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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 Angeles Galaxy improved to 8-0-2 with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas in front of 10,947 at Pizza Hut Park. The Galaxy set a league record for fewest goals conceded (two) over 10 matches. Assessing his club, FCD Coach Schellas Hyndman: "It might have been, in my opinion, the worst performance since I've been here."

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*Santos Laguna salvaged a 2-2 draw at home with Toluca in the first leg of the Mexican league finals.

*It's a day off at Princeton for the 30 players in U.S. World Cup training camp. Workouts will resume Saturday and conclude Sunday before the squad moves to Connecticut to prepare for Tuesday's friendly against the Czech Republic. We're expecting the first of the seven roster moves in the next couple days.

*Washington Freedom goalkeeper Erin McLeod, a Canadian, will play for her WPS club against Canada's national team Sunday in Fairfax, Va.

*The NCAA is moving closer to holding the Division I men's and women's final fours on the same weekend at the same location.

*This morning, Baltimore officials will formally announce a July 31 international friendly at M&T Bank Stadium: Inter Milan vs. Manchester City.

*AC Milan and D.C. United practice sessions Tuesday at RFK Stadium are open to the public -- for a price. While season ticket holders will be admitted without charge and partial plan holders have access for $10, all others have to cough up $20. To watch a practice. [Snark alert!] Then again, Milan's session should be more competitive than Wednesday's friendly/marketing ploy/money-grab.

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2010; 8:42 AM ET
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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Comments

We kid! We kid the money grubbers, because we love them!

Posted by: JkR- | May 21, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Any definitive word on what's going down in St. Louis? Hearing mostly rumors.

Posted by: addick | May 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

>The Galaxy set a league record for fewest goals conceded (two) over 10 matches.

That's insane.

Funny how 11k in Dallas is a victory, but 12k in NY isn't.

BTW, Energie NY also had 19 shots total, but only 6 on goal. That's won't help, either.

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

You have to feel sorry for whatever field is staging the NCAA final fours. Or at least hope it's not like Wembley...that could be a messy final game!

Posted by: rss317 | May 21, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Marca reporting that Ribery is renewing his Bayern contract until 2015, and is sick of waiting for Real Madrid.

Sounds like Marca may just be stoking the fire, though.

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Marlon Harewood linked to DCU ?
http://www.tribalfootball.com/dc-united-target-harewood-linked-turkish-club-854211

Another useless player ...

Posted by: Charisma_Man | May 21, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

We don't need another Striker, we need someone in the middle.

Posted by: rockotodd | May 21, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"Funny how 11k in Dallas is a victory, but 12k in NY isn't".

Absolutely! Every Pink Cows failure is freaking HILARIOUS.
:)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Is MLS seriously considering putting another team in the NY area? The Pink Cows have a state of the art, brand new stadium and can't even fill it half way. Even when Henry arrives I'm guessing most games won't be sellouts.

Posted by: CYork1 | May 21, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Is MLS seriously considering putting another team in the NY area? The Pink Cows have a state of the art, brand new stadium and can't even fill it half way.
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+1. MLS has no business putting a second team in a market when the existing team can't come close to regularly selling out a BRAND NEW top-of-the-line transit-friendly stadium. Personally I think a team needs to succeed in the Southeast before MLS can claim to be a "national" league.

Posted by: Pedalada | May 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I was right, that Pires has never been to Philly (no surprise).

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

NYRB stands as proof of why MLS needs a new, different team, actually in New York. Will the rivalry and heightened attention to the sport save NYRB? Possibly not, but a Queens-based team would do a lot better with attendance. It's tough to make it in New York, of course, because there are so many competing options for your entertainment/sports dollars. Places like Portland are more likely to be prominent in their community, but MLS knows it needs to make it in New York. If not with NYRB, then with a NYC team.

Posted by: fischy | May 21, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

we need ronaldinho

Posted by: g3impreza | May 21, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

we need ronaldinho. Or homes games will sell out, and next season we will get a new stadium.

