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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 Weber, Ds Mike Zaher and Eric Denton, and MF Bobby Convey. The site of the United-Red Bulls game will be decided in the coming days. The date is likely to be in mid-May.

*Davy Arnaud of the Kansas City Wizards threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Royals baseball game. The catcher: Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

*Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez will undergo surgery Saturday and be sidelined eight to 10 weeks, the Spanish club announced. He will miss Mexico's two World Cup qualifiers in early June.

*You can catch me talking futbol on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" today between 5 and 6 p.m. with a replay at 11:30 p.m. The live show is available via streaming video on's sports page.

For Thursday's TV listings, please keep reading.....

*Soccer on TV:
UEFA Cup semis, Dynamo Kiev-Shakhtar 12:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
UEFA Cup semis, Werder Bremen-Hamburg 2:30 p.m. FSC
Copa Libertadores, Boca Juniors-Tachira 6 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
U-17 South America, Uruguay-Ecuador 7 p.m. GolTV
Copa Libertadores, River Plate-San Martin 8:30 p.m. FSE
U-17 South America, Venezuela-Chile 10 p.m. GolTV
Copa Libertadores, Nacional (Uru.)-Nacional (Par.), midnight FSE

By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2009; 12:48 AM ET
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , Spain , TV , U.S. Open Cup  
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Where on the frontpage of the sports section does WPL stream?

Posted by: sitruc | April 30, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

I have decided to refrain from any juvenile bathroom comments in my response. However, I'm pretty sure it's WPS...

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2009 2:00 AM | Report abuse

I think he's talking about Washington Post Live = WPL, not the WPS.

Posted by: DonDraper | April 30, 2009 2:52 AM | Report abuse

New York is good. First, they rarely tale this tournament seriously and we're likely to host, second if we don't there's a lot less travel involved for a midweek game. I'll put our reserves and kids up against theirs this year anyday.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | April 30, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse


Why are we likely to host? I think it's a coin toss.

Posted by: GiannicolusJones | April 30, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I thought the teams had to pay to host the open cup games.

and thats a bummer for Marquez. all those karate kicks must have weakened his meniscus.

Posted by: VTUnited | April 30, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I think it is whichever team agrees to pay a higher bid price to the USOC Committee, in terms of who gets to host.

Posted by: jofij | April 30, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

*Davy Arnaud of the Kansas City Wizards threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Royals baseball game. The catcher: Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

haha....and let the jokes ensue!

Posted by: AtlantaMLS | April 30, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

During the main part of the US Open Cup, its based on bids made by the teams. For the MLS qualifying round matches, hosting is determined by the coin toss.

Posted by: Soccer_Jeff | April 30, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

We have a winner.

Posted by: Pedalada | April 30, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse
The part about the coin flip is the last sentence.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 30, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"John Wolyniec scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute."

Forgive my ignorance, please, and I'm a little embarrassed to ask, but what exactly is a "go-ahead goal"? What does one look like? And are there any video clips out there that show the difference between such a goal and a normal goal?

Posted by: WorldCup | April 30, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse


A "go-ahead" goal is any goal that puts one team ahead of the other. So, the scored was tied, and then the Red Bulls went ahead with Wolyniec's goal. Take the phrase literally.

Posted by: gasdorian | April 30, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh I get it. I thought it was one of those goals like so many DC United let in last year. "No, please, go ahead and score."

Posted by: OWNTF | April 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

By definition, the first goal is a "go ahead" goal. "Game-winning goal" may be a better term for Wolyniec's tally.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 30, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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