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Soccer Insider: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Video: Jozy Altidore's goal

Not the best quality and who knows how long it will be available. Nevertheless, Jozy Altidore's first league goal for Hull City during a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday:...

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England  
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Marsch retires, Crew signs Colombian

*Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch, one of three players to appear in matches in each of MLS's 14 seasons, announced his retirement to become an assistant coach under Bob Bradley with the U.S. national team. The only others to play at least once in every year of MLS are Steve...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Friday kickaround

*Amid scandal, John Terry is out as England's captain. *Adding to the U.S. national team injury woes, Mexican-based midfielder Jose Francisco Torres is out for a few weeks with a hamstring ailment. *Already sidelined for an extended period with a shoulder injury, New England goalkeeper Matt Reis underwent knee surgery....

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , England , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA 2nd division , USL , USSF , Youth soccer  
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D.C. United's Szetela out 6 weeks

D.C. United midfielder Danny Szetela underwent surgery Thursday night for damaged meniscus in his right knee and will be sidelined about six weeks, the MLS club announced. He was injured in practice Tuesday. If the timeline holds true, he would return to full-time training a week before the league opener...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Werder Bremen-Hertha Berlin 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV Mexico, Queretaro-Chivas 9:30 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY England, Liverpool-Everton 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Wolfsburg-Bayern Munich 9:25 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, Manchester United-Portsmouth 9:30 a.m. Setanta England, Hull City-Manchester City 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Spain, Valladolid-Valencia...

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  TV  
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Surgery for D.C. United's Szetela

D.C. United midfielder Danny Szetela is tentatively scheduled to undergo surgery Friday after an MRI exam revealed torn meniscus in his left knee. He was injured during Tuesday's training session. If no further damage is discovered, he seems likely to miss at least a month. With a major snowstorm heading...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Ex-Sol players claimed in WPS dispersal draft

With the demise of the Los Angeles franchise, Sol players were selected in the WPS dispersal draft Thursday. Brazilian superstar Marta, the four-time FIFA world player of the year, will play for Gold Pride in the San Francisco area. Washington: D Brittany Bock, F Faith Ikidi. Gold Pride: F Marta,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Women  
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U.S. roster for El Salvador friendly

Men's national team camp opens next week at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with 23 players in preparation for the Feb. 24 friendly against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The match does not fall on an international fixture date, so the European-based players are unavailable. That...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Pontius signs new contract with D.C. United

Chris Pontius, who started 23 league matches and played numerous positions in his rookie season last year, has signed a new long-term contract with D.C. United, the club announced Thursday morning. Although terms were not disclosed, it's safe to say he will receive a significant pay raise after agreeing to...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Thursday kickaround

*U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark (calf injury) joins national team regulars Oguchi Onyewu, Clint Dempsey, Charlie Davies and Steve Cherundolo on the sideline, delaying his Eintracht Frankfurt debut by a month. In addition, Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley and Kenny Cooper are recuperating from injuries, and Jermaine Jones, the German-American midfielder at...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , FIFA , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Video: Cruzeiro 7, Potosi 0

Brazilian club Cruzeiro advanced to the group stage of Copa Libertadores with a second-leg rout of Bolivia's Real Potosi, which finished with nine players. Get this: Potosi lost defender Gonzalo Galindo to a second booking for dissent in the 74th minute after he refused to take a ring off his...

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Brazil , Libertadores  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Goalkeeper Troy Perkins and forward Chris Pontius have been recalled for U.S. national team training camp starting next week in Southern California ahead of the Feb. 24 friendly against El Salvador in Tampa, the Insider has learned. They will miss most of the second phase of D.C. United preseason in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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D.C. United Acquires Cristman in Trade

D.C. United has acquired forward Adam Cristman from the Kansas City Wizards for an international player slot. Each club is given eight slots to fill with foreign players. As a result of the trade, United now has seven and the Wizards nine for the next two seasons. Cristman, 25, will...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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D.C. United Schedule Announced

We already knew the opponents and sites for the club's first three matches. Here's the rest of the 30-game league calendar, which includes a two-week break in June while the group stage of the World Cup is held: Sat., March 27 at Kansas City 8:30 p.m. Sat., April 3 New...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Wednesday Kickaround

*American soccer enters the unseemly world of Sen. John Ensign and England captain John Terry with this tawdry tale, which according to Insider sources, began during a D.C. United trip to northern California for a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in September 1997. No one looks good here: Harkes, for his...

