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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 only player claimed in MLS's waiver draft was Houston forward Abe Thompson by Real Salt Lake. Thompson, 27, from Fairfax and the University of Maryland, joins his fourth club in two years after scoring 14 goals in three-plus seasons with Dallas.

*More on the story we brought you Wednesday afternoon concerning Philadelphia's acquisition of goalkeeper Chris Seitz from RSL.

*A work permit is all that stands in the way of Norwegian Erik Soler arriving in New Jersey to begin work as the Red Bulls' sporting director.

*Chicago has exercised contract options to retain forward Brian McBride and defender C.J. Brown.

*Columbus's Champions League quarterfinal schedule is set: March 9 at home against Toluca and eight days later in Mexico.

*ESPN isn't allowed to show World Cup matches on ESPN Deportes because Univision has the exclusive Spanish-language rights in the United States. So the sports giant, which has the English rights, will augment its coverage next summer from South Africa by offering matches on Deportes in Portuguese. Clever, very clever.

*Soccer on TV:
Italian Cup, Napoli-Cittadella 2:30 p.m. GolTV
Italian Cup, Palermo-Reggina 4:30 p.m. GolTV

*Americans Abroad:
MF Clint Dempsey 90 (two goals!) in Fulham's 3-0 win over Blackburn
GK Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 3-2 loss at Hull City
F Jozy Altidore 75 in Hull City's victory
(In the Daily Mail's ratings, Altidore received an "8")
F Eddie Johnson not in 18 for Fulham

The Guardian's description of Dempsey's first goal:

"Having missed two good chances with his head, Clint Dempsey switched to using his feet and doubled Fulham's lead with his right, getting the final touch to a shot from Damien Duff that, having picked up a deflection from Pascal Chimbonda, may have snuck past Paul Robinson on its own."


By Steve Goff  |  November 26, 2009; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Gobble Gobble! First?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

As always Goff, great work. Now try and relax and enjoy the face-stuffing holiday!

Posted by: redskinsux | November 26, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

A very good day for Americans abroad. Happy Turkey day everyone!

Posted by: rademaar | November 26, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Great photo. From the description of the goal, it looks like Dempsey's apologetic for touching in a ball would have been in anyway.

Posted by: EssEff | November 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The second goal was nice. Dempsey up top for the Nats!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 26, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Great to spend a Thanksgiving afternoon watching football (ManU v Everton, that is).

ESPN in Portuguese? Outstanding! Please let them pick Brazilians to do commentary. Brazilian Portuguese is much easier to understand than Continental. (peco desculpas amigos, mais e a verdade).

And before NY fans -- the both of you -- start screaming about the embassy and the state dept blocking Soler's permit, remember that it is DHS, not State, that approves residency permits.

Posted by: troy6 | November 26, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey up top for the Nats!

Posted by: DadRyan

where I've always wanted him anyway. his touch and speed would be a nice complement to Jozy. opens up a winger spot too and a bunch of guys can vie for that.

Posted by: troy6 | November 26, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

And thatst DHS, with one "H". Napolitano, not Sebelius.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 26, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

That's great, you two. So happy you had good games, while you're at it...


Posted by: UnitedDemon | November 26, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Why is DC still hanging on to Ainge NSilu?

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | November 26, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

After some extensive early afternoon gobbling I did a stint of kitchen duty while watching the end of the Lions-Packers pointyball classic.

The announcers said the old Silverdome (a good 15 or so years younger than RFK) was sold, along with quite a few surrounding acres, for about a half million bucks to a Canadian developer who plans to use it - at least in part - as a soccer facility.

This is part of some hoped for stimulus type development. I was interested to hear of the soccer angle.

Anyone know more about this?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 26, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse gave Dempsey a 9, adding that he was the "best player on the field." Jozy, described as "very strong," was given a 7.

Posted by: DaninFL | November 26, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey has what, 5 goals in his last 5 EPL games? I'm a big fan of putting him up top, given all the talent we have in the midfield (especially if Jones can get healthy).

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 26, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Not much more to the Silverdome story than what you heard. Any plans for an MLS team in Detriot are just hallucinations at this point.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 26, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I bet Abe wanted to be picked up by RSL last week. Just glad to see he's still wanted in MLS.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 26, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

From what I heard the Canadian owners are interested in bringing a team to the USL but with the new NASL seeming to be the stronger league that could be an option. I am not sure I would put anything in Detroit right now. Who ever does, needs to have a very brilliant vision built towards the long term.

Happy Turkey day all.

Not to look ahead but this weekend we have got Arsenal v Chelsea and then Barcelona v Real Madrid. Plus Man Utd v Portsmouth in HD at 10am Saturday which is better than the usual 730 am kickoff (or 430 am for people like me who are usually on the west coast -I am back in Alexandria for family reasons)

Posted by: grubbsbl | November 26, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Apologies if this has already been discussed, but....

Will the World Cup draw next Friday (Dec 4th) be televised here in the States?

I believe it will start at noon Eastern time.

Posted by: njdvlsrule | November 26, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I on espn2, and it may even be in hd. Don't hold me to that.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 26, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Clever indeed (re: Deportes). I know Setanta have done the same with German coverage in the past. I'd say they'd do the same this Summer, but I'm sure they're too broke

Posted by: Kev29 | November 26, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Did Dempsey start up top or was he a right mid?

Posted by: Samuraise | November 26, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to start my own soccer blog. To avoid any lawsuits from the Washington Post, my blog will be in pig latin.

Occersay Siderinay
Anksgivingthay Ickaroundkay.

This might take a while.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 27, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

One would think that, before making any player moves, DCU would hire a coach to see who he might want to keep or let go...

Posted by: malatestiano | November 27, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

NCAA women's quarterfinal action is underway at this hour:

Posted by: universityandpark | November 27, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

One would think that, before making any player moves, DCU would hire a coach to see who he might want to keep or let go...

Posted by: malatestiano | November 27, 2009 2:02 PM

In a related vein, all the calls for Olsen to be hired as an assistant coach in previous threads raise a question. Not to take anything away from Olsen, but won't the search for a head coach be hampered if candidates don't believe they will have a free hand in selecting their assistants?

Posted by: universityandpark | November 27, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

According to Wikipedia, there are a number of languages that are more widely spoken than Portuguese in this country: Chinese (although this encompasses several spoken versions); French; German; Tagalog; Vietnamese; Italian; Korean; etc. If the rights to broadcast in these languages have not been snapped up, maybe it would make more sense for Disney to target these audiences.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Did Dempsey start up top or was he a right mid?

Posted by: Samuraise

Dempsey started at left mid. (Duff starts on the right, these days.)

Posted by: glfrazier | November 27, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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