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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 Canadian national team for friendlies at Macedonia next Saturday and Poland on Nov. 18. The only other MLS player on the 17-man list is Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman.

*Former DCU defender Ryan Nelsen discusses New Zealand's World Cup qualifying playoff finale against Bahrain. Meantime, ex-DCU forward Nick Addlery, who has done well for USL-1 Puerto Rico, has been loaned to Aguila in El Salvador.

*Did Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad deserve a red card (instead of a yellow) for knocking down Seattle's Fredy Montero in the first leg of their playoff match last weekend? In the USSF's opinion: No.

The referee makes the correct misconduct decision by cautioning both players for unsporting behavior. The goalkeeper's actions are not excessive force and he does not make "contact above the shoulder." The goalkeeper merely makes strong chest-to-chest contact with the opponent. The manner in which the contact was made and the fact that the chest-to-chest contact is in no way endangering the safety of the opponent, makes the contact reckless and, thus, a cautionable offense.

*Speaking of players subject to ejection, the University of New Mexico woman who, among other transgressions, yanked an opponent's ponytail, has been suspended indefinitely. "My actions were uncalled for," junior defender Elizabeth Lambert said. Ya think?

*Virginia Tech (14-7-0) lost to Florida State, 2-0, in the semifinals of the ACC women's tournament and will now await an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament Monday night. In the ACC final Sunday, top-seeded FSU will face No. 3 North Carolina, which edged Boston College on an own goal in overtime, 1-0.

*After the Maryland men completed the regular season with a 2-1 comeback victory over College of Charleston, the sixth-ranked Terrapins (12-4-2) learned that they will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament, which begins Tuesday in Cary, N.C. Wake Forest, North Carolina and Boston College all passed the Terps with victories in their league finales Friday night. Pairings won't be finalized until after the Virginia-North Carolina State match Saturday night in Charlottesville.

*With a victory against Colgate on Saturday afternoon, American will clinch the top seed in the Patriot League and host the conference tournament next weekend. Bucknell squandered a chance to lock up first place Friday night. The AU women are one victory from their second NCAA tournament appearance after defeating Bucknell, 1-0, in the Patriot semifinals. The second-seeded Eagles (12-9) will play top-seeded Colgate (11-6-3) on Sunday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y.

By Steve Goff  |  November 7, 2009; 12:05 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Canada , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USL , Women  
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Not even Saturday in the great state of Alabama yet, but I'll take it.

Addlery in El Salvador, that should be interesting. Hope he likes pupusas.

Posted by: PEddy | November 7, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

You have that backwards Senor Goff! The Colgate women are one win away from the NCAA tournament berth playing at home as the #1 seed. With any luck it will snow, because Colgate never loses in the snow.

Go 'Gate!

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Take that Flounders!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 7, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Don't ya think he could buy his teammates a steak dinner . . especially the ones making 15 K a year .. .

what a Db . . .

LONDON (AP)—David Beckham earned nearly $16.5 million from personal sponsorship deals during his first full season with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The England midfielder’s latest accounts show that his marketability was unaffected by his move from Real Madrid to the United States, where soccer is less popular.

Newly released figures from the official British company registry show that Beckham’s income from his Footwork Productions company in the year ending Dec. 31, 2008, soared by 91 percent from the previous year .

The company’s gross profit of $20 million, which rose about 15 percent, includes income from endorsements. That figure is believed to account for two-thirds of the 34-year-old Beckham’s sponsorship income.

A separate company, Brand Beckham, receives his $5.5 million basic salary from the Galaxy, the share of the merchandising he generates for the MLS team and joint endorsements with his wife, Victoria, including their range of fragrances.

Beckham joined the Galaxy on a five-year contract in July 2007. Despite the non-renewal of sponsorship contracts with Gillette and Pepsi, his advisers at 19 Entertainment are confident of expanding his off-the-field portfolio.

As well as developing his own apparel range with Adidas, Beckham’s management team is looking to secure up to six sponsors in various areas.

Posted by: delantero | November 7, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

For all the Rod Dyachenko fans out there, he was just picked up by the Baltimore Blast for the MISL season that begins next week.

Posted by: JK_5 | November 7, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see some Patriot League news, even as the results didn't go the way I'd prefer!

Posted by: hogmesh | November 7, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Demarcus Beasley got 45 today in Ranger's 2-0 win, good for him.

Posted by: the_slammer | November 7, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

For all the Rod Dyachenko fans out there...


(crickets) (crickets)

Posted by: fischy | November 7, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Big goal for Ryan Nelson - they've taken the lead v fellow strugglers Portsmouth.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Frankie Simek started for Wednesday but taken off injured in the second half - which is too bad. QPR winning 2-1 - which is not ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | November 7, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Colgate men 1, AU 0

Beautiful day for soccer at Reeves Field, and an entertaining game. Too bad they picked Bucknell/Lafayette for the Patriot League game on FSC game. Both AU and Colgate play better ball than Lafayette.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Congrats OWNTF. Does Colgate win a plaque?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 7, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm bristling at that, 270.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 7, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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