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Wednesday kickaround

I'm off to New York for two days to cover World Cup and U.S. soccer events. I'll have plenty to share. For now.....

*With Bayern Munich's place in the UEFA Champions League final secure, Inter Milan will attempt to maintain its two-goal edge over Barcelona in the second leg of their semifinal (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Espanol).

*CONCACAF will crown its champion in Mexico as Pachuca, trailing 2-1 after the first leg, hosts Cruz Azul (8 p.m. ET, FSC, Telefutura).

Much more on the continuation.....

*D.C. United's pursuit of a third straight appearance in the U.S. Open Cup final begins with a preliminary-round match against FC Dallas at RFK Stadium. No standard TV coverage, but you can watch live streaming video at the club's Web site.

*In Open Cup qualifying Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls advanced to play the New England Revolution in the next stage by defeating the Philadelphia Union, 2-1. Upset at his team's effort, Union Coach Peter Nowak assigned postgame running drills. Philadelphia's top scorer, Sebastien Le Toux, suffered a knee injury in the second half.

*The MLS board of governors has ratified the collective bargaining agreement, the Insider has learned. The players' union has yet to formally announce the results of membership voting, but no complications were expected. A finalized deal will clear the way to taking a closer look at the CBA details and the annual players' salary list.

*Former DCU prospect Bryan Arguez has joined Miami FC for the second-division season. He is scheduled to return to Portuguese club Estoril in late July.

*Foreign clubs continue to commit to North American friendlies this summer, the latest being Boca Juniors, who will play the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 23 at Home Depot Center.

*American forwards Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson look to make final impressions before the World Cup training camp roster is announced as Aris begins the Greek playoffs with a home match against Olympiakos.

*The three-team competition for Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions League begins Wednesday with MLS's Toronto FC hosting the second-division Montreal Impact.

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Barcelona , CONCACAF Champions League , Canada , D.C. United , Euro Champions League , MLS , Mexico , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team , USA 2nd division  | Tags: Barcelona, CONCACAF, Cruz Azul, D.C. United, Freddy Adu, Inter Milan, MLS, New York Red Bulls, Pachuca, U.S. Open Cup, UEFA, soccer  
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Comments

Brilliant, Nowak! Seriously, upset with an Open Cup match?

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh wait -- that line reads as if LeToux were injured during the sprints. It was during the 81st minute of the match.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: sentinel-blue | April 28, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Greek playoffs??? That must be a typo. Only sub-standard MLS has playoffs - they are rejected by the rest of the civilized world.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 28, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

US up 2 to #14 in the FIFA rankings, while Brazil overtakes Spain at the top.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

ah, Estoril. nothing like a beachfront resort community to get an underperforming young player's head on straight.

Posted by: troy6 | April 28, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

#14 - Great number!

Good luck to Shalrie Joseph, hope he can get things turned around.

RE: Ribery Ban - Das komplette Mist!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 28, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

troy6: don't forget Europe's biggest casino, too.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Nowak taking a page from Herb Brooks' book? "Again"

Posted by: OWNTF | April 28, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Bayern's Ribery banned for Champions League final Posted by: Reignking

That's really harsh. It was a bad tackle, but not over the top. It did not appear to be intentional either.

Last year, Drogba only got two for his angry, face to face, follow the ref to the tunnel rant. Zidane got three games for his head butt in the World Cup. Ribery, despite being a Frenchman, doesn't deserve multiple games.

Posted by: delantero | April 28, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

How is Bryan Arguez able to move (on loan?) to Miami FC? Are loans exceptions to the FIFA transfer window?

Posted by: Charisma_Man | April 28, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

How is Bryan Arguez able to move (on loan?) to Miami FC? Are loans exceptions to the FIFA transfer window?

Posted by: Charisma_Man

NASL/USL/Div 2 isn't a real league. ;)

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Once again, we are reminded of the quality of Goff's reporting: Philly.com article above refers to last night's Open Cup match as a meaningless exhibition game.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 28, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Peter show his class again with the punishment of running after match. He picked the team so I can only assume he punished himself and staff by some means as well. Haven't heard of the running thing since youth soccer...way to left the level of morale of a professional team. These guys make no money and now the play for a manager that direspects them and embarrasses them. It's going to be a very loooooong season for Peter and the boys.

