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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 Carreiro had one apiece. Shanosky, 18, is not eligible for competitive matches until next year.

*In a poll of the ACC men's coaches, North Carolina was chosen to finish atop the nation's best college conference. The Tar Heels, who advanced to the College Cup semifinals each of the previous two seasons, received seven of the nine first-place votes. Maryland was chosen No. 2, followed by reigning NCAA champion Virginia and Wake Forest. Both the Terrapins and Cavaliers will open the regular season Sept. 3 at home: Maryland vs. Michigan State and Virginia vs. Alabama-Birmingham. UVA's final preseason match is Saturday night at George Mason.

*Former MLS forward Yura Movsisyan, who attended high school and college in the United States but has committed to his native Armenia's national team, scored twice in Randers' 4-1 victory over Skovbakken in a Danish Cup match.

*With the possibility of a Buffalo-Rochester franchise joining Women's Professional Soccer next year, Washington Freedom star and western New York native Abby Wambach would seem to be an obvious target for the club, which currently operates as the Buffalo Flash, the W-League champion. Two sources familiar with the league said that, in initial conversations with the WPS, the New York group hoped Wambach would be part of the deal to join the league. When I asked Wambach about the possibility of playing back home, she said.....

"My family would love it. It's definitely an option I would consider. My contract is up after this season and there are a lot of things going on. I don't want it to be a scenario where I have to play there for the team to come into this league. What happens if I get injured? What happens when I retire? Will the team fold? If that could be part of my future, that would be great, but we [the Freedom] have to take care of business this year, first and foremost, before I make any decisions."

By Steve Goff  |  August 25, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , Women  | Tags: ACC soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Washington Freedom  
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Comments

1. Freedom, do whatever it takes to keep Abby. Whatever it takes.

2. Abby, please don't go. The Freedom will fold if you do.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | August 25, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It would be both a disappointment and a major blow to the Freedom for Abby to move closer to home, but I realized that was a possibility as soon as the talk of an upstate New York team began.

Posted by: kevinwparker | August 25, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

WPS will be around next year? Good to know.

No respect for the defending champion Cavaliers.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Abby's big but she's nowhere near big enough to play in Buffalo and Rochester at the same time.

Did anyone see this clip from Yahoo's international soccer section? A cute German sideline reporter learns the perils of working on the sideline and involuntarily demonstrates some very bad heading technique.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/German-reporter-takes-unsuspecting-amazing-head;_ylt=AmUpaYFCM4SCygLMomqRSA8mw7YF?urn=sow-264889

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 25, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Net effect of Wambach departure would depend on what player(s) Freedom added, and on who the 2011 coach is.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 25, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey piles on...

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

American billionaire Stan Kroenke became the majority owner of National Football League (NFL) side the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday after his takeover was approved by the division's organizers.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Webb: I should've sent off De Jong
World Cup final referee Howard Webb has admitted he should have sent off Holland's Nigel de Jong for his high-footed challenge on Spain's Xabi Alonso.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Champions League pots for tomorrow's draw -- the group of death will be wherever Real Madrid from pot B end up.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I loved this bit from Wise's story on Ben Olsen:

"And playing time for 37-year-old Juan Manuel Pea and 33-year-old Carey Talley."

Good 'ol Pea is my favorite DCU player.....

WaPo can't afford editors no more?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

They don't have an ñ on their keyboard.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If I am not mistaken, in the interregnum between WUSA and WPS, Wambach chose to live in Southern California. She was either a housemate or neighbor of Shannon Boxx in one of the beach communities south of LAX. If that reflects her true geographic preferences, I am a bit surprised that she is taking a possible move to upstate New York so seriously. Perhaps she should hold out for the replacement for the Sol that is likely to materialize at some point, although at least one source says that might be a couple of years away:

http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer/2010/08/hopes-fade-for-wps-expansion-t.html

Posted by: universityandpark | August 25, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Webb: I should've sent off De Jong
World Cup final referee Howard Webb has admitted he should have sent off Holland's Nigel de Jong for his high-footed challenge on Spain's Xabi Alonso.

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 5:58 PM
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Was there supposed to be a hyperlink?

Posted by: universityandpark | August 25, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Wambach will play where the people who write the paychecks tell her to play. She ain't no Fat Albert.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 25, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

upark: yeah, that was odd...

Posted by: Reignking | August 25, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

WaPo can't afford editors no more?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2010 6:19 PM

Not to pile on...OK, to pile on...there was a "the United" in the dead tree edition, too.

Posted by: DrBeaker | August 25, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

OK 270, I'll sing for you:

Abby please don't go...Abby please don't go. Abby please don't go up to Buffalo, Abby please don't go up to Buffalo!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 25, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, unfortunately Mike Wise has no competent editors and is probably the worst sports broadcaster in DC radio. Also, he is the only one who covers soccer on the radio or gives it any respect. Thanks Mike Wise? Any coverage is good coverage, right? Well, I guess that's where United and MLS in general is at. We'll take it where we can get it, right? Meanwhile, everyone competing in CONCACAF is making the MLS look like a bunch of losers, and Latin American teams constantly out play American (and yes, they get help from the refs, but they can only call back so many goals or award so many unwarranted ones). We've a long way to go, so please, MLS ownership (especially DC ownership) please make this the best league in North America so we can someday have a chance at taking on the world. Please? I am tired of seeing American teams lose to these teams with smaller crowds then we even have. People poo-poo CONCACAF in the US and then we get beat up on by teams outside the US who seem to have fan bases that discredit it even more than we do. MLS should be dominating this crap every year til it becomes more important to others, not the other way around.

Posted by: papasteve_z | August 25, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if Abby wants to go home then I can't blame her.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 26, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

@papasteve_z: Are you feeling any better this morning.

C'mon man, take it easy on Wise.

Mike Wise' radio coverage of DC United is way better than say--Sportalk 980's.

As far as the CONCACAF Champions League goes, who cares how big the sixze of the crowd is?

You are right about there being a long way to go. I agree with you on that one.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 26, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I hope the FREEDOM does whatever it takes to keep Wambach. She is a soccer superstar and leader on both the FREEDOM and on the women's national team.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If I am not mistaken, in the interregnum between WUSA and WPS...
Posted by: universityandpark
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My dentist advised me to floss more to prevent infections of my interregnum.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I talked with Abby the other night about moving to a WPS team in upstate New York and she didn't sound at all enthusiastic. But since this was the party for the Washington Freedom season ticket holders, she may have been shading her comments.

Posted by: kevinwparker | August 27, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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