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Soccer Insider: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Poll: American Hopes

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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2010 World Cup Draw

The U.S. soccer team will play England, Algeria and Slovenia in group play of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa next summer.

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Friday Kickaround

*The World Cup draw is upon us. The festivities begin at noon ET (ESPN2, Univision), but the actual selections probably won't start until 12:45. Join me here on the Insider and on my Twitter feed for constant updates as the teams are placed into groups. *FIFA has outlined the prize...

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , College Soccer , FIFA , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY World Cup draw noon ESPN2, Univision Germany, Bayern Munich-Moenchengladbach 2:30 p.m. GolTV; 9 p.m. ESPN Deportes The 2006 World Cup film: Grand Finale 5:30 p.m. ESPN Classic Women's College Cup, Stanford-UCLA 5:30 p.m. ESPN2, ESPNU Women's College Cup, North Carolina-Notre Dame 8 p.m....

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2009; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  TV  
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World Cup Draw Projection

At the World Cup draw Friday in Cape Town (noon ET, ESPN2, Univision), FIFA will not weigh the strength of the teams or seek parity in the eight groups. This is FIFA, after all. Beyond the pot designations and the rules designed to avoid teams from the same confederations facing...

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , FIFA , U.S. men's national team  
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Early Thursday Kickaround

Pardon the absence (for non-soccer responsibilities). *New England goalkeeper Matt Reis will miss the start of the 2010 MLS season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Revs lost their back-up, Brad Knighton, in the expansion draft last week. *As expected, Martin Vasquez is Chivas USA's new head coach. New York, Chicago...

By Steve Goff  |  December 3, 2009; 1:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , MLS , TV  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The U.S. Park Police's investigation into the one-car accident that seriously injured USA forward Charlie Davies in mid-October probably will not be completed for several more weeks. *Add Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser and at least two Europeans to the long list of candidates for D.C. United's head coaching...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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FIFA Sets Draw Pots

FIFA announced today that, for Friday's World Cup draw, the seeded teams in Pot 1 will be: South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina and England. The seeds were based on FIFA's world rankings in October, before the Euro playoffs. If the more recent rankings had been used, France...

By Steve Goff  |  December 2, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Chivas USA, Guzan, USA, Heaps

*Chivas USA is planning to introduce its new head coach Wednesday at Home Depot Center, and from what I have been able to gather, Martin Vasquez is the choice. Former USA national team and Galaxy coach Steve Sampson was also a finalist. Vasquez, 45, played in MLS and was an...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Atlanta's Stadium

The Atlanta Beat, a WPS expansion club, has reached a deal with Kennesaw State University to build an 8,300-seat stadium at a cost of $16.5 million. The team is hoping to complete the project in time for next season. Kennesaw is about 25 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta....

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Women  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*While D.C. United continues its search for a head coach -- the buzz in league circles is that the club is leaning toward a college or foreign boss -- DCU's previous manager, Tom Soehn, has reportedly begun searching for a job ... in Vancouver. *Americans abroad: GKs Brad Friedel, Brad...

By Steve Goff  |  December 1, 2009; 12:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Argentina , D.C. United , MLS , Spain  
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New Deal for Donovan?

The Los Angeles Galaxy is attempting to re-work Landon Donovan's contract in order to secure the services of the 2009 MLS most valuable player for several more years, the Insider has learned. Donovan's base salary the past three seasons has been $900,000, according to players' union records. Insider contacts say...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS  
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Monday Kickaround

*We all saw Thierry Henry's handball that led to the goal that ousted Ireland from World Cup contention. Tragic and unjust, indeed. But now Ireland wants to be included in South Africa next summer as the 33rd participant, FIFA confirmed. Rightfully, Sepp Blatter pointed out that, if such a request...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , D.C. United , FIFA , Ireland , MLS  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 loss to Liverpool Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 tie with Spurs Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 1-0 loss to Birmingham David Yelldell 90 in Koblenz's 2-1 loss at Karlsruhe Dom Cervi...

By Steve Goff  |  November 30, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Barcelona-Madrid Video, NCAA Update

Highlights from Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Real Madrid, a result that sent the Catalans to the top of La Liga's table: *Virginia's 10th consecutive shutout lifted the second-seeded Cavaliers into the quarterfinals against reigning champion Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville. Read about Virginia's 1-0 victory over Portland....

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2009; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  College Soccer , Spain  
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Sunday Matchday

Greetings from Charlottesville, Va., former home to Bruce Arena, Dave Sarachan, Bob Bradley, John Harkes, Tony Meola, Jeff Agoos, Richie Williams, Curt Onalfo, Claudio Reyna, Alecko Eskandarian, Ben Olsen, Bakary Soumare and, of course, A.J. Wood (tied for second on the program's all-time scoring list). Yes, I would rather be...

By Steve Goff  |  November 29, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  College Soccer , Spain  
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