Posted by: euroman | April 28, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

In Open Cup qualifying Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls advanced to play the New England Revolution in the next stage by defeating the Philadelphia Union, 2-1. Upset at his team's effort, Union Coach Peter Nowak assigned postgame running drills.

Hearing from friends at the game that Nowak made them run suicides... in front of the ESC and other NY supporters who stuck around to heckle the PU players for losing to NY twice in four days. Must have been a classic night, I wish I could have been there.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 28, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Santino could give Shalrie some advice on how to overcome the problem.

Posted by: b18bolo | April 28, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Wish we had Nowak back here. We wouldn't have seen Julius James slow footing it to the corner against New England, that's for sure.

Posted by: delantero | April 28, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"Peter show his class again with the punishment of running after match. He picked the team so I can only assume he punished himself and staff by some means as well. Haven't heard of the running thing since youth soccer...way to left the level of morale of a professional team. These guys make no money and now the play for a manager that direspects them and embarrasses them. It's going to be a very loooooong season for Peter and the boys."

Philly is run by a bunch of failed execs, north jersey goombahs and an extremely aloof self-centered owner...they have excelled this year at alienating everyone they have come in contact...Nowak might be a good coach, but this was a JV move. It's something you'll see the club do on a regular basis. All this is starting to come out...

Posted by: LCR-54 | April 28, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

So 15k on Saturday and 3k (I know, it's only the Open Cup) last night. Not off to the best start for Philly/Red Bull rivalry matches at RBA. Since Philly fans are only getting one home match this spring, I thought they'd make up the numbers a bit more than that. Heck, Harrison is easier to get to from Philly than Germantown is from NoVa (OK that might be a stretch ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | April 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Nowak's still showing his gentle side I see ....

Posted by: lovinliberty | April 28, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

How is Bryan Arguez able to move (on loan?) to Miami FC? Are loans exceptions to the FIFA transfer window?

Posted by: Charisma_Man | April 28, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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Miami holds his contract. He's just returning after his loan ended, kind of like Altidore. The only difference is that his contract holder has just started its season.

Posted by: beach3 | April 28, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm not going to jinx the Caps by watching Pachuca - Cruz Azul, so I'll be at RFK!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 28, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It ain't just Philly. Because all any MLS team has to do is win a few games in the latter part of the season to qualify for the playoffs, in the first half of the season MLS games are plagued with half-hearted play by most teams. The recent lazy, boring bootball match between Seattle and Dallas is a prime but by no means isolated example.

I doubt the old Herb Brooks routine pulled by Nowak is the answer. May just serve to alienate his players, especially the ones who did play hard but had to run the suicides anyway.

Posted by: Ron16 | April 28, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I admit to having enjoyed Twitter much more than I thought I would, especially when I see things like this:


CharlieDavies9 What a day!!!!! Scored that goal I been waiting for! My first goal in training!!! It's been 6 months, man I miss that feeling. Here we go!!
about 2 hours ago

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 28, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Philly is run by a bunch of failed execs, north jersey goombahs and an extremely aloof self-centered owner...

So to see if you're talking out your ass, I looked up Philly's VPs and above and found that only Nick Sakiewicz and the ticket sales VP are from NJ (where they both worked for the Metros). Nick actually spent Half of the execs are from Greater Philly, and Sakiewicz spent his post-playing career in Florida until 2000, when he came back to Jersey. So you're kind of stretching it by blaming North Jersey.

But we all figured that first mistake that the ownership made was hiring Nick. The second was giving him an equity stake. Once we found that out, we knew that the Union would dig themselves into a hole that it would take years to extract themselves from.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

"I won't tolerate half-efforts and if you don't enjoy playing on the field, you have to enjoy running," Nowak said. "And if you are not running during the game, then you have to run after the game."

It will be interesting to watch how Philly performs in their next few games

Posted by: emanon13 | April 28, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Is Peter Nowak MLS's version of Phil Brown?

Posted by: glfrazier | April 28, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"So to see if you're talking out your ass, I looked up Philly's VPs and above and found that only Nick Sakiewicz and the ticket sales VP are from NJ (where they both worked for the Metros). Nick actually spent Half of the execs are from Greater Philly, and Sakiewicz spent his post-playing career in Florida until 2000, when he came back to Jersey. So you're kind of stretching it by blaming North Jersey."

