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Soccer Insider: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United-FC Dallas

Greetings from RFK Stadium for Ben Olsen's home debut as interim coach. DCU LINEUP: Hamid; McTavish, Talley, James, Burch; Najar, King, Boskovic, Quaranta; Hernandez, Allsopp. Subs: Perkins, Jakovic, Zayner, Morsink, Pontius, Cristman, Moreno. Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET. TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick. Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are warmly...

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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D.C. United signs local player Conor Shanosky

Conor Shanosky, an 18-year-old defensive midfielder from Northern Virginia who rose through D.C. United's youth program before committing to George Mason University, has signed with the MLS club, the Insider has learned. Both United and George Mason are expected to make formal announcements next week. Shanosky, who graduated from Potomac...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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No change in Bob Bradley status with U.S. team

Insider loyalists are a savvy bunch, so I know you have been scouring the Internet machine for additional details about Bob Bradley's status as head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team. I am sure you've seen all the breathless, unsubstantiated reports about him either quitting or being fired,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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Moreno, Payne discuss D.C. United situation

A day after D.C. United confirmed that captain Jaime Moreno, MLS's all-time leading scorer, would not return to the club next season, the Bolivian forward addressed the situation Friday morning after training at RFK Stadium: How did your conversations with the front office unfold? "You should ask them. I don't...

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Bolivia , D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, Jaime Moreno  
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Jaime Moreno will not return to D.C. United in 2011

D.C. United's Jaime Moreno, the MLS career scoring leader who has played in the league since its launch 14 years ago, will not return to the club next season, United President Kevin Payne confirmed to the Insider on Thursday. Moreno, 36, will continue playing for United this season and then...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Bolivia , D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, Jaime Moreno  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: MLS, England, Mexico

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Friendly, Bayern Munich-Real Madrid 3 p.m. ET, ESPN Mexico, Necaxa-Queretaro, Azteca America, Fox Sports Espanol SATURDAY England, Spurs-Manchester City 7:45 a.m. ESPN2 England, Aston Villa-West Ham 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Blackburn-Everton 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus England, Leicester-Middlesbrough noon FSP England,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: Soccer TV  
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Libertadores: Internacional tops Chivas in 1st leg

It was a massive day for Mexican soccer on the bicentennial of the country's independence: El Tri hosted World Cup champion Spain in a 1-1 friendly draw before more than 100,000 at Azteca Stadium, and Chivas Guadalajara welcomed Internacional for the first leg of the finals in Copa Libertadores, the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Brazil , Libertadores , Mexico  | Tags: Copa Libertadores  
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Washington Freedom settles for WPS draw

In its first Women's Professional Soccer game since making changes to its coaching and technical staff, the Washington Freedom conceded a late own goal and settled for a 1-1 draw with defending champion Sky Blue in front of just 2,491 spectators, the New Jersey club's smallest crowd of the season....

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Washington Freedom  
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Video: Turkey's victory over Romania

Normally, we wouldn't pay much attention to a Turkey-Romania friendly, but this video clip is worthy of viewing for two reasons: 1. A penalty kick was awarded to Turkey after a Turkish player kicked a Romanian defender in the 82nd minute. 2. Turkey's Arda Turan scored on a blistering shot...

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  World  | Tags: Turkey  
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Video: Chicharito's goal against Spain at Azteca

The friendly ended in a 1-1 draw, but Mexico's Man U sensation put El Tri ahead in the first half. Great audio:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Mexico , Spain  | Tags: Chicharito  
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Wednesday kickaround: Spencer to Portland, North Korea inquiry, Ecuador's coach, Freedom in action, friendlies galore, TV listings

*The Portland Timbers, who will enter MLS next season, have hired longtime player and former Houston assistant John Spencer as their head coach. Good choice. *FIFA is looking into reports that North Korea mistreated its team after the World Cup. Troubling. *Ecuador has hired Honduras' World Cup coach. Your move,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  FIFA , Freedom , Libertadores , MLS , Mexico , Spain , TV  | Tags: FIFA, Freedom, MLS, Spain-Mexico  
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Wrapping up Brazil's 2-0 win over the USA

Some final thoughts from the Meadowlands..... THE RESULT: The margin was two goals but felt like more, didn't it? Aside from Landon Donovan's early opportunity and Michael Bradley's disallowed header in the second half, the Americans were tame in the attack. The result never seemed in doubt. Brazil hit two...

