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Soccer Insider: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Video: Bradley's Goal

Michael Bradley scores on a powerful shot from the top of the box at the 2:15 mark. Extraordinary own goals at 1:30 and 3:25 (three own goals overall)....

By Steve Goff  |  December 12, 2009; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Germany  
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Saturday Kickaround

*USA midfielder Michael Bradley scores midway through the second half of Moenchengladbach's 5-3 victory over Hanover. *Atlante, the pride of CONCACAF, faces Auckland City at the Club World Cup in the UAE today. The winner will play Barcelona on Wednesday. *Coverage of Virginia's 2-1 overtime victory over Wake Forest and...

By Steve Goff  |  December 12, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , FIFA , MLS  
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Matchnight: College Cup

Greetings from Cary, where a bitterly cold evening awaits the College Cup. #2 Virginia vs. #3 Wake Forest, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2) #1 Akron vs. #5 North Carolina, tentatively 7:30 (ESPNU) If necessary, 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime and penalty kicks will decide the winner. As you can imagine, most,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 11, 2009; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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All-Americans Announced

[UPDATE] The finalists for the Hermann Trophy are Harvard's Andre Akpan, Wake Forest's Corben Bone and Akron's Teal Bunbury. The female finalists are UCLA's Lauren Cheney, North Carolina's Tobin Heath and Stanford's Kelley O'Hara. The winners will be named Jan. 8. The Division I elite has been selected by the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 11, 2009; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Chicago's Coaching Search

Another name has surfaced in the Fire's hunt for a head coach: Richie Williams. The New York Red Bulls' interim coach is expected to speak with Chicago management soon as one of numerous preliminary candidates, the Insider has learned. On Thursday, we told you that Real Salt Lake assistant Robin...

By Steve Goff  |  December 11, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  MLS  
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Friday Kickaround

*Diego Restrepo escaped Colombian violence to become one of college soccer's premier goalkeepers and lead Virginia to the College Cup. *With four of the top five seeds participating, the College Cup offers its strongest quartet in years, including unbeaten Akron. *The Galaxy's statement about Landon Donovan's proposed temporary move to...

By Steve Goff  |  December 11, 2009; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , FIFA , MLS , Mexico  
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DCU Coaching Update

Greetings from North Carolina, site of the NCAA College Cup. The Caleb Porter-D.C. United reference on the Insider earlier today requires further explanation. Here's what I have been able to piece together since first reporting the Porter-DCU link several weeks ago: My contacts in coaching and soccer-industry circles say the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United  
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Weekend TV Listings

Because I'll be in the car much of the day listening to Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius/XM en route to North Carolina for the College Cup, I present the broadcast schedule a little earlier than usual. What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Club World Cup, Pohang-Mazembe 11 a.m....

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  TV  
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Fire Interviews Fraser

While D.C. United's bid to finalize a deal with the University of Akron's Caleb Porter continues (Curt Onalfo is also in the running), the Chicago Fire has been interviewing candidates for its head coaching vacancy. Real Salt Lake assistant Robin Fraser met with the Fire this week in Chicago, the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS Scouting Combine Rosters

The league has invited 62 seniors from 44 schools to participate in the scouting combine, which will take place Jan. 8-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Players who decide to leave school early could be added to the list at a later date. (The draft is Jan. 14 in Philadelphia.) Best...

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Thursday Kickaround

*In the span of two months, Paul Mariner has gone from the New England Revolution's top assistant to the coaching staff of Plymouth Argyle -- his first club as a player -- to manager of the struggling English second-tier club today. *According to Nick Green's report, Los Angeles and Chivas...

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  England , Euro Champions League , MLS , TV  
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Montreal, Bulls, Cup, Beasley, Armstrong

*MLS and Montreal/Quebec officials meet to discuss possible league expansion into Canada's second-biggest market. *Watch the Guardian's video report about the Red Bulls' new stadium. *At the Club World Cup, Auckland City (New Zealand) defeats the UAE's Al-Ahli, 2-0, to advance to the second round Saturday against Atlante (Mexico). *USA...

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , FIFA , MLS , USSF  
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Soccer's Place in D.C. Sports Decade

With the decade nearing the end, The Post's sports department reflects on the area's top athletes, biggest disappointments and best storylines. Soccer references included. Follow the links to participate....

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United , Misc. , Poll  
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Johnson Out, USA-Mexico?

USA forward Eddie Johnson is among five Fulham players on the transfer block. Soccer America reports that the USSF is aiming to arrange a USA-Mexico friendly in February, joining a proposed match against Honduras in January and a soon-to-be-finalized friendly at the Netherlands in March. USA-Mexico = $$$. According to...

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Early Wednesday Kickaround

Pardon the absence (College Cup and college basketball duty). *Landon Donovan might end up at Everton on loan this MLS offseason, like he did with Bayern Munich last winter. *Forward Mike Grella, who pursued a European career instead of going to MLS after leaving Duke last season, scored twice in...

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2009; 12:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Club World Cup , FIFA , MLS , TV  
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Early Tuesday Kickaround

*D.C. United declined to exercise the option on Luciano Emilio's contract and is likely to enter negotiations for a new salary at a lower rate, sources told the Insider. Given Emilio's production this year, the move was not unexpected. Emilio's base salary was $720,000, by far the highest on the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 8, 2009; 12:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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DeMerit Returns

USA defender Jay DeMerit, who has been sidelined for months with an eye infection that required surgery, made his return for Watford today. He played the entire second half in the 3-1 league victory over visiting Queens Park Rangers. An in-form DeMerit is critical to the national team as World...

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Poll: FIFA Player of the Year

All five finalists announced today are from two clubs in La Liga: Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona), Xavi (Spain/Barcelona), 2007 winner Kaka (Brazil/Real Madrid), reigning holder Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona). The winner will be announced Dec. 21. Awfully hard not to vote for Messi. Will Insider voters make...

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  FIFA , Poll  
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D.C. United Coaching Update

D.C. United's search for a head coach has entered the final stages, and although club officials are not speaking publicly about the process, tidbits of information have been circulating in coaching circles. The word is that the club has narrowed its list to two, and although the secret mission has...

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Monday Kickaround

*The long-awaited introduction of Erik Soler as New York Red Bulls' sporting director will occur today. Next task: naming a coach. With a European overseeing the search, does interim Richie Williams have a chance? *In the build-up to the World Cup, how about a USA-Northern Ireland friendly? *Wayne Rooney's reaction...

By Steve Goff  |  December 7, 2009; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , College Soccer , MLS , Spain , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-2 tie with Spurs (Howard stops PK in final moments) Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-0 win over Hull City Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 win over Bolton David Yelldell 90...

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Sunday Kickaround

*D.C. United has narrowed its list of head coaching candidates and, from I've been told, former Kansas City boss Curt Onalfo remains in contention but Richie Williams, the Red Bulls' interim coach, is out. United has approached numerous individuals, ranging from the college ranks to Europe and is apparently hoping...

By Steve Goff  |  December 6, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , Women  
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