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Soccer Insider: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Weekend kickaround

It's my last chance in a very long time to take a weekend off. Enjoy the matches: SATURDAY Champions League final: Bayern Munich-Inter Milan, 2:30 p.m. ET (Fox) Women's friendly: USA-Germany, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) 3rd Division: Real Maryland-Charlotte, 6:30 p.m. 2nd Division: Crystal Palace Baltimore-Portland, 7 p.m. MLS: Houston-D.C. United,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  D.C. United , Euro Champions League , Freedom , TV , Women  | Tags: Bayern Munich, D.C. United, Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League, Washington Freedom  
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Goodson's rise, Baltimore friendly, D.C. United

*Clarence Goodson, who grew up in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, was never invited to junior national teams and, at one point, withdrew from college because of academic problems. But he has quietly made a name for himself in the modest Norwegian league and, amid backline issues on the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Clarence Goodson, D.C. United, Inter Milan, Manchester City, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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D.C. United news & notes

A shoulder injury seems likely to sideline goalkeeper Bill Hamid and open the way for Troy Perkins to return to D.C. United's lineup Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium (8 p.m. ET, Galavision). Hamid banged into a post after extending to make a save in training Tuesday. He...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Bill Hamid, Chris Pontius, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, MLS, Santino Quaranta, Troy Perkins  
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Video: Rooney and Ronaldo, Kobe and Homer

A new Nike ad geared toward the World Cup, featuring Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Fabio Cannavaro, Franck Ribery, Didier Drogba, the Americans and -- oops -- Ronaldinho, with cameos by Kobe Bryant and Homer Simpson:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  | Tags: Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Franck Ribery, Homer Simpson, Kobe Bryant, Nike, Wayne Rooney, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround

*In front of just 11,940 at the new Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls hit the woodwork three times in losing their third straight, 3-1 to the unbeaten Columbus Crew, which was without suspended star Guillermo Barros Schelotto. *No Landon Donovan, no Edson Buddle, no worries. The Los...

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , Freedom , Italy , MLS , Mexico , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Inter Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS, Manchester City, NCAA, Santos Laguna, Toluca, Washington Freedom  
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Weekend soccer TV listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England playoffs, Blackpool-Cardiff 10 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus MLS, Toronto-New England 1 p.m. Direct Kick UEFA Champions League final, Inter Milan-Bayern Munich 2:30 p.m. Fox's main network, Fox Sports Espanol (tape at 8 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel) MLS, Seattle-San Jose 3...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, UEFA Champions League, women's soccer  
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Oguchi Onyewu aims for World Cup

Seven months ago Friday, Oguchi Onyewu underwent surgery for a ruptured patella tendon, an injury as gruesome and serious as it sounds. The left kneecap was thrust into his quadriceps muscle and doctors needed to drill holes into the bone to reconnect it to the tendon with fibers. Onyewu, the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC MIlan, Oguchi Onyewu, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Bonus World Cup kickaround

Good morning. Only 21 days to go. It's been a while since a nutty Diego Maradona story, no? On his way to announcing Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad, Maradona ran over a cameraman and then called him a naughty name. Laurent Blanc, who helped spearhead France's run to the 1998...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 20, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Thursday kickaround

Zakumi, left, wonders what he has gotten himself into. (AFP photo) *FC Barcelona adds to its attacking arsenal with the addition of Spanish international David Villa on a $50 million transfer from debt-ridden Valencia. *French midfielder Robert Pires has apparently turned down the Philadelphia Union's contract offer. A crude,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 20, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Barcelona , FIFA , France , MLS , South Africa , Spain , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  | Tags: Benni McCarthy, Bob Bradley, David Villa, MLS, Robert Pires, Sepp Blatter, World Cup, Zakumi  
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Maradona, N. Korea, Adu, CONCACAF, Union, Milan

*Argentina Manager Diego Maradona has selected his World Cup roster. Yup, some guy named Messi is on it. *North Korea will not train in Zimbabwe, thus ending a possible Kim-Mugabe striking partnership. *American Freddy Adu played 83 minutes on the left flank in Aris' 3-2 victory over nemesis PAOK in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2010; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Argentina , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: AC Milan, Argentina, CONCACAF, Diego Maradona, Freddy Adu, North Korea, Philadelphia Union, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup update: injuries, roster, Daily Show

Injury update: Carlos Bocanegra (abdominal muscle), Jay DeMerit (abdominal) and Eddie Johnson (hamstring) participated in warm-ups and some passing exercises. "Hopefully, we can continue to move them along," Coach Bob Bradley said. Chad Marshall (hamstring) warmed up and did individual work with the trainer as a way of testing his...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Sasho Cirovski, The Daily Show, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Bonus World Cup kickaround

Howdy. Soccer editor Matt Bonesteel here. Because Steve has more on his plate than me at Fogo de Chao, I'll be dropping in from time to time with links, polls and directions to other aspects of our World Cup coverage (lots of good stuff is in the works, I promise)....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 19, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Early Wednesday kickaround

*Officially, Bob Bradley does not need to name his 23-man U.S. World Cup squad until June 1. Realistically, he will do it between the two friendlies next week. However, my hunch is that he will begin trimming the roster this weekend. Who goes home? Players who began camp in tenuous...

