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*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 ticket sales and the foreign travel outlook, read this story from Reuters via FourFourTwo magazine.

*Lester Dewee, who rose through the D.C. United academy and has trained with the youth systems at Marseille and Bordeaux, is attracting interest from the U.S. under-20 national team program and might be called up next month, the Insider has learned.

*Over the past week or so, MLS players have been voting on whether to ratify the collective bargaining agreement, which was reached just in time last month to avert a strike. Overwhelming approval is expected. The league's board of governors must also ratify the five-year deal.

*In support of the Washington Capitals' playoff efforts and the NHL team's "Rock the Red" marketing campaign, the Washington Freedom will wear its red away jerseys during Sunday evening's WPS home match against the Atlanta Beat at Maryland SoccerPlex. (The Freedom usually dons blue pinstripe jerseys at home.) Fans wearing red will have access to discounted seating in the premier section.

*Elsewhere this weekend, Crystal Palace Baltimore will launches its second-division season by hosting FC Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Friday and third-division Real Maryland welcomes the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 6:30 Saturday in Rockville.


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By Steve Goff  |  April 16, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
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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Red, pinstripes, whatever. The Freedom better win.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I was planning to go to South Africa for a week or so, but the flights from North Carolina to Jo-burg were around $2,800 when I was looking in February. I think it's really sad that the World Cup looks like it will be so poorly attended.

Posted by: diego_r | April 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So apparently almost every foreign fan at the World Cup will be from England or the US. Last week the numbers being thrown out were 67k were coming from England and 120k were coming from the US.

Actually I am starting to think this ticket information that media sources are "reporting" is a bunch of crap.

They also said weeks ago that no one in South Africa was going to buy any tickets and then when South Africans actually had a real opportunity to start buying tickets they couldn't fill the demand.

Posted by: csd1 | April 16, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

On the bright side, people might be able to find a place to stay, now, in South Africa.

Posted by: Reignking | April 16, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/725876/ce/uk/&cc=5901?ver=us

I was off, by January 76k tickets were apparently sold in England.

But wait in December of last year FIFA really wasn't planning on selling any tickets to fans in England anyway.

"Fans have blasted World Cup 2010 chiefs after England were given just 15,716 tickets - while sponsors and VIPs get two million."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1233728/Fury-World-Cup-ticket-allocation-thousands-England-fans-face-missing-favour-corporate-guests.html#ixzz0lIDMamyE


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2010/article-1233728/Fury-World-Cup-ticket-allocation-thousands-England-fans-face-missing-favour-corporate-guests.html

Posted by: csd1 | April 16, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Via Twitter, Wicks has been released by DC United.

Good riddance, says I. The Open Cup Final will haunt my memory of him forever, despite his moments of brilliant shot-stopping.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 16, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Lester Dewee -- that's a name out of the past...one we used to see with some regularity. Another 17 y.o. From what I've read -- never saw him play -- he's one of the two or three best to come through the DCU Academy, along with Gyau and Najar. I don't suppose we can get him back from Bordeaux? I'd forgotten about him, but now I'm wondering why he wasn't in the U17s last summer? Did he tick off Cabrera at some point? Fantastic that he's invited for the U20s. In a few years, playing for a Champions League side. Maybe even the US player pool for 2014?

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Never mind the security, the travel, and the cost. At it's current rate of speed, the ash cloud from "the volcano that can not be pronounced" will reach South Africa on......June 10!

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 16, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Wicks released on the same day Goff makes inquiries. Maybe, the front office forgot about him? Wouldn't surprise me, based on recent performance by the FO. Seriously, though, he was supposed to come in and be evaluated. My guess is his recovery isn't going well. I'm sure we'll hear about the scuttlebutt soon enough -- like Szetela's issues. Curiously, we haven't heard "boo" Danny since he went on trial in Philly....

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wicks is Waived.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 16, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope that those who think the USA shouldn't spend money on high-speed rail take some notice of what's going on in Europe now. Who knows when we can fly there again? Everyone is lining up to take the Chunnel train. Don't think it can happen here? If the Yosemite supervolcano blows, it could be a couple of years before it's safe to fly in most of North America.

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Eyjafjallajoekull?

Fire and ice
You come on like a flame
Then you turn a cold shoulder
Fire and ice
I wanna give you my love
But you'll just take a little piece of my heart.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 16, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

That may seem non-soccer related, until you consider that MLS depends on air travel.

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

We didn't listen!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | April 16, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I-270, I don't think anyone "said" it. Well, not correctly, anyway. My eyes get muscle cramps just looking at the word.

Did someone say "Beat"?!

"See the people walking down the street
Fall in line, just watching all their feet
They don't know where they want to go
But they're walking in time

They got the beat
They got the beat
They got the beat
Yeah, they got the beat..."

The Go Go's, "We Got the Beat," circa 1982

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 16, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Wack Wicks Waived!?!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say Eyjafjallajoekull?

******************

Let's sign him!

Especially since we don't Habanotherhavanavillage or whatever his name was around anymore. We also have room now that Wicks is gone we've made room for another explosive volcano.

Too bad for Wicks, I have a feeling he'll get back on track and eventually catch on somewhere. If his season-ending injury had happened at halftime of that Real Madrid game we might remember him as one of DCs better keepers. Things started going off the rails pretty quickly shortly after that...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 16, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I found an interesting post on BigSoccer, from December:

"Players I think MLS should buy are: (name, age, position, current club)

Osael Romero - 23 - Attacking Mid - Vista Hermosa
Adolfo (sic) Zelaya - 21 - Second Striker - Alianza
Julio Martinez - 24 - Right Winger - Leon
Hayden Tinto - 24 - Attacking Mid - Joe Public
Keon Daniel - 22 - Midfielder - Caledonia
Emilio Izaguirre - 23 - Left Back - Motagua
Edmundo Zura - 26 - Striker - Nacional
Teófilo Gutiérrez - 24 - Striker - Atletico Junior
Frank Simek - 25 - Right Back - Sheffield Wednesday"

--------------------------------------------

3 of those guys have been signed. Rudolfo Zelaya has since been quoted as regretting decision not to go to MLS. Maybe DCU should check in with this guy about who to sign. Gutierrez looks like he'd be a really promising target for DCU.

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry -- only 2 have signed with MLS.

Posted by: fischy | April 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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