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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 against Iceland (no TV; follow the game on the USSF's Web site). The women's preview is here; I will take a closer look at the men's match later today.

*Will two Algerians be suspended for the World Cup?

*Read and listen to Tony Limarzi's interview with D.C. United's Bryan Namoff, who discusses post-concussion syndrome and his efforts to return to action.

*Shauna Rohbock, who played for the San Diego Spirit in the WUSA, is the pilot of a two-person U.S. bobsled team that is in sixth place after Tuesday's runs at the Olympics.

*Americans abroad:
GKs Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan for Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace in FA Cup
MF Stuart Holden and Bolton at Spurs in FA Cup
(Read this nice feature about Holden in The Independent)

For today's TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
Champions League, CSKA Moscow-Sevilla 12:15 p.m. Setanta
Italy, Fiorentina-AC Milan 12:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Champions League, Inter Milan-Chelsea 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
Champions League, CSKA Moscow-Sevilla 5 p.m. (taped) FSC
Copa Libertadores, Monterrey-Nacional 10 p.m. FSE
Friendly, USA-El Salvador 7 p.m. ESPN Classic, Galavision
Champions League, Inter Milan-Chelsea 8:30 p.m. (taped) Setanta
Friendly, Mexico-Bolivia 11 p.m. Telemundo

By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Portugal , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Comments

Boooo Shauna. Atlanta's Elana Meyers won the #1 brake job, but Shauna didn't want to compete with her. After one day, Shauna is in 6th, Elana 2nd. Haha.

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Namoff! You're our best striker! :-) Seriously, we fans have got your back!

Posted by: JRandomReader | February 24, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

""Belhadj could be banned for up to four matches for a violent two-footed tackle

Chaouchi faces a even longer sanction for a head butt on referee Bonaventure Coffi Codjia in the first half""

Is there really consideration for allowing these two Algerians to play in the Cup? A multiple game ban seems like an obvious consequence.

Posted by: delantero | February 24, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

anyone know if the US v El Salvador game is going to be replayed later that night?

that game, the VT v BC basketball game, and Canada v Russia is more than my DVR can handle at once. After the display the US put on against Honduras, I think watching the same group of guys again is the least appealing of the three options.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 24, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Shauna is awesome. I was at BYU when she played, and she was a beast on the field. Good to see her still competing, if not in soccer.

Posted by: DCU4LIFE | February 24, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

is anyone else having trouble finding ussoccer.com's match tracker? it's killing me not to be there in the algarve, and now I can't even find out what's going on. please post a link if anyone else has found it. thanks.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Why is the Algarve Cup always referred to as "prestigious"??? Who (besides journalists themselves) confers the prestige on this tournament? And if it is really so prestigious, why isn't it on TV?

Posted by: DaveBrett | February 24, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

it's prestigious because the top teams of the world -- excepting Brazil -- always play in it, so it is the only annual gauge of the relative strength of the teams. World Cups and Olympics actually have weaker brackets by having more teams participate.

it's not on TV because producers don't think they can make money off of it. the same reason why many other sports and competitions aren't on TV.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

joe_hill:

If you're using the right series of tubes, the USMNT should be archived on espn360.com for about a week.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 24, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

ussoccer has posted they have a datacenter outage. the box score for US-Iceland says 0-0; given that the clock is still working, that score might be accurate. Iceland is a latecomer to the powers of women's soccer, but they are a talented team. Two years ago, they were in the "non-competitive" group at Algarve, but they mopped the floor with the other teams and were promoted to the competitive divisions last year. They upset Norway and only lost to us 0-1.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

USA just scored! 1-0 over Iceland at 60 minutes.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

and another! 2-0 USA! the first was an own goal by Iceland, the second was by Cheney at 62nd minute.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

by the way Goff, it started 3 pm Portugal time. 10 am here.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Just realized that. Thanks. Sorry for bad info

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I see you figured that out and deleted the post!

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

no sweat, Steve. you provide so much good information that we all keep coming back.

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Namoff. With the neck injury added to the concussion problems it sounds like he may still have a long recovery ahead of him.

I didn't see the African Nations Cup game where the Algerians were suspended. I assume suspensions have to be served in official competition and not in friendlies?

Suspensions don't last forever. It always seemed kind of unfair to me that Daniele de Rossi was able to lift a World Cup trophy after busting open McBride's face with an elbow earlier in the tournament (he did serve a several game suspension in between).

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 24, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

TV note: apparently Spurs-Bolton (with Holden potentially in the side) will be on Setanta today. Everyone seems to be listing it, except for Setanta themselves. Typical.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

why would any referee not send off immediately a player who head-butted him? Much less leave it out of his match report entirely? I am guessing it was not much of a head butt. But still any type of physical assault on the referee must result in a very long suspension.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 24, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

That is a good read about Holden. Funny how life goes -- how Coyle's managerial switch brought Holden to his father's old home town. I'm just wondering about the opening of the piece-- is it really Bolton Wanderer (instead of Wanderers), or is that a typo?

On the Algerian story -- I take back everything I said about the CAF Board in connection with banning Togo. Clearly, these gentleman have the greater interests of sport and their tournament at heart, and know exactly what they're doing. If they're considering lengthy bans for Belhadj (who just happens to be one of the best defenders in the EPL) and the Algerian goalie, I'm sure they're deserved. The fact that it will be easier for the USA to score a goal or two against Algeria -- that doesn't even enter my mind. I trust it won't influence their deliberations.

Posted by: fischy | February 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

troy, you've been down there, right? Looks like an extremely small town...

