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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 the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier next Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. However, I'm hearing the broadcast crew will call the game from the Connecticut headquarters.

*In Los Angeles, El Salvador continued its preparations for the June 6 qualifier against Mexico with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador. The Salvadorans will play Jamaica on Saturday night at RFK Stadium.

*To celebrate his 30th birthday, DCU defender Bryan Namoff will appear on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" today sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. with a replay at 11:30.

*Chat with DCU goalkeeper-du-jour Josh Wicks today at 1:30 p.m. Submit questions here.

*San Jose allows Guillermo Barros Schelotto's tiebreaking goal 27 seconds into the second half and loses at Columbus, 2-1, before just 8,793 at Crew Stadium. The Earthquakes have lost six in a row (all competitions) and are 0-7-2 in their past nine outings. "We talked about being real tight to start the second half and here we go again conceding a goal, not out of nothing, but our mistakes again. It's just killing us," Coach Frank Yallop said.

Go to the continuation of this thread for TV listings. But first, Schelotto's goal:

*Soccer on TV:
Copa Libertadores, Defensor-Estudiantes 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras-Nacional 9 p.m. FSE
Mexico finals, first leg: Pumas-Pachuca 10 p.m. Telemundo
MLS, Chivas USA-Chicago 10:30 p.m. ESPN2

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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I'm surprised they would send the cameras and the crew, but not the announcers. Although in defense of the four letter network, they know there is no noticeable drop-off in their calling soccer matches since they are already at the bottom.

Posted by: sitruc | May 28, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

OT but the other threads seem to have dried up and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that Barca owned United yesterday. They outplayed and outclassed us for 82 of the 90. Rooney was anonymous. Ronaldo ineffective (but at least he wasn't stroppy) and the "best central defenders in the world" were caught glued to the pitch (Vidic) or ball-watching (Rio). Congrats to the Barca fans and United haters out there.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | May 28, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

So much for hittin' the sack early tonight. Thanks for the reminder about the Mexican finals Goff.

I'm assuming that some of the guys who're playing tonight will be reporting late to their respective National Team duty? Is there any word on wether or not some may even stay with their club teams through Saturday? (EMO,Torres?)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 28, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

eh, I thought Chivas had another match this weekend, but it's Chicago.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 28, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

In this era of economic austerity, ESPN is simply saving money by sending only the crews, who get no frills lodging and a $5 per diem. The announcers would expect a four star hotel and a large expense account for meals so that they could say, on air, "we talked to so-and-so at dinner last night..." But yeah, the quality of comments would be the same whether they are at the stadium, in the studio, or watching some other game.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 28, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I guess an HD Feed from Costa Rica is a bridge too far?

Posted by: JkR- | May 28, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with them doing it from Bristol. It's a quick turnaround back to Chicago, that's got to play a part. Don't forget, they did send them to Cuba, Guatemala, and El Salvador. I'm sure this also makes it easier for them to cover whatever MLS game next week.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 28, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Congrats. It's laudable that the article appears on the front page, especailly as it is not about an imminent or recent game or a local pro.

Modifying Arena's quote:
[...] Arena agrees with those theories but also says MLS "doesn't have a lot of individual attacking players that can decide a game. At relative levels, we don't have any Ronaldinhos or Lionel Messis [or Beckhams] running around our league"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 28, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It could very well be that BSPN is not sending anybody at all, but rather relying on pool coverage, just as in the WC, Copa America, etc., where networks in many different countries lay their own play-by-play on a common feed. In a few cases the PBP comes from on-air personnel inside the stadium; in most, it comes from a studio back in the home country. (Goff: How is space inside the radio/TV section of the press box normally rationed in such cases?)

Posted by: universityandpark | May 28, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad ESPN is showing the game, I don't care where the broadcasters are.

Congrats to Barca - United were poor and Barca had a lot to do with that.

Looking forward to Chivas-Chicago tonight. Hopefully the game is worth the time. And hopefully, Chivas wins.

Posted by: writered21 | May 28, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Messi and Ronaldinho would get hacked to bits in MLS. Arena is a dork criticizing the league like that. Maybe someone should send him a GBS highlight reel. Sour Grapes Bruce. Booooooooooooooo!

Speaking of a bridge too far, the 2nd season of Wipeout started last night, and it's AWESOME!!! I'm dreaming of a Soccer Insider regular commenters edition of the show. I'd soooooooo be there!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 28, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I was impressed that ESPN sent their talking heads to Rome and got some broadcast space at the Stadio. They even had a sideline reporter, though all we got from him was that Valdes was still suffering from his first half collision with Park.

The Express edition has a small piece about an HBO presentation about "The Cheetahs". Documentary about young players. Some girl(s) decides to leave the girls team for the supposedly tougher competition in a boys league. Seems the boys have a lot to learn about the game, literally.

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Once again Arena shows how out of touch he is with the football world. Ronaldinho a game changer?! maybe 3 years ago

Posted by: inzzo79 | May 28, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Dude, Dad, you make that happen, and I'm in. No matter how bad I look on those hurdles.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 28, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Barca. They played like and ended up Champions. I could go into the head-scratching mismatches that were created in mid-field by none other than SAF himself, but no one does it better than Chest (if he hasn't already), plus it would just come off as weak excuse making. We all have to man and woman-up after taking a good, old-fashioned beating - like the one Barca delivered. So hats off to them, they really are the Champions.

Go get 'em next year you Reds!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 28, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

FYI - The only DCU player/coach/etc. to get the ManU-Barca score correct was Jacobsen.

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 28, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What about Jacobson? How'd he do?

Posted by: fischy | May 28, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Vell played fischy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 28, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Goff, I would also point out that in most leagues around the world, a draw on the road is often treated like a victory for the visiting team.

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