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Thursday Kickaround

*The Washington Freedom made history last night, but not anything to boast about. In the 45th game of WPS's inaugural season, the Freedom became the first team to relinquish a lead and lose -- a 2-1 defeat at last-place Chicago in front of 4,127 at Toyota Park. Teams have overcome a deficit to earn a tie, but never to win. Abby Wambach scored in the first half for the Freedom (4-5-4), which will host Marta and first-place Los Angeles Sunday evening at Maryland SoccerPlex. Chicago (3-6-5) ended a nine-game winless streak and a 451-minute scoreless run.

*You don't think the Seattle-Portland rivalry will be MLS's best in a couple years? Consider last night's U.S. Open Cup match at PGE Park, where 16,382 turned out for the Sounders' 2-1 victory. After four upsets on Tuesday, order was restored last night as Houston joined Seattle in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory at Austin.

Next Tuesday's Quarterfinal Matchups
Harrisburg (USL2) vs. D.C. United at Maryland SoccerPlex
Wilmington (USL2) at Rochester (USL1)
Houston at Charleston (USL1)
Kansas City vs. Seattle at Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, Wash.)

*Estudiantes booked a place in the Copa Libertadores finals with a 2-1 victory (3-1 aggregate) at Nacional. Veron and Co. will face Gremio or Cruzeiro, who play one another tonight (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Espanol). Cruzeiro won the first leg, 3-1.

By Steve Goff  |  July 2, 2009; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Libertadores , MLS , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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Comments

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/the_bonus/06/29/beckham.book/index.html?eref=T1

Just want to say that my respect for Landycakes went up after reading this. The bad and the good -

The bad - Brought the potential for a pile of crap to fall on his head from Galaxy management. He's also shown that he's willing to take team issues public, which may not sit well with a lot of overseas clubs he's looking to move to.

The good - Taken on the most powerful player in soccer today and called him out. That takes sack. He's also shown he cares about the team in general and not individuals.

Waiting for a reaction from Beckham and now more interested in seeing Galaxy's first game with Becks back.

Posted by: daandre3 | July 2, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey might move to Everton according to BBC. 4 million Pounds is the quoted price and he reportedly refused a new deal at Fulham. I think it would be a good move. He'd be paired up with Howard and still be playing in the Europa Cup (or whatever they change the name to). I don't think he'd be playing as a forward there which I think is a good thing, he's better as an attacking mid who can score. I hope it happens.

Posted by: bighungry | July 2, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Goff: when will the bids on the semifinal round in USOC happen?

Posted by: dcsnowwake | July 2, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Stop calling him Landycakes then.

Hey Goff! Did Seattle's FO ever have any sort of apology for their idiotic fan that threw the bottle at Wicks? Will Portland apologize for their idiotic fans throwing bottles last night? Is the feeling that it's a non-issue because they were plastic bottles?
Maybe Keller can apologize on his blog before he gets pelted when they come to RFK?

I'm just saying if nothing is done, those supporters will not recognize that this isn't hockey.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 2, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Goff, do you think your post from earlier this week will cause the tens of thousands of cars who were stuck in traffic on I270 to take White's Ferry instead?

Just trying to plan ahead...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 2, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse


B*tching about a teammate to a reporter between sips of Pinot Grigiot is not "sack." And from what I read, no one from LAG ever confronted Beckham directly over any of their beefs. One reason might be that their beefs were categorically petty and ridiculous. Beckham's not rah-rah enough. Beckham's handlers hurt Lalas' feelings. Beckham didn't pay for my lunch. Good Lord!

That said, I feel for Donovan's (and Lalas') predicament in that situation. Nobody likes to play/work for a horrible team with a disenchanted superstar and a brutally incompetent absentee coach. Donavan's initiative in discussing tactics with Beckham is laudable, but... by text message? WTF? It's regrettable that Beckham responded in kind, but there's no sense complaining about it. Especially when a certain former captain of LAG just might have viewed last season as a pre-season workout for Bayern...

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 2, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Also, who will play who after the next round of the OC? If DCU advances, which match up winner will they face?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 2, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

It was nice to learn where my second favorite Silverback ended up (Hayes)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish

I thought he was coaching the Silverbacks women? Or some other w-league team?

