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Soccer Insider: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Matchnight: Gold Cup

USA vs. Panama in Philly, 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura). The winner will move on to Thursday's semifinals in Chicago to face Honduras, which edged Canada, 1-0, today. USA LINEUP: Perkins; Heaps, Conrad, Marshall, Pearce; Holden, Pause, Beckerman, Rogers; Arnaud, Ching. Your pregame, in-game and postgame commentary is encouraged....

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday #18: United-Rapids

Greetings from the banks of the mighty Anacostia. The Freedom is wrapping up its match with St. Louis -- I understand the marketing reasons for doubleheaders, but there is ZERO atmosphere for WPS at RFK and most United supporters are tailgating. Whatever. United had an afternoon result go its way...

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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WPS Matchday: Athletica at Freedom

A warm hello from Estadio RFK, where in an hour and a half or so, the Washington Freedom will kickoff here in Washington D.C., marking their third -- and final -- doubleheader with D.C. United. Washington will be without U.S. internationals Cat Whitehill and Abby Wambach, as well as Canadian...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 18, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Saturday Kickaround

Read Paul Tenorio's front-page profile of Washington Freedom star Sonia Bompastor. Today's kickoff against St. Louis at RFK is 5 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet). Washington's Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill and St. Louis's Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny are unavailable because of USA national team duty. Read my United-Rapids match preview....

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , Gold Cup , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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McBride Prognosis Worsens

You heard it here first: Instead of missing four to six weeks, Chicago star Brian McBride will be sidelined three to four months! Doctors made that determination after performing surgery on his shoulder today. The new timetable means he is likely to miss the rest of the regular season --...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA-Mexico TV Update

The Insider told you exclusively this week that Telemundo held both the English and Spanish rights to the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier Aug. 12 at Azteca Stadium and that the network would show the match on its main outlet as well as mun2, a cable station geared toward young Latinos...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2009; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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McBride Sidelined

Chicago forward Brian McBride will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery today to repair a labral tear in his right shoulder. He is the Fire's leading scorer with six goals and has played every minute of 16 league matches. McBride scored Wednesday against New England in a 2-1...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Trials have ended for defenders Jean-Francois Bell (Cameroon, Swiss league) and David Habarugira (Burundi, Belgian league), and United will now decide whether to offer contracts. Judging by Coach Tom Soehn's comments, Habarugira is the prime target: "They are very different. David is a young kid [20] who has been in...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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MLS News & WPS Video

*Following up on reports that Bristol City is interested in FC Dallas star Kenny Cooper, the Insider is getting word that 1860 Munich was rebuffed by MLS for a loan or outright purchase. Not sure of the financial offer. *The Galaxy-AC Milan friendly Sunday evening at Home Depot Center is...

By Steve Goff  |  July 17, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Freedom , MLS , Women  
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Red Bulls Wreckage

Maybe this Beckham-Donovan thing is going to work out for the Galaxy after all. Then again, they were playing the Red Bulls on Thursday night. Alecko Eskandarian scored a wonder goal in the third minute on a 25-yard volley, Landon Donovan struck later in the half from 28 yards and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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United Wins Open Cup Rights

D.C. United has won the right to host the U.S. Open Cup championship game, meaning a victory over USL1 Rochester next Tuesday will set up a final showdown against Houston or Seattle on Wed., Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium. The U.S. Soccer Federation, which oversees the tournament, also announced that,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Ching Fined by MLS ..... for Tweet

Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching has been fined $500 by MLS for an entry on his Twitter account during Saturday's controversial match at Seattle. His Tweet: "Ref in seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat" Ching didn't play in the game. In...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  MLS  
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Szetela Excused for Few Days

Midfielder Danny Szetela, acquired by D.C. United through allocation this week, has been excused from the club for the rest of the week for family reasons. He trained with United yesterday but returned to his home in New Jersey and won't report back to DCU until Sunday. Szetela probably wasn't...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Weekend TV Listings

Let's get started a day early..... What are you going to watch? TODAY MLS, New York-Los Angeles 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Development Academy final, D.C. United-Carmel United (Indiana) 10 p.m. ESPN Classic FRIDAY USL1, Carolina-Vancouver 8 p.m. FSC SATURDAY MLS, Toronto-Houston 1 p.m. ESPN2 Friendly, Seattle-Chelsea 3 p.m. ESPN2...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  
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Thursday Kickaround

*In the highest-scoring match in WPS history, Cat Whitehill converted a rebound in stoppage time to lift the Washington Freedom to a 4-4 tie with Sky Blue FC in New Jersey. Trailing 3-1, Lisa De Vanna scored twice early in the second half for the Freedom (4-6-5) before Natasha Kai...

