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Soccer Insider: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Matchnight #28: United-Chivas USA

Die-or-do time for DCU. After dropping the past two league home matches, United is running out of time to pick up points in this wildly congested playoff race. The best-case scenario for the club tonight: DCU (36 points) defeats Chivas (38); Columbus beats Seattle (38); and New England (37) and...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Saturday Kickaround

*The Galaxy moves closer to an elusive playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over Chicago. *Scars and all, Boyzzz Khumalo is back for D.C. United. *The USSF reviews a pair of officiating decisions in last Sunday's DCU-San Jose match. *Peter Nowak is busy gearing up for Philadelphia's MLS debut next...

By Steve Goff  |  October 3, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS  
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DCU Updates

*Rodney Wallace won't play Saturday night against Chivas USA because of a yellow card suspension. *Chris Sharpe, a 28-year-old Australian goalkeeper from the MLS player pool, joined the club for training this morning and will back up Milos Kocic tomorrow. *Defender Julius James will leave Sunday for Trinidad and Tobago...

By Steve Goff  |  October 2, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Friday Kickaround

*Yesterday we provided a link to the handful of "English" bars/restaurants that will show the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier on closed circuit for a fee next Saturday night. Today, we offer the long list of "Spanish" establishments. *David Beckham is back but Cuauhtemoc Blanco (hamstring) is out tonight when the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 2, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U-20 World Cup , USL  
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D.C. United News & Notes

Uh oh. D.C. United's Champions League victories over Marathon and San Juan Jabloteh in the past week were encouraging, but now the club is probably going to have to win in Mexico on Oct. 20 to reach the quarterfinals. Marathon defeated visiting Toluca, 2-0, late Thursday to pull even with...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY U-20 World Cup, USA-South Korea 12:40 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision Germany, Schalke-Eintracht Frankfurt 2:30 p.m. GolTV Mexico, Tecos-Atlas 9 p.m. Galavision MLS, Los Angeles-Chicago 11 p.m. ESPN2 NCAA men, UC Santa Barbara-Indiana 11 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY Australia, Perth-North Queensland 3:30 a.m....

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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USA Roster Announced

Bob Bradley's 22 choices for the final World Cup qualifiers at Honduras on Oct. 10 and against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium are..... Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa). Defenders: Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Spector (West Ham), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA),...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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United's New Goalie, MLS Salaries

D.C. United has added goalkeeper Chris Sharpe to the roster as a hardship replacement for Josh Wicks, who is sidelined four to six weeks with shoulder and knee injuries. Sharpe is from the MLS player pool and, although his rights are held by the Colorado Rapids, he is available to...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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USA-Honduras TV Update

Information is slowly trickling in about the broadcast of next weekend's USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula. As you know from reading the Insider, the match will be shown on closed circuit only. No standard TV coverage. No Spanish network options. No tape-delay broadcast on regular TV. Not...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Thursday Kickaround

*While D.C. United moved closer to a Champions League quarterfinal berth, Houston took a step back with a 1-0 home loss to Pachuca, which clinched a spot. [Watch the goal.] The Dynamo (seven points) will need to win its finale at last-place Metapan and hope Pachuca (12) defeats visiting Arabe...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 6:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , TV , Women  
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United Rewind

Back from RFK. Could you believe the traffic getting out of there? Kidding. The 5-1 scoreline was indicative of the match mismatch. Jabloteh had Elton "Rocket Man" John at right back and Cleon John in goal. United was without Avery John because of yellow cards. No sign of former MLSers...

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 1:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: United-Jabloteh

I'm thinking of placing clipboards outside each gate tonight. Spectators would be asked to sign in -- violation of civil liberties?! -- so we'll know exactly how many folks are actually here. Then again, a hand count around halftime shouldn't take too long. It's going to be grim. This match...

