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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 unveiled Sunday morning on the 10 a.m. edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter". The Americans have World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica (June 3) and Honduras (June 6) before heading to South Africa.

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in Washington yesterday to meet with players' union officials and continue talks regarding a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal expires in January 2010. Garber declined comment to the Insider last night.

*The complete Chang-MacFarlane story.

*Americans abroad:
D Oguchi Onyewu (90 minutes) and Standard Liege earn a 1-1 tie at Anderlecht in the first leg of the Belgian championship playoff. The return match is Sunday.

MF Jose Francisco Torres (78) and visiting Pachuca defeat MF Marco Vidal (first 45) and Indios, 2-0, in the first leg of a Mexican semifinal.

*USL2 this weekend: Real Maryland (3-1) at Bermuda (2-3-1) tonight, Crystal Palace Baltimore (3-3-1) at Richmond (1-1-3) tomorrow night.

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2009; 8:56 AM ET
Categories:  Brazil , Confederations Cup , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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I read Fulham is looking at Onyewu.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 22, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I would much rather Gooch end up at Fulham (especially if they're losing their top guy to Arsenal).

Actually - Gooch to the Gooners!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 22, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Belgian league playoffs? Does Belgium hate soccer?

Posted by: me_ahogo | May 22, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I am a Crystal Palace supporter but so far, Real Maryland is looking like the better, more consistent side this season. The USL2 appears to have much better parity this season. Bermuda is stronger this year than last. Richmind has been having it's own stumbles. Hopefully both Maryland clubs come back with some road points.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 22, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Guess we have to wait for Ben to wake up and return Goff's message to see what happened at the CBA meetings. Columbus Dispatch said it didn't go well.

Posted by: beach3 | May 22, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Jozy is on that roster...

Hey, I haven't been able to write that in a while!

Posted by: Reignking | May 22, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

In yesterday's Post, right next to the story about high school/youth girls' soccer, there was this story with a football connection, if you read closely:

Posted by: universityandpark | May 22, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Sportscenter? Cool. In a perfect world, this would be a big event that most American fans tuned in to watch.

Posted by: fischy | May 22, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Off topic: Two of the innumerable reasons we have a long weekend.



Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 22, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Belgium loves soccer. The playoff was required because the two teams finished tied in points and in wins (which was the tie breaker).

The teams looking at Onyewu in the Premier League are Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Fulham just resigned Hughes and it looks like they will keep Hangeland so I doubt he will go there. Frankly I'd rather see Gooch go to Marseille where he can play in Champions League rather than go to the Premier League and play on a club that will battle against relegation all year.

By the way, there were some ugly rascist slurs thrown at Gooch by the opposing centerback (during the match. Gooch said he is unfortunately used to hearing that from the stands; but it was the first time he heard it from a player on the field.

Not a proud day to be a Belgian.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | May 22, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Soccer America reports that Nigeria is in serious danger of losing the U17 World Cup this fall. What would the alternate sites be? Would the USA be one of them?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 22, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Would the USA be one of them?
Posted by: universityandpark

Of course! We have a list of 847 stadiums - from Ocala, FL to Anacortes, WA - that can host this event.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 22, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Sorry if this has been asked before. Do away goals count more in the Belgian league playoff?

Posted by: EssEff | May 22, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Wait, no. I'm waffling.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 22, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Let's discuss tomorrow over a Duvel.

Posted by: EssEff | May 22, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Leffe. Blue.

Posted by: Reignking | May 22, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

And if you have too many, go see Mannequin Pis.

Posted by: Reignking | May 22, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Away goals do count more so Standard has the advantage for now.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | May 22, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Ocala, huh? I got family there...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 22, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, great: So the USA roster announcement will take place at the very moment (10 a.m. Sunday) when many, many American soccer fans will be tuned elsewhere for the final EPL matchday of the season.

U.S. Soccer: Think, people!

Posted by: ChristopherMc | May 22, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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