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Wednesday Kickaround

*The Insider received word late yesterday that, despite his two-goal effort against New York on Sunday, MLS player of the week Taylor Twellman might be forced back to the sidelines for an extended period. The nausea and dizzyness that have plagued the New England striker all spring and limited him to two appearances have persisted. One source said he will probably need another six weeks of recovery time. However, I am awaiting official comment from the club. On Sunday, Twellman said: "My neck is really screwed up and I'm fighting it. There's been those days when I wake up and wonder if it's it," (meaning the end of his career).

*A tasty MLS matchup tonight: Chivas USA (7-2-3) at Houston (6-2-3) on ESPN2 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. It is the first of two No. 1 vs. No. 2 games this week: On Saturday night, East leader Chicago visits D.C. United.

*Phil Anschutz, MLS super investor, is about to add to his non-soccer portfolio.

*A link to my Luciano Emilio story.

*Channel 4 in Washington is scheduled to run a feature about DCU's Santino Quaranta and his recovery from drug addiction during tonight's 5 p.m. newscast.

*I will host a live online chat on washingtonpost.com Friday at 1:30 p.m. More details to come.

*Both Real Maryland and Crystal Palace Baltimore had their U.S. Open Cup first-round matches postponed last night because of inclement weather. Real will try again tonight against the amateur Aegean Hawks in Rockville while CPB will visit PDL's Ocean City (N.J.). For last night's tournament results, click here.

*David Beckham in central midfield for England, which is closing in on a World Cup berth and hosts Andorra today. For a rundown of today's qualifying TV schedule, keep reading this thread.....

Iran-UAE 10:30 a.m. FSC
Finland-Russia 1:30 p.m. FSC
Netherlands-Norway 2:40 p.m. GolTV
Ukraine-Kazakhstan 3 p.m. Setanta
South Korea-Saudi Arabia 3:30 p.m. FSC
Italy-New Zealand (friendly) 4:40 p.m. GolTV
Sweden-Malta 4:45 p.m. Setanta
Venezuela-Uruguay 9 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico-T&T 9:30 p.m. Telemundo

Other games of interest:
Argentina at Ecuador
Paraguay at Brazil
El Salvador at Honduras

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2009; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Beckham , D.C. United , England , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup  
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Comments

I had to do a double take on the Beckham story from the Independent, the UK paper used American football terms to describe his role against Andorra.

Weird.

Posted by: addick | June 10, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I had to do a double take on the Beckham story from the Independent, the UK paper used American football terms to describe his role against Andorra.

Weird.

Posted by: addick | June 10, 2009 8:58 AM

Somewhere, an NFL executive is smiling

Posted by: Kev29 | June 10, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought Theo Walcott was in for Beckham tonight?

Posted by: IntangibleArts | June 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Other games of interest:
Argentina at Ecuador
Paraguay at Brazil
El Salvador at Honduras

By Steve Goff | June 10, 2009; 8:28 AM ET

It's OK Steve - you can say "the only games of interest" are on PPV. We can all relax at home this evening watch the three matches for the low low price of $75. :-/

Posted by: Kev29 | June 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Sweden Malta? Let's the puns fly.

That Mexico game is huge, but I bet they win 3-0.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I thought Theo Walcott was in for Beckham tonight?

Posted by: IntangibleArts | June 10, 2009 9:17 AM

Walcott is expected to play wide and Beckham will be in the holding role (Barry and Carrick are out).

Posted by: Kev29 | June 10, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

A friend of my girlfriend's is playing for Andorra tonight. Hoping he can score a nice jersey in the post-game swap.

Posted by: grabowcp | June 10, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

While Twellman annoys me and there are too many jokes to be made about his "alleged" neck, or lack thereof, I do feel bad for his injury situation and hope that it gets resolved. Ideally all players exit the game on their own terms. Twellman has played hard and seemingly has earned that right.

Posted by: 22206no1 | June 10, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Sweden Malta? Let's the puns fly.
Posted by: Reignking
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Splenda in the Glass.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 10, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps if Taylor Twellman stopped diving, he wouldn't take so many blows to the head.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | June 10, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't the england game on tv? I wouldn't mind watching him ignor Gerrard and Lampard in favor of long balls up front.

