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Thursday kickaround

*American forward Charlie Davies, badly injured in a car wreck outside of Washington in October, has arrived in France to rejoin his teammates at Sochaux. A timetable for a return to competitive soccer remains unclear: "Still a little ways to go but HERE WE GO," he wrote on his Twitter page.

*More good news: Paraguayan star Salvador Cabanas, shot in the head in Mexico City last month, was moved out of intensive care.

*Princes William and Harry to the World Cup!

*With the MLS reserve division a distant memory, D.C. United has arranged spring exhibitions to provide match experience for its secondary players. The opponents will be second-division Crystal Palace Baltimore (March 29, 11 a.m.), third-division Real Maryland (April 11, 11 a.m.) and the University of Maryland (April 14, 10 a.m.). The matches will be played at the RFK training grounds and are free to the public.

*Americans abroad:
Wednesday
MF Maurice Edu 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 Scottish Cup win over St. Mirren
MF DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Rangers
MF Stuart Holden not in the 18 for Bolton's 0-0 tie at Wigan
MF Jose Francisco Torres 76 in Pachuca's 1-0 loss to Chivas
F Freddy Adu 66 (goal) in Aris' 3-0 Greek Cup win over Xanthi
F Eddie Johnson 15 for Aris
MF Marco Vidal 90 in Indios' 7-1 loss at Atlas
F Herculez Gomez 27 (goal) in Puebla's 1-0 win over San Luis
Thursday
D Edgar Castillo and Tigres vs. Santos Laguna

For the TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
Europa League, Villarreal-Wolfsburg 1 p.m. ET, GolTV
Europa League, Atletico Madrid-Galatasaray 3 p.m. GolTV
Copa Libertadores, Universidad Chile-Caracas 5 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Copa Libertadores, Alianza-Estudiantes 7:30 p.m. FSE
Europa League, Panathinaikos-Roma 8 p.m. GolTV

By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

USL1 and USL2 ought to BE the reserve division for MLS. Just have each MLS team loan its reserves to the closest USL teams. The MLS clubs get meaningful minutes for its players and the USL clubs get good players they don't have to pay. Is there any obstacle other than the pig-headed mutual dislike between MLS and USL leadership?

Posted by: troy6 | February 18, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Given some of the pictures I've seen from Lot 8, I don't think we'll be tailgating for these exhibitions...

Posted by: HowdyDCU | February 18, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

troy, I've wondered the same thing, since it seems like such a natural fit. regardless, I'm happy to see that our 2nd tier guys can get some playing time to stay sharp, even if it isn't in the most competitive of matches.

Posted by: nairbsod | February 18, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Mutual dislike is part of it, but there is also the development factor.

Say you're Real Maryland and are handed a young player United wants to groom into a wide midfielder. With RM though he would be best suited as a forward becuase of his goal scoring abilities.

Who decides what position he plays? Also, who does he train with?

Without control of the lower division club, the MLS sides would be taking a big risk in development of their prospects.

I think you would need a deeper agreement between the clubs than you see in baseball or hockey.

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

just saw an "ask tim howard and landon donovan" thing at CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/02/18/footballl.ask.howard.donovan/

Posted by: dfunkt | February 18, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The 4-11 game is 16 hours after the away game in Philly. We don't have enough players to field two separate teams, so there are going to be some game/travel weary players that morning. I know the reserve games were the day after games, too, but they were at home. Seems like there would be a better time to play a reserve match, doesn't it?

Posted by: DrBeaker | February 18, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Beasley wasn't in the first team, but he did play and score for Ranger's reserves.

Posted by: Kenobi | February 18, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What do Rangers and Aston Villa have in common?

Only one American on the field at at a time.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting for some posts about how 20 y.o. Freddy Adu is such a failure and we should stop paying attention to anything he does...

Posted by: teo_68 | February 18, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@teo_68 -- here goes. Nice that Freddy has scored two goals in the Greek league. Remember, however, that Lucio Filomeno also plays and scores there as well. Just remember the level of competition.

Posted by: griffin1108 | February 18, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link to Freddy's Goal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieGeO6Eg7b8

Posted by: lrg1231 | February 18, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Good to see some matches again at the training field. The TV listings don't matter to me for the next couple of weeks. I'll be watching the Olympics.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | February 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Can you say "HERCULES GOALMEZ"!

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | February 18, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I heard that Vergara, owner of the Chivas, lost the naming rights to his own club including Chivas USA. Apparently they are suppose to be rebranding Chivas USA before the start of the season.

Anyone else picked up on that news?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 18, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hercules, Hercules! Sorry, ever time I see his name I can't resist the urge.

Posted by: CYork1 | February 18, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"Harry is expected to hook up with his girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, while in South Africa."

Anyone else think this is TMI?

@CYork1: I hope you clap your hands whiel chanting that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 18, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@Dips -- I posted about that here a couple of days ago. Since then, a few people have posted the link to the Mexican press report. So, to answer your question -- Yes, we've picked up on that news.

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Why would Charlie rejoin his teammates if it weren't to train . a little, at least?

If he was still solely rehabbing, it'd make more sense to stay home . . unless he can't stay away from the legendary French hospitality and warmth.

Posted by: delantero | February 18, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'll take Hulk over Hercules

Posted by: GeneWells | February 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, why would Charlie want to go to France...I can't imagine :)

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, why would Charlie want to go to France...I can't imagine :)

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2010 12:03 PM
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Because he's tired of having to chase Gene Wells away every other night while going through Charlie's garbage?

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Good to see some matches again at the training field. The TV listings don't matter to me for the next couple of weeks. I'll be watching the Olympics.

Posted by: Gambrills4

Apparently so are a lot of others. Last night's coverage beat American Idol in the ratings. Beating American Idol is impressive to say the least.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 18, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Apparently so are a lot of others. Last night's coverage beat American Idol in the ratings. Beating American Idol is impressive to say the least.

Posted by: croftonpost

Didn't on Tuesday, though.

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently so are a lot of others. Last night's coverage beat American Idol in the ratings. Beating American Idol is impressive to say the least.

Posted by: croftonpost

Didn't on Tuesday, though.

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Tuesday's numbers were much closer than last night's numbers were. Having said that, I doubt Fox cares about any pats on the back right now. There unbeatable monster has taken a major hit. This wouldn't have happened four years ago.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 18, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Hulk over Hercules

Posted by: GeneWells |

Who was asking?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The HD is great, but NBC is lame focusing so much attention to just the Yanks and whatever flavor of the minute super stars are on ice.
The Flying Tomato may be unbeatable but many of the snow boarders who got little or no shine in the pipe last night are plenty entertaining to watch. The Japanese dudes had sickening style, wished I had seen more of the field.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 18, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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