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Soccer Insider: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Matchnight: United-Fire

Greetings from RFK Stadium, on the banks of the mighty Anacostia, where winless D.C. United will play the winless Chicago Fire. It's a gorgeous, breezy late day, neither volcanic ash nor a cloud in sight. If you plan on dropping by the ballpark, bring a jacket -- it's going to...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Atlanta Beat, Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Lovel Palmer, MLS, Maicon, Maryland SoccerPlex, University of Maryland, Washington Freedom, soccer  
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Saturday kickaround

*A look ahead to tonight's D.C. United match against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium. *Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who is from Northern Virginia and played at Virginia Commonwealth, will have plenty of local support. *If you are planning to take Metro to the match, please read this. *The weather...

By Steve Goff  |  April 17, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Argentina , Canada , D.C. United , USA 2nd division  | Tags: Andrew Dykstra, Chicago Fire, Crystal Palace, D.C. United, Lionel Messi, Northern Virginia, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, soccer  
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Video: Spectacular goal by Inter Milan's Maicon

You won't believe this goal by Brazilian defender Maicon in the 75th minute of Inter Milan's 2-0 victory over 10-man Juventus:...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2010; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Brazil , Italy  | Tags: F.C. Internazionale Milano, Inter Milan, Italy, Juventus F.C., Serie A, Soccer  
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World Cup, D.C. United, MLS, Freedom

*Hurt by the global economic slump and costly flights and accommodations, the number of foreign visitors expected to attend the World Cup in South Africa this summer continues to drop. Once at 450,000, the estimate was lowered to 350,000 earlier this year and fell to 200,000 today. For more on...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , USA 2nd division , USL , Women , Youth soccer  | Tags: D.C. United, National Hockey League, South Africa, Washington Capitals, Washington Freedom, World Cup, soccer  
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D.C. United news & notes

Excuse the absence. Technical issues have prevented me from updating the blog. Let's see if the problems have been repaired (holding breath)..... Greetings from sunny RFK Stadium. United went through a light session this morning in preparation for the Saturday night match against the Chicago Fire. Midfielder Brandon Barklage, who...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Brandon Barklage, Carey Talley, Chicago Fire, D.C. United, Devon McTavish, Jaime Moreno, Josh Wicks, MLS, Santino Quaranta, Soccer  
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Seitz's problems continue in Union's loss

A few hours after being somewhat vindicated by the USSF officiating supervisors for last weekend's gaffe against D.C. United, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz yielded another dodgy goal Thursday night during a 2-1 loss at Toronto FC. This time, no one will come to his defense on Dwayne De Rosario's...

By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chris Seitz, D.C. United, Dwayne De Rosario, MLS, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC, Troy Perkins, soccer  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Italy, Inter Milan-Juventus 2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY England, Manchester City-Manchester United 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Schalke-Moenchengladbach 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, Blackburn-Everton 10 a.m. FSC England, Birmingham-Hull 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus Spain, Sevilla-Gijon noon GolTV England, West Brom-Middlesbrough noon...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: AC Milan, C.D. Chivas USA, Club Santos Laguna, D.C. United, ESPN2, FC Bayern Munich, Fox Soccer Channel, MLS, Major League Soccer, Real Madrid, Real Salt Lake, United States  
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D.C. United news & notes

*The curious case of Luciano Emilio, D.C. United and MLS continues..... United had been under the impression that, in order for the Brazilian striker to return to MLS (and for DCU to receive compensation for his rights), Emilio would have to agree to a new contract and the club would...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chicago Fire S.C., Crystal Palace Baltimore, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Major League Soccer, Philadelphia Union, Rio Branco, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Soccer, Transfer window  
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USSF: D.C. United goal shouldn't have counted

In their formal weekly review of MLS officiating, U.S. Soccer Federation supervisors said Thursday that the tying goal scored by D.C. United's Jaime Moreno in the second half against the Philadelphia Union last weekend should have been disallowed. Moreno was shadowing goalkeeper Chris Seitz, who inexplicably didn't follow through with...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chris Seitz, D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, Major League Soccer, Paul Gardner, Philadelphia Union, Soccer, Soccer America, Terry Vaughn, United States Soccer Federation  
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Video: Cruz Azul 2, Pachuca 2

Pachuca misses a late penalty kick and settles for a draw with Cruz Azul in Mexico City....

