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Dallas, Hungary, Bradenton, Movies

*FC Dallas introduced midfielder-defender Daniel Hernandez, 33, a Texas native and former SMU star who returns to MLS for a third stint after playing in Mexico. He played for Los Angeles, New England, New York and Tampa Bay between 1998 and 2003, joined Necaxa from 2003 to '05, came back to the Revs and then served at Puebla, Chiapas and Necaxa.

*On Thursday, Kansas City Coach Peter Vermes and ZOLTAN! (I love that name) Hercegfalvi will attend a reception at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington. ZOLTAN! is a native of Hungary. Vermes has Hungarian roots and played there 20 years ago.

*Forty young players have been named to the USSF residency program at Bradenton.

*Coming to Washington theaters Oct. 15-18: Kicking & Screening, a soccer film festival featuring "Les Yeux dans les Bleus," the story of France's 1998 World Cup squad; "Sons of Sakhnin United," which documents a multiethnic team in an Arab town in northern Israel; "Victory," the World War II era "classic" starring Sylvester Stallone, Pele, Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles, among others; and "The Big Green," a kid-friendly flick. Proceeds benefit youth programs America Scores and DC Scores as well D.C. United's charitable arm, United for D.C. Details here.

By Steve Goff  |  September 9, 2009; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , USSF , Youth soccer  
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Comments

Where's the DMV representation at Bradenton?

Posted by: sitruc | September 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

What? No "Fever Pitch" (UK version) with Colin Firth, et al?

Oct 15-18 is going to be busy with USA match and DC Match and the movies...

Posted by: LookingDangerous | September 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Love that the Las Vegas youth teams are known as "Players Club". Perfect!

Posted by: cwste1 | September 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow in "Victory." That movie is so great and it makes almost no sense.

Posted by: wmsiii | September 9, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I just watched Victory last week on a Netflix whim. My favorite part was Pele playing the "I'm so sad I'm in prison" harmonica bit.

Posted by: -rke- | September 9, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

My favorite line is from Stallone:

"Hey, Pauley, why'da haveta do that?"

Great stuff.

Posted by: joedoc1 | September 9, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I remember loving the Big Green as a kid. The IMDB page lists John Terry in the cast, though not that John Terry.

Posted by: VTUnited | September 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice start for France -- keeper Hugo Lloris (who?) red-carded 9 minutes in.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Zoltan and victory -- from Wikipedia --

"The movie [Victory] is based on the 1961 Hungarian film drama Két félidő a pokolban ("Two half-times in Hell"), which was directed by Zoltán Fábri and won the critics' award at the 1962 Boston Cinema Festival.

The film was inspired by the true story of Dynamo Kyiv's players, who defeated German soldiers while Ukraine was occupied by German troops in World War II. According to myth, as a result of their victory, the Ukrainians were all shot. The true story is considerably more complex, as the team played a series of matches against German teams, emerging victorious in all of them, before finally being sent to prison camps by the Gestapo. Most of the team were killed there, but a few survived."

Posted by: OWNTF | September 9, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

No Ribery??

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

No "Bend It Like Beckham"??!!

DOUBLE YOU TEE EFF!!!! Who DOESN'T want to watch an Indian teenager living in England play soccer for 15 minutes and then focus on her actual life for the rest of the movie?!

Posted by: kdiff813 | September 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised to see Luis Gil's name on the list. I thought he was headed to the Arsenal academy. Does anyone know the story there?

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

England are 45 minutes from the World Cup

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Interesting.... out of curiousity i counted up 15 out of the 40 kids to be hispanic. Thats almost half...

I wonder if this has anythign to do with many kids going to play for their parents country after they get looked over by the US?

Now the scouts are starting to give the hispanic 'style' more of a chance maybe?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | September 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Scotland just fell. In the 81st minute Commons misses a chance to put a header on frame. A minute later, Weir tires to head away a long pass, but instead heads it right into the path of Dutch striker, Elia -- who had the goalie at his mercy. A play that was as awful as any I've seen from the DCU back line this year.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 9, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@BolivianDCFan: It may be too early to tell whether the "hispanic style'" that these kids play is like Torres or Bocanegra.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

England now up 3-0. I've said this before -- I think England is good enough to beat anybody. Do not make the mistake of overlooking them when you're considering which teams might win the whole shebang.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

She bang she bang?

