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Soccer Insider: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Matchnight #10: United at Chivas USA

After brunch at Martha's in Hermosa Beach and a stroll along The Strand in Manhattan Beach, the Insider turns its late-night attention to the first of what D.C. United hopes is many big matches during this so-far-promising season: Eastern leader DCU (3-1-5) vs. Western front-runner Chivas USA (7-1-1) at Home...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Saturday Kickaround

*As best as I can surmise, the six D.C. United players not on the game-day roster tonight against Chivas USA (11 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel) are GK Milos Kocic, D Anthony Peters, D Greg Janicki, MF John DiRaimondo, MF Brandon Barklage and MF Boyzzz Khumalo. Don't be surprised if...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY WPS, Los Angeles-Sky Blue 10:30 p.m. ET Universal Sports SATURDAY England, Manchester United-Arsenal 7:40 a.m. Setanta England, Newcastle-Fulham 9:40 a.m. Setanta England, Spurs-Manchester City 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich 11:30 a.m. GolTV England, Everton-West Ham noon FSC Italy, Roma-Catania noon...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  TV  
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Video: Copa Libertadores

Defensor 2, Boca Juniors 2:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Libertadores  
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Friday Kickaround

"With the Washington Capitals having exited the NHL playoffs, the District's sporting stage belongs entirely to Zimmerman and the Nationals." Yup, that line appeared in this morning's Washington Post. "Entirely"? The same story reports that Nats attendance is down a staggering 35 percent over this point last MLB season. Like...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2009; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom  
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Mason Nation

How about some love for the locals? Former Columbus Crew coach Greg Andrulis's recruiting class at George Mason is considered one of the best in the nation and another top national prospect might be on the way soon. On a side note, the NCAA has selected UC Santa Barbara as...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2009; 3:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Americans Abroad, Thursday Edition

In England, Millwall defender Zack Whitbread went the full 90 in a 1-1 League One playoff tie at Leeds, a result that sent the Lions to Wembley for a final promotion match. Forward Mike Grella came on in the 90th minute for Leeds, which lost the first leg, 1-0. Millwall...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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SuperLiga Set

The MLS lineup: Chicago, New England, Chivas USA, Kansas City. The Mexican lineup: San Luis, Santos Laguna, Tigres, Atlas. (The MLS participants are based on the 2008 league records of teams not involved in Champions League; the Mexican League used similar criteria but some invitations were declined.) TV: Telefutura. SCHEDULE...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  CONCACAF , MLS , Mexico  
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RFK, Tribune, TV, Friendly Skies

*Local organizers tell me they're expecting at least 20,000 for a May 30 friendly between El Salvador and Jamaica at RFK Stadium. (D.C. United is at New England that day.) Kickoff is 7 p.m. Click here for ticket availability. The Salvadorans -- who regard RFK as their home away from...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , TV  
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A Few Minutes With Tom Soehn

Before we get to the head coach's comments..... United's flight to Los Angeles this afternoon -- on United -- was cancelled. Not delayed. Cancelled. So club officials have been scrambling to line up trips tonight. Half the team will go on one flight, the other half on a later journey....

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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United News & Notes

Who is traveling to Los Angeles today for Saturday's first-place showdown with Chivas USA? The goalkeepers will be Louis Crayton and Josh Wicks. Rookie Milos Kocic will stay behind. Midfielder Brandon Barklage is not traveling. How about midfielder Ben Olsen, who has missed two games with a hamstring injury? Olsen:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Thursday Kickaround

*With last night's thumping at the hands of Pittsburgh, the Washington Capitals have continued a troubling trend started by D.C. United: having their season end at home in a do-or-die playoff setting. It happened to United in 2005 (Chicago), '06 (New England) and '07 (Chicago) and now to the Caps...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Pontius Wins Goal of the Week

Fans voted Chris Pontius's strike against Toronto as the MLS goal of the week, but perhaps Dwayne De Rosario's blast 74 seconds later was more spectacular. Take a look at both superb goals from a wild match at RFK last Saturday:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Americans Abroad, Wed. Edition

In France, defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes in Rennes' 1-0 victory over visiting Caen while forward Freddy Adu made the game-day roster but didn't play in Monaco's 3-0 loss at Sochaux. In Scotland, midfielder Maurice Edu was in the starting lineup and went 90 minutes during Glasgow Rangers' 1-1...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Red Bulls Loans

