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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 Claudio Lopez set up the game-winner in the 80th minute. Preliminary play continues tonight with Real Salt Lake visiting San Jose; the winner will visit D.C. United or Dallas -- who face one another April 28 at RFK Stadium -- sometime next month.

*Chivas USA defender Ante Jazic will be sidelined four to six weeks with a sprained knee and forward Maykel Galindo will miss up to two weeks with an ankle injury.

*According to a list of USSF-approved international matches, Manchester City will play Club America on July 28 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

*The spring friendly between NCAA champion Virginia and rival Maryland on April 23 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds will be shown live on topdrawersoccer.com.

*I decided to post video from Inter Milan's 1-0 victory over Fiorentina in the second leg of the Italian Cup semifinal not because of the routine goal scored by Samuel Eto'o, but because the build-up demonstrates the reward for sharp, patient possession:


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By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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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repostng as it's more appropriate here .
From (AP)

"Sunil Chhetri, the first Indian national on a Major League Soccer team, started and played the first half for Kansas City,

U.S. soccer fans might not know much about Chhetri, but the Indian national-team member is one of the most popular players in his home country. The Wizards’ Facebook page has added more than 6,000 fans since Chhetri signed and nearly every move he’s made has been front-page news in India"

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/football/top-stories/Sunil-Chhetris-American-Dream/articleshow/5729451.cms

Posted by: delantero | April 14, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Houston to share the stadium with college football... Man, where have I heard that before?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | April 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The vid also demonstrates the reward for killer service, perfectly timed runs, and quality control and finishing.

Posted by: edgeonyou | April 14, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I know sharing a stadium with a football team isn't the most desireable thing, but when your footing a big chunk of the bill I would hope it feels like a soccer stadium where they occasional play football. Besides the football team is so small time I doubt they have more than five home dates a year.

All I ask is that they do as good a job as Seattle at erasing the lines and not like FCD, old RBNY or NER when their stadiums get to the sharing part of the season.

Posted by: scap777 | April 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Or RFK, for that matter.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 14, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

So is there any word on whether the Houston stadium pitch will be real or plastic?

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Dynamo. I know their negotiations with the city and delivery of the project is much delayed from their original relocation plans, but it will be great to add another MLS controlled venue to the fray.

HOWEVER, the sharing situation comes hand-in-hand with the public subsidy and makes me really wonder if that money wasn't better found in the form of a more traditional loan.

Will the alternative uses owe rent to the stadium/Dynamo/MLS?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It's Texas, all stadiums are for football, even the ones with infields are probably taken over for pep rallies or something.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Steve...it's not a simple goal, but you're absolutely on spot, the buildup was great, the execution left the keeper standing like a statue...such builldups never happen in the MLS because there is a lack of patience and proper movement off the ball.

Posted by: juke2 | April 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Five Inter attackers v eight Fiorentina defenders, someone(s) blew coverage.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Besides the football team is so small time I doubt they have more than five home dates a year.

Posted by: scap777 | April 14, 2010 10:10 AM

Yeah, Texas Southern might not use the stadium all that much. Though not because they are small time, per se - but a lot of SWAC schools play road and neutral site games to make more money. TSU played a game in Reliant Stadium last season - and the Cotton Bowl. They actually draw about as well as an MLS team.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Sweet. I'll get to see Tevez "and his bulldog-like approach. And maybe even Robinho "and his dribbling skills". I enjoyed the one last year, and I'm all for anything that could help Atlanta get a World Cup spot. Or maybe even an MLS team, in A dream scenario.

And yes, that was a Fifa 10 inside joke.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Ha. Forget Teaxs Southern. Many Texas high school football teams routinely outdraw most MLS teams (certainly Dallas), and play in stadia that are nicer than RFK.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

TSU is only paying $1.5 million. So, it's hardly significant in construction costs -- 2% or less. I'm really not sure what the heck the Dynamo is thinking here -- the partnership isn't worth it. The only thing that makes any sense is that the team felt they needed the partnership to get the community support and council votes. Once the dang thing is built, they should probably throw $5 or $10 million at TSU to make them go away... If it's a grass field, they're going to destroy it -- it'll cost more to fix over the years. If it's plastic, it'll just look terrible with all those lines.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Soccer is recognized for being a wonderful "team" game, but like most other sports, it reflects the importance of the individual as well. The technical skill on the video is excellent, and each player had to make the right decision on where to pass, run, weight of the pass, etc. Great stuff.

