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Friday Kickaround

*If you're planning to attend D.C. United's match tonight against New England, you already know you're going to encounter Friday rush-hour delays trying to get to RFK Stadium for the early start (7:08 p.m.). But also keep in mind that the Washington Nationals are home against Florida at the exact same time. Best of luck on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. Best bet: Arrive very early and enjoy the Maryland-Wake Forest friendly at 4 p.m.

*The RFK weather outlook from the Capital Weather Gang.

*A look at Luciano Emilio's early-season resurgence.

*Wilmer Cabrera names his USA under-17 squad for the CONCACAF tournament that will send four teams to the world championship in Nigeria this fall. The 20-player list includes Joseph Gyau, a Silver Spring native who is the son of former USA winger Philip Gyau (Howard U.) and grandson of Ghana national team and NASL player Joseph "Nana" Gyau.

*In Sweden, USA F Charlie Davies plays the full 90 minutes in Hammarby's 1-0 loss at Helsingborg.

*New Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre, on the importance of the June 6 qualifier at El Salvador:

"It will be our D-Day, the most important day from now on. The players have to understand they must face the qualifiers in a bullish mood. ... I want the players to rediscover their identity and pride. Playing for the national team has to be a reward, not a punishment."

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2009; 9:03 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Dude Goff, New Mexico isn't even a county. Get it together.

Posted by: HuskyJon | April 17, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"New Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre, on the importance of the June 6 qualifier at El Salvador..."

Don't even start - If Texas hears about this, surely they'll follow thru with their secession efforts...

Posted by: 22206no1 | April 17, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Aguirre's D-Day reference is interesting. Although direct Mexican participation in the Normandy invasion was minimal (basically a handful of Mexicans who had enlisted in U.S. or British armed services), the significance of June 6 is probably the same in nearly all countries that were on the Allied side:

http://www.mexconnect.com/en/articles/678-mexico-forgotten-world-war-ii-ally

Posted by: universityandpark | April 17, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

New Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre, on the importance of the June 6 qualifier at El Salvador: "It will be our D-Day"

Wow - was he making the June 6/D-Day reference intentionally? If not, some coincidence.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Interesting, universityandpark. Thanks

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm Ghana be tuning in to see what this U20 team can do.

Posted by: EssEff | April 17, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh here you go again. I can't Bolivia this...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 17, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one who had to read the post a few times to realize Goff was referring to the new coach of the Mexican national team and not a coach for New Mexico.

Posted by: sitruc | April 17, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If I run out of bottled beer while watching the Concacaf matches, I'll resort to having a Canada Molson beer.

Posted by: tab5g1 | April 17, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the article universityandpark.
@Goff, thanks for giving Luci some love. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if he gets a hat trick tonight!
Vamos United!!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 17, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"""It will be our D-Day,""

Haven't Mexican coaches learned anything? They keep setting themselves up for failure by magnifying the task ahead---anything other than total victory will lead to shame!

Were there even any Mexican's at the real D Day? Or, like Ecuador, did they declare war on Germany 2 Feb 1945--8 months after D day?!!

Posted by: delantero | April 17, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if whatever Aguirre said had nothing to do with the Normandy invasion in WWII. Could be something was gained in the translation process.

Meanwhile, Chivas de Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara - perhaps feeling upstaged by the attention accorded to Vasco Aguirre - fired very recently hired coach Omar Arellano and announced his replacement with Sven's recent national team assistant, Paco Ramirez.

At the press conference, Vergara said Ramirez would instill more discipline in Chivas. This being the same Ramirez that recently slapped Frankie Hejduk after Mexico's 2-0 loss in Columbus.

There were questions by some of the reporters whether Vergara was being too arbitrary in firing a coach who had only been on the job 3 weeks. Vergara said it was a joint decision by Chivas' "soccer council". A reporter called one of those council members and he denied they had been consulted. Then Vergara, at the press conference, phoned the guy and tried to put him in his place!

At least that's how the telenovela was reported on Contacto Deportivo last night. Here's a report from the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-chivas-coach17-2009apr17,0,1071573.story

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 17, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm a Florida fan, so I know how odd and quick to pull the trigger people can be on firing coaches, but if that stuff is true, I'll never comprehend how quick soccer coaches go.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 17, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Oh here you go again. I can't Bolivia this...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 17, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

... can you belize it?

Posted by: hogmesh | April 17, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Never mind, Aguirre did refer to the June 6 qualifier as "our D-Day".

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/seleccion-mexicana/noticias/2009/04/16/el-tri-de-javier-se-039rompera-la-madre039

Enough of the South of the Border distractions. Here's to Emilio scoring again in the beautiful weather at RFK! I hope they don't allow any stinking baseball fans to park in the lots there.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 17, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Belize! Thats the one I was looking for! See what happens when I try?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 17, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

What's with all the talk about Emilio and RFK? The Nats don't play at RFK anymore, and Emilio Bonifacio will be with the Marlins tonight at the Nats ballpark....

