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Thursday Kickaround

*As we told you yesterday, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to Real Madrid from Manchester United for about $130 million. It's almost official. We told you exclusively yesterday that he has been in Los Angeles for medical tests -- I'm told by sources close to the situation this morning that, after the examination, he will not need sports hernia surgery -- and to also meet with his management agency, Creative Artists. His next stop is believed to be South Beach in Miami for a brief vacation before preparing for Real's preseason, which includes friendlies against Toronto and D.C. United in August.

*The latest on New England star Taylor Twellman, who continues to suffer from headaches and nausea: He is scheduled to see several specialists soon. Through a personal contact, he said he did not want to discuss the matter, which is threatening to sideline him for an extended period again.

*D.C. United today will learn its opponent in the preliminary stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. It will be a two-game series July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6. The club is also expecting to find out whether it will host its U.S. Open Cup round-of-16 game (at Maryland SoccerPlex) or play on the road June 30.

*The latest on the potential USA-Iran friendly this fall.

*I was instant-messaging last night with Freddy Adu, who is in South Africa with the USA squad for the Confederations Cup. He invites all Insider loyalists to join him for regular updates on his Twitter feed at FreddyAdu11.

*Watch this 35-yard golazo by Oscar Rojas during Mexico's 2-1 WCQ win over T&T last night:

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2009; 9:32 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , Spain , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Real Madrid... are you sure you want to give Manchester United that much money?

I swear, this is the only team that can pick up Kaka and C. Ronaldo, and still not come anywhere close to the Champions league final.

120 million? Please tell me this team can no longer afford cab fair.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 11, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

¬°Imparable!

Posted by: 22206no1 | June 11, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If you fill out a Stadium Survey on dcunited.com, you can buy your tickets today instead of tomorrow. That's what I did.

Posted by: giardinie | June 11, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Goff, I missed the last goal for Mex. My lights when out!!!! Missed second half of ELS vs Hond & Mex vs T&T. Bad weather again today. Anyone know what the forcast for this sat's game is. I'm there.

Posted by: RM27 | June 11, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Bad weather again today. Anyone know what the forcast for this sat's game is. I'm there.

Posted by: RM27 | June 11, 2009 9:45 AM


Sunny, with a high chance of streamers!

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | June 11, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Ronaldo is going to REAL

Now that 2 of the top 5 players in world will be facing DC on august 8th

Will you be more likely to attend this game??

How can you pass up the opportunity to see both these stars in their prime???

Posted by: DCSPORTS | June 11, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, so close to a draw for Mexico

Posted by: carmines757 | June 11, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

How can you pass up the opportunity to see both these stars in their prime???
Posted by: DCSPORTS
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When one adds up the ticket prices, parking, and concessions for a family of four, it's pretty easy to pass up this "opportunity."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Agreed poor college students like myself have no chance of attending.....

Its okay Kaka will steal the show and ronaldo will be upset that all the attention is not on him

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 11, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I despise anything and everything to do with 'El Tri' - well, maybe not everything, I do like it when they lose...

but that was a fantastic strike, such disrespect for the Trini keeper to shoot from just outside of the center circle.

They must miss Shaka between the sticks.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | June 11, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Shocked that the US-Iran friendly could be in Tehran...

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

How can you pass up the opportunity to see both these stars in their prime???

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Because it's a rip-off, and I seriously doubt that any of their players with secure spots are going to extend themselves in an August game in the US. What will DCU supporters think if the team ends up losing money on the deal?

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Freddy's tired, Freddy's bored, Freddy's watching a movie. OMG! OMG! How did I live without this information??? THANK YOU MR. GOFF!

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, D.C. will get to welcome 'CR7' to the area.