Dig a litle deeper and you'll find more about the FO & Ownership...come on, PR guys write the bios...hardly any of them are native or close to Philly...they just happen to have recently moved. You're smarter than that - right?
Some of the minority owners are from Philly, but that's it...

Posted by: LCR-54 | April 28, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

No, but Peter Nowak is the white version of Phil Brown.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

what are these events in NYC, and are they open to the public?

Posted by: joe_hill | April 28, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"...Because all any MLS team has to do is win a few games in the latter part of the season to qualify for the playoffs..."
Posted by: Ron16 | April 28, 2010 10:19 AM

I think this was very true in the past (8 of 10 teams in the playoffs in many years), but with 16 teams now and still 8 in the playoffs, I don't think this is true anymore.

A specific example from last year would be Dallas, which won 5 of 7 at the end of the year, but had dug a hole too deep to survive.

Posted by: CDRHoek | April 28, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

How does Russia, Greece, Croatia, and Egypt rank ahead of the USA in FIFA rankings? We beat the daylights out of Egypt in 2009 3-0. Croatia and Russia did not even qualify for the World Cup. I can somewhat understand Greece since they are in UEFA and qualified for the World Cup, but I think we are head and shoulders better than them also.

Posted by: no_recess | April 28, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@CDRHoek: totally agree. It ain't as easy as it once was.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

@no_recess: How dare you question the edicts of the mighty Sepp? A thousand lashes.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW - for those that may not have read it - great article in today's WSJ on Messi.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471204575210250124883846.html?mod=WSJ_hp_editorsPicks

Posted by: nairbsod | April 28, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

LCR-54:

I was just going to let you talk stupid but I might as well clear things up for you. I don't know what your issue is but you're absolutely wrong. The majority owner is Jay Sugarman whose firm is based in Manhattan. Sure Nick is from the metros Along with Mike Quarino. The minority owners are from BPG which the Pollin family owns a part of and they're based out of DC and Delaware. I can also let you know that on there staff they have more DC United ties than NJ ties. Just know what your talking about. I can assure you that I do.

Posted by: sire1 | April 28, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Attendance at last night's PU/RBNY game under 4,000?

Good thing they played it at Rutgers.

By the way, Philly's Nick is a slug. He makes Kasper look like a Rhodes Scholar.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

troy6, you always seem to know alot about the Portuguese league. Are you Portuguese like me or simply a fan?

Forca Benfica

Posted by: gcbigdog | April 28, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday the bartender at the Irish Channel, one of Chinatown's two fine Irish pubs, was grousing about how this year's UEFA CL final four, apart from Barca, didn't have enough of a following, and that different matchups would have had the place packed (translated: more tips for him).

Posted by: universityandpark | April 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

How come I haven't seen discussion on Inter Milan's 3rd goal from a week ago. It sure looked like offside to me, at least from the angles I saw. And the Milan player even looked back towards the AR to see if the flag was up after scoring! If the score had been 2-1 rather than 3-1, Barca would advance on away goals with a 1-0 vicotry today. That 3rd goal last week might be THE critical goal of the semis!!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | April 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Attendance at last night's PU/RBNY game under 4,000?

Good thing they played it at Rutgers.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 28, 2010 1:27 PM

Nope, they played at Red Bull Arena...

http://media.philly.com/images/042710_Union_400.jpg

Posted by: Kev29 | April 28, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

EJ with a brace and assist from Adu in Aris' playoff win over Olympiakos.
http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ap-greekroundup

Posted by: Charisma_Man | April 28, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"I was just going to let you talk stupid but I might as well clear things up for you. I don't know what your issue is but you're absolutely wrong. The majority owner is Jay Sugarman whose firm is based in Manhattan. Sure Nick is from the metros Along with Mike Quarino. The minority owners are from BPG which the Pollin family owns a part of and they're based out of DC and Delaware. I can also let you know that on there staff they have more DC United ties than NJ ties. Just know what your talking about. I can assure you that I do."

Not sure where you're getting all your info...you might be referring to specific former MLS ties, but I am not. Sugarman might have his office in NYC, but he resides in Florida...disaffected owner at best looking for more investors as his company sinks.
If you go back to my orignal comment and if you can understand the grammatical use of commas...it refers to the combination of the make up of the FO/Ownership.

An assurance that you know what you're talking is very convincing...I certainly should take everything you say at face value. A dubious claim since you and I both know you're not an insider to the Union...

Posted by: LCR-54 | April 29, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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