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Soccer Insider: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Saturday Kickaround

*Togo, which withdrew from the African Cup after the team bus was attacked in Angola, has been banned -- yes, banned -- from the next two tournaments. *From Mark Lawrenson, in the Mirror: "Landon Donovan has been the best signing of the January transfer window so far. ... Donovan is...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Africa , Americans Abroad , Argentina , CONCACAF , England , MLS , Women  
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Orozco to Union, Ralston Leaves Revs, John to Fire

*The expansion Philadelphia Union, which traded the top slot in the allocation order to D.C. United a few weeks ago, returned to the first position in a trade with the New York Red Bulls today and claimed defender Michael Orozco, 23, a 2008 Olympian who has been with San Luis...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  MLS  
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Friday Kickaround

*D.C. United's first four trialists for the start of training camp are: -- Lyle Adams, a former Wake Forest defender drafted by DCU in the second round of the 2009 draft. He opted to pursue European opportunities and ended up playing for second-division Austin. -- Daniel Wasson, a midfielder who...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , Women  
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Weekend TV Listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY Germany, Bayern Munich-Mainz 9:30 a.m. ET, GolTV England, Fulham-Aston Villa 9:55 a.m. ESPN2 England, Birmingham-Spurs 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Liverpool-Bolton 10 a.m. Setanta Spain, Espanyol-Bilbao noon GolTV...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  TV  
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MLS Labor Update

In their continuing effort to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, MLS and the players' union announced Thursday that the sides will extend negotiations through Feb. 12. The current contract is set to expire Sunday. "While we still have areas of disagreement, the talks have been constructive...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  MLS  
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African Cup, Sol, Cabanas, U-20s

*Three red cards for Algeria, four goals for Egypt, and the Pharoahs are headed to the African Cup final with a 4-0 semifinal romp. They will face Ghana on Sunday. Algeria and Nigeria square off in the third-place match Saturday. *The Los Angeles Sol has, indeed, folded. A formal announcement...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Africa , CONCACAF , Mexico , Women  
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Mexico in America

Bolivia is coming to San Francisco! New Zealand to the Rose Bowl! Iceland to Charlotte! Ecuador to New Jersey! Senegal to Soldier Field! And a sixth team, to be announced, to Houston! Tasty World Cup appetizers for American soccer fans -- except for the fact that the marquee national team...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  MLS , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  
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R.I.P. Los Angeles Sol

In what would be a major setback to women's pro soccer efforts in America, the Los Angeles Sol is on the brink of disbanding after negotiations to sell the WPS club collapsed this week, the Insider has learned. There are plans to shut down the league's highest-profile team and disperse...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Women  
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Africa, MLS, Cooper, Mupier, USA

*On a first-half goal by Asamoah Gyan, Ghana advanced to the African Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria. Algeria and Egypt will face one another in the other semifinal this afternoon. *The latest on the MLS labor negotiations, and it isn't much: "The MLS Players Union had representatives...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF , Germany , MLS , Women  
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English Media Reaction to Donovan

From the Times of London..... Their latest success may have been aided by Sunderland's generosity but that should not detract from Everton's growing sense of confidence in a season that had threatened to go off the rails. The addition of Donovan, an intelligent, thoughtful footballer whose lively movement off...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England  
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Union Stadium Update

With the Delaware River as the backdrop, construction on the Philadelphia Union's stadium in Chester, Pa., is progressing nicely toward a summer opening. The expansion club will play its first several home matches at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Eagles. The new venue, located near the Commodore Barry...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Donovan Scores, DCU/MLS News & Notes

*USA midfielder-forward Landon Donovan has scored his first goal in the English Premier League, a 19th-minute strike from 15 yards with his left foot to give Everton a 2-0 halftime lead over Sunderland. [UPDATE: Donovan plays 76 minutes in the 2-0 victory.] *The Honduran publication El Diez is reporting that...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , MLS  
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Video: Argentina 3, Costa Rica 2

Diego Maradona returned from a two-month suspension to oversee Argentina's 3-2 win over Costa Rica in a friendly between teams fielding primarily domestic players in San Juan, Argentina....

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Argentina , Costa Rica  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*The Insider tipped you off to it last week, and now there appears to be some substance to Eintracht Frankfurt veteran goalkeeper Oka Nikolov considering a move to the New York Red Bulls. *Soccer America reports that MLS management and the players' union met for eight hours Tuesday in New...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , South Africa , TV  
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Americans Abroad, Mid-Week Edition

Tuesday Jonathan Spector 90 at right back in West Ham's 1-1 tie at Portsmouth Marcus Hahnemann 90 in goal (one save) in Wolves' 0-0 tie with Liverpool MF Stuart Holden not in uniform (just signed) for Bolton's 1-0 win over Burnley D Zak Whitbread in 18, didn't play in Norwich's...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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D.C. United, Holden, Cabanas, Blatter, Palace

Busy with college basketball but I can tell you that..... *D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo and Dave Kasper are scheduled to return to Washington tonight/tomorrow morning after attending several matches and seeing 10-12 teams in Argentina and Uruguay the past week. An Uruguayan report indicated that DCU was particularly interested...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , FIFA , Mexico , USA World Cup bid , USL  
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Tuesday Kickaround

*Paraguayan star Salvador Cabanas remains in critical condition after being shot in Mexico City. *Diego Maradona returns from suspension for Argentina's friendly against Costa Rica tonight in the western Argentine city of San Juan. *The United States finished first in its CONCACAF U-20 women's group with a 2-1 victory over...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF , Mexico , TV , Women  
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Cabanas Shooting, FIFA Cameras, Barca Goals

Salvador Cabanas, one of the Mexican league's most lethal attackers and a probable starter at the World Cup for Paraguay, was shot in the head during an altercation in Mexico City. *FIFA to discuss goal-line camera technology. Hear, hear! *Video from Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Valladolid, including an expert counter...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , FIFA , Mexico , Spain  
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Monday Kickaround

*Congratulations to Bruce Arena, who was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame over the weekend in the builders category. His portfolio includes almost eight years as national team coach, two World Cups, including a quarterfinal run in 2002, five NCAA title at Virginia, two MLS Cup crowns and...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Africa , CONCACAF , History , Italy , MLS , Women  
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Americans Abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 FA Cup loss to Birmingham Brad Guzan 90 in Aston Villa's 3-2 FA Cup win over Brighton Brad Friedel in 18, didn't play for Villa Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 2-2...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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