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Sunday Kickaround

*For D.C. United supporters, and particularly those who admire Nick Rimando, Saturday night's penalty kick tiebreaker between Real Salt Lake and Chicago in MLS's Eastern Conference final surely stirred memories of the 2004 showdown between DCU and New England at RFK Stadium. And with the last of his three saves that helped secure RSL's first trip to MLS Cup, Rimando stopped a shot by his 2004 teammate, Brandon Prideaux.

RSL, which entered the league in 2005, is the 11th club in MLS's 14-season history to reach the championship game. Dallas is the only original league member still in existence to never participate in MLS Cup. After advancing to the title match three times in its first six seasons, the Fire has not been there since 2003 and lost in the conference finale four of the past five years.

Looking ahead to next Sunday's championship, RSL has defeated and tied the Galaxy in two previous meetings this year. In the first match, the clubs combined for three goals in second-half added time to finish in a 2-2 tie at Rio Tinto. Later, at Home Depot Center, RSL earned a 2-0 victory over Los Angeles, which was without Landon Donovan (Confederations Cup).

*Toronto has opened preliminary negotiations with Preki about becoming the club's coach but a deal is still quite a ways from being completed, sources close to the situation told the Insider. Preki has also been approached by two other organizations, but DCU is apparently not one of them.

*Following the Galaxy's entry into MLS Cup, an additional 6,000 tickets were put on sale at Qwest Field in Seattle, increasing soccer capacity to 42,000. Depending on demand, more seats might become available this week.

*Four players will be added to the USA roster and three dropped for Wednesday's friendly at Denmark. We're anticipating an official announcement this morning. Mexican-based Jose Francisco Torres and Edgar Castillo are expected to be on the updated list. Last night, Castillo (Tigres) played 90 and Torres the first 45 (Pachuca) in a 1-1 league tie between the clubs.

*Egypt's goal in the fifth minute of added time, forcing a rematch with Algeria on Wednesday:

By Steve Goff  |  November 15, 2009; 7:37 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Great effort by Rimando last night as he won the game for RSL. Happy to see it go so well for such a good guy.

Who are the 4 guys being dropped? Hopefully one is Casey.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 15, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Nick is a beast.

Posted by: NotOffisde | November 15, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

algeria will pull it out wednesday - without a doubt wahid will score the winner

Posted by: popopo | November 15, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Beckster, three are being dropped...I'd expect one to be Marshall, assuming the injury that kept him out Saturday is lingering. The other two are hopefully EJ and Dax McCarty.

The additions are no-doubters: Torres, Castillo, Ching, Holden.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | November 15, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

That goal by Egypt looks offsides. I also heard the bus the Algerians took to the stadium got pelted with stones. Looks like it's a really big deal over there

Posted by: JPHT | November 15, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The home delivery version of the Washington Post gave the MLS conference championship games a whopping 12 point headline (at least it was in boldface!) at the bottom of page D5 proclaiming "MLS Cup finalists set".

The Post tolerates Goff's reporting and allows him a blog, but not much more than that.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 15, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse


When was the last time the entire United States had a moment anywhere close to that?

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | November 15, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

While I agree the MLS playoffs should have received more coverage this fall, I'd hardly say The Post "tolerates" my reporting and "allows" me a blog. We're the only paper in the country that covers the local MLS team on the road. We're one of only two papers (NY Daily News) to have a reporter at every MLS Cup ever. We usually send more reporters to the World Cup than anyone else in the States. We're the only paper to have covered almost all USA road qualifiers the past dozen years. We had a reporter at the Women's World Cup in China. We cover college soccer on occasion and high school soccer. I understand your frustration with the Chicago game last night, but please look at the big picture.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 15, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Where is the Costa Rica Uruguay result?

Posted by: GeneWells | November 15, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

the graphic on the screen in all the pre game stuff said "the dream of 80 million egyptians", the city was stoked all day, and when they scored that second goal it went MAD. not my vid, but the streets of downtown, normally clogged with cars, were shut down entirely by thousands of people celebrating.

Posted by: ransomthedog | November 15, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Joel M. Lane?
" Joel M. Kindalame "
Jeez, who'd ya piss off. Everyone knows yer solid.

Posted by: eyeprose | November 15, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

also my favorite chant (that i could understand)

yamin, shimell, raihin al mundial

right, left, we're going to the world (cup)

Posted by: ransomthedog | November 15, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ah Nick. remind me again what great star we got in exchange for him?

never understood why clubs feel they must have only one real keeper option. some allow a number 2 to take all the cup matches, like the friedel/guzan thing going on. perkins was coming on well and deserved the slot, but that was no reason to ship nick out.

Posted by: troy6 | November 15, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

We got Jay Nolly and we got rid of the Wunderkind and we got allocation money. Everyone mocked RSL at the time, but who's laughing now. I can't remember what we used the allocation money for, or how much came back when Wunderkind signed in Europe.

