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Soccer Insider: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Matchnight: D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

Greetings from RFK Stadium. D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET. TV: Fox Soccer Channel. A few newsworthy items to share: *Because of injuries and international duty, United will have only five reserves available. Chris Pontius is not in uniform because of a continuing hamstring issue. *Midfielder Branko...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Saturday kickaround: D.C. United, MLS referees, Uruguayan defender, Terps lose, Cavs win

*Eight weekends remain in D.C. United's lost season. Tonight: The Eastern front-runner Columbus Crew visits RFK Stadium for the second time in four days (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). *The mood around RFK: gloomy. The weather outlook: heavenly. The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time conditions. *According to the...

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USSF  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Brian McBride tribute videos

From his Fulham career..... .....and with the U.S. national team:...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brian McBride  
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Friday kickaround: Bob Bradley in Washington for World Cup bid, Brian McBride to retire, Branko Boskovic boosts Montenegro

*U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley is coming to Washington next week to serve in the American delegation welcoming FIFA's 2018/22 World Cup inspection group, the Insider has learned. The second stop on a five-city tour, Washington will welcome the visitors to George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Va. (a...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. United , European Championship , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Brian McBride, D.C. United, World Cup  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Spanish midfielder Carlos Varela's trial will continue next week, interim coach Ben Olsen said. Because of travel, a mid-week match and game preparations, the coaching staff hasn't had proper opportunity to continue evaluating the Swiss league veteran who will turn 33 on Sept. 15 -- which, coincidentally, is the MLS...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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D.C. United's Marc Burch sidelined again

D.C. United left back Marc Burch has apparently broken the same foot that sidelined him most of the MLS season. "It looks like another four months," interim coach Ben Olsen told the Insider after training Friday. "We're all just finding this out. He is seeing a doctor today, but we...

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Weekend soccer TV listings: European Championship qualifiers, friendly, MLS, Mexico, South America, WPS, NCAA

I don't usually include online viewing options, but since so many European Championship qualifiers are being shown there and ESPN3.com is available on many Internet services, I'm making an exception. What are you going to watch? FRIDAY European Championship qualifier, Armenia-Ireland 11 a.m. ET, ESPN3.com Euro qualifier, Kazakhstan-Turkey noon ESPN3.com...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  TV  | Tags: Soccer on TV  
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Thursday kickaround: Whitecaps coach, Petke's retirement, SuperLiga, WPS playoff race, college oddity, TV listings

*As expected, the Vancouver Whitecaps will retain Teitur Thordarson as head coach when they enter MLS next season. *Following the departure of Ben Olsen last fall and Clint Mathis this summer, MLS will lose another colorful character at the end of the season with the retirement of defender Mike Petke,...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  College Soccer , Freedom , MLS , SuperLiga , TV , Women  | Tags: MLS, SuperLiga, WPS  
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D.C. United falls to Columbus Crew, 2-1, in overtime in U.S. Open Cup semifinals

D.C. United lost again. It's what they do in 2010. This one was crushing because of the manner in which it unfolded and because it extinguished the club's final hope of salvaging an otherwise miserable season. Interim coach Ben Olsen's postgame theme: "We can't reward ourselves," referring to the club's...

By Steve Goff  |  September 2, 2010; 1:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  
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Open Cup matchnight: D.C. United vs. Crew

Before we turn our attention to D.C. United's biggest match of this difficult year, a U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium, let's pick up where we left off during this morning's online chat concerning the state and direction of the local club. Diehard supporters and...

By Steve Goff  |  September 1, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround: U.S. Open Cup semifinals, SuperLiga final, WPS playoff race, Philly friendly

*My preview of D.C. United's U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium. *The Columbus perspective. *The Capital Weather Gang's steamy RFK forecast. *Is DCU on TV tonight? Nope. But you can watch live on United's Web site. The Seattle-Chivas USA semifinal can be seen on the...

