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Sunday kickaround: Nery, Landon, MLS, Women

*If you follow the Insider's Twitter feed, you would have been the first to know several days ago that the Chicago Fire was in negotiations with Mexican forward Nery Castillo. Late Saturday, the deal was formally announced. On loan from Ukraine club Shakhtar Donetsk, he signed a Designated Player contract (terms not released) and is likely to make his debut Aug. 1 at the Los Angeles Galaxy. Castillo, 26, rose to international prominence in 2007 with four goals at Copa America, but his club career subsequently sputtered. He lasted a year on loan at Manchester City before returning to Ukraine and hardly contributed.

*Landon Donovan and the Galaxy, MLS's best club at 11-2-3, are in Washington for tonight's meeting at RFK Stadium with D.C. United, MLS's worst team at 3-10-3 (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Donovan shares his post-World Cup thoughts with Post colleague Matt Brooks.

*In an e-mail to the Insider, outgoing DCU striker Luciano Emilio writes that he hopes to sign with a Mexican club or possibly remain in MLS with Los Angeles, the Columbus Crew or Philadelphia Union. Well, we'll see about that.

*Washington Freedom forward Abby Wambach scored twice, raising her international total to 109 goals, as the U.S. women's national team defeated Sweden, 3-0, in front of 5,887 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Wambach is now third on the U.S. career points list behind Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly.

The Freedom visits the Boston Breakers tonight (5 p.m., FSC) at Harvard Stadium. Worrisome WPS attendance factoids: Just two of the past 17 league matches have drawn more than 4,000 spectators and only 2,576 watched Marta and the front-running Gold Pride defeat the second-place Philadelphia Independence last night.

*Nice goal by Conor Casey, horrible miss by Conor Casey.

*Brian Carroll's left-footed, one-timer for the Crew:
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By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2010; 8:27 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Mexico , Women  | Tags: Abby Wambach, D.C. United, Landon Donovan, Luciano Emilio, MLS, Nery Castillo  
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Comments

Wish Luci would play for LA today.

Posted by: Curious99 | July 18, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Sydney Leroux scored a hat trick last night against Switzerland. She now has 16 goals in 18 U-20 international matches for the US.

Our next Mia?

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

This game is the first game of the rest of our lives. Vamos United.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 18, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Sydney Leroux scored a hat trick last night against Switzerland. She now has 16 goals in 18 U-20 international matches for the US.

Our next Mia?

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Re WPL attendance:

The sports scene is too crowed in this country and, frankly, this enterprise is not big-time enough. This is a niche product primarily designed to further USSF's political-correctness agenda.

IF USSF wants a woman's league so it can say it is on the cutting-edge of gender equity, then it should sponsor it or cost-share with MLS who can use it fill dates at the event-specific stadia it has built in a manner similar to the WNBA/NBA.

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm willing to bet that even if you take the opener out of the numbers, Atlanta's average attendance is right around 3700 or so

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 18, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Serious strike by BC.

Yes, but DCU didn't want him. He had a rough patch in late 2007 and we all know that once that happens, Tommy the Goosestepper banished him to the Russian front. BB Kasper enabled it, as it allowed BBK to insert his USL "find" Clyde Simms into that position.

All BC has done since he was sent away is thrive. No one with any soccer knowledge can say that BC wouldn't be helping this sorry team.

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

[Leroux] Our next Mia?
Posted by: seahawkdad
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She needs a senior cap to keep her out of Canadian hands. During last night's game, the FSC announcers said that Pia was headed over to Germany to watch the U20s. I hope Leroux torches S. Korea and gets a call-up.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 18, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Carroll's success keeps me awake at night.

Castillo could be a dud, but man does that move have potential.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 18, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Let's play the "Honestly?" game here.


You guys really think a player with that talent level and ability would take a call up from Canada over the US? Honestly?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 18, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

lgm if you want to walk across internet message boards dragging a black cloud over your head at all times, that's your business. But your Nazi comments are a step too far. That's out of bounds dude, or at least it should be.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

The Canadians are perfidious. They will stop at nothing to get her into their clutches.

Posted by: dccal | July 18, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse


Oh, wait, my bad. The Canadians are nice. Nice Canadians. Canada = Nice. Sorry, Canada.

Posted by: dccal | July 18, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Conor Casey deserves the chance to miss horribly in international football. The results could be spectacular!

Posted by: hungrypug | July 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Interesting part of the clip was home fans celebrating the goal. I'm a DCU season ticket holder and I can't remember the last time I did that.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | July 18, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"The USA dominated the midfield and exhibited some excellent possession play, led by the central midfield duo of Lori Lindsey and Shannon Boxx."
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Thanks again, Jim.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 18, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Akers now rescues abused horses, outside of Atlanta...

Posted by: Reignking | July 18, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

She had most of her ranch flooded last September, and was at the WPS All Star game auctioning off signed jerseys to raise money for her foundation.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Its only a matter of time before WPS folds. I say next season will be their last, if they even make it that far.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | July 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again, Jim.
Posted by: OWNTF
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When her corner kick resulted in Abby's first goal, I envisioned you throwing your beer bottle at the TV.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 18, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There are some players that you don't really miss once they leave United... some you don't even really remember. Brian Carroll is neither one of those.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | July 18, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for thinking of me, 270!

One thing I am curious about is how Huffman did in her half of the first US-Sweden game. Did any Insiders see it?

