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Soccer Insider: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United-Real Salt Lake

D.C. United's desperate push to revive playoff hopes begins tonight at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake, which is 6-0-3 at home with 21 goals scored and just six against. United is 1-5-2 on the road, with three of its six away goals scored in the only victory (at...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Video: Chivas 3, Manchester United 2

With Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez playing a half for each side and scoring for his former club, Chivas ended Manchester United's North American tour on a sour note with a 3-2 decision at the new Estadio Omnilife:...

By Steve Goff  |  July 31, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  England , Mexico  | Tags: Chicharito, Chivas, Manchester United  
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USA, D.C. United news & notes

*Ticket sales for the United States friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey have surpassed 50,000, organizers said. *The U.S. under-20s won the Milk Cup, defeating host Northern Ireland, 3-0, in the final. *Jemal Johnson, the New Jersey-born midfielder who has spent his...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Youth soccer  | Tags: D.C. United, USA-Brazil  
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Video: D.C. United youth keeper stops 5 penalties

At the SUM Cup in Houston, D.C. United's under-17s won their second consecutive title, defeating Real Salt Lake in a penalty kick tiebreaker, 5-4, following a 70-minute draw. The shootout went nine rounds, with DCU keeper Dakota "Cody" Niedermeier (Broadneck High School) stopping five consecutive shots -- the last four...

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, SUM Cup  
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Weekend soccer TV: MLS, friendlies, Mexico, WPS

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Mexico, Necaxa-Tigres 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Espanol, Azteca America Friendly, Chivas-Manchester United 10 p.m. ESPN Deportes SATURDAY Friendly, Celtic-Lyon 9:30 a.m. GolTV Friendly, Arsenal-AC Milan 11:30 a.m. GolTV MLS, Philadelphia-New England 3:30 p.m. Direct Kick MLS, Colorado-Dallas 4 p.m. Direct Kick Brazil,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2010; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: Soccer on TV  
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Bob Bradley will guide USA vs. Brazil

Bob Bradley will coach the U.S. national team against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium and talks concerning his long-term future will resume shortly thereafter, the U.S. Soccer Federation said today. Bradley's contract expires in December, and the USSF has yet to decide whether to offer him...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Brazil, U.S. national team  
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Thursday kickaround: MLS all-stars outclassed by Manchester United, Sounders win, Freedom loses

What to make of the MLS all-stars' 5-2 loss to Manchester United..... Did anyone really expect MLS to win this match? Well, probably not. The players had practiced together for only two days, the Los Angeles Galaxy lads arrived last-minute after a deplorable loss the night before, and Sir Alex...

By Steve Goff  |  July 29, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , England , Freedom , MLS  | Tags: CONCACAF, MLS All-Star Game, Manchester United, WPS  
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Matchnight: MLS all-stars vs. Manchester United

Where: Reliant Stadium in Houston. When: 8:30 p.m. ET. Attendance: Sellout (70,000+). TV: ESPN2, Galavision. Online video: ESPN3.com MLS STARTERS: GK Donovan Ricketts; Ds Kevin Alston, Jamison Olave, Chad Marshall, Heath Pearce; MFs Marco Pappa, Shalrie Joseph, Javier Morales, Sebastien Le Toux, Guillermo Barros Schelotto. F Juan Pablo Angel. MANCHESTER...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  England , MLS  | Tags: MLS All-Star Game, Manchester United  
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A few more minutes with D.C. United's Kevin Payne

You've read D.C. United President Kevin Payne's comments about the club's search for a new stadium. You've seen his take on Real Madrid legend Raul. And you saw his assessment of United this year. Now, I'll share some leftover quotes from my conversation with the team boss: On the club's...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Kevin Payne, MLS  
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Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, Paul the Octopus, Washington Freedom, U.S. attendance, TV listings, Galaxy video

*Almost everything has gone wrong for D.C. United this year, on and off the field. Read all about it. *Never mind the Holocaust denial and nuclear threats, Iran's nutty president has really crossed the line by dissing Paul the Octopus. *With its top two goalkeepers sidelined, the Washington Freedom (4-6-5)...

