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Soccer Insider: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Matchnight #23: United-Fire

Greetings from Bridgeview on an unseasonably cool and comfortable late-summer evening outside the Windy City. The weather provides a premature playoff feel, and while the Fire seems headed for postseason, DCU needs to start picking up points (even if it's just one on the road tonight) if it plans on...

By Steve Goff  |  August 29, 2009; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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DCU, Freedom, U-20s

*Goalkeeper Bill Hamid's paperwork has been submitted and he underwent a physical today, the final steps in becoming D.C. United's first homegrown signing. *According to the USSF's Referee Week in Review, United should have been awarded a penalty kick late in the 0-0 tie with Los Angeles last weekend. I've...

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , USSF , Youth soccer  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY UEFA Super Cup, Barcelona-Donetsk 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Moenchengladbach-Mainz 2:30 p.m. GolTV USL-1, Charleston-Portland 8 p.m. FSC SATURDAY England, Chelsea-Burnley 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 England, Bolton-Liverpool 9:30 a.m. Setanta Germany, Schalke-Freiburg 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Spurs-Birmingham 10 a.m. FSC England, Manchester United-Arsenal...

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  TV  
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Hamid, United Agree

The Insider has learned that Abdul "Bill" Hamid, the 18-year-old goalkeeper from D.C. United's youth academy, agreed to terms with the MLS club today. A few adjustments were made to the original offer from the league and should be finalized in the coming days, a source close to the negotiations...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Europa Results, USL Rout

Americans in the Europa Cup today: GK Tim Howard went 90 in Everton's 1-1 tie at Olomouc (Everton advances on aggregate, 5-1) GK Brad Guzan went 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 win over Rapid Vienna (Rapid advances on away goal after 2-2 aggregate) F Eddie Johnson in 18, didn't play...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , USL  
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USA Roster Announced

Sorry for the delay -- just completed a six-hour drive for a family function. Here are the 24 players in USA training camp ahead of the Sept. 5 World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium near Salt Lake City (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic, Telefutura) and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Poll: United's Year

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
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Rough Night for Crew

And you thought D.C. United had a bad day at home against Toluca..... Columbus, which is 6-0-2 in its last eight league matches and 10-1-7 since a 0-2-2 start, was blasted by Cruz Azul, 5-0, in Mexico City. While the USA national team is on even par with El Tri,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , Mexico  
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United Rewind

Show of hands, who remembers the last time D.C. United won a game? Sorry, the second leg of the Firpo series doesn't count; it was officially a tie. You can forget checking this month's schedule -- with a tie or loss Saturday at Chicago, United will be 0-for-August. (Now you...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Toluca

Greetings from RFK. Champions League group play continues with United's second of six matches. After falling at Marathon last week, this one at home is critical and will likely set the tone for the club's approach to future Champions League games this fall. Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET. TV: Fox Soccer...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (218)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Mexico  
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USA Qualifying Update

USA Coach Bob Bradley is in the process of finalizing his training camp roster for the two upcoming qualifiers: Sept. 5 vs. El Salvador and Sept. 9 at Trinidad and Tobago. We might see the list Thursday or Friday. He will have to make some creative decisions because: -- There...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: Soccer Movie Trailer

Scheduled for release in October, "The Damned United" is the story of English legend Brian Clough's 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974. He once famously quipped: "I wouldn't say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one." Here's the original...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  England , History  
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Video: Saprissa Victory

All the goals from Saprissa's Champions League victory over Puerto Rico:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , Costa Rica , USL  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*D.C. United prepares for its second Champions League group match tonight at RFK (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura). *The RFK forecast from the Capital Weather Gang. *Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare is off to France. *Americans abroad last night: MF Jose Francisco Torres goes 90 minutes in Pachuca's 5-0...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2009; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , USL  
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Jozy, Americans Abroad, Emilio, USA Women

*Three days after setting up a goal in his Hull City debut, USA forward Jozy Altidore scored from distance in the 42nd minute to lead his Premier League club to a 3-1 victory over third-tier Southend in the second round of the English League Cup. Says the BBC: "Jozy Altidore...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , Women  
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Video: Bolivian Futbol Gone Wild

Have you seen this clip from the Blooming-Petrolero match in Bolivia? Yikes....

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Tiyi Shipalane has joined the club on loan from USL-2 Harrisburg and will be eligible for the Champions League match against Toluca on Wednesday at RFK Stadium, Coach Tom Soehn said. To make room for him on the senior roster, Thabiso "Boyzzz" Khumalo (infected wrist) was placed on the injured...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Tuesday Kickaround

*D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn shares his observations of Saturday's match that he had to watch from home with illness. *El Salvador names its training camp roster ahead of the Sept. 5 World Cup qualifier against the USA at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City and the Sept. 9...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , D.C. United , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans Abroad, Monday Edition

*Forward Kenny Cooper scores in the 18th minute and plays 74 minutes in 1860 Munich's 3-1 home loss to Karlsruhe, his second goal in three German second-division matches since arriving from FC Dallas. Munich visits Ahlen on Friday. *Goalkeeper Brad Friedel helps Aston Villa defeat Liverpool, 3-1, as the Reds...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England , Germany  
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D.C. United News & Notes

*South African Tiyi Shipalane, a midfielder-forward from USL-2 club Harrisburg, is expected to begin his loan to D.C. United on Tuesday, a roster addition that will necessitate a personnel move (trade, waiver, transfer, injury list?). *Liberian Adam Smarte is continuing his trial this week. He was an attacker who played...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Boyzzz's Scare

Thabiso "Boyzzz" Khumalo, D.C. United's South African winger, was on the brink of returning from a broken wrist last week when the injury became infected -- a setback that will sideline him for at least four more weeks. Read his harrowing tale: "I didn't know there was an infection. What...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Soehn Doesn't Have Swine Flu

Test results showed that D.C. United Coach Tom Soehn has bronchitis, not the H1N1 virus as first feared by the club. Soehn, who did not attend Saturday's match against Los Angeles, is expected to run practice this morning at RFK Stadium. Although bronchitis can spread -- assistant Mark Simpson had...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Worst Miss Ever?

Seattle's Steve Zakuani:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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MLS Playoff Race

With two months left in the regular season..... EASTERN AUTOMATIC BERTHS Columbus 10-3-9, 39 points Chicago 10-5-8, 38 WESTERN AUTOMATIC BERTHS Houston 11-6-7, 40 points Los Angeles 8-4-11, 35 AT-LARGE BERTHS Chivas USA 10-7-3, 33 points Seattle 8-6-9, 33 New England 8-6-6, 30 Colorado 8-7-6, 30 ---------- Toronto 8-8-6, 30...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 12:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-0 loss at Burnley Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 3-2 loss at Stabaek Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 1-0 loss at Manchester City Luis Robles in 18, didn't play in Kaiserslautern's 1-1 tie with Aachen David Yelldell 90 in Koblenz's 1-0...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Sunday Open House

Busy day on Planet Football, including: -- Four MLS matches: Dallas at New York, 3 ET (Telefutura) Colorado at Chicago, 6 RSL at New England, 6 Seattle at Houston, 8:30 -- Clint Dempsey facing Chelsea, 11 a.m. (FSC). Your comments are encouraged. With Harrisburg's 1-0 loss at Richmond in the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  England , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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United Rewind

Quality all-around performance by DCU.....but no goals. Read my match report with quotes and notes. This comment from assistant coach Chad Ashton crystalizes the situation: "To walk away with one [point] is deflating. We have had too many of those this year, where ties have felt like losses." Watch the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2009; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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