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Soccer Insider: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Video: Inter 4, Siena 3

Sensational goals, a dramatic equalizer, an added-time winner and a raucous celebration with the Special One in a Serie A spectacular:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2010; 11:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Italy  
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Donovan's Everton Debut

Landon Donovan's latest foray into European football began nicely Saturday at snowy Emirates Stadium in London as the U.S. star assisted on an early goal during Everton's 2-2 draw against Arsenal. Donovan, on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until the MLS season resumes, started on the right side of...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England , U.S. men's national team  
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Friday Night Lights

*Insider loyalists were first to learn that Carlos de los Cobos, a Mexican who guided El Salvador's national team to the final round of World Cup qualifying, had emerged as the leading candidate to become Chicago's head coach. And now the Fire is preparing to introduce him as Denis Hamlett's...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Africa , College Soccer , MLS , Women  
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U.S. World Cup Cities Cutdown Tuesday

On Tuesday afternoon, the committee overseeing U.S. soccer's bid to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup will cut the number of potential host cities from 27 to 18 for formal submission to FIFA. (The number of sites staging actual matches would then be reduced to around a dozen at...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid  
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Emilio Won't Return to D.C. United

Not a huge surprise, but we're learning today that striker Luciano Emilio, who spent three years with D.C. United and was MLS's most valuable player in 2007, will not return to Washington this season. Emilio's contacts in the United States say he has signed a six-month contract with second-division Rio...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Brazil , D.C. United  
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Video: Adu's Greek Arrival

Freddy Adu joins Aris on loan from Benfica:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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United: Defenders

In our continuing offseason look at D.C. United's roster, we turn to the backline: DEFENDERS Bryan Namoff: Veteran right back was enjoying an excellent season until a blow to the head resulted in a concussion and forced him to the sideline for good. He has been monitored very closely and,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Davies Update and Notes

U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies, who was seriously injured in an auto accident outside Washington in October, visited USA training camp at Home Depot Center on Thursday. He was in the Los Angeles area for check-ups and will return to Delaware soon to continue rehabilitation. According to the U.S....

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USSF , Women  
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Weekend TV Listings

Sadly, there are fewer Premier League viewing options because of Setanta's financial troubles. (Fox is reportedly trying to purchase the rights to additional matches.) Nonetheless, what are you going to watch? FRIDAY England, West Brom-Nottingham Forest 2:45 p.m. ET, Setanta U-20 friendly, Mexico-Paraguay 6 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol SATURDAY England,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  TV  
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USA 2nd Division Set

The USL and breakaway NASL have reached agreement on the formation of a second-division league. The deal, brokered by the U.S. Soccer Federation, is for the 2010 season only and the sides will work with the USSF toward a long-term solution to issues that arose when several USL clubs formed...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  USL , USSF  
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Examining D.C. United's Roster

With the MLS draft a week away, the international transfer window open and contract negotiations with current players continuing, D.C. United is set to make several roster moves before training camp begins next month -- assuming, of course, there isn't a work stoppage caused by the league's collective bargaining agreement...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Red Bulls Hire Coach

He is Hans Backe, a 57-year-old Swede with a nomadic coaching history. Richie Williams, who served as New York's interim coach last year after Juan Carlos Osorio's dismissal and was a candidate for the permanent job, will remain as an assistant. Given New York's ownership (Austrian) and general manager...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  MLS  
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Video: Five for AC Milan

Goals by Ronaldinho, Thiago Silva, Marco Borriello (two) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Milan. David Suazo of Honduras scored Genoa's second goal:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Italy  
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MLS-FIFA, Adu, Beckham, Dallas

*FIFA says it won't get involved in MLS's labor negotiations. "FIFA understands that this domestic issue is being resolved in accordance with U.S. labor laws and does not involve the U.S. Soccer Federation. FIFA will not interfere in the process. We have been assured that FIFA's regulations have been and...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Beckham , FIFA , Italy , MLS  
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Wednesday Kickaround

[Note to Insider loyalists: Technical issues throughout The Post's system prevented this item from being published at its scheduled time and blocked reader comments for several hours on the entire blog. Operations have returned to normal.] *My full story about Curt Onalfo's introduction as D.C. United head coach. *Freddy Adu's...

By Steve Goff  |  January 6, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , Costa Rica , D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , Sweden , U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Video: Dempsey's Goal

Until the copyright gods yank it away, enjoy Clint Dempsey's brilliant strike against Stoke today:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  England , U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Labor Issues Heat Up

With less than a month before the collective bargaining agreement between MLS and its players is set to expire, the rhetoric is intensifying. Earlier today, FIFPro -- a Netherlands-based organization created in 1965 that claims to represent pro players around the world -- issued this statement on its Web site,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  MLS  
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D.C. United News and Notes

Although this morning's gathering at RFK Stadium was to formally introduce Curt Onalfo as head coach of D.C. United -- and I will have much more on the hiring later today and tomorrow -- plenty of other club news surfaced. The first noteworthy item: The heat wasn't working in the...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday Kickaround

I am heading down to RFK this morning for D.C. United's formal introduction of Curt Onalfo as head coach and will provide coverage on Twitter and the Insider. You can watch the proceedings live on the club's Web site starting at 10 a.m. Meantime, chew on this: *Freddy Adu's move...

By Steve Goff  |  January 5, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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MLS Adds to Rookie Class

With the scouting combine starting Friday in Fort Lauderdale and the draft in Philadelphia 10 days away, MLS is in the process of finalizing its collection of first-year players who will be available for selection. The Generation Adidas list includes 12 players who have left school early: MF Corben Bone...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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MLS Cup to Remain at Neutral Site

At some point in the future, MLS will probably allow the highest seed to host the championship match. But in 2010, MLS Cup will again be played at a neutral site. After seriously exploring the possibility of a true home team in the final, the league announced Monday that a...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  
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Moreno on Loan?

D.C. United has been approached about loaning captain Jaime Moreno to Bolivian club Blooming for a few months, United General Manager Dave Kasper told the Insider. A decision is expected this week. No other details were available, but if a deal were reached, MLS's career scoring leader seems likely to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Emilio, Julio, Spike, Iran

*Is Luciano Emilio returning to D.C. United this season? The sense I am getting is that the 2007 MLS most valuable player won't be back. One Latin American contact tells me the striker is exploring opportunities in his native Brazil, where he returned with his family for the offseason. A...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USA World Cup bid  
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2009 Video Rewind

A must-see collection of the strange, hilarious and frightening moments from the soccer world in 2009 (Warning: Some language and images are not appropriate for the work place or sensitive viewers.)...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Misc. , TV  
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Monday Kickaround

*The Chicago Fire's head coach is likely to be Mexico's Carlos de los Cobos, who guided El Salvador to the final round of World Cup qualifying. The Fire's interest in de los Cobos was first reported several weeks ago by the Insider, which was tipped off by a loyal reader...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , Greece , Italy , MLS , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans Abroad

GOALKEEPERS Brad Guzan 90 minutes (PK save) in Aston Villa's 3-21 FA Cup win over Blackburn (Villa will host Brighton in fourth round Jan. 23/24) Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 3-1 FA Cup win over Carlisle (Everton will host Birmingham or Nottingham Forest) Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in...

By Steve Goff  |  January 3, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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