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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
Categories:  D.C. United , Misc. , Poll  
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Comments

before even reading the stories I will complain that it isn't all soccer all the time. clearly the post hates the sport and all who participate in it.

Posted by: troy6 | December 9, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Waaaay to much work re-ranking those things....

Really discourages participation.

Posted by: JkR- | December 9, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Mia Hamm not in the list of top 20 local athletes??

Posted by: granadoskerry | December 9, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention that the Nats only arrived in 2005. I guess half a decade is good enough when talking about a decade?

Can't we then include the DC Rollergirls?

Jaime and Ben deserve top Ten, clearly, but we'll always get trumped by NFL, etc.

Posted by: delantero | December 9, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

DC United is surprisingly well represented on these lists. Although Jaime Moreno isn't getting his due. Being the #1 goal scorer of all time should put him in the top 5 no doubt. I understand putting Ovechkin and Arenas ahead of Moreno, but Cooley? Really?

Posted by: DCUMD | December 9, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Has Arenas even played int he last decade? No way he should be ahead of Jaime.

Posted by: fedssocr | December 9, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I agree, JkR-. I started around 3 and got bored. Then I forgot and restarted my computer. Now I'm only thinking about starting over.

Posted by: sitruc | December 9, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The decade doesn't end until the end of 2010. Dan Snyder has another year to create another big disappointment.

Posted by: GeneWells | December 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I quit when I didn't know who half of these donkeys are...Bruce Cassidy? Brandon Lloyd? Travis Garrison?

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Three words (two if you don't count "and" as a word):

DRAG and DROP.

Way too much clicking, moving, etc.

Seriously, Chris Cooley as a "top" athlete? Popular yes, but definetely not a top athlete on that list

Posted by: JPO2200 | December 9, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Cassidy(and the Sundance Kid) was the Head Coach of the Caps after Ron Wilson was fired. He lasted a little over a season before being fired and replaced by Glen Hanlon.

Brandon Lloyd was traded to the Redskins from Denver and never really played due to work ethic and attitude problems and is now back with Denver and spending some time in Chicago.

Travis Garrison was your typical overhyed DeMatha basketball product who ended up at Maryland and led a predictably disappointing career.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 9, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

A couple of off-topic but at least soccer-related questions I have been wondering about:

1) Are the soccer fields in the Premier League substantially longer and wider than MLS (SSS) fields? They appear to be so on TV, but who knows...

2) What does the typical MLS player off-season training regimen generally consist of?

3) Why do the UNC women (almost)always win the College Cup?

Posted by: Ron16 | December 9, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I didn't consider Adu to be a disappointment during his time in DC. He played well for a kid, made his PK against NE, attracted attention from Europe.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 9, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

1) They're measured in meters instead of yards, so everything is bigger - even the goals.

2) FIFA2010 and calling their agents during the January transfer window.

3) Because Anson Dorrance is the only man in the world who understands women. BTW, There are only two Ansons in Google, Dorrance and "Potsie."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

1) Football lines are tricking your eyes to think MLS fields are smaller.
2) Drinking
3) Women like powder blue

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

1) Are the soccer fields in the Premier League substantially longer and wider than MLS (SSS) fields? They appear to be so on TV, but who knows...

Posted by: Ron16

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Field Lengths
EPL: between 100 & 110 meters
MLS: between 90 & 120 meters

Field Widths
EPL: between 64 & 75 meters
MLS: between 45 & 90 meters


http://www.premierleague.com/page/Handbook/0,,12306,00.html

http://web.mlsnet.com/about/rules.jsp?rule=1

Posted by: emanon13 | December 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

1) The Hypotenuse is in metric

2) Watch Happy Days Re-runs

3) UNC = same color scheme as Facebook. It's home.

Posted by: JkR- | December 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

more EPL regulations: "For UEFA club competitions the pitch must measure 105 metres in length by 68 metres in breadth exactly. If for technical reasons of a construction related nature it is impossible to achieve the required dimensions a UEFA Club Licence may nevertheless be granted provided that the pitch is minimum 100 metres to maximum 105 metres in length by minimum 64 metres to maximum 68 metres in breadth."

http://www.premierleague.com/staticFiles/bd/3b/0,,12306~146365,00.pdf

Posted by: emanon13 | December 9, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

kudos for good sense fallschurch1. i was going to make a similar post, but i've written such posts too many times in the past. i'll never understand the hate some people have for that kid.

while euros and almost everyone else use the metric system, they have just converted from the original English measurements. problem is that fifa has a range of what is acceptable. i believe it is between 110 and 130 yards in length. many euro clubs go towards the upper end of that range, but it isn't required. US football fields are at least 120 anyway, due to the end zones, so the difference isn't that big. or the groundskeepers are drunk.

Posted by: troy6 | December 9, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

1) No, the players are just smaller, due to lack of sun

2) Carrying daughter up and down stairs, in one case

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

thanks, emanon. I thought the range was bigger.

I love the euro conception of jurisprudence. The pitch "must" measure "exactly" (unless it doesn't, in which case there is a waiver). Sounds like their adherence to Rio and Kyoto protocols (just yanking your chain, fischy).

Posted by: troy6 | December 9, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Lloyd was traded to the Redskins from Denver and never really played due to work ethic and attitude problems and is now back with Denver and spending some time in Chicago.

Travis Garrison was your typical overhyed DeMatha basketball product who ended up at Maryland and led a predictably disappointing career.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 9, 2009 12:49 PM
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Just an FYI, but Lloyd was traded from San Francisco to the 'Skins, not Denver.

As for Travis Garrison, spot on.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

How the English measure things.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it has been said to death already, but I have to throw it out there ...
I really hope Cruise scores for the Gunners tonight so we can see his goal celebration, which should include jumping on a replica couch on the touchline.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | December 9, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Some guy named Beasley is starting for Rangers in a meaningless match.

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Some guy named Beasley is starting for Rangers in a meaningless match.

Posted by: Reignking
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at left back?

Posted by: troy6 | December 9, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Tom Cruise playing for Arsenal tonight
http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/805477-tom-cruise-to-star-for-arsenal

Posted by: Kev29 | December 9, 2009 2:39 PM
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Show me the Gunner!

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW, There are only two Ansons in Google, Dorrance and "Potsie."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/05/obituaries/john-anson-ford.html

He has an amphitheatre named for him in Los Angeles.

I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

3) Women like powder blue

Posted by: Reignking | December 9, 2009 1:23 PM
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It didn't seem to help those other Albicelestes when they were blown away (goal differential of -17 in three games) in the last WWC.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sportznut21. Sit on it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 9, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The United v. Beckham in 2007 has to be one of the greatest moments of the decade. At a minimum it was the second best tailgate party right after the Nats home opener in 2004.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | December 9, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

How many times do we have to tell you, it's The Beckham.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 10, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

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