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Tuesday kickaround

*The Silverdome, a 1994 World Cup venue that was recently sold for less than Luciano Emilio's 2009 salary, will host a four-team international tournament in late May. Ghana has allegedly committed. So let me get this straight: A World Cup-bound squad is going to travel to Detroit three weeks before the big event being held on its home continent to play in a meaningless tournament on artificial turf against Puerto Rico and then either Kenya or Malaysia?

*Soccer fans from the USA continue to be among the front-runners in World Cup ticket purchasing: In the fourth phase of sales, Americans are second after host South Africa.

*Canada will play Argentina in a May 24 friendly in Buenos Aires. D.C. United's Dejan Jakovic meets Lionel Messi?

*The Kansas City Wizards announced the signing of Danish goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, which raises the question: What ever happened to Kevin Hartman? The club did not exercise the option on his contract, despite the fact that he had a 1.40 goals against average with seven shutouts on a bad team last year and is among the most accomplished keepers in MLS history (first in saves, shutouts and victories). Hartman, 35, is currently in U.S. national team camp. Will anyone pursue him? Most clubs are set at that position. Expansion Philadelphia could use an experienced keeper, though Union believes Chris Seitz is ready to be a full-time starter.

For the full slate of Americans in action in Europe today.....

*Americans abroad:
GK Tim Howard and MF Landon Donovan for Everton vs. Sporting Lisbon in Europa League

D Jay DeMerit and Watford at QPR
F Kenny Cooper and Plymouth vs. Swansea City
D Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday vs. Doncaster
F Mike Grella and Leeds vs. Walsall

By Steve Goff  |  February 16, 2010; 9:26 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , Argentina , Canada , MLS  
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Comments

Anyone know what Hartman made last year? Has he priced himself out of what most MLS teams are willing to spend on a keeper?

Posted by: joemybro | February 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize Hartman was no longer attached. Had DCU not picked up Troy in the offseason, it would have been a no-brainer to go after him.

Who is the GK for the Red Bulls? Maybe there is interest there?

Posted by: jofij | February 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Someone is going to have to explain the economics of that Detroit tournament to me.

Posted by: JkR- | February 16, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Ghana is sending a second-string team to Detroit? I hope so - sending the World Cup participants would make no sense. Unless the Ghanian Federation officials stand to make a large amount of money for themselves, which seems unlikely.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | February 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Economics and Detroit in the same sentence?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 16, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Economics and Detroit in the same sentence?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 16, 2010 10:03 AM

++++++++++++++

I'm good with this explanation, thx...

Posted by: JkR- | February 16, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I doubt the Ghanaians were rolling in offers to play somewhere in Africa, so they had to travel. In this case, someone else handles the logistics so they can get a couple games? Sounds like a winner to me. While I believe a country should schedule the toughest competition possible, others -- apparently like the Ghanaians -- want weak competition in order to work on chemistry and tactics.

Now, why the organizers want to do this is beyond me.

Posted by: troy6 | February 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I seem to recall a tournament to be played in the US in the end of May involving the USA, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. Could Ghana be the fourth team and this Detroit tournament more preparation?

Posted by: Josh86 | February 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know of a feed for the Everton game?

Posted by: CYork1 | February 16, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

CYork, try ATDHE.net, maybe rojadirecta.com as well.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Pops!

Posted by: CYork1 | February 16, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

That's the dumbest idea for a tournament I've ever heard. Does the promoter really think they'll draw?

Posted by: delantero | February 16, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I went to the website for this "Green Bowl" tournament. Looks like a 7th grader did it. Cut and paste from a "word" document. Very suspect. Can't see many teams wanting to come play indoors on artificial turf from the 90's.

Posted by: boda-united | February 16, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Does it look like DCU overpaid for Perkins now? Strange because you would think Onalfo is aware of the GK situation in KC.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | February 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The Pontiac Silverdome has been cursed ever since that drummer for Spinal Tap got hit by a meteorite right after the rabid dog ran up on stage and bit him...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Well, looks like we gave up a lot for Perkins, and now a perfectly good option is just sitting there.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

To use a seemingly popular descriptor:

Perkins > Hartman

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 16, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Argy Bargy lineup in!

And curling on the tube. Good lunch break.

Enjoy the games boys

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ghana is excited about the possibility of getting paid in $3 bills

http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/detroitcheers18809.aspx

Posted by: csd1 | February 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

That's the dumbest idea for a tournament I've ever heard. Does the promoter really think they'll draw?
*******************************

Time to call in Seattle Sounders FC.

Capacity is listed at roughly 70,000 for the Silverdome. I figure hold the game on a Tuesday around 08:00a.m. Seattle away fans should number about 50-55,000. So then if they can just scrape up a few more attendees from the area the event should make some money.

Posted by: DCB23 | February 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Heard this over the weekend, but US Soccer posted it today - Goodson is coming to camp for the Honduras match.

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2010/02/Clarence-Goodson-to-Join-US-Camp-before-Match-against-El-Salvador.aspx

Posted by: soccerman | February 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Oops! I meant El Salvador...in Tampa next week.

Posted by: soccerman | February 16, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the laugh DCB23.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Are they serious with the name? Yesterday on Tyra Bank's show they had "Soccer Moms who smoke pot" vs Fat Cranky Mom's that don't. Coincidence?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha, I might have to start recording Tyra Banks. Classic.

Posted by: delantero | February 16, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I just checked that tournament website. Are they really proposing for those teams to play two games on back to back nights? On artificial turf? Ghana would be crazy to subject their players to that less than a month before the World Cup.

Posted by: isaac101 | February 16, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

joedoc-as-Rand-al-Thor, 12:45pm post specifically:

Exactly right. I can't believe there are people insinuating that waiting on Hartman would have been a better move. Perkins is better than him now, is much younger, and will continue to improve from what's already a good starting point. Hartman is going to get older and worse, and frankly has been overrated for a long time anyway.

Plus, he dyes his hair bleach blond in his mid-30s. That's the kind of decision making you don't want in your keeper.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 16, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Perkins is one of our smart acquisitions in this offseason of penny pinching. What about a CENTER-MID to replace the likes of Gomez and Galiardo and Etchevery. We cannot even consider the playoffs without one!

Posted by: lemovs1 | February 16, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

hartman made what most keepers at his level make in this league, i believe 165- which is what i believe they signed the new kc keeper for. Hartman was negotiating for the same amount if not less for this upcoming season...he was defender of the year last year for kansas and is still a quality keeper. Hopefully he ends up on a team that appreciates him.

Posted by: welliver19 | February 16, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"Soccer Moms who smoke pot" vs Fat Cranky Mom's that don't. Coincidence?
Posted by: DadRyan
============

But smoking pot makes you hungry.
Which makes you eat pizza.
Which makes you fat and
Which cuts into your pot budget.
Which makes you cranky.

Mock not the fat cranky moms, they just lit up too much.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ghana is excited about the possibility of getting paid in $3 bills
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/detroitcheers18809.aspx
Posted by: csd1
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I'm the official distributor of the DC scrip, Fentybux. Send me your minimum order of $100. Fentybux are accepted at participating local businesses like Circuit City, Olsson's Books and Records, and DC United Park at Poplar Point.

A similar scip is available for school supplies. It's called... wait for it... wait for it... Rheebux.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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