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Soccer Insider: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

United rewind

Remind me again, who was the expansion team Saturday in Philadelphia? D.C. United was amateur and atrocious in the first half of the 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union, whose attack wouldn't frighten an under-17 travel team. Before striking for a hat trick against DCU, Sebastien Le Toux had scored...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Barack Obama, Chris Seitz, D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, Joe Biden, Philadelphia Union, Santino Quaranta, Soccer, Sébastien Le Toux, Troy Perkins  
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Freedom fall to Boston in opener

It wasn't until late last season when the Washington Freedom began to click offensively, mostly behind a finally-healthy Abby Wambach, who had worked back to full form from a broken leg. On Saturday evening at Maryland SoccerPlex in the opener for Women's Professional Soccer's second season, the Freedom again showed...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 10, 2010; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Allie Long, Cat Whitehill, Defender, Forward, Kelly Smith, Kristine Lilly, Lauren Cheney, Midfielder  
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WPS Matchday: Breakers at Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where WPS Season Two is set to kickoff at 7 PM with the Freedom hosting the Boston Breakers. It's a beautiful day for soccer -- I got my game in earlier today -- and the perfect setting to open the league. The crowd is filing in...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 10, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Washington Freedom, Women's Professional Soccer  
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Matchday: United-Union

Greetings from south Philadelphia, home of the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, Sixers and, for a few months, the MLS expansion Union. It's a gorgeous, breezy afternoon with thousands of supporters representing both clubs filling the parking lots. With Vice President Biden on the way for pregame festivities (no, he won't be...

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Aviation accidents and incidents, Blackburn Rovers F.C., DC United, Piotr Nowak, Piotr Nurowski, Poland's Olympic Committee, Pope John Paul II, Sons of Ben  
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D.C. United in Philly, Freedom at SoccerPlex

Image via Wikipedia *D.C. United and 1,000 of its supporters will be guests at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday for the expansion Union's home debut. Kickoff is 6 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel). Join me on the Insider for the pregame scene and the DCU lineup. *The Washington...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2010; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Barcelona , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Real Madrid , USA 2nd division , Women  | Tags: AC St. Louis, Boston Breakers, D.C. United, Fox Soccer Channel, Lincoln Financial Field, Maryland SoccerPlex, Washington Freedom, Women's Professional Soccer  
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D.C. United news & notes

*On the day that D.C. United was finally cleared by MLS to announce the signing of Andrew Quinn, the club also had to reveal that the rookie goalkeeper will be sidelined five months with a knee injury suffered in Wednesday's training session. With Troy Perkins and Bill Hamid atop the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: DC United, Josh Wicks, Luciano Emilio, Major League Soccer, Troy Perkins  
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World Cup ticket sales lagging

Image via WikipediaThe global economy is a mess. Airfare is expensive. Safety is a concern. Transportation within the country is a challenge. What does it all mean for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which kicks off in two months in Johannesburg? Lots of unsold tickets. According to this...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , FIFA  | Tags: FIFA World Cup, Johannesburg, Soccer, South Africa, World Cup  
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Andy Najar out, Chris Pontius in for D.C. United

Andy Najar, the 17-year-old midfielder who started D.C. United's opener and entered in the second half of the second match, did not accompany the club north for Saturday's MLS match against the expansion Philadelphia Union at Lincoln Financial Field because of a sore ankle. He jogged on the side at...

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chris Pontius, DC United, Danny Allsopp, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Union  
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AC/DC: AC Milan vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium?

D.C. United is in talks to play world soccer power AC Milan in late May at RFK Stadium.

By Steve Goff  |  April 9, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United , Italy , MLS  | Tags: AC Milan, Chelsea FC, D.C. United, F.C. Internazionale Milano, FC Barcelona, Serie A, World Cup  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch (besides Real Madrid-Barcelona)? FRIDAY Mexico, Tecos-Tigres 9 p.m. ET, Galavision SATURDAY Germany, Hanover-Schalke 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Hull-Burnley 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, West Ham-Sunderland 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus English FA Cup semifinals, Aston Villa-Chelsea noon FSC Spain, Malaga-Sevilla noon GolTV Italy,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 11:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: AC Milan, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, F.C. Internazionale Milano, FC Bayern Munich, Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV, Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F., Soccer  
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Biden to Philly, Fulham to semis, MLS, Emilio

*Vice President Joe Biden will participate in pregame ceremonies Saturday for the expansion Philadelphia Union's home debut against D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field. He will be joined by Philly native Walter Bahr, 83, a member of the 1950 U.S. World Cup squad that upset England. *In the works for...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , MLS  | Tags: Atlético Madrid, Clint Dempsey, DC United, Fulham, Joe Biden, Luciano Emilio, Philadelphia Union, Troy Perkins, UEFA Europa League  
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Emilio eager to return to MLS, play for Philly

Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio is losing patience with D.C. United to trade his rights and would like to join a new MLS club, preferably the expansion Philadelphia Union, as soon as possible. "I am very frustrated with this situation," he told the Insider. "I am not happy they are keeping...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: DC United, Luciano Emilio, Major League Soccer, Philadelphia Union, Troy Perkins  
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Ben Olsen, Josh Gros and Philadelphia

