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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 Akron's penalty kick triumph over North Carolina in the College Cup semifinals.

*Besides the NCAA event, the Raleigh area is flooded with more than 7,000 youth players as part of the Capital Area Soccer League tournaments, drawing college recruiters from all over the country. The Raleigh News & Observer has soccer prominently displayed on the front page of the main news section, including a photo of former Wake defender Lyle Adams, the D.C. United second-round draft pick last winter who opted to pursue a European career before landing in USL-1.

*After a bitterly cold setting for the semifinals, storms are on the way: The forecast for Sunday in Cary calls for 52 degrees and up to one inch of rain.

*Red Bull Arena will host the Big East semifinals and final the next three years. D.C. United's new stadium will host the ACC tournament in ... oh, never mind.

*Former DCU players Raul Diaz Arce and Richie Williams, and longtime broadcaster Dave Johnson were elected to the Virginia-D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. They will be honored Jan. 23 in Arlington.

To celebrate the start of Chanukah, Neil Diamond covering Adam Sandler in animation (courtesy of Wife of Insider):

By Steve Goff  |  December 12, 2009; 11:24 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , FIFA , MLS  
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Sweet goal by Gary Cahill in the Bolton/City match. Left footed bender from 20 yards into the upper corner around a diving keep.

Posted by: delantero | December 12, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I remember that tournament -- it is huge. Hope the kids enjoy the Bermuda grass.

Posted by: Reignking | December 12, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Nice one by Tevez to tie it, even thought down to 10 men.

Posted by: Reignking | December 12, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Happy Hanukkah, Mr. and Mrs. Goff. And thanks for another year of great blogs.

Posted by: jack35 | December 12, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

105 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 12, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 12, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

DMB with the start and 73 minutes today. Seems like he played pretty well too:

Posted by: BooThisMan | December 12, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Red Bull Arena will host the Big East semifinals and final the next three years. D.C. United's new stadium will host the ACC tournament in ... oh, never mind."-Goff

JOKE of the year!

Posted by: Barracudas | December 12, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

After his first yellow, but before his second, the UNC kid who ended up seeing red dropped a couple F bombs on the AR who had called him for a foul in the corner -- clearly audible on FSC.

What would normally be the consequence (if any) of that in an NCAA match? These were directed at the AR.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 12, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Barcelona's basketball team wear those dayglo pink jerseys too, and they look sweet. I'm trying to see Rubio and learning something.

Proactiv:FSC::Sunsetter Awnings:NBA TV

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 12, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Good career move by Adams.

Posted by: Reignking | December 12, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Great game in Valencia. A scoreless first half, then the deluge. The home side fought back to tie the score twice, before going down to Real Madrid on a late goal by Gonzalo Higuain. Without Ronaldo and Kaka, Higuain had his chance to shine, scoring with his foot and on a ridiculously good header. There aren't too many better then him.

Posted by: fischy | December 12, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Jacob, that reminded me of seeing a dude out on the road in a Barcelona cycling jersey a few months ago... I'd been meaning to track down the availability of such things... As much as I've made fun of Red Bulls/Chelsea/Bayern jerseys that look like cycling jerseys I'd but a DCU cycling jersey in a heart beat even though I shy away from wearing such things with this gut of mine these days...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 12, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Bad news for the Dynamo? Great news for teh LGB community as Houston elects an openly lesbian mayor, but she's not committed to pushing through the Dynamo stadium deal. This may not be the death-knell for that project, but it's not the good news that Locke's election would have been. Maybe the Dynamo need to partner with a prospective WPS owner?

Posted by: fischy | December 12, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

NASL 2.0's 10th team has finally announced its name, plus two key hires: AC (Athletic Club) St. Louis; the hires are Claude Anelka (Nicolas's brother) as head coach, and Francisco Filho as director of player personnel.

Nice badge design too.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 13, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I'm wondering if this NASL thing is just going to end up being the top flight league in the end when the CBA meetings crash and burn.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 13, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Hmm not sure I follow that one fischy . . . maybe the lesbian mayor is not in favor of frittering taxpayer money on a stadium, regardless whether the occupants are male or female. On the other hand, maybe the Freedom should pair with United on a stadium deal? I hear Fenty likes women too.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 13, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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