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Soccer Insider: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Life of Pele

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pele's 1,000th professional goal, Life magazine offers a wonderful gallery of photographs, including this shot of the Brazilian superstar with Robert Kennedy at Maracana in 1965: LIFEembedDrawImage2('1578414','0');...

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2009; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Brazil , History  
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Weekend TV Listings

About three dozen matches from which to choose. What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Netherlands, Sparta-PSV Eindhoven 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes SATURDAY Germany, Wolfsburg-Werder Bremen 9:25 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, Portsmouth-Manchester United 9:55 a.m. ESPN2 England, Manchester City-Hull City 9:55 a.m. Setanta England, West Ham-Burnley 10 a.m. Fox...

By Steve Goff  |  November 27, 2009; 12:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  TV  
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Thanksgiving Kickaround

*Central defender Greg Janicki, who began the season as a starter but fell out of favor with several poor performances and never regained the coaching staff's confidence, was waived by D.C. United. Midfielder Ely Allen, a midseason addition who appeared in three Champions League matches, was also let go. The...

By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Philadelphia Selects.....

In the MLS expansion draft, Union has chosen: MF Andrew Jacobson (D.C. United) age 24 F Alejandro Moreno (Columbus) 30 D Shavar Thomas (Chivas USA) 28 GK Brad Knighton (New England) 24 F Nick Zimmerman (New York) 22 F Sebastien Le Toux (Seattle) 25 MF Shea Salinas (San Jose) 23...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  MLS  
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Wednesday Kickaround

With Denis Hamlett's departure after two seasons, Chicago joins D.C. United, New York and Chivas USA in search of a head coach. Among the in-house candidates for top jobs around the league are Red Bulls interim Richie Williams, former Kansas City boss Curt Onalfo, Houston assistant John Spencer as well...

By Steve Goff  |  November 25, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , France , MLS , Sweden , TV  
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Olsen and DCU

Excerpts from Ben Olsen's news conference: The decision to retire..... "This season was great getting back. I didn't think it was going to happen, but to get back and get through this year, I got through it - let's say - through modern medicine. It was definitely with help of...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2009; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Olsen Retirement Is Official

Ben Olsen, D.C. United's tenacious midfielder who was an integral part of two MLS Cup championships and overcame serious ankle injuries to resurrect his career and become perhaps the most popular player in club history, announced his retirement Tuesday at RFK Stadium. Olsen, 32, is likely to remain with the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Olsen's Retirement

Ben Olsen's news conference announcing his retirement today at RFK Stadium is closed to the public, but live streaming video will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on D.C. United's Web site. Tonight at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards will salute Olsen -- a big hoops fan -- at...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Ahead of the MLS expansion draft Wednesday to supply Philadelphia with 10 players from current clubs, D.C. United protected defenders Marc Burch, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James and Bryan Namoff; midfielders Fred, Clyde Simms, Danny Szetela and Rodney Wallace; midfielder-forwards Chris Pontius and Santino Quaranta; and forward Jaime Moreno. (Wallace graduated...

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2009; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , MLS , TV , USL  
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Olsen, MLS, Wigan, NCAA

Before I head to the airport for the long flight home to Washington, you should know that: *Ben Olsen's retirement will be made official Tuesday afternoon at RFK Stadium. *MLS clubs have until mid-afternoon today to submit their 11-man protected lists ahead of the expansion draft Wednesday. The league is...

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  College Soccer , England , MLS  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-0 loss at Manchester United Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie at Burnley Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 4-0 loss at Chelsea David Yelldell 90 in Koblenz's 1-0 win...

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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MLS Cup Rewind

Although MLS Cup '09 was not an artistic masterpiece, it did provide wonderful theater and storylines in crowning Real Salt Lake as champion. A reserve goalkeeper did almost enough in PKs to hand the trophy to the Galaxy for a third time. Nick Rimando won a tiebreaker for the second...

By Steve Goff  |  November 23, 2009; 3:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS Cup: Galaxy-RSL

Greetings from Seattle, where the skies have partially cleared after a stormy morning -- the first extended sunny period in several days. It's breezy and chilly, with temperatures dipping into the upper 30s tonight, but for now, the conditions are pleasant for MLS's grand finale. Between the turf and the...

By Steve Goff  |  November 22, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  MLS  
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Sunday Kickaround

*With MLS Cup kickoff approaching, I take a closer look at the scene in Seattle and an extraordinary inaugural season for the Emerald City. I have attended all 14 Cups (Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America and Michael Lewis of the New York Daily News join me in this elite group),...

By Steve Goff  |  November 22, 2009; 2:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS  
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