine Flu Impact Continues

CONCACAF has canceled the remainder of the Under-17 tournament in Tijuana and postponed the second leg of the Champions League finals because of swine flu concerns. Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the USA had already clinched berths in the U-17 World Cup in Nigeria this fall. The Champions League was...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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United Sights and Sounds

*The radio call from D.C. United's stunning comeback against New York. On the volume meter, announcer Tony Limarzi begins at 11. Adjust accordingly. *Unless they meet the Red Bulls in the playoffs, D.C. United is done -- I said, "Done!" -- with Giants Stadium after 14 seasons, 25 league meetings...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Gulati in D.C.

Sunil Gulati, the USSF president, was invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington this afternoon as part of a media event concerning South Africa's preparations to host the World Cup next year. He was joined on the panel by Ambassador to the U.S. Welile Nhlapo; Sthu Zungu,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , USSF  
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Monday Kickaround

*Juergen Klinsmann's disappointing term as Bayern Munich manager comes to an end. (See what happens when you don't make an offer to retain Landon Donovan!) *Swine flu fears leave some Mexican stadiums empty for league matches. *Stat of the Day I: 12 (number of total goals scored by D.C. United,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Bundesliga , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , TV  
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Video: Emilio, Pontius Goals

Watch the two late goals. Jump to the continuation of this thread for player ratings....

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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United Rewind

If you can't get enough of United's 3-2 comeback win over the Red Bulls earlier today, here's Goff's story that will appear in tomorrow's paper. Here are some photos from the game: D.C United's Chris Pontius is mobbed by his teammates Clyde Simms and Andrew Jacobson after scoring the game-winning...

By Greg Manifold  |  April 26, 2009; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 loss to Manchester City Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie at Bolton Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 2-2 tie at Odd Grenland Brad Guzan in 18 but didn't play in Aston Villa's tie tie at Bolton Luis Robles in 18...

By Steve Goff  |  April 26, 2009; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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WPS Matchnight: Freedom-Gold Pride

One month into the Women's Professional Soccer season, the Washington Freedom (0-2-1) is still seeking its first victory. With just 20 games on the schedule, Washington will need to gets its act together soon. Today's journey takes the club to Northern California for a meeting with Gold Pride at Buck...

By Steve Goff  |  April 26, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Matchday #6: United-Red Bulls

It's a Washington-in-New-York weekend. The Redskins front office is at Radio City Music Hall for the second day of the gripping NFL draft. The Capitals are a few blocks away at Madison Square Garden for Game 6 of their NHL playoff series with the Rangers. The Nationals are in Queens...

By Steve Goff  |  April 26, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
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