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Soccer Insider: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United-Rapids

It's another heavenly day along the banks of the mighty Anacostia for a D.C. United home match, my last for quite some time as, starting Sunday, I turn most of my attention to the U.S. national team, World Cup and, in about two weeks, departure for South Africa. Here at...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, World Cup  
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Saturday kickaround

Didier Drogba scored early in the second half as Chelsea defeated relegated Portsmouth, 1-0, at Wembley to win the FA Cup and claim its second trophy in a week. Drogba's 20-yard free kick in the 59th minute was the difference in a match that saw Chelsea hit the woodwork...

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS , Women  | Tags: Chelsea, D.C. United, Didier Drogba, FA Cup, John Terry, Washington Freedom, World Cup  
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Clinton, World Cup bid, Sir Alex, DeMerit, Wambach

*Bill Clinton has joined the effort to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022. To what extent, we'll find out Monday when he joins USSF President Sunil Gulati for an appearance in Harlem. Gulati and U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra were in Zurich to present the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Canada , England , FIFA , Freedom , MLS , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: Abby Wambach, Alex Ferguson, Argentina, Bill Clinton, Canada, Carlos Bocanegra, Dallas Cowboys, Jay DeMerit, Manchester United, Sunil Gulati, World Cup  
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D.C. United news & notes

Coming off two encouraging performances, D.C. United will not make many lineup changes for Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium, Coach Curt Onalfo said after Friday's training session. "When you are performing well, you don't want to tinker with too many things," he said. "So don't expect...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Bill Hamid, Colorado Rapids, Conor Casey, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Juan Manuel Peña, Major League Soccer, RFK Stadium, Soccer, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround

*Richard Motzkin, Eddie Johnson's agent, tells the Insider that the U.S. forward "will be with the national team this weekend, where they will evaluate and monitor him." He will be sidelined "five to seven days probably." Johnson tweaked a hamstring in the Greek league playoffs Wednesday. *Robbie Findley celebrated his...

By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Beckham , College Soccer , England , MLS , Mexico , U.S. men's national team , USA 2nd division , USL  | Tags: DaMarcus Beasley, David Beckham, Eddie Johnson, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, New York Red Bull, Paul Scholes, Real Salt Lake, Terrapins, World Cup  
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AC Milan's roster for D.C. United friendly

Two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho, fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato and Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf were included on AC Milan's travel roster for the North American tour that includes friendlies against D.C. United on May 26 at RFK Stadium and the Chicago Fire four days later at Toyota Park....

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Brazil , D.C. United , Italy  | Tags: AC Milan, D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Ronaldinho, Soccer, World Cup  
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Weekend soccer TV listings

More than 30 matches available. What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England League One playoff, Huddersfield-Millwall 7 a.m. ET Fox Soccer Plus England FA Cup final, Chelsea-Portsmouth 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Spain, Coruna-Bilbao noon ESPN Deportes England League Two playoff, Aldershot-Rotherham 1 p.m. FSP German Cup, Bayern Munich-Werder...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: Barcelona, D.C. United, FA Cup Final, FC Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, La Liga, MLS, Real Madrid, Roma, Serie A, Vasco da Gama  
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Davies' anger, Quaranta's health, Wambach's nose

*U.S. forward Charlie Davies is upset with his French club, Sochaux, for not clearing him to join the national team for World Cup training camp. Considering the months of intensive rehabilitation that he endured to position himself for a return to international play, his frustration and disappointment are understandable. Fueled...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , France , Freedom , U.S. men's national team , Women  | Tags: Charlie Davies, D.C. United, MLS, Santino Quaranta, U.S. national soccer team, Washington Freedom, World Cup  
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Thursday kickaround

*Clint Dempsey became the first American to play in a European final Wednesday, entering in the 55th minute of Fulham's 2-1 overtime loss to Atletico Madrid for the Europa League championship in Hamburg. The Independent describes the match. *U.S. midfielder Jose Torres played 62 minutes in Pachuca's 2-2 draw at...

