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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 to play United next month in the other Open Cup bracket.

*The Chicago Fire welcomes Mexican power Club America to Toyota Park tonight for a friendly. Most importantly, who will receive Blanco's jersey after the game?

*For her two-goal performance Sunday at Gold Pride, including the game-winner in added time, the Washington Freedom's Abby Wambach was named WPS player of the week. The Freedom (1-2-1) will host winless and goal-less St. Louis at 6 p.m. Sunday at Maryland SoccerPlex (Fox Soccer Channel). Former Freedom players (circa 2003) Mia Hamm and Siri Mullinix will be honored at halftime.

For Americans Abroad and Soccer on TV, continue reading this post.....

*Americans abroad:
D Michael Orozco 90 minutes in San Luis' 2-0 win over Libertad
(San Luis advances to Copa Libertadores round of 16)
D Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes vs. Bordeaux
F Charlie Davies and Hammarby at GAIS
F Marcus Tracy and Aalborg vs. Brondby

*Soccer on TV:
Euro Champions League, Manchester United-Arsenal 2:30 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Euro Champions League, Manchester United-Arsenal (taped) 5 p.m. ESPN Classic
Copa Libertadores, Everton-Chivas 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
U-17 South America, Brazil-Bolivia 7 p.m. GolTV
Copa Libertadores, Colo Colo-Palmeiras 8:30 p.m. FSE
Euro Champions League, Manchester United-Arsenal (taped) 9 p.m. Setanta
U-17 South America, Colombia-Peru 10 p.m. GolTV
Friendly, Chicago Fire-Club America (taped) midnight Galavision

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 8:53 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , France , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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3,890 in Seattle? DCU beat that.

Posted by: Reignking | April 29, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

The RSL radio guys said that was a sellout for that stadium.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 29, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it was played in a smaller stadium.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the Blanco situation is handled.

Posted by: sitruc | April 29, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Also this re the last Freedom game -- worth DVR'g for young players --

"The signature game so far of the young WPS season – a thrilling 4-3 victory by the Washington Freedom in stoppage time over the FC Gold Pride – has been designated as an instant classic and will be re-aired in primetime by Fox Soccer Channel on Friday, May 1 at 11pm EST/8pm Pacific."

Posted by: OWNTF | April 29, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Seattle game was on a looks like a smaller than a high school football field. they have one side seating area only.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 29, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, I feel a tummy ache coming on which may force me to leave work at 2:30. Hopefully I'll be feeling much better at 4:45. C'mon the Reds!

It kills me that I had a ticket to this match but pesky little things like having to earn a living and high airfare on short notice got in the way.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | April 29, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

What's the latest on DCU-Real Madrid?

Posted by: ncguy | April 29, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good for Abby. She helped save the chicas from what would could have been an even more embarrassing collapse.

That final goal was class. Back facing the goal, the header, the placement...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 29, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

If US can only get quality refs like Marrufo than we are done. That is disgrace that he acted like in favor of Blanco. I have never been impressed by him specially handball calling when ball never even touched the hand. I hope USSF looks hard and realize that he is not one of the best.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 29, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Seattle Terp Stephen King scored on RSL Terp Chris Seitz last night.

Chris Seitz keeps the title of US Goalie of the Future. Will it be a lifetime appointment?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 29, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Abby's goal made it to top 10 goals on FSC with goals from around the world.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 29, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Marrufo can't be doing a good job -- because I know his name. I shouldn't know a ref's name, like Andy VanHellemond. They should be invisible.

Posted by: Reignking | April 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff, will CSN still be covering the United/Wizards match on Wed even though it coincides with the Caps/Pens series?

Posted by: the_slammer | April 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Whether or not Marrufo knowingly did something wrong is nearly irrelevant. It is perception of the events that will matter and Blanco should be punished.

Posted by: sitruc | April 29, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Most importantly, who will receive Blanco's jersey after the game?"

Why, whoever is reffing the game against Seattle on Saturday, of course!

Posted by: Modibo | April 29, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Looks at schedule... damn. Great question, the_slammer.

Posted by: sitruc | April 29, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I heard Club America had to update their jerseys for their new kit sponsor, Tamiflu.

The first 5,000 people to Toyota Park tonight get deloused.

Luckilly for the players, gatorade has come out with a new chicken soup flavor of their sports drink.

Posted by: IamAM | April 29, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Thanks IamAM. I will have Carole King and Maurice Sendak in my head for the rest of the day.

Now, so will you :-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 29, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

hopefully today's champs league game won't be as dreadful as the boring boring chelsea game..even on fast forward that game was hard to watch.

Posted by: gode | April 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

IamAM: send those to Leno.

Posted by: Reignking | April 29, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

My gut feeling is CSN will dump United into dumpster.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 29, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I could live with a delayed tape of United's match. Somebody get Russ Thaler on the phone. Isn't VS covering the playoffs? Maybe Comcast will just leave the schedule alone????

Posted by: DadRyan | April 29, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow, irony can be so ironic sometimes.

From AP:

Fans attending Wednesday's club friendly in Chicago between Mexico's America and the Chicago Fire will be greeted with hand sanitizers spread all around Toyota Park just outside Chicago.

"The Club America organization has followed all of the safety precautions and procedures required by Mexican authorities and they've fully cooperated to ensure the ongoing health of their team as they travel to the U.S., and of course, the safety of our fans," Fire president Dave Greeley said.

Posted by: IamAM | April 29, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

In the past, the first round of the playoffs was the only one that the NHL allowed local broadcasts of the games. If tradition serves, all the games from here on out will be available nationally, on either NBC or Versus, so if I had to guess, I would say United would be safe on Comcast and the Caps games would be on the national outlet.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | April 29, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Goff provided the link but it's still kind of overlooked.

San Luis clinched an unlikely berth in the next stage of Copa Libertadores with a 91' headed goal that gave them the 2-0 victory on the road against group leaders Libertad of Paraguay. San Luis also needed San Lorenzo of Argentina to beat Universitario of Peru and they got that result, too.

Seemed pretty unlikely that San Luis would find a way to advance a couple games ago. And it's good to see Michael Orozco going the distance in an important international game. Match boxscore w lineups (in Spanish):

San Luis is unlikely to make the Mexican playoffs (they need to win and get help w other results) so the Libertadores success is very much appreciated.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 29, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Seattle were a dangerous side as a USL-1 entrant in USOC the last two or three years...looks like they'll be even more so as a MLS side this year.

The game was at the Starfire complex in Tukwila, which is to the Sounders what the SoccerPlex is to DCU.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 29, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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