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Soccer Insider: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United-Chivas

Greetings from a warm and sunny RFK stadium where tonight's crowd is slowly beginning to trickle into the concourse. This is Matt Brooks making a guest appearance tonight with Goff on his way home from a much-needed 2-1 U.S. MNT victory over Turkey this afternoon at the Linc in Philly....

By Matt Brooks  |  May 29, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chivas USA, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, MLS, Santino Quaranta  
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Matchday: USA-Turkey

Greetings from Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field for the U.S. national team's friendly against Turkey. More than 50,000 tickets have been sold, making it the second-biggest crowd for a World Cup "send-off" match ever. 2006: 24,636 at East Hartford, 1-0 win over Latvia 2002: 36,778 at Foxborough, 2-0 loss to the...

By Steve Goff  |  May 29, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. national team, World Cup  
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USA vs. Brazil friendly in August

In its first match after the World Cup, the U.S. national team will play Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium in northern New Jersey. The friendly falls on an international fixture date, meaning the sides will be able to recall top players. A rematch of the World...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brazil, Meadowlands, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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D.C. United news & notes

Some notes from D.C. United training today at the RFK Stadium auxiliary field ahead of Saturday night's match against visiting Chivas USA: * Midfielder Brandon Barklage tore the ACL in his left knee and also had a partial tear to the meniscus, the team said. Barklage likely will undergo surgery...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 28, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Brandon Barklage, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, MLS  
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Calling all supporters heading to South Africa!

Starting next week, while colleague Liz Clarke and I are getting settled in Johannesburg, The Post will begin introducing an array of special World Cup pages, features and platforms on our Web site, including our newest reader-driven project. Post staffers Tim Ball and Matt Brooks will attend the tournament as...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa  | Tags: South Africa, U.S. supporters, Washington Post, World Cup  
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World Cup video: Teams arrive in South Africa

Check out a Reuters video report on the teams arriving in South Africa for the World Cup, including a look at England's team hotel/training facility....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 28, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Videos: U.S. World Cup player highlights

Insider loyalists share their video work: From 723FootballFilms..... From John Berrodin, a seventh-grade teacher in Pennsylvania........

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. soccer, World Cup  
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Friday kickaround

*The Post's build-up to the World Cup continues with a front-page dispatch from Cameroon. In the coming weeks, our foreign service will file additional stories from countries sending a team to the Cup. *FIFA computer failure halts ticket sales in South Africa. *France is named host of the 2016 European...

By Steve Goff  |  May 28, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Brazil , D.C. United , European Championship , FIFA , France , MLS , South Africa , Youth soccer  | Tags: Brian McBride, Cameroon, D.C. United, European Championship, MLS, Ronaldinho, South Africa, World Cup, Wrigley Field  
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R.I.P. St. Louis Athletica

Four months after the Los Angeles Sol folded, Women's Professional Soccer has lost St. Louis Athletica. The second-year league announced Thursday that Athletica is shutting down six games into the season because of a "funding crisis." The league covered the past two team payrolls. St. Louis had been scheduled to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Women  | Tags: Hope Solo, St. Louis Athletica, WPS  
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Weekend soccer TV listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY England playoff, Millwall-Swindon 10 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus Friendly, Spain-Saudi Arabia noon ESPN Deportes Friendly, USA-Turkey 2 p.m. ESPN2, Galavision Friendly, Hungary-Germany 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes Brazil, Flamengo-Gremio 5:30 p.m. GolTV MLS, D.C. United-Chivas USA 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet/DC...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , TV , Women  | Tags: MLS, WPS, World Cup  
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World Cup news & notes

*In a setback to Ghana's World Cup aspirations, midfielder Michael Essien has fallen short in his comeback from a knee injury and will miss the tournament. *The Netherlands makes final roster decisions. *In the final FIFA rankings before the Cup, the top eight teams remain unchanged and the USA stays...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , FIFA , Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Michael Essien, Obama, World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup team at the White House

Photo via U.S. Soccer Federation After a Nike-hosted reception at the Newseum on Wednesday night and a stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, the U.S. World Cup squad met with President Obama, Vice President Biden and former president Bill Clinton at the White House on Thursday morning. The group...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Biden, Clinton, Obama, White House, World Cup  
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Video: Landon Donovan and the Copy Machine

This is U.S. star Landon Donovan and "This Is SportsCenter":...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: ESPN, Landon Donovan, World Cup  
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Thursday kickaround

*My look at the U.S. World Cup roster selections focuses on the forwards. *Liz Clarke's profile of Jozy Altidore. *What the front page of The Post's Sports section looks like. *After correctly predicting 29 of the 30 players invited to U.S. training camp two weeks ago (Robbie Rogers instead of...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , France , Germany , MLS , Mexico , Netherlands , U.S. Open Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Boca Juniors, Jozy Altidore, MLS, U.S. Open Cup, World Cup  
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Video: D.C. United 3, AC Milan 2

Highlights from D.C. United's 3-2 victory over AC Milan in front of 30,000-plus at RFK Stadium:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 12:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United , Italy  | Tags: AC Milan, D.C. United, Ronaldinho  
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Matchnight: D.C. United-AC Milan

Salutations from Estadio RFK, where I've settled into the press box on this exceptionally warm day. I drove through a re-paved Lot 8 to get here and it's looking good and most importantly, no damage was done to my car on the drive in. The lot was filling up already...

