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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 overflowing BMO Field. Click here for video highlights. For fans curious about how many minutes Real's stars will play Sunday vs. DCU, here's their playing time last night:

Casillas 45, Sneijder 10, Pepe 45, Kaka 45, Alonso 27, Guti 63, Diarra 90, Benzema 90, Raul 63, Ronaldo 62, Robben 28, Higuain 0.

*Read my story about United's take on the Real meeting.

*Revolution Coach Steve Nicol was suspended an additional game and fined an extra $1,000 for conduct that led to his dismissal from last weekend's match against Toronto. He will not be allowed on the sideline today vs. L.A. and Aug. 20 vs. Seattle.

*With a playoff berth at stake, the Washington Freedom concludes its WPS regular season tonight (7 p.m.) at Maryland SoccerPlex against Sky Blue. Last night, the Freedom's amateur squad lost in the W-League final to Pali Blue, 2-1.

*Elsewhere in Montgomery County tonight (6 p.m.), Real Maryland continues its pursuit of a USL2 playoff berth by hosting last-place Bermuda in its home finale. Real is tied for the final playoff berth with Crystal Palace Baltimore.

*MLS today:
Los Angeles at New England, 6 (FSC)
Columbus vs. San Jose in S.F., 8:30 (FSC)
Doubleheader with Barcelona-Chivas (11 p.m., FSC, Telefutura)
Seattle at Real Salt Lake, 9 (Direct Kick)
Chivas USA at Colorado, 9:30 (Direct Kick)

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  Freedom , MLS , Real Madrid , USL , Women  
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Travel tips for South Africa from that other newspaper to the north:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/travel/09pracgames.html

That other paper also has an update on the U17 tournament in Nigeria later this year:

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/us-learns-opponents-in-u-17-world-cup/

Posted by: universityandpark | August 8, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Higuain 0? That's interesting. I was reading that he was on the market...

Posted by: Reignking | August 8, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Real Madrid should be exhausted from the cross-country travel and two previous matches. I also think that they've exhausted their allotment of pre-season goals.

DCU 2 - RM 1

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 8, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

After watching the RM-TFC lowlights, I must ask this - should Marvell Wynne be called up?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 8, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

anyone have a good soccer bar near fedex? thanks

Posted by: rleit64 | August 8, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wynne - Called up?
To what big team? Maybe the RedBulls...
Or is he not deserving even of that punishment at this point?
Truly he looked no worse than usual.

Posted by: marksman37 | August 8, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Some Veron news- taking a big salary hit out of the kindness of his heart http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=665956&sec=global&cc=5901

Posted by: carmines757 | August 8, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"If this were not Real Madrid, if this were a mid-level [English] Premiership team or a smaller team from Spain or Italy, I don't think we would be playing the match," United President Kevin Payne said. "But opportunities to play a club like Real Madrid don't come along that often"-Payne

In other words, the money was too good. Success of franchise, away!

Also, Soehn, you don't want United to be handled like Madrid. They don't exactly get bang for their buck. They are arrogant, ridiculously high spenders, and I still think that a stiff defense and a healthy attackby any one of the top clubs will be their downfall in the Champions League, and that Barca will still rule the roost.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 8, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Watching Barca vs Seattle (I know, hardly a measuring stick), they seemed to be already playing some very fast, very crisp soccer. It will take Madrid a while to pick up that speed and chemistry, even if they're already offensively potent.

Posted by: carmines757 | August 8, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a soccer-friendly restaurant or tavern in the vicinity of West Chester, PA, where I may find myself Sunday afternoon and evening? I hope that after tonight, I won't be in a position of having to stick around and root for the Sol, but who knows?

Posted by: universityandpark | August 8, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Wow - forecast 95˚ at kickoff tomorrow.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DCU picking up Harrisburg City Islanders forward Tiyi Shipalane on a loan deal? http://www.pennlive.com/cityislanders/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/sports/1249704638167940.xml&coll=1

What does this mean for the Anderlecht/Burundi defender DCU was hoping to sign?

Posted by: hoyanick1 | August 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Completely OT, http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/2009/08/galleries/the_top_20_hard_1.php?pic=8#galtitle, but I like to think that his time in DC had something to do with our favorite Kiwi's development (and I wanted to provide a happy Saturday link for all of us ladies).

Posted by: sec133row5 | August 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

At the moment it means absolutely nothing. No indication Shipalane will be added to DC's MLS roster - thus filling the one remaining open slot - any time soon. It would be quite the savage burn, however, if he eventually ends up with Khumalo's spot!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Khumalo got lucky breaking his wrist when he was on a high.

(Seriously, they keep paying him, while N'Silu looks to be finished).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Alright, I'll clarify. I don't think Khumalo is going to make it as a United player, but he did show a little spark, and then got sidelined with the coaches thinking well of him.

Meanwhile, N'Silu plays, gets time, looks below average, and I'm pretty sure we're losing him.

What is more, they'll give Khumalo even More paid time to adjust after coming back from the injury.

The tipping point for me was the video of him playing with the children. His feet have no more quality than an average high schooler. Aw well. Hope this new guy is better.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

DCU's twitter confirms that Shipalane is in town and a loan deal is being discussed. I would be shocked if Khumalo lost his spot on the team instead of N'Silu, who appears to be very much in the doghouse. On the surface, it would appear to hurt our forward depth, since Shipalane is a wide player, but with Pontius, Quaranta, Gomez, and Khumalo all capable of playing up front, I don't think we're losing much. I believe Allen has played as a forward in the past as well.

Shipalane showed he can cause teams a good amount of discomfort with his speed, and I didn't see too much of the "chicken with its head cut off" routine that you get out of fast players sometimes. Ultimately, I'd lean towards favoring this move. N'Silu doesn't have Soehn's confidence, so right now he's like a wasted roster spot. Even if Shipalane is ineffective, we at least get someone Soehn is willing to use (therefore resting a more important player).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 8, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Reading the article linked by hoyanick1 revealed some things:

First, Shipalane can apparently play forward. Second, it sounds like he's likely to sign (possibly on loan) this weekend, then return to Harrisburg for the USL-2 playoffs. The USL-2 season is just about over, so the playoffs will be done within a month. For as long as Shipalane is playing for Harrisburg and not us, he wouldn't take a roster spot thanks to the new MLS rules regarding loans.

Once he joined us full-time (whenever Harrisburg is eliminated), he would count on the roster, which obviously would mean someone else has to go. I would guess that means that players under threat (mostly N'Silu, along with possibly Allen and Khumalo) have a month to prove they belong.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 8, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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