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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 FC. She allegedly threw an elbow in last Sunday's game at Boston.

*Costa Rica announces its roster for the June 3 World Cup qualifier against the USA, but two domestic clubs have issues with training camp.

*Real Maryland (3-2) allowed a 77th-minute goal and dropped a 1-0 USL2 decision at Bermuda.

*MLS matches:
New England at Toronto, 4 p.m.
RSL at D.C. United, 7:30
Chivas USA at Kansas City, 8:30 (FSC)
Los Angeles at Dallas, 8:30
San Jose at Houston, 8:30
Seattle at Colorado, 9:30
Chicago at New York, 3 (Sunday; Telefutura)

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2009; 9:36 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , USL  
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Comments

Vamos United!
First!
Let's keep RSL's road loss streak alive and well!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 23, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

and blank them as well! Go Crayton (I'm guesing) and D!!

Posted by: KireDCU | May 23, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Dang zuo wo zui hou cai ming bai!!
http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: suesue3 | May 23, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I hadn't realized that the 'Plex is that far from Estadio RFK, but MapQuest backs Goff up. (It is surely well under 40 miles as the crow flies, but I don't know how many crows read this blog or the Post.)

Was Lohman likely to see playing time today, even if the appeal had been successful? Will the Freedom be sans Wambach and/or McLeod in light of that silly friendly on Monday, and will Sky Blue (or Sky Orange or whatever they are) be missing players, too?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 23, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"I hadn't realized that the 'Plex is that far from Estadio RFK, but MapQuest backs Goff up. (It is surely well under 40 miles as the crow flies, but I don't know how many crows read this blog or the Post.)"

It always felt like it was that far, but for whatever reason that feels like a big number.

Posted by: sitruc | May 23, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 23, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

since some like this sort you might find interesting but it means nothing to me.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/more_or_less/8062277.stm

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 23, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Only 15k despite the Freedom tix? Hmm.

Posted by: the_slammer | May 23, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley and crew have completed this season's mission of keeping Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga. Go Mike!

Posted by: glfrazier | May 23, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

doesn't the match on this weekend usually tie-in with all of those gigantic youth soccer tournaments going on in the area?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 23, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Wolfsburg wins the Bundesliga title and their hooligans celebrate with an orderly pitch invasion - they contain their celebrations neatly within one penalty area!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 23, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

As far as this afternoon's / tonight's double header at RFK, it's too bad they decide to have a whole hour between games. That will really kill both the desire of most Freedom fans to stay and watch United as well as the desire of many United fans to get there early and catch the Freedom game.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 23, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

That's an ugly situation brewing in Costa Rica. Imagine if Bob Bradley called up players from MLS Cup finalists just before the big game. Herediano, for example, would lose their starting strikers.

It will be interesting to see how RSL comes out tonight. In their last road game, they played a 4141, benching their leading scorer (Findley) in the process. Kreis wasn't happy that they lost, but was pleased that they cut down the chances in their end. I feel like it would be a bad move for him to use that formation against us when we're vulnerable to fast forwards (which they have).

I think what we might see is Beckerman partnered with an extra holding midfielder (Grabavoy, since Alexandre is with Haiti, wins by default), which would probably mean either Morales or Mathis starting on the bench.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 23, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

They haven't scored a goal on the road. We do nothing but score.

I smell blood in the water.
In fact, I think we are better served not dealing with Findley from the get go, because he, and other young speedsters, cause us trouble.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 23, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't realized that the 'Plex is that far from Estadio RFK, but MapQuest backs Goff up. (It is surely well under 40 miles as the crow flies, but I don't know how many crows read this blog or the Post.)

Was Lohman likely to see playing time today, even if the appeal had been successful? Will the Freedom be sans Wambach and/or McLeod in light of that silly friendly on Monday, and will Sky Blue (or Sky Orange or whatever they are) be missing players, too?

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The Soccerplex is 40 miles from RFK if you drive only because there's no straightforward way of getting there via highways: best bet is going out the BW Parkway, then around the Beltway, then out 270. You could cut almost 10 miles off by going through town, but it would be a nightmare.

Lohman might have come in as a sub in tonight's match, as she did in the match she allegedly threw the elbow in. (I ran into her during the game and told her she'd been framed. ;) )

McLeod played because she wasn't called into camp for this match (nor was Whitehill). Sky Blue was missing Heather O'Reilly and Christie Rampone for the US team and Kelly Parker for the Canadian team. Kind of doubt De Vanna scores if Rampone's on duty.


Posted by: kevinwparker | May 24, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

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