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 26, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  D.C. United , Italy  | Tags: AC Milan, D.C. United  
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Bob Bradley discusses World Cup roster

U.S. World Cup Coach Bob Bradley , commenting on ..... Brian Ching, who did not make the cut: "It was extremely hard with the respect that we all have for Brian. As a person, for the way he plays on the field, his commitment to the team--it's always hard whenever...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Herculez Gomez, Robbie Findley, World Cup  
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U.S. soccer poll: Do you agree with the Findley selection?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 26, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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U.S. World Cup roster announced

U.S. Coach Bob Bradley made final cuts ahead of the World Cup in South Africa and named 23 players to the roster, including three with ties to the Washington area: defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Clarence Goodson and midfielder Maurice Edu.

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. World Cup team, soccer  
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Onyewu's return, Milan in D.C., World Cup viewing

*From Post colleague Liz Clarke, who will join me in South Africa starting next week, a look at Oguchi Onyewu's first match in seven months. *From Paul Tenorio, who will keep an eye on D.C. United while I am away, a preview of Wednesday night's friendly between the MLS club...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Oguchi Onyewu, World Cup  
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The U.S. friendly and World Cup roster decisions

What we liked about Tuesday's friendly: *DaMarcus Beasley and Stuart Holden on the flanks. Beas is back. Putting to rest lingering questions about his effectiveness after a reduced role with Glasgow Rangers this year, DMB was quick and confident in his 45 minutes and surely secured a World Cup roster...

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2010; 2:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Matchnight: USA-Czech Republic

Greetings from Rentschler Field on an unseasonably hot day just outside Connecticut's capital city. It's 85 degrees at 5:40 p.m. (tomorrow's high is 95) -- quite a contrast from the 63 and possible rain that will welcome the traveling party in Johannesburg on Monday. Before we turn our attention to...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bill Clinton, Freddy Adu, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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World Cup news & notes

*Bob Bradley will introduce his 23-man World Cup squad on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday around 1 p.m. ET, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced. *More than 43,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's send-off friendly against Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. *Adding to Germany's injury woes, midfielder Christian Traesch...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , Germany , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Al-Qaeda, Bob Bradley, Christian Traesch, Germany, South Africa, The Daily Show, Thomas Rongen, World Cup  
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U.S. roster clues?

Kickoff for the USA-Czech Republic friendly in East Hartford, Conn., is not until 8 p.m., which means we will not receive the official game-day roster until probably 7 p.m. at the earliest. Bob Bradley will choose as many as 23 players. With six substitutes permitted, a maximum of 17 players...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan, U.S. national team, World Cup  
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Tuesday kickaround

*Final auditions for U.S. World Cup hopefuls await tonight against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision). *Is Turkish champion Bursaspor interested in American defender Heath Pearce? *Other friendlies involving World Cup teams: Cameroon at Georgia Greece vs. North Korea (available online...

By Steve Goff  |  May 25, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , Italy , MLS , Portugal , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bursaspor, D.C. United, Heath Pearce, Inter Milan, Portugal, Seattle Sounders, South Africa, U.S. national team, World Cup, vuvuzela  
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Video: Argentina 5, Canada 0

No need for Lionel Messi, who sat this one out. Maxi Rodriguez had the first two goals, Angel Di Maria added a magnificent strike, Carlos Tevez finished from close range and Sergio Aguero weaved his way to the final goal in a 5-0 victory over Canada in Buenos Aires. Goalkeeper...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Argentina , Canada , MLS  | Tags: Argentina, Canada, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, MLS, Maxi Rodriguez, Pat Onstad, Sergio Aguero, World Cup  
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Matchday: England-Mexico

England vs. Mexico at Wembley Stadium England's lineup (4-3-3): Robert Green; Glen Johnson (right), Rio Ferdinand (center), Ledley King (center), Leighton Baines (left); Theo Walcott (right), Steven Gerrard (center), Michael Carrick (left); James Milner (right), Wayne Rooney (center), Peter Crouch (left). Subs: Hart for Green 46th, Carragher for Ferdinand 46th,...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Mexico  | Tags: England, Mexico, World Cup  
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D.C. United, by the numbers

With a 1-8 record and three points, four goals scored, 18 conceded, seven scoreless efforts, 33 shots on goal, a 1-4 mark at RFK Stadium and the home attendance average dipping to 14,953 after a strong start, D.C. United is on a historically poor pace. The club's all-time low points:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Monday kickaround

*After wrapping up training camp at Princeton on Sunday, Bob Bradley brought all 30 players to Hartford, Conn., for Tuesday's friendly against the Czech Republic at Rentschler Field (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision). With final cuts tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, the game-day roster -- tentatively set for 23 players --...

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Beckham , Canada , England , France , Freedom , Mexico , South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Boca Juniors, England, Fabio Capello, France, Juventus, MLS, Mexico, South Africa, Toluca, William Gallas, World Cup  
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Are you going to the World Cup?

We'll kick things off today with a simple poll question: Are you going to the World Cup? If so, lucky you. And if so, check out the Travel section's story on Johannesburg and a look at the best places to stay and eat. poll by twiigs.com HT to Soccer Insider...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  May 24, 2010; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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MLS weekend flashback

Columbus Crew 3, New York Red Bulls 1: 11,940 at Red Bull Arena Three shots off the woodwork for N.Y., three points for the Crew. Los Angeles Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 0: 10,957 at Pizza Hut Park Edson who? Landon what? 26 of a possible 30 points for L.A. Toronto...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2010; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS  
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Video: USA women 4, Germany 0

The U.S. women's national team, ranked No. 1 in the world, routed second-ranked Germany, 4-0, at Cleveland Browns Stadium:...

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Women  | Tags: Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly, women's soccer  
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