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Soccer Insider: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Matchnight #30 - United at Kansas City

Greetings from CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, where I am eagerly awaiting the feast of Arthur Bryant's barbeque that sits next to me. I am in Kansas City, I figure I have to get some legit BBQ. I opted for the pulled pork. I must say it's the most awkward...

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 24, 2009; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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No help for United

It was a rough Thursday night for D.C. United, which hoped for two results from two games that impacted two different qualifications -- and neither came through. Marathon defeated Jabloteh, 4-2, to clinch second place in the group and eliminate United from the CONCACAF Champions League, while the Chicago Fire...

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 23, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Weekend TV Listings

I'll be mostly off the grid the next few days for a family function 13 years in the making. Colleague Paul Tenorio will handle DCU coverage. Meantime, what are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV NCAA men, Evansville-Drake 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  TV  
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Onyewu Out Six Months

USA defender Oguchi Onyewu will be sidelined an estimated six months, longer than the three to four originally announced. Gooch had one-hour surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles for a torn patella tendon in his left knee, suffered in the World Cup qualifying finale against Costa Rica last week at RFK...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  
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Thursday Kickaround

It's a huge day for the D.C. United lads, and they're not even playing. The Chicago-Chivas USA match at Toyota Park (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) will determine whether DCU still has a chance -- remarkably -- to finish second in MLS's Eastern Conference. The Fire needs just a tie to...

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Goalie Scores, but Dynamo Falters

A long ball by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall from his own end does not appear to touch anyone and bounces into the net during a Champions League match at Metapan in El Salvador on Wednesday night. Foul on Brian Ching? Nothing called, goal counts, Metapan fumes. Unfortunately for the Dynamo,...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS  
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DCU Ownership, Olsen, USA Friendlies

*Will Chang now controls 100 percent of D.C. United after purchasing the very small remaining share held by a group led by Brian Davis and Christian Laettner , former Duke basketball players who are involved in real estate development these days. The company name (MacFarlane-Chang, LLC) still includes former partner...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: It's in The Game

Nike has probably made the best soccer TV ads, but this one from EA Sports ranks high........

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  TV  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The Columbus Crew got what it needed at Puerto Rico, a 1-1 tie that clinched a Champions League quarterfinal berth. The Crew joins four Mexican clubs: Pachuca, Toluca, Cruz Azul and Pumas. The final three berths will be decided today and tomorrow. Tonight Houston needs to win at Metapan in...

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , MLS , Scotland , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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United Rewind

An admirable performance by D.C. United at 8,800 feet in a land where American teams go to die, but will the 1-1 tie against group winner Toluca be enough? Jabloteh is winless in this competition (and frankly, not very good) but if the T&T club can beat or tie Marathon...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2009; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Matchnight: DCU at Toluca

With a win, D.C. United is in. With a tie or loss, the wait begins. United can clinch second place in group play of the CONCACAF Champions League by beating Toluca, but as we all know, American teams don't win in Mexico. Nothing like 90 minutes of futbol at nearly...

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2009; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*D.C. United is in Mexico and Columbus in Puerto Rico for crucial CONCACAF Champions League matches. *Americans abroad: D Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday vs. Preston North End MF DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers vs. Unirea Urziceni (Romania) *In preparation for its World Cup playoff opener at Costa Rica on Nov....

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF Champions League , College Soccer , D.C. United , Greece , History , MLS , TV  
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DCU, Americans, Tyler, Santana

*Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, Clyde Simms and Marc Burch did not travel with D.C. United for Tuesday night's Champions League match at Toluca. Presumably, they are being rested ahead of the MLS finale Saturday at Kansas City. (None appears on the injury list.) Andrew Jacobson (hamstring) also stayed home. So...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , South Africa , TV  
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Poll: MLS Playoff Chase

Columbus, Chivas USA, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle are in. Kansas City, San Jose and New York are out. So heading into the final week of the MLS regular season, seven clubs are battling for three playoff berths. Check the overall standings and schedule ... and then vote for the...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS , Poll  
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Monday Kickaround

*The playoff matchups for the final European World Cup berths are set: Ireland-France Portugal-Bosnia Greece-Ukraine Russia-Slovenia While Ireland-France is the marquee pairing, Portugal-Bosnia is the most intriguing. The two-leg series will take place Nov. 14 and 18. The other World Cup playoffs are Costa Rica vs. Uruguay on those same...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , College Soccer , England , U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Playoff Race

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Columbus (29) 13-6-10, 49 points (vs. New England Sunday) Chicago (29) 10-7-12, 42 (vs. Chivas USA Thursday) WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS Chivas USA (28) 13-9-6, 45 points (at Chicago Thu., vs. Houston Sun.) Los Angeles (29) 11-6-12, 45 (vs. San Jose Saturday) WILD-CARD BERTHS Houston (29)...

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-1 tie with Wolves Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 win over Chelsea Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play in Aston Villa's 2-1 win over Chelsea Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 2-1 win at Brann Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves'...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2009; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Sunderland's Assist

Okay, so the videos of Sunderland's wacky goal against Liverpool are being blocked by the copyright gods, so I offer you the reaction of the Sky Sports "Soccer Saturday" studio announcers:...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2009; 1:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  England  
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United Rewind

Seven months have brought us to this: A four-way tie for eighth place, six seven teams in the running for three playoff slots, the Eastern Conference's second automatic berth still up for grabs ... and a second straight season in which D.C. United goes into the finale needing a road...

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2009; 12:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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