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Tuesday kickaround

Good morning. Another heavenly day in Jozi (not to be confused with Jozy). USA media briefing soon.

The news:

*Americans will have power in numbers, with thousands of supporters heading to South Africa for the World Cup. It's a front-page story in the Stephen Strasburg Sports section.

*Wayne Rooney used a naughty word during England's 3-0 victory over a local club.

*Midfielder Gareth Barry (ankle) won't play for England in the USA match.

*Today's friendlies:
Portugal-Mozambique 10:15 a.m. ET, ESPN Deportes,
Spain-Poland 4 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,

*The World Cup meets the Grateful Dead.

*For Washington area fans looking for a social setting to watch the USA-England match (and help a charitable cause), proceed to the continuation of this post. But first.....

*Video from Brazil's 5-1 victory at Tanzania:

*Watch the USA play England at Mister Days in Arlington and support United for D.C., the charitable arm of D.C. United.

*The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a minor league baseball team, will host a World Cup Fan Fest for USA-England viewing on Saturday in Waldorf. Proceeds benefit a health foundation. Los Angeles Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza, who is from Bryans Road, Md., is scheduled to greet fans.

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2010; 5:07 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Brazil , England , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brazil, Gareth Barry, Grateful Dead, Johannesburg, South Africa, U.S. soccer fans, Wayne Rooney, World Cup  
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Anybody watching Mexico v SA on Friday in Woodbridge? Where are you going? I was thinking about buzzing over to Glory Days...

Posted by: lrogers287 | June 8, 2010 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff, diggin having you posting closer to my time zone. I've been in Erbil, Iraq for the last year and am looking forward to not having to hit the bars at 7am to watch the game this time around (it's an hour later than SA time here).

Keep up the good work!!

ps tell me when DC United is good again so I can come back...

Posted by: silverrey | June 8, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

One of the guys on the Soccernet podcast mentioned things going pear shaped during their USA-England previewI listened to this morning.

All these viewing parties, and I know of a few more down this way, really have me amped up and I think shows as an indicator for the rising popularity in the country.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 8, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

For those in the Baltimore area, Towson's holding Baltimore County World Soccer Fest all day Saturday. Food, etc. and a big screen showing all of the Sat games...I think in front of the courthouse.

Posted by: davemcl | June 8, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Greetings Goff and the rest of the WaPo team:

I appreciate and love your World Cup coverage. Might we see a little preview post on each group on Soccer Insider? Then us loyal Soccer Insider readers can weigh in with our insane picks.

Posted by: Cerealman | June 8, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

This is the older, more mature Rooney. I hope he displays the same levelheadedness on Saturday.

Strasburg: Second coming of Christ or an incarnation of Vishnu? Discuss.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I have to go to a wedding on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Luckily the times work out where I will be able to watch the USA England game -heck, I was prepared to miss the wedding cermemony if I had too. I was going to watch the game at a place called "Pipers Pub," have any of you been there? Is it worth going to? Or, would you recomend I just watch it in my hotel room? Any thoughts would help.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 8, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

...but was already incensed that a series of niggly fouls committed by Kagiso Senamela...

There is no place in soccer for the NIGGLY word.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 8, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Any one in arlington watching the us vs england match go to arlington cinema drafthouse. doors open at 145pm!!!

Posted by: Bigmon411 | June 8, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey Grubby

A person gets married 2 or 3 times but USA plays Dingland in the World Cup only once in a lifetime.

Skip the wedding. Promise you will attend their next weddings.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 8, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the efforts to have a big screen open air viewing at Dupont Circle?

Posted by: GeneWells | June 8, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

It's on in Dupont Circle. All games that day shown live. I am STRONGLY considering watching there.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 8, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Do you think somewhere in England or in the US, some bar mitzvah boy is stressing out about his big day conflicting with the World Cup? Like in the move "66"?

Posted by: karengoff | June 8, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

It's good to see someone like silverrey enjoying the quality of life in Iraq.

Goff, I posted a comment to your article. The number of fans traveling from the US to the World Cup is impressive but I suspect only a minority of that number is going down there to support the Red, White and Blue.

