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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 Shanosky, former DCU academy goalkeeper Samir Badr (now with Porto) and defender Korey Veeder from Crystal Palace Baltimore. The full roster is here.

*What forms of deception are allowed when approaching a penalty kick? Here's a detailed breakdown, with video examples.

*The USSF has already scheduled a women's national team friendly vs. China at PPL Park near Philadelphia on Oct. 6. Might the proposed men's friendly vs. Colombia on Oct. 12 end up there (or at the much-larger Lincoln Financial Field) as well? Just speculating. Playing on the East Coast would certainly make it convenient for European-based players to return to their clubs the next day. New York and Florida sites were considered, but then all but ruled out because of venue issues. If Philly were chosen, however, it would mean four games in 10 days in the area: two Union matches, the women's friendly and a men's event. We should learn the location next week.

*Americans abroad:
Europa League
GKs Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, D Eric Lichaj for Aston Villa vs. Rapid Vienna (First leg ended in a 1-1 draw)
F Jozy Altidore and Villarreal at Dnepr Mogilev (Belarus)
(Villarreal won first leg, 5-0)
GK Dom Cervi and Celtic at Utrecht
(Celtic won first leg, 2-0)

*Soccer on TV:
Carling Cup, Birmingham-Rochdale 2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus
CONCACAF Champions League, Toluca-Olimpia 8 p.m. Telefutura
Copa Sudamericana, Independiente-Juniors 8 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
CONCACAF Champions League, Saprissa-Marathon 10 p.m. Galavision
Copa Sudamericana, Independiente Santa Fe-Lara 10:30 p.m. FSE

For Soccer America's preseason men's college rankings.....

1. Akron
2. North Carolina
3. Virginia
4. Maryland
5. UC Santa Barbara
6. Tulsa
7. Wake Forest
8. Duke
9. Boston College
10. Connecticut
11. UCLA
12. Monmouth
13. Stanford
14. Ohio State
15. St. John's
16. Northwestern
17. Penn State
18. Notre Dame
19. South Florida
20. Louisville
21. Indiana
22. Portland
23. Michigan State
24. UNC Wilmington
25. Saint Louis

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2010; 9:11 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , TV , USSF  | Tags: MLS, USSF  
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Comments

The ACC stinks.

Akron? AKRON? Who goes to Akron? I thought that was a town most people try to depart, as quickly as possible.

Any Akronites on Soccer Insider able to shed some light?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 26, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Akron program = winning (of late). Coached by top notch young coach who DC United wishes they could have wooed away from Akron.

Posted by: CardCat | August 26, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

For those of you in the Atlanta area that may be unaware, the USA Women's team will be playing China in a friendly at KSU Soccer Stadium on Saturday, October 2nd. It's a night kickoff, and not only a great chance to go see and support our awesome WNT, but kind of show off and audition for potential men's game, as well as the World Cup bid committee, so it's important to fill the 8300 seat stadium and provide a great atmosphere. Toasted that goal, the Atlanta chapter of the American Outlaws has worked with the USSF and the Atlanta Beat to open up a tailgate and section for the supporter's group. If you're interested in joining us to support the team and Atlanta as a soccer city, contact chapter head Drew Wagner at aawagner011@gmail.com

Hope to see you all there!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 26, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

A reason for the DC-Rapids time change? We had planned to watch an afternoon game with the kids, take the kids to the in-laws after, then go to the Muse show. Oh well. And enjoy the 7 PM temperature in Denver on October. Strange.

Posted by: jojosbo | August 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

On October 2.

Posted by: jojosbo | August 26, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"PPL Park near Philadelphia..."

Well done, Goff. Can we call our neighboring club to the north the Near Philadelphia Union?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 26, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Call 'em whatever you want. Fact remains Philly's attendance "near Philadelphia" is 3d in the league, only behind Toronto by a smidge, and they arguably have the worst team in the league. (Maybe they do, maybe we do).

I would suggest that they fire the uniform designer, however. Those unis are atrocious.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"PPL Park near Philadelphia..."

Well done, Goff. Can we call our neighboring club to the north the Near Philadelphia Union?

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 26, 2010 9:57 AM
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Well -- if we're going there....what New York sites(s) were considered? Yankee Stadium? Citi Field? Randalls Island (Icahn Stadium, not the prison)? Perhaps some New York site, outside of the city? Or, did we mean New Jersey (near New York)? I'm sure the Chester Chamber of Commerce would like a shout-out for being "near Philly", but it's really OK to call it a Philly-area game, as we would call other games New York-area. Let's not get hung up on arbitrary lines on a map.

