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Thursday kickaround

Two touching postgame moments last night:

When the final whistle sounded on the USA's 9-0 rout over Haiti in the CONCACAF U-17 girls tournament in Costa Rica, Haitian keeper Alexandra Coby fell to the turf -- overwhelmed by the result of the match and undoubtedly the emotion of her nation's suffering in the wake of the earthquake. American keeper Bryane Heaberlin approached Coby to console her. Soon, the entire USA squad joined the two goalies, a moment that left the Americans in tears.

"I saw her crying and that was pretty hard for me to see," Heaberlin said. "I knew that she had probably lost people close to her, and when she goes home she might not have anywhere to go."

And in Mexico, where D.C. United defeated Santos Laguna in a friendly, the home supporters applauded the MLS players as they left the pitch. United responded by tossing their jerseys to the fans. "It's the first time that I have seen that type of class and appreciation from an opposing set of fans, especially after we just defeated the team that they support," goalie Troy Perkins said. "The whole trip has been that way. We have been treated very well, respected, and it has been wonderful."

*After agreeing to terms yesterday, Collins John signed his contract with Chicago late last night. Expect a formal announcement soon.

For today's TV listings, follow the continuation of this thread. But first....

*Pachuca needed just 45 seconds to go ahead, but Comunicaciones answered in the 73rd minute for a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. American midfielder Jose Francisco Torres of Pachuca sat this one out. The highlights:

*Soccer on TV:
Europa League, Hamburg-Anderlecht 1 p.m. GolTV
Europa League, Juventus-Fulham 3 p.m. GolTV
Libertadores, Nacional-Sao Paulo 5 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
Libertadores, Emelec-Cerro 7 p.m. FSE
CONCACAF, Arabe Unido-Cruz Azul 8 p.m. Telefutura
Europa League, Atletico Madrid-Sporting Lisbon 8 p.m. GolTV
Libertadores, Quito-Internacional 9 p.m. FSE

By Steve Goff  |  March 11, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Mexico , TV , Women  
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A local note on that U17 game against Haiti: Bethesda native Alex Doll scored the first goal, about 2 minutes in.

Posted by: Rhio | March 11, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

How much longer before Dempsey can play for Fulham?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse reporting that Dempsey is cleared to play against Juventus. Yay, even if it's a game off.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 11, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Another off-point comment, but following up on a previous blog post: a 30 second version of the Pepsi commercial featuring Drogba, Messi and Kaka, is posted on Soccer America at

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 11, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Awesome, we beat the Dirty Sanchez.

Posted by: delantero | March 11, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

That's remarkable about the Santos Laguna fans, isn't it? Is it just because United played well, or what? Maybe it's one of the regions hard-up for tourism and they're just glad anyone is visiting?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 11, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

How about the Nuevo Estadio Corona? Very nice venue!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | March 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Nice show of class, good sport and solidarity from the U17 ladies and the Santos fans. Kudos to both, as I respect that kind of stuff.

Posted by: Kosh2 | March 11, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

a new fan base at Santos Laguna?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

a new fan base at Santos Laguna?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

So, is Torreon offering us a new stadium?

Posted by: timspears | March 11, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

btw, if you have DirecTV, they're showing all of the Europa Leauge games for free. There's even a mix channel.
channel 461

Posted by: StewartDC8 | March 11, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Awesome, we beat the Dirty Sanchez.

Posted by: delantero | March 11, 2010 11:10 AM

Dude. This is a family blog.

Speaking of nice gestures, I wonder what Santos Laguna's namesake did to convey their empathy with players of Naviraiense, after Robinho and Co. thrashed them 10-0 in a Copa Brasil match yesterday? Nice sportsmanship there. I think they toned down the dancing after the sixth goal.

Posted by: fischy | March 11, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Very classy of Santos fans indeed. I couldn't picture DCU fans applauding the Santos team after they beat us at home. Well, the majority of the stadium probably would be applauding, but they would be Mexican Santos fans from the beginning.

Touching about the girls Haiti match, too. Glad to see that. It makes me wonder if, out of the same good sportsmanship and compassion, they should have refrained from pulling the trigger on those 8th and 9th goals in the first place.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

There's no crying in soccer.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 12, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

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