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Soccer Insider: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Tight races in European leagues

The Champions League is down to the final few matches. The World Cup is rapidly approaching. Scandal has rocked the French national team. But with the European leagues nearing the end of the calendar, the primary focus is on the compelling races for the domestic trophies. Here's a look at...

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Bundesliga , England , France , Italy , Netherlands , Portugal , Spain  | Tags: Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, Champions League, F.C. Internazionale Milano, FC Bayern Munich, La Liga, Ligue 1, Manchester United F.C., Premier League, Real Madrid C.F., Soccer, UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround

*In front of another sparse crowd at Pizza Hut Park, Jeff Cunningham converted a controversial penalty kick in stoppage time -- his second PK of the evening -- to help offset Fredy Montero's 40-yard free kick and lift FC Dallas (0-1-3) to a 2-2 draw with the Seattle Sounders (2-1-2)....

By Steve Goff  |  April 23, 2010; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , Freedom , MLS , USA 2nd division , USL , Women  | Tags: Clint Dempsey, Crystal Palace Baltimore, D.C. United, Europa League, FC Dallas, Fulham, Hamburg, Harrisburg City Islanders, Kasey Keller, Maryland SoccerPlex, Pali Blues, Pizza Hut Park, Puerto Rico Islanders, UEFA Europa League, Washington Freedom  
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Update on Celtic-Rangers friendly at Fenway

The Boston Herald uncovers the details of the proposed Glasgow Rangers-Glasgow Celtic friendly at Fenway Park, a story that broke on the Insider on Wednesday night: The Red Sox and the city are in negotiations to bring the Celtic-Rangers match to Fenway on July 21 for a friendly. There's a...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Scotland  | Tags: Boston Herald, Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, soccer  
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Davies remains in consideration for World Cup

Bob Bradley, coach of the U.S. national soccer team, has not ruled out inviting Charlie Davies to World Cup training camp, despite the news from France today that the forward will not play for Sochaux in any of the five remaining league matches. "We are all very proud of the...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , France , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Charlie Davies, FIFA World Cup, France, Sochaux, World Cup, soccer  
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Charlie Davies, the U.S. squad and the World Cup

Despite making a remarkable recovery from serious injuries suffered in an auto accident in October, U.S. forward Charlie Davies will not play for Sochaux this season, the French club said. Sochaux has five Ligue 1 matches remaining. But does an absence of competitive games in Europe completely rule him out...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , France , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Charlie Davies, FIFA World Cup, Landon Donovan, Ligue 1, Soccer, Sochaux, World Cup  
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Weekend TV listings

Nearly 50 matches available. What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Bochum-Stuttgart 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes Mexico, Tecos-Atlante 9 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY England, Spurs-Manchester United 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Moenchengladbach-Bayern Munich 9:30 a.m. ESPN Deportes England, West Ham-Wigan 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Hull-Sunderland 10 a.m. Fox...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, ESPN Deportes, ESPN2, Everton, Fox Soccer Channel, GolTV, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Soccer, soccer  
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Thursday kickaround

*FC Dallas playing at home ... on a Thursday ... on national TV. What exactly is MLS and ESPN thinking? *Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are coming to Red Bull Arena. *David Suazo, Honduras' Italian-based forward, is questionable for the World Cup. *Americans abroad: Wednesday F Jozy Altidore 35 minutes...

By Steve Goff  |  April 22, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF , CONCACAF Champions League , England , MLS , TV  | Tags: Aston Villa F.C., Copa Libertadores, Europa League, FC Dallas, Hull City A.F.C., MLS, Soccer, World Cup  
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Soccer at Fenway Park?

Reports surfaced this week that Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers were discussing a possible friendly in the Boston area this summer. Everyone assumed the match would be played at Gillette Stadium, home of the MLS's New England Revolution and site of numerous international games over the years. Now I am...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , Scotland  | Tags: Boston Red Sox, Club America, Dallas Cowboys, Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers, Manchester United F.C., New England Revolution, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC, soccer  
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Forbes reveals most valuable soccer clubs

For the sixth consecutive season, Forbes has assessed Manchester United as the most valuable soccer club in the world.

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  England , Italy , Spain  | Tags: AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Forbes, Internazionale Milan, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Soccer  
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U.S. camp at Princeton, Boyzzz, Macoumba, Milan

*The U.S. national team will hold its domestic training camp ahead of the World Cup at Princeton University in New Jersey, the USSF announced. Players will begin arriving May 15 and the squad will train May 17-23 before friendlies against the Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford, Conn.,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Italy , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: D.C. United, DC United, FC Dallas, Montreal Impact, Princeton University, Red Bull New York, Soccer, United States men's national soccer team, World Cup  
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D.C. United: where things stand

With a weekend break in D.C. United's MLS schedule, this is a good time to step back and take a look at the winless club's upcoming schedule outside of league play, its injury situation and long-term player prospects: NONLEAGUE/FRIENDLIES April 28: U.S. Open Cup prelim game vs. Dallas at RFK...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: A.C. Milan, D.C. United, El Salvador, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Marc Burch, Real Salt Lake, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Soccer, U.S. Open Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround

*Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio is training in Honduras in hopes of joining a new club soon. He has resumed negotiations with D.C. United but also has an option in Mexico. United officials have said repeatedly that they have no plans to bring him back to the club and would trade...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , Scotland , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: DC United, Herculez Gomez, Kansas City Wizards, Luciano Emilio, New England Revolution, Soccer, World Cup  
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Americans abroad and TV listings

*Americans abroad: Tuesday D Jay DeMerit not in 18 (abdominal strain) for Watford's 1-0 loss at QPR Wednesday F Jozy Altidore and Hull City vs. Aston Villa GKs Brad Guzan and Brad Friedel for Aston Villa at Hull City MF Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca at Cruz Azul (First leg...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , TV  | Tags: Aston Villa F.C., Brad Friedel, CONCACAF Champions League, Cruz Azul, José Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Soccer  
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Browsing through World Cup books

Image via Wikipedia With the World Cup fast approaching, books on a wide variety of soccer topics are rolling off the presses. Themes range from South Africa guides to the role of organized crime in the international game. Here are a dozen that have crossed my desk in recent weeks...

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Books , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: 2010 FIFA World Cup, Random House, Soccer, South Africa, World Cup  
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D.C. United news & notes

Would you believe more medical setbacks for D.C. United? Nothing serious. Defender Carey Talley sat out Tuesday's training session after having a wisdom tooth removed and defender Rodney Wallace departed with an illness. Considering United's surge of injuries, this is considered a good day around RFK Stadium. Then again, defender...

By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Carey Talley, Clyde Simms, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Julius James, MLS, RFK Stadium, Rodney Wallace, soccer  
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Tuesday kickaround

*American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley caused a minor stir in the Scottish media with Twitter comments comparing parts of Glasgow to the Bronx after allegedly witnessing two pensioners arguing. He later wrote: "Do these people not know wat 'jk' means??? It was a joke people.. I'm speechless!" *Kyle Rote Jr. edged...

By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Euro Champions League , History , Italy , MLS , Scotland , TV , USSF , Youth soccer  | Tags: AC Milan, Bruce Arena, DaMarcus Beasley, Juventus, National Soccer Hall of Fame, Soccer, Thomas Dooley, UEFA Champions League  
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D.C. United's Dejan Jakovic out 4-6 weeks

D.C. United's dire injury situation worsened late today as the club announced that central defender Dejan Jakovic will be sidelined four to six weeks with a fractured clavicle. Earlier in the day, forward-midfielder Chris Pontius was ruled out for four to six weeks as well with a hamstring strain. Meantime,...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Alejandro Moreno, Bryan Namoff, Chris Pontius, Clyde Simms, D.C. United, Dejan Jakovic, Juan Manuel Peña, MLS, Marc Burch, soccer  
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Poll: D.C. United's 0-4 record

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United , Poll  | Tags: D.C. United  
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A few minutes with Curt Onalfo and Troy Perkins

What is Chris Pontius' status? D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo: I don't have it 100 percent confirmed, but it is a fairly serious hamstring pull. This has been ongoing from the national team [this winter]. He had limited training and limited minutes in preseason because of it. Even down in...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, MLS, Major League Soccer, Troy Perkins, soccer  
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A few minutes with D.C. United's Dave Kasper

First, you should know that D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius will be sidelined several weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the first half of Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire. He is the third starter in four matches to go off with a hamstring ailment. I will post...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Chris Pontius, Collective bargaining, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Dave Kasper, MLS, Major League Soccer, Salary cap, Troy Perkins, soccer  
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MLS weekend flashback

Toronto FC 2, Union 1: 21,978 at BMO Field Cozy stadium? Check. Breathtaking backdrop? Check. Preki's sideline scowls? Check. New grass surface? Check. Quality product? Work in progress. Sounders 1, Wizards 0: 35,924 at Qwest Field A winning goal in stoppage time on a one-timer off a throw-in? Sounds like...

By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Bobby Convey, Chivas USA, D.C. United, Edson Buddle, FC Dallas, MLS, Major League Soccer, Qwest Field, RFK Stadium, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC, soccer  
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WPS Matchday: Atlanta Beat vs. Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where I've just arrived after spending my Sunday out in Redskins Land. The drive from Ashburn to Boyds was easy enough, but it doesn't look like too many other people have trekked to SoccerPlex in this chilly weather for the Freedom's second game this season. A...

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 18, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Atlanta Beat, Jim Gabarra, Maryland SoccerPlex, Washington Freedom, Women's Professional Soccer  
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Americans abroad

Herculez! Two more goals for Puebla's Herculez Gomez: 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....

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: AC Milan, Aston Villa, Charlie Davies, Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Bayern Munich, Herculez Gomez, Puebla, Soccer, World Cup  
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United rewind

Well, let's face it, this is a bad team. Red-Bulls-in-'09 bad? The writing-on-Saturday-Night-Live bad? Yeah, maybe. United has scored twice in four matches -- on a giveaway and a goalkeeping oddity -- and is incapable of creating chances in the run of play. There is no chemistry, no understanding, just...

By Steve Goff  |  April 18, 2010; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, MLS, Major League Soccer, Red Bulls, soccer  
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