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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 Los Angeles Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire in a meeting of second-place clubs at Home Depot Center (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

*D.C. United defender Julius James, not Avery John, was named to T&T's squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. My apologies.

*The USA needs a point against South Korea today (12:40 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision) to advance to the second round of the U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

*Americans Abroad:
Yesterday
GK Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 win at BATE Borisov
MF Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 1-0 win over Basel
Today
GK David Yelldell and Koblenz vs. Oberhausen

*In the first leg of the USL-1 semifinal series, the Canadian clubs won at home to put the pressure on their higher-seeded opponents. Fifth-seeded Montreal defeated No. 3 Puerto Rico, 2-1, and seventh-seeded Vancouver surprised top seed Portland, 2-1. The second legs are Sunday.

*In a pair of ACC showdowns, Maryland attempts to rebound from Tuesday's upset loss at George Mason with a visit to Duke and Virginia hits the road to face North Carolina.

*Marathon-Toluca video:

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

Is it just me or did that camera angle make the goals look small but the 18 looks HUGE??

Highlights clearly don't always tell the story but that sure looked like an uninspired Toluca side and a couple of gift goals for the home side.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | October 2, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Bueno. Gracias por...um...el list-o? My Spanish might need a bit of brushing-up, considering that it looks like I'll be watching the game behind a plate of chimichangas.

Posted by: jsm91 | October 2, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The USL-1 playoff format is favoring the lower seeded teams as does the first round MLS format. I think both leagues need to stop giving the first leg to the lower seeded teams, forcing the teams with the better regular season's to chase the advancement in the second leg. Look at RBNY last year, LA back in 2005, and these USL series all of which are being won by the lower seeded team that gets a couple goals at home and then sits on the games on the road.

Posted by: kkfla7371 | October 2, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

@kkfla: The USL higher seeds selected to play the first leg away. They had a choice and decided that it was better to hit the road for the away game first. That way, if a series were tied and it had to go to an overtime to decide it, they would be at home.

In the case of PR, they didn't want to have to fly from Rochester after last Sunday's game to head to Mexico City for Tuesday's game to Cruz Azul. Just imagine having to fly to Montreal from the DF with only one travel day.

Having found themselves last in the group and needing a win in the DF, general Clarke made the realistic assessment that they were better off to prioritize the USL playoffs.

The higher seeds did have the option to pick the order of the matches.

Posted by: yankiboy | October 2, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@jsm91

Spanish lesson: No. It means we will not allow soccer to become a pay per view sport.

If this is successful we will never (nunca in Spanish) see the US Nats on ESPN again. The USSF will start charging PPV fees. How much are you willing to pay to see the World Cup? How much are you willing to pay to see the Super Bowl? How much are you willing to pay to see the MLS Cup, World Series Baseball, Olympics? Are you going to take your children to a bar to see a Seasme Street special?

Don't train the TV industry to think we will let soccer go the way boxing has gone.

Tell them to kiss your F-word ing arsenal!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 2, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't train the TV industry to think we will let soccer go the way boxing has gone.

Tell them to kiss your F-word ing arsenal!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 2, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

A voice of reason. Boycott this everybody! Don't give MediaPro a freaking dime.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 2, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant! If zero people watch the game, then surely ESPN will bid mega-millions next time a US internatinal match is available!

Or . . . maybe if we all hold our breath until we're blue in the face, Uncle Barack will buy the broadcast for us. "Watching our soccer team on free live TV -- it's a HUMAN RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE! And in HD too g-dammit!"

Posted by: OWNTF | October 2, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh wait, scratch that. Barack hates soccer. I forgot. Everybody hates soccer, except us.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 2, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm usually the first to say how spoiled we are with soccer on TV these days - but this is pretty bad. I'll be firing up the dodgy internet feeds, unless MediaPro can coerce a gringo bar in DC to show it.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I HIGHLY recommend people call places before heading out for US-Honduras. I think that list is places that have ordered games before but not necessarily this game. For instance, Babylon FC has a HUGE dance party every Sat night at 10 pm, the La Cabana place in DC doesn't exist at that address (not that I could find but it's on 14th St, NW).

Posted by: goaldigger | October 2, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Funny but i'm in Vietnam and the US game is being televised on Star Sports (owned by ESPN) in English.maybe us Americans need to move to Asia to watch a US game in English.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 2, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow these lists are sketchy. First of all where is Herdon, VA. I have heard of Herndon, but this town Herdon or even Annader, VA I have never heard of. Another thing about the website is that are suppose to be "Spanish" establishments. Well Fast Eddy's (I am thinking this is Fast Eddie's since Eddy does not own her own bar in Alexandria) is not Spanish. I did not think anyone could botch a PPV match like this.

Posted by: no_recess | October 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Madrid v Rio

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Chicago was the first one out.

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Chicago was the first one out.

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 11:40 AM

Guessing the IOC didn't really like the fact that Chicagoans seem less than enthused about the prospect. Well, Chicagoans other than Oprah.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What is the name of the bar in Herndon showing the match? Tried unsuccessfully to find yesterday's list.

Posted by: tfshea | October 2, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

FSC going HD in January?

Viewers have complained that games aired on FSC are inferior to those of other sports programming. The Champions League matches produced for FSN will air in high-definition as a prelude to FSC and FSE in January going to full-time HD production.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/soccer_america/10/01/champions.league/index.html

Posted by: strago | October 2, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't have helped, although everyone thought the Obamas would make the difference. Rio would be the first in South America, and Madrid was thisclose to getting the London games.