By Steve Goff  |  September 30, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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USA Roster Outlook

With USA training camp opening Sunday in Miami, Coach Bob Bradley is in the process of completing his roster for the Oct. 10 World Cup qualifier at Honduras and the group finale four days later against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. The list will be released as early as --...

By Steve Goff  |  September 30, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Early Wednesday Kickaround

Read about ..... D.C. United's goalkeeping situation heading into tonight's Champions League match against San Juan Jabloteh at RFK Stadium. George Mason's upset of third-ranked Maryland. A Tico receiving a two-year suspension. Columbus's late letdown against Saprissa in the Champions League, which denied, for the moment, the Crew's passage to...

By Steve Goff  |  September 30, 2009; 12:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , Costa Rica , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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USA U-20s Win, 4-1

Remember Bryan Arguez? He was D.C. United's first-round draft pick in 2007 who didn't earn any playing time in league play and was sold a winter later to Hertha Berlin, where he has yet to make a favorable impression. Arguez, who didn't play in the 2007 U-20 World Cup and...

By Steve Goff  |  September 29, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U-20 World Cup  
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D.C. United News & Notes

*DCU goalkeeper Josh Wicks, his left arm in a sling and his right knee in a padded brace contraption, watched his teammates train this morning at RFK Stadium ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League match against San Juan Jabloteh. On Sunday, he initially thought he hurt his shoulder only....

By Steve Goff  |  September 29, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , U-20 World Cup , Women  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Mexico drops out of the running to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. *Columbus is poised to become the first MLS club to advance to the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals tonight when the second-place Crew hosts third-place Saprissa (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision). *Without star striker Taylor...

By Steve Goff  |  September 29, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , FIFA , MLS , Mexico , U-20 World Cup , USL  
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Wicks Out 4-6 Weeks

From bad to worse for D.C. United..... The club knew it would be without starting goalkeeper Josh Wicks for the immediate future after he dislocated his left shoulder attempting to punch away a corner kick Sunday against San Jose. But Wicks also hurt a knee when he hit the ground,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Stoppage in United Match

Overshadowed by D.C. United's second-half collapse and damaging loss Sunday was the controversial decision by referee Baldomero Toledo to stop play so quickly after goalkeeper Josh Wicks went down and then restart the match with a drop ball eight yards from the net. Listen closely to the first video below:...

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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MLS Playoff Race

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Columbus (26) 12-4-10, 46 points Chicago (27) 10-6-11, 41 WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Houston (27) 12-8-7, 43 points Los Angeles (27) 10-6-11, 41 WILD-CARD BERTHS Colorado (27) 10-8-9, 39 points Chivas USA (25) 11-9-5, 38 Seattle (27) 9-7-11, 38 New England (25) 10-8-7, 37 ---------- D.C....

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2009; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-0 win at Portsmouth Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at Blackburn Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 2-0 win at Bodo/Glimt Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at Blackburn Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves'...

By Steve Goff  |  September 28, 2009; 12:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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United Rewind

This was supposed to be the easy one for D.C. United: Defeat last-place San Jose, which hadn't won on the road since June 2008, and then take two of the final three matches to clinch an MLS playoff berth. So much for that plan. Santino Quaranta: "It's devastating, this loss....

By Steve Goff  |  September 27, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Matchday #27: United-Earthquakes

Greetings from RFK, where last night's rainstorm has given way to clearing skies and mild temperatures. Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET. Live English TV: The Comcast Network. Announcers: Dave Johnson, Sasho Cirovski. Live Spanish TV: Telefutura. Delayed English TV: Comcast SportsNet at 5:30 p.m. See the previous thread for the playoff...

By Steve Goff  |  September 27, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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D.C. United Warm-Up

After D.C. United's training session Saturday morning at RFK, I asked Coach Tom Soehn if he planned to follow the six matches that evening, all of which had a bearing on the muddled MLS playoff race. He laughed and said, "I tell the players not to [watch other games], but...

By Steve Goff  |  September 27, 2009; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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