Interestingly -- and I would say ironically, but I'm still not certain when to use that word -- Eto's final shot seems to be somewhat of a shank off the outside of his boot. All of that great stuff leading to the goal, and the final touch is less than perfect...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 14, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

On Contacto Deportivo last night they said Iniesta was injured and would miss the remaining games of Barcelona's Spanish season as well as the next round of Champs League games - can't remember if they said he might be available for a Champions League Final.

Additionally, they announced Carlos Ruiz had the greatest play in all of sports when he scored for Puebla on the weekend (they lost to last place and already relegated Ciudad Juarez). They do a "Magnificos 10" every Tuesday night which can include anything so El Pescadito was #1 ahead of Arjen Robben's goal v Man U and Phil Mickelson winning the US Open.

Usually about 5 of the top 10 plays in the world happen to come from the Mexican league games which Univision and Telefutura televised the previous weekend.

They are very lucky that way!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 14, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what would happen if Anschutz bought back DC United. Dude makes it happen when he wants to.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Heck, here is a high school football stadium being constructed in Allen, TX (not that far from Frisco at all). Crazy.
http://www.allenisd.org/20061061015583133/lib/20061061015583133/Bond%20Project%20Artwork-Files/Stadium%20Update.pdf

Posted by: WarrenWallace | April 14, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Atlanta tip. We had 50k last time -- America v AC Milan.

Posted by: Reignking | April 14, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Houston fan and I'm fine with TSU playing there up to 6 games a year since that's ALL they're doing. The Dynamo are primary tenants, so they have first dibs on scheduling, the stadium is of their design, and they control pitch management. In return, we might see a few weeks with faded pointyball lines and get the political support we needed to make the stadium happen. It's real grass, so it getting torn up from football is a bit of a worry, but the problem with UofH's field is that their football team uses it for practice and games, which just destroys it. On top of it, the field maintainers for UofH only time the grass to be good for football season and let it die in the summer. I think that last year it got so bad that they Dynamo FO paid outside of their lease to get the field re-planted because the UofH grounds crew had let the grass die so it'd be fresh when it became football time. That won't happen at the new stadium.

Posted by: Cidolfas | April 14, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Bellisimo!

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

@Cidolfas -- Where is this location exactly? Is it next to Minute Maid, and will it share parking if there are same day games?

Minute Maid is top notch, as far as snooze ball venues go.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@Cidolfas -- It won't just be a few weeks with faded lines. RFK has one football game a year -- a bowl game in December -- those lines seem to last all year -- though they're not so visible from all heights.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

. . . and do you say DINE-a-moe or DINN-a moe?

Dynamo Hum, Dynamo Hum
Where's that Dynamo coming from

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

You can make a football stadium rock like a soccer stadium. There's a crumbling example on the Anacostia.

I'm not adverse to sharing stadiums -- it just makes $$$ense. As long as it doesn't have a track around it.

Posted by: Reignking | April 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I think Will Chang should call the Dynamo owners and find out how it's done. "Houston, we have a problem."

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I was gonna say it should be USOC "entries" but I guess there is wiggle room:

Entree:
1.a dish served as the main course of a meal.
2.Older Use. a dish served at dinner between the principal courses.
3.the privilege of entering; access.
4.a means of obtaining entry: His friendship with an actor's son was his entrée into the theatrical world.
5.the act of entering; entrance.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 14, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm not adverse to sharing stadiums -- it just makes $$$ense. As long as it doesn't have a track around it.

Posted by: Reignking | April 14, 2010 11:19 AM
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+1

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

http://www.mcfc.co.uk/News/Club-news/2010/April/City-announce-US-tour

Apparently more details forthcoming. A City-United derby match in the US would be interesting.

Posted by: csd1 | April 14, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

goff,

Is there any truth to DCU having a Gambian forward trialist?

Posted by: no_recess | April 14, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Heads up for those of you taking Metro this weekend. This was posted this morning on the Capitals Insider Blog:

"Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 40 minutes this weekend (April 16-18) as old track components are replaced on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system.
Riders planning to take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to area sports events this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel times. The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park on April 16, 17, and 18, the Washington Capitals play at the Verizon Center on April 17, and the DC United play at RFK Stadium on April 17."

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 14, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

To bad Howard already has an on campus stadium or else that could be a good angle for DC United. Looks like Georgetown is already in the process of upgrading their facilities.

Posted by: csd1 | April 14, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Manchester City.

"In 1968, the Atlanta Chiefs faced off against Manchester City - at the time considered one of the best teams in the world - in the first ever meeting between a top foreign team and an American professional team. The Chiefs shocked the soccer world by beating Manchester City - twice! Manchester City manager Joe Mercer is reported to have said, "Atlanta is the most soccer-wise city in the states."

Posted by: csd1 | April 14, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Man City was good once upon a time? I only thought they were overrated now because of money.

