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Soccer Insider: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Akron's Bunbury to MLS

Caleb Porter isn't going to MLS, but one of his star pupils is. Teal Bunbury, a sophomore forward who helped Akron to an unbeaten regular season and a berth in the College Cup final, has decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility and sign with MLS, the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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United Acquires Castillo

UPDATED WITH VIDEO 2:14 P.M. D.C. United announced Friday that it has signed midfielder Cristian Castillo, a member of the Salvadoran national team who will join United on loan from Leon, a second-division Mexican club. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and Castillo will join the team upon receipt...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  December 18, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Davies Accident Details

Although the U.S. Park Police has yet to complete its official investigation into the one-car accident in October that seriously injured national team forward Charlie Davies and killed a second passenger, we are beginning to learn more about what unfolded on that late night/early morning on the George Washington Memorial...

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United Updates

Memo to self: Vacation not possible. Ever. *While we await a D.C. United coaching decision, the Insider has learned that the club is attempting to acquire Cristian Castillo, the clever, left-sided midfielder for El Salvador's national team. Castillo, 25, was on loan at Mexican club Leon, which acquired his contract...

By Steve Goff  |  December 17, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS  
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DCU Coaching/Front Office Update

Chad Ashton, D.C. United's top assistant coach the past three seasons, has agreed to become the club's technical director, sources told the Insider on Wednesday night. His primary responsibility, one source said, will be to oversee United's youth academy. An official announcement is expected soon. Ashton's future hung in the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 16, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Porter Staying at Akron

Caleb Porter, D.C. United's top choice to fill its head coaching vacancy, has agreed to a new five-year contract with the University of Akron. United was hoping to finalize a deal with Porter this week, but after telling his players Monday afternoon that he planned to listen to United's offer,...

By Steve Goff  |  December 15, 2009; 9:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Gone Fishin'

I'm on vacation until Jan. 4. Well, except for the pesky matter of D.C. United hiring a coach (rhymes with "way squib quarter"). And any other breaking news. In case you haven't noticed, MLS has become a 51-week league, the only exception being the stretch between Christmas and New Year's...

By Steve Goff  |  December 15, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  D.C. United , Misc. , U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United Coaching Update

Caleb Porter told his University of Akron players today that he will speak with D.C. United about its head coaching vacancy, the Insider has learned. Porter, 34, has emerged as United's top choice for the job, which opened when Tom Soehn stepped aside last month after three seasons. (Anyone fluent...

By Steve Goff  |  December 14, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-3 tie at Chelsea Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-0 win at Manchester United Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 1-0 win at Spurs Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Villa David Yelldell 59 in Koblenz's 3-0 loss at Kaiserslautern Luis Robles...

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2009; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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DCU's Interest in Caleb Porter

Following the College Cup final today, Akron Coach Caleb Porter told me that D.C. United has sought permission from university officials to discuss with him the MLS club's head coaching vacancy. "They have called my athletic director. My AD told them they weren't allowed to talk to me until after...

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Virginia Wins NCAA Title

Virginia won its first national title in 15 years Sunday afternoon, defeating Akron on penalty kicks after 110 scoreless minutes at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The second-seeded Cavaliers converted three of five attempts, while the No. 1 Zips were successful just twice. Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo stopped the...

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Sunday Kickaround

Greetings again from Cary, where rain and fog are providing a dreary backdrop for today's NCAA championship game..... *Second-seeded Virginia aims for its first title since 1994. Top-seeded and unbeaten Akron looks for its first -- period. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2. *The last team to claim...

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2009; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  CONCACAF , College Soccer , FIFA , Spain  
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