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Soccer Insider: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Duka to MLS

Dilly Duka, the USA under-20 national team midfielder who left Rutgers this fall and explored pro opportunities in Europe, agreed to a four-year contract with MLS, the Insider has learned. "It's done," a source close to the situation said. Duka -- who scored on a long-distance shot against Cameroon at...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  
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Saturday Kickaround

*Who will host Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference final next weekend? We'll find out tonight when New England takes a 2-1 advantage to Toyota Park for the second leg against the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). *D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic was named to the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2009; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Canada , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USL , Women  
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Pulling Ponytails and Other Mischief

Video from the BYU-New Mexico women's soccer match........

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Friday Kickaround

*Read the accounts of Real Salt Lake's rare road victory and a Columbus Dispatch column about the champion's reign coming to an end. Watch the video highlight package here. In its second consecutive appearance in a conference final, RSL will play at Chicago or New England next Saturday. *More importantly,...

By Steve Goff  |  November 6, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , MLS , Misc.  
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Crew-RSL Countdown

With kickoff of the Columbus-Real Salt Lake playoff match a few hours away, a few items to share..... *Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Alejandro Moreno have been told by Coach Robert Warzycha that they will start tonight after sitting out for tactical reasons in the first leg last weekend. One contact...

By Steve Goff  |  November 5, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  MLS  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Bayer Leverkusen-Eintracht Frankfurt 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV England, Derby County-Coventry City 2:40 p.m. Setanta NCAA women, Portland-San Diego 11 p.m. ESPNU NCAA men, Santa Clara-San Francisco 11 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY Australia, Melbourne-Central Coast 3 a.m. FSC England, Swansea City-Cardiff City...

By Steve Goff  |  November 5, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  TV  
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Thursday Kickaround

*A look at tonight's MLS playoff match between the Crew and RSL from a Columbus angle and a Salt Lake perspective. TV coverage begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The defending champion Crew faces a one-goal deficit in the two-leg series. *In a column about MLS fining DCU President Kevin...

By Steve Goff  |  November 5, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , MLS , TV  
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Poll: United's Next Coach

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*Tom Soehn talks about his departure from D.C. United: *DCU defender Bryan Namoff, who missed the final month of the season after suffering a concussion, tells the Insider that, if all goes well, he should be able to resume workouts in December. Namoff recently visited a specialist in Boston. *New...

By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , Youth soccer  
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MLS Coaching Carousel

With four openings and perhaps two more on the way, here's where things stand on the MLS coaching front..... [Read the full story behind Tom Soehn's departure from D.C. United.] EASTERN CONFERENCE COLUMBUS: Robert Warzycha won the Supporters' Shield in his first season but is in danger of first-round elimination...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2009; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  MLS  
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DCU: Looking Back and Ahead

D.C. United midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta, on the departure of Coach Tom Soehn: "I will always have a special place for Tommy because he helped me so much when I came back to the team. I've got a lot of respect for him. ... Late in the season, you could tell...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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United Coaching Change

Tom Soehn will not return as coach of D.C. United, ending a three-year reign that began well but deteriorated the past two seasons as the club failed to qualify for the MLS playoffs and fell short in international competition. He was in the final season of a three-year contract. Although...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*The USA roster for friendlies at Slovakia on Nov. 14 and Denmark four days later won't be finalized until the first round of the MLS playoffs is completed this weekend and domestic players become available after clubs are eliminated. There are no such conflicts for European-based players, whose clubs are...

By Steve Goff  |  November 3, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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A Case for Soehn

As we await D.C. United's decision about its coach, something to consider: Tom Soehn's success when given a full week to prepare for a match this season. Because United played more games than any other club during Soehn's three-year reign (MLS, Champions' Cup, Champions League, U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga), the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  
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MLS Awards Finalists Are .....

MVP (to be announced Nov. 19) Jeff Cunningham, Dallas Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Shalrie Joseph, New England Coach of the Year (Nov. 11) Bruce Arena, Los Angeles Sigi Schmid, Seattle Robert Warzycha, Columbus Rookie of the Year (Nov. 12) Stefan Frei, Toronto Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Chris Pontius, D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  MLS  
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Weymouth Joins Cup Effort

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors for the USA Bid Committee seeking to host the 2018 or '22 World Cup. (Read her bio.) The board is largely ceremonial and also includes, among others, Disney President Robert Iger, comedian and soccer investor...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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Monday Kickaround

*With the first legs of the MLS playoffs complete, we look ahead to the finales this week: HOUSTON vs. SEATTLE First Game: 0-0 before 35,807 at Qwest Field. Advantage: Dynamo. Playing at home and with vast postseason experience, Houston should prevail Sunday afternoon at Robertson Stadium. Seattle, though, is a...

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Mexico , Youth soccer  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-1 tie with Aston Villa Brad Friedel 90 for Aston Villa Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 2-0 loss at Start Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 2-2 tie at Stoke City Dom...

By Steve Goff  |  November 1, 2009; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Sunday Kickaround

*Robbie Findley's 88th-minute goal for Real Salt Lake in the 1-0 victory over Columbus: Why weren't Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the reigning MLS MVP, and Alejandro Moreno on the field for the Crew? "We didn't score any goals the last five games when they were on the field, so I felt...

By Steve Goff  |  November 1, 2009; 12:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  College Soccer , History , MLS  
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