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Wednesday Kickaround

*Robert Enke, the German goalkeeper who died Tuesday, left a suicide note. German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed condolences and the friendly against Chile on Saturday has been cancelled.

*Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal's World Cup qualifying playoff matches against Bosnia.

*Wizards technical director Peter Vermes introduces Wizards interim coach Peter Vermes as Wizards head coach.

*From the Insider's Twitter page last night: Chivas USA "would prefer to go in another direction" and won't retain Preki as coach, a source close to the situation said. Chicago management is keen on hiring him, but with the Fire on the brink of an MLS Cup appearance, perhaps Denis Hamlett's contract will be renewed. Some in the soccer community believe the decision to replace Hamlett has already been made. Whether Preki would be the new coach remains to be seen, those contacts said. Preki and outgoing D.C. United coach Tom Soehn are possible candidates to become an assistant for the USA national team under Bob Bradley, who holds both in high regard from previous working relationships.

*The USSF will review the application by a USL breakaway group seeking to form a second-division league, but the process could take months. President Sunil Gulati and CEO Dan Flynn will oversee the proposal and present their findings to the USSF's board of directors. Meantime, the USL has responded to the actions of the group that includes Montreal, Vancouver, Miami, Carolina and Minnesota.

While USL does not oppose the right of an entity to affiliate with USSF per the governing organization's bylaws, it does oppose the current application before the Federation on the grounds that there is misrepresentation, interference with USL business operations and substantial debt amongst the membership of the parties applying for certification.

*A look at today's ACC quarterfinal between Maryland and Virginia, as well as the full schedule in Cary, N.C. (which will also be the site of the College Cup next month).

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , Germany , MLS , USL , USSF  
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"...let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan..."
Abraham Lincoln, March 4 1865

With deep gratitude.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 11, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Sounds like quite a coaching shakeup. Fire make it to the Cup final, Hamlett is retained at the last minute, Chivas brings in a third party to replace Preki, Soehn goes to the national team where his coaching prowess can be put to better use as an assistant, and Preki comes to United and shakes up the roster.

Hey, it could happen. Although it sort of hurt saying "Fire make it to the Cup final."

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | November 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

That Vermis move is a "howler" if ever there was one. He has that ownership group totally snookered; either that or they are trying to do this whole team on the "cheap" and eke out whatever return they can get on the 1,500 seat stadium they will now be in for another 3 years, given that their new stadium deal fell apart.
Sell it and move to St. Louis where it should have gone to begin with.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | November 11, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know if any of these WCQ matches are going to be televised? Is the Solovakia/US match on?

I looked on D. TV guide, but couldn't find diddly.

Posted by: delantero | November 11, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

USA on FSC at 10 am

Many qualifiers on FSC, GolTV, etc this weekend

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 11, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

It really sucked the way Chivas undercut Preki, letting it be known they wanted a new coach even while his team was contending for the Supporters' Shield. My hunch is that Goff's reporting on this is well-sourced. Whereas others were speculating that Preki was headed to KC, Goff had him slated to fill the coaching slot in Chicago.

That said, my guess is that Preki would like to coach the USMNT some, I'm thinking he decides to swallow some ego and to be Bradley's assistant for the next year. Actually, I expect Soehn and Preki to both do that. If the USA does well, they become that much more marketable -- but, it's possible one of them will end up in Chicago.

DCU will have to keep looking. Cirovski? That won't fit with the team's timetable, unless the Terps make an early exit in the NCAAs. I hope they have other, strong candidates who are interested.

Posted by: fischy | November 11, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

No comment on Real Madrid's embarassing crash out of the Copa del Rey to 3rd division Alcorcon? Unbelievable given the salary differential between the two clubs (RM €438 million, Alcorcon €1.2). Somethings are just priceless!!

Posted by: agoldhammer | November 11, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

136 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | November 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Cirovski is NOT a candidate for DCU. Forget about it. He's got a very secure, well-paid, relatively low-stress/pressure gig at Maryland that he'd be idiotic to leave.

And honestly, having followed the Terps pretty closely the last few years, I don't think he'd make a good pro-coach. He's a lot like Pete Carrol.

He's a tremendous recruiter, who gets the best available talent from across the country, and continuously pumps them into the pro's. However, his teams win simply because they're usually more talented than the others, not because of any tactical advantage. Sort of like Miami/FSU in the 90's (Football).

