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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 the late Glenn Myernick on the veteran ballot for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The class of 2010 also includes Thomas Dooley, Preki and Bruce Arena.

*While volcanic ash has wreaked havoc on European travel, it has also affected a U.S. national team: Wilmer Cabrera's under-17 squad canceled the England leg of its European tour and plans to fly directly to Italy for the Gradisca tournament, which begins this weekend and will include matches against Mexico, Romania and Croatia.

*The New York Red Bulls will host Juventus on May 23 at Red Bull Arena, but as is also the case with AC Milan's visit to Washington a few days later, World Cup-bound players will not be available and injuries and fatigue will factor in the lineup choices.

For Americans abroad and TV listings.....

*Americans abroad:
Monday
D Jonathan Spector 80 minutes in West Ham's 3-0 loss at Liverpool
MF Alejandro Bedoya 90 (assist) in Orebro's 3-1 win over Gefle
F Kenny Cooper not in 18 in Plymouth's 2-0 loss to Newcastle
Tuesday
D Jay DeMerit and Watford at QPR

*Soccer on TV:
UEFA Champions League, Inter Milan-Barcelona 2:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Espanol (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Channel) Read a preview here.


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By Steve Goff  |  April 20, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
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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Comments

How many for Messi today? 6? 7?

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Argy Bargy!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 20, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks DR.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

This I know: Messi will have more goals today than DC United has wins.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 20, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

So, AC Milan will hand off Seedorf and Nesta to us and Juve will hand off Del Piero to Red Bull.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 20, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

It's entirely possible Messi will have more goals today than DC United has goals this season -- especially if you subtract the one goal the USSF says shouldn't even have counted.

There's a tweet from Tyler Walker@MLS Insider (shows up on the DCU page):
"Buddle needs confidence on that statement. Now if only @dcunited could get a player like that."

Just wondering if that's unintentionally snarky, or whether Walker knows the history that mightymax reminded us about here a few dsays ago (Posted by: mightymax | April 18, 2010 9:03 PM ) -- that DC United had Buddle and De Rosario on trial in 2000, and didn't sign either.

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

D Jonathan Spector 80 minutes in West Ham's 3-0 loss at Liverpool

Didn't impress. He better hope Eyjafjallajokull disrupted Bob Bradley's watching of this game. Spector was pretty much at fault for all three goals. Unmarked Benyaoun, left Maxi to hang in the middle and had to rush back out to cover him to try and prevent his cross in for Ngog's goal, and couldn't get across Kyriagos on the third. Not entirely at fault on the last two goals, but deservedly pulled early.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | April 20, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Fischy,

DC United had Chris Albright at the time so clearly had no need for DeRo or Buddle.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 20, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

MLS Insider? Employed by MLS? And taking a swipe at one of its teams?

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I just realized that Jakovic is of eastern european descent.. he'll be back in 10 days max

Posted by: SexyOffender | April 20, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

MLS Insider? Employed by MLS? And taking a swipe at one of its teams?

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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Until DCU gets the stadium issue resolved expect consistent and numerous insults coming from MLS. To say the least the management of MLS is majorly p!ssed off with us and don't think the anger is limited to Chang and the FO. It is directed at the entire metropolitan area and I don't blame them. If other metropolitan areas that are suffering more than we are economically can get this done then we as an area should be able to as well. They are running a business and we have become a problem for their business.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Joel...if only DC had been willing to nurse buddle through 9 unproductive seasons they could be reaping the rewards now

Posted by: teo_68 | April 20, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

And wait for DeRo to move to Houston before he got really good....

Posted by: DWE4 | April 20, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Don't be too hard on the DC government for not bending itself over the bedpost for KP and Will. The economy isn't the greatest yet, and even it had been, after the Nats deal, I doubt it would have gotten done.

The Nats reemed the city out of over $700M and are not paying any rent because they're claiming the city breached the lease by installimg the wrong colored fixtures in Mr. Lerner's bathroom, or something silly like that.

DC has stadium fatigue, and the only way a DCU stadium gets done in DC is with Will's money and whatever he can borrow or hose investors into ponying up.

Baltimore, on the other hand, is ready to go, and is really DCU's best option.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

DeRo was pretty good with SJ -- he hit the GWG in the 2001 Cup. It was very nice goal, at that. And Buddle has 80 goals in MLS. How bad were those 9 years?