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2010; 2:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Matchnight: USA-Brazil

USA LINEUP: Howard; Spector, Bocanegra, Gonzalez, Bornstein; Bedoya, Bradley, Edu, Feilhaber; Donovan, Buddle. Subs: Guzan, Cherundolo, Goodson, Kljestan, Findley, Gomez, Altidore. BRAZIL LINEUP: Victor; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Andre Santos; Lucas, Ramires, Ganso; Robinho, Pato, Neymar. Kickoff: 8:11 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2, Univision. With his 128th cap, Donovan...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Sign of times: Vuvuzela ban at Meadowlands

Don't even think about it!...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: vuvuzelas  
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Gabarra stays, but Freedom makes changes

Jim Gabarra will remain as the Washington Freedom's head coach, but top assistant Clyde Watson has resigned and England's Emma Hayes, who guided the Chicago Red Stars for one-plus seasons, has been hired as a consultant to help evaluate training and tactics. With a 5-8-5 record in Women's Professional Soccer,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: WPS, Washington Freedom  
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Primer for USA-Brazil friendly at Meadowlands

View of grass field set over artificial turf at new Meadowlands stadium Kickoff: 8:11 p.m. ET. TV: ESPN2, Univision. Internet: ESPN3.com, Univisionfutbol.com Weather outlook at kickoff: 84 degrees, 60 percent humidity, 30 percent chance of rain. (a pleasant environment compared to what is happening in Moscow.) Attendance: Ticket sales...

By Steve Goff  |  August 10, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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Bob Bradley discusses status as U.S. coach

U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley is under contract for another 4 1/2 months, but with the World Cup behind him and the U.S. Soccer Federation setting its sights on the next Cup cycle, speculation grows concerning Bradley's future. The USSF has yet to decide whether to offer him a...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley  
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Poll: USA vs. Brazil soccer friendly

With Selecao featuring a new coach, only four holdovers from the World Cup and several young prospects (Neymar and Pato, among others), the Brazilian side facing the United States on Tuesday night at the Meadowlands is in transition. The Americans aren't at maximum strength either, though Bob Bradley did recall...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Brazil , Poll , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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USA-Brazil friendly news & notes

*Brazil conducted a light workout at the shiny, happy, new Meadowlands stadium Sunday evening ahead of Tuesday's friendly against the United States. The Americans, who began gathering in New Jersey on Sunday after arrivals from MLS, European and Mexican clubs, will hold their only workout late in the day Monday....

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: USA-Brazil  
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MLS weekend flashback

Columbus Crew 2, Philadelphia Union 1: 18,001 at PPL Park. Jason Garey leaves in the first half with a stomach ailment. Steven "Zantac" Lenhart comes on to score twice. Toronto FC 2, Chivas USA 1: 20,648 at BMO Field. A Canadian team returns home from Honduras to defeat an American...

By Steve Goff  |  August 9, 2010; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: MLS  
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American players abroad

With most of the prominent American soccer players abroad still in preseason, it's an abbreviated list: DEFENDERS Carlos Bocanegra 90 minutes in Saint-Etienne's 3-1 loss at PSG Clarence Goodson 90 in Start's 3-1 win over Brann Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 2-0 win over Brentford Hunter Freeman 90 for Start...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: Americans abroad  
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D.C. United rewind

New coach, better effort, improved synchronization, a catastrophic defensive misstep, same awful finishing, and of course, another defeat. Are we nearing the bottom of this freefall yet? Maybe not. With the 1-0 defeat at New England, United set the club record for scoreless performances in a season with its 13th...

By Steve Goff  |  August 8, 2010; 12:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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