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Soccer Insider: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Matchnight #9: United-Toronto FC

Greetings from RFK, where the supporters' march has morphed into a supporters' tailgate in Lot 8. From a vantage point at higher ground at the stadium, I am estimating about 500 marchers and 50 flags and banners. The club is estimating 1,000 participants. The answer is probably somewhere in between....

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Onyewu, Bocanegra Score

The USA national team's starting central defenders, Oguchi Onyewu and Carlos Bocanegra, each scored in the second half today for their respective European clubs. But while Onyewu's 72nd-minute strike helped Standard Liege defeat Club Brugge, 2-0, and remain even with Anderlecht atop the Belgian Jupiler League, Bocanegra's 70th-minute goal was...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Read my D.C. United-Toronto FC match preview and the TFC perspective. *The RFK forecast from the Capital Weather Gang. *The Quaranta roster addition. *An announced crowd of 8,042 at Giants Stadium last night watched the New York Red Bulls score four times in the first 40 minutes and snap out...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Obama Talks World Cup

"The interesting thing about soccer in the United States is, it's extremely popular among children....." Ugh. He's not wrong, but with a pro league in its 14th year, solid TV ratings for the World Cup, a successful women's program and a huge Spanish-speaking population that follows the game passionately, haven't...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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United News & Notes

Midfielder Ben Olsen, who skipped Wednesday's match at Kansas City with a hamstring strain and the usual ankle recuperation issues, returned to practice today but remains officially listed as questionable. "It hasn't been the ankle -- the ankle feels pretty good - but the hammy has been acting up," he...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Friday Kickaround

*It's been a long time in the works and now it's official: UEFA Champions League finalist Barcelona will play the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 1 at the Rose Bowl and the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field four days later. A third friendly has yet to be finalized. *Rumblings in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United , Spain , USL , Women  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY USL1, Austin-Puerto Rico 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England, Millwall-Leeds 7:40 a.m. Setanta England, Everton-Spurs 10 a.m. FSC England, Fulham-Aston Villa 10 a.m. Setanta Germany, Stuttgart-Wolfsburg 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, West Ham-Liverpool 12:30 p.m. FSC Italy, Lazio-Udinese 2:30 p.m. FSC Spain, Valencia-Real...

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2009; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  
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Wambach Suspended

Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach will serve a one-game suspension for her tackle on St. Louis star Daniela last Sunday at Maryland SoccerPlex, WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci ruled tonight. Wambach is expected to miss the May 17 game at Boston. Daniela, a Brazilian national team veteran who scored twice in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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United, MLS Notes

This afternoon's update has a health theme..... *Santino Quaranta does not plan to attend D.C. United practice tomorrow, the day before the match against Toronto at RFK. He has good reason: His wife, Petrina, is scheduled to give birth to their second child. He swears he will be at RFK...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Forward, March! (for a Stadium)

Two days until D.C. United fans stage a 10-block march to RFK to show their support for a new stadium in the metropolitan area. The details: A rally will begin at Lincoln Park at 3:30 p.m., followed by a procession along East Capitol Street to the stadium, and culminate with...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Thursday Kickaround

*With the Capitals-Penguins ensured of a Game 5 of their NHL playoff series on Saturday, Comcast SportsNet will not be able to provide coverage of the D.C. United-Toronto match the same evening. There will be no local feed at all. However, you will be able to watch live on MLS's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , TV , Women  
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United Rewind

By the time D.C. United returns to Kansas City for the regular season finale in 5 1/2 months, do you think anyone is going to remember the 1-1 tie between the clubs Wednesday night? Not a chance. Okay, maybe Rodney Wallace will recall his second career goal and Avery John...

By Steve Goff  |  May 7, 2009; 1:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Matchnight #8: United-Wizards

Greetings from Kansas, the Sunflower State, a few miles west of the bigger Kansas City, just off I-435 and I-70, across the street from Dave and Busters, Target and Hooters. Kansas Speedway is just beyond the parking lots. I know how strange CommunityAmerica Ballpark -- which is also home to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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Americans Abroad

In Sweden, USA forward Charlie Davies plays 90 and scores in the 82nd minute of Hammarby's 4-1 home loss to Kalmar. In Norway, defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman go 90 in Start's 3-0 victory over visiting Lillestrom while goalkeeper Troy Perkins records the shutout in Valerenga's 3-0 road win...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Euro Matchday: Chelsea-Barcelona

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and Barcelona kicks off today at around 2:45 p.m. ET. After a scoreless tie at Nou Camp, the sides face each other again at Stamford Bridge in London. Can Barca replicate its exquisite La Liga performance at Real Madrid?...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  England , Euro Champions League , Spain  
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Poll: D.C. United Will.....

