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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) will attempt to end an eight-game winless streak in WPS tonight in Kennesaw, Ga., against the last-place Atlanta Beat (3-7-4).

*Check out this site for attendance figures for all clubs in every U.S. league.

*Soccer on TV:
U-20 South America, Argentina-Uruguay 1 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Espanol
Friendly, Manchester City-Club America 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes
MLS all-stars vs. Manchester United 8:30 p.m. ESPN2, Galavision
Copa Libertadores, Internacional-Sao Paulo 8:30 p.m. FSE
CONCACAF Champions League, Seattle-Metapan 10 p.m. FSC

*Video from the Puerto Rico Islanders' 4-1 shocker over the Los Angeles Galaxy:

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , England , Freedom , MLS , TV , USL  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Paul the Octopus  
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Comments

The darkness inside me caused me to laugh at the goalkeeper getting pushed into the net. Reminded me of Bilbo in Shelob's web.

Nice piece on (the) United, Steve. Depressing, but nicely done.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 28, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

See? DCU defenders are not the only ones that get caught in possession. Yikes. And the Islanders looked very competent.

Posted by: glfrazier | July 28, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

As much as I think MLS needs to do well in this competition, I can't help but feeling gleeful at LA collapsing against a bottom USL side. They were lucky to beat us the other week too. And lucky to tie SJ the other night at the last minute.

These attendance figures are very interesting. Philly has only played 5 home games? The PDL Des Moines Menace averaging 3500! That's pretty astounding.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 28, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I would trust the judgment of Paul the Octopus more than Ahmadinejad.

Also, I wouldn't feel too bad for the Galaxy. Like every MLS team, I bet they care more about winning the MLS Cup than playing in the Champions League.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | July 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

a 3-game winning streak wouldn't really put us in playoff contention although it would postpone our mathematical elimination from the playoff race. There are 9 teams we would not catch up to after a 3-game winning streak even if they somehow didn't earn any points.

The competitive part of the regular season is over. Focus on the Open Cup and on improving the performance of players who will be back in the future.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 28, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Meantime, Payne does not plan to make any coaching or front office changes, saying: "I understand fans. They want to blame somebody, they want it to be somebody's fault, and sometimes it is. But when you are in this position, it is a little self-indulgent to just say, 'Okay, we are going to blame him and he's going to take the fall for it and then everything is going to be fine."

Ummm..I don't think he realizes that we don't blame the coach or the players...we blame him!

Posted by: icehippo | July 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Any Insiders see the Pelada showing? Couldn't make it myself.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the video.

As someone who has played away in De Moines with the STL team I can say it is a heck of an atmosphere. I am not going to say something stupid and suggest they could get an MLS team, (not a big enough market), but the numbers are impressive. I know nothing on how they do it up there but some other teams should follow their lead. (I am looking at you Ocean City North Eastern's. You have got no excuse because you play games on a family vacation hotspot, and I see kids playing soccer up and down the beaches when I go there to get my Jersey Shore on. My girlfriend does not look like Snookie. That would be gross. And no, a flyer at the local Acme Grocery story doesn’t count as marketing.)

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I would trust the judgment of Paul the Octopus more than Ahmadinejad...

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | July 28, 2010 11:57 AM
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I may be superstitious, but Paul's pronouncements certainly have a better track record for reliability. :D

Posted by: schmegegge | July 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

The article was depressing. Aren't there any silver linings anywhere?

Posted by: edmundburke247 | July 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

The article was depressing. Aren't there any silver linings anywhere?

Posted by: edmundburke247 | July 28, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Would some one please eat that Octopus already....

Posted by: lovinliberty | July 28, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunaely, for those without power or cable access due to the storm on Sunday, TV listings for tonight just remind us of what we're missing! Here's hoping Comcast has finally fixed the problems we have been having since Sunday!

We've been lucky to have A/C and lights at least and I really feel for those without power for all this time

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | July 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Would some one please eat that Octopus already....

Posted by: lovinliberty | July 28, 2010 1:31 PM

+1

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 28, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"It's been a tough couple of years for us," said United President Kevin Payne...

Yes, yes it has Kev. And who has been DCU's President during those "tough couple of years" with no end in sight? Oh right, it's Kev.

I dunno who's worse, the O's or United.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | July 28, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

icehippo, Payne may have his share of culpability, but he is just Chang's errand boy right now. I've said it before but it bears repeating. Payne and Kasper can't buy a box of paper clips or desk tissues without Chang's signoff.

Chang is the ringleader of the FO, Chang is pulling all the strings, Chang is signing off on all the decisions. Chang is no more a soccer man than Dan Snyder is a football man. The team keeps getting worse, and the prospects for getting a DC area stadium get more remote the longer Chang is in charge. The very fact Chang & co. are trumpeting that barren soccer wasteland Baltimore as a viable site for DC United shows just how clueless he is. Baltimore even as a bluff/bargaining chip doesn't even pass the giggle test.

Posted by: Ron16 | July 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think I know what DVD a certain grumpy crazy Persian fella wants for his birthday:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/entertainment/2010-07/22/c_13409459.htm

"The Chinese comic suspense film "Kill Paul Octopus," about the well-known German psychic octopus known for his precognitive abilities will open in China in August, ifeng.com reports."

Posted by: csd1 | July 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

The article was depressing. Aren't there any silver linings anywhere?

Posted by: edmundburke247 | July 28, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


+1

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Any Insiders see the Pelada showing? Couldn't make it myself.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 12:39 PM

Was there and it is a fantastic documentary. Highly recommend it.

Posted by: giardinie | July 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Just saw that Omar Bravo played for Chivas de Guadalajara in their Libertadores game against team from Chile.

Not sure how this affects his rumored move to KC but it would at least cup tie him.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 28, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, I wouldn't feel too bad for the Galaxy. Like every MLS team, I bet they care more about winning the MLS Cup than playing in the Champions League.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud

Except for the fact that LA used a pretty much full strength starting XI in the match and still crapped the bed.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

That last place Beat team is on a two game winning streak, thank you very much! I'll try to keep you guys updated from the game tonight.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Goff, who will be starting in the goal for the Freedom tonight? Ashyln Harris?

Posted by: stwasm | July 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@fedssocr: Philly has only played five home games because their new stadium was only completed a few weeks ago and the league wanted them to have as many home games as possible at PPL Park.

For anyone interested, mls-daily.com also does a nice job with MLS attendance figures.

Posted by: j_doe | July 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Goff, who will be starting in the goal for the Freedom tonight? Ashyln Harris?

Posted by: stwasm | July 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse
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Harris will be starting tonight. Gabarra has said elsewhere that Harris has been the best GK in practice lately and would have started even if McLeod had been healthy.

Posted by: kevinwparker | July 28, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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