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Soccer Insider: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Matchnight #29: United-Crew

Greetings from cold, gray, depressing RFK Stadium. The same words describe D.C. United's situation. If my math is correct, DCU will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss tonight to Columbus. Toronto's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake lifted TFC to 39 points, three ahead of United. If DCU...

By Steve Goff  |  October 17, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Tonight at RFK Stadium, Steve Cronin may very well become the fourth starting goalkeeper for D.C. United this season. *Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg chats with DCU captain Jaime Moreno. *The Los Angeles Galaxy will play a friendly against German second-division club Kaiserslautern on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving) at Fritz Walter Stadium,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 17, 2009; 1:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , U-20 World Cup  
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D.C. United News & Notes

*Who starts in goal Saturday night for desperate D.C. United against front-running Columbus at RFK? I'm fairly certain it's going to be Steve Cronin. Despite his recent arrival from Portland, Cronin's experience and form (USL-1 keeper of the year, Galaxy starter last season) seem to give him the edge over...

By Steve Goff  |  October 16, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday Kickaround

*Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney reports that USA defender Jay DeMerit will have surgery Monday to have the cornea in his left eye replaced. He hopes to return to action within two months. DeMerit says his cornea was scratched by dust or grit that got underneath his contact lens. By the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Argentina , College Soccer , FIFA , U.S. men's national team  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY U-20 World Cup final, Ghana-Brazil 1:45 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision NCAA men, Binghamton-Boston University 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England, Aston Villa-Chelsea 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Freiburg-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Manchester United-Bolton 9:30 a.m. Setanta England, Sunderland-Liverpool 10 a.m. FSC...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV  
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Davies Family Statement

"The tremendous support the family has received is of great comfort and much appreciated at this difficult time. Our thoughts also go out to the families and friends of those involved in the accident. We would also like to thank all the staff at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C....

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Happy Hondurans

The scene in Honduras last night after the Catrachos secured their first World Cup berth in 28 years:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF  
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Thursday Kickaround

*AC Milan President Adriano Galliani is demanding compensation from the USSF because Oguchi Onyewu tore a knee tendon. Seriously, Adriano? Did Bob Bradley intentionally inflict the injury to Gooch, a la Nancy Kerrigan? *Costa Rica Coach Rene Simoes: "First I have to rebuild their spirits. They are in the dumps....

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , College Soccer , Costa Rica , Italy , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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USA Rewind

*Central back Oguchi Onyewu tore the patella tendon in his left knee and will be sidelined at least three or four months. If all goes well, he would return in February, but with the AC Milan lineup difficult to crack even under the best circumstances, perhaps a rehab loan will...

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2009; 2:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: USA-Costa Rica

Greetings from cold, gray RFK. First, a quick update on Charlie Davies: His condition has not changed. Coach Bob Bradley visited him this morning. Davies was responsive. The USSF says he was in the backseat of the vehicle and wearing a seatbelt. After 16 months, CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying draws...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Terps Player Released From Hospital

Sophomore Alex Lee, a starting defender for the defending NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins, was released from George Washington Hospital on Tuesday after being hit by a car while crossing a street near Dupont Circle in Washington Saturday night. Citing privacy issues, the university did not disclose the nature of his...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Charlie Davies Updates

USA forward Charlie Davies, badly injured in a car accident early Tuesday, was stable through the night at Washington Hospital Center -- a positive sign after extensive operations for fractures to his right leg, left elbow and face, as well as for a lacerated bladder. His father, brother and sister...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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World Cup Wednesday

While our thoughts are with USA forward Charlie Davies and the other victims of that terrible car accident, World Cup qualifying continues today with the final automatic berths at stake in CONCACAF, South America and Europe. Honduras or Costa Rica? Argentina, Uruguay or Ecuador? Switzerland or Greece? Slovakia or Slovenia?...

By Steve Goff  |  October 14, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , TV , U-20 World Cup  
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Davies Accident Update

USA national team forward Charlie Davies suffered a lacerated bladder, fractures to the tibia and femur in his right leg, facial fractures and a left elbow fracture in the one-car accident that killed a female passenger early Tuesday morning. He will be hospitalized at least a week and additional operations...

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Davies in Serious Accident

By Steven Goff Washington Post Staff Writer Charlie Davies, a starting forward for the U.S. national soccer team, underwent several hours of surgery for non-life threatening injuries suffered in a fatal auto accident early Tuesday on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia, the U.S. Soccer Federation said. Details...

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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USA News & Notes

*The USSF had been quietly working on a friendly for the national team in Europe this fall but needed to wait until its squad (as well as the opponent) qualified for the World Cup before finalizing the deal. Now it's set: USA vs. Denmark in Aarhus on Nov. 18 --...

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team , USSF  
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Poll: CONCACAF Finale

Though passage to South Africa is secure, USA Coach Bob Bradley does not plan to ease up in the qualifying finale tomorrow night at RFK Stadium. At stake is first place ahead of Mexico and an undefeated record at home through the entire qualifying cycle. Meantime, Costa Rica (15 points)...

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , Poll  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Ticket sales for the USA-Costa Rica qualifier at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night have surpassed 21,000. *The announcing teams for Wednesday's ESPN2 doubleheader: At RFK (USA-CR, 8 p.m.), Adrian Healey and John Harkes. At Salt Lake (RSL-NY, 10:30), JP Dellacamera and Kyle Martino. *In his first start for Belenenses in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 13, 2009; 3:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Quaranta Out for Season

D.C. United midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta will have surgery Tuesday after rupturing the plantar plate in his left foot in a team scrimmage last Friday. It's similiar to the injury he suffered with New York three years ago. Quaranta (two goals, six assists, 19 starts) will miss the remainder of the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 12, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Monday Kickaround

Catching up after a long journey back from Honduras..... *No players will be added to, or dropped from, the USA roster for Wednesday's match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium (8 p.m., ESPN2, Galavision). Clint Dempsey will remain in London recuperating from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 12, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , College Soccer , Real Madrid , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Argentina's Miracle, Maradona's Belly

Martin Palermo's late finish provided Argentina with three desperately needed points at home against lowly Peru. "It was hard to think clearly when it was raining so hard and desperation had taken over," he said. Now, Maradona's boys need a tie at Uruguay on Wednesday to essentially clinch South America's...

By Steve Goff  |  October 12, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina  
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Video: USA 3, Honduras 2

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2009; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Playoff Race

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Columbus (28) 13-5-10, 49 points (at DC, vs. NE) Chicago (28) 10-7-11, 41 (at NE, vs. Chivas) WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Chivas USA (27) 13-9-5, 44 points (vs. SJ, at Chicago, vs. Houston) Los Angeles (28) 11-6-11, 44 (at Houston, vs. SJ) WILD-CARD BERTHS Houston (28)...

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS  
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