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Soccer Insider: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

United Rewind

If D.C. United's 2-0 loss at Toronto on Saturday is any indication, it's going to be a very long 31 days of MLS, Champions League and U.S. Open Cup matches. United was out of sorts all afternoon, created few opportunities, was exposed defensively and looked like a team going nowhere...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2009; 9:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Matchday #21: United-Toronto

Greetings from the banks of Lake Ontario on a warm, hazy afternoon. BMO Field is a great little ballpark, except for the artificial turf, which, for reasons I am too dim to understand, is being watered down at the moment. This is the first match here since the Real Madrid...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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WPS Matchday: Freedom-Sky Blue

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, it's a hot, sunny day here in Boyds for the first-ever WPS playoff game. Currently 90 degrees with 43 percent humidity. The press has been provided with CHILL Cooling Sportowels (Large Size) in case we get overheated typing away. No, I'm not kidding. These teams met...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 15, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Saturday Kickaround

*ESPN's live coverage of the English Premier League begins today with Chelsea facing Hull City at 7:40 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The network reached agreement Friday evening to show up to 48 games in the U.S. market this season on Saturday mornings and Monday mid-days. Other upcoming matches (I hope...

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2009; 12:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS , Mexico , TV  
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Donovan, Flu Update

The U.S. Soccer Federation has issued a statement regarding Landon Donovan contracting the swine flu virus: "As a precaution, all members of the U.S. team delegation who came in close contact with Donovan have been advised to take a course of Tamiflu, which consists of 75 mgs a day for...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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DCU Makes Several Moves

Busy day at RFK: *The club confirmed the Insider's exclusive report that defender Julius James has been acquired from Houston, apparently for a draft pick. [UPDATE: a third-rounder in 2012] He will join United in Toronto and likely be eligible for Saturday afternoon's match at BMO Field (4 p.m., Comcast...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Julius James to D.C. United

The Insider has learned from two sources that DCU is in the process of finalizing a trade for Houston defender Julius James. United would likely relinquish a draft pick. An announcement is possible later today. James, 25, is a central defender from Trinidad and Tobago via the University of Connecticut...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Friday Kickaround

*What was it like to be an American player or reporter at Azteca on Wednesday? Brian Straus relives it in vivid detail. *USA star Landon Donovan has the flu virus. *USA midfielder Clint Dempsey signs a long-term contract extension with Fulham. *Telemundo says 8.7 million viewers watched at least a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY USL1, Miami-Minnesota 8 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY Germany, Hamburg-Borussia Dortmund 9:30 a.m. GolTV Germany, Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, Blackburn-Manchester City 9:30 a.m. Setanta England, Aston Villa-Wigan 10 a.m. FSC England, Newcastle-Reading 12:15 p.m. Setanta...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  TV  
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Poll: USA in Trouble?

With the top four teams within three points of one another at the six-game mark of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying calendar..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2009; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Thursday Open House

I'm flying home from Mexico City, so the floor is yours. To get things started, here's how the CONCACAF standings look after six of 10 matches for each country: Costa Rica: 4-2-0, 12 points (even goal difference) Honduras 3-2-1, 10 (+4) United States: 3-2-1, 10 (+3) Mexico 3-3-0, 9 (-1)...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  CONCACAF  
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USA-Mexico Rewind

Read my USA-Mexico match report with quotes. This one from Tim Howard stands out: "It seems like when we come to a place like this, the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee. The bar was probably tilted in their favor, and that's unfortunate because it was a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2009; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Mexico LIVE!

Guys, here's the live chat...let's get things rolling. USA-Mexico LIVE...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 12, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: USA-Mexico

Welcome from Estadio....Rosslyn. Steve Goff texted me to let me know that the internet in Azteca Stadium is down, and so I'll put up this thread for you guys to discuss this afternoon's all-important World Cup qualifier in Mexico City. We all know what happened not too long ago up...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 12, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Mexico , U.S. men's national team , USSF  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Matchday in Mexico City! Read my preview. Kickoff is 4 p.m. ET. Telemundo has the Spanish coverage and can be found in most U.S. households through over-the-air broadcast or cable. Telemundo's sister station, mun2, will handle English-language coverage. Most major distributors, including Comcast, Time-Warner, DirecTV and DISH Network, have made...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2009; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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USA in Mexico City

The Americans arrived at Benito Juarez International Airport late this afternoon, heard a few shouts of "Cinco a Cero!" and made their way with police escort through rush-hour traffic to their hotel near Azteca in the southern district of this enormous city. No massive gatherings of Mexican supporters, no disruptions....

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2009; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Gulati: Bradley Is World Cup Coach

During a media gathering this afternoon with Mexican reporters (and a few pesky Americans), USSF President Sunil Gulati was asked about the regular coaching changes with El Tri the past few years. He noted how the situation is different for Mexican and American soccer, and in so doing, reinforced his...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team , USSF  
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Tuesday Kickaround

Cool, overcast morning here in Mexico D.F.: 60 degrees with a chance of rain at the moment. High temperature Wednesday for the match will be around 75 with scattered thunderstorms. There is a misperception that, because it's Mexico, it must be hot all the time. But here at 7,300 feet,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  England , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: USA-Mexico

Late-night greetings from Mexico City. Please vote: poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2009; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Mexico , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Adu to Denmark

The Insider is getting word from contacts close to Danish and American soccer that Freddy Adu is in final negotiations with Odense on a one-year loan from Portuguese club Benfica. If all goes well, he would be formally introduced this week. Adu, 20, is in the third year of a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Mexico Update

The USA national team, currently training in Miami, will not arrive in Mexico City until late in the day Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the World Cup qualifier against Mexico. The team won't visit Azteca until gametime. Basically, the players will go directly from the airport to the hotel,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Monday Kickaround

*DCU President Kevin Payne penned a very expensive, full-page letter in today's print editions of The Washington Post encouraging club supporters and casual fans to attend the U.S. Open Cup final next month at RFK Stadium. An excerpt: "The Sounders, and its fans, have said that Washington, D.C. and its...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 4-3 win over Tromso Luis Robles didn't play in Kaiserslautern's 2-1 loss to Greuther Furth David Yelldell 90 in Koblenz's 2-0 loss at 1860 Munich DEFENDERS Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 3-0 win over Boulogne Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 1-1 tie vs. Doncaster...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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United Rewind

D.C. United made a lot of money. Real Madrid made a lot of money. The Redskins probably made a few bucks. There were some quality goals and quality goalkeeping. Real got another look at its new crew. United held up well for about 50 minutes before being shredded by Arjen...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2009; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United , Real Madrid  
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DCU-Real Madrid LIVE

It's a scorcher out at FedEx Field as D.C. United takes on Real Madrid. Follow along here as I chat live. Real Madrid vs. D.C. United...

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 9, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Matchday: United-Real Madrid

Greetings from FedEx Field, where the temperature continues to rise. Will it reach 100? Kickoff: 3 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura. We will provide running commentary on this entry and access for reader comments as the match unfolds. DCU: Wicks; Jakovic, Janicki, Burch; Pontius, Olsen, Wallace, Gomez, Fred; Moreno,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Sunday Kickaround

Morning reading material: *Real Madrid and its roster of high-priced talent stop by FedEx Field today to face D.C. United. *The Washington Freedom clinches a WPS playoff berth. *More than 61,000 at Candlestick watch Barcelona and Chivas draw, 1-1, in the second game of a doubleheader. *Real Maryland moves a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Real Madrid , USL  
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