D.C. United assistant coach Ben Olsen grew up in Middletown, Pa., just down the Susquehanna from the state capital, Harrisburg, and 90 miles west of Philadelphia. With United set to face the expansion Union on Saturday in the first meeting of what should become a spirited MLS rivalry, I asked...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Ben Olsen, DC United, Ned Flanders  
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D.C. United news & notes

Greetings from RFK Stadium..... *Midfielder Andy Najar has a minor ankle ailment and jogged on the side while the rest of the club worked out. Forward Chris Pontius did not participate because of a hamstring issue. Their status for Saturday's match at Philadelphia will be updated Friday. *Goalkeeper Andrew Quinn...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chris Pontius, DC United, Lincoln Financial Field, Luciano Emilio, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium  
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Thursday kickaround

*Rookie Andrew Quinn, D.C. United's No. 3 goalkeeper, will have surgery on his right knee today to repair damage suffered in training Wednesday. He has torn meniscus and possible ligament problems. The timetable for a return won't be known until after the procedure is completed. *Pachuca advanced to the CONCACAF...

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Euro Champions League , MLS , TV  | Tags: Atlético Madrid, CONCACAF, Standard Liège, UEFA Europa League, Wayne Rooney  
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Euro results, DCU injury, Dempsey out

*With Bayern Munich's stirring comeback at Old Trafford and the French derby settled, the UEFA Champions League semifinals are set: Inter Milan vs. Barcelona (April 20 and 28) Bayern Munich vs. Lyon (April 21 and 27) The final is May 22 in Madrid. Bayern trailed Manchester United 3-0 late in...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Euro Champions League , MLS , USSF  | Tags: Arjen Robben, Claudio Reyna, D.C. United, DaMarcus Beasley, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United F.C., Old Trafford, UEFA Champions League  
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Matchday: Rooney starts for Manchester United

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who was set to miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury, is in the starting lineup for today's Champions League match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Man U won lost the first leg, 2-1, on the road. Could you imagine the outcry...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  England , Euro Champions League  | Tags: Alex Ferguson, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney  
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Luciano Emilio's future in MLS

Luciano Emilio is in limbo, his stint with Brazilian club Rio Branco over, his MLS rights held by D.C. United and the league's international window set to close in eight days. He returned to Washington last week to sort through personal matters -- he owns a home here -- and,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: C.D. Chivas USA, DC United, Major League Soccer  
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Wednesday kickaround

*Brian Ching discusses his hamstring injury and World Cup outlook. In need of frontline help, the Dynamo has Joseph Ngwenya (a former Houston player who went to Europe a few years ago) on trial. ... Costa Rican defender Dario Delgado, on loan from Puntarenas, has joined Chivas USA. He has...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Euro Champions League , MLS , Mexico  | Tags: C.D.S.C. Cruz Azul, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, FC Bayern Munich, Fox Soccer Channel, Manchester United F.C., UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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Messi vs. Maradona

Clever video with Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona matching one another's magical moments: Related articles by ZemantaWorld Cup 2010: Argentina will change tactics to accommodate Lionel Messi (telegraph.co.uk)...

By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2010; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Argentina  | Tags: Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi  
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Lionel Messi 4, Arsenal 1

No words necessary. Well, maybe a few. Read about Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona in: The Guardian The Daily Mail The BBC The Times of London The Sun Video while it lasts here....

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Argentina , Euro Champions League , Spain  | Tags: FC Barcelona, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Spain  
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D.C. United, MLS news & notes

Greetings from RFK Stadium, where it is much too warm for April 6. After a day off and a reserve match, D.C. United resumed work this morning at the sweltering training grounds. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins did not participate because of a stomach illness but Coach Curt Onalfo said he thinks...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: DC United  
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Tuesday kickaround

Image via Wikipedia*France Football magazine is reporting that several French players might be headed to MLS this summer. The list includes Barcelona forward Thierry Henry, 32, who has been liked to a U.S. move since last year; Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira, 33; Villarreal winger Robert Pires, 36; PSG midfielder...

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , Euro Champions League , France , MLS , Spain , TV  | Tags: Fox Soccer Channel, La Liga, Patrick Vieira, Real Madrid C.F., Thierry Henry  
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D.C. United, MLS, Americans abroad

*Using reserves and non-roster players, D.C. United defeated second-division Crystal Palace, 5-2, in a scrimmage at the RFK Stadium training grounds. Adam Cristman scored in the 10th minute and Danny Allsopp connected in the 51st and 65th. Junior Da Silva, the younger brother of former DCU midfielder Fred, and trialist...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , USA 2nd division  
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Monday kickaround

*In addition to Manchester United's all-but-certain visit to Houston's Reliant Stadium this summer to play the MLS all-stars, we're hearing the Reds might drop by Philadelphia for a friendly against an opponent to be determined. *MLS attendance watch..... Houston: 18,197 (It was actually 18,196, but Luis Angel Landin took two...

By Steve Goff  |  April 5, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , Spain  
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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) and Charlie Davies (Sochaux) are recuperating from long-term injuries. GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 (PK save) in Everton's...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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United rewind

A few thoughts on D.C. United's 2-0 loss to New England at RFK Stadium: *Great crowd of more than 20,000, lots of passion and intensity, and with Christian Castillo on the roster, the Salvadoran fans were back. In pregame introductions, the loudest reactions (in my opinion) were for, in...

By Steve Goff  |  April 4, 2010; 12:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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