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Soccer Insider: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United-Revolution

Greetings from Foxborough, where a heavenly New England summer day/evening has greeted D.C. United and interim head coach Ben Olsen for his debut. For more about Benny's new position and the club's situation heading into the match against the Revolution, read my story. Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET. TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, New England Revolution  
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U.S. friendlies coming together: Poland, Colombia?

In addition to Tuesday's match against Brazil in New Jersey, the United States is close to finalizing two home friendlies in early October against Poland and Colombia and looking into the possibility of a match overseas in mid-November, the Insider has learned. All games fall on FIFA international fixture dates....

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. national team  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Defender Jed Zayner, acquired from the Columbus Crew along with a 2011 fourth-round draft choice in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick, will join D.C. United in Massachusetts and be included on the game-day roster against the New England Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, Comcast...

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Crew 2, Union 1: one for Le Toux, two for Lenhart

Watch Steven Lenhart's diving header -- but first admire the quick build-up from the back and the striker's run to gain inside position on his defender as Emilio Renteria serves the cross. It was the go-ahead goal in the East-leading Columbus Crew's 2-1 away victory over the Philadelphia Union before...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2010; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags: Columbus Crew, MLS  
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Altidore and Gonzalez replace Marshall and Jones on the USA roster for Brazil friendly

A day after releasing the roster for next Tuesday's friendly against Brazil, the U.S. national team made two personnel changes: Omar Gonzalez will replace fellow center back Chad Marshall and forward Jozy Altidore will step in for midfielder Jermaine Jones. After weekend matches for many players, the 18-man squad will...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Weekend TV listings: MLS, friendlies, Mexico

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY England, Norwich-Watford 3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus Friendly, AC Milan-Panathinaikos 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel SATURDAY Australia, Sydney-Melbourne 9 a.m. FSC England, Burnley-Nottingham Forest 10 a.m. FSP German Super Cup, Bayern Munich-Schalke 11:45 a.m. GolTV England, Leeds-Derby 12:15 p.m. FSP Netherlands, Heerenveen-PSV...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: MLS, TV  
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Thursday kickaround: D.C. United, DaMarcus Beasley, Silverdome, Inter Milan in Dallas, MLS in Champions League, SuperLiga

*On Wednesday, amid the chaos of the D.C. United coaching change, General Manager Dave Kasper said the club was involved in trade talks. Naturally, he offered no specifics because teams try to keep such discussions private until a deal is consummated. However, the Insider is hearing from national sources that...

By Steve Goff  |  August 5, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , Mexico , SuperLiga , U.S. men's national team , USL  | Tags: CONCACAF, D.C. United, DaMarcus Beasley, Inter Milan, MLS, SuperLiga  
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Freedom wins, but Gabarra's job in jeopardy

The Washington Freedom ended a five-game losing streak and 10-game winless skid in Women's Professional Soccer on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Independence at Maryland SoccerPlex. The result couldn't have come at a better time for Jim Gabarra, the Freedom's only head coach through nine years...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: WPS, Washington Freedom  
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USA roster for friendly vs. Brazil

The list for the U.S. national team's friendly against Brazil next Tuesday night at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Fourteen of the 18 players were on the World Cup squad. The exceptions are noted with an asterisk. GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa). DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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D.C. United front office discusses Onalfo, Olsen

D.C. United President Kevin Payne addressed the reasons behind the coaching change. What does Ben Olsen bring to the head coaching job? "He brings fire and pride. He understands what the uniform means. He understands what it means to our fans. He understands what it means to our front office....

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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More news concerning Curt Onalfo's dismissal

Additional details about Curt Onalfo's dismissal as head coach of D.C. United and Ben Olsen's assignment as interim boss: *United officials confirmed that Onalfo's contract was guaranteed through the 2012 season, meaning they will have to continue to pay his salary for an additional two-plus years if he does not...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United  
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Poll: Did Curt Onalfo deserve to be fired by D.C. United?

What do you think about D.C. United's decision to fire Curt Onalfo. Vote here, and leave your thoughts in the comments. poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 4, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United fires Coach Curt Onalfo

D.C. United has fired Curt Onalfo as its head coach in his first season and replaced him on an interim basis with assistant Ben Olsen. United is 3-12-3 with an MLS-worst 12 points. "I am extremely disappointed," Onalfo told the Insider. "It takes a long time to build something, and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Clint Mathis' retirement is official

A story that first broke here on the Insider two weeks ago became official today when Clint Mathis, one of the most colorful characters in American soccer history, announced his retirement. He will make his final appearance Saturday when the Los Angeles Galaxy plays Real Madrid at the Rose...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Clint Mathis, Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS  
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Poll: MLS designated players

Seven designated players have signed with MLS clubs this summer, joining Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel, Freddie Ljungberg and Julian de Guzman. Vote for who you believe will make the most notable impression on the league: poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags: MLS  
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D.C. United news & notes

Another week, another injury for D.C. United. Midfielder Clyde Simms will be sidelined 10 days to three weeks after injuring a calf during the first half of Saturday's 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, Coach Curt Onalfo said. Simms, an ironman the previous two years and third on the team...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United  
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Tuesday kickaround: Marquez to Red Bulls, World Cup fines, USA-Brazil updates, Champions Leagues, Uruguayan to MLS?

*As expected, Mexican defender Rafael Marquez has signed with the New York Red Bulls and will be formally introduced this afternoon at Red Bull Arena. With Marquez anchoring the defensive effort and fellow DPers Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel partnering up front, is New York the team to beat...

By Steve Goff  |  August 3, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Brazil , CONCACAF Champions League , Euro Champions League , FIFA , MLS , Uruguay  | Tags: Champions League, MLS, World Cup  
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FIFA World Cup inspection coming to 5 U.S. sites

FIFA will tour stadiums in the New York, Washington, Miami, Dallas and Houston areas in early September as part of the process to select the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, American organizers told the Insider. The inspection group will visit the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  FIFA , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: FIFA, World Cup  
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A few minutes with U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu -- Washington native, U.S. central defender, AC Milan employee, very large man -- was back in the area for his older brother's wedding Saturday. The Insider caught up with him at Verizon Center, in the Washington Wizards' NBA training room, of all places, where he demonstrated a workout...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Italy , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Oguchi Oneywu, U.S. national soccer team  
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Video: Edgar Castillo's goal for San Luis

Defender Edgar Castillo, who received brief consideration for the U.S. national team ahead of the World Cup after switching allegiances from Mexico last year, scored midway through the second half in a reserve role during San Luis' 2-1 loss to Puebla (jump forward to the 6:30 mark): In Pachuca's 1-1...

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Mexico , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Edgar Castillo, Mexico  
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MLS weekend flashback

Troy Perkins and D.C. United can't get a handle on this ruinous season. New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1: 18,137 at PPL Park Note to Chris Seitz: An inflated ball will bounce. FC Dallas 1, Colorado Rapids 1: 10,596 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park The comatose Colorado play-by-play...

By Steve Goff  |  August 1, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: MLS  
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