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Thursday Kickaround

*Why is the USA-Honduras World Cup qualifier Saturday night available on closed-circuit TV only? Read my front-page story. Meantime, FC Dallas will show the match at its stadium club and the Galaxy has partnered with an establishment near Home Depot Center.

*Jeff Cunningham scored his MLS-best 17th goal -- and 121st of his career, nine behind career leader Jaime Moreno -- as Dallas won its third straight, 2-1 at San Jose, to draw even with D.C. United for ninth place in the overall standings with two games left.

*Real Salt Lake and Chivas Guadalajara mixed it up during a 1-1 friendly tie before more than 16,000 at Rio Tinto.

*I'm getting word that New Jersey's Dilly Duka, the USA under-20 midfielder who scored against Cameroon last week, will not return to Rutgers and explore opportunities in Europe and MLS. The Red Bulls had him in their youth academy and presumably would want to acquire him. However, if Duka were to sign with the league, he would be available to all clubs in the draft. Expansion Philadelphia will have the first pick, New York second. His mother has Belgian roots, and both parents have ties to Albania.

*Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog exposes the naked truth behind DCU's revealing photo shoot. You might not want to look at this.

*George Mason, ranked No. 23 by Soccer America, conceded two late goals in a 2-1 home loss to Towson, snapping a five-game shutout/winning streak. ... No. 19 Georgetown scored twice late to upend Seton Hall, 2-1. ... Brian Ownby needed just six minutes to score in his return from the Under-20 World Cup as No. 20 Virginia defeated Longwood, 2-0.

*Another long-distance header for a goal after a keeper's faulty clearance, this one scored by Panathanaikos:

By Steve Goff  |  October 8, 2009; 7:49 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , D.C. United , Greece , MLS , TV  
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Comments

That naked United thing is hilarious.

Posted by: KireDCU | October 8, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The people who should be reassessing their policies are the regional federations. The only way that TV broadcasting rights can be fair is to allow both countries to have access to the TV rights. I really hope Media World does not make any money from the spectacle that they have created.

Posted by: no_recess | October 8, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

The problem with the regional federation -- CONCACAF in this case -- having any more say in the TV rights is that somehow Jack Warner would find a way to use it to line his pockets.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | October 8, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Steve - great story on the TV rights. I would have loved to see,however, any look at the connection between Imagina and GolTV. Huguet used to run GolTV and MediaWorld was the company which started it, I believe. They provide GolTV with the rights to much of their programming, including La Liga.

I think the part of the equation that is missing is how the "negotiations" they had with networks were disingenuous because they never intended to let GolTV's competition show the match. In fact, I would not be surprised to see a replay of the match end up on GolTV although that's just me making a guess based on nothing other than my blind hatred of these sharks who are taking advantage of US fans.

Posted by: beach3 | October 8, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

How do those simulated 3-D gropund signs work (like the one to the right of the goal in the video). Is it solely an optical effect? Is the effect visible to those at the stadium, or can it only be seen through a camera lens?

Posted by: Ron16 | October 8, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I never again want to get a tweet that says:"DCU's naked adventure...Greek video".
Thank you.

Posted by: ncguy | October 8, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Ain't lookin'.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 8, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Ron16, what they are are banners, with the advertising basically printed at a 45 degree angle towards the camera. It is just a well designed optical illusion. You can see it in the stadium as long as you're sitting at the same angle as the camera. Otherwise, it just looks awkward.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 8, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I believe the 3-D signs are an optical illusion based on the camera angle. On the view from the camera next to the goal you just see them laying flat on the ground.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 8, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The New England Revolution and CBS Scene have also teamed up to show the match thanks to some great groundwork preformed by the American Outlaws: Boston.

Discounts for Season Ticket Holders and AO members.

Posted by: sportsjournalchris | October 8, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The discount is for $10. One of the cheapest prices around.

Posted by: sportsjournalchris | October 8, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Expansion Philadelphia will have the first pick, New York second."

DC United may be picking 4th....

So, maybe Duka and Opara in the first 3. Could Andre Akpan slip down to DCU's spot? CAl's Andrew Wiedeman, or local boys UMBC's Andrew Bulls and GW's Andy Stadler #1 & #3 in goals)?