Posted by: Reignking | April 14, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I think the magic words are:
"The Dynamo has committed to spending $60 million to construct a stadium ".

Posted by: malatestiano | April 14, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Citeh were good once, as were Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Leeds, and other teams I remember from Star Soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Riders planning to take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to area sports events this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel times. The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park on April 16, 17, and 18, the Washington Capitals play at the Verizon Center on April 17, and the DC United play at RFK Stadium on April 17."

One of the few WMATA mistakes that hasn't killed anyone.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | April 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"and THE DC United play at RFK Stadium on April 17."

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

You should know better than that, Caps peeps. We're supposed to be friends!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh it was a METRO release... that explains everything!!! I should have never doubted you, Caps.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the magic words are:
"The Dynamo has committed to spending $60 million to construct a stadium ".

Posted by: malatestiano | April 14, 2010 11:54 AM

Magic in so many ways. Yes, United should expect to commit plenty of money to the project. But if a stadium in DC only cost $96 million, it would have been a reality years ago.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@no_recess -- Edrissa Jarra. I think he's 18 or 19 years old. Very tall, and very thin (got pushed around too easily). He showed some speed in Sunday's reserve match, but not so much touch. I think he might be better than N'Silu, but that's not saying much. He might have had a goal when he got behind the defense on a break, but he tried to dribble by the keeper and lost the ball to the goalie. After that, he had trouble getting involved. I doubt they're going to offer him a roster spot, so he'll probably be going home after Thursday. Now, if we had a reserve team, he'd be perfect...

So, the Portland Timbers aren't even in the league now, and they're making DP plans.

http://www.mls-daily.com/2010/04/timbers-weighing-designated-player.html

Meanwhile, Dave Kasper and Kevin Payne fiddle as RFK burns.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Still no word on which MLS team Pires is talking with. C'mon Euro press, get on this...

I know, DCU was excited about Castillo, but it seems he's been moved to the bench. Pires sure would look good out on the left wing. Get him a transfer certificate now, and let him take 3 or 4 weeks before coming over. Then, his kids can finish school in another month and join him here.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Citeh were good once, as were Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Leeds, and other teams I remember from Star Soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2010 12:06 PM

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If you haven't seen The Damned United yet, you should. It's a good movie and a good history lesson in English soccer. Leeds top of the table, late 60s and early 70s. Also, stick around for the "what happened to these guys after the events of this movie" for the skinny on how peripatetic Brian Clough took Nottingham Forest to consecutive European titles, something no other English manager has ever done.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what would happen if Anschutz bought back DC United. Dude makes it happen when he wants to.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2010 11:00 AM
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That is neither the direction the league is going, nor the direction Anschutz is going. Having multiple teams associated with a single owner gives rise to all kinds of problems, which is why it is not permitted in any other North American pro team sports league, and has only been permitted in MLS until now out of necessity. I'm sure Garber is looking forward to the day when there are 18 or 20 different teams, with as many different investor-operators. Further, Anschutz is trying to simplify his sports portfolio, which is why there is no more Sol.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 14, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"In 1968, the Atlanta Chiefs faced off against Manchester City - at the time considered one of the best teams in the world - in the first ever meeting between a top foreign team and an American professional team. The Chiefs shocked the soccer world by beating Manchester City - twice! Manchester City manager Joe Mercer is reported to have said, "Atlanta is the most soccer-wise city in the states."
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This can't be possible, wasn't soccer invented in Seattle in 1974?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

ESPN.com's front page story is about soccer (and Michael Bradley). Must be a slow news day.

Posted by: Reignking | April 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't happen every day, but I always get a chuckle when I see Jason Lee in movies and on television (My Name is Earl). He dropped out of high school to go pro in skateboarding, and now look at him! You can always go back to school, right?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2010 9:06 AM
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Well, he is a Scientologist you know.......

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 14, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

We're very creative with our team names down here. Hawks-Falcons-Thrashers and Braves-Chiefs.


Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

We're very creative with our team names down here. Hawks-Falcons-Thrashers and Braves-Chiefs.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish

I guess you could sum up the professional sports scene in Atlanta as one big "Feathered War Bonnet"

Posted by: csd1 | April 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Many Texas high school football teams routinely outdraw most MLS teams (certainly Dallas), and play in stadia that are nicer than RFK.

I was doing some work in Austin last fall and regularly flew back on Friday evenings. I started booking window seats because the sight from the air of dozens of 10 to 20k stadiums en route, lit up and packed with people, was so spectacular.

I understand HS football in Florida is also huge, but I haven't seen anything like Texas except for lower league soccer in the UK (particularly in the northwest) where every town over a few thousand has a little ground and people turn out every Saturday to watch.