Posted by: fischy | August 26, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Go Zips! Hey there Rand, U of Akron grad here, and my wife is originally from Akron.

True, Akron suffers the same reputation as many towns in the rustbelt, and, as a whole, Ohio has not done well in this economy, nor for the last 30 years for that matter. Akron, however, deserves less disparagement than its neighbors. Akron's leadership has been insightful and prescient, bringing in other kinds of industry than the tire industry that left a few decades ago(namely, plastics; U of Akron has an elite polymer science department, with students going there from all over the world), and hyperactively reshaping its urban core and infrastructure. Today you'll find a vibrant downtown and an economy, that though negatively effected like the rest of the country, has survived very well in these tough times.

Plus, it has Swensons hamburgers.

When I lived there in the mid-90's, my opinion of it was pretty low. Now I would gladly welcome returning there.

Posted by: DaninFL | August 26, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/fitness-still-issue-fire-dp-castillo

Castillo admits he's "out of shape". I don't know what's in these contracts, but the outrageous salary really ought to be conditioned on player's condition. I'd say the same thing about Boskovic, who hasn't really appeared fit. I realize it gets tricky for players who sign to play in a league that's in mid-season when the players sign in off-season shape -- but, maybe MLS needs to know more about a player's condition first....

Posted by: fischy | August 26, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

A reason for the DC-Rapids time change? We had planned to watch an afternoon game with the kids, take the kids to the in-laws after, then go to the Muse show. Oh well. And enjoy the 7 PM temperature in Denver on October. Strange.

Posted by: jojosbo | August 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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The Rapids had a weird afternoon start time a few weeks ago and I saw on Big Soccer that it was part of an organizational experiment to see what attendance and TV ratings were like at that time. This change may be a result of bad reception for that match.

Posted by: beach3 | August 26, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Makes no sense to me why they would move an October game in Colorado to the evening from the afternoon. However, it works for me. My daughter has a game in the late afternoon that day. Now I can watch her team and United that day.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | August 26, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Is it just on my end, but are those clips working for you all? It's just audio and green lines and pixelation. Although, that does seem like an infraction to me.

Posted by: DrBeaker | August 26, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

fisch, I thought you meant DCU's Castillo.

Speaking of whom, I just checked...he has subbed in twice and started once in 4 games in El Salvador. Some guy named Zelaya has two goals already.

Posted by: Reignking | August 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

fischy - I was just happy to find an excuse to bash the Union. Nothing more. I'm sure the Sons of Ben will do the same to us if United moves to Baltimore, or any other jurisdiction outside D.C.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | August 26, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Damarcus Beasley just tweeted:
"Good morning friends... Guess its time to start learning a new language!!! know there been alot of rumors, but will fill u guys in VERY soon"

On a different note: Didn't Christian Gomez show up in 2004 out of game shape? I recall that his minutes were carefully managed down the stretch in the 2004 run to the cup....

Posted by: JkR- | August 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

beach3 and hateisnot...

I know, tv ratings and afternoon kids matches, logical and smart. I am just venting. For those of us living up in the mountains, it is not so easy to pop down to Dick's to catch a game.

Vamos United and Rapids!

Posted by: jojosbo | August 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Jozy starting today. http://www.marca.com/deporte/futbol/europa-league/2010-2011/directo/dne-vil.html

Garrido, por su parte se ha decidido por: Juan Carlos, Oriol, Mussachio, Catalá, Mario Pérez, Kiko, Matilla, Cristóbal, Jefferson Montero, Altidore y Nilmar.

Posted by: Reignking | August 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, DaninFL. Exactly what I was looking for. It's nice to see towns transform from a one-industry economy to a more diverse economy. Pittsburgh is a great example, too.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 26, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

PPL Park is closer to Wilmington than to Philly.

Colorado move of game from day to night means the attendence will be, what, 9,000 instead of 7,000?

The location of the Dick would be the worst in MLS but for PHP.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

PPL Park is closer to Wilmington than to Philly.

Posted by: lgm6986

PPL park is equidistant between Center City Philly and the center of Wilmington.

The Sports Complex is 12 miles away.

Fed Ex is about 7 miles from RFK.

You can call PPL park and the team that plays there "Philly" all you want. The Washington-area Redskins have set the precedent.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | August 26, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Can we call our neighboring club to the north the Near Philadelphia Union?
Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud
+++++++++++++++

Call them what you want but to me they will always be PU...as in Philadelphia stinks...as in the city smells like stale urine.


Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 27, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

A reason for the DC-Rapids time change?
Posted by: jojosbo

The original time was when I planned to rearrainge my sock drawer. I asked them to change the time and they agreed. Guess it doesn't hurt to ask eh?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 27, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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