By Steve Goff  |  May 19, 2010; 4:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, England, FIFA, Fabio Capello, Fox Soccer Channel, Landon Donovan, Soccer, UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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World Cup and MLS news & notes

*Despite missing Real Madrid's La Liga finale, Kaka says he will be 100 percent fit for Brazil's World Cup campaign. *Fabio Grosso, the Italian defender who scored the go-ahead goal in the 2006 World Cup semifinal against Germany and the decisive penalty kick in the championship match against France, was...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , D.C. United , Italy , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Women  | Tags: Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Fabio Grosso, Kaka, La Liga, Landon Donovan, MLS, Marcello Lippi, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup training camp update

*Injury watch: Defenders Chad Marshall (hamstring) and Jay DeMerit (lower abdominal) worked with the trainers on the side. Defender Carlos Bocanegra (lower abdominal) and goalkeeper Tim Howard (quadriceps) participated in most of the workout. Forward Eddie Johnson (hamstring) underwent a physical and didn't practice. *Defender Clarence Goodson and midfielder Benny...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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World Cup kickaround: Ballack, rosters, terrorism

*Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng has apologized for ending German captain Michael Ballack's World Cup plans: "I was just too late and I hit him straight on. It looked stupid. I apologized to him twice on the field and now for a third time. I am sorry. It was not intentional." While...

By Steve Goff  |  May 18, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany , South Africa , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Christoph Spycher, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Ballack, Soccer, South Africa, World Cup, terrorism  
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Poll: U.S. World Cup forwards

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Poll , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson, Edson Buddle, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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D.C. United, Toronto, Clinton, Bedoya, Silverdome

*With Troy Perkins, Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio in the starting lineup, D.C. United had names worthy of a league match Monday at the RFK Stadium training grounds. Instead, the trio appeared in a reserve match against the fourth-tier Northern Virginia Royals. United won, 1-0, on Boyzzz Khumalo's goal in...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Alejandro Bedoya, Bill Clinton, D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, Luciano Emilio, Pontiac Silverdome, Toronto FC, Troy Perkins, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup news & notes

Defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit are day to day with lower abdominal strains, and center back Chad Marshall has a slight hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Tim Howard has a quadriceps strain that "mainly has affected his kicking," Coach Bob Bradley said. Bocanegra warmed up with the team and did a...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Princeton, Tim Howard, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup  
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Bob Bradley comments on Charlie Davies

Among the variety of questions tossed at him after the first day of U.S. World Cup training camp at Princeton University, Coach Bob Bradley addressed the decision to exclude forward Charlie Davies, who was attempting to earn a roster slot after recovering from injuries suffered in an auto accident last...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Charlie Davies, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup  
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Germany's Michael Ballack to miss World Cup

In a massive setback to Germany's World Cup efforts, captain Michael Ballack was ruled out of the tournament because of an ankle injury suffered in the FA Cup final for Chelsea on Saturday. Former German players and coaches react to the news. Ballack was injured on a hard tackle by...

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Germany  | Tags: Germany, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Michael Ballack, World Cup  
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Video: FC Barcelona clinches La Liga title

With a 4-0 victory over Valladolid at Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona finished three points ahead of Real Madrid -- which drew with Malaga -- to retain the Spanish league title: The scene on Las Ramblas afterward:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Barcelona , Real Madrid , Spain  | Tags: Barcelona, La Liga, Lionel Messi, Real Madrid  
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Washington Freedom defeats Atlanta Beat, 2-0

Abby Wambach assisted on Lene Mykjaland's first-half goal and scored on a diving header after the break to lead the Washington Freedom to a 2-0 WPS victory over the winless Atlanta Beat in front of 3,112 at the new, 8,318-seat KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The Freedom (3-2-1) is...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Abby Wambach, WPS, Washington Freedom  
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U.S. World Cup players in action (and inaction)

Several U.S. World Cup candidates spent a final few days with their clubs before reporting to World Cup training camp at Princeton University. Workouts begin Monday morning. [Updates: Alejandro Bedoya will play for Orebro on Monday before traveling. Eddie Johnson was diagnosed with a minor hamstring strain and will be...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, Princeton, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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D.C. United's only hope?

(Photo by Tony Quinn) Looks like Juan Manuel Peña will have to find a new uniform number. "To infamy and beyond!"...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Buzz Lightyear, D.C. United, Toy Story 3  
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D.C. United rewind

If the mounting defeats and scarcity of goals weren't bad enough, there is just nothing interesting or compelling about D.C. United. The players do work hard. The defensive work has improved. Bill Hamid is going to be an excellent goalkeeper. The return of injured regulars in the coming weeks will...

By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 1:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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