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

What is the name of the bar in Herndon showing the match? Tried unsuccessfully to find yesterday's list.

Posted by: tfshea | October 2, 2009 11:45 AM

Do you mean...

http://www.circuitocerrado.tv/locales.html

"PARAISO LATINO 2
720 GRAND ST. SUITE A
HERDON, VA 20170"

Good luck with that

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Chicago gets dropped in first round of 2016 Olympic host selection.

That should help our World Cup hosting efforts, correct?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Kev29. Was trying to find "english" bars & restaurants showing the match.

Posted by: tfshea | October 2, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

No English language venues within 225 miles of DC announced as of yet, tfshea.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

joedoc, doesn't seem to matter much. Brazil could have both the WC and Olympics; England is also trying.

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Kev29 - thanks again. What the heck is USSF thinking? Don't they want to 'grow' the sport? What a bunch of losers!

Posted by: tfshea | October 2, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

That should help our World Cup hosting efforts, correct?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 2, 2009 11:52 AM

For the most part, it makes no difference. Rio will probably win and they have the WC Finals two years prior to that Olympics.

If anything, it hurts our bid slightly. Chicago showed themselves rather poorly, from what I hear. Discombobulated presentation, some in the city for it, many against. But I still think we get 2022, since our stadiums will speak for themselves.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Chicago gets dropped in first round of 2016 Olympic host selection.

That should help our World Cup hosting efforts, correct?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 2, 2009 11:52 AM |

Not sure why you'd say that. London got the 2012 Olympics, and will probably beat us for the 2018 Cup. Brazil already has the 2014 Cup, and Rio is probably going to get the 2016 Olympics.

Posted by: fischy | October 2, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I smell a conspiracy. Toluca just doesn't seem like a team that should lose to anybody in this group. Just want to watch us squirm.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 2, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@9nine9 and tfshea:

The USSF did not do this - the Honduran Federation did this. And we are nowhere near having American matches become pay-per-view events (not ones where the USSF owns the rights, anyway). If I can find an internet feed, then great, but otherwise I am not going to miss a decisive World Cup qualifier to participate in some unorganized spontaneous boycott.

Posted by: jsm91 | October 2, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant! If zero people watch the game, then surely ESPN will bid mega-millions next time a US internatinal match is available!

Or . . . maybe if we all hold our breath until we're blue in the face, Uncle Barack will buy the broadcast for us. "Watching our soccer team on free live TV -- it's a HUMAN RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE! And in HD too g-dammit!"

Posted by: OWNTF | October 2, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely! Go out and make this a phenomenal success. That will bring ESPN to the table. It certainly won't open up the doors for other companies to try to emulate a successful business model. Absolutely not.

ESPN is busy with college football that weekend. They aren't going away as far as the USMNT is concerned. They have to much invested in future competitions and the sport of soccer to completely bail on them. What we really need is to avoid this scenario in the future when ESPN has programming conflicts that take priority over soccer. It is a part time problem.

Boycott!

Posted by: croftonpost | October 2, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I guess if Rio gets it, then they'll have an excuse to bulldoze some flavelas?

Posted by: mason08 | October 2, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

It will be Rio. No way Europe gets three straight Olympic games. I just don't see that happening.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 2, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

According to an article by the distributor of the USMNT event, the game will also be available online for a fee:
" The match will also be available on-line at www.Omnisport.TV. The suggested retail price is 24.95."

The full article is here: http://www.integratedsportsnet.com/article.php?article_id=148

Posted by: HarkesyRules | October 2, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Harkesy - I believe that offer only applies for the El Salvador-Honduras match on the 14th.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 2, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Funny but i'm in Vietnam and the US game is being televised on Star Sports (owned by ESPN) in English.maybe us Americans need to move to Asia to watch a US game in English.

Posted by: Southeasterner
----------------------------------------
sweet. odds of an internet feed just went up substantially.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | October 2, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I hate Madrid's bid. They have to build so much, and/or it is all outside of the city.

http://www.marca.com/2009/09/29/multimedia/graficos/1254225273.html

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Her name is Rio.

Posted by: Reignking | October 2, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"We're the last in line!"
- Ronnie James Rio

Oh, wait...

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 2, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

ACC Soccer: Virginia Tech hosts #3 Wake Forest tonight, 7:00 p.m. in Blacksburg

Posted by: PeteW2 | October 2, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Well -- I disagree with the announcer. This is not reverting to form at all. The USA is playing much worse than they did against Germany. Korea is controlling possession and the USA players aren't even really chasing the ball. They're making it easy for the Koreans. Also, Shea really stinks. Why does Rongen keep trotting him out there?

Posted by: fischy | October 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

So Rio gets the 2016 Olympics...does that help or hurt the US for the 2018 WC? I think the bidders still in are:
Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, Spain and Portugal, and the USA.
We're the only western hemisphere country in the mix...

Posted by: soccerman | October 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Kev29 -- you're right. I saw Honduras and obviously didn't read very closely after that. Sorry about that.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | October 2, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else down here in North Cackalacky going to watch the Terps @ Duke tonight?

I'll be wearing a United jersey (at least the colors are right) and Maryland hat.

Posted by: alecw81 | October 2, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

For anyone that cares, Duke won 2-0... Maryland had like 70% of the possession, but just couldn't find the back of the net... sounds familiar.

Posted by: alecw81 | October 2, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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