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Soccer Insider: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Antonucci to leave as WPS commissioner; western N.Y. franchise approved to join women's league

Tonya Antonucci, who oversaw the launch of Women's Professional Soccer but had two franchises fold this year and league operations restructured amid financial problems, will step down as commissioner, several sources close to the situation said Saturday. Meantime, the Insider has learned that the league's board of governors has approved...

By Steve Goff  | September 11, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Women  | Tags:  WPS  
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D.C. United defeats Toronto FC, 1-0

Defender Julius James scored in the 81st minute Saturday afternoon, lifting D.C. United to its first road victory in three months, a 1-0 decision over Toronto FC. United was about nine minutes from setting the MLS record for scoreless performances in a season when James scored with a left-footed shot...

By Steve Goff  | September 11, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Matchday: D.C. United at Toronto FC

D.C. United (4-16-3) at Toronto FC (7-9-7) BMO Field Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET. TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick. DCU lineup: Perkins; Graye, Jakovic, James, Zayner; Najar, Simms, Morsink, King, Quaranta; Hernandez, Allsopp. Subs: Harrison, McTavish, Talley, Morsink, Boskovic, Moreno. UPDATE: Simms is a late scratch because of injury, replaced in...

By Steve Goff  | September 11, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Saturday kickaround: Chivas USA defeats Revolution, D.C. United in Toronto, Freedom at home, Terps tie, Hoyas lose

*The MLS Eastern Conference's dreary playoff outlook worsened Friday night with the New England Revolution's 2-0 loss at Chivas USA. *D.C. United will attempt to end months of away misery at Toronto FC this afternoon (4 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick). *With a victory at home against Atlanta tonight,...

By Steve Goff  | September 11, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Bob Bradley addresses decision to start Ricardo Clark in World Cup round-of-16 match vs. Ghana

On the U.S. Soccer Federation's "Studio 90" program, Bob Bradley addressed a few questions from fans and explained his decision to start Ricardo Clark in defensive midfield for the World Cup round-of-16 loss to Ghana. Clark's giveaway led to the Black Stars' goal in the fifth minute and, according to...

By Steve Goff  | September 10, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, Ghana, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Bob Bradley, World Cup  
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Poll: 2018 World Cup should be held in .....

We'll take the United States out of the equation because, let's face it, FIFA wants a European country (or countries) to host the 2018 World Cup. Don't worry, my compatriots, the Americans are the front-runners for 2022. Vote for your Euro favorite: poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  | September 10, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  FIFA, USA World Cup bid  | Tags:  World Cup  
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Gulati discusses U.S. World Cup bid

With the FIFA inspection tour complete, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, head of the American bid to host the 2018 or '22 World Cup, addressed questions about the five-city stop and where things stand in pursuit of the sport's grand event. Some highlights: On the possibility of dropping out...

By Steve Goff  | September 10, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  USA World Cup bid, USSF  | Tags:  U.S. World Cup bid  
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Friday kickaround: MLS zeros, Galaxy-Crew blackout, Beckham is back, Freedom's Facebook and roster issues, Americans abroad

*The scoreless streak has reached 206 minutes. No, not D.C. United's. We're talking about the MLS drought: the last 26 minutes of Sunday night's match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, and then a pair of 0-0 mid-week results. Real Salt Lake's Robbie Findley was the culprit Thursday...

By Steve Goff  | September 10, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Beckham, Freedom, MLS  | Tags:  MLS, WPS  
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D.C. United's Bill Hamid to have shoulder surgery; Andrew Quinn released, Chase Harrison signed

D.C. United's Bill Hamid, a 19-year-old goalkeeper from Annandale who has started eight MLS matches and three U.S. Open Cup games, will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in the joint of his right shoulder. However, the date of the operation has not been set and Hamid, who has...

By Steve Goff  | September 9, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, MLS, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, WPS, NCAA

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Hoffenheim-Schalke 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV NCAA men, South Florida-Virginia Tech 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Necaxa-Toluca 9 p.m. Azteca America MLS, Chivas USA-New England 10:30 p.m. Direct Kick SATURDAY England, Everton-Manchester United 7:30 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus Germany, Dortmund-Wolfsburg 9:30 a.m....

By Steve Goff  | September 9, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Thursday kickaround: MLS conference inequity, Preki doesn't like TV cameras, Garey on Capitol Hill, Open Cup time change, Scurry retires, WPS union

*The 0-0 draw between the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC on Wednesday further jeopardized each club's playoff chances and also enhanced the possibility of six Western Conference teams qualifying for the MLS postseason. As you know, only the top two in each conference receive automatic berths; the other four slots...