I am looking forward to MLS Cup for once. I am delighted Chicago lost at home; likewise Costa Rica.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 15, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

PS -- Best line of the night, as Blanco was being Blanco -- "Can you give a card for a stare?" Golly, I detest that guy more and more every time I watch him play. The league are transparent wh*res for tolerating his behavior in exchange for ratings and ticket sales.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 15, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

LA will take this one. When RSL will be pressuring and be on the attack - Don Garber will again pull the power.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | November 15, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Don't be silly ATG, the power never goes out in Seattle.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 15, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The "big picture" on media coverage has improved tremendously over the past 35 years. I grew up in the Philadelphia area "hot bed" of soccer in the 70's -- where there was almost never mainstream media coverage of soccer. That has certainly changed. And the Post has greatly contributed to that change over the past 15 years or so.

In many ways the increased coverage has been something of a positive feedback loop in which more coverage generates more interest which, in turn, generates more coverage. Lets hope the loop continues even as the structure of the mainstream media changes. Thanks to Goff for all the hard work he puts in trying to make it happen.

Posted by: Curious99 | November 15, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Not sure why Blanco was upset. Chicago, had most of the possession during that stretch when the two players were down, but they didn't put the ball out. I guess Blanco wanted the ref to stop the match when RSL was on the counter attack.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I must ask if the Egyptian goal scorer was offsides, with full knowledge the linesman was more or less saving his life by not calling it.

Im just happy the playoff game will be in a neutral country on short notice.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 15, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I discovered Steve Goff by accident when we were coming in to DC for the US vs. Costa Rica game, and I was looking for local info. This is the best soccer blog in the US, hands down. I now check it out almost every day. Thank you, Steve, and keep up the good work.

Posted by: jack35 | November 15, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

yep, jack, we are spoiled in dc, but as you discovered, it's worth a daily read even if you aren't a dcu fan.

Posted by: troy6 | November 15, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Portuguese club Portimonense advances in Carlsburg Cup based on AGE!?!

Posted by: addick | November 15, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Great work from Rimando. One of my alltime favorite United players. Class.

Posted by: FatSickBoot | November 15, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Virginia men take the ACC. Bucknell ends AU's season.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 15, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse


When was the last time the entire United States had a moment anywhere close to that?

When the US played the USSR in hockey in the '80 Olympics.
Been a while.
Too much of America was asleep when we had that great win over Portugal in 2002.

Posted by: billq1 | November 15, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan hasn't been at Safeco Field when the power went...

Or wasn't near lower Queen Anne this past week...

But ten we know he doesn't really know aqnything about Seattle.

Posted by: captainwierd | November 15, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Unlike many of the other posters here I have never rated Rimando as a top-level keeper because he lacks positional sense. However, he is a great shot stopper and was stellar last night when it counted the most. Ref. Goff's blog and Post soccer coverage, anyone who reads a variety of U.S. papers and blogs knows this is as good as it gets and we are fortunate to have it.

Posted by: popoki08 | November 15, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey Captain Wiener, you must have missed the part about me living in Seattle for 9 years... Maybe you should check out this post and get back to me when you figure out who Goff took up on their dining recommendations...

Almost anything I write about the Flounders here or anywhere is a joke dude. The least you can do if you're going to try to counter is have a clue about what YOU are talking about.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 15, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Re: Egypt/Algeria -- 5 minutes of added time = home cooking.

Unfortunately, I think that trip to Cairo completely exhausted the Algerians mentally, from the crazy stoning of their bus (poke around YouTube for the footage, including some from inside the bus!) to failing to close out the game. I just don't think they'll have enough to get it done in Sudan on Wednesday.

Although I sure hope they do.

Posted by: edgeonyou | November 15, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Great job by Nick Rimando. And congratulations to him. Indeed, Jon Busch didn't save ANYTHING, the two RSL players who didn't convert missed.

But for those whining about the fact that we let Nick Rimando go, I remember very well the constant complaining about Nicky's performance during games -- yes, athletic, and yes, great reflexes, but many people felt he had to show those aspects of his game off more than necessary because his positioning was so suspect

Posted by: DCUSince96 | November 15, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Rimando's best performance since "water wars".

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 15, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Jason Kreis went from player to coach. I know he had some rough moments in his first year or two, but RSL has put a solid, enthusiastic team together. If Ben were given the freedom a coach deserves, I bet he could lead United out of the ICU and into the playoffs.

Posted by: dsheon1 | November 15, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

How great is it that the way our league is set up we might have a MLS Champion who had a losing record during the regular season? Our playoffs need to be more exclusive. Teams that perform during the entire year are simply not given enough of an advantage come playoffs. Why do we even bother with a regular season?

Posted by: AtlantaMLS | November 16, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

If you freeze the video at the time of the kick, it looks like the player was slightly offside. The problem is that the AR was slow in moving up as the defense moved up and was not in line with the 2nd defender. It wasn't fear for his life that caused him to not call offside, but poor positioning. Still, it was very close and I'm not sure an NFL official would find conclusive evidence to overturn the decision based on this video!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | November 16, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Salt Lake, but can they please change their name before the final? I've become inured to the lame name over the years, but it's still awful. Maybe they can just become RSL, with no back story, like NCR and 3M did.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | November 16, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

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