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TFC, FCD, Revs, Champions, Abroad

*No surprise: Toronto FC interim coach Chris Cummins, who replaced John Carver early this season, will not be retained, the club announced. With a chance to clinch its first playoff berth Saturday, TFC was embarrassed at last-place New York, 5-0.

*No surprise: Michael Hitchcock is out at FC Dallas' general manager. The club will not fill the position and, instead, hire a technical director to assist Coach Schellas Hyndman. There had been rumblings since last winter that Hitchcock was going to be phased out.

*Bizarre: The New England-Chicago playoff game scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. in Foxborough on Fox Soccer Channel has been pushed back to Sunday at 2 p.m. on FSC. When the broadcast window became available through a programming change today, the Revs made the move. Perhaps they wanted to avoid possible Halloween conflicts for fans?

*CONCACAF will hold the quarterfinal draw for the Champions League on Nov. 17. The first-place clubs from group play -- Mexico's Pachuca, Toluca, Cruz Azul and Pumas -- will be paired with second-place teams (Arabe Unido, Marathon, Columbus and Comunicaciones). Teams that faced one another in the group stage will not be matched up in the quarterfinals. The two legs are set for March.

*Americans Abroad:
GK Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 loss at Spurs (English League Cup)
GK Brad Guzan 120 in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie (3-1 PKs) at Sunderland (English League Cup -- Guzan stopped Kenwyne Jones' PK in the 85th minute and made three saves in the tiebreaker)
MF DaMarcus Beasley 75 in Rangers' 3-1 win at Dundee (Scottish League Cup -- first start of the season for DMB)
F Freddy Adu in 18, didn't play in Belenenses' 1-1 tie with Gil Vicente (Portuguese League Cup -- club eliminated)
F Mike Grella not in 18 for Leeds' 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers

By Steve Goff  |  October 27, 2009; 7:05 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , MLS  
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Comments

151 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | October 27, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Enough with that. I'd rather see someone post First.

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Is it too soon to ask what's wrong with Howard lately? Is it just the guys playing in front of him, or does he deserve some of the blame? He's given up 5 goals twice this year. He made some big saves for the USA, but some of those goals looked -- definitely not soft -- but savable for the guy his coach calls the best goalie in the world. Guzan isn't getting the playing time he needs to challenge for the no. 1 spot, but he seems to be doing wonderfully whenever he does play.

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Also -- with Belenenses eliminated for Cup competition, exactly when will Adu see the pitch again? When he's loaned out to a second-division side?

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Curious99 - Is that like Bi Curious?

Posted by: GeneWells | October 27, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Adu needs to go to Scandanavia. Look at what that has done for the career of Benny. Saved it when it was spiraling downward with no hope in sight.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 27, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

And what it did for Charlie Davies.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 27, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

If I'm being overly negative, I apologize. In the last few days, I tore a biceps tendon (in yoga!!) and got swine flu. So there.

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow Curious, speaking of firsts, don't think I've ever seen someone flirting with another poster on Soccer Insider...

Posted by: DadRyan | October 27, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan - Then you clearly don't recall some of your own drunk posts from earlier this season...

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 27, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Clyde Simms for being named MVP of DC United for the 2009 season!

Posted by: billindmd | October 27, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

drunk flirting here? Maybe on facebook, but then again I probably wouldn't remember that either.
I really don't recall ever being as straight(ahem) forward as GeneWells appears to be. Talk about cutting to the chase.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 27, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

If I'm being overly negative, I apologize. In the last few days, I tore a biceps tendon (in yoga!!) and got swine flu.

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like you need to go to Germany for sports hernia surgery.

- DC United medical staff

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 28, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Also -- with Belenenses eliminated for Cup competition, exactly when will Adu see the pitch again? When he's loaned out to a second-division side?

Posted by: fischy

Next game: Porto. I don't see him playing. But there is another Portuguese Cup competition (not sure when).

Jacob: and for every Davies, we can name many more failures or question marks. Marcus Tracy?

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

!!! Real Madrid lost to 3rd-division Alcorcon, a Madrid suburb the size of RFK, 4-0. There is a return leg.

Marca has over 5000 posts about it.

And the rumors about Pelligrini have already started:
Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano is the likely replacement for under fire coach Manuel Pellegrini, should the Chilean be relieved of his duties at the club, according to Sport.

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

If I'm being overly negative, I apologize. In the last few days, I tore a biceps tendon (in yoga!!) and got swine flu. So there.

Posted by: fischy
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Must of been one of those Republican yoga instructors in a nefarious plot! Was it your left wing that suffered the biceps tear?

;-)

Posted by: troy6 | October 28, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Republican yoga instructors?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

That just happened to a neighbor of mine (the tendon, not yoga) and it is ugly...severe bruising, right?

Posted by: Reignking | October 28, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Is it too soon to ask what's wrong with Howard lately? Is it just the guys playing in front of him, or does he deserve some of the blame? He's given up 5 goals twice this year. He made some big saves for the USA, but some of those goals looked -- definitely not soft -- but savable for the guy his coach calls the best goalie in the world. Guzan isn't getting the playing time he needs to challenge for the no. 1 spot, but he seems to be doing wonderfully whenever he does play.

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Everton is having a HUGE injury problem and their defense is decimated. About 8 starters are hurt.

p.s. Howard saved a penalty yesterday against Keane but he put in the rebound.

Posted by: spikeman | October 28, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Get well soon fischy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Just saw Howards pk save. It wasn't a well taken penalty at all. It was slow and a little left of the middle. Howard didn't control it and there was a flurry of shots that were blocked. Then keane had a volley around Distin and scored. I don't know how he got his foot to it.

Posted by: spikeman | October 28, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Stop the presses! For the first time in history I agree with everything fischy said (at 8:00 pm last night.) I didn't think it was the least bit negative about Howard. He's had some howlers this year. Guzan rocked.

Sorry about the tendon. Ouch.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 28, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

!!! Real Madrid lost to 3rd-division Alcorcon, a Madrid suburb the size of RFK, 4-0. There is a return leg.

Marca has over 5000 posts about it.

And the rumors about Pelligrini have already started:
Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano is the likely replacement for under fire coach Manuel Pellegrini, should the Chilean be relieved of his duties at the club, according to Sport.

Posted by: Reignking

I hear Juande Ramos is available.

Posted by: Brian76 | October 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

fischy - first off, hang in there and get well soon. Second, you are not being negative, Howard's game is off. To me (and I would like the input of people with net-minding experience on this one) he seems to be over-compensating for what is (or better state "is not") in front of him. He's struggling for decent cover for both the Nat's and especially for that makeshift desperation that impersonates a D at Everton. Timmy is having to anticipate so much more for the blunders that are happening in front of him that he appears to almost always be out of position. In fact, were it not for his athleticism he'd be letting in way more goals. This is no knock on Timmy, as he is world class, but the stats start to add up and they make an excellent keeper look mediocre, which leads to benching, which leads to a knock on confidence, which leads to... Luckily Moyes is a smart manager who knows what is happening.

I really do feel for Moyes, he is one of the most talented and competent managers in the Prem, but is cursed with a paper thin side that almost always suffers long injury absences. A class guy who really deserves better.

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 28, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican yoga instructor.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 28, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I doubt it. In yoga, you sometimes have to lean to the left.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

My students lean so far to the left that they come back to the right.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 28, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Interesting news about Hitchcock, he started his MLS career as a corporate sales rep at DCU.

K

Posted by: goaldigger | October 28, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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