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Soccer Insider: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

DCU Matchnight #12- DCU at New England

Greetings all! I'm still here in D.C. on my way over to RFK Stadium now for the El Salvador-Jamaica friendly, but of course we would never leave you without a forum to discuss the happenings up at Gillette Stadium. As we know, Christian Gomez and Ben Olsen are unavailable...we presume...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 30, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Crystal Palace Headed to Maryland

Crystal Palace, the London-based, second-division club that oversees a USL2 affiliate in Baltimore, will spend a week of preseason training at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County this summer. The delegation is scheduled to arrive July 11. As part of the visit, Palace will play the Baltimore squad July 13 at...

By Greg Manifold  |  May 29, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  England , USL  
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Avery John Called Up by T&T

D.C. United defender Avery John has been called up by the Trinidad & Tobago national team to play in World Cup qualifiers on June 6 vs. Costa Rica and June 10 vs. Mexico. John will report after United's league game at New England tomorrow night. From United's press release: John...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 29, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , D.C. United  
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Gomez Out, Notes from RFK

Hey guys, filling in for Goff this week as he heads down to Costa Rica, my father's native country, for a vacation before Wednesday's qualifier. Goff said he'd say hello to my family for me, and I in turn promised to keep this blog updated. The biggest news out of...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 29, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday Kickaround

I am off to Central America for a mini-vacation with the family before rejoining you from Costa Rica for the buildup to the USA-Ticos World Cup qualifier Wednesday. In my absence, Post colleague Paul Tenorio will oversee most of the D.C. United and Freedom coverage while New England-based ace Kyle...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , Netherlands , Spain , USL  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Friendly, Ireland-Nigeria 2:30 p.m. ET Setanta USL1, Carolina-Cleveland 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England FA Cup, Chelsea-Everton 10 a.m. FSC France, Caen-Bordeaux 3 p.m. Setanta Spain, Deportivo de Coruna-Barcelona 3 p.m. GolTV Spain, Atletico-Almeria 5 p.m. GolTV Colombia, Tolima-Once Caldas 7:10 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  TV  
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Video: USA Women Victory

Megan Rapinoe's strike at the 1:10 mark of the video is the best of the USA goals during the 4-0 victory over Canada on Monday in Toronto:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Women  
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United-Real Madrid Flashback

Now that the United-Real Madrid friendly is official, let's reminisce about the first meeting between the clubs: Date: Aug. 9, 2006. Site: Qwest Field in Seattle. Attendance: 66,830. Final: United 1, Real Madrid 1. Goals: Cassano 22nd minute, Eskandarian 25th. Read my match report. Of Note: A day earlier, United...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United , Spain  
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D.C. United vs. Real Madrid (continued)

*Expect an official announcement later today: DCU vs. Real Madrid on Sun., Aug. 9 at FedEx Field. *DCU season ticket holders have begun being contacted by the club to purchase seats in advance. The price range is $50-$100 and apparently includes parking. I hear that a secondary sale will commence...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United , Spain  
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D.C. United vs. Real Madrid

Insider loyalists have known for months that this was in the works, and now, according to soccer industry sources, it is a done deal: D.C. United will play Real Madrid on Aug. 9 at FedEx Field. Mid-afternoon kickoff and, from what I understand, televised by Telefutura. United's Aug. 8 league...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  D.C. United , Spain  
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Thursday Kickaround

*My front-page story about the wave of ties in MLS this season and some possible explanations. *First-place showdown tonight at Home Depot Center: East leader Chicago (4-0-6) vs. West leader Chivas USA (7-1-3). Coverage on ESPN2 at 10:30 p.m. ET. *The ESPN mothership (not ESPN2 or ESPN Classic) will show...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Franklin, Oduro, Open Cup, ESPN

*Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin, MLS's rookie of the year in 2008, will be sidelined four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon. He played in eight of the club's first nine games before suffering the injury May 17 against Columbus. *The New York...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Poll: Best Player in Final

Your time to vote.... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Euro Champions League , Poll  
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Euro Matchday: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Whether you are watching at home with, um, an illness, gathering at a watering hole with fellow futbol supporters or staring at your computer screen while pretending to work, I invite all fans to follow the running play-by-play here on the Insider and share your comments as the match unfolds....

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  
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Poll: Euro Viewing

So many options for the Champions League final..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Euro Champions League , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Barcelona. Manchester United. 2:45 p.m. kickoff. Live on ESPN. Preview here. D.C. United predictions here. Is it Messi's day? *Seattle defeats Colorado in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier, 1-0, to reach the round of 16 on June 30. We should receive official word today on the early-round brackets and the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Euro Champions League , Germany , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Cambuur's D.C. Connection

SC Cambuur is close to gaining promotion to the Eredivise and playing in the Netherlands' top flight for the first time in nine years. Why should we care? Because Cambuur's general manager, Alex Pama, was born in Bethesda, Md., coached youth programs in Idaho, Arkansas and Georgia before arriving at...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Netherlands  
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United News & Notes

*Injury update: Ben Olsen continues his rehab from a hamstring injury. Jaime Moreno, limited to a half on Saturday because of illness, practiced today. Christian Gomez sat out with a minor toe or foot injury. *The brackets for the U.S. Open Cup's first and second rounds will be finalized today...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Onyewu's Destination?

I'm getting word today that USA defender Oguchi Onyewu, out of contract after a prosperous career at Belgian champion Standard Liege, has rejected an offer from Bundesliga survivor Borussia Moenchengladbach and plans to showcase his abilities at the FIFA Confederations Cup next month in South Africa in hopes of landing...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Germany , U.S. men's national team  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Read about D.C. United youth academy goalkeepers who might soon be headed to Europe. *The USA women rout Canada, 4-0, in Toronto. *Americans Abroad: MF Alejandro Bedoya (Boston College) 10 minutes in Orebro's 2-2 tie with Brommapojkarna (Sweden) *The Euro Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona tomorrow will...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , Euro Champions League , Preps , Sweden , TV , Women  
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MLS Observations

*The Insider is hearing that Red Bulls upper management is losing patience with Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, whose club is 2-6-3 in the league and conceded four goals in the first 26 minutes of last week's U.S. Open Cup qualifying fiasco against D.C. United. New York hasn't scored on the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2009; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  MLS  
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Holiday Kickaround

*USA women friendly vs. Canada tonight. Abby Wambach is in pursuit of her 100th international goal. Live coverage on Fox Soccer Channel at 7 p.m. ET. Full preview here. *No alcohol in Rome -- the entire city -- before Wednesday's Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United. Good luck...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  CONCACAF , MLS , Mexico , USL , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 win at Fulham Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Newcastle Brad Guzan in 18 but didn't play in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Newcastle Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 1-0 win over Strømsgodset Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 4-3...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA Roster Announced

Here's the group that will begin to gather this week in Miami for training camp ahead of the June 3 World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica and the June 6 qualifier vs. Honduras in Chicago: Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan. Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, Jay DeMerit, Frankie...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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United Rewind

Before we reflect on yet another tie, a few items to share: *The buzz in MLS circles is that San Jose's Bobby Convey, who returned to the league from England this year, is already on the trading block. However, his $244,500 salary will make it difficult for the woeful Earthquakes...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2009; 12:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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