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Soccer Insider: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Matchnight #20: United-Dynamo

Greetings from Robertson Stadium. The pregame temperature is in the mid-90s. In the sun, it feels like 130. It's humid. But there is a breeze. So we've got that going for us. United reaches the two-thirds mark of the league calendar tonight against the Dynamo, which leads the Western Conference...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DiCicco Suspended One Game

After a 1-0 loss to the Washington Freedom at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night, Boston Breakers Coach Tony DiCicco let loose with his frustrations regarding referee Jose Carlos Rivero -- who red-carded defender Alex Scott. "He's over his head. Most of the referees in this league have been over their...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 1, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Early Saturday Kickaround

*Read about Santino Quaranta's return to D.C. United after USA duty. *The Washington Freedom looks to wrap up a WPS playoff berth. *The Los Angeles Galaxy reports more than 80,000 tickets have been sold for the Saturday night spectacle against Barcelona at the Rose Bowl. *RSL Coach Jason Kreis has...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2009; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Spain  
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D.C. United News & Notes

Santino Quaranta, away with the national team for a month and suspended for the Champions League opener Tuesday, has been training all week and seems set to start Saturday night at Houston. Would you put him upfront with Jaime Moreno or Luciano Emilio? On the right side of midfield? And...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Cooper to 1860

The Insider told you two weeks ago that 1860 Munich was making an aggressive move for FC Dallas star Kenny Cooper, and after initial offers were rejected by MLS, a deal has been reached. The MLS club announced this morning that Cooper is headed for the second-division team pending a...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Germany , MLS  
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ITN's Tribute to Robson

Remembering Newcastle's own, Sir Bobby Robson, who died at age 76:...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  England  
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Friday Kickaround

*Red Bulls to the rescue for MLS! After D.C. United's glum, 1-1 tie at RFK to a Salvadoran replacement team in preseason and Toronto's 1-0 home loss to a USL1 squad, New York manages a 2-2 tie on the road in the first leg of its Champions League preliminary series....

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , Spain , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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New York State of Mind

Let's get fired up for tonight's start of the Red Bulls' Champions League campaign -- their only hope to salvage a disastrous year -- with a few items to consider: *Midfielder Khano Smith, acquired in preseason from Seattle for allocation money, appeared in eight league matches with six starts. He...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Juventus-Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. ET GolTV Porto-Aston Villa 4:30 p.m. GolTV USL1, Rochester-Vancouver 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Pachuca-Queretaro 8 p.m. Galavision...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  
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Thursday Kickaround

*All-star games are about entertainment, and the MLS squad joined Everton to provide just that before a capacity crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. Stuart Holden set up both goals in regulation -- a dreadful pass deep in MLS's end to Louis Saha, the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , England , Freedom , MLS , TV , USL  
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All-Star Fever

The MLS select squad -- it's not really an all-star team, is it? -- faces Tim Howard and an Everton club in preseason form at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City tonight. TV: ESPN2, Galavision. Coverage begins at 9:30 ET. All-Star History 2008: MLS 3, West Ham 2 (Toronto)...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  England , MLS  
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WPS Matchnight: Breakers at Freedom

Greetings all from Maryland SoccerPlex, where the Washington Freedom will look to extend its win streak to three (and unbeaten to four) against the Boston Breakers and in doing so better position themselves for one of the three remaining WPS postseason spots. On the well-manicured field here in Boyds, the...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 29, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Mexico's Roster for USA Match

Javier Aguirre's selections for the Aug. 12 World Cup qualifier at Azteca: Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul). Defenders: Efrain Juarez (Pumas), Jose Castro (Tigres), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Jonny Magallon (Chivas), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart), Aaron Galindo (Chivas), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Rojas (America). Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico  
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Fashionable Quaranta

From the summer issue of Washington Life Magazine, D.C. United's Santino Quaranta joins Washington Redskins first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo and Nationals all-star Ryan Zimmerman for a cover shot and a four-page fashion spread....

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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The Return of Wynalda

Eric Wynalda, the Hall of Fame striker and very outspoken commentator, is returning to full-time TV as co-host of Fox Soccer Channel's "Fox Football Fone-In", which makes its season debut Aug. 10. Wynalda, who will join Nick Webster, replaces Steven Cohen, who sparked controversy with his comments about Liverpool supporters....

