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Soccer Insider: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Real Madrid-DCU News & Notes

Just so we're all on the same page: D.C. United is playing Real Madrid on Sunday. Not Real Salt Lake. Not Real Maryland. Got it? Okay. The news: *Bryan Namoff and Santino Quaranta have hamstring ailments and won't play. They hope to be ready for next Saturday's league game at...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , Real Madrid  
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WPS Matchnight: Sky Blue-Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where the Freedom faces a critical matchup with New Jersey's Sky Blue FC in its WPS regular season finale. With the Freedom tied for third place with Sky Blue, this game certainly has the feel of a playoff contest. If Washington wins, it not only secures...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 8, 2009; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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DCU Player Search

D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper has confirmed a report in the Harrisburg Patriot-News that Tiyi Shipalane, a right-side attacker for the third-division City Islanders, has begun training with the MLS club with plans to be added to the roster on loan after the USL2 season ends. Shipalane, 23, "did...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United , USL  
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Saturday Kickaround

*For the second time in the past week, a Spanish titan casually tore apart an MLS opponent on its home ground. This time, it was Real Madrid shredding Toronto FC for three goals in the first 25 minutes and rolling to a 5-1 victory on the patchwork temporary grass at...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Freedom , MLS , Real Madrid , USL , Women  
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USA's Roster for Mexico Trip

Here's the list for Wednesday's qualifier against Mexico at Azteca..... Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan. Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein, Chad Marshall. Midfielders: Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Jose Francisco Torres. Forwards: Landon Donovan, Brian Ching, Jozy...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United News and Notes

*Clyde Simms, who had hernia surgery a couple weeks ago, participated in training and might make an appearance Sunday against Real Madrid at FedEx Field. "Going all out and sprinting is still a little painful and striking long distance, it's still tight in there," he said. "Hopefully I can get...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  D.C. United , Real Madrid  
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Friday Kickaround

*There's real grass at BMO Field in Toronto for the Real Madrid friendly (7:30 p.m., ESPN) -- but only for one glorious night. Real trained there in front of 18,000 fans. No so luck for Washington fans as Saturday's session at FedEx Field is closed to the general public. *Weather...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , Poll , Q&A , Real Madrid  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? (All times are Eastern) FRIDAY Germany, Wolfsburg-Schalke 2:30 p.m. GolTV Toronto-Real Madrid 7:30 p.m. ESPN, ESPN Deportes W-League final, Washington-Pali Blue 7:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel USL1, Vancouver-Charleston 11 p.m. FSC SATURDAY Germany, Borussia Dortmund-Cologne 9:30 a.m. GolTV Liverpool-Atletico Madrid 10 a.m. FSC Germany,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2009; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  TV  
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Real Madrid's Travel Roster

The group that will be available for friendlies at Toronto on Friday and against D.C. United on Sunday is: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Jerzy Dudek, Antonio Adan. Defenders: Pepe, Raul Albiol, Christoph Metzelder, Ezequiel Garay, Miguel Torres, Alvaro Arbeloa. Midfielders: Lassana Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Guti, Royston Drenthe,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Real Madrid  
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USA Roster Prediction

We should learn tomorrow who is on the USA roster for next week's World Cup qualifier at Mexico. Assuming 20 players are named, I'm guessing: Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan. Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector, Heath Pearce, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein. Midfielders: Clint Dempsey, Benny Feilhaber,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Thursday Kickaround

*It was a great night for MLS off the field as capacity crowds of 67,000 in Seattle and 20,000 in Bridgeview turned out for non-league matches. (Let's try to forget about the Red Bulls' attendance and performance since they barely resemble an MLS outfit.) But the results were rather disappointing...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , Q&A , Real Madrid , SuperLiga , TV , Women , Youth soccer  
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Red Bulls Eliminated

After embarrassing themselves and the league for months, the unlova-Bulls now officially have nothing to play for. Eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup in the preliminary stage and on course for perhaps the worst league performance in MLS history, New York was ushered out of the CONCACAF Champions League on...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS  
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Altidore, Adu, FIFA, Weather, Chat