Start hoarding Nair and instant tanner, because supplies will run short come August.

http://chicanduntroubled.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/cristiano-ronaldo-burnt-legs-07.jpg

Posted by: ErickSp8 | June 11, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree with I-270Exit1 and OWNTF. Remember that the game is an exhibition, and I would not be surprised if one or both picked up a "little knock" a week before the game and is unable to play. I think experience shows that even in the best-case scenario, the better players are subbed at half-time. Am I wrong on that?

Posted by: TwinCity | June 11, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

L'Ego to La Liga

I will miss Ronaldo's free kicks and fancy footwork. I won't miss his whining, sulking, disrespect for his manager and teammates, or petulance.

Has anyone noticed that Wayne Rooney has scored 10 goals in 6 games for England while he only had 12 goals in 30 league games for United? Could that be because he's playing as striker and not in support of HIM?

I think it may take a season or two to adjust but I'm not crying at today's news -- it's a year overdue!

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 11, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

How can you pass up the opportunity to see both these stars in their prime???

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A family of 4 will run $300, for the cheap seats, including parking ...

Still a tough decision, but alot of money for a game that doesn't mean anything.

How long, if at all, do you think the stars will play?

Posted by: o35_still_kicking | June 11, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

1) Parking is included in ticket prices.

2) Danny Boy is going to make money. Real is going to make money. The Redskins are going to make money. The Redskins Ticket scalpers are going to make money. DC United - happy to be invited.

3) CR7 belongs to Nike. Adidas will need to find something else to nickname Miss Portugal.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | June 11, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I thought Freddy brought a spark to the field when he came in near the end of our loss to Costa Rica.

Also... how come C.Ronaldo comes to LA for hernia treatment, and DC's players go to Germany for the same thing? I would think that Germany would be easier to get to for the Ronaldo family; LA is hardly on his way to Miami.

Posted by: WorldCup | June 11, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I disagree. The prices are a little steep but the chance to see a packed soccer stadium with an educated crowd and you only pay $60-80 a person for the chance to see a world class team

You don't have to fly to Europe. All in all it might be worth the extra cash.

The studs will play at least a half and even if one or two dont you are still seeing world class footballers.

Posted by: DCSPORTS | June 11, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh and...

4) Freddy better not be bored, tired, watching movies. Freddy needs to be working to get some actual game minutes for someone or else that loan deal to FC Suburban Dallas-Ft Worth Metropolitan Region looks better and better.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | June 11, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The studs will play at least a half and even if one or two dont you are still seeing world class footballers.

Posted by: DCSPORTS

Ooooooooo I'm so honored! ;)

I'm going to the Atlanta game only to support soccer in Atlanta. I'm not even sure which Milan is playing.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, considering the game comes 2 days after the Real Madrid-TFC exhibition, it's safe to say the stars won't play more than a half. On the other hand, it seems a good bet that they will play. That is, in itself, pretty special.

I plan on getting tickets today. before the mad rush tomorrow.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Rojas' shot was very impressive. The ball dips down, under the crossbar.

Too many players strike from that distance and you wonder what they're thinking. They look as if they could try that 50 times and not hit it once, as they sail it. I wonder how many take shots like that because it looks open, even though they've never even made one in a practice, much less a game. It takes a special skill to hit that.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ErickSp8

Please stop posting that nausea inducing photo of C. Ronaldo. The Euro greasy glasses, the fashionable daisy dukes combined with the forearm crutches is no way to start a day. Plus, it was posted the other day with similar effects.

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Somebody tell Freddy: fewer movies, more practice.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I was with Steve when he was breaking news about Roaldo's medical exams, but IMing Freddy Adu... Wow. That's reporting.

Posted by: sitruc | June 11, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'd be bored too. You go all the way to S. Africa and end up being stuck in a hotel watching movies? Sounds like quarantine.

Redirect Freddy to the Insider . . .

And it really bodes well for the "security" of traveling WC 2010 fans when even the players are kept apart from the community.

