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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 portion of the USA-Mexico match Wednesday afternoon on Telemundo and mun2.

*Don't forget to vote in the latest Insider poll a few items down on this blog.

Back later with D.C. United updates from RFK.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2009; 9:16 AM ET
Categories:  Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Could they have picked a worse picture for Dempsey on that link? Good for him - I hope he continues the good work at Fulham.

Posted by: Baltimore1202 | August 14, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Did a little research on the ESPN - Hull City question from the last post, and found this:

Posted by: iammrben1 | August 14, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Caption on that pic should read: Heroin Addict Dempsey signs....

Posted by: mizage | August 14, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Julius James?

Posted by: sitruc | August 14, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

re: Dempsey photo

Do they test for weed in the EPL? JAYSUS

Posted by: me_ahogo | August 14, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"I don't even know what's goin on right now."

Posted by: Logan_Circle | August 14, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Are they going to let Donovan play with the flu?

It's contagious, right?

I won't be at RFK on the 22nd now, unless he's clean.



Posted by: jayrockers | August 14, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Time for a conspiracy theory: someone from the Mexican soccer federation managed to spread the virus to Donovan while he was in the U.S.

If Donovan is scheduled to play at RFK, should the United fans wear masks to the game? Funny, or cruel, or both?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 14, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey is so high that he thinks the trophy is a phone!

Posted by: DCUMD | August 14, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Nice article by Straus as he captures the chaos and passion that is futbol in Mexico. People have to remember Mexico is a footballing nation, el tri means everything to the country which is very nationalistic by nature. Mexicans live and die with El Tri. However, the poor sportsmanship not only by the players but the fans - like Donovan's beer shower on the corner kick is just plain unacceptable. The problem is that there is never any sanction so this behavior continues.

Posted by: sbg1 | August 14, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to repost, but if Donovan didnt tell bradley he was feeling ill and tried to play all 90 minutes regardless, then that's really irresponsible. Running for 90 at altitude is difficult enough, let alone doing it while you are sick.

At least Donovan has an excuse for disappearing after the first 10 minutes; what's Dempsey's?

Posted by: hacksaw | August 14, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dfunkt | August 14, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Telemundo says 8.7 million viewers watched at least a portion of the USA-Mexico match Wednesday afternoon on Telemundo and mun2."
It would have been 8.700001 million, but Comcast screwed me...

Posted by: schmuckatelli | August 14, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Flugate I: Ronaldo in the WC98 final

Flugate II: Donovan at Azteca.

Grant Wahl has such as cozy relationship with Donovan that he's getting Landon's test results.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 14, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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