As much as I hate to admit this, because I absolutely loathe the man and his team, but United needs a coach more like Coack K at Duke. Yes, he gets a few blue-chippers, but he also turns complete unknowns into All-Americans, and puts the right pieces into the puzzle that is his gameplan.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 11, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I also doubt Cirovski's would throw over his current deal for DCU. But it does sound not entirely unlike Bruce Arena's situation at UVA a while back. Was he an idiot for leaving?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 11, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Fingers X'd Preki becomes the Nats assistant!

Posted by: arswift24 | November 11, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I hope the USSF can make its decision with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.

Posted by: tailwagger | November 11, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

USA on FSC at 10 am. Many qualifiers on FSC, GolTV, etc this weekend Posted by: Steve Goff

Muchas gracias, jefe. Usually would wait until your "What are you going to watch" bit, but am getting antsy to set the DVR.

Posted by: delantero | November 11, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

RE: Cirovski
Sigi Schmidt left a secure job at UCLA for the Galaxy.
Schellas Hyndman left a secure job at SMU for FCD.
Bruce Arena left UVA.
Bob Bradley left Princeton.

It happens. Sometimes it has more to do with wanting the new challenge.

Posted by: Figgy | November 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Goff, what's the plan in Cary if it rains all day -- try again tomorrow?

Posted by: sbuck | November 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Never mind! I found this on the ACC site:

Weather forces change in 2009 ACC Men's Soccer Championship schedule

Two games at 3 p.m., two games at 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, 2009

CARY, N.C. – Today’s heavy rainfall has forced a change in the quarterfinal round schedule of the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Two games are now scheduled to be played simultaneously on Field 2 (MD/VA) and Field 3 (BC/DU) at 3 p.m., followed by two more games at 5:30 p.m.

The 3 p.m. schedule finds No. 4 Maryland (12-4-2, 4-2-2) facing No. 5 Virginia (12-3-2, 4-3-1), while third-seeded Boston College (11-7, 5-3) faces sixth-seeded Duke (12-5, 4-4).

The 5:30 p.m. slate features top-seeded Wake Forest (13-3-2, 5-2-1) against No. 9 Clemson (6-11-1, 2-6-0) on Field 3, and North Carolina (13-2-2, 5-2-1) facing No. 7 NC State (12-5-1, 2-5-1) on Field 2.

If heavy rain should continue and force cancellation of today’s quarterfinal games, a decision on further rescheduling will be made Thursday morning at approximately 9 a.m. Please check for all information.

The semifinal games are still scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., followed by Sunday’s Championship Game at 1 p.m., which will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.

Posted by: sbuck | November 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Preki would be good for DCU. He's a no nonsense type of guy.

Posted by: peridigm | November 11, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Robert Enke's death is tragic. Watching the press conference with his widow was heartbreaking. Apparently, he felt that admitting to his depression would endanger his career, so he kept his struggles secret. Sadly, playing soccer was the one thing that kept his illness at bay, while also causing deep fears of failure.

Hopefully, other athletes, fans, and coaches will gain some understanding of this disease, rather than just labeling people as too weak or too sensitive.

Posted by: cpwdc | November 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

"Preki and outgoing D.C. United coach Tom Soehn are possible candidates to become an assistant for the USA national team under Bob Bradley, who holds both in high regard from previous working relationships."

The part about holding Soehn in high regard is a joke...right? I really hope that Tom has a great coaching career, but not for any team that I am rooting for.

Posted by: no_recess | November 11, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ACC action is underway, with two games being played concurrently on auxiliary fields. Is there anyone down in Cary who reads this blog? It's nice that they were able to set up to stream the match under these conditions. It sounds as if the announcers are in some sort of broadcast booth, given the lack of crowd noise. Do the auxiliary fields have press boxes, or did they manage to rig something up?

They have Lilian Thuram in the booth right now. He's at Duke this week in connection with some foundation of his.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 11, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I am in Cary.

Like last year, the Tuesday and Wednesday games are not played in the stadium, but in the Aux. field right next to the stadium.

A tent is erected as the "press box". Steady, drenching rain with high wind gusts. It got colder in the evening.

There are stands there, but the crowds were severely restrained because of the weather. They actually didn't even charge, today. Other college tournaments in the area postponed the games scheduled for tomorrow to Friday.

It was absolutely miserable.

Posted by: J_S_F | November 11, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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