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mexico  | Tags: C.F. Pachuca, Cruz Azul, Mexico, Soccer  
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D.C. United, MLS news & notes

*Real Salt Lake surrendered a two-goal lead in regulation, scored a late equalizer in overtime and then prevailed on penalty kicks against the San Jose Earthquakes to advance to the second phase of U.S. Open Cup qualifying. RSL will play at D.C. United or Dallas next month. *Will 2007 MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: AC Milan, BMO Field, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Soccer, Toronto FC  
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Obama's World Cup promise

Will President Obama visit South Africa for the World Cup this summer? "I remember him saying that he would maybe consider coming if the American team goes to the quarterfinals, might come if they reach the semifinals, and will come to the finals," South Africa foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said....

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jacob Zuma, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Presiden Obama, South Africa, World Cup, soccer  
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U.S. national team update

*In a match featuring American goalkeepers, Brad Friedel's Aston Villa drew even in stoppage time on an own goal to tie Tim Howard and Everton, 2-2. *Midfielder Maurice Edu came off with what appeared to be a minor leg injury during stoppage time of Glasgow Rangers' 0-0 draw at Dundee....

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: AC Milan, Aston Villa F.C., Brad Friedel, DaMarcus Beasley, Oguchi Onyewu, Soccer, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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Man City, AC Milan, Americans abroad, RFK

*An update on the proposed Manchester City friendly against Club America at Georgia Dome in Atlanta on July 28: The date is set. The arena is reserved. The U.S. Soccer Federation, which oversees international matches played in the States, has granted approval. Club America will be there. City's participation, though,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , USA 2nd division  | Tags: AC Milan, Benny Feilhaber, Georgia Dome, Manchester City F.C., Premier League, Real Salt Lake, Soccer, World Cup, Yura Movsisyan  
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Video: Puma, World Cup and Gnarls Barkley

Puma gets us in the mood for the World Cup with this beautiful, African-oriented online ad filmed on location in Angola, Ghana and Ivory Coast and featuring the music of Gnarls Barkley. (Turn up the volume!)...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa  | Tags: Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, FIFA World Cup, Ghana, Gnarls Barkley, Ivory Coast, Soccer, World Cup  
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World Cup teams confront South Africa altitude

Johannesburg, which has two World Cup venues, sits at 5,900 feet, more than 600 greater than Denver's altitude. Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Polowane and Rustenburg are all above 4,000 feet. The United States will play all of its first-round matches at altitude. To adjust, the Americans will arrive in Johannesburg on a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: England, FIFA World Cup, Johannesburg, Rustenburg North West, Soccer, World Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround

*The Houston Dynamo is close to getting a new stadium (although it would also be used for college football). *The MLS process for determining final U.S. Open Cup entriees began with the Colorado Rapids defeating the Kansas City Wizards, 2-1, on a pair of goals by Wells Thompson. Former Wizard...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  College Soccer , Italy , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: C.D. Chivas USA, Club America, Colorado Rapids, Coppa Italia, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Inter Milan, Kansas City Wizards, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, MLS, Manchester City, Real Salt Lake, Samuel Eto'o, Soccer  
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Americans abroad and TV listings

It's a big day for Americans in World Cup roster contention and for those interested in watching some futbol: *Americans abroad: GK Tim Howard and Everton at Aston Villa (GK Brad Friedel) MFs Maurice Edu/DaMarcus Beasley for Rangers vs. Dundee MF Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus at Midtjylland D Clarence Goodson...

