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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 El Salvador and receive help from first-place Pachuca. Tomorrow DCU will root for Jabloteh to tie or beat Marathon.

*USA midfielder Maurice Edu has caused a stir with this Twitter entry about his own Glasgow Rangers supporters: "Not sure what hurt more: result last nite or being racially abused by couple of r own fans as I'm getting in my car"

*The Insider's Twitter feed told you yesterday that FIFA has approved Schalke defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones's request to represent the USA instead of Germany. He has not played in the Bundesliga this season because of a shin injury, but perhaps we will see him in USA camp in January.

*Americans abroad:
Yesterday
MF DaMarcus Beasley in 18, didn't play in Rangers' 4-1 loss to Unirea Urziceni
D Frank Simek in 18, didn't play in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Preston
Today
MF Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca vs. Arabe Unido

*Jason Herrick increased his scoring run to four goals in three games (eight overall) as fifth-ranked Maryland won its fifth straight, coming from behind to defeat Seton Hall, 3-1. The Terps are hoping starting forward Casey Townsend (ankle) will be available Saturday at No. 3 Wake Forest after missing seven matches. Senior midfielder Doug Rodkey (foot) remains out. In the 18th minute last night, the crowd at Ludwig Field saluted No. 18 Alex Lee, a sophomore defender who attended his first game since being hit by a car. He is not likely to play again this year.

For today's TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
Euro Champions League, CSKA Moscow-Manchester United 12:30 p.m. FSC, Setanta
Euro Champions League, Real Madrid-AC Milan 2:30 p.m. FSC
Euro Champions League, Chelsea-Atletico Madrid 2:40 p.m. (live) Setanta); 5 p.m. FSC
Copa Sudamericana, Cerro Porteno-Botafogo 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
CONCACAF Champions League, Pachuca-Arabe Unido 8 p.m. Telefutura
Colombia, Medellin-Tolima 9:30 p.m. GolTV
CONCACAF Champions League, Metapan-Houston 10 p.m. FSC

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

Count me among those who are fine with DC either getting through or not getting through in the CCL

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 21, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

*USA midfielder Maurice Edu has caused a stir with this Twitter entry about his own Glasgow Rangers supporters: "Not sure what hurt more: result last nite or being racially abused by couple of r own fans as I'm getting in my car"

Hopefully Edu can get away from that piece of sh*t, scum club in January.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 21, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Rangers have helped him progress very well I think. It's terrible what those select few supporters did to him, whatever it was. But it certainly isn't symbolic of the overall group of supporters.

That club has been a black hole for Demarcus, but Edu has enjoyed his time there and I think he should continue to thrive there until he feels he is ready for the next step to a better club.

Posted by: wanker82 | October 21, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

A bit more Edu info from today's Fiver...

"Pope's O'Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu has Tweeted that he was racially abused by the club's own fans after the 4-1 drubbing they received against Unirea Urziceni. The club condemned the "moronic behaviour" of the supporters said to have been involved."

Posted by: Kev29 | October 21, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear about the low class losers who harrassed Edu. I am sure that he will continue to do his thing and he won't let those ignorant haters distract too much him from why he is there..

Posted by: yankiboy | October 21, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico Islanader's draw against Cloumbus crew last night pretty much sums up everything this season after falling the CCL semi's to Cruz Azul: worked hard but just didn't get the result when it was really needed (outside of taking our Rochester in the USL1 quarter final round).

Bill Gaudette is gone. Jonny Steele is done. Cristian Arrieta I expect to go. Those are just some of the guys who are heading out. It is a shame that the window has currently closed on what was a really good core of players.

Maybe we will still be able to keep the ex DC contigent like Peter Villegas and Nicholas Addlery and Kyle Veris. We'll see. I don't expect to see Dom Mediate stay on with Islanders. The use of Justin Myers last night over Michael Behonick seems to indicate that another DC connected player might be moving on. Of course, after the first three players who are locks to move, all of this is just frustrated speculation.

