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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 good road team (5-5-5) and wouldn't mind turning to Kasey Keller in a penalty kick tiebreaker.

COLUMBUS vs. REAL SALT LAKE
First Game: 1-0 RSL before 11,499 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Advantage: Even. Robbie Findley's late strike Saturday was essential, considering RSL's abysmal road display in the regular season (2-11-2, outscored 24-9) and the Crew's home superiority (9-2-4). A well-rested Guillermo Barros Schelotto will bolster Columbus's effort Thursday night.

CHICAGO vs. NEW ENGLAND
First Game: 2-1 Revs before 7,416 at Gillette Stadium.
Advantage: Revolution. No Twellman, no Ralston, no problem. Well-organized New England is poised to finish the job Saturday night at Toyota Park, where the Fire is just 5-4-6. Wilman Conde's return from migraines would help ease Chicago's defensive headaches.

LOS ANGELES vs. CHIVAS USA
First Game: 2-2 before 25,218 at Home Depot Center.
Advantage: Galaxy. Maykel Galindo's entrance helped salvage a "home" tie for the Goats, but Los Angeles appears more comfortable with this matchup (2-0-2 vs. Chivas this year). Is Donovan Ricketts' leg injury going to be a concern for the Galaxy?

*As we hinted at two weeks ago, Mexican-based left back Edgar Castillo has been called up for the upcoming USA friendlies at Slovakia and Denmark. Well, that is what he says. No official announcement from the USSF yet, but Castillo let it slip in Mexico this weekend. It's a no-brainer: A pair of competitive matches before the serious work begins next year.

*With a 1-0 victory over United Arab Emirates, the USA (2-1-0) claimed second place in Group E behind Spain and advanced to the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. The Americans will face Group F winner Italy (2-0-1) on Wednesday.

*The North Carolina women (14-3-1) extended their series unbeaten streak against Maryland (12-4-2) to 29 with a 1-0 victory over the Terrapins in College Park. The turnout of 1,217 was 106 more than for the men's game against Virginia on Saturday night. The ACC tournament begins Wednesday in Cary, N.C. ... It's been a good autumn at D.C.'s Catholic University, a Division III program whose men's and women's teams have a combined 29-5-2 record heading into the Landmark Conference tournaments. The women's 15 victories tied a school record. ... The Prince George's (Md.) Community College men's team (16-2-1) won the Region 20 title with a 2-0 victory over Howard CC and will host a national quarterfinal Saturday afternoon.

For the new Soccer America rankings.....

NCAA MEN
1. Akron (16-0-0); 2. North Carolina (11-2-2); 3. Wake Forest (12-3-2); 4. UC Santa Barbara (13-3-1); 5. UCLA (9-3-2); 6. Maryland (10-4-2); 7. Louisville (13-2-2); 8. Connecticut (10-3-3); 9. South Florida (12-3-2); 10. Virginia (10-3-2); 11. Harvard (10-3-1); 12. Monmouth (15-1-1); 13. Duke (12-4-0); 14. Stanford (10-4-2); 15. Northwestern (9-3-4); 16. N.C. State (11-4-1); 17. Tulsa (10-4-1); 18. St. John's (7-2-8); 19. San Diego (11-4-0); 20. Penn State (10-5-2); 21. Alabama-Birmingham (12-3-1); 22. Butler (11-2-1); 23. Missouri State (11-3-2); 24. Michigan State (10-4-2); 25. Charlotte (10-2-4);
(tie) San Diego State (6-4-5); (tie) Boston College (10-7-0).
NCAA WOMEN
1. Stanford (18-0-0); 2. Portland (17-1-0); 3. Florida State (14-3-1); 4. North Carolina (14-3-1); 5. UCLA (15-2-1); 6. Boston College (14-2-1); 7. Notre Dame (15-3-1); 8. BYU (16-2-2); 9. Central Florida (15-3-1); 10. Marquette (14-4-2); 11. Ohio State (14-2-2); 12. Florida (14-4-2); 13. Maryland (12-4-2); 14. Virginia Tech (13-6-0); 15. Wake Forest (13-4-2); 16. LSU (12-4-3); 17. Washington State (13-4-1); 18. Dayton (14-0-5); 19. South Carolina (15-3-1); 20. Southern Cal (12-6-0); 21. Mississippi (13-4-2); 22. Penn State (11-5-2); 23. Rutgers (13-3-4); 24. West Virginia (9-5-6); 25. Virginia (9-5-4).

By Steve Goff  |  November 2, 2009; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Mexico , Youth soccer  
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Comments

The turnout of 1,217 was 106 more than for the men's game against Virginia on Saturday night.
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There were more full national team players on the field in the womens game.

Tobin Heath is incredible.

Maryland plays a boring style, even before they fell behind early. #21 is top notch though, and their keeper was outstanding.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 2, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Debbie Yow will fine you for that comment.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 2, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The Donovan Ricketts injury is bad news for LA if it's serious. He has bailed them out in many games this year. I'll go so far as to say that they'll be lucky to advance if he can't go.

Posted by: mmathai1 | November 2, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the League ever thinks about moving New England??? there turn outs are horrible, maybe its there style of play.