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , FIFA , MLS , Mexico , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Atletico Madrid, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, FIFA, Fulham, Jose Torres, MLS, New England Revolution, Pachuca, Real Salt Lake, Red Bull Arena, Reliant Stadium, Soccer, World Cup  
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Video: Onalfo talks D.C. United, World Cup, Davies

D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo, a former national team assistant, visited Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" this week: <p>Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.</p>...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 11:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Comcast SportsNet, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, World Cup  
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U.S. player schedules before World Cup camp

Many of the 30 U.S. players invited to World Cup training camp will begin reporting to Princeton University this weekend, but several must play at least one more time for their club before heading to New Jersey. (Bob Bradley is undoubtedly praying for an injury-free weekend.) FIFA rules stipulate that,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, Princeton University, Soccer, UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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Eddie Johnson injury? DCU news, Baltimore update

*Forward Eddie Johnson, who was named to the U.S. World Cup preliminary roster Tuesday, left his Greek league playoff match just before halftime Wednesday. We're awaiting details. Early, unconfirmed indications point to a hamstring issue. Both Johnson and Freddy Adu started for Aris against AEK Athens. Live streaming video here....

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , Greece , Italy , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, Eddie Johnson, El Salvador, Freddy Adu, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Soccer, World Cup  
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Video: The scene in South Africa

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By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround

*American midfielder Clint Dempsey and Fulham face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final in Hamburg. DirecTV purchased exclusive rights to carry the match live (2:45 p.m. ET on Channel 461). GolTV will show a taped version at 8 p.m. Thursday. *Other Americans in action today: Eddie Johnson and Freddy...

By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , England , FIFA , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Algeria, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Europa League, Freddy Adu, Fulham, Marcus Hahnemann, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup roster news & notes

A few thoughts on the U.S. roster and upcoming training camp: *Although two friendlies are scheduled, only one is likely to factor in the final roster decisions. Why? The second match, on May 29 against Turkey in Philadelphia, is just one day before the delegation flies from Washington to Johannesburg....

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Edson Buddle, FIFA, Greg Vanney, Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Robbie Rogers, Steve Cherundolo, World Cup, soccer  
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D.C. United responds to proposed ticket tax

According to Post colleague Nikita Stewart, a D.C. Council committee is recommending the adoption of a new tax on sporting events to generate an estimated $3.7 million in revenue to fund city recreation programs. Get this: The Nationals would be exempt. Read all the details here. In response, D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C., D.C. United, Kevin Payne, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington  
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Davies not included on World Cup camp roster

The U.S. national soccer team announced the World Cup training camp roster, which will be cut to 23 players by the end of the month.

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Bob Bradley, Brian Ching, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, FIFA, Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector, Landon Donovan, World Cup  
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Brazil unveils World Cup roster

Dunga doesn't bother with a 30-man list. He names his 23. No Ronaldinho, Adriano or Pato. (Which means Ronaldinho and Pato are available for the May 26 friendly between AC Milan and D.C. United at RFK Stadium.) Alternates will be added later. Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma), Gomes...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil  | Tags: Brazil, Dani Alves, Dunga, Gilberto Silva, Júlio Baptista, Kaka, Pato, Ronaldinho, World Cup  
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Videos: Durban's World Cup stadium

Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium, which will host seven World Cup matches, is completed in 20 seconds: The view from the stadium's arch, 350 feet above the pitch: Related articles by ZemantaWorld Cup city profile: Durban (cbc.ca)...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , South Africa  | Tags: Durban, FIFA, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Soccer, World Cup  
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England's provisional World Cup roster

England Manager Fabio Capello will trim 30-man list to 23 later this month ahead of the World Cup. GOALKEEPERS: Joe Hart (Manchester City), David James (Portsmouth), Robert Green (West Ham). DEFENDERS: Leighton Baines (Everton), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Glen Johnson (Liverpool),...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England  | Tags: England, Fabio Capello, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, John Terry, Michael Carrick, Peter Crouch, Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Rooney, World Cup, soccer  
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Tuesday kickaround

