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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 Rosario in the MLS All-Star Game.

*It's not just a Liga, it's a SuperLiga! The why-does-this-exist tournament (yes, I know why it exists) continues tonight at Gillette Stadium with semifinal matchups featuring New England vs. Chicago (7 p.m. ET, Telefutura) and Tigres vs. Santos Laguna (9 p.m., Telefutura).

*On the other side of the interest scale, Copa Libertadores concludes tonight (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Espanol) with Cruzeiro hosting Estudiantes following a 0-0 tie last week. "Let's hope Cruzeiro are already celebrating; it suits us for them to be overconfident. We already proved that nobody has an easy time against us and we'll give them a tough game," said Estudiantes defender Rolando Schiavi.

*The strike involving construction workers at World Cup stadiums in South Africa is over.

*If you are planning to attend the Crystal Palace-Harrisburg friendly tomorrow night in Lancaster, Pa., please bring a new (uninflated) soccer ball to benefit students in war-torn Sudan. The event is being organized by the USL2's City Islanders, Lancaster Barnstormers baseball club and Mennonite Central Committee.

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2009; 9:24 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Freedom , Libertadores , MLS , Mexico , USL  
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"We're not just doing this for money, we're doing for A LOT of money!"
Name that movie!

Posted by: jake77 | July 15, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the note about soccer balls being collected at the Lancaster match between Harrisburg and Crystal Palace. I know the soccer community will come through!

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 15, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Spaceballs.

Posted by: Colm1 | July 15, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The DC United youth team will also be on TV, playing in the US Soccer Development Academy Final in Carson tomorrow night at 10 EDT on ESPN Classic. Are any of them prospects for the full team?

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 15, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

We're second?

Well, that's what yo get for sucking for a season, I guess. I would love to land Szetela. This is the kind of kid you build off of, and I don't think I have to convince too many that successful teams in MLS are built on a base of American talent. (See Dempsey, Twellman, Noonan, Parkhurst, Marsahll, Carroll, Rogers, Rolfe, you need working American parts). This league isn't England, where the most successful teams feature 3 or fewer in their starting eleven.

This guy really isn't a defensive midfielder, but a true Central midfielder in the style of Lampard. (That is just a prototype, not a comparison). He is solid defensively, but his real skill is what happens in the opponents end.

But, knowing our luck, Soehn will either blow by him or someone else will grab him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 15, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Yoder pay attention to the donation thing and do some Good by Klassen the place up with a soccer ball . . .

Insider MCC humor. Or, Insider Insider MCC humor.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 15, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about it. I speak Spanish, but I'll probably be watching in a bar in San Francisco with hundreds of other US supporters and I wouldn't hear the broadcast anyway.
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which bar? where in san fran? just moved and need a place to watch!

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | July 15, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

SuperLiga really needed to move to spring and for Swine Flu to have really caused a permanent rift between CONMEBOL and the Primera.

Before Champions League - this was a good move. Post Champions League - it's a little awkward.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 15, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Go New England!

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"Yoder pay attention to the donation thing and do some Good by Klassen the place up with a soccer ball."

That is REALLY inside, fallschurch1

In case you are interested, Harrisburg has a Swartzendruber on the team. Think he has Mennonite roots, maybe?

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 15, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I think the renamed it the $uperliga.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Those are their radios ziptied to their helmets... Ahhh.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

How are uninflated soccer balls going to help children out in war torn Sudan?

I'm all about helping out, but the Sudan is so generally $%ked up that I have a hard time thinking a few adidas balls will really go that far. Perhaps a ball with a donation to a charity(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/4007257.stm)

""In 2004, there were only three surgeons serving southern Sudan, with three proper hospitals, and in some areas there was just one doctor for every 500,000 people"

Posted by: delantero | July 15, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

dadryan: at least I'm learning about various churches, today...zzz...

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Is the 1st Becks game this week?

Shouldn't I know this? Shows you how important it is.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

delantero,

Good question. The soccer balls were requested by the southern Sudanese themselves. MCC is sending them as a small part of a whole shipping container of aid supplies.

MCC works hard to send things that locals have requested. The balls (along with volleyball nets and balls) were requested to be used at the new schools being built for the children who are returning after the decades of war.