New York has agreed to loan rookie midfielder Nick Zimmerman (James Madison U.) and midfielder Matthew Mbuta (one league appearance) to Crystal Palace Baltimore this weekend for USL2 home matches against Western Massachusetts and Charlotte, officials from the third-division club said. Mbuta is a former Crystal Palace player. The Red...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  MLS , USL  
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Club vs. Country, WPS Version

I understand the delicate balance between national team call-ups and club commitments -- it's never easy and demands careful consideration and negotiation -- but I wonder a bit about the USA women's May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto (7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel). The USA players will gather May...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Poll: Euro Final

Though the Barcelona-Manchester United showdown at the UEFA Champions League final in Rome is still two weeks away, I have to ask..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Atlante, the Mexican club based in Cancun, is going to the United Arab Emirates after defeating Cruz Azul in the two-leg CONCACAF Champions League finals. *UEFA selects venues for the 2012 European Championship. *The Washington Freedom has decided to not appeal forward Abby Wambach's one-game suspension. She will miss Sunday's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Club World Cup , D.C. United , European Championship , Freedom , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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Americans Abroad, Tuesday Edition

In England, USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and Reading will miss out on promotion to the Premier League after a 2-0 home loss to Burnley (3-0 on aggregate), which will face Sheffield United in the next round of playoffs. In German second-division play, goalkeeper Luis Robles , an Arizona native and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Poll: MLS Part II

After eight weeks..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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United News & Notes

*A reminder that the starting time for the DCU match at Chivas USA this Saturday is 11 p.m. ET. Fox Soccer Channel will provide live coverage. *Midfielder Andrew Jacobson (ankle) has returned to training after sitting out last weekend. He is officially listed as probable. Ben Olsen (hamstring) is also...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Women's Friendlies Cancelled

Fearing swine flu, Japan has withdrawn from the scheduled women's friendlies against the United States on May 20 in Texas and three days later in Utah. Japan was also planning to play Canada on May 25 in Toronto. There's apparently an outside chance a replacement opponent will be named for...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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A Few Minutes With Ben Olsen

Even when he's sidelined with an injury (hamstring), D.C. United's veteran midfielder is one of the league's most insightful and entertaining characters: "I didn't train again today, but hopefully I will give it a test tomorrow. It's nagging, as hammies do. I was a little bit in denial that I...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*FC Dallas takes another hit: Goalkeeper Dario Sala will miss four to six weeks. *More than 38,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier June 6 at Chicago's Soldier Field. *The Honduran league has been awarded a third berth in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League, replacing Belize...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , History , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: MLS

After eight weeks..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS , Poll  
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Americans Abroad, Monday Edition

In Denmark, USA midfielder Jeremiah White played 83 minutes in Aarhus' 1-1 tie at Aalborg. Teammate Benny Feilhaber did not get into the match. Neither did Aalborg forward Marcus Tracy. In Sweden, Charlie Davies started and went 90 in Hammarby's 2-0 loss at Örebro. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, the former Boston...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Observations

*Columbus and New York won on the same weekend? Stop the presses! (If there are any presses left.....) *Less than two months into the season, five teams already have at least four ties, led by Chicago and Los Angeles with six apiece. United (five) has surpassed last year's season total...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  MLS  
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Video: Barcelona Falters

With an opportunity to wrap up the La Liga championship, Barca surrendered a two-goal lead and settled for a 3-3 tie at home against Villarreal. Real Madrid trails by eight points with three matches left, meaning a Real tie or loss Saturday at Villarreal or a Barcelona win or tie...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Monday Kickaround

*Chivas USA star Sacha Kljestan will miss Saturday's home match against D.C. United -- a showdown between MLS conference leaders -- because of an accumulation of yellow cards. *Watch the formal announcement of MLS expansion Philadelphia's name, logo and colors via Webcast beginning at 11:30 this morning. *In a USL2...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , History , MLS , TV , USL , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 0-0 tie with Spurs (Howard sets club record for shutouts with 16) Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss at Fulham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 1-0 loss at Burnley Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 1-0 win over Augsburg Brad Guzan in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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United Rewind

Before we look back, let's look ahead: Next Saturday night at Home Depot Center, Eastern leader D.C. United (3-1-5) vs. Western leader Chivas USA (7-1-1) on Fox Soccer Channel. My match report with quotes. PLAYER RATINGS Kocic 4; Namoff 5, Jakovic 7, Burch 5; Fred 7, Simms 6, McTavish 5,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2009; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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