I hope I'm wrong but it's been less than a year since a sellout for a Gold Cup Final in Giants stadium meant a huge pro-Mexico crowd rooting for El Tri against the US!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 8, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Skip the wedding. Promise you will attend their next weddings.
Posted by: 9Nine9

And what if the next wedding in in 2014, when the US plays Brazil, or 2018, when we play Italy in the finals? Have your friends check the WC schedule before planning their wedding, or at least hold it in a sports bar.

This is why my wedding was in November.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

My wedding was in May -- what's that going to conflict with?

And when we took our honeymoon, in France, the World Cup was on, and I had plenty of time to watch games. And I ended up in Paris the night of the France-Italy final. Now that's timing.

As for Pittsburgh...nice town. I was just there this weekend. I don't know anything about where Piper's Pub is, but you probably can't go wrong in the Strip District if you went there. Enjoy the IC Light and Primanti Bros.

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

BTW, November conflicts with college football. Fall weekends aren't doable down here.

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Who played a tougher final warm-up, Brazil or England? From the highlights, Brazil looked like they were playing at about 60% and Tanzania still had the deer in headlights look most of the time.

Posted by: assocfoot | June 8, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

T-shirt? Don't need no stinking T-shirt . . . I got my . . .

Red and white, blue suede shoes
I'm Uncle Sam, how do you do
Gimme five, still alive
Ain't no luck, I learned to duck

Wave that flag, wave it wide and high!
Summertime done come and gone, my oh my

Posted by: OWNTF | June 8, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

anybody else see the latest truly annoying, patronizing "soccer-in-America, will it ever make it?" report on the BBC America news last night? They are sooooo smug. I hope we destroy their little team on Saturday. It will be so delicious.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 8, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

So why didn't this referee send Rooney off for his abusive language? Could it be because, as he says later, Rooney is his favourite player? He shouldn't be playing favourites.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 8, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The article the other day about SOccer in the Circle said their permit is only from 7Am to 4PM. The match won't end until 4:30. So something is weird there.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 8, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

anybody else see the latest truly annoying, patronizing "soccer-in-America, will it ever make it?" report on the BBC America news last night?
Posted by: fedssocr

Thankfully, I did not. English hubris about soccer is so comical. Anyway, here's some shameless self-promotion about that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Reignking, do you mean the France-Italy quarterfinal, or the France-Brazil final?

This is important.

Posted by: salecanard | June 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

France-Italy final. Germany 2006.

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@Reignking: I was in Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday with my son. I caught the Pirates game -- two-hour rain delay and all -- and we met Coach Tomlin Saturday morning at the All Pro Dad event at the Steelers' training facility in the South Side. Then went strolling in the rain in the Strip District -- it's a shopping area, for those unfamiliar with the Burgh -- to pick up some Steelers t-shirts. We had a great time -- quality father-dad time. Even talked a little soccer!

Today I'm in Santa Monica, looking for a place to catch the opening games later this week. If anyone has ideas, I'm all ears...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Several good places along the 3rd Street Promenade. I was just there with my family over Spring break and we had a nice lunch at a place packed with TV's, sports memorabilia, pool tables, etc but I can't remember the name...Not hard to find, though, if you have a few minutes to walk along the promenade.

Posted by: assocfoot | June 8, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I caught the Pirates Saturday night; thought that game was going to be wiped out due to storms, but it held off for a great night.

The Strip is awesome. I wish we had something like that in Atlanta. Great ethnic and diner food there, along with shopping, traditional Italian markets, etc...

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, assocfoot. I'll be there!

@Reignking: I love the fish market. My son's eyeballs nearly popped out of his head with all of the fresh seafood. We don't have that in Haymarket.

Oh... Burn Notice is back! Great stuff.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 8, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg: Second coming of Christ or an incarnation of Vishnu? Discuss.
Posted by I-270, Exit 1

Well, after he throws the no-hitter that the 30,000 or so fashionable (late to the party) fans are naturally expecting to see, he'll be hailed as both those PLUS be short-listed for Dalai Lama.

Posted by: BaltoFan | June 8, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

USA 4, England 3

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