Leeds top of the table, late 60s and early 70s.

Fischy, Leeds were awesome back then. I have a friend from Leeds who loaned me a video of a Leeds vs Derby County game from the early 70s where Leeds won 5 or 6 - nil, and it wasn't that close (and I believe Derby were the defending champions). They were a complete football team and moved the ball at will.

This can't be possible, wasn't soccer invented in Seattle in 1974?

DadRyan, dead on as usual.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Leeds, the English League 1 promotion race has been excellent this Spring. Worth keeping an eye on...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/tables?league=eng.3&cc=5901

Hopefully the playoffs will pop up on FS+

Posted by: Kev29 | April 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

any news about Emilio? this all has to be settled by tomorrow, right?

Posted by: joe_hill | April 14, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'd like to see MLS sell Pizza hut park to that highschool in Allen, TX, and move FC Dallas to Baltimore. Obviously something like this will never happen, but I revel in the fantasy of it.

Nobody cares about FC Dallas, and their attendance is embarrassing. Another team along the I-95 corridor (Baltimore or 2nd NY) would further stimulate rivalries amongst DCU, PU, RBNY, and to a lesser extent NE. I'll go ahead and chalk this fantasy right up there with a new DC stadium. :)

Posted by: invncbl | April 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone said....

"TSU is only paying $1.5 million. So, it's hardly significant in construction costs -- 2% or less. I'm really not sure what the heck the Dynamo is thinking here -- the partnership isn't worth it."

The Dynamo couldn't have spent enough money to gain the political good will of helping out a historically black university in a state where gridiron rules. Getting a downtown stadium is CLEARLY worth it. SEE FC Dallas if you dispute that.

The amount of TSU home games that are anywhere near a Dynamo game is supposed to be around 4 or 5. With proper groundskeeping they shouldn't really impact the Dynamo.

And this person went on:

" If it's a grass field, they're going to destroy it -- it'll cost more to fix over the years. If it's plastic, it'll just look terrible with all those lines."

You guys have a lot of nerve criticizing Houston and what they should or should not have done.

Here's a thought: your team played it's first game with Gridiron lines on GRASS from a bowl game that took place in DECEMBER.

Seattle shares with the Seahawks and you NEVER see gridiron lines.

That's because its EASIER to remove them from Fieldturf than grass.

But your "brainstaff" doesn't know that.

You should worry about your own stadium situation and the fact that we out in Seattle are subsidizing your club (which is set to move) instead of criticizing Houston.

In 4 years they did what United could not. Get a stadium approved and win back to back championships.

Worry about your own club.

Tim in Seattle.

Posted by: jiji1 | April 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Tim. Thanks for noticing...

I made the point myself about the partnership with TSU helping to get it done politically. You might have quoted that part, if you're trying to set the record straight.

As for lines and FieldTurf, you might be right. I don't know. What's the Revs' excuse, then? The gridiron lines are very prominent for their games. Moreover, it seems it will be a grass field, so that's irrelevant.

Mostly, I was making the point that the field will get beat up by football. No amount of money will fix that during the season. Given that the Dynamo are putting so much of their own money to build this, and won't even own it, they're getting stiffed in that regard. For what they're paying, they should get a better playing field. That said, at least they've got a new stadium. Should be better than DC's situation.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tim in Seattle, go read your own damn paper, and worry about your own damn club yourself.

We don't need some SeaDork coming in here trying to boss people around. It's the internet. People gripe on it. Especially folks who are sitting here recognizing the VERY REAL possibility that our club may be moved because of the red tape holding back any sort of stadium deal in the District or the Metro area period.

Go iron your scarf and gag on a geoduck ya schmuck.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Dude, I'm harshing a little hard. My bad. People prowling cars and breaking into houses in my neighborhood lately. Caught some dude casing my neighbors cars a bit earlier and am in a bit of an aggressive mood. Don't mind me...:)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@Tim in Seattle: You don't come around very often, do you? We complain about all those things as well as no attacking midfielder, poor defenders, injuries, etc.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

As for lines and FieldTurf, you might be right.
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He's might be, but he's smoking that good BC bud if he thinks that there's never been a Flounders game with visible gridiron lines. Almost every time one of their games shows up on TV, I see lines.

I also see the ball bouncing and rolling far too fast, but that's just a preference for grass.

Posted by: mason08 | April 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

wow i was pretty dissapointed with the video. It wasn't the greatest buildup ever and it was more one guy screwing up the offsides trap more than anything. Plus like somone said before it was a shanked goal, or at least it sure didnt look like that was where he was aiming for.

Posted by: Brian76 | April 14, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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