Posted by: Reignking | July 2, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Cue the violins:

"Over a lunch of lamb pizza and a peach salad at Petros, a stylish Greek restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Donovan took a sip of Pinot Grigio and exhaled deeply. It was 24 hours after he'd learned of Beckham's desire to move to Milan, and instead of enjoying a Thursday off from practice, he was miserable."

Posted by: OWNTF | July 2, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Donavan's initiative in discussing tactics with Beckham is laudable, but... by text message? WTF? It's regrettable that Beckham responded in kind, but there's no sense complaining about it. Especially when a certain former captain of LAG just might have viewed last season as a pre-season workout for Bayern...

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GoG - I'm no fan of Donovan (though I agree with the first poster, his stock with me goes up now that I know his thoughts on Beckham (not because he shared them with Wahl, but because he actually had those opinions)), but the whole point of the text messaging was that Beckham had put himself in a position that his teammates didn't feel all that comfortable coming up to him with suggestions like that. Even the former captain of the squad and arguably the best ever US national team player didn't feel comfortable doing it...only after he got the message back did he then actually speak face-to-face with Becks about it.

As for Donovan spending the season as a "pre-season workout" before going to Munich, I don't see any evidence of that. Surely, most every American soccer player aspires to play in Europe...add that it's for one of the more storied clubs in Europe, that's a total bonus. But whether it's because he can't hack it overseas or he just feels more comfortable being in the states, you can't question whether Donovan is committed to MLS. He has been a major presence in the league since 2001. A marquis star in a league with only a few.

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DadRyan...United would play the winner of the Wilmington/Rochester game. The bracket can be found on the USOC site:

http://www.usopencup.com/2005bracket/index_E.html

Posted by: combedge | July 2, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Duh, I totally meant "marquee star"

Posted by: combedge | July 2, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

thanks combedge. I wasn't sure if there was some sort of Twist in the next round.

I'd love to see Charleston SHOCK Houston at Blackbaud. I'm torn between hoping for the Sounder/DCU or another Coffee Pot Cup opportunity in the Final.

@OWNTF: you love it. people are eating this stuff up.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 2, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Bored?

The Europa League begins today!

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/news/kind=1/newsid=843623.html

Go Anorthosis!

Posted by: Reignking | July 2, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The text messaging between Donovan and Beckham is just symptomatic of a dysfunctional organization, in which it's members feel discouraged from open communication.

Lamb pizza, peach salad, and pinot girgio? What? They ran out of quiche?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 2, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

"Over a lunch of lamb pizza and a peach salad at Petros, a stylish Greek restaurant in Manhattan Beach, Donovan took a sip of Pinot Grigio and exhaled deeply."

Posted by: OWNTF | July 2, 2009 9:49 AM

{golf clap} :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | July 2, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey to Everton would be interesting. I've taken a shining to FFC over the years, and Clint seems assured of being a regular starter there - not sure he'd get that at Everton, but I guess you gotta follow the money and the bigger stage.

Posted by: the_slammer | July 2, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I always thought that as soon as LA took Beckham Donovan should have been on the first flight to San Jose.

The sad thing is if Donovan was Dutch and playing in the Dutch league (or most other countries) he would be selling out stadiums without Beckham. Its bizarre how such a great American athlete is completely unknown to most American sports fans. He’s wasted on LA fans just like Cooper is wasted on the one or two FC Dallas fans.

They wouldn’t need to go to Europe to be treated like celebrities if they were playing in Seattle, Houston, Salt Lake, Toronto or DC.

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 2, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Freedom, any idea why they straight-out cut Joanna Lohman from the roster? They've dropped marginal players before, but only to make room for new arrivals like Ali Krieger and Sarah Senty. So far there's no replacement for Joanna, and the signing deadline has passed.

Posted by: kevinwparker | July 2, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Seriously. Forget LA Galaxy-ChivasUSA.
The new MLS "clasico" will be the Seattle-Portland if the Timbers' MLS deal does not fall through.

C'mon--You have got to be impressed with that crowd number for a Wednesday night USOC game.

That is absolutely SICK. They really do "hate" each other.

I'm impressed. I knew that the rivalry was a deep one but I couldn't have imagined just how deep.

Posted by: yankiboy | July 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Wait for the classique between Toronto and Montreal (whenever they get a team). MLS' first European style cultural rivalry. I expect a Canadian Civil war to break out after a bad PK call. Well, maybe just a bi-lingual Civil Shouting Match.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 2, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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