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Soccer Insider: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Matchnight #22: United-Galaxy

Greetings from a very soggy RFK Stadium. Being RFK, we are bound to have a delay tonight for: a) power outage; b) lightning; c) water-logged pitch; d) all of the above. Hope for the best. For details about Coach Tom Soehn's absence, please see the previous thread. INJURY UPDATE: Boyzzz...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Soehn to Miss Match

D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn will not guide the MLS club tonight against the Los Angeles Galaxy at RFK Stadium because of flu-like symptoms. He has undergone testing to determine whether he contracted the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. Results are expected Monday. As a precaution, some team...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Saturday Kickaround

*The Insider has learned that D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn might not be on the sideline tonight at RFK Stadium for the critical match against the Galaxy because of an illness that forced him to miss Friday's training session. Soehn's work ethic and dedication to the job are well known,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USL , Women  
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Osorio Out as Red Bulls Coach

No surprise: Juan Carlos Osorio is gone as coach of the Red Bulls, who are on pace for the worst season in MLS history after reaching the league's championship game last year. Assistant Richie Williams was named interim coach, the second time he has filled that role. "I want to...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA Coaching Salaries

After a busy summer that included a successful Confederations Cup effort, a mostly successful Gold Cup and an inconsistent World Cup qualifying campaign, I thought it would be interesting to dig up how much the USSF pays Coach Bob Bradley and his assistants. Unfortunately, the federation's tax records for this...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team , USSF  
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Friday Kickaround

*The rich get richer: Houston adds its first designated player, Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin, on loan through the 2010 season from Cruz Azul. He is just 24 years old. *Read a D.C. United story. *Who needs Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner when you have Gwynne Williams? With head coach...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Mexico, Tecos-Pumas 9 p.m. ET Galavision SATURDAY Russia, FC Moscow-Saturn 8 a.m. Setanta Germany, Borussia Dortmund-Stuttgart 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes Germany, Mainz-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Arsenal-Portsmouth 10 a.m. Setanta England, Wigan-Manchester United 10 a.m. ESPN2...

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2009; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  TV  
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Americans Abroad

THURSDAY GK Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 4-0 Europa Cup win over Sigma Olomouc (Czech Republic) GK Brad Guzan 90 in Aston Villa's 1-0 Europa Cup loss at Rapid Vienna MF Clint Dempsey 90 (goal!) in Fulham's 3-1 Europa Cup win over FK Amkar Perm (Russia) F Eddie Johnson in...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  
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DCU News and Notes

*Chris Pontius says he has recovered well from his quadriceps injury and he should be ready to play Saturday against the Galaxy at RFK Stadium. Speaking in general about the team's rut, he said: "Everyone is pissed off right now. I was mad watching [the past two road games] on...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Olsen Speaks

"It's been a long month, month and a half, whatever is has been. We've made it even longer on ourself because of the results we've had. We are pretty disappointed with ourselves. We realize that we are letting each other down. A lot of it I don't think has to...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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U.S. World Cup Bid Cutdown

Eleven cities have been eliminated from contention to be part of the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022: Birmingham, Cincinnati, Columbus, Fayetteville, Ark., Knoxville, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and San Antonio. The 32 stadium in 27 metro areas in contention...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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Cristiano Ronaldo's Jersey

Who claimed Cristiano Ronaldo's coveted jersey following Real Madrid's friendly against D.C. United at FedEx Field? Apparently, Firaol Tamire, a 12-year-old eighth-grader from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, Va., who escorted Ronaldo to the field before kickoff. After the match, instead of trading jerseys with a DCU player, "Ronaldo...

By Steve Goff  |  August 20, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Real Madrid , Youth soccer  
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MLS, CONCACAF, WPS, USL

*Playing without suspended David Beckham and Eddie Lewis, the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at sold-out Toyota Park. Mike Magee scored on a nice cutback midway through the first half and set up Landon Donovan's partial breakaway nine minutes after halftime as the Galaxy (8-4-10) pulled within...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2009; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , Real Madrid , TV , USL , Women  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*MLS tonight: Los Angeles at Chicago 9 p.m. ESPN2 (Beckham unavailable because of red card suspension) *WPS playoffs tonight: Sky Blue at St. Louis 7 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel (Winner visits Los Angeles on Saturday for the championship) *CONCACAF Champions League tonight: Metapan at Houston 8 p.m. (tape delay on...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV , Women  
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United Rewind

For those of you who didn't watch..... Jerry Palacios scored in the 83rd minute and Mario Berrios added a late penalty kick as Marathon defeated D.C. United, 3-1, in the CONCACAF Champions League Group B opener at San Pedro Sula. Walter Martinez, whom DCU pursued last winter, took advantage of...

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2009; 1:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Marathon

DCU LINEUP: Wicks; Habarugira, Janicki, James, John; McTavish, Olsen, Jacobson, Allen; Moreno, Emilio. Subs: Kocic, Burch, DiRaimondo, Simms, Wallace, Gomez, Quaranta. Yes, four in the back. Yes, newcomers Habarugira, James and Allen in the lineup. Interesting, indeed. Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. Your comments are welcome....

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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United's Hall of Tradition

John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry and Jeff Agoos have already been honored by DCU for their career excellence. Next up: Raul Diaz Arce or Richie Williams. Diaz Arce, a Salvadoran forward, scored 38 goals in United's first two seasons. After spending time with New England, San Jose and Tampa Bay, he...

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Champions League and MLS

I asked Santino Quaranta the other day about D.C. United's congested schedule and the challenges it presents as the club pushes for an MLS playoff berth, vies to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champion and begins CONCACAF Champions League play. Tonight United plays the second of 10 matches in a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Sputtering in league play, D.C. United shifts gears and commences CONCACAF Champions League group play tonight against Marathon in Honduras. *Negotiations between Benfica and Odense concerning a Freddy Adu loan have broken down, according to this report. *Is a 15-year-old American heading to Arsenal's youth academy? *The Red Bulls sign...

By Steve Goff  |  August 18, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , England , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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And the Actual Retail Price Is.....

Photo courtesy of Galaxy forward Alecko Eskandarian, who was on the set of "The Price Is Right" on Monday to present MLS Cup tickets to the winning contestant of the Showcase Showdown. The show will air Nov. 20. You can follow Esky on Twitter at Alecko11....

By Steve Goff  |  August 17, 2009; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  MLS , TV  
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Poll: MLS in Champions League

Three MLS clubs are in the group stage of the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League. Columbus and D.C. United begin play Tuesday night against Puerto Rico and Marathon, respectively. Houston starts Wednesday against Metapan of El Salvador. Group A: Houston, Metapan, Pachuca, Arabe Unido (Panama) Group B: DCU, Marathon, Toluca, San...

By Steve Goff  |  August 17, 2009; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , Poll  
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Monday Kickaround

*The Rochester player who suffered extensive leg and ankle damage during a U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United speaks out. *Even though neither has tested positive for swine flu, Steve Cherundolo and Michael Bradley were kept out of their respective Bundesliga matches over the weekend because they had been...

By Steve Goff  |  August 17, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  D.C. United , Germany , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 6-1 loss to Arsenal Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss to Wigan Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 1-0 loss to Lillestrom Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss to Wigan Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves'...

By Steve Goff  |  August 16, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Video: Beckham's Red Card

Should he have been sent off? Yup. He will miss Wednesday's match at Chicago....

By Steve Goff  |  August 16, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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