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Soccer Insider: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Wambach's late goals lift Freedom in WPS

The Washington Freedom continued its late-season surge Saturday night, overcoming a second-half deficit to defeat Sky Blue of New Jersey, 2-1, at Maryland SoccerPlex. Abby Wambach scored in the 79th and 84th minutes to extend the Freedom's unbeaten streak to five and bolster its Women's Professional Soccer playoff chances. Washington...

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2010; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Washington Freedom  
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PPL Park to host USA friendly vs. Colombia

Confirming our speculation from earlier this week, the U.S. men's national team friendly against Colombia on Oct. 12 will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. MLS's Philadelphia Union made the announcement this evening. The Americans will also face Poland three days earlier at Chicago's Soldier Field and hope...

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. national soccer team  
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U.S. Soccer looking to Klinsmann again?

Has the U.S. Soccer Federation's flirtation (obsession?) with Juergen Klinsmann been rekindled? If this report is accurate -- and there's no reason to believe it isn't -- USSF President Sunil Gulati is batting his eyelashes at the California-based German for the second time in four years. This dance is apparently...

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2010; 1:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Juergen Klinsmann  
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Friday kickaround: Beasley's next club, D.C. United updates, Moreno tribute, U.S. Open Cup final venues, Americans abroad

*American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley's move to Hanover in the Bundesliga encountered late complications this week but should be finalized soon, the Insider has learned. Beasley, who has been training independently in Miami, has not commented on his next club, other than to write on Twitter: "Guess it's time to start...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Germany , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: D.C. United, DaMarcus Beasley, Europa League  
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Bradley discusses coaching status with Gulati

Bob Bradley met with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati on Thursday in the Los Angeles area to discuss his future as national team coach, but according to a source familiar with the talks, nothing was resolved. Although Bradley's contract doesn't expire until Dec. 31, both sides have suggested that...

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2010; 1:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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D.C. United's Boskovic to miss Cup semifinal

Branko Boskovic, D.C. United's high-priced summer signing, will miss Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium because of commitments to the Montenegro national team. Boskovic, the starting central midfielder, will be available for Sunday's MLS match at Chivas USA in California before traveling home for...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Costa Rica , European Championship  | Tags: D.C. United  
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UEFA Champions League group draw

GROUP A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Spurs, Twente GROUP B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel Aviv GROUP C: Manchester United, Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor GROUP D: Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan GROUP E: Bayern Munich, Roma, Basel, Cluj GROUP F: Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, Zilina GROUP G: AC Milan, Real Madrid,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  | Tags: UEFA Champions League  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: La Liga, Serie A open

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Kaiserslautern-Bayern Munich 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV Super Cup, Inter Milan-Atletico Madrid 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Tecos-Morelia 9 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY England, Blackburn-Arsenal 7:30 a.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes England, Spurs-Wigan 10 a.m. FSC England, Chelsea-Stoke 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus Germany,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: La Liga, MLS, Premier League, Serie A  
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Thursday kickaround: D.C. United schedule, USA under-20s, penalty kick deception, USA-Colombia, Americans abroad, TV listings, NCAA rankings

*The starting time for D.C. United's away match against the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 2 has been moved from 5 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET. *The U.S. under-20 squad that will travel to Peru to play Paraguay, Colombia and the hosts in early September includes: United academy signing Conor...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , USSF  | Tags: MLS, USSF  
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Video: Cruz Azul 5, Real Salt Lake 4

From the wild CONCACAF Champions League match in stormy Mexico City:...

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League , MLS , Mexico  | Tags: CONCACAF  
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Americans abroad, Wednesday edition

Midfielder Clint Dempsey capped Fulham's 6-0 victory over fourth-tier Port Vale in the English Carling Cup with a 70th-minute goal from beyond the penalty area. He had entered at the start of the second half. Forward Eddie Johnson was included on Fulham's game-day roster but did not play. Goalkeeper Tim...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Americans abroad, Clint Dempsey  
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D.C. United wins scrimmage, UNC atop ACC poll, Movsisyan in Denmark, Abby Wambach's future

*Newly signed midfielder Conor Shanosky (youth academy) made his D.C. United senior debut during a 4-0 victory over Georgetown University in a scrimmage at the RFK Stadium training grounds. Danny Allsopp, who had two goals against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, scored twice, and Adam Cristman and guest player Junior...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Women  | Tags: ACC soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Washington Freedom  
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Wednesday kickaround: Maryland Terrapins, Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, Crew in Mexico, DaMarcus Beasley, Americans abroad, TV listings

*World Cup colleague Liz Clarke tells the moving story of University of Maryland defender Alex Lee, who was hit by a car last fall and will return to the field for the Terrapins this season. *Post columnist Mike Wise takes a break from his busy schedule (daily radio show, Redskins...

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, Terps, U.S. national soccer team  
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D.C. United news & notes

When the updated list of MLS player salaries was released by the union last week, the lofty figures that D.C. United is paying out for summer signings Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez stole most of the attention. But the club also quietly reduced a portion of the payroll by presenting...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Carlos Varela on tryout with D.C. United

Carlos Varela, a Spanish-born midfielder who has played in the Swiss league for 15 years, has begun a trial with D.C. United. Varela, who turns 33 next month, will train with the club for one to two weeks before the club decides whether to offer him a contract. The MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Tuesday kickaround: MLS expansion order, Americans abroad, Virginia soccer, Barcelona fans in Washington, TV listings

*The Portland Timbers will select first in the MLS expansion draft in late November, and the Vancouver Whitecaps will have the top choice in the college draft in January in Baltimore. *An MLS club and a USL-NASL second-division team have serious interest in U.S.-born, Uruguayan defender Agustin Viana, his representative...

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , MLS , TV  | Tags: MLS  
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Bob Bradley update, U.S. soccer team news

*Bob Bradley will meet with the U.S. Soccer Federation "sometime this week" to discuss his future as national team coach, a USSF spokesman said Monday. The location was not disclosed, but the Los Angeles area, where Bradley lives, seems likely. Bradley's contract does not expire until Dec. 31, but both...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  China , U.S. men's national team , USSF , Women  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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MLS weekend flashback

For those about to rock, we salute you..... New York Red Bulls 4, Toronto FC 1: 22,108 at BMO Field. Hans and the boys from NYRB (not to be confused with NRBQ) are planning a return gig on the shores of Lake Ontario in late November. San Jose Earthquakes 1,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags: MLS  
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Monday kickaround: D.C. United notes, MLS prospect, Gold Pride atop WPS, TV listings

*Ben Olsen, D.C. United's interim coach, was presented a signed game ball following his first victory as boss, the 2-0 decision over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday at RFK Stadium. Among the comments: "You talk, We will follow," signed by defender Julius James. *Olsen's first big personnel decisions will come...

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. Open Cup , Women  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, WPS  
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American soccer players abroad

We'll start with Sacha Kljestan's goal for Anderlecht: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-1 tie with Wolves Marcus Hahnemann 90 for Wolves Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 6-0 loss at Newcastle Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Dom Cervi in 18, didn't play in...

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: American soccer, Sacha Kljestan  
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Matchday: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Zayner, James, Jakovic, Burch; Najar, Simms, Boskovic, Quaranta; Hernandez, Allsopp. Subs: Perkins, Rice, McTavish, Morsink, King, Moreno, Cristman. Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET. TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick. Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged....

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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