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

From the Reuters report of the RMD DCU match in August, 2006 (couldn't find Goff's report but didn't look ver hard)

Madrid fielded all three of their major off-season signings with Brazilian midfielder Emerson and Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the starting line-up, while Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro came on as a halftime substitute.

So we'll probably see some of Kaka and the quisling. After all, RMD have to sell a lot of shirts to pay for the new signings.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 11, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Now Ronaldo's Twitter in English, that might be interesting:

Won game last night. I special. Long shave afterwards. Then Anderson and I relax with 5 escort girls in pool. Fun.
May 4 from web

Won game again last night. I very special. Invited 5 new escort girls to shave me at pool; killing many birds with one stone, yes?; Anderson bored & tired.
May 11 from web.

Draw last night. I would have been special again but Anderson will not pass ball. Invite 5 new escort girls to shave party. But Anderson still very selfish. I tired and bored. Next time I ask them to send Ronaldo's girls for Anderson.
May 18 from web.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I figure that the USA-Iran friendly won't happen if Ahmadinejad is re-elected, but will if Moussavi wins. On the other hand, the clerics run everything, so who knows.

Huge demonstrations in Iran. You could say the people walk along the avenue.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

amen delantero.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Guys, I think it will be "CR9" now. No way Raul is giving up the 7, no matter how high the transfer fee.

Posted by: Louise9 | June 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I'd be bored, too, if I were Freddy.

All of that travel seems glamorous at first, but I'm sure it gets old quickly.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@RK

It's the Milan that doesn't have Kaka.

Oh wait......... ;)

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | June 11, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

$300 to take the family to the match?

Pshaw...leave the family at home! (Granted you risk the home shunning, perhaps the worst kind.)

Maybe the family is sick of you anyway... :)

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that Wayne Rooney has scored 10 goals in 6 games for England while he only had 12 goals in 30 league games for United? Could that be because he's playing as striker and not in support of HIM?

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Could also be because most of those 10 goals came in the first stage of WC qualifying against Kazakhstan (3 goals), Andorra (2), and Belarus (2).

Posted by: combedge | June 11, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Paying to see Madrid v DC...

Argument for - the chance to watch Kaka, CR7 and whoever Madrid manages to steal (I mean buy) live, at the top of their game, in a European-like atmosphere for whatever amount of minutes against DC United. That's as real as any match-up between these two teams will ever get - besides the inevitable Club World Cup match-up in two years of course ;-)

Argument against - one asks how Madrid can afford to splash that kind of cash to pillage other teams and buy titles? Well that's because they'll recoup a decent chunk of it from this two game mini-tour, where they may not even have to play these big name purchases for more than a few minutes. I'm not saying that they'll make all the money they spent on Kaka and CR7, but they'll get a nice head start on refilling the kitty before the season from FRIENDLY training practices.

On the CR7 deal, as an Man United fan I am torn. You can tell he wasn't in it last year (even when he FORCED the emotion). Plus he was starting to become a locker room issue, showing people up and making irresponsible comments - it was starting to show in the team's body language. I feel like if the season was a month longer it could have impacted us enough to lose the title. So in that regard a part of me thinks his exit was long overdue.

The other part of me hates seeing such a talent go. Even though he was not fully in it for us, his quality still showed. Plus I hate the Madrids and Chelskis of the world (yes I know a tad bit hypocritical coming from a Man United fan but even we grow some of our talent).

That said, at the end of the day this cash infusion and clearer locker room air and attitude will do much to see us stay atop in the Prem and maybe even have another shot at Europe. Now that's WIN-WIN!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

it's cool that freddy is still following up on DCU via doug hicks on twitter

Posted by: joe_hill | June 11, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I wentrt to the Barca - ManUTD match in 2003 in Philly. There was great concern about who was going to play, and who wasn't. It was a weekend road trip and cost a lot.

A week before the match ManUtd sold Beckham. I started to really fret.

Then, Barca bought Ronaldinho, ManUtd started Tim Howard, and every major player played, and played hard, in one of the great nights in my soccer viewing history. (First event ever at the Linc).