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  TV  
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Wednesday Kickaround

Let's keep it simple this morning..... MLS ALL-STAR GAME Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah MLSers vs. preseason Everton 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision (RSL's Javier Morales will wear No. 77 in honor of teammate Andy Williams and Williams's wife, Marcia, who has a rare form of leukemia.) WASHINGTON FREEDOM Maryland...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , Freedom , MLS , TV  
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United Rewind

For the second time in four days, D.C. United played to a tie that sure looked and felt like a loss. On Saturday, United purred at the start and faded in the second half during a head-scratching, 2-2 draw at lowly San Jose. On Tuesday night, Coach Tom Soehn opted...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2009; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchday: United-Firpo

Greetings from RFK. Not a cool evening. At least 10,000 spectators expected. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision, 8 p.m. DCU LINEUP: Kocic; Jakovic, Janicki, John; McTavish, DiRaimondo, Jacobson, Szetela (playmaker), Wallace; Moreno, N'Silu. Subs: Wicks, Emilio, Pontius, Gomez, Namoff, Burch, Allen. (No Olsen, Fred or Quaranta) Your pregame, in-game and...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Gulati Speaks

Highlights from USSF President Sunil Gulati's teleconference with reporters: On whether the USA has a realistic shot to host the 2018 World Cup or more likely 2022..... "We're still very much bidding for 2018 and 2022. There are a number of people with the [FIFA] executive committee, certainly the European...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid , USSF  
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Adu, Zoltan, mun2, Wambach

*Some additional details on the Freddy Adu situation: From what I've been told, Adu and Benfica had a prearranged agreement with the USSF for him to be released after the second USA match of the Gold Cup (vs. Honduras at RFK). The plan was for him to take time off...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Destination: Cape Town

Admire the setting for the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, site of eight World Cup matches, including a quarterfinal and semifinal. Check out this excellent blog for more recent images and construction information....

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*USA forward Freddy Adu has been conditioning at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., in preparation to rejoin Benfica this week. However, the Insider is hearing that at least one Dutch club is interested in acquiring him on loan. He has three years left on his Benfica contract. After last season's...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  FIFA , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: Gold Cup

I know it's difficult, but for a moment, let's put aside the USA's 90-minute fiasco against Mexico on Sunday and consider the American players' three-week performance in the Gold Cup. Using those broader parameters..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2009; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Gold Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Blatter, DCU, All-Stars, Barca, Becks

Sorry for the absence -- I spent an extra day in the Bay Area with Brother of Insider. Shout-outs to Angel Island, KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise-Sunset, Los Pinos in South S.F., Inkas in Lower Mission District, Marnee Thai and Park Chow in Inner Sunset and Horizons in Sausalito. *Read Post colleague...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2009; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Beckham , CONCACAF , D.C. United , FIFA , MLS  
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Monday Kickaround

*The Insider has learned that GolTV's Phil Schoen and former USA defender Marcelo Balboa will form the English-language announcing team for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier Aug. 12 on mun2, the cable outlet operated by Telemundo. Andres Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik will do commentary on Spanish-language Telemundo. The Spanish duo...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  Freedom , Gold Cup , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: Lopez's Goal From 55 Yards

Claudio Lopez beats Donovan Ricketts from midfield in Kansas City's 1-1 tie with Los Angeles. Lopez: "This is the best goal of my career" -- which, for the accomplished Argentine, is saying something. David Beckham: "It doesn't matter what league it's in or where it is in the world, it's...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2009; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  MLS  
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Gold Cup Matchday: USA-Mexico

A hearty "what's up" from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It's not quite a scorcher in the Jerz today, about 83 degrees -- but I can tell you that as I made the long trek from the media parking lot to the media press trailer around the construction...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 26, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Gold Cup , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Sunday Open House

From the Swamps of Jersey to Bridgeview, Ill., from Foxborough, Mass., to Arlington, Tex., and Fenton, Mo., it's a busy day of futbol in America: GOLD CUP FINAL USA vs. Mexico Giants Stadium, 3 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel, Univision WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE AC Milan v. Inter Milan Gillette Stadium,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Freedom , Gold Cup , Women  
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United Rewind

D.C. United received a point Saturday night because soccer guidelines say that a team that plays to a tie should be rewarded. But you could certainly make the argument that United deserved absolutely nothing for the 2-2 draw with the Earthquakes -- a result that prevented the club from sharing...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2009; 3:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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