Posted by: OWNTF | July 18, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

You guys really think a player with that talent level and ability would take a call up from Canada over the US? Honestly?
Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish
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Given that Leroux plays for the U20 team south of the border (no, not that border. The other one), she'll likely play for the US. But remember that Ryan Giggs had the choice of playing for England (Dad) or Wales (Mum)and chose the latter.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 18, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

[WPS] is a niche product primarily designed to further USSF's political-correctness agenda.

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 10:51 AM
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USSF had virtually nothing to do with the creation of WPS, apart from sanctioning it as it would any other pro league.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

One thing I am curious about is how Huffman did in her half of the first US-Sweden game. Did any Insiders see it?

Posted by: OWNTF | July 18, 2010 2:09 PM
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She did OK, but maybe not enough to ratchet her up in Sundhage's depth chart.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that we just gave away Brian Carroll for nothing. It's pretty hard to find players in MLS who can consistently start every single game. Definitely one of the worst moves by the DCU FO in the past few years.

My favorite is still the give away Rod Dyachenko, trade a first round back to get him back, and then release him. That was just classic!

Posted by: diego_r | July 18, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that we just gave away Brian Carroll for nothing. It's pretty hard to find players in MLS who can consistently start every single game. Definitely one of the worst moves by the DCU FO in the past few years.

My favorite is still the give away Rod Dyachenko, trade a first round back to get him back, and then release him. That was just classic!

Posted by: diego_r | July 18, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

A couple of notes from last weekend's Freedom match:

Gabarra was tossed for excessive kvetching after Sonia was blatantly bomped off the ball just outside the 18, and the ref failed to call it. Apparently no assistant coach had made the trip to Hayward, so it is unclear who was managing the subs, etc. Also, does anyone know whether Gabarra will be suspended for today's match?

Rookie central defender Nikki Marshall played up top for the final 15-20 minutes, scoring once and coming close at least two other occasions. I wonder whether we will see more of that.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 18, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Dyachenko was weird. You can say what you like about Adu, but when this guy is being valued more, something is screwy.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

But remember that Ryan Giggs had the choice of playing for England (Dad) or Wales (Mum)and chose the latter.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 18, 2010 2:13 PM
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Giggs' Wiki entry disputes this. However, it also points out an interesting connection to Sierra Leone.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 18, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I remember reading the English/Welsh thing on the internet somewhere, many years ago when the internet was unreliable :-). Thanks for the correction.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 18, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF:

"Goosestepper" is a generic term, meaning walking in lockstep, which was a central element to Soehn's way of managing the team. If you want to take my use of it as a way to describe a nationality or political entity, it applies just as well to several other nations and political entities. It is not exclusive to the one you claim I am referring to.

Your characterization of my references is over the top.

OWNTF

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

re: Rookie central defender Nikki Marshall played up top for the final 15-20 minutes.

Given that she was striker in college, I would certainly hope so. Also, she did the same thing in the home match on 7/4.

Posted by: jmingus | July 18, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

As I wrote my comment, she made a run and scored to make it Freedom 1- Boston 0

Posted by: jmingus | July 18, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted on DCU.com

CUSTOMER SERVICE ALERT: Due to the extreme heat, RFK Stadium is allowing each fan to enter the stadium with two, unopened 20 oz. bottles of water

Posted by: rockotodd | July 18, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Or two, opened bottles of chardonnay.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 18, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Tommy the Goosestepper banished him to the Russian front

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Yeah, on second read, I don't know why I would jump to the conclusion that you were making a Nazi reference about Soehn, a German speaker.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 18, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok, OWNTF, I'll stipulate to your read of what I posted, althought I really really thinking "Nazi" when I wrote it; I was thinking fascist and Soehn's German fluency was incidental.

However, I will draw my line here: When the bar stops getting so low that Americans can brand with impunity our president a Nazi and do so in the name of patriotism and free speech, then we all might see an elevated dialogue that will obviate the references that you saw me use and your interpretation of them.

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Igm6986: ah, so its some of the president's fringe critics who made you call Soehn a Nazi ! We get it!

It's bad when they do it in the poltical realm, but its principled when you do it on a soccer blog! We get it, we really do!

Posted by: Ron16 | July 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I think I follow what LGM is saying, and although the original post did contain references that could be interpreted as being Nazi, that word wasn't used.

I agree with his somewhat convoluted point that regardless of what was written about Soehn and how it was interpreted, when you can call the president a Nazi, the bar of decency is very low.

Posted by: mightymax | July 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I really don't want to dig a bigger hole for myself; I really wasn't thinking Nazi, but Fascist, and I regret even going where I did.

But since the sign on the Nazi door says "Open For Business," allow me to ask this:

Would the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi" bit be regarded as offensive today as my post was? That was really where I was going with my remarks: caricature, not slur.

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 18, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

When he was at United, Carroll was dubbed "demo" because he could demonstrate the technical skills of a particular drill very well. That goal proves it was an appropriate nickname.

lgm6986, you have a hatred/anger of United personnel -- Kasper, Paine and Soehn -- that borders on being unhinged. Do you know something we don't? Or does the performance of a soccer team really make you that upset?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 18, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

when you can call the president a Nazi, the bar of decency is very low.

Posted by: mightymax | July 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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Standing ovation. What is really absurd about the fringe idiots that use that characterization is that politically a Nazi is a right wing zealot not a left wing zealot like they believe President Obama to be. They don't even know their right wing movements from their left wing movements.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 18, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I invoke Godwin's law.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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