Hope that clears it up.

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 15, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's the quiet before the storm Reignking..I really hadn't looked at the profile of the remaining stages, until a minute ago. Stage 13 is gonna break some fools.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 15, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Also, Southern Sudan is less crazy (for now) than the north. I'm sure that other groups are working on food / shelter / medicine and that the happiness from being able to play some soccer will be good for the communities, devastated or not.

Posted by: eadc | July 15, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Is the 1st Becks game this week?
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I believe it is tomorrow (Thursday). Interestingly, BSPN2 has passed on it, and is going with an early Saturday afternoon game this week. Perhaps the exact date of Becks' return became known too late for them to act on it. Then again, the Saturday game does create a nice doubleheader, paired with Chelsea-Seattle.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 15, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Tongiht's Freedom game can be followed by matchtracker at the Freedom site:

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/dc

Posted by: universityandpark | July 15, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I guess it isn't BSPN anymore, then.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: PEddy | July 15, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Re Superliga: The idea of MLS teams playing Mexican teams in more than just a friendly is a good one, as is the idea of making television money. The problem is the heavy burden it places on the participants, who then don't take it seriously while holding their fire for more important competitions.

What if every MLS team played a single match against a Mexican team -- 1st place vs 1st, 2nd place vs 2nd, etc., with the winning league getting a pot of money to apply to player development (or other worthy causes like commissioner bonuses). Less burden on the participating teams, every match a national pride match ...

I've thought over the past couple of years that the top four English teams were better than the top four Spanish teams, but if you had a whole league matchup Spain would win. Would it be interesting to find out? More interesting than Superliga.

Posted by: granadoskerry | July 15, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I guess it isn't BSPN anymore, then.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 11:06 AM
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There is still that other interpretation of BS.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 15, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Since he threw out the first pitch last night, is Robin Hood making the "first kick" at the MLS All Star game?

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 15, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

@granadoskerry -- I've had the sane thought about the SuperLiga. I think league-wide competition would be kinda cool...on the other hand, interleague play in baseball is instructive. Where the natural rivalries exist because of proximity -- or wherever the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox go -- there's a huge attendance spike. For other games. not so much. The Texas teams might be interesting to Mexican fans, but others not so much. I suppose it could be like SuperLiga, and have all the games played here. If they want a tournament, maybe it could be done as a single-elimination format.

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Only 43,000 for the DCU/Madrid match?! Good thing they moved to Effed Up Feild. Everything about that stadium is messed up, except he turf. Shoulda had it at good ol' RFK and it's "atmosphere".

Posted by: boda-united | July 15, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Maybe DCU could look at local product Grover Gibson...out of contract with B.2 Ahlen now.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

UnitedDemon makes a hugely important point. It's not just how much does a player like Szetela bring to your team. The MLS has upped the number of internationals, but it's still important to have quality American players. Every top-rank American a team can find to play a position allows the team to look abroad for upgrades at other positions where an American incumbent isn't really cutting the mustard. Of course, it remains to be seen how good Szetela really is.

Along those lines, I have a question. As I look at the team's roster, it appears that United is using seven international slots (I believe you're allowed 8, no?). Jaime Moreno no longer uses an international slot. I'm wondering about the future. Kocic and Wallace are currently in developmental slots. Anyone know whether they would take USA or international slots, based on their current status? Are they permanent residents, a la Moreno?

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Robin Hood. Yeah, those Clinton era rates are positively extortionate. Another 3% on any and only those amounts above $250k. Crocodile tears.

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

How are uninflated soccer balls going to help children out in war torn Sudan?

I'm all about helping out, but the Sudan is so generally $%ked up that I have a hard time thinking a few adidas balls will really go that far. Perhaps a ball with a donation to a charity(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/panorama/4007257.stm)

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As one having spent some time in Sudan and in the process of getting back there long term, I will say with confidence that something as simple as a soccer ball will go a long way to sparking hope. Beyond the necessities like food, shelter, and clothing, the "trivial" things are what will tell these children, "you are not forgotten."

And who knows, one day some of those kids may just beat Egypt in a WCQ :-)

Posted by: timspears | July 15, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

New favorite team name -- FC Sheriff from Moldova, playing right now in a CL qualifying round.