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans, Haitians, WPS, Philly's Stadium

*American forward Jozy Altidore played 86 minutes in Hull City's 1-1 draw with visiting Chelsea. Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann didn't play in Wolverhampton's 3-1 FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace and defender Jay DeMerit went 90 in Watford's 3-0 victory over Sheffield United. *CONCACAF President Jack Warner visited Haiti today and...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF , MLS , Women  
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D.C. United Preseason Roster

Between the signings, trialists, draft, trade, rejected contracts and injuries, D.C. United's list of personnel for the first phase of training camp can be quite confusing. So here's where things stand at the moment: GOALKEEPERS: Troy Perkins, Milos Kocic, Josh Wicks, Bill Hamid. DEFENDERS: Julius James, Marc Burch, Dejan Jakovic,...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Davies, USA, Marta, Bundesliga, TV

*USA forward Charlie Davies, seriously injured in an auto accident near Washington in October, was scheduled to undergo elbow surgery in Los Angeles today. "Can't wait to bend my arm again!" he wrote on his Twitter page. *The USA training camp roster for the El Salvador friendly Feb. 24 in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Bundesliga , Germany , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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More From D.C. United Training Camp.....

*Although D.C. United has been scouting in Central and South America, the club is not necessarily looking for a traditional playmaker to replace Christian Gomez. Or so they say. "We're going to look at this group," General Manager Dave Kasper said, referring to players in camp, including Santino Quaranta, Danny...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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MLS Updates

D.C. United opens training camp amid the snow at the RFK training grounds. (Photo by Tony Quinn) *Chivas USA traded allocation money to Dallas for the rights to Salvadoran Osael Romero, a 23-year-old midfielder who has 37 caps and eight international goals. His acquisition continues this winter's trend of...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2010; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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D.C. United's Ownership and Stadium Status

D.C. United chairman Will Chang confirmed a Sports Business Journal report that he has hired an investment firm to identify potential business partners. Why? He says he wants a larger group to oversee the club, similiar to the arrangement of which he is a part with baseball's San Francisco Giants....

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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D.C. United News & Notes

Christian Gomez, the 2006 MLS most valuable player whose return to D.C. United last season didn't meet expectations, is not in the club's plans, General Manager Dave Kasper said. United did not exercise the option on the 35-year-old playmaker's contract, but until today, had said that he remained under consideration....

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Monday Kickaround

*USA right back Steve Cherundolo will be sidelined several weeks with a shoulder injury. *Salvador Cabanas, the Paraguayan star who was shot in Mexico City, is making progress. *According to the Sports Business Journal, D.C. United investor Will Chang has hired investment firm Inner Circle Sports and begun to search...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , CONCACAF , Canada , D.C. United , Mexico , Women  
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Video: Painful Header in Italy

After scoring a 78th-minute equalizer against Juventus, Lazio's Stefano Mauri had hit head knocked into teammate Tommaso Rocchi's cranium by overzealous captain Roberto Baronio and had to leave the Serie A draw....

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2010; 10:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Italy  
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Americans Abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 win at Wigan Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-0 win at Fulham Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-2 tie at Hull City Dom Cervi not...

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Video: Adu Assist, Johnson Goal

Freddy Adu, in his debut with Greek club Aris, sets up Eddie Johnson for a late goal during a 2-1 loss at Xanthi. Adu played 26 minutes, Johnson 20....

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Greece  
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