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Capello wanted to work with England, and he has done a fantastic job, so far.

England 4-0 Croatia

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@Bolivian -- I would think it has more to do with sheer numbers of Latino immigrants, and maybe the movement of some into the middle class where the kids get to play regularly for organized teams and get seen by scouts.

On other topics -- I've switched over to Wales vs. Russia. How come there are no fans in the stands - at least not in the lower deck, behind the goals or on the opposite side?

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey -- Eduardo didn't fall down, and he scored an actual goal. Here comes that Croatian comeback....

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Ask Torchwood. Maybe something happened to the rift at Millennium Stadium.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Bolivia is getting their butts kicked by Ecuador in LA PAZ. Who says altitude is the only way they win? This is going to make it now 2 losses at home, vs. ecuador and Chile. Altitude isnt nothimg more than the boogey man.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | September 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

England now up 3-0. I've said this before -- I think England is good enough to beat anybody. Do not make the mistake of overlooking them when you're considering which teams might win the whole shebang.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:19 PM

If they sort out their strikers before next summer, they could be formidable. I predict a semi-final heartbreak.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the fact that Wilmer being in charge of the program has something to do with more latin players being included. I'm looking forward to the championships in Nigeria to see how our boys stack up. The games I've seen them play over the last 18 months makes me hopeful they will do well. IMO, we need more coaches like Cabrerra, coaches who aren't necessarily from the USSF "good ol' boy" network. Yes, Ellinger and Hackworth, I'm talking about YOU.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 9, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

UEFA Group Two is totally bonkers...

Goal - Moldova 1 (Valeriu Andronic 90) Greece 1

And it ended that way

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Goal - England 5 (Wayne Rooney 77) Croatia 1

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hooray -- 5-1 is safe enough a lead to bring on Beckham...

This is, as the English say, a "famous" win....

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Surprised Benzema isn't in...France needs a win.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Love that the Las Vegas youth teams are known as "Players Club". Perfect!

Posted by: cwste1 | September 9, 2009 3:11 PM

This. And nice find, cwste1.

"Who loves ya, baby?!"

Posted by: CDRHoek | September 9, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Spain finally decided to score.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. Gerrard and Lampard get 2 goals, Rooney gets one, Lennon is the MOTM.

Posted by: fischy | September 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

England have qualified. I believe Spain can get in tonight, no?

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Full Time - FIFAWC1 Hungary 0 Portugal 1

Monster win for Portugal. World Cup TV rights holders breath a sigh of relief that Cristiano Ronaldo can still get to South Africa - but they've got work to do.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

France ties.

Posted by: Reignking | September 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Denmark also letting their lead slip away. Scotland are eliminated and Norway may miss out as the worse runner-up.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | September 9, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hatch, You don't kick well, you don't dribble well, but you could be a good goal keeper...

Why was Pele from Trinidad in that movie? Was Brazil allied with Germany?

Posted by: hacksaw | September 9, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wild one in Asia...

Saudi Arabia 2 - 2 Bahrain

Bahrain equalized in Saudi Arabia in the 94th minute, winning their play-off on away goals. Knocks the Saudis out and puts Bahrain into a second play-off, vs Ryan Nelson and the Kiwis. 2 legs for a place in South Africa.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Bolivia is getting their butts kicked by Ecuador in LA PAZ. Who says altitude is the only way they win? This is going to make it now 2 losses at home, vs. ecuador and Chile. Altitude isnt nothimg more than the boogey man.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | September 9, 2009 4:31 PM
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Personally, I think Bolivia should be able to host their qualifiers in La Paz. But Ecuador may not be a good candidate for the "altitude doesn't matter" debate. Quito, while not as high as La Paz is something like 9000 feet up (2850 meters) and provides a pretty good training for anyone worried about playing soccer in La Paz.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@hacksaw: Maybe Pele was "from" Trinidad because Trinidadians served in WWII and allied bases were located in T'dad. Don't know if any Brazilians served. Just guessing.

Someone congratulate me for lasting this entire thread without posting a Hungary/hungry pun. I just didn't have the appetite for it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 9, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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