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Soccer Insider: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Video: Capuano's 35-yard volley vs. AC Milan

Ciro Capuano's phenomenal strike during Catania's 1-1 draw with AC Milan at San Siro:...

By Steve Goff  | September 18, 2010; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Italy  | Tags:  Serie A  
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Matchnight: D.C. United at L.A. Galaxy

To get you ready for tonight's match between D.C. United, the MLS club with the least points, and the Los Angeles Galaxy, the league's points leader, at Home Depot Center...... *Read my story about Santino Quaranta's evolving leadership role. *Check out the match preview from The Post's DCU fan-blogger. Kickoff:...

By Steve Goff  | September 18, 2010; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Former U.S. World Cup player Tony Sanneh credited with an assist in Pakistan relief effort

Tony Sanneh traveled the planet during his soccer career, starting for the U.S. national team in South Korea at the 2002 World Cup, venturing to Latin America and Europe for qualifiers and friendlies, moving to Germany to further his club ambitions with Hertha Berlin and Nuremberg after helping D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  | September 18, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS, U.S. men's national team  
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U.S. national team to play friendly vs. South Africa on Nov. 17 in Cape Town

The Insider tipped you off to the possibility last week, and now a deal in principle has been reached for the U.S. national team to play South Africa in a Nov. 17 friendly in Cape Town. UPDATE: Negotiations have been finalized, the match is set. Billed as the Nelson Mandela...

By Steve Goff  | September 17, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  South Africa, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Hope Solo out 5-6 months with shoulder injury

Hope Solo, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national team, will be sidelined five to six months with a shoulder ailment that requires surgery, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Friday. Solo will miss the World Cup qualifying tournament in Mexico, which begins Oct. 28 in Mexico (Cancun and Playa...

By Steve Goff  | September 17, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Women  | Tags:  U.S. women's soccer  
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Video/poll: Thierry Henry incident vs. FC Dallas

Thanks to our friends at the Kansas City Wizards' blog, we now have video of New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry, no stranger to controversy, attempting to smash a dead ball into the net at the same time FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is preparing to strike it forward...

By Steve Goff  | September 17, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Friday kickaround: Henry-Hartman incident, Americans abroad, U.S. prospects, Georgetown, WPS awards

*Thursday night's FC Dallas-New York Red Bulls match had everything: a big crowd at Frisco, Mehdi Ballouchy scoring in his Red Bulls debut, a first-half red card to Dallas' Brek Shea, shots off posts and crossbars, a terrific go-ahead goal by Eric Alexander, and a New York late equalizer on...

By Steve Goff  | September 17, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, MLS, Women  | Tags:  MLS  
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Weekend soccer TV listings

While you are monitoring the results of today's Europa League matches, it's a grand time to start considering this weekend's viewing options. What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt-Freiburg 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV England, Doncaster-Leeds 5 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus NCAA men, Duke-North Carolina 6:30 p.m. Fox...

By Steve Goff  | September 16, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  Soccer on TV  
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D.C. United news & notes: injuries, travel, trade

*The hits keep coming for D.C. United: Forward Jaime Moreno will not accompany the club to Los Angeles for Saturday night's match against the Galaxy because of flu-like symptoms. ... Rookie defender Barry Rice, sidelined since suffering a gash above an eye two weeks ago, is experiencing concussion symptoms and...

By Steve Goff  | September 16, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Thursday kickaround: MLS, D.C. United, CONCACAF, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The possibility of MLS's Western Conference seizing all four wild-card playoff berths improved again Wednesday night when the San Jose Earthquakes collected three more points with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union. The best hopes to crack the Western domination? A surge by the Kansas City Wizards or...

By Steve Goff  | September 16, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS, TV  | Tags:  MLS  
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D.C. United trades Talley to Red Bulls for pick

D.C. United has traded defender Carey Talley to the New York Red Bulls for a future MLS second-round draft pick. Details to come. Talley, acquired early this year after being released by Chivas USA, made 15 appearances, 13 starts and served as captain several times. At age 34, he began...

By Steve Goff  | September 15, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United signs Brazilian Junior Carriero

D.C. United has signed Brazilian midfielder Junior Carriero, a few months earlier than planned. The 19-year-old has been training with the club all year and was tentatively scheduled to join the roster next season. But with injuries mounting and the MLS roster deadline today, United decided to add him for...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 15, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Jose Mourinho: Champions League is harder to win than World Cup

As reported by Spanish Web site Sport.es and noted by Deadspin, Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho thinks the Champions League is more difficult to win than the World Cup: "It [the Champions League] is the most difficult competition," Mourinho said. "You can not compare it with a World Cup because...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 15, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Euro Champions League, World  | Tags:  Champions League, World Cup  
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D.C. United stadium in Rockville? Not likely

Over the weekend, I received a juicy tip that D.C. United President Kevin Payne and General Manager Dave Kasper had met with a city councilman from Rockville, Md., to tour RedGate Golf Course, a financially troubled municipal venue ripe for development, as a possible stadium site. Finally, I thought, the...

By Steve Goff  | September 15, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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NCAA men's soccer results and rankings

Reigning champion Virginia improved to 3-0-1 and stretched its unbeaten streak to 20 Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Marist. Wake Forest visits Charlottesville on Saturday for an ACC showdown. ... Maryland rolled past Loyola (Baltimore), 3-0. ... Duke routed George Washington, 4-0, with all the goals coming in the...

By Steve Goff  | September 15, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  College soccer  
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Wednesday kickaround: FIFA rankings, Americans abroad, D.C. United 'prospect', Togo 'fake' squad, CONCACAF Champions League

*In the new FIFA rankings, the USA and Mexico are unchanged at No. 18 and 28 respectively. The top five: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Argentina. *Americans abroad: MF Maurice Edu 90 minutes in Rangers' 0-0 draw at Manchester United MF Jermaine Jones 70 in Schalke's 1-0 loss at Lyon...

By Steve Goff  | September 15, 2010; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, FIFA  | Tags:  CONCACAF, D.C. United, FIFA  
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Soccer on TV, Wednesday edition

UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League group play continues..... What are you going to watch? Zilina-Chelsea 2:45 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus) Arsenal-Braga 2:45 p.m. FSP (tape at 7 on FSC) Real Madrid-Ajax 2:45 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol (tape at 5 on FSC) Bayern...

By Steve Goff  | September 15, 2010; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League, Euro Champions League, TV  | Tags:  Soccer on TV  
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Hope Solo disciplined for Twitter comments

Atlanta Beat goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended one game, fined $2,500 and ordered to eight hours