Posted by: Norteno4life | November 2, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@Norteno4life but they're also a very consistent team with winning records and making the playoffs. I'm puzzled about a turnout of less than 8,000 fans for their playoff match. That is awful!

Posted by: billindmd | November 2, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm hoping that Edgar Castillo shows well for the US. They need answers at the left back position, and so far (outside of Bornstein's goal) all they've had is questions.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | November 2, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess I am old school but I wish people would learn the difference between their and there, its and it's, and to and too.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 2, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

re: the rankings

Any input on how many votes Bucknell is getting now? They got a couple votes last edition and followed that up with a strong week this past week, including winning their televised game on FSC.

Posted by: hogmesh | November 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Its to bad there mistakes upset you're cents off grammar.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 2, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey Gene, I think you are mistaking this with Grammar Insider.
Here's the link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbncHmhjFRw

Posted by: DadRyan | November 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Your not old school, your just being a nitpick. This is the comments section a blog where its everyones right too share there position without thinking to much about spelling.

Posted by: combedge | November 2, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm puzzled about a turnout of less than 8,000 fans for their playoff match. That is awful!

Posted by: billindmd | November 2, 2009 11:05 AM

No one wants to go to Foxboro, MA unless they're watching a team with Pat Patriot on the helmet. Actually, even Pats fans don't really love the crappy location and commute.

But Robert Kraft is a very solid MLS owner - the league will let him do whatever he likes with that team.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 2, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@Norteno4life: The Revs play for free in Gillette stadium. The ownership has zero incentive to move the team. MLS will have no interest in annoying a deep-pocketed owner like Kraft. Nope, we'll have to put up with years of that crappy surface with the football lines, and the tiny crowds.

Posted by: mmathai1 | November 2, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@hogmesh

I'm a Patriot League fan, but I was disappointed by that Bucknell game. They shouldn't pick up any votes based on that game. I was hoping for better on national TV.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 2, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Tobin Heath is incredible.

Posted by: OWNTF
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you got that right. I can't wait to see her and Megan Rapinoe on the pitch together.

Posted by: troy6 | November 2, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF

No arguments here... I'm just a homer, in this case

Posted by: hogmesh | November 2, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Big ups to my alma mater Catholic U. taking care of business. Way to give the local D3 teams some props.

Posted by: CardCat | November 2, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought I saw something quite funny in the Galaxy game but I can't tell from the highlights.

On the 2d Chivas goal, when the Galaxy defender sent the errant ball back to the keeper, when the central defender sees that Galindo will get the ball he seemed to turn to the linesman and raise his arm, looking for the offside call . . . on the pass back from his own player. Is that just the reflex of a beaten defender? Can anyone confirm that, or did I just imagine it?

Posted by: OWNTF | November 2, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I can't shake the suspicion that Houston-Seattle is going to penalties.

Columbus should be able to take advantage of RSL's consistently poor road form to get the 2 goal win they need. However, if Warzycha decides again that Renteria the better play than Schelotto (which is exactly how he explained his forward selection in the first leg), I think RSL has a real chance. I highly doubt he can be that dumb twice in a row, but then I highly doubted that such a mistake could be made at all.

I think the Revs will ride the positive emotions from a comeback win to grind out a 1-1 draw in Chicago. The Fire seem uncomfortable playing at home, where teams will tend to stay conservative. Chicago would rather be the team playing on the break, and you can't counter when your opponent has two blocks of four waiting. I feel like this is going to be particularly excruciating for Fire fans, with someone like Dube or Mansally popping up with a very late goal.

LA should win the battle for the HDC. I enjoyed Preki and Arena having a tactical battle, but ultimately tactics don't mean that much when your defenders make embarrassing mistakes. Every single goal in that game was stoppable, with LA's first and the second for Chivas looking particularly bad. I have a hard time imagining LA playing that poorly in the back again, while the Chivas back four looks pretty vulnerable. Donovan will make trouble for Chivas, who have no real answer for him, and LA will probably also continue to use Beckham in a wide role (since Chivas had 3-4 players flooding central midfield at all times) to compound things. LA should win 3-1.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 2, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

An item in an online newsletter for Soccer America subscribers mentioned another Pontius in the UCSB pipeline:

http://presidiosports.com/2009/11/pontius-golden-goal-put-gauchos-alone-on-top/

Posted by: universityandpark | November 2, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

No one wants to go to Foxboro, MA unless they're watching a team with Pat Patriot on the helmet. Actually, even Pats fans don't really love the crappy location and commute.

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Eh... They've got a nice movie multiplex out there now, with plenty of bars to wait in while waiting for the movie.

Posted by: mason08 | November 2, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

On the 2d Chivas goal, when the Galaxy defender sent the errant ball back to the keeper, when the central defender sees that Galindo will get the ball he seemed to turn to the linesman and raise his arm, looking for the offside call . . . on the pass back from his own player. Is that just the reflex of a beaten defender? Can anyone confirm that, or did I just imagine it?

Posted by: OWNTF | November 2, 2009 2:00 PM |
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Chivas' defenders did exactly the same thing on the Galaxy's 2nd goal, when Santos' errant touch went backwards over the defense to Donovan.

Did anyone else catch the news that former USA youth team goalie, Dom Cervi is going to start for Celtic in a Europa League game on Thursday???

Posted by: fischy | November 3, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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