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Monday Kickaround

*The playoff matchups for the final European World Cup berths are set:

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 dates and New Zealand vs. Bahrain (the Kiwis earned a 0-0 away tie in the first leg).

*The Insider's Twitter page had the initial information Saturday, and here's the full update on USA forward Charlie Davies, courtesy of the U.S. Soccer Federation: "News remains positive on the condition of Charlie Davies, who continues to improve and has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center. Davies has been able to receive and speak with visitors. He will have surgery early [this] week to repair a broken left elbow and may require operations to deal with facial fractures."

*I'm hearing that USA defender Oguchi Onyewu, who tore a knee tendon in the Costa Rica qualifier, will have surgery in California this week and begin rehabilitation in the States before returning to Italy.

*Americans might be on the same Premier League pitch today as Fulham, with Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson, hosts Jozy Altidore and Hull City (2:55 p.m., ESPN2).

*ACC leader Maryland (9-3-1) moved up one slot to No. 5 and Virginia (8-3-1) two spaces to No. 15 in the Soccer America men's rankings. The Terps and Cavs will meet Oct. 31 in College Park, but before then, Maryland visits No. 3 Wake Forest this weekend.

Men: 1. Akron (13-0-0); 2. UCLA (8-1-2); 3. Wake Forest (9-2-2); 4. North Carolina (9-2-2); 5. Maryland (9-3-1); 6. Connecticut (7-2-3); 7. South Florida (9-2-2); 8. UC Santa Barbara (10-3-1); 9. Harvard (9-2-1); 10. Monmouth (12-0-1); 11. Louisville (9-2-2); 12. Northwestern (7-2-4); 13. N.C. State (9-3-1); 14. Charlotte (8-1-3); 15. Virginia (8-3-1); 16. Butler (9-1-1); 17. Tulsa (8-3-2); 18. Dartmouth (8-2-1); 19. San Diego (9-3-0); 20. West Virginia (6-2-5); 21. Stanford (8-3-1); 22. Brown (7-1-4); 23. Ohio State (8-3-3); 24. Duke (8-4-0); 25. California (8-5-0); (tie) Indiana (7-5-1).

Women: 1. Stanford (15-0-0); 2. Portland (14-1-0); 3. North Carolina (12-1-1); 4. UCLA (12-2-1); 5. Florida State (11-2-1); 6. Boston College (12-2-1); 7. Notre Dame (12-3-1); 8. Maryland (11-2-2); 9. Southern California (11-4-0); 10. South Carolina (14-1-1); 11. BYU (13-2-2); 12. Wake Forest (12-2-1); 13. Virginia Tech (11-4-0); 14. Central Florida (12-3-1); 15. Rutgers (11-2-3); 16. LSU (10-3-3); 17. Mississippi (10-3-2); 18. Marquette (11-4-2); 19. Ohio State (11-2-2); 20. Florida (11-4-2); 21. Washington State (10-3-1); 22. Georgetown (12-2-3); 23. Missouri (10-4-3); 24. Georgia (12-3-1); 25. Dayton (10-0-5).

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , College Soccer , England , U.S. men's national team  
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Go Ireland, Bosnia, Greece and Slovenia annd


Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 19, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

With 5 games left in the regular season, and 4 out of those 5 being at home, MD has a good chance to make a run. They do indeed have to get through Wake and VA but their other three games should be wins. Once again this year the ACC is sitting on top with 6 ranked teams (3 of the top 5 spots)and remains the power conference. VAMOS TERPS!!

Posted by: terptilldeath | October 19, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse


Any word or rumors on the other international (11-14-09) that will pair with Denmark on 11-18-09 for USMNT??

Posted by: euroman | October 19, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

* Is Dempsey well enough to play?

* Re-posting: Hucles retires after 109 caps and some clutch play leading to Olympic gold.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

So, who didn't see Ireland playing France? I think they had to play each other in qualification for the last three major tournaments, along with France playing Italy.



Posted by: jayrockers | October 19, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Is the UEFA draw hosted publicly? Those draws are remarkable for their little country vs big country matchups.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | October 19, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Re-posting: Wow! Retirement at 31? Has she had many injuries?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

BTW Comcastsportsnet will be replaying the Liverpool/Sunderland match tomorrow at noon incase you haven't seen the beachball belly acher. At 2pm they'll have the FSN UEFA Champion's League show followed by Liverpool/Olimpique Lyonnais live and in HD.

It would be really nice if Comcast would broadcast a match on Wednesday as well. I wonder what holds that up?

Get your Argy Bargy League teams straight dudes.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@270 -- I don't think so, but am not sure.

Hell, at 31, she'd have 7 or 8 more years with DC United . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It would be really nice if Comcast would broadcast a match on Wednesday as well. I wonder what holds that up?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 19, 2009 11:35 AM

Fox want cheapskates like you to pay for more of their cable networks (FSC and FSE) :-D

Posted by: Kev29 | October 19, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

mbyrd28 - The big-team/little-team draw wasn't as remarkable as it seems because the draw was seeded with France, Portugal, Russia, and Greece the top four seeds. The draw was done publicly, Steven Pienaar drew the teams out of the proverbial hat.

Posted by: kezz | October 19, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey is fit to play says Hodgson, answering my own question.

WSJ reports that Fulham signed some sort of marketing/sponsorship deal with Fenway Sports Group.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Given how Scotland managed to frustrate France with the bunker and counter tactic, and given that Ireland's footy is not far different from Scotland, I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of snoozers in this "marquee" match-up. France advances on the basis of superior talent overcoming stolid tactics, but unconvincingly (as is usual under Domenech). If this was a single game playoff at a neutral site, I could see Ireland moving on to the cup. But two matches is one too many to keep Benzema, Ribery, Henry, Gourcuff, et al under wraps. Even if they have a buffoon for a coach.

Posted by: iammrben1 | October 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wait, he's coaching Ireland? I thought he was still in goal for Italy?

Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Go Ireland!

We believe in you, Trap!

Posted by: billindmd | October 19, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell did they cut to commercial as the two clubs were walking out?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 19, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

That Fulham/Hull match was a terrible advertisement for the EPL. An absolutely dreary affair. Lots of long ball hoofing, missed passes, and aimless shots. In Hull's case, not many shots at all. Jozy did come in late and manufacture a pretty nice shot, but unless they get someone to provide service, it's going to be a short stay at the top level.

Posted by: mmathai1 | October 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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