Obviously, there's no way of knowing how it will turn out, but don't rule out that it could be great.

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Sure, give your hundreds to The Danny, to Madrid, and to RonaldA. Have fun!

Posted by: Hoost | June 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

who cares. I can see the game from home much clearer and with replays. Plus they always take it easy on the mls teams/show off for the fans. Its like the 5th graders vs the 1 st graders at lunch time,all over again. Only reason i would go is for autographs and im just to old for that now. If i had kids who understood who these guys were, i would take them. Other then that i am perfectly fine watching it on the tube. I am a catalonian at heart so you can imagine how happy i am with the transfers during the summer window.

Posted by: g3impreza | June 11, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Delantero & DadRyan:

You guys are right. But I am a Sadist.

Here is another one where Ronny resembles a finely roasted Thanksgiving turkey:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00781/ronaldo210725_781200c.jpg

I wonder, does he prefer a Famous Dave's dry rub and slow roasting, or more heat, and generous basting?

Is Ole Gunnar in charge of rubbing or basting?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v347/chironlum/cristiano_ronaldo_homoeroti.jpg

Posted by: ErickSp8 | June 11, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You said it first Goff.

Congratulations!

http://globoesporte.globo.com/

Posted by: JP-10 | June 11, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

how is this a rip off? I once went to a wizards game paid $60 for nose bleed tickets to watch ----. I once got Hockey tickets for free from work that read $120 per ticket. Seriously if this game is a rip off then what are those games. The truth is MLS fans need to start appreciating how inexpensive games are compared to other leagues (nba,nhl,football,etc). Yeah this is a friendly, but friendlies serve 2 purposes

playing time
MAKING MONEY

Watch this game be packed to the rafters, similiar to the ac milan-barca game backed in 2004 or 05

Posted by: Norteno4life | June 11, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Kosh2:

Madrid grows as much of their own talent as Man. United. I mean, where did Casillas, Raul, Guti, Torres, Javi Garcia, and De la Red come from?

I think the difference is that Man. United buys potential stars at 19-21, while Real Madrid buys definite stars at 25-30. That impacts perception.

***

Anyone actually watch the Mexico-T&T game? It doesn't appear that Mexico has fixed its major problem of arrogance as of yet. After scoring within a minute, and spending a good 20 minutes with near-total possession and several scoring chances (Ince made 3 or 4 strong 1v1 saves), Mexico basically decided that the game was over and they could stop really trying or concentrating. Then, the sucker punch: Rodriguez, I believe, plays an aimless ball up the middle, where no one is moving towards it. Tinto steals the ball, charges into the box, and scores with one of T&T's only shots. Even after Rojas scored from somewhere in Cancun, Mexico lacked the hunger and ability to bury an obviously inferior team. Not that T&T did much down the stretch, but how would you feel if we only beat T&T at home 2-1?

My point: This Mexico team is still vulnerable. I hope the summer of tough games for us can be the platform to a historic win at Azteca, which in turn would leave Mexico reeling.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 11, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Kosh2's observations:

I will go to the game to support DC United -- with my cheers and my dollars.

The team is already paying Real the appearance fee. Buy buying tickets, I help support our local team, not those rich Madrid bastardos. I won't be buying an RM jersey. I won't do anything that directly supports this kind of profligate spending. There are arguments that the MLS would benefit if they can make a profit selling US players abroad, I think the league will do best, in the long run, if financial sanity is restored. Plus, I recognize that ticket prices are impacted by these huge transfer fees -- and that trickles down to the US.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Sure, give your hundreds to The Danny, to Madrid, and to RonaldA. Have fun!

Posted by: Hoost | June 11, 2009 11:13 AM |
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Hoost: What you're missing is that DC United is already paying to rent the facility, and they're already paying Madrid the million-dollar appearance fee. By buying tickets, you're supporting DC United -- helping them recoup those costs, and maybe even helping them turn a profit.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

PS:

No one's interested in the Champions League draw? I am stunned!!!