By Steve Goff  |  July 16, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Beckham , D.C. United , Freedom , Libertadores , MLS , SuperLiga  
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Szetela to D.C. United

The Insider has learned that D.C. United has claimed Danny Szetela in the allocation process. Dallas had the first option but passed on the 22-year-old midfielder who began his career in 2004 with Columbus before signing with Racing Santander in Spain three years later and getting loaned to Brescia in...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Beckerman, Morales All-Stars

Real Salt Lake midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales are MLS Commissioner Don Garber's picks for the All-Star Game on July 29 against Everton at RSL's Rio Tinto Stadium. Next week, Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear will make his five selections. The big question: Will David Beckham be among them? Clearly,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  
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Lauer Loves Becks

Watch and gag..... Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. For the full interview..... Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more....

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS , TV  
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Poll: MLS

With SuperLiga and U.S. Open Cup winding down, Champions League starting up soon, the All-Star Game two weeks away and foreign clubs visiting the States again this summer for friendlies, the Insider asks..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The full story on D.C. United's player search and the Danny Szetela-to-MLS situation, an Insider exclusive yesterday afternoon. *The Washington Freedom, in dire need of a victory after sliding into sixth place in WPS, visits Sky Blue in New Jersey this evening. *Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco will replace Toronto's Dwayne De...

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Freedom , Libertadores , MLS , Mexico , USL  
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Telemundo(s) for USA-Mexico

The USA and Mexico will play a World Cup qualifier on Wed., Aug. 12 at Azteca Stadium, a massive match that offers the Americans perhaps their best chance to end a lifetime of misery in Mexico City and an opportunity for El Tri to redeem itself after a wobbly start...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Szetela Back to MLS?

Two sources tell the Insider that midfielder Danny Szetela, who left MLS during the 2007 season to sign in Europe, has agreed to a contract with the league and will be allocated to a club soon. Dallas, D.C. United and Colorado are at the top of the allocation list, although...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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USA Roster Update

Confused about the USA's roster status heading into the Gold Cup quarterfinal against Panama Saturday in Philadelphia? Yeah, me too. Okay, here's what we know: In an attempt to balance badly needed summer breaks with national team commitments and club obligations, defenders Steve Cherundolo and Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Benny Feilhaber...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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The White House Crew

In case you missed the video yesterday from reigning MLS Cup champion Columbus's visit to Washington........

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Besides the two Euro-based trialists mentioned earlier on the Insider, D.C. United is also looking at college players who might compete for a developmental slot or receive a training camp invitation in the future. Commenting on the broader player search, Coach Tom Soehn said: "Some will be on trial, some...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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United Trialists Arrive

The first two of what might be several trialists are in town for training with D.C. United: *Jean-Francois Bell, a 28-year-old defender from Cameroon who has played at various levels in Switzerland. *David Habarugira, a 20-year-old defender from Burundi's national team who came through the Anderlecht system in Belgium. Both...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

On this historic 10th anniversary of the ingenious "SpongeBob SquarePants" (that's "SpongeBob Schwammkopf" in German -- must see), we celebrate some of today's other great sporting dramas, comedies and relationships: *Beckham and Donovan: Like SpongeBob and Patrick Star, they are pals again. *Bora and Iraq: The veteran coach, perhaps played...

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Beckham , Brazil , MLS , USL  
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Summer Soccer Reading

Soccer doesn't usually make for good movies; soccer does make for great books. From "All Played Out" to "Fever Pitch", "Football Against the Enemy" to "Soccer in Sun and Shadow", "Dynamo" to "Barca", "Bamboo Goalposts" to "Brilliant Orange", the choices for fine reading are endless. This summer comes a new...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Books , History , MLS , Youth soccer  
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MLS's First XI All-Stars

And the winners are..... Goalkeeper: Kasey Keller (Seattle). Defenders: Chad Marshall (Columbus), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Geoff Cameron (Houston). Midfielders: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto). Forwards: Conor Casey (Colorado), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles). The MLSers will face Tim...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Trialists are, indeed, on their way this week. No identities available yet. Reports out of Honduras last week said DCU was in negotiations with Marathon about acquiring defender Erick Norales and forward Carlos Will Mejia. United doesn't comment on potential signings and a Central American contact tells the Insider that...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , Spain , TV , U.S. Open Cup  
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Monday Kickaround

After a week away, let me try to get caught up..... *MLS will unveil the All-Star Game's First XI around 3 p.m. ET today. (Let's see which city had the best ballot-stuffing campaign.) The remaining seven slots will be announced next week. Thanks to the collective bargaining agreement, however, a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 13, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Gold Cup Quarterfinals Set

Following Panama's 4-0 victory over Nicaragua and Mexico's 2-0 triumph against Guadeloupe, the Gold Cup knockout stages have taken shape: SATURDAY Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Canada (A1) vs. Honduras (B2), 5 p.m. ET (Univision) USA (B1) vs. Panama (C3), 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura) Winners will meet July 23...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2009; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , Mexico , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Aguirre Suspended 3 Matches

Mexico will play its Gold Cup group finale tonight against Guadeloupe (7 p.m., Univision) without Coach Javier Aguirre, who was suspended three games by CONCACAF for kicking Panamanian player Ricardo Phillips along the sideline Thursday in Houston. Aguirre would return for the tournament final, should El Tri make it that...

By Steve Goff  |  July 12, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , Mexico  
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