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Soccer Insider: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

DCU Matchnight #11: United-RSL

Greetings from RFK..... If you'd like to comment on the Freedom's match, go to the previous thread created by colleague Paul Tenorio, who is covering the game. Real Salt Lake hasn't scored on the road in four matches and has never won in Washington. United hasn't lost at home this...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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WPS Matchday 7: Sky Blue FC at Freedom

Welcome to RFK, where for the first time in six years the Washington Freedom will be playing the front end of a doubleheader with D.C. United on East Capitol Street. It's a hot day and the sun is bearing down on the players out on the field. It's a bit...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 23, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Read about RFK's first United-Freedom doubleheader in six years. *A look at Real Salt Lake's troubles, especially on the road, where it is 0-4 and has not scored all season. *WPS rejected the Freedom's appeal of Joanna Lohman's one-game suspension and she will not be available today vs. Sky Blue...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , USL  
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Beckham or Obama?

The Brits have some video fun with the 2018 World Cup bidding campaigns:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Beckham , England , USA World Cup bid  
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Gaucho vs. Gaucho?

In the fall of 2005 and '06, Chris Pontius and Kyle Reynish were teammates at UC Santa Barbara and, in the second year, won an NCAA championship together. Tomorrow night at RFK Stadium, they quite possibly will be in the starting lineup for opposing clubs as Pontius and D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY USL1, Cleveland-Carolina 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England, Shrewsbury-Gillingham 10 a.m. Setanta Germany, Wolfsburg-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich-Stuttgart 11:30 a.m. GolTV France, Bordeaux-Monaco 3 p.m. Setanta Spain, Barcelona-Osasuna 3 p.m. GolTV Spain, Villarreal-Valencia 5 p.m. GolTV Mexico, Pumas-Puebla 6 p.m. Telemundo Colombia,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  TV  
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Friday Kickaround

*Who will the USA national team confront when it plays Brazil next month at the Confederations Cup in South Africa? Pato, Kaka and Robinho but not Ronaldinho. Check out the full roster. The USA list for next week's training camp in Miami, which will include approximately 25 players, will be...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2009; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Brazil , Confederations Cup , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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USSF's Offside Ruling

Chivas USA's first goal against D.C. United last weekend? Offside. Definitely. How do I know? The USSF, which oversees MLS officiating, says so. In ussoccer.com's Referee Week in Review, director of referee development Paul Tamberino and manager of assessment and training Brian Hall concluded: At the moment the ball is...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Poll: United's Keepers

You've seen Josh Wicks start two league matches and one U.S. Open Cup game. You've watched rookie Milos Kocic do the same. You've observed Louis Crayton handle six league outings. You've seen quality moments and uneasy sequences for each goalkeeper. And through it all, you've watched D.C. United lose just...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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Video: United's Play-In Victory

If you weren't one of the few thousand at RFK Stadium for last night's non-televised Open Cup play-in game, you missed eight goals and Boyzzz Khumalo's dance step:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Chang Speaks With Insider

In an exclusive interview with the Soccer Insider moments ago, D.C. United primary investor Will Chang shared his thoughts on Victor MacFarlane's exit from the ownership group, the outlook for a new stadium, the club's long-term future in Washington and, most importantly, his Lot 8 drumming skills. He would neither...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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MacFarlane Out as United Investor

Victor MacFarlane, the San Francisco real estate executive who has spearheaded D.C. United's pursuit of a new stadium, has sold his stake in the MLS club to business partner Will Chang, team officials announced today. "It has been an exciting and challenging last few years for D.C. United," MacFarlane said...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Thursday Kickaround

*The Washington Freedom added another University of Virginia defender to its roster, signing Sarah Senty and waiving defender-midfielder Jayme Leigh Cargnoni. Senty, selected in the seventh round of the college draft, chose to finish her course work before pursuing a pro career. Meantime, Freedom midfielder Joanna Lohman was suspended for...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Freedom , Mexico , Preps , TV , USL , Women  
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Video: Argentina Victory

It came in a 3-1 result against Panama -- a friendly with domestic-based players for the Albiceleste, though the announcer makes it sound like the 1978 World Cup final:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Argentina  
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United Rewind

The final score was 5-3. It very easily could've been 9-8. Poor defending by both sides turned a U.S. Open Cup play-in match with something at stake into a free for all. Despite United's three-goal advantage early in the second half, there was a sense of tension, a feeling that...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2009; 12:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Matchnight: United-Red Bulls

Gorgeous day, RFK's field in immaculate condition.....what better way to enjoy such a setting than with a U.S. Open Cup play-in match! It's all on the line tonight, amigos: Winner heads to the tournament proper this summer; loser goes, er, back to its regular season concerns. Now we know what...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Remembering Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly, an Irish goalkeeping legend who starred for English club Preston North End for 14 years and later became D.C. United's goalies coach, died this week. He was 72 and had been battling colon cancer. Kelly, who was involved in Washington area youth soccer programs and helped operate the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , Ireland  
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USA Roster Projections