Every vote counts: poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

With an early flight to Kansas City for tonight's D.C. United match, I will be off the grid for a bit. So for now, I present these offerings: *My story about United's unsettled goalkeeping situation. *DCU's Barra Brava makes the Wall Street Journal. *A few days old, but worth a...

By Steve Goff  |  May 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Wambach, Freedom Updates

Mary Harvey, WPS's chief operating officer, says of the Abby Wambach-Daniela incident: "We are carefully reviewing the play, just as we are reviewing other physical plays and yellow cards issued over the weekend. The review must play out properly and thoroughly before any judgments can be made." Wambach issued a...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Euro Matchday: Arsenal-Manchester United

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Manchester United and Arsenal kicks off today at around 2:45 p.m. ET. Arsenal is at home, but trails the series after a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford last week. Your options: English TV: ESPN2 at 2:30. Spanish TV: ESPN Deportes...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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Life of Fred

The photos are jarring at first -- a scar running from the side of the head, over the top of the skull and down the other side -- but the smile on Eduarda's face softens the impact. The 11-month-old daughter of D.C. United midfielder Fred underwent 5 1/2 hours of...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Daniela: Ligaments, Tibia Damage

Here's the official word on Daniela, the WPS St. Louis star from Brazil who was injured Sunday against the Washington Freedom at Maryland SoccerPlex: Two damaged knee ligaments and a crack in the tibia, likely sidelining her for the rest of the season. "Daniela will be out indefinitely," Athletica team...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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United News & Notes

After missing a couple training sessions as well as Saturday's match because of his daughter's illness, midfielder Fred will not travel to Kansas City and prepare for this weekend's game against Toronto. Midfielder Ben Olsen will also skip the trip to rest his ankle. Defender Marc Burch has a sore...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Daniela Update

Unconfirmed, but the word in WPS circles is that Daniela, St. Louis Athletica's Brazilian star who scored two goals against Washington before being removed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital, suffered a fractured tibia (shin bone) and will be sidelined indefinitely. She was injured in the 80th minute...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Early Tuesday Kickaround

*Word out of Real Salt Lake camp is that goalkeeper Nick Rimando has a slight fracture to the finger that was sliced open to the bone during Saturday's match vs. Colorado and will be sidelined approximately three weeks. Stitches will be removed in about two weeks. He started all 30...

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Spain , TV  
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Moreno Honored, Friedel Wins

D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno, who scored two goals and offered an elegant overall performance during Saturday's comeback victory over Dallas, was named MLS player of the week. It's the seventh time he has been so honored during his career and first time in almost three years. Meantime in Europe........

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Wildest Match Ever?!

In the Greek Cup final, AEK Athens took a 2-0 lead over nemesis Olympiakos but yielding two second-half goals. AEK went back ahead in the 89th minute, but Olympiakos drew even in added time. Olympiakos struck in overtime but the goal-scorer received his second yellow card for excessive celebration. A...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Greece  
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United, WPS Brazilian Updates

*D.C. United midfielder Fred, who was not available for Saturday's match against Dallas at RFK because of a family emergency, returned to training today and seems likely to travel to Kansas City tomorrow for Wednsday night's match with the Wizards (8:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet). *I expect to hear an...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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MLS Observations

*RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando is scheduled to have X-rays to determine the severity of his injured finger, which was cut to the bone during an incident in Saturday's match at Colorado. *The Galaxy has scored seven goals this year. Landon Donovan has four goals and three assists. You do the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Monday Kickaround

*Soccer on TV Today England, Aston Villa-Hull City 3 p.m. Setanta Tuesday Euro Champions League, Arsenal-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 *D.C. United's second U.S. Open Cup play-in game is set: Wed., May 20 against New York at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. *United players on loan: John DiRaimondo played...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , TV , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Freedom Rewind

Hope Solo does not mince words. We know that all too well. So what did she think of Abby Wambach's 80th-minute challenge during the 3-3 WPS draw between Washington and St. Louis, an incident that appeared to damage Brazilian star Daniela's right knee? "There was no excuse for it. I...

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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WPS Matchday: Freedom-Athletica

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex. My first trip up here this spring, and I must say, with the second level of seating, the Freedom Hill Beer Garden and the permanent fencing that encloses the complex, the club and the facility folks have really done well creating an intimate and professional setting....

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Americans Abroad

Who is Anton Peterlin and how could he possibly go from a PDL squad (USA fourth division) to English Premier League side Everton? The news is here, the terrific background story is here. (This week's list does not include players that weren't on game-day rosters) GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Video: Moreno's Go-Ahead Goal

"The old man has done it again!" Jaime Moreno's second goal gives D.C. United a 2-1 victory over Dallas:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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United Rewind

Who was that spry Bolivian conducting United's attack, spraying passes, hitting the post and scoring two goals? Jaime Moreno, you say? Never heard of him. In all seriousness, that was one of the finest individual performances by a D.C. United player in a long time, and it was accomplished by...

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2009; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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