Here's who we can draw:

Guatemala 2 (either CD Jalapa or CSD Comunicaciones, depending on whether Jalapa or CSD Municipal wins the Clausura final)
El Salvador 2 (CD Chalatenango)
Panama 2 (either Chorrillo FC or CD Arabe Unido, depending on whether Chorrillo or San Francisco FC wins the Apertura final)
Honduras 3 (Real CD Espana)
Nicaragua 1 (Real Esteli)
Caribbean Football Union qualifiers (T&T's W Connection, Puerto Rico Islanders, and T&T's San Juan Jabloteh).

I think Real Espana and Puerto Rico would be the two teams to avoid. Espana has a couple current Honduran national team players and some of their Olympic players from last summer. Puerto Rico, meanwhile, showed that they can cause a lot of problems for teams not good at/used to defending direct soccer. We're better at it this year than last year, but not by enough that I'm comfortable with it.

As for who we should want, I think Esteli, one of the Panamanian clubs, or either T&T qualifier would do nicely. We've had mostly easy times with clubs from the Caribbean (other than a few dicey minutes against Harbour View in 2005), and the clubs from Panama last year did not impress me in terms of fitness or discipline (which makes Chivas losing to Tauro all the more unacceptable). Esteli is probably the smallest minnow in the tournament, so that would also be favorable.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 11, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase my mom, "If DC United jumped off a cliff, would you follow them?"

I support them with season tickets; I feel no obligation to support them in this frolic and detour just because they went on the hook for a mil.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Wait, scratch some of what I just said. Esteli was barred from the tournament due to lack of a suitable stadium. CONCACAF ruled that the Nicaraguan berth would go to Panama...

...only to find that Panama had just 1 acceptable stadium. Seeing as how scheduling a tournament with 3 teams trying to use 1 ground would be a disaster, CONCACAF then ruled that this spot would be again reallocated, this time to Costa Rica's Herediano.

We would want to avoid them.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 11, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for Esteli, but then again, Nicaragua is much more of a baseball country than futbol, strangely enough.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 11, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The truth is MLS fans need to start appreciating how inexpensive games are compared to other leagues.
Posted by: Norteno4life | June 11, 2009 11:46 AM

Mr. BaRRD and I went to a Nat's game (which they lost, of course). The face value of the tickets was $38.00. By the time we paid the processing fees and "convenience fee" of printing them at home (which by the way is the same as the "convenience fee" of going to Will Call) they were $59 per ticket. By the time we parked, ate (at least Nats Park has FiveGuys!), and downed one or three, we figured the entire night cost us $300 for two. That's what things cost around here.

(By the way, given the current exchange rate my Man United Season tickets cost less than my DCU season tickets.)


Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I would rather take my family to two MLS matches at RFK or several Freedom matches at the Soccerplex than go to the Real Madrid friendly.

But, to those who are attending: despite our differences of opinion, I hope you enjoy the match, see the stars you payed to see perform well, and have a good time. We must each decide what we accept as our "money's worth."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ErickSp8

Then I must be a masochist, cuz I clicked on that first link . . . At least it didn't show the d. dukes . . . His presence at FedEx will certainly increase the hottie to regular soccer fan ratio. Probably like the Beckham effect . .

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah seeing a couple basically meaningless MLS games against dallas, 'rado or kc definitely is better than the meaningless RM game.

Posted by: gode | June 11, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

ha

I can get into a Braves game for $5.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I passed on the Chelsea v. AC Milan match in Baltimore when rumors of this came to light. I have no problem paying $75 to see this kind of talent, even if it is just for 45 minutes.

Posted by: giardinie | June 11, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Fischy- Amen! If it's true that my money will support DC United somehow, I will take my family to this game and gladly spend $300+. I will make sure my boys see Kaka and CR, I may even buy them a jersey. But I will also remind them that the young kids earning $50-$100K for United can play the game well and compete with the best in the world! GO UNITED!

