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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 five times before halftime and each club fail to convert a penalty kick.

Chelsea's John Terry, assessing Wembley's pitch, which is scheduled to host an England-Mexico friendly May 24: "It's probably the worst pitch we've played on all year. The FA have to realize it's either a football pitch or a multi-events stadium."

*My preview of D.C. United's home match against the Colorado Rapids (7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick).

*The weather outlook for RFK.

*I'm getting word that United's charity match against El Salvador's national team, slated for June 19 in Washington, is indeed in danger of being canceled. This week, FIFA suspended the Salvadoran federation. A final decision is expected early next week, a United official said.

*ABC News offers helpful tips for visitors attending the World Cup in South Africa.

*MLS today:
Dallas at Philadelphia, 4 (Telefutura)
San Jose at New England, 6 (Direct Kick)
Colorado at D.C. United, 7:30 (CSN/DC, DK)
Chivas USA at Columbus, 7:30 (DK)
Seattle at New York, 7:30 (DK)
Chicago at Kansas City, 8:30 (FSC)
Toronto at Los Angeles, 10:30 (DK)

*In WPS, Marta scored twice Friday night to lead Gold Pride to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Breakers in front of 5,283 at Harvard Stadium, the Bay Area club's fifth win in six matches. On Sunday, the Washington Freedom (2-2-1) will play at winless Atlanta (6 p.m., FSC) and be without Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa and Australian forward Lisa DeVanna, who are competing for their respective national teams at Asian World Cup qualifying. The Beat (0-4-1) is missing Japanese midfielder Mami Yamaguchi.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
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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Mami Yamaguchi is certainly one of the best names in sport

Posted by: OWNTF | May 15, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Will the El Salvador's national team also be banned from visiting children's hospitals and helping old ladies across the street during their suspension?

Posted by: csd1 | May 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Blame the Salvadoran Government, not FIFA for them not being allowed to play.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested to see how our defense will hold Omar Cummings. Talley and Pena in the middle will have their hands full. Should be a good match of subpar teams. Great opportunity for United to gain 3 points.

Posted by: dsheon1 | May 15, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Chelsea hit the post about 6-7 times. I've never seen a game with so many off the woodwork. Plus, they missed two pks!! Could easily have been 6-0.

Posted by: delantero | May 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

What RedDevil said.

The more serious repercussion of the FIFA action is that the Salvadoran ref crew will not be able to work the World Cup finals.

Funes is a commie like Chavez.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: delantero | May 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

MILAN (AP)—American defender Oguchi Onyewu failed to make it back on the field for AC Milan this season following knee surgery and will try to make his return with the U.S. national team.

Onyewu wasn’t among the 18 players who dressed for Saturday night’s Serie A finale against Juventus. A day earlier, he was one of 22 players initially selected for the game at San Siro stadium.

Posted by: delantero | May 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Mami's got game too

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

According to the MLS Website, the D.C.-Dallas game is over...

Posted by: wjones2 | May 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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