By Steve Goff  | September 9, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Freedom, MLS, U.S. Open Cup, Women  | Tags:  MLS, WPS  
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Blatter: World Cup extra time changes possible

The Bizarre Mr. Blatter is at it again. His comments on the FIFA Web site concerning extra time at the World Cup: We have to try to find a way to encourage free-flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win. We plan to take the...

By Steve Goff  | September 9, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  FIFA, World  | Tags:  World Cup  
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Finn McCool's Football Club: the documentary?

Last year, we told you about "Finn McCool's Football Club," Stephen Rea's funny, touching, troubling and ultimately inspiring book about a crew of colorful characters, including himself, who bond at a gritty Irish pub in New Orleans to watch English matches and form an amateur squad that is shattered by...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Books  | Tags:  Finn McCool's  
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Akron atop both NCAA men's rankings

The Akron Zips, national runners-up last year, are the unanimous No. 1 choice (all 21 first-place votes) in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll this week: 1. Akron (2-0-0); 2. Virginia (2-0-0); 3. Tulsa (2-0-0); 4. North Carolina (1-1-0); 5. Boston College (2-0-0); 6. Harvard (2-0-0); 7. Monmouth...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  NCAA soccer  
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D.C. United news & notes

*Midfielder-forward Chris Pontius' hamstring issue is similar to the problem that former D.C. United captain Ryan Nelsen had with Blackburn Rovers in 2006. Nelsen ended up having surgery in Finland in August of that year and didn't return until January 2007. United has yet to announce a course of action...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Canada, D.C. United, European Championship  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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USSF approached about national team friendly vs. Bafana Bafana in Cape Town in November

The U.S. Soccer Federation has been approached about the national team playing South Africa in November in Cape Town in a charity match benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Insider has learned. Several issues, however, stand in the way of the proposed Nov. 17 friendly between the Americans and Bafana...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  South Africa, U.S. men's national team, USSF  | Tags:  South Africa, U.S. national team  
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Video: Mexico 1, Colombia 0

In a friendly in Monterrey, Elias Hernandez, a 22-year-old forward for Morelia, scored in the 89th minute to lift Mexico to a 1-0 victory over Colombia, which will face the United States on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.:...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mexico  | Tags:  Mexico-Colombia  
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World Cup bid inspectors visit Washington; Guatemala defeats El Salvador in friendly at RFK

FIFA rep Danny Jordaan kicking it with George Mason players during inspection tour that visited the Fairfax campus, a proposed training venue as part of the U.S. World Cup bid. (Photo by Tony Quinn) *The six-man FIFA delegation arrived in Washington late Tuesday afternoon for a visit that will...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  CONCACAF, USA World Cup bid, USSF  | Tags:  World Cup bid  
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Video: Argentina 4, Spain 1

Argentina routs World Cup champion Spain, 4-1, in a friendly in Buenos Aires:...

By Steve Goff  | September 7, 2010; 11:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Argentina, Spain  | Tags:  Argentina-Spain  
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Tuesday kickaround: FIFA tour, Jay DeMerit, D.C. United, Washington Freedom, college soccer

*FIFA is here! FIFA is here! The World Cup bid inspection group arrived in New York on Monday and will tour Red Bull Arena and the New Meadowlands Stadium today before heading to the Washington area, where it will visit George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (potential training site) followed...

By Steve Goff  | September 7, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Bundesliga, College Soccer, D.C. United, FIFA, MLS, USA World Cup bid  | Tags:  D.C. United, Jay DeMerit, World Cup bid  
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Soccer on TV, Tuesday edition

Like last Friday, when numerous European Championship qualifiers were available exclusively on ESPN3.com, I will break from policy and list online matches as well as the standard TV offerings. What are you going to watch? Friendly, Ukraine-Chile 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com Euro qualifier, Sweden-San Marino 2 p.m. ESPN3.com Euro qualifier,...

By Steve Goff  | September 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  European Championship  
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MLS weekend flashback: Playoff race

With MLS shifting into the final stage of the regular season, we are altering the format of the weekly review by turning attention from specific matches to the playoff race. We'll also resume last year's cold-hearted mockery of the worst club -- the Red Bulls were our targets in 2009,...

By Steve Goff  | September 6, 2010; 1:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Canada, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Video: Ecuador edges Mexico, 2-1

Highlights from Ecuador's 2-1 victory over Mexico in a friendly in Guadalajara:...

By Steve Goff  | September 5, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mexico  | Tags:  Mexico-Ecuador  
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D.C. United blanked for 15th time, tying MLS mark

*Read the full account of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew. *Video from the match at RFK Stadium. *United had ZERO shots on goal. "It's better when they are on goal, isn't it?" interim coach Ben Olsen said sardonically. United is 3-0-0 when it scores first, 1-16-1 when...

By Steve Goff  | September 5, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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