@22206no1 -- Texans don't even like soccer. Now, if you told them they could have a national team in American football...they'd probably tell you they already do.

Posted by: fischy | April 17, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Here's a story ESPN ran on Gyau last year:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=575144&sec=us&root=us&&cc=5901

So, I read the linked USSF piece -- it seems Renken is out again with a knee injury. Any news on the severity? Is this talented kid going to see a promising career derailed due to knee injuries -- suffered in service of his country?

Posted by: fischy | April 17, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I hope they don't allow any stinking baseball fans to park in the lots there.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane

They will. Lot 3? It's not like United need much more than Lot 8 - I don't see what the big deal is.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Were there even any Mexican's at the real D Day

Posted by: delantero | April 17, 2009 10:02 AM
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See my post above (the third one in this thread, I think).

Posted by: universityandpark | April 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Steve: Emilio's moving from Sports to Metro seems like a loss (from the selfish perspective of a spoiled-by-the-Post soccer fan).

Who's this Matt Vita? Is he cool? Should we flood him with emails on soccer coverage? Where does he stand on grass v field turf, single table v playoffs, Poplar Point v St. Louis?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 17, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh no! Marlins/Nats at the same time as a United game? What will we do in SE DC to handle the dozen or so fans?

Did Kasten go on a Florida station to pimp the ballpark to them?

I'm not bothered by the baseball crowd for this one.

Posted by: kolbkl | April 17, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 17, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm not bothered by the baseball crowd for this one.

Posted by: kolbkl | April 17, 2009 10:51 AM

Here's something that will piss everyone off as I walk out the door. The Nats will outdraw United tonight. It's a beautiful night for baseball - yes, they're only playing the Marlins - yes, the Nats stink - and they'll be a lot of giveaways and no shows in the number (maybe Vic should giveaway a few more these days). But they will draw 20k+ - United will not.

Hugs and kisses, Kev :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@Kev29: (shaking fist).
Who cares, baseball is booooooooring.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 17, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Guiseppe Rossi would play for the New Jersey National Team?

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | April 17, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I have a ticket to both games tonight, but am going to RFK. Besides, tomorrow the Nats are giving away free schedule magnets. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | April 17, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Rossi is cap-tied to Italy, but if he weren't, New Jersey would be a better prospect than Jersey proper (a.k.a. the Channel Islands):

http://outcasts-book.blogspot.com/2008/11/soccer-international.html

Posted by: universityandpark | April 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Playing for the national team has to be a reward, not a punishment."

... otherwise, floggings will continue until morale improves.

Posted by: WorldCup | April 17, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Isn't New Jersey really just a sub-set of Italy, anyway -- like Guadeloupe steals France's players?

Posted by: Reignking | April 17, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff, sir, you are such a car-centric subarbanite. Taking Metro to the stadium is always an option. No traffic, people chanting together in the Metro cars, reduced carbon footprint!

Posted by: sofiaboy | April 17, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Since New Jersey is basically a suburb of New York City or Philadelphia, wouldn't those "national tems" be upset?

I'll probably wake up with a horse's head in my bed tomorrow. I hope it wasn't entered into the Preakness.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 17, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Isn't New Jersey really just a sub-set of Italy, anyway -- like Guadeloupe steals France's players?
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I think the last part of that sentence needs to be turned around (think Lilian Thuram).

Posted by: universityandpark | April 17, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

So, Chivas de Guadalajara hires Paco Ramirez? They wouldn't be playing the Columbus Crew and Frankie Hejduk any time soon, would they?

Posted by: fischy | April 17, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's something that will piss everyone off as I walk out the door. The Nats will outdraw United tonight. It's a beautiful night for baseball - yes, they're only playing the Marlins - yes, the Nats stink - and they'll be a lot of giveaways and no shows in the number (maybe Vic should giveaway a few more these days). But they will draw 20k+ - United will not.

Hugs and kisses, Kev :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | April 17, 2009 11:01 AM

That's pretty weak. Given the current state of things, the Nats should easily double United's attendance. They won't. United will get 18+ and the Nats will fake 30 and probably have 22 in attendance. And that's just sad on their part.

Posted by: vivzig | April 17, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

MORE Bullish than going studs up into the opposing team? More Bullish than stubbornly claiming superiority over the US, despite, well, REALITY?

I would be interested to know what his definition is. And whether El Salvador and Mexico will survive the next match, Mexico with the fouling, ES with the diving and squirming.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 17, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know New Mexico had a national team.

Posted by: hacksaw | April 17, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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