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Soccer Insider: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Video: Victories for Real Madrid and Barcelona

Barcelona 2, Malaga 1: Real Madrid 5, Tenerife 1:...

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2010; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Spain  
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Netherlands roster for USA friendly

The Dutch list for Wednesday's friendly against the Americans at Amsterdam Arena: GOALKEEPERS: Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem), Michel Vorm (Utrecht). DEFENDERS: Edson Braafheid (Celtic), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax). MIDFIELDERS:...

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England, Chelsea-Manchester City 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Mainz-Werder Bremen 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Birmingham City-Wigan 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Bolton-Wolverhampton 10 a.m. Setanta Spain, Getafe-Zaragoza noon GolTV England, Stoke City-Arsenal 12:30 p.m. FSC...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  TV  
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No MLS strike, but no deal either

MLS and the players' union have failed to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, but for the time being, there will not be a work stoppage. The previous pact expired Jan. 31 and had been extended twice, the most recent one expiring at midnight tonight, to allow...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  MLS  
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USA roster for Netherlands friendly

Bob Bradley's squad for Wednesday's match against the Netherlands at Amsterdam ArenA (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Galavision): GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Spector (West Ham), Clarence Goodson (Start), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Heath Pearce (Dallas),...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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MLS labor talks: another view

As we await word on the status of MLS's labor talks, reader feedback continues to fill the comments section and my e-mail basket. This morning's kickaround included, in long form, the views of an Insider loyalist disappointed in the players' stance in the negotiations. From another reader, Ed, who "swears...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  MLS  
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Thursday kickaround

*All is quiet on the MLS labor front. The deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement is today. No one seems to know if that means the end of the business day or 11:59 p.m. While we wait, read Brian Straus' review of the situation. And on the continuation of...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , England , MLS , Mexico , Women  
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In victory, U.S. players make World Cup push

Read about the 2-1 victory over El Salvador on Wednesday night. Watch ESPN's wrap-up and highlight package. It's safe to say that Jonathan Bornstein is a lock for the World Cup roster and Clarence Goodson is inching closer. That said, following the friendly in Tampa..... poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  February 25, 2010; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchnight: USA-El Salvador

Last call! For many of the MLS players in Tampa tonight for the friendly against El Salvador, it's a final opportunity to make an impression on Coach Bob Bradley. While Clarence Goodson (the only foreign-based player on the roster), Jonathan Bornstein and Robbie Rogers will remain in the mix regardless...

By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Wednesday kickaround

*Both the U.S. men's and women's national teams are in action today: the men, with an almost exclusively MLS squad, in Tampa to face El Salvador (7 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic, Galavision) and the women at the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal for a 3 p.m. 10 a.m. ET kickoff...

By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Portugal , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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MLS closer to a strike?

Labor talks did not go well Monday in Washington -- one source told me they ended in a downright nasty manner -- and the sides did not meet Tuesday, leaving just 48 hours to agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement. My understanding is that some teams have begun to...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2010; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  MLS  
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D.C. United news & notes

*D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff (post-concussion) continues to undergo neck and spine treatment and is exercising lightly. He and the club are awaiting clearance from doctors before he can begin more rigorous workouts. *Midfielder Danny Szetela (knee surgery) will reunite with the club after its return to Washington from Florida...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2010; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Gil to RSL, Lopez Out of KC, DCU-Freedom, Spector

*Luis Gil, the U.S. under-17 national team midfielder claimed by Kansas City in an MLS weighted lottery Monday, is on his way to reigning champion Real Salt Lake in a trade that will send an international roster slot, a draft choice and financial considerations to the Wizards, club executive Robb...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS  
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Tuesday kickaround

*It is "still possible" that, despite an injury, Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor will join D.C. United for a trial, General Manager Dave Kasper said. United is in Florida through Friday before returning to Washington and then heading to Mexico. Unless, of course, there is a work stoppage. Speaking of which........

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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Gil update, Fire moves, DCU news

The latest on the Kansas City Wizards winning the Luis Gil sweepstakes, as we told you exclusively earlier today. Despite Gil's desire to play out West -- which we assume was stipulated in the agreement to sign with MLS instead of opting for a European academy -- Wizards executive Robb...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Luis Gil to Wizards ... for the moment

The Kansas City Wizards have won a special weighted lottery for U.S. under-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil, who signed with MLS last week. However, the Wizards plan to trade his rights soon, sources told the Insider. The Wizards had the third-best chance of winning the lottery, behind New York...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  MLS  
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D.C. United, Ryan Nelsen, Marcelo Gallardo

*Santino Quaranta, who had major foot surgery last fall, is participating in regular workouts with D.C. United at training camp in Florida. However, still no sign of alleged trialist Jermaine Taylor, a central defender from Jamaica's national team. United (0-1-2 in preseason with no goals scored) will continue sessions in...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , D.C. United  
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Dear Mr. Anschutz

Thank you for your time, sir. Can I call you Phil? No? Okay, no worries. I feel as though I know you as well as any reporter, which isn't saying much considering you've been politely declining interviews since your 14th birthday. We were introduced before an MLS board of governors...

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  MLS  
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MLS players' union counters

We heard from the players Friday about the contentious labor talks. We received a response from MLS on Saturday. And in an e-mail to the Insider on Sunday, union executive director Bob Foose replied to the league's claims. It would take a team of mathematicians and economists to sort all...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2010; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  MLS  
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Americans abroad

With the World Cup approaching, I am going to begin limiting the weekly list to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Scandinavian-based Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Clarence Goodson (Start) and Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) have yet to begin the season while Oguchi Onyewu (AC...

By Steve Goff  |  February 21, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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