Posted by: g3impreza | May 21, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"*The NCAA is moving closer to holding the Division I men's and women's final fours on the same weekend at the same location."

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Of course. It's going to be held every year at DC United's Morgan Blvd. stadium, bringing lots of dollars to the surrounding Prince George's community. Way to go PG Council.

Posted by: fischy | May 21, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

fischy - +1. a team in Queens opens up huge swaths of Long Island which is full of families (and soccer playing kids), not to mention the huge number of immigrants in Queens itself and the fact that it also makes it easier for people from Westchester and Connecticut who can come over the Whitestone/Throgs Neck to get there. a team there would have a much better shot at success than one playing in NJ, and they could both co-exist without issue, in my opinion.

from my apt. in Brooklyn, you're still talking at least an hour to get to Red Bull Arena. i've already been twice and almost went last night, but weeknights are tough and even weekends aren't a breeze because of frequent subway service changes. i've got to take 1 or 2 subway lines, then walk to the PATH, ride that for 20 minutes, then walk another 10 minutes to the stadium. that's not a complaint - just reality. getting to Queens ain't much easier for me, but it would be for lots of other people.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 21, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

but MLS knows it needs to make it in New York.
Posted by: fischy
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My little town blues
Are melting away
I'm gonna make a brand new start of it
In old New York.
If I can make it there,
I'd make it anywhere
It's up to you,
New York, New York.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 21, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

from my apt. in Brooklyn, you're still talking at least an hour to get to Red Bull Arena.
Posted by: dimesmakedollars

Oh, that's so rough! It would take me 10 hours by car.

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

30+ years ago the Cosmos sold out Giants Stadium numerous times. I know it's a stretch to compare the MetroCows to the Cosmos but it did show that it's possible to get people to NJ for soccer. And that stadium was not transit or soccer friendly.

I agree with those who say it's lunacy to even consider another NYC area team until RBNY starts drawing consistently.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 21, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

As a Villan, all I can say about Harewood to DC United is...no, thank you. I think I would take almost anyone on their roster over Harewood. Well, except Heskey.

Posted by: daandre3 | May 21, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@PrinceBuster -- So much has changed. I know. I was a semi-regular at Cosmos games as a young teenager coming from Westchester County.

Mostly, NYRB doesn't have Pele, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia and Alberto. Can't understate the difference there. There aren't even comparable players today in the world, where most of the really famous players are still young. Still, in an alternate reality, NYers would turn out for a team with Henry, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Beckham. Even Giants Stadium could regularly have 40-60k. Especially, if the opposing teams had latter-day equivalents of Rodney Marsh, George Best, Johan Cruyff, Teo Cubillas, and Gerd Muller.

There are other factors that have changed, which make New Jersey a less attractive destination. In 1977-78 (Cosmos' heyday), gas was less than $1/gallon (pre-Iran oil crisis). Tolls over the GWB were a fraction of what they are today. The other costs (tickets, concessions) of bringing a family of four to a game are also drastically different today.

Perhaps even more significantly, there is just a lot more traffic on the road. Yeah, there used to be a back-up heading from the Turnpike into the stadium, and getting out of the stadium was an ordeal when the crowds approached sellout size -- and there was a back-up at the end of the Turnpike, going back north. Now, you don't even need big events for those kinds of Turnpike back-ups. It's that way all weekend long, and from 3:00 - 9:00 during the week. Getting into and out of NJ is just a much bigger pain in the arse now. The back-ups are much longer now.

Posted by: fischy | May 21, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow. How can Hyndeman rank all of FC Dallas miserable performances under his tender?

Must be hard...

Posted by: yankiboy | May 21, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

>There are other factors that have changed, which make New Jersey a less attractive destination.

Who thought that was possible? I blame "Jersey Shore" and the last Bon Jovi album.

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@RK1: Don't forget Jerzeylicious RKWowzy.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 21, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I actually enjoy that one, yanki -- it's funny, but people don't believe that exists, as if it were made up for tv. Yeah, that's real hair.

Posted by: Reignking | May 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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