Posted by: jsm3 | June 10, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't the england game on tv? I wouldn't mind watching him ignor Gerrard and Lampard in favor of long balls up front.

Posted by: jsm3 | June 10, 2009 9:39 AM

It's available on PPV on bars and through InDemand at home. Probably $24.95.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree that it would be tough if Twellman goes out this way. He is still a quality striker. I am conflicted though because he doesn't really serve any of my purposes. He kills DC United all the time in one way or another (goals, fake penalties, ect) and he doesn't do anything for the national team.

Posted by: jsm3 | June 10, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

In news from Normandy, Saturday saw two victories by American teams against foreign opposition. The Ramstein Air Force Base team defeated AS Pointe Cotentin, the Saint Pierre Eglise team, 4 goals to 2.

In the spirit of the original match, a collection for the Red Cross raised 600 euros.

I had a long conversation with Jan Milders, organizer of the match, this morning and he will be contacting Mr. Goff who can provide a more professional report.

Posted by: AlwaysBiking | June 10, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

So that's why Twellman fell in the box to get the PK call...Nausea and Dizzyness..definitely a foul worthy of a PK! ;)

Posted by: DCU_VW | June 10, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

dizzyness (?)-> dizziness

And yeah, maybe he fell near Namoff b/c of vertigo, but what's the Asst. Refs excuse?

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

A bunch of 1st Round US Open Cup games were played last night but 2 games involving local teams - Real Maryland v Aegean Hawks; Ocean City (NJ) v C.P. Baltimore - were postponed til today due to the evening thunderstorms:

http://www.usopencup.com/

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

USL-1 GK of the week - Platter; USL-2 GK of the week -- Thorpe.

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

correction -- USL-2 Player of the Week = Thorpe

Posted by: OWNTF | June 10, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

does anyone know if ELS vs HOND going to be televise and what time?

Posted by: RM27 | June 10, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

So what's going to happen to the matches on Setanta when they go belly up any day now? Will FSC pick up their matches? Or perhaps ESPN?

Posted by: Louise9 | June 10, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Glad that Platter and Thorpe are having some success -- that speaks well to DCU's scouting. So does the emergence of Josh Wicks.

I see Andre Akpan scored for the Fire's PDL side. Anyone know how he wound up there? That doesn't mean he's now the Fire's property, does it? I was thinking he would be one of the top picks in next year's draft.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Idiots...what do they think it is, France?

The Football Association's decision to offer full refunds to supporters who decide it is not worth the hassle of getting to Wednesday night's World Cup qualifier at Wembley could cost them in excess of £1million.

Although there was no legal requirement to offer fans their money back following the start of a 48-hour London Underground strike, the FA felt it necessary to at least make the gesture given the difficulty in getting to a venue that urges people to attend by using public transport.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I had to do a double take on the Beckham story from the Independent, the UK paper used American football terms to describe his role against Andorra.

Weird.

Posted by: addick | June 10, 2009 8:58 AM |
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Which American football terms did the Independent use to describe Beckham's role? I read it and and it read like a soccer piece to me.

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

Press Release from the FA:

[W}e shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. We shall not, however, be able to use the Tube.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 10, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

What's this I hear that Setanta is in deep Kimchi financially and are going off the air?

Posted by: roadkit | June 10, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The games will work themselves out if Setanta went under. I'm worried about S1TV

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 10, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Setanta? Be Failures.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@BaRRD -- the Iron Lady warned them of the "enemy within" . . . . .

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

The photo of Beckham looks like he really needs to shave - his arms. What's up with that?

Posted by: hacksaw | June 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

fischy:

I'm not sure how Akpan ended up there, but it has nothing to do with his MLS rights. You can play in the PDL and maintain your NCAA eligibility, somehow. Chicago's PDL side is usually one of the better ones, so perhaps it's just that they're a better place for him to develop.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 10, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@fischy:

They removed the tactics graphic and replaced it with a photo of Beckham. It was an illustration of the new positions for the England squad with commentary demostrating that Beckham would be like a Quarterback and another player would be the running back.

Posted by: addick | June 10, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

My understanding El Salvador v. Honduras is pay per view at bars and resturants. You can try checking in on justin.tv look at the top of this website and click sports, people from around the world always have games on their personal channels.

Posted by: calito01 | June 10, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@addick -- Gotcha...

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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