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@Fischy:

Eight senior international slots is the norm, but United currently has nine (they got one of Colorado's in the Gomez trade). I believe you're correct about having seven of those SI slots currently filled, so there are two to play with.

Re: Wallace and Kocic, developmental/Gen. Adidas players don't take up SI slots. Incidentally, Wallace has a green card, so he wouldn't even if his was a senior contract; not sure about Kocic.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | July 15, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@fischy: I have a feeling this is on your screen saver:

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 15, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@timspears: All the best to you when you go back to Sudan. I have a close friend from church who is doing mission work there, and he has told me about the challenges he faces.

God bless, my friend.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 15, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@joedoc -- nope. It's just an honest appreciation that much of our tax money goes for spending on things that offer disproportionate benefits or use to the well-off. Airports, arts institutions and such...just to name a couple of things.

Now, back to soccer...what the heck are they thinking in Birmingham? I know MLS wants some presence in the South, but Birmingham? It's no bigger than St. Louis, which is getting dissed because of its size. $600 million for a domed soccer stadium/convention center? I hope for us and for the taxpayers in Birmingham that Will Chang doesn't see this piece....

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How are uninflated soccer balls going to help children out in war torn Sudan?
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Maybe, once they're inflated, they'll help some kids to have some fun and exercise.

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

heh, Fischy, you've got a point. didn't the online rosters use to include the player's status (I, S, D?) guess that went away in the reformatting of the site. unless I am mistaken, Wallace's mother was (is?) a World Banker so he probably does not have a green card. Milos, I have no idea. but since he came to the US for college, it seems unlikely he'd have booked the time to get one.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | July 15, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

MSA ranks
#48 Birmingham
#49 Salt Lake

MLS ranks
If you build it, we will come
If you don't build it, then you better have deep pockets and an established nutty fan base

Posted by: Reignking | July 15, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

MLS' salary structure is invariably hostile to the idea of retaining the top American players. The DP rule made this worse. Unless this changes, MLS will remain a developmental-slash-golden-parachute type league.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 15, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@joshuastevens -- that info is still available on the mlsnet site.

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/players/roster.jsp?club=t103

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting request from the Sudanese. I've sent soccer balls to the third world and even coached there. The balls are used so much and so often that within a month, you need more. Plus, no one has pumps or needles so flat balls are the rule. Good for them though

What's the minefield situation like in the Sudan? Would hate to shank a shot into unexploded ordinance. And given how I shoot, that's a certainty.

Posted by: delantero | July 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"Little John" O'Malley

"Maid Marian" Pelosi

you're on to something here joedoc

Posted by: OWNTF | July 15, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

land mines, soccer, worthy causes

http://www.spiritofsoccer.net/

Posted by: OWNTF | July 15, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Do you know when the decision on Szetela is suppose to be made?

Posted by: no_recess | July 15, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF, wouldn't it be "Made Marion" Barry?

joedoc: How's your Monty Pytohn?

Male Peasant : Who do you think you are, giving us poor this rubbish?

Female Peasant : Bloody silver. Won't have it in the house. (throws it away) And those candlesticks you got us last week were only sixteen carat.

Male Peasant : Yes, why don't you go out and steal something nice, like some Venetian silver?

Female Peasant : Or a Velasquez for the outside loo.

Moore : Oh, all right. (turns purposefully)


(Usual montage of Dennis Moore riding plus song.)


Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Riding through the land
Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore
Without a merry band
He steals from the poor, and gives to the rich
... Stupid b*****.


(Moore reins to a sudden halt and rides over to the camera.)


Moore : What did you sing?

Singers : (speaking, a bit worriedly) We sang... he steals from the poor and gives to the rich?

Moore : (looking down) Wait a tic ... blimey, this redistribution of wealth is trickier than I thought.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | July 15, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

fischy:

DCU has 9 foreign player slots. We traded Colorado for an extra. I am pretty sure that Kocic would count as a foreign player, while I'm virtually certain that Wallace is a green card holder (I recall reading that several times after he was drafted).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 15, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Stand and deliver. Your life, or your lupins.

Posted by: fischy | July 15, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

OT: This story is for the rugby fans out there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/sports/15rugby.html

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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