Posted by: Reignking | February 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Insider Nation! My ride down to Richmond has fallen through this weekend for the North American Hand Made Bike Show! Is anyone else around here plan on going? I'll give you gas money and buy some beers or something if I can come along. I wanted to go down on Saturday morning and come back whenever.
I know this is crazy to ask here, but all my flakey bike messenger friends are too broke to go because of the work lost due to the snow storms.
This will be bicycle porn at it's finest, alive and in the flesh!
http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com/

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Galavision is available on Comcast in DC? Is that the only Spanish-language station airing the game?

Posted by: jleppig | February 24, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

fischy, i always thought it was The Bolton Wanderers...

Posted by: VTUnited | February 24, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope the Algerians aren't given suspensions of exactly two games. That would kind of suck for us...

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

is it really Bolton Wanderer (instead of Wanderers), or is that a typo?

Posted by: fischy | February 24, 2010 11:55 AM

Sometimes the attendance at the Reebok makes it look like there's only one Bolton Wanderer there.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

DudeRyan, MTV needs to create a show starring you...

Hang in there, Bryan. Fully recover, then get out on the pitch. We look forward to seeing you.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

hey RK, yep, I've been to all those towns and your expectation is correct. they were all originally small fishing villages and then the British discovered it for summer boozing. So, every flat space has a concrete condo tower either falling apart or under construction. the villages themselves are still nice, though. for the European Cup they built a 40k seat stadium down there. problem is, they didn't have a team to go in it after the cup. it's fun being one of 25 or 30 fans there for a game. when you shout at a player, you KNOW they can hear you!

Posted by: troy6 | February 24, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

TV note: apparently Spurs-Bolton (with Holden potentially in the side) will be on Setanta today. Everyone seems to be listing it, except for Setanta themselves. Typical.
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who/where is "Everyone" ?!!?! It's being played on Setanta Australia and Setanta Ireland, but every source I have says no go on SetantaUSA

Posted by: crocken | February 24, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I personally like the divergence between the Independent headline about Donovan and what he actually said:

Headline: "Everton Star Donovan Stunned by Facebook Campaign."

Donovan on Facebook campaign: "I was not aware of that...it's pretty funny."

Posted by: diego_r | February 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

who/where is "Everyone" ?!!?! It's being played on Setanta Australia and Setanta Ireland, but every source I have says no go on SetantaUSA

Posted by: crocken | February 24, 2010 1:04 PM

DirecTV's online guide has "FA Cup Soccer, Teams TBA"

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/epg/theGuide.jsp?d=55&h=15&timeZone=e&c=24031

And Tribune Media Sources claims that it will be Bolton-Spurs (sorry, that's via BigSoccer postings and it isn't literally everyone on earth).

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse


fischy, i always thought it was The Bolton Wanderers...

Posted by: VTUnited | February 24, 2010 12:31 PM |
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Boom goes the dynamite!

@Goff -- I asked this before and haven't seen a definitive answer -- James counts as an international and Wallace does not, right? Is Wallace GA or does he have a residency?

I ask for two reasons: First, if United adds Arzu, I believe that would be a sixth international. That leaves room for Ashton to bring back a Brazilian, or to wait until after the World Cup to see if DCU can get their hands on an aging star. (I'm assuming we're down to 7 slots, but there was some question raised as to whether we hold one of the Rapids; slots form the Gomez deal);

Second, on the off chance that MLS does not go into the cr*pper, I want to urge James (and Wallace, if need be) to go get the residency paperwork started if it's not already. Green cards and/or citizenship would be helpful to the team (much more flexibility) and it might offer greater job stability. When you're an athletic young prospect with lots of potential, the teams are delighted to use an international slot. When you're older, you have to be a top performer to warrant the slot.

Posted by: fischy | February 24, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Wallace is not GA anymore.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 24, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

North Korea - Myanmar today... who ya got??

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

It will be a close game. Myanmar will have a few shots, but they will all shave the goalpost. North Korea will nick them in the end.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 24, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Holden will indeed start for Bolton tonight...

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, O'Brien, Samuel, Holden, Muamba, Cohen, Gardner, Taylor, Klasnic (Subs: Al Habsi, Riga, Shi**u, Elmander, Chung-Yong, Kevin Davies, Robinson)

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan: if I still lived in VA I would 1) be at the show and 2) give you a ride. I'll call all my bike buddies and see if someone could pick you up. They may not like soccer but they are good people anyway.

Posted by: evanskr521 | February 24, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

thanks evanskr521, I'm still looking around for a ride... I may end up throwing one of my bikes on the Chinatown bus if I have to...
I've been drooling on my computer for the last 5 years, and it would be a damn shame not to go check it out

Also, glad I noticed that tonight's US/ES match will be on ESPN360!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I270 -- so after the match they all splash on Aqua Velva?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | February 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

North Korea - Myanmar today... who ya got??

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 2:11 PM
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Is that in curling or ice dancing?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 24, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Well you don't see this everyday...

"Palace goal: Ah, the FA Cup. It's magical, isn't it. Neil Warnock is punching the air as Stephen Warnock clumsily trips Alan Lee inside the Villa box and Darren Ambrose steps up to slot past Brad Guzan."

Foul committed by the son of the opposing team's manager

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Updated FA Cup QF ties...

Chelsea v Stoke City
Fulham v Tottenham
Reading v Aston Villa
Portsmouth v Birmingham City
(Ties to be played on 6/7 March)

Some may call them boring, purists would go with 'old school'. Tomayto/Tomahto.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 24, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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