Who knows? Maybe an MLS club will by out Colin Clarke's contract so that he can move back up. The guy is a lot better than several of the coaches that are currently in MLS.

Last night may have been the end of a very exciting last two season run...

Posted by: yankiboy | October 21, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Interesting yankiman. 2 questions.

1. Would Arriete fit DC United?

2. Does Clarke always play as boring a style as we have frequently seen in CCL? In other words, you think he's fitting that style (if you agree it's boring) to the team he's got as matched up with his opponents; or you think he would carry it over to MLS?

Posted by: OWNTF | October 21, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

From a chat with the sports editor, just ended:

"I wish that the Post's Sports section did a more balanced job of covering all four of the regions pro sports teams. " . . .

Matt Vita: Thanks for your comment. While the Redskins do indeed receive a considerable amount of coverage, we provide terrific coverage of all the sports teams in D.C., including the Nationals.

--Vita did plug SG and the Insider later, but letting a "four team" comment slide is a missed call . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 21, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Some love for the Goffster from the Sports Editor Matt Vita:

"...As for DC United, Steve Goff, who covers them, is the best soccer writer in the country. He's United fans' best advocate for better story placement, and usually lets us know when we are under-playing things. If you haven't yet, take a look at Steve's Soccer Insider blog on washingtonpost.com. It's a must-read for soccer fans in Washington and across the country. "

Wow, Steve has a blog??

Posted by: JkR- | October 21, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Moving to the quarterfinals means at least 2 games against quality Mexican teams in March 2010, our pre-season. Why wouldn't we want that again?

With attitudes that accept failure, next thing ya know, we'll be like the Revs and be embarrassed by the likes of Joe Public.

No, thanks. Go Jabloteh!

Posted by: delantero | October 21, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

DC fans have historically supported Jabloteh. Surely I'm not the only who remembers the "Jablo! Jablo!..." chants at RFK.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 21, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What is the diagnosis for Enyewu? How long is he out for? And what about AC Milan, will USSF pay up?

And what about Davies, how is he doing? It will likely be a long rehab so my thoughts and prayers go to him and the other passenger that survived the crash. Saddened to hear that someone perished in the crash, my condonlences to their family.

Posted by: CEHinBowieMD | October 21, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of AC Milan -- they now trail Real Madrid 20 minutes into the game. That's worse than DC United diid against the new Galacticos. Is that because Raul didn't see the pitch against DC until the 2nd half, or just because Josh Wicks is better than Dida? One of the worst goalkeeping errors in years....

Posted by: fischy | October 21, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Something we have in D.C. despite hard going for most of our teams:
The best soccer coverage anywhere in the U.S.
Thanks Goff and Vita.

Posted by: lemovs1 | October 21, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF:

I realize you asked yankiboy, but I have a couple thoughts on those questions.

1. Arrieta is a good player, but I'd rather keep Namoff. Arrieta has played defensive midfield on occasion, and I was not sufficiently impressed. At 30, I doubt he's going to make a move to an MLS club to be 2nd choice, and you can hardly blame him for that.
2. Clarke's FC Dallas was also unattractive, and MLS teams figured them out fairly quickly (which is why Clarke let go in Dallas and not even a high-priority target for other MLS clubs needing a coach). I think at least part of the Islanders' success is that their style (or lack thereof) fits the Friday-Sunday schedule. It's a lot less risky to play the way they do on short rest than to try to attack in an attractive manner.

You can't argue with it from a results perspective, but I find it very easy to criticize their Allardyce-esque anti-soccer. That said, there are several MLS organizations that don't have any real attachment to style. Colorado comes to mind immediately, though they're probably pretty happy with Gary Smith at the moment. I'm sure the Red Bulls would have no problem with a coach getting results via any means, but they seem set to go for some European guy who will quickly become irritated by MLS's peculiarities.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 21, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

After a week shouldn't there be some information on the driver in the crash that Charley Davies was in?

Posted by: GeneWells | October 21, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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