By Steve Goff  |  September 1, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Mexico , SuperLiga , U.S. Open Cup , Women  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, U.S. Open Cup  
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Bob Bradley's contract, Americans in transition, D.C. United news & notes, Insider live chat

*Bob Bradley's new contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation will expire Aug. 31, 2014 -- not immediately after the World Cup (like for most national team coaches) and not on Dec. 31 (the usual culmination of USSF coaching contracts). What does this tell us? It tells us that the USSF...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Q&A , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, D.C. United, USSF  
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Sunil Gulati, Bob Bradley comment on U.S. soccer coaching contract

As you know, Bob Bradley will continue as U.S. national team coach after agreeing Monday to a contract extension through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On a conference call with reporters, Bradley and USSF President Sunil Gulati will discuss the issue. I will update this post throughout the discussion........

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Forward Danny Allsopp, who skipped Sunday's trip to Chivas USA because of a stomach virus, says he has recovered and is available for selection Wednesday against the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal at RFK Stadium. *Defender Jed Zayner is out with a sprained ankle, not that it...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Tuesday kickaround: Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson, RFK friendly, American goalies abroad, WPS honors

*With the European transfer window closing today, we are awaiting final word on the status of Americans Eddie Johnson (will Fulham loan him to Queens Park Rangers?) and Freddy Adu (is he staying with Aris)? On his Twitter page, Adu wrote: "Aris it is." *This one slipped in under the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Portugal , Women  | Tags: Americans abroad, MLS, WPS  
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Video: Atletico Madrid 4, Sporting Gijon 0

Atletico Madrid, the reigning Europa League and recently crowned UEFA Super Cup champion, began its La Liga campaign in fine style with a 4-0 victory over Sporting Gijon. The first (Jurado) and last (Simao) were magnificently struck from distance, the middle two scored by Uruguayan World Cup star Diego Forlan...

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Spain  | Tags: Atletico Madrid, Diego Forlan  
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Poll: Bob Bradley and U.S. Soccer

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Poll , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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Bob Bradley's contract as U.S. soccer coach extended through 2014

So much for the Juergen Klinsmann rumors. The U.S. Soccer Federation and Bob Bradley have reached agreement on a contract extension through 2014, the USSF announced. A few official details here. After Bradley met with USSF President Sunil Gulati on Thursday in Los Angeles, reports surfaced that Gulati had spoken...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley  
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Details of FIFA World Cup inspection tour

A six-man FIFA delegation will arrive next Monday to inspect proposed venues as part of the U.S. bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The four-day visit will have stops in New York/New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium), Washington (FedEx Field), Miami (Sun Life Stadium), Houston (Reliant Stadium) and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  FIFA , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: FIFA, World Cup  
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MLS weekend flashback: Primetime Emmys

This week's theme: The Primetime Emmys show..... Columbus Crew 0, FC Dallas 0: 16,708 at Crew Stadium. Having guided FCD to a league-record 10-game unbeaten streak on the road and a 12-match unbeaten run overall, not to mention a league-low two losses through 21 matches, MLS Coach of the Year...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Monday kickaround: Adidas-MLS, FIFA referees, Beasley to Hanover, USL-2, college soccer, WPS spin, Barcelona video

*According to Sports Business Journal, Adidas has renegotiated the last four years of its sponsorship deal with MLS and extended it four years to 2018 for $200 million. The original pact, signed in 2004, was $150 million over 10 years. *FIFA boss Sepp Blatter proposes full-time professional referees for the...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Barcelona , College Soccer , FIFA , MLS , Spain , USL , Women  | Tags: FC Barcelona, MLS, WPS  
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D.C. United shut out again, 1-0 by Chivas USA

With the more important match three days away, D.C. United turned to several reserves for the MLS encounter against Chivas USA on Sunday night. Not that it mattered who was in the lineup: Full strength or half strength, United can't score goals, particularly on the road. Despite superior possession and...

By Steve Goff  |  August 30, 2010; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Matchnight: D.C. United-Chivas USA

With the U.S. Open Cup semifinal three days away, D.C. United will go with a hybrid lineup. Allsopp, Hernandez and Burch stayed home. Hamid, Simms and Najar are in reserve. DCU LINEUP: Perkins; Zayner, Rice, Jakovic, Graye; Quaranta, Morsink, King, Boskovic; Moreno, Cristman. Subs: Hamid, Talley, James, McTavish, Simms, Najar,...

By Steve Goff  |  August 29, 2010; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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American soccer players abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss at Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 1-1 tie with Newcastle Brad Friedel 90 for Aston Villa Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Dom Cervi not in 18 for...

By Steve Goff  |  August 29, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: Americans abroad  
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