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Soccer Insider: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

D.C. United opens preseason schedule

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew In Bradenton, Fla. Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET. I'm in Norfolk for college basketball, not Bradenton for soccer, but here's what I know: Troy Perkins and Chris Pontius are with the U.S. national team. Danny Allsopp just arrived from Australia and won't play. Santino Quaranta (foot),...

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Bradley, Hartman-Thornton, Red Bulls, Chastain

*American midfielder Michael Bradley went 90 minutes and played a gorgeous through ball that helped set up Moenchengladbach's first goal during a 2-1 Bundesliga victory over Nuremberg. *Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has been called into U.S. national team camp after Zach Thornton suffered a strained hip flexor in training Thursday. *The...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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D.C. United news & notes

As we anticipated, D.C. United has officially announced that Honduran defender Quiarol Arzu, Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor and former Notre Dame goalkeeper Andrew Quinn will join the club on trial in Bradenton, Fla. Taylor is scheduled to arrive Sunday. Arzu -- who plays centrally but is comfortable on the right...

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday kickaround

*With Chelsea left back Ashley Cole sidelined for the rest of the Premier League season and his World Cup in jeopardy, England turns its attention to Wayne Bridge, who was at the center of the John Terry controversy. *Foot-in-mouth Sepp Blatter strikes again. *Togo plots protest against African Cup ban....

By Steve Goff  |  February 12, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , England , FIFA , MLS  
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MLS labor update

With collective bargaining agreement talks interrupted by weather issues this week, MLS and the players' union have agreed to continue negotiations through Feb. 25, league officials said Thursday evening. The current contract expired Jan. 31, but in an effort to reach a deal and avoid interrupting preseason preparations, the sides...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  MLS  
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Chalupny out, Algarve roster, MLS-DCU updates

*Lori Chalupny, the U.S. women's national team captain who plays for St. Louis in WPS, has taken an indefinite leave from the sport to address issues related to a concussion. She will miss the U.S. team's trip to the Algarve Cup in Portugal and expected to sit out the start...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Women  
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Weekend Soccer TV Listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Italy, AC Milan-Udinese 2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Moenchengladbach-Nuremberg 2:30 p.m. GolTV SATURDAY English FA Cup, Chelsea-Cardiff City 7 a.m. Setanta English FA Cup, Southampton-Portsmouth 7:30 a.m. FSC Germany, Wolfsburg-Bayer Leverkusen 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes English FA Cup, Derby County-Birmingham City...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  TV  
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Thursday kickaround

*Real Madrid legend Raul to the Red Bulls? *Injured American Clint Dempsey might be back in a month. *The Euro Champions League final in Madrid May 22 will be shown live on Fox -- not Fox Soccer Channel, but the Fox mothership. The match is being held on a Saturday...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Argentina , Euro Champions League , History , MLS , TV  
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Media reaction to Landon Donovan vs. Chelsea

What did the English press have to say about Landon Donovan's performance during Everton's 2-1 victory over Chelsea? The Sun Man of the match, a player rating of 8 on a scale of 1-10. The Independent "Moyes also had the satisfaction of seeing Landon Donovan frequently get the better of...

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2010; 11:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans abroad, Wednesday edition

MF Landon Donovan plays 90 minutes in Everton's 2-1 win over Chelsea, sets up Louis Saha's 33rd-minute goal with corner kick, draws penalty that Saha has saved by Petr Cech, receives yellow card in second half. GK Tim Howard 90 for Everton GK Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1...

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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D.C. United's travel adventure

D.C. United adjusted as best it could during the first wintry week of training camp in Washington. The coaches and staff shoveled the artificial turf grounds outside RFK Stadium for half-field workouts and the players utilized an indoor fitness center. They just needed to bear with it until Wednesday when...

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Wednesday kickaround

Today's blizzard brings another 8-10 inches of snow and 40-mph winds to Insider global headquarters. I'm beginning to think the soccer gods have conspired with Snow Miser (stepbrother of Heat Miser) to protest the absence of an MLS collective bargaining agreement. The D.C. United stadium fiasco has just made...

By Steve Goff  |  February 10, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Americans abroad, Tuesday edition

D Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 1-0 French Cup loss at fourth-division US Quevilly D Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 2-0 win over Bristol City F Kenny Cooper last 45 in Plymouth's 2-1 loss at Reading D Frank Simek 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Blackpool MF Stuart Holden...

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Video: Landon Donovan's goals

I stumbled upon this on Youtube this morning..... Every international goal scored by Landon Donovan, starting with his finish against Mexico in a 2000 friendly. His totals each year: 2000 -- 1 (one appearance) 2001 -- 0 (8) 2002 -- 6 (20) 2003 -- 7 (15) 2004 -- 5 (14)...

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Tuesday kickaround

*Another blizzard bearing down on the mid-Atlantic today? No worries. The WAGs of international soccer will warm your hearts in Sports Illustrated's "swimsuit" issue. *Ruud Gullit will head the Netherlands-Belgium World Cup bid, while Indonesia's slim hopes continue to fade. *UEFA has a new online look. *The league schedule for...

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , FIFA , Netherlands , TV , USA 2nd division  
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D.C. United trialists in Bradenton

D.C. United has invited center defenders Quiarol Arzu of Honduras and Jermaine Taylor of Jamaica to the second phase of training camp, which will begin a day earlier than scheduled in Florida because of another snowstorm bearing down on Washington. The club will skip town Tuesday instead of Wednesday and...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United  
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Bundesliga boss at the Super Bowl

Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert has been always fascinated by the Super Bowl, an American sporting spectacle that is as much about entertainment and promotion -- the pregame hype, the in-game commercialism, the halftime mock-rock concert, the postgame party -- as it is about end zones and punts. He...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Bundesliga , Germany  
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Video: Barcelona, Real Madrid victories

Lionel Messi excels, Barca survives two red cards in a 2-1 victory over Getafe: Ray Hudson provides colorful description of Real Madrid's 3-0 victory against Espanyol:...

By Steve Goff  |  February 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Spain  
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Americans abroad

Injured list: Onyewu, Davies, Dempsey, Torres, Cherundolo, Clark, Beasley, Edu. GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss at Liverpool Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 0-0 tie at Spurs Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 loss at Birmingham Luis Robles...

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Sunday kickaround

*For the second time in recent weeks, D.C. United has been linked with Quiarol Arzu, a 24-year-old Platense defender who started in the 2008 Olympics. *With the training grounds buried by snow, D.C. United will conduct indoor workouts before heading to Bradenton, Fla., this week. The club will focus on...

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , USSF  
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