*Who remains in contention for England's World Cup squad? We'll find out at 11 a.m. ET today, when Manager Fabio Capello selects his 30-man preliminary roster. *Reminder: The U.S. provisional list, including the 26-28 invitees to training camp, comes out at 2 p.m. on ESPNews. *Carlos Alberto Parreira unveils the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Books , England , MLS , South Africa , TV  | Tags: Carlos Alberto Parreira, Copa Libertadores, FIFA, Fabio Capello, Kei Kamara, New York Red Bulls, South Africa, World Cup  
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Mexico victory, Honduras, Spain, Kiwi rosters

*More than 60,000 witnessed Mexico's 1-0 victory over Senegal at Chicago's Soldier Field. El Tri's barnstorming tour of the States resumes Thursday against Angola in Houston. Watch Alberto Medina's goal: *Current or former MLS players named to Honduras' initial World Cup squad: midfielders Roger Espinoza (Kansas City), Amado Guevara and...

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  CONCACAF , Mexico , Spain  | Tags: Andrew Boyens, Major League Soccer, Mexico, New York Red Bulls, Ryan Nelsen, Soccer, Soldier Field, Spain, World Cup  
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D.C. United and U.S. World Cup updates

*As we feared, D.C. United's friendly against Glasgow Rangers, scheduled for July 24 at RFK Stadium, has been canceled because of complications stemming from the proposed Old Firm match against Scottish nemesis Celtic at Boston's Fenway Park. Rangers might head to Australia instead. *United midfielder Santino Quaranta (leg infection) was...

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , FIFA , Mexico , Scotland , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, D.C. United, Fenway Park, Glasgow Rangers, Santino Quaranta, Soccer, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup training camp predictions

U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley will announce his 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon. Of the 30, between 26 and 28 will attend training camp at Princeton, which begins next Monday. The deadline to submit the official 23-man Cup squad to FIFA is June 1....

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, FIFA World Cup, Jonathan Spector, Landon Donovan, U.S. national team, United States men's national soccer team, World Cup, soccer  
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MLS weekend flashback

Galaxy 4, Sounders 0: 36,273 at Qwest Field Seattle offers refund to season ticket holders for embarrassing performance. Meantime, MLS goals leader Edson Buddle apologies to L.A. supporters for having the audacity to not score this weekend. On a side note: Hey, Landon, save some of those assists (three Saturday,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: BMO Field, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Edson Buddle, FC Dallas, MLS, Major League Soccer, Pizza Hut Park, Qwest Field, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC  
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Americans abroad

With the U.S. World Cup provisional roster set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon, our roundup is limited to players in contention for one of the 30 slots. While Charlie Davies (Sochaux) continues his fitness training after a six-month injury rehab, Oguchi Onyewu (knee tendon) traveled with AC Milan to Genoa...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: AC Milan, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, Eintracht Frankfurt, Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Soccer, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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Glasgow Rangers withdrawing from U.S. tour

Scottish champion Glasgow Rangers, which had agreed to play D.C. United at RFK Stadium this summer and was in negotiations to face Old Firm rival Celtic at Boston's Fenway Park and Mexico's America in Dallas, told the BBC on Sunday that they are planning to withdraw from the U.S. tour....

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United , Scotland  | Tags: AC Milan, Blackburn Rovers, D.C. United, Fenway Park, Glasgow Rangers, Old Firm, RFK Stadium  
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D.C. United rewind

D.C. United probably deserved better than a 1-0 loss at FC Dallas. Maybe not three points, but certainly a point. Kevin Hartman rebounded from his rough visit to RFK Stadium for the U.S. Open Cup 11 days ago, making several classy saves and relying on a post and the crossbar...

By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2010; 1:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, FC Dallas, MLS  
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