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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 Janicki, and perhaps Barklage, are in the starting lineup Wednesday vs. New York for the U.S. Open Cup play-in match.

*The life and times of DCU's Serbian-Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic.

*USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is available after being released by Reading. Listen to this radio interview. "I knew it was coming ... but it was still hard to take. ... I'm not done playing in England yet."

*Manchester United is champion again.

*Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been recalled by Mexico for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.

*MLS suspended San Jose defender Aaron Pitchkolan for one game for dragging his boot across fallen Macoumba Kandji's head last week.

*On loan to Crystal Palace Baltimore, New York's Matthew Mbuta scored the lone goal in the 28th minute of a 1-0 USL2 victory over Western Massachusetts.

*Marta scored her fourth goal of the season in the 80th minute as the Los Angeles Sol solidified its hold of first place in WPS with a 1-0 victory over Sky Blue in front of 6,115 at Home Depot Center. Was she offside? Check the video:

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

So...when do we sign Hahnemann?

Posted by: jsm3 | May 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

She was onside, great run.

How's Janicki's head?

Posted by: boda-united | May 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Janicki isn't along for cover. If Jacovic gets tweaked, I guess McTavish moves to the back line.

And yes, Hahnemann would be great, but it ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: b18bolo | May 16, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update Steve.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised to see Janicki, Barklage, Khumalo and Kocic all in the lineup on Wednesday. I suppose Tommy might want to give Wicks a chance, but the other 3 are probably sure things.

Blanco already retired, and went out with a yellow card for diving. It was a perfect ending. He should not mess with such beautiful symmetry

Posted by: fischy | May 16, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why "Sky Blue" looks so much like "Orange". It is curious that they don't have a replay of the goal in the highlights. That leads me to believe she was offside.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 16, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hahnemann to DC would be amazing, but there's no realistic scenario for him coming to DC or MLS. WIth his numbers and no transfer fee involved, he'll get offers in England and wants to stay. Too bad! It's ironic that the top US league can't hang on to good US keepers, partly because of the cap-and-DP system as it is.

Doesn't the league seem thin at the position nowadays? Oh well, let's hope more goals = more fans anyway.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Hahnemann to DC would be amazing, but there's no realistic scenario for him coming to DC or MLS. WIth his numbers and no transfer fee involved, he'll get offers in England and wants to stay."

There is no transfer fee when you club releases you. However you are probably right about him staying in England.

Posted by: no_recess | May 16, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't find the words for Blanco fischy. I figured that card was the end of his NT career as well...

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Marta was onside. She could show Chad Barrett a thing or two about finishing.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | May 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Marta's onside. And that's saying something because I hate LA teams.

Posted by: KG118 | May 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Onside by a mile. Defender didn't even ask for it.

Posted by: Reignking | May 16, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Go thru video frame by frame. there is no doubt she is onside when the ball is played forward. None.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting BBC video on the ManU link. The last shot is of the team jumping up and down, singing "campeones," and the only player not wearing a team jersey is Tevez.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 16, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

When TFC fans sing their Danny Dichio song in the 28th minute whilst Dichio sits on the bench, how does that make their forwards in the game feel?


Also, totally onside.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it is wise to leave Janicki. Do we really think that John gives us enough cover? You need at least one backup, in case something happens to Jakovic.

Blanco for Mexico? Wow. Desperation must be gripping the club.

Man U in a 0-0 draw? How many times do you say that? The fact that it's against Arsenal makes it sound ridiculous.

Vamos United!!! Let's give these goats something to cry about!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 16, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Notice how Hahnemann doesn't have a trace of a foppy English accent even though he has been there for 10 yrs.

Brad, Tim: I'm looking in your general direction.

Posted by: rrp2web | May 16, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Onside. Fantastic pass.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 16, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

@#$#@$

Villarreal just got hosed on an awful RM goal -- 3 players clearly offside. This could cost them the CL. Even the Zooropa League.

Posted by: Reignking | May 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Goal Villarreal!!!!!! in the 90th!

Posted by: Reignking | May 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

hahaha

Raul tried the hand of God. Yellow.

Barca wins La Liga; VCF still has a chance for European play.

Posted by: Reignking | May 16, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

That game was ridiculous. I laughed at Real Madrid.

Also, what was the side ref thinking? That was the most offside allowed goal I've ever seen.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 16, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

My only guess is that he thought the deflected off the defender rule was still around.

Bad refs all over the world -- not just MLS.

Posted by: Reignking | May 16, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

7:08 PM Eastern. Where's my damn matchnight TRED?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Chivas USA flashback courtesy of Telemundo. Former Goats del Home Depot forward Paco Palencia came on for Pumas on the 64th minutes as they trailed 2-1 overall in the 2nd leg of their home and away series w Tecos.

Palencia scored the crucial series tying goal in the 85th. That gave Pumas the overall lead since in Mexico's playoffs the higher seeded teams wins the tiebreaker if teams are tied on aggregate. Palencia just set up the 3rd goal w a nice pass to his teammate Toledo in stoppage time for a little extra.

http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/mexico/ficha.php?id_partido=24280

Monterrey vs Puebla is about to kick off in the 2nd game. Puebla won their leg at home by 3-1 so Monterrey has to win by 2 to advance.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 16, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Last week Gooch Onyewu was named the Jupiler League player of the week in Belgium. On the final game of the season today his Standard Liege team and Anderlecht were tied in the standings.

Anderlecht won 2-0 at mid-table Racing Genk while Standard was having a tougher time hanging on to a 1-0 lead at 4th place Ghent. In the 90th minute the ref awarded Gent a PK as Onyewu was called for a foul. Luckily for Gooch, Sinan Bolat saved it for his teammates and they hung on for the tie.

Now Standard and Liege will have a 2-leg playoff to determine the Belgian Champ.

http://www.uefa.com/footballeurope/news/kind=2/newsid=830445.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 16, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"In the 90th minute the ref awarded Gent a PK as Onyewu was called for a foul. Luckily for Gooch, Sinan Bolat saved it for his teammates and they hung on for the tie."

Are you sure you didn't read a movie plot? That's incredible.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"In the 90th minute the ref awarded Gent a PK as Onyewu was called for a foul. Luckily for Gooch, Sinan Bolat saved it for his teammates and they hung on for the tie."

Are you sure you didn't read a movie plot? That's incredible.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2009 8:48 PM
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That's the way the matchtrackers say it went although I should have wrote the last minute PK save allowed Standard to hang on to the WIN - which gave them the 3 points they needed to remain tied for 1st place and force a playoff w Anderlecht.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 16, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the, uh, matchnight thread just, uh, disappeared there...?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

yeah, that's weird.
Anyone else watching Seattle suck as bad as Dallas? Ha. Ha.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I've been impressed with Shea, other than the header he should have put in.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

This game is worse than the KC/Pink Cows game everyone complained about the other week...Seriously BAD.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama on the news at his kid's soccer match in a White Sox jacket...Goooooooooooooooooooolll!
Ok. Time to head over to the neighbor's house and wake every one up to watch the match! Vamos United!!!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 16, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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