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Soccer Insider: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Matchday #19: United-Earthquakes

Greetings again from the Bay Area -- another gorgeous, cloudless day on the campus of the Santa Clara University Broncos. Let me say this: D.C. United needs a new stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes really need a new stadium. Think high school football: mostly metal bleachers, choppy field, brick concessions...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2009; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Read about the AC Milan-Chelsea friendly in front of 71,000-plus in Baltimore. *Read about D.C. United's roster status heading into tonight's match at San Jose. *Calculate the percentage of salary lost when MLS fined David Beckham $1,000 for his tiff with a fan last week. *Assess the MLS All-Star Game...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Beckham , D.C. United , MLS , USL  
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A Few Minutes With Will Chang

We know all about your team, Will. But what's the latest on a new stadium for D.C. United? The Insider is heard that Montgomery County has proposed two sites, D.C. is still interested to some extent and at least two Virginia jurisdictions have stepped forward. "We're getting a lot of...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2009; 1:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United News & Notes

Greetings from the Bay Area. Midfielder Clyde Simms had hernia surgery in Germany and will probably be sidelined three weeks. Midfielder-forward Boyzzz Khumalo had wrist surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Midfielder Danny Szetela, finally eligible, trained today and should see some action Saturday night against...

By Steve Goff  |  July 24, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: AC Milan - Chelsea

Greetings from...Estadio M&T Bank? Just doesn't have the same ring to it. Let's stick with M&T Bank Stadium. My commute up here wasn't the loveliest -- I left a meeting at the Post newsroom at 3 PM and hit some traffic on the way up, finally arriving in Baltimore at...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 24, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  England , Italy , World  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch the next four days? FRIDAY Celtic-Ahly noon ESPN Deportes Liga de Quito-Ittihad 2:30 p.m. GolTV Spurs-Barcelona 3 p.m. ESPN Deportes Sevilla-Juventus 4:30 p.m. GolTV AC Milan-Chelsea 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPN Deportes USL1, Minnesota-Miami 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Real Salt Lake-Dallas 10 p.m. Direct...

By Steve Goff  |  July 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  TV  
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Matchnight: USA-Honduras

GOLD CUP SEMIFINALS At Chicago's Soldier Field USA vs. Honduras Kickoff: 7 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura. Mexico vs. Costa Rica Kickoff: 10 p.m. TV: Univision. USA LINEUP: Perkins; Heaps, Goodson, Marshall, Pearce; Holden, Beckerman, Pause, Rogers; Arnaud, Ching. Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome here!...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Payne Responds to Sounders

It is on. It is so on. Usually an afterthought on the American soccer landscape, the mom-and-pop U.S. Open Cup has taken a spicy turn this week, thanks to the executives for the two finalists. It began when Seattle's Adrian Hanauer expressed disappointment that the U.S. Soccer Federation chose RFK...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (224)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  
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A Soccer Education

Tracee Hamilton, The Post's new sports columnist after years as an editor and a witty contributor to our Olympic coverage, is trying to understand soccer. She's really trying. Take a look at her latest column....

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  D.C. United , Misc.  
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Thursday Kickaround

*More than 50,000 at Georgia Dome watch Club America surprise AC Milan, 2-1, in the World Football Challenge. D.C.'s own Oguchi Onyewu made his debut in the second half for Milan, which will face Chelsea at sold-out M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Friday night (8 p.m., ESPN). *Seattle management...

By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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USA-Mexico TV Saga (Continued)

The story that first appeared on the Insider early last week just won't go away. The latest: ESPN showed "no interest" in acquiring the English-language rights to next month's USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier from Telemundo when it was offered to the TV titan last winter, sources familiar with Telemundo's negotiations...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 10:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Arnoux to England

Wake Forest's Cody Arnoux, an all-American forward who contributed 32 goals and 16 assists the past two seasons, has decided to skip his senior season and sign with an English club, two sources confirmed to the Insider. A formal announcement is expected this week. Arnoux is represented by First Wave...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  College Soccer , England  
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Video: United-Rhinos

You'll get a look at the controversial handball, the goals, Khumalo's basketball-shooting celebration and the serious injury suffered by the Rhinos player (for the squeamish, it's at the 5:30 mark):...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Surgery for Khumalo

Thabiso "Boyzzz" Khumalo, whose right wrist was fractured by a kicked ball in the final moments of D.C. United's 2-1 U.S. Open Cup victory over Rochester, will have surgery Thursday and be sidelined two to six weeks, the club announced. His injury is described as a "fractured distal radius and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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A Few Minutes With Payne, Butragueño

Highlights from Wednesday's media conference call with D.C. United President Kevin Payne and Real Madrid executive (and former star) Emilio Butragueño, who discussed the Aug. 9 friendly between the clubs at FedEx Field. Payne: "This will be a very special moment. Throughout our history, we have tried very hard to...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United , Real Madrid  
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SoccerPlex, Open Cup, TFC Friendly

*Curse of the SoccerPlex? This summer at the otherwise idyllic Montgomery County venue, there's been a midfield challenge resulting in a serious knee injury (St. Louis Athletica), a visiting coach climbing over a railing and into the stands after being ejected (Ocean City Barons), a broken leg on a 50-50...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  
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Early Wednesday Kickaround

*Read my D.C. United match report with fiery quotes from the Rochester coach. For those of you who were at Maryland SoccerPlex, what did you think of the midfield incident that resulted in a serious injury? *United's opponent in the U.S. Open Cup championship match Sept. 2 at RFK Stadium...