USA Coach Bob Bradley is making final roster preparations for the busiest and most important stretch for the national team since the last World Cup: June 3: qualifier at Costa Rica (the Americans have never won there) June 6: qualifier vs. Honduras in Chicago (the last CONCACAF team to win...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Confederations Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*U.S. Open Cup play-in match tonight at RFK: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is 7 p.m. No TV. Radio available at WTOP (1050 AM) and streamed through D.C. United's Web site. For season ticket holders, this is "Special Game B." For walk-ups, plenty of good seats are...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2009; 6:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United , Germany , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Olsen's Thoughts

D.C. United's Ben Olsen, sidelined three to four weeks with a hamstring injury, tells the Insider this evening that "this one is on me -- it's my fault. In the past, I pushed myself and it worked out. This time, I pushed myself too far." To recap: Olsen initially injured...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2009; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Garber Addresses Officiating

"We believe the vast majority of MLS matches are well officiated. It's impossible to think that any job that requires judgment, angles and split-second decision-making will be perfect. ... That's not to say that every decision is right or every game is well officiated. But it is much better than...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  MLS  
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Wicks's Turn?

Josh Wicks started the first two league matches for D.C. United while Louis Crayton worked himself into shape. Crayton started the next four. Crayton and rookie Milos Kocic alternated the past few weeks, but neither definitively seized the No. 1 spot. Now Wicks is healthy, and after serving as Crayton's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Olsen Out 3-4 Weeks

If you were on the Insider's first-alert Twitter feed, you would have known a half-hour ago that..... D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen, who aggravated a hamstring injury in the opening moments of Saturday's match at Chivas USA, will be sidelined three to four weeks, General Manager Dave Kasper said this...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Tuesday Kickaround

"It's just not good enough. They're over their head. They have to learn, just like the players have to learn to play at this level and coaches have to learn coaching at this level, and the refereeing has to get better at this level." Another complaint about MLS officiating? Nope....

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  England , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Americans Abroad, Monday Edition

Another 90 minutes for USA defender Michael Parkhurst, who helps Nordsjaelland (8-16-7) thump last-place Vejle, 4-1, and take a step closer to remaining in Denmark's Norway's top division. Meantime, midfielder Danny Szetela was on the game-day roster but didn't play in Brescia's 2-1 loss at Grosseto in Italy's Serie B....

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Afternoon Updates

*D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen, who reinjured his hamstring early in Saturday's match, is listed as "out" for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup play-in game against New York at RFK Stadium. The club is awaiting results of an MRI exam to determine his long-term prognosis. Defender Greg Janicki, who skipped the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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In MLS, All Tied Up

Congratulations to the Kansas City Wizards, Chivas USA, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. Common thread? Two months into the season, they are the only MLS clubs with fewer ties than victories. This is getting ridiculous. Of the 68 matches, 27 have ended in draws (nearly 40 percent). Six of...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  MLS  
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When Offside Is Onside

Most everyone inside Home Depot Center on Saturday night thought Christian Gomez was offside and interferred with Santino Quaranta's late equalizer during D.C. United's 2-2 tie against league-leader Chivas USA. Gomez said he thought he was offside and touched the ball. Chivas USA was adamant he was offside. Yours truly...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Monday Kickaround

*Already without starter Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake has lost goalkeeper Chris Seitz for at least a month with a shoulder injury, suffered during the 2-0 loss to Kansas City on Saturday. The third-stringer is Kyle Reynish, a former UC Santa Barbara player and 2007 draft pick who seems likely...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedom , MLS , TV , USL  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 3-1 win over West Ham Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie at Middlesbrough Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 2-1 win over Fredrikstad Brad Guzan in 18 but didn't play in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie at Middlesbrough Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 5-3...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2009; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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WPS Matchday: Freedom at Breakers

Abby Wambach is out, Erin McLeod is probably in. Wambach, Washington's imposing striker, will serve a one-game suspension handed down by WPS Commissioner Tony Antonucci for her challenge in the St. Louis game two weeks ago. McLeod's long-awaited work visa was approved, making the Canadian available to become the Freedom's...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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New Forward for Earthquakes?

Forward Cornell Glen, a 2006 World Cup forward for Trinidad and Tobago who played for five MLS clubs between 2004 and '06, is close to signing with San Jose after training with the Earthquakes for the past week. "We hope to resolve everything early this week," Glen's representative, Patrick McCabe...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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United Rewind

In the end, it was probably a fair result, right? Galindo was clearly offside on Chivas's first goal. Gomez said he was offside and admitted to making light contact with the ball on United's late equalizer. Chivas was without Kljestan. United lost Olsen after seven minutes. Chivas hit the crossbar....

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2009; 3:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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