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Tuesday Kickaround

*FC Dallas takes another hit: Goalkeeper Dario Sala will miss four to six weeks.

*More than 38,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier June 6 at Chicago's Soldier Field.

*The Honduran league has been awarded a third berth in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League, replacing Belize (no, not Belize!), which didnd't meet standards for an adequate stadium. D.C. United's preliminary-round opponent will be determined in mid-June. The two-game series is tentatively set for late July and early August.

*Read Bob Ford's column about Philadelphia Union.

*Read Michael Lewis's tribute to Professor Mazzei.

*Goalkeeper Zach MacMath, who as a freshman helped Maryland win the NCAA championship last fall, was named to the USA under-18 squad to compete against Finland, Germany and Portugal at the Lisbon International.

Keep reading for Americans Abroad and Soccer on TV.....

*Americans Abroad:
F Kamani Hill moves from Germany to Portugal.
GK Marcus Hahnemann and Reading vs. Burnley in second leg of English Championship promotion playoffs
MF Sal Zizzo and Hanover at Karlsruhe
GK Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern at Aachen

*Soccer on TV:
Germany, Bayern Munich-Bayer Leverkusen 2 p.m. GolTV
Germany, Wolfsburg-Borussia Dortmund 4 p.m. GolTV
England, Reading-Burnley 2:40 p.m. Setanta
Copa Liberatadores, Caracas-Cuenca 8 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
CONCACAF Champions League, Atlante-Cruz Azul 10 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2009; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , History , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

a Maryland guy is coming to Lisbon? Great! Also on the team, we have Garza, who "shunned" college, mls, etc. to train with Sporting Lisbon. This tournament is a lot of fun. Games are 27, 28, and 30, for anyone interested in a quick beach, wine, and football trip.

Posted by: troy6 | May 12, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"More than 38,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier June 6 at Chicago's Soldier Field."

That's a lot of Hondurans. Their support is amazing.

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Bundesliga finish is very close this year. Wolfsburg (who as far as I know never has won anything important) leads Bayern on goal differential and Hertha and Stuttgart are 1 and 2 points back with 3 games remaining.

I tuned in to see overachieving Wolfsburg play Stuttgart on Saturday but they played a stinker and blew their 3-point Bundesliga lead. They gave up a goal almost from the opening kickoff and went on to lose 4-1, Stuttgart's Mario Gomez had all 4 of their goals.

So watch GolTV and see who's end of season sauerkraut is sweet and who's is bitter.

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

Cmon Troy, you know Guimares isn't in Lisbon :)

I think Goff had this news weeks ago?

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

While touring Belize City a few years ago on a cruise, we were informed by our tour guide that the city's stadium had been renamed "Marion Jones Stadium" after her success at the Sydney Olympics, and as her mother is from Belize. I wonder if they blew that place up after she was revealed as a drug cheat. From a distance, it did look rather decrepit, with seating capacity equivalent to a typical US high school.

Posted by: BaltoFan | May 12, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Is the CCL final being played in an empty stadium?

Posted by: Juan-John | May 12, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I still say it was dumb to schedule that WCQ in Chicago.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 12, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"American national team forward Kamani Hill"

Boy that's being very generous with the label. I own a jersey, does that get me into the pool?

Posted by: teo_68 | May 12, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Is the CCL final being played in an empty stadium?

Posted by: Juan-John | May 12, 2009 10:32 AM

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No. At least the stadium is open according to last night's Contacto Deportivo (flu restrictions were lifted). It's somewhat of a lackluster final as both Atlante and Cruz Azul slumped badly this season after a strong 2008 - but I suspect the fans in Cancun will still show up. Atlante leads 2-0 after the away leg in Mexico City way back before the swine flu had been noticed...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

OT - found this article on USA Today about Japan canceling trip to play US and Canadian WNT in couple of weeks:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2009-05-12-1773815869_x.htm

Posted by: soccerfan80 | May 12, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I can't Belize it.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 12, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

From Bob Ford's column: "That slogan we have: Is the MLS Ready for Philly? That's the truth."

Ugh.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 12, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm canceling my trip to Japan because of Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Dallas is suffering for the very bad Karma spread around the city by their stupid Basketball team's owner.

What's wrong with a WCQ in Chicago? I went to the US-Mexico gold cup match there and it was packed. How is that any more weird than a WCQ in Columbus?

Posted by: hacksaw | May 12, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Union Busters.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Is the DCU - Real Madrid friendly still in the works or is it official yet?

Posted by: go_terps | May 12, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up on the CCL Steve.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

That's a lot of Hondurans. Their support is amazing.

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2009 10:18 AM

Only 16,000 more Hondurans need to buy tickets to equal the 2001 RFK attendance

{ducks}

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Is Chicago (or the midwest in general) known for having a large Honduran community? DC (or Miami or New Orleans) is one thing, but for all we know, this might not by 2001 all over again...

Posted by: EricB1 | May 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to Wolfsburg punishing former US national team player, Neven Subotic...

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

The Union's bench players will be affectionately known as the "Scabs"

Posted by: soccerman | May 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"American national team forward Kamani Hill"

Boy that's being very generous with the label. I own a jersey, does that get me into the pool?

Posted by: teo_68
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Only if you've been capped, as Hill has (twice, apparently). He also played in the US U-20 set up. Good luck to him in Portugal.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | May 12, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Eric B, Hondurans are willing to travel to support their team. I understand that when the Catrachos played Canada in Montreal the Central Americans had very good support there.

Posted by: billindmd | May 12, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

DC United cancelled the Real Madrid game due to fears of Spanish flu.

Posted by: IamAM | May 12, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Zing!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's not fool ourselves; the Hondurans will be playing a home game in Chicago. I think they match up pretty well against us and might have a better squad. They also have arguably the best forward in CONCACAF in David Suazo. Hopefully he will not be ready to go next month. They are definitely faster, and better skilled than most of the 6 remaining countries. Should be a great game!!

Posted by: Kromer523 | May 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Ivan Guerrero a probable selection? Still JUST on Classic this game?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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