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Soccer Insider: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Matchnight: United-Revolution

Greetings from RFK Stadium and the 15th home opener for D.C. United. It's a delicious spring afternoon/evening in the nation's capital with a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 expected at our soulful home along the banks of the mighty Anacostia. Some things to know: From the upper levels, some unsightly...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Saturday kickaround

*Cherry Blossom madness. Charter buses clogging intersections. Tourists confused by our roadways, railways, parkways and freeways. Gorgeous weather. A Nationals-Red Sox exhibition that will end early this evening. And, then of course, D.C. United's home debut at 7:30 tonight against the New England Revolution. Whether you are driving or taking...

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Lopez signing, Ching injury, D.C. United updates

*The Colorado Rapids have completed the acquisition of Argentine attacker Claudio Lopez, who was not re-signed by Kansas City after two seasons. The Wizards will not receive compensation because they made no effort to re-sign him and the Rapids claimed him off waivers. Lopez, who arrived in Denver today, is...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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D.C. United news & notes

*My profile of D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo will appear in Saturday's print editions but is available online now. The story traces his roots in Brazil, his parents' influence on his career, his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma and his approach to his second head coaching job. *Expecting rookie goalkeeper Andrew...

By Steve Goff  |  April 2, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Friday kickaround

*Some thoughts on Thursday's MLS matches: Jamison Olave's fouls 2 1/2 minutes apart that led to Brad Davis's penalty kick goals, turning Real Salt Lake's 1-0 advantage into a 2-1 away deficit (and eventual defeat) at Houston, stirred memories of John Wilson's double infractions in 2006 that dissolved a D.C....

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2010; 8:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Youth soccer  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch? (besides Man U-Chelsea) SATURDAY England, Manchester United-Chelsea 7:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2 Germany, Schalke-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. GolTV Germany, Dortmund-Bremen 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, Sunderland-Spurs 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Arsenal-Wolves 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  TV  
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D.C. United news & notes

*D.C. United defender Devon McTavish has resumed full-time training after recovering from a hamstring-groin injury and, although he will be available Saturday night against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium, I would be surprised if he started. "I didn't have any issues running straight; it was just cutting and...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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A few minutes with Will Chang

D.C. United owner-investor Will Chang flew into Washington for today's kickoff luncheon and Saturday's home opener against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium. I touched base with him on MLS's new designated player guidelines and the prospects of a new stadium. Now that MLS has allowed two DPs per...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Thursday kickaround

Another U.S.-Mexico match in wintry conditions? This time it was a women's friendly, not a men's qualifier, and the venue was Sandy, Utah, instead of Columbus, Ohio. In a friendly played on a field glazed with snow, the Americans claimed a 1-0 victory on Abby Wambach's 60th-minute goal, the 105th...

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , England , Euro Champions League , MLS , Mexico , South Africa , TV , Women  
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Claudio Lopez to Rapids?

Argentine midfielder-forward Claudio Lopez, who was not retained by the Kansas City Wizards after two MLS seasons, is in talks with the Colorado Rapids, the Insider has learned. Lopez, 35, had 13 goals and 15 assists in 57 league appearances. The Wizards parted ways with Lopez in late February, but...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Claudio Lopez, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, MLS, Seattle Sounders  
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Valencia trip in doubt, but others in works

Valencia's U.S. tour this summer is in doubt, jeopardizing an already announced friendly against the expansion Philadelphia Union and a proposed match with D.C. United, the Insider has learned. The reason behind the possible cancellation by the prominent Spanish club was not immediately known, but it is not uncommon for...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Wednesday kickaround

*England superstar Wayne Rooney, who seems to have scored in every match this spring, will miss two to four weeks after spraining an ankle in the hectic, final moments of Manchester United's 2-1 loss at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal Tuesday. *The United States...

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , England , Euro Champions League , FIFA , MLS , Mexico , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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D.C. United, MLS news & notes

*D.C. United is in preliminary talks concerning a possible charity friendly against El Salvador's national team at RFK Stadium, club officials said. Several dates have been discussed. For whom would Christian Castillo play? United is already close to finalizing a match with Spanish club Valencia in early August and pursuing...

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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MLS Cup awarded to Toronto

I love the idea of Toronto hosting MLS Cup: a vibrant city with European flavor, a fan base passionate about both the local club and the international game, a breathtaking stadium backdrop with the skyline and lake, an intimate venue of around 22,000 with grass replacing artificial turf this season....

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Canada , MLS , Poll  
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Early Tuesday kickaround

*As of Monday afternoon, D.C. United had sold about 13,000 tickets for Saturday's home opener against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium. With nice weather expected and a possible strong walk-up crowd from the Salvadoran community to see newcomer Christian Castillo, the evening match should draw between 15,000 and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2010; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , TV  
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MLS news & notes, GolTV in HD, 90 for Bedoya

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be in Toronto on Tuesday to announce that MLS Cup will be played at BMO Field. *Following up on the Insider's report last night that Seattle was interested in Pat Noonan, the veteran attacker joined the club at training today, a club spokesman confirmed. *Dallas...

By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Clyde Simms out 4-6 weeks

Clyde Simms, who missed much of preseason after undergoing knee injury, suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain Saturday and will be sidelined four to six weeks, a significant setback for a D.C. United club that lost by four goals in its MLS season opener. The extent of the injury was...

By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Early Monday kickaround

*The Insider is hearing that Seattle has taken interest in veteran forward-midfielder Pat Noonan, who was waived by Colorado last week. No immediate comment from the Sounders. Roger Levesque started on the right side of midfield in the opener against Philadelphia and Nate Jaqua is on injured reserve until May...

By Steve Goff  |  March 29, 2010; 12:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Africa , D.C. United , MLS , Spain , Women  
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Americans abroad

With the World Cup approaching, our Sunday roundup is now limited to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus) and Charlie Davies (Sochaux) are recuperating from long-term injuries. (I am excluding injured Schalke...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Video: Morales' spectacular goals

Javier Morales provided reigning champion Real Salt Lake with the first and third goals in a 3-0 victory at San Jose -- a thunderous blast from 30 yards and an exquisite free kick from 18:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Video: Cherundolo's goal

American defender Steve Cherundolo scores on a free kick during Hanover's 4-1 Bundesliga loss to Cologne:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Germany  
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D.C. United rewind

Comcast SportsNet didn't carry it. Neither did ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel or Telefutura. So unless you were able to navigate MLS's sputtering new Web site, solve your unfriendly cable system for Direct Kick access or gathered at a local watering hole, you missed D.C. United's debut. Be glad you did....

By Steve Goff  |  March 28, 2010; 12:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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