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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, the Washington Freedom, Real Maryland and Crystal Palace Baltimore this weekend; DCU and the Freedom won on goals in added time.)

*Stat of the Day II: 1-6-6 (combined record of 2008 MLS Cup finalists New York and Columbus).

*MLS Attendance Watch: a decent weekend with a high of 28,838 in Seattle, a low of 10,303 at the Meadowlands and respectable numbers in between.

*Soccer on TV:
England, Newcastle-Portsmouth 2 p.m. Setanta

*I will be tied up much of the day meeting with South African World Cup representatives, including former Leeds star Lucas Radebe. Before I leave you.....

*How difficult is it to strike a moving ball with power and accuracy? Watch Clint Mathis do it during Real Salt Lake's 6-0 rout of New England:

By Steve Goff  |  April 27, 2009; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Bundesliga , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , TV  
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That's Why He's Here!

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | April 27, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Golazo! Dang!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 27, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It's so frustrating to see these flashes of brilliance from Mathis and wonder what could have been.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 27, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Nat Borchers had the right idea, too. GET OUTTA THE WAAAAYYY!!!!

Posted by: forpat | April 27, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

OK. So the swine flu kept people away fronm Azteca. What's the Red Bulls' excuse? Oh, mediocrity.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 27, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

what a sillly from Cleetus.

Posted by: VTUnited | April 27, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Red Bull Flu. If I saw a red bull, I think I would avoid it, too.

Too bad for Klinsy; it isn't as if he dropped the team down to UEFA Cup land. Still, that team is loaded and should do better. Even the upstart Hoffenheim has collapsed to ease off some of the pressure.

Posted by: Reignking | April 27, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the swine flu precautions will have any effect on Mexico's June 10th qualifier against T&T at Azteca.

Posted by: addick | April 27, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

So does this mean Klinsman might want to coach the National Team?

Posted by: no_recess | April 27, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Also on "TV" - very big match in the Championship. Norwich v Reading, ESPN360 at 2:45. Reading still have slim hopes for automatic promotion. Norwich are desperate for a win to stay in the division. Last matches next Sunday.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 27, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Remember the name Martin Vasquez. Played in the Mexican leagues and MLS, former US National player, former assistant with either LAG or Chivas, I believe he was briefly a US National team assistant for 1/2 a season, assisted Klinsi at Bayern. I've always heard very good things about him as a coach--some smart team in MLS should snap him up.

Posted by: JoeW1 | April 27, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

so how long before klinsman's the US coach?

Posted by: irebatt | April 27, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Addick: by June 10, the flu epidemic (not sure it is one yet) will either be over or mexico will be collapsing under martial law and civil unrest so that game won't be played. Depends on your sense of optimism or gloom.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | April 27, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Klinsman will become US coach at about the same time that RedBulls win some meaningful hardware...a very, very long time.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 27, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

On June 11, FMF will announce that Klinsmann is the new head coach of Mexico.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 27, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the swine flu precautions will have any effect on Mexico's June 10th qualifier against T&T at Azteca.

Posted by: addick | April 27, 2009 10:11 AM

Mexico is a big country, and so far only selected areas have been affected. For instance, U17 play in Tijuana went on as scheduled, apparently without any special arrangements. They may have to move the match from Azteca, as Mexico City is one of the affected areas. Just which parts of the country, if any, remain unscathed as the WCQ date approaches remains to be seen.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

C'mon people - Munich is no Orange County, CA.

Klinnsmann will be the lastest step to boost the Galaxy as Arena takes over GM roles.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 27, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

So how long before klinsman's the US coach?

Posted by: irebatt | April 27, 2009 10:23 AM

At least 2 years. Bradley is the coach through the World Cup. With the success Bradley's had, there's no way the USSF makes a change -- even if Klinsmann was willing to settle for what they offered the last time.

But, I'm not even sure that Klinsmann would be next in line. Sigi Schmid or Preki might be the early favorites for the 2014 squad.

Posted by: fischy | April 27, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Are you meeting the SA guy at the National Press Club? I work here, and saw he was speaking at noon.

Posted by: jonfhoffman | April 27, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Man, is RSL's success attributable to the Duke-duo of Kreis and Lagerwey running the team?

That club was a laughing stock in its first three years...and now they look pretty decent.

Posted by: combedge | April 27, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Teaching video from Mathis? Who knew?

I'm just glad Pontius scored before GM got rid of him.

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 27, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Was Ridge Mahoney too busy to write a gamer for the Freedom? Poor.

Posted by: bs2004 | April 27, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Klinsman to DC United? PLEASE???

Posted by: alan19 | April 27, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow, 10,000 at the Meadowlands?

Considering the scorching heat, Rangers in the Playoffs and the Mets playing, all at the same time, it's not such a bad showing.

A lot of good football for a Monday, Newcastle look they are going down and if they lose today, then it is definitely over for them. Reading-Norwich also could be a wild game, good to know that it'll be on EPSN360 (thanks Kev29).

Posted by: RedDevil1 | April 27, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's April. It can't be that hot in NYC.

Posted by: Reignking | April 27, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It was hot. Can't blame the schedule-makers, as no one could predict near record heat in April -- but it was hot yesterday. July-August hot. Ditto, today.

Posted by: fischy | April 27, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Even if the Red Bulls may not have many fans, one of their players takes these games seriously:

"Angel, whose eyes were red and watery, was clearly shaken after Sunday’s loss. “Today was an embarrassment,” he said.” What happened is unacceptable. Today was the worst.”

Posted by: fischy | April 27, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

He was crying? Awwwww.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 27, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Mathis scores his one, and probably only, brilliant goal for the season. Prompting 10's of people to call for him to be on the National Team. He'll have more red cards than goals by the end of the season.

Posted by: owendylan | April 27, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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