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , TV  | Tags: Aston Villa F.C., Brad Friedel, Cruz Azul, Fox Soccer Channel, Glasgow Rangers, José Francisco Torres, Maurice Edu, Tim Howard  
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Andy Najar's path to D.C. United and MLS

In this story that will appear in Wednesday's print editions, Post colleague Paul Tenorio takes a closer look at D.C. United's signing of 17-year-old midfielder Andy Najar and why, unlike athletes in other sports, soccer players are willing and able to jump to the professional level....

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Preps , Youth soccer  | Tags: Andy Najar, D.C. United, Freddy Adu, MLS, Major League Soccer, Wayne Rooney, soccer  
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What's next for D.C. United?

Between the injuries and a suspension, D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo has limited options, especially on the backline, for Saturday night's home match against the Chicago Fire. Starting center backs Dejan Jakovic (red card) and Juan Manuel Peña (hamstring injury) are unavailable, leaving Carey Talley, Julius James and Devon McTavish...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, Juan Manuel Peña, Santino Quaranta  
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D.C. United's injury list grows

The cold rain at the RFK Stadium training grounds was an appropriate backdrop for D.C. United's session Tuesday morning. As the winless club resumed work following Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union, midfielder Brandon Barklage (minor concussion), suspended defender Dejan Jakovic (shaken up after getting kicked in the chest...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Brandon Barklage, Bryan Namoff, Clyde Simms, D.C. United, MLS, Marc Burch, Philadelphia Union, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium  
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Tuesday kickaround

*A referee supervisor says Jaime Moreno's goal for D.C. United against the Philadelphia Union, a play that began with goalkeeper Chris Seitz's blunder, should have been disallowed. *MLS's U.S. Open Cup qualifying begins tonight with the Kansas City Wizards hosting the Colorado Rapids. *My print edition story about D.C. United's...

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Argentina , D.C. United , France , Italy , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Jaime Moreno, Kansas City Wizards, Lionel Messi, Pele, Philadelphia Union, Soccer, World Cup  
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D.C. United friendly vs. AC Milan on May 26

Image via WikipediaNegotiations between D.C. United and European titan AC Milan have been completed, and the clubs will face one another in a May 26 friendly at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is 8 p.m. for the Wednesday night match. For DCU season ticket holders, it is part of your annual package....

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  D.C. United , Italy  | Tags: AC Milan, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf, D.C. United, David Beckham, FIFA World Cup, Gennaro Gattuso, Serie A, Soccer, World Cup  
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MLS and WPS attendance watch

MLS Chivas USA: 12,597 (Afternoon starts in SoCal = bad idea) Philadelphia Union: 34,780 (Security delays caused by VP Biden's presence prevent fewer witnesses to D.C. United's ghastly first-half performance) New England Revolution: 12,798 (Where were you when Schilawski made history?) Kansas City Wizards: 10,228 (Near-sellout crowd takes celebration to...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Women  | Tags: C.D. Chivas USA, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Saint Louis Athletica, Washington Freedom  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Former D.C. United striker Luciano Emilio is back in Brazil, awaiting word on whether he will be able to join a new MLS club before Thursday's international transfer deadline. Should Emilio reach contract terms with the league, United would have the right of first refusal and be able to request...

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2010; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: DC United, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Luciano Emilio, Philadelphia Inquirer, Piotr Nowak, Sébastien Le Toux, Troy Perkins, University of Maryland  
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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 and Everton did not play...

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: AC Milan, Aston Villa, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, FA Cup, Freddy Adu, Hull City A.F.C., Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Soccer, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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Video: Barcelona 2, Real Madrid 0

Goals by Lionel Messi and Pedro lifted FC Barcelona into first place in Spain's La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid:...

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2010; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Spain  | Tags: FC Barcelona, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid C.F., Soccer, UEFA  
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