By Steve Goff  |  July 22, 2009; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , USL , Women  
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Matchnight: United-Rhinos

Greetings from the 'Plex. Who definitely won't be in uniform tonight against the Rhinos? Santino Quaranta (USA national team) Clyde Simms (adductor-groin injury) Dejan Jakovic (rest after Gold Cup) Brandon Barklage (knee surgery) Danny Szetela (still awaiting international clearance; blame the Italian federation) Rhinos you might recognize: D Kenney Bertz...

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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A Few Minutes With Dejan Jakovic

D.C. United's Dejan Jakovic rejoined the club Monday after a month with the Canadian national team -- a revealing stretch for the 24-year-old central defender who had only one previous cap but started in a June 30 friendly against Guatemala and in three of four Gold Cup matches. (After Canada...

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Canada , D.C. United  
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Mmmm, Burgers

From footballshirtculture.com, Spanish club Getafe models its new kits. Cheese with your order?...

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Spain  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Read my front-page D.C. United story about the roster and U.S. Open Cup. *Tonight's Open Cup semifinals: Rochester vs. DCU at Maryland SoccerPlex, 7:30 ET (no live video) Houston vs. Seattle in Tukwila, Wash., 10 (live video at soundersfc.com) Read about the Sounders' secondary home field. *USA Coach Bob Bradley...

By Steve Goff  |  July 21, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Beckham , Gold Cup , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Arena Issues Statement

Regarding the exchange between Galaxy superstar David Beckham and L.A. supporters during the AC Milan friendly Sunday night, Coach/GM Bruce Arena said in a written statement: "We regret the incident that happened at the end of the first half. While it is important that our fans remain free to voice...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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No Beckham in All-Star Game

MLS was undoubtedly tempted to find a place for David Beckham on the all-star team to create some additional buzz. But when the six additional players were unveiled Monday, Beckham was not one of them. The choices were Houston's Pat Onstad, Brad Davis and Brian Ching, Seattle's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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USA-Mexico TV Update

Insider loyalists have known for a week that this was in the works, and now it's official: The USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier Aug. 12 at Azteca will be shown exclusively on Telemundo (Spanish) and mun2 (Telemundo-operated English cable outlet). No ESPN, no NBC (which owns Telemundo), no Fox Soccer Channel....

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Simms's Injury and United Notes

*Clyde Simms is heading to Munich this week to have his adductor/groin/hernia injury examined. If necessary, he'll have surgery there and be sidelined up to three weeks. Obviously, he won't play against Rochester on Tuesday night in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Maryland SoccerPlex. "Honestly, I just want peace...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Poll: Beckham an All-Star?

Sometime this afternoon, Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear's five additional selections to the MLS all-star team will be announced. Presumably, one will be a goalkeeper. Certainly, no one from D.C. United, the New York Red Bulls or Toronto FC will be included because all three clubs have Champions League matches around...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS , Poll  
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Soccer Sells

International soccer in the States this weekend drew big crowds: Chelsea-Sounders in Seattle: 65,000 Gold Cup quarterfinals in Philadelphia: 31,000 Inter Milan-America at Stanford: 31,000 AC Milan-Galaxy at Carson: 27,000 (sellout) Gold Cup quarterfinals in Dallas: 82,000 Average: 47,000. More to come this week: Chelsea-Inter at the Rose Bowl, AC...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Monday Kickaround

*Congratulations to Washington Freedom striker Abby Wambach, who became the fifth player in USA women's soccer history to score 100 international goals, a 78th-minute strike in the Americans' 1-0 victory over Canada in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. She's only 29 years old. The teams face one another again Wednesday...

By Steve Goff  |  July 20, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Beckham , Costa Rica , Freedom , Gold Cup , MLS , Mexico , Women  
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Sunday Open House

A wide variety of football activities taking place on this fine Sunday: GOLD CUP Quarterfinals at Cowboys Stadium Costa Rica-Guadeloupe, 4 p.m. ET (Telefutura) Mexico-Haiti, 7 (Univision) MLS New England-Chivas USA, 6 (Direct Kick) WOMEN'S FRIENDLY USA-Canada in Rochester, N.Y., 3 (ESPN) In her hometown, Abby Wambach's pursuit of her...

By Steve Goff  |  July 19, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Gold Cup , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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United Rewind

D.C. United ended up winning Saturday at RFK, so in the locker room afterward, it was okay to joke about Bryan Namoff's "two-goal" performance. "He's just mad he can't score on me in training, so he put one past me tonight," goalkeeper Josh Wicks said with a laugh. "He had...

By Steve Goff  |  July 19, 2009; 12:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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