*USA striker Jozy Altidore announces to the world on Twitter that he's tentatively set to be loaned to Premier League club Hull City. Meantime, sources close to Freddy Adu tell the Insider a resolution to his situation (Portugal? Netherlands? Elsewhere?) is expected within a week. *Not much movement in the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  FIFA , Q&A , Real Madrid , U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United's Busy Schedule

Careful what you wish for. Yes, D.C. United won a preliminary series it was supposed to win. Yes, it is now in position to redeem itself after last year's winless effort in group play and make a bid at a regional championship. Yes, the club gets to sell tickets to...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Video: DCU's Victory

Highlights from D.C. United's triumph on penalties against Firpo:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Wednesday Kickaround

Big day. MLS FRIENDLY Barcelona at Seattle 10:30 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (Euro champions greeted by another huge U.S. crowd) CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE W Connection at New York 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel (Teams tied opener but Red Bulls carry two away goals) SUPERLIGA FINAL Tigres at Chicago 8 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , SuperLiga , Women  
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United Rewind

In case you didn't stay up until 12:50 a.m. for the final result, D.C. United advanced to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 5-4 penalty kick victory over Firpo at Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador. The clubs played to a 1-1 tie through 120 minutes, leaving...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2009; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Firpo

Greetings from San Salvador my family room at Insider World Headquarters In An Undisclosed Location Frequented by Dick Cheney. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. One MLS team is already out of the Champions League (Toronto ousted by Puerto Rico tonight), now it's DCU's turn to try to reach the group stage....

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2009; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Alonso, Altidore, Wambach

*Real Madrid's wild spending spree continues as the club purchases midfielder Xabi Alonso from Liverpool. Organizers of Real's North American trip this weekend are optimistic he will be here for the friendlies against Toronto FC on Friday and D.C. United on Sunday. *Hull City is coming after USA striker Jozy...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  England , Freedom , Real Madrid , Spain , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Read the Kansas City Star's account of the Wizards' decision to dismiss Curt Onalfo and name former USA forward Peter Vermes, the club's technical director, as the interim coach. *According to Chivas USA, goalkeeper Zach Thornton might be sidelined two to three weeks with a quadriceps strain suffered in the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: United vs. Real Madrid

Before you cast your ballot, consider: The teams played to a 1-1 tie on the same date three years ago in Seattle. The match means a lot more to DCU than Real Madrid. Real wants to put on a good show to broaden its American appeal, especially with arch nemesis...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2009; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll , Real Madrid  
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Adu, Toronto, Freedom, Baltimore

*The Insider told you last week that USA forward Freddy Adu was attracting interest in the Netherlands, and now Adu is quoted in the Dutch media saying that he's interested in the Netherlands for a possible move from Benfica in Portugal. This comes after Adu's Twitter item a few days...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Freedom , MLS , Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Following Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Dynamo, D.C. United remained in Houston on Sunday for a conditioning session before flying to San Salvador today ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match with Firpo at Estadio Cuscatlan (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). DCU will advance to the group stage with a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Germany  
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Monday Kickaround

*Many of you have e-mailed me about access to Real Madrid's training session this Saturday evening at FedEx Field. According to game organizers, the practice will be closed to the general public. Staffing, security and logistics would have cost D.C. United thousands of dollars. *Congrats to Jeff Agoos, Joy Fawcett...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  England , Freedom , History , Italy , MLS , Real Madrid , USL , Women  
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El MLS Loco

A four-goal performance by Jeff Cunningham, six goals by lowly Dallas against usually stingy Kansas City, four by lowly San Jose against usually stingy Seattle, a combined seven goals by DCU and Houston, three goals in less than four minutes by the Dynamo, three goals by DCU against a team...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United , History , MLS  
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Video: Beckham's Goal vs. Barcelona

David Beckham scores on a magnificent free kick during the Galaxy's 2-1 friendly loss to Barcelona before 93,137 at the Rose Bowl:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2009; 1:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS , Spain  
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United Rewind

The storyline from D.C. United's 4-3 loss at Houston begins with the sudden collapse amid the Dynamo's three-goal uprising late in the first half. It includes Josh Wicks being frozen in time as Brad Davis's shot reached the far corner and Bryan Namoff retreating as Brian Ching rumbled into the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2009; 1:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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