Posted by: fischy | October 8, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Finally -- after all the Heather whatshername comments, not to mention DadRyan's frequent musings -- something for the girls!

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 8, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

although that's just me making a guess based on nothing other than my blind hatred of these sharks who are taking advantage of US fans.

Posted by: beach3 | October 8, 2009 8:20 AM

Actually, they didn't show US fans the respect to even take advantage of us (till late on). This scheme was drawn up to fleece Hondurans in the US.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 8, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@BaRRD: too funny!

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 8, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Didn't DC trade some of its 2010 draft picks? Does anyone dare keep track of such a thing?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 8, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

BaRRD, I'm buying it for the Serena shots, I'll send you the rest . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | October 8, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Actually, they didn't show US fans the respect to even take advantage of us (till late on). This scheme was drawn up to fleece Hondurans in the US.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 8, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse
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Good point. They didn't decide to reach into our wallets until we said how willing we were to pay for it.

Posted by: beach3 | October 8, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

There's a really nice screen sitting idle in Nationals park. Just sayin.

Posted by: tailwagger | October 8, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

It's a secret plot by Zelaya and the US government to round up illegal Hondurans living in the US, and return them to Honduras. That's why they had the coup!

Posted by: Reignking | October 8, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

You could look at it that way beach3, but I think they reacted to US fans actually wanting to watch the match. Big shock - residents of country wish to watch country play in the World Cup!

Posted by: Kev29 | October 8, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

There's a really nice screen sitting idle in Nationals park. Just sayin.

Posted by: tailwagger | October 8, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse


I think they've moved that to Fenty Field for football season.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 8, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

From States News Service:

Scaggsville Mayor Michael Bleachers announced today that his city is proposing to build a soccer stadium for the D.C. United of the MLS, sources said.

The sources, who said they had to speak anonymously because they weren't sure if they're correct, said the city intends to construct the soccer facility on top of an abandond brownfield that served as a storage depot for depleted uranium artillery.

"And other things," the source said.

Scaggsville officials refused to confirm the report, saying they have not had conversations with officials at the United or at the MLS.

A United official, who requested anonymity because he always wanted to do so since earning his communications/journalism degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, could neither confirm or deny the report.

"Where the bloody h*** is Scaggsville, anyway?" the official said.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 8, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

joedoc may have gotten me on this one, but, Scaggsville is way out there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 8, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice choice with Scaggsville. It sounds funny. Puts me in mind of the new Coen Bros.' movie, A Serious Man. They have a few good laughs about someone struggling with an album name -- Santana's Abraxas. Funny, but the movie takes place in 1967, while the album wasn't released until 1970. Just sayin'....Scaggsville?

Posted by: fischy | October 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

No Skanksville?

Posted by: Reignking | October 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Ownby had better find better evidence of his worth than a goal against Longwood. I've been there, and their athletic exploits are pretty tiny.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Something there is that doesn't love a wall.

Posted by: dccal | October 8, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Are you saying if they moved their hands , it might appear that weather was frosty?

Posted by: tailwagger | October 8, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ownby had better find better evidence of his worth than a goal against Longwood. I've been there, and their athletic exploits are pretty tiny.

Posted by: UnitedDemon

How about a goal in the U20 World Cup?

Posted by: Reignking | October 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

joedoc may have gotten me on this one, but, Scaggsville is way out there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 8, 2009 12:01 PM
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It's true, JofA! Really!

Also, I'm selling a really nice soccer ball. Got it at a United-San Jose game recently...

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 8, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

too funny joedoc.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 8, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"It's always good to play friendlies," midfielder Will Johnson said. "But ... these guys, they just come in and kick you, and some dirty plays have led to quite possibly the end of seasons for some of our important players."
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Really? From a Mexican team? I'm shocked, shocked.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 8, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

In relation to the "3d" banners, check out some of this guy's work (Julian Beever) http://bbg-aura.gaia.com/photos/7/65433/large/SwimmingPool_Chalk_Art.jpg

Posted by: carmines757 | October 8, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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