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

gambrills, I think it is fair for MLS/Garber to take a swipe at the DC government in order to push the issue of getting a stadium built.

I don't, however, think MLS should be openly mocking its own teams. That's unprofessional.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I think that's the point DaMarcus...perhaps you should remain speechless.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | April 20, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Agree with BillyBob4 - some "jokes" just aren't worth making. DaMarcus has been a pro for many years now - he should know better.

Having said that - anyone know any good jokes about Fort Wayne, Indiana? :-)

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | April 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't be too hard on the DC government for not bending itself over the bedpost for KP and Will. The economy isn't the greatest yet, and even it had been, after the Nats deal, I doubt it would have gotten done.

The Nats reemed the city out of over $700M and are not paying any rent because they're claiming the city breached the lease by installimg the wrong colored fixtures in Mr. Lerner's bathroom, or something silly like that.

DC has stadium fatigue, and the only way a DCU stadium gets done in DC is with Will's money and whatever he can borrow or hose investors into ponying up.

Baltimore, on the other hand, is ready to go, and is really DCU's best option.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

gambrills, I think it is fair for MLS/Garber to take a swipe at the DC government in order to push the issue of getting a stadium built.

I don't, however, think MLS should be openly mocking its own teams. That's unprofessional.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The DC government is the only entity involved here. I guarantee you that their frustration and anger is directed at every local government surrounding DC as well. That is why Baltimore is becoming more likely with each passing day. Further, if Fenty wouldn't have been such a turncoat with regards to Poplar Point then this would likely be a non-issue right now so DC is definitely far from guiltless irregardless of the Nationals situation.

I agree about the unproffesional comment. However, Garber has a history of this as shown by his comments about DCU and their international failures this decade.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@lgm -- There were a number of things that were not completed in the construction of Nats Park when it opened -- things that were set out in the agreement. Not to defend the Lerners, but they had the right to withhold rent. They did that until the various things were done after the season. They paid all the back rent and are continuing to pay their monthly rent today.

That doesn't mean park was worth the $600+ million, or that the Nats have been easy to work with -- the dispute over the garages being most notable. The city is stuck with these above-ground garages on land it hoped to develop because the contract required some number of parking spaces to be built on time and building underground wouldn't have been done in time. They definitely soured the attitude in the city and gov't towards public financing of a stadium.

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"is" should be "isn't". my bad

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The sports mortgage.

I'm in.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 20, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Quality crybaby journalism coming out of Scotland... It would have been funnier had he compared crusty old farts getting in a scuffle at the barber shop to a white trash trailer park Cops episode where some inbred drunks get the fuzz called on themselves fighting over the Flowbee...

http://www.flowbee.com/

Posted by: DadRyan | April 20, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Kyle Rote Jr should have been in a long time ago. I have often wondered how much his preceived "distancing" himself from US Soccer played a role in the freaking long delay.

Some of you yungins should go and Google him...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 20, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree about Kyle Rote Jr. I'm dating myself but he was an American icon for myself and the soccer youth of my time. I was stunned to find out today that he wasn't in yet.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't expect Messi to score a hattrick today, Inter's a much better defensive team than Arsenal.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 20, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@Ganbrills: That's what I'm talking about.
Testify.

He was an "Icon".

Even my fourth grade, teacher Miss Appleby knew who Dude was. We and maybe Shep Messing or Ricky Davis were pretty much the only three yanks playing in the NASL that regular folks could maybe pull of the tops of their heads. of course, the commercials helped...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Until DCU gets the stadium issue resolved expect consistent and numerous insults coming from MLS. To say the least the management of MLS is majorly p!ssed off with us and don't think the anger is limited to Chang and the FO. It is directed at the entire metropolitan area and I don't blame them. If other metropolitan areas that are suffering more than we are economically can get this done then we as an area should be able to as well. They are running a business and we have become a problem for their business.

Posted by: Gambrills4

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Do you know this to be true or are you just speculating? (that MLS is angry with DCU and the whole DC area) What is your source?

It's not that far-fetched, but I'd like to know where that came from. You state it as if it's fact.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | April 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Do you know this to be true or are you just speculating? (that MLS is angry with DCU and the whole DC area) What is your source?

It's not that far-fetched, but I'd like to know where that came from. You state it as if it's fact.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | April 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

It's based on Garber's public comments during the past twelve months to include the comments made this month. It is undoubtedly the case.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

All the balls with Kyle Rote's signature on it didn't hurt either.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Do you know this to be true or are you just speculating? (that MLS is angry with DCU and the whole DC area) What is your source?
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"An anonymous White House official who asked to remain anonymous because s/he's not authorized to speak publicly on the subject."