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS , TV , USL  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Paul the Octopus  
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Los Angeles Galaxy smashed by PR Islanders, 4-1

MLS's best club, the Los Angeles Galaxy, was embarrassed at home by the second-tier Puerto Rico Islanders, 4-1, in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary-round series Tuesday night. The return leg is next week in Bayamon, P.R. Nicolas Addlery, a former D.C. United forward, scored twice for...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2010; 11:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , USL  | Tags: CONCACAF, Los Angeles Galaxy  
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Boyzzz Khumalo released by D.C. United

Boyzzz Khumalo, a South African attacker who brought speed, energy and unpredictability to D.C. United's attack but had yet to score in eight MLS appearances this season, was released today. He had an accidental goal on a right-side cross against the Harrisburg City Islanders in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Boyzzz Khumalo, D.C. United  
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MLS news & notes

To satisfy requirements in the new collective bargaining agreement, MLS has named seven additional "all-stars." None will be in uniform for Wednesday's match against Manchester United at Reliant Stadium in Houston but will receive all-star bonuses. They are goalkeepers Kasey Keller (Seattle) and Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City), midfielders Joel Lindpere...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags: MLS, MLS All-Star Game  
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Video: K.C. Wizards' stadium commercial

On Monday, we addressed D.C. United's (sorry) stadium situation. Today, through the use of an online video ad that might prompt a chuckle, we look at progress made by the Kansas City Wizards on their facility project (stadium fact sheet here):...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags: Kansas City Wizards stadium, MLS  
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Tuesday kickaround: D.C.'s interest in Raul? Sir Alex backs Bradley, Salgado scores, TV listings

*For weeks while I was in South Africa for the World Cup, rumors swirled that D.C. United was pursuing Raul, the Real Madrid legend who had just finished his 16th, and presumably, final season at the Bernabeu. So upon my return, with Raul reportedly headed for Schalke in Germany or...

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , Spain , TV , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Alex Ferguson, Bob Bradley, D.C. United, Raul  
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Brazil's roster for friendly vs. United States

Brazil's mostly young group for the Aug. 10 match vs. the Americans at the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey: Goalkeepers: Andre (Santos), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Gremio). Defenders: Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Andre Santos (Fenerbahce), David Luiz (Benfica), Henrique (Racing Santander), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafael (Manchester United),...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brazil, U.S. national team  
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D.C. United: stadium update, Junior, injuries, movie

Please tell me you haven't been holding your breath all these months (and years) over a new stadium for D.C. United! (It's just not good for your physical or mental health.) Okay, here's the latest from club president Kevin Payne: United is awaiting the results of the economic feasibility study...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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U.S. national team updates, MLS signs Salgado

*The roster for the U.S. national team's friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium is tentatively scheduled to be announced early next week. Brazil's list is expected to come out today. With the U.S. group together for just one day of training ahead of the match,...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  MLS , Youth soccer  | Tags: Brazil, MLS, Omar Salgado, U.S. national team  
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Monday kickaround: MLS conquers Manchesters, Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez, Freedom knee injury, youth title for Quaranta family, Edu's goal

*Okay, so it was midseason form against preseason form and high motivation vs. mild motivation, but Sunday was richly rewarding for MLS in friendlies against the visiting Manchester clubs. Dane Richards set up a goal and then scored the go-ahead strike on a wondrous drive from 25 yards in the...

By Steve Goff  |  July 26, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS , Mexico , Scotland , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women , Youth soccer  | Tags: MLS, Manchester City, Manchester United, Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Washington Freedom  
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Video: D.C. United 4, Portsmouth 0

Courtesy of the D.C. United video production crew. Reminder: DCU in black DCU uniforms, Portsmouth in white DCU uniforms:...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. United , England  | Tags: D.C. United, Portsmouth  
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D.C. United-Portsmouth rewind

People always ask me what it's like to go from covering the World Cup back to MLS. It's not a fair question. The World Cup is the ultimate soccer experience, maybe the ultimate sports experience on our blue planet. MLS has its charms, just like any other perennial league. What...

By Steve Goff  |  July 25, 2010; 12:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, Portsmouth  
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