Posted by: sevnshvn | June 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sevnshvn - If I had a family, that's how I would go about it. Well done.

Posted by: giardinie | June 11, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Chest -- I did admit that my statement was hypocritical and it had a twist of sour grapes to it. I'm aware of the stars that Madrid has developed through their system, but we're losing (arguably) the best player in the world, so I took a cheap shot at 'em - as entitled :)

fischy -- excellent point on supporting the black-and-red. Ticket purchases will go to cover DC's skin in this dance and the more the merrier for DC. I repeat your sentiments to those going...I wouldn't buy Madrid's merchandise as that goes directly to them and I never liked that team anyways.

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Recent sour grapes aside, though I am United till I die, I have always liked and admired Barca for their philosophy, style of play and quality of fans. That's one of the reasons why Man United's loss to them a few weeks back did not burn as much as it could have. I hope that Barca best the Galacticos again this season, but if for some reason "Bank Roll" FC wins it, we will always have 6-2 at the Bernabeu.

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Cheering for RM is like cheering for the Yankees.

And I hope they both continue to overspend and not win :)

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: ESPN won't buy Setanta out:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jun/11/espn-rules-out-setanta-bid

But they might bid on the EPL packages Setanta currently controls if they go under and those packages revert to the Premier League.

Posted by: Louise9 | June 11, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

gode:

"basically meaningless MLS games"

Good to see that old canard is still running strong. Does anyone even pay attention to the end of the MLS season? With the amount of parity in the league, any dropped points could be the ones that keep you out of the playoffs.

Case in point: RSL qualifies for the playoffs at Colorado's expense last year due to a 90th minute equalizer from Movsisyan in the final game for both clubs. If Colorado had done better in just one "meaningless" game, they'd have been through.

Or how about this: NY finishes 2 points clear of us last season. The last game between the 2 clubs was 0-0 in the 80th minute at RFK, when Moreno missed his first penalty in approximately 600 years. 1-0 instead of 0-0 would have meant 3 points for us and 0 for NY, rather than 1 each, and would have left us on 40 and NY on 38 at the end of the season. That's the same NY side that went to MLS Cup.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 11, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to the Real Madrid game - they are probably my least favorite club team in the world but what I might pay to see is the Real Tournament of Champions with Real Madrid, Real Salt Lake, Real Maryland, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey

Posted by: diego_r | June 11, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Real Sociedad for me.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Chest. Although DCU's performance last season mostly sucked, I was still on the edge of my seat till the final whistle.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I paid to go to similar "internationals" in the past; they are just glorified pre-season scrimmages. Not worth the money; if the big names actually participate they are just there to get a run in. They would be worth it if the tix weren't so stupidly expensive, but they are not when prices are so high.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I think its sad to see DC United pimp this match more than all of their MLS matches combined. I've received numerous emails and phone calls about this match. I've seen a number of advertisements for it (including a large one in the Post), as well. I know this is a great opportunity for the team to play top-shelf talent, but did they have to break the bank to do it? What about trying to increase turnout at RFK during the MLS season? We're not exactly filling the place these days.

Posted by: Hoost | June 11, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Man I hate Twellman....but that is too bad for him.

Posted by: sobugged1 | June 11, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah....the last game changed the season.
But who knows how things would have played out had team x beat team y back in July. Team y would have played harder in Sept, won 2 games instead of ties,....team x went on a tear after that win in July and ends up in 1st place. Team z dropped out of first and went on a 4 game losing streak.....
who knows how things may play out......
I think every game and every point is important, I just have never bought that argument.

Posted by: sobugged1 | June 11, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

you sound impossible to please sobugged1. nothing different than most soccer fans. what's your point though?
maybe a fantasy team will help you keep your head in it?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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