I believe that's how reporters do it these days...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

DaMarcus should be more tactful, but it seems like pretty weak sauce for even a minor controversy. I guess that's what you get when you combine an off-the-cuff twitter post, a tabloid desperate for material, and a politician in the middle of an election campaign.

By the way, the number of (equally vapid) stories about Beasley or Edu that pop up on the Sun's website is kind of remarkable. I sometimes forget how so many of the "Yanks Abroad" are bonafide celebrities overseas (for better or worse).

Posted by: ricky_b | April 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I still don't get Thomas Dooley getting into the HOF. He had very little impact here in the USA.

Posted by: GeneWells | April 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Over the bedpost . . . it's just not a normal day here at SI anymore without some such lovely imagery from lgm. (Fill in the blank: Payne is someone's ____ boy.)

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 20, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

All the balls with Kyle Rote's signature on it didn't hurt either.

Posted by: Gambrills4
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yeah. I lump all that sort of endorsement stuff under commercials. Like the the Wheaties box type stuff.

Posted by: yankiboy | April 20, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Is it too early to call Kenny Cooper's Plymouth signing a failure?

Posted by: DetroitTFC | April 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Rote? Soccer? Oh, so THAT's how he got on Superstars, it wasn't being Kyle Rote's son.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@DetroitTFC: "No" it's not too soon. (Unless you are his agent or named with some variation of Kenny Cooper.)

Posted by: yankiboy | April 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve Goff,

Who are the WaPo reporters covering the World Cup in SA?

Posted by: vjohn72 | April 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kyle Rote, Jr . . doesn't he drive Nascar for Hooters?

Oh, and I am going to guarantee that United doesn't lose this week.

Posted by: delantero | April 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The Beasely thing is too bad as it doesn't help his chances of getting playing time. I think Twitter can get famous people into trouble and they should avoid using it altogether. Perhaps their agents recommend using it as a way to sustain their own personal "brand" among fans or "followers", but the potential downside is big.

Posted by: WorldCup | April 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Rote? Soccer? Oh, so THAT's how he got on Superstars, it wasn't being Kyle Rote's son.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Superstars.......hhhhmmmmmmmm.........you dated yourself along with me.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Gambrills, you may also remember Bruce Jenner when he was famous for something other than living with a bunch of f'g morons.

Which dates me as well . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | April 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Steve Goff,

Who are the WaPo reporters covering the World Cup in SA?

Posted by: vjohn72 | April 20, 2010 12:38 PM

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....And, how do I get in on that action?

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

This Ribery story is getting worse -- but I wonder if France cares like the US would...

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

RK --

It's not just the stadium issue. Simply put, MLS cannot afford to field ANY dog teams. It's forgivable for expansion teams and/or those with actual stadium plans. Not for a flagship team in a beefy market. Think about it--if WE are p'd at DCU's management, imagine how Garber must feel. Can't say that he's wrong.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | April 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The original comment wasn't about Garber, though...

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

NYTimes has an article about Pelada, the film on soccer around the world. Could one of the founding fathers here organize a screening for the DC area? Info at http://www.pelada-movie.com/

Posted by: GeneWells | April 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@Gene -- Last year, I had the same idea. I offered up my services to the filmmakers to help get the movie (it had a different working title than) into SilverDocs. They thanked me for my interest and that was it. I don't know what they're planning, but I could hit 'em up again...

Posted by: fischy | April 20, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Lester Dewee update

After impressing in an extended trial at FC Bordeaux this spring, American midfielder Lester Dewee will hope to sign his first professional contract towards the end of the summer.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

All the balls with Kyle Rote's signature on it didn't hurt either.
Posted by: Gambrills4
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I had one of those. It was a completely smooth polyurethane "balloon" with the black pentagons drawn on. I was to embarrassed to take it to soccer practice, so I pretended I didn't have a ball.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 20, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Gambrills, you may also remember Bruce Jenner when he was famous for something other than living with a bunch of f'g morons.

Which dates me as well . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | April 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I do and he still has the same cheesy haircut. :)

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Dooley gets into the HOF because Sunil rolls over and throws his paw into the air for ex-US MNT players like a poodle at a great dane convention.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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