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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 Everton: "We are aware of Everton's interest in Landon Donovan, as they are one of a number of clubs who have contacted the Galaxy about the possibility of a short-term loan agreement for Landon. The Galaxy, MLS and Landon's representative will work together to determine if and whether an arrangement with Everton or any other club would be beneficial to all parties."

*The FIFA Club World Cup continues today in the UAE with a first-round match between Mazembe of Congo and Pohang of South Korea. The winner will face Estudiantes on Tuesday. Mazembe, founded by Benedictine monks in 1939, was once known as Englebert -- no relation to "Bad News Bears" catcher Engelberg. Pohang's nickname is the Steelers (and would probably never lose to the Browns).

*Americans Abroad:
GK Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern vs. GK David Yelldell and Koblenz

*High drama in the first leg of the Mexican finals as Humberto Suazo scores in the 88th minute and Monterrey overcomes a two-goal deficit to defeat visiting Cruz Azul, 4-3. The finale is Sunday in Mexico City.

Watch the highlights and think about how MLS Cup atmosphere would benefit from the match being played on a home field instead of a neutral site:

By Steve Goff  |  December 11, 2009; 8:07 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , FIFA , MLS , Mexico  
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Great story Mr. Goff, even if now I do want to root for a team I otherwise wouldn't have and just enjoyed the soccer of a neutral Cup, oh well. Rootin for Diego and Porter isn't gonna be easy.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 11, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Was the referee kickin the player on the second Cruz Azul goal.

Still not convinced about the home final. Although nice.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 11, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | December 11, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

How about the nickname on Suazo (the Monterrey dude who put away goals #2 and 4)? "Chupete" means "Pacifier" (like the kind babies use), or I guess you could translate it as "Binkie" too...

Posted by: edgeonyou | December 11, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Englebert? HA! Take this:

And I know that my song
Isn't sayin' anything new.
Oh, but after the lovin'
I'm still in love with you.

This song is a sure-fire killer for the holiday karaoke party . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 11, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I think "el Chupete" means the lollipop due to Suazo's shaved head.

Exciting game last night although I only watched parts of it. In the 1st half it looked like Monterrey was going down to a humiliating home defeat so I switched to the NBA Wizards v Celtics and Sunny in Philadelphia before tuning back in for the exciting finish.

As far as Brother Englebert goes, all I can say is, "Bah, Humperdink!"

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 11, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Was that a Duilio Davino sighting? Glad to see the guy is still playing somewhere, cause he sure wasn't at Dallas.

Posted by: PEddy | December 11, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

That's a lot of headed goals.

Also, the special effect with the swinging balls was quite amusing.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | December 11, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I like the reoccurring cut shots of the same three fans after each Monterrey goal. Did they just have a camera glued on them the entire match?

Posted by: Brother_of_Poopy_McPoop | December 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

BoP_McP!? Like woah!

Posted by: DadRyan | December 11, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

BoP_McP!? Like woah!

Posted by: DadRyan | December 11, 2009 11:15 AM |

The McPoop clan is more powerful than one would suppose...

Posted by: Brother_of_Poopy_McPoop | December 11, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Excellent scouting on the WCC match Goff. So it's essentially a match up of the Bad News Bears versus the Steelers? I predict Tatum O'Neal will get three sacks on Roethlisburger and Mozembe will win by either a safety or a ground rule double.

Posted by: DCUMD | December 11, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

And Tanner will be red carded for fighting.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 11, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

And Tanner will be red carded for fighting.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 11, 2009 12:02 PM

Posted by: Kev29 | December 11, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

106 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey goff, just wondering if you got word of ex' sueno MLS FC Dallas winner Gabriel Funes (rogelio funes in argentina) getting signifigant playing time after going back to argentina to play with river?

Any idea of his status as a citizen/ his parents and his ability to maybe gain citizenship if he wanted to for the USA?

Here's an interview with him, where with absences of players is giving him and other younger players ample playing time. This kid can be the next big thing.

From US HS play, to subbing in for river plate!! WOW!

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | December 11, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Mazembe of Congo and Pohang of South Korea

Good match. Entertaining.

Engelberg .. . Don't ASSuME anything, cuz you know what that does.

Posted by: delantero | December 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first to wish a Happy Hanukkah to Goff and all the Jewish Insiders.
It's the most wonderful time of year,
We're running mad with Christmas cheer;
Hey, what's troubling you, my friend?
It's not fair if you're Jewish, Jewish (not fair if you're Jewish, Jewish)!
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay
You realize that Christmas ain't the only holiday! (oy!)

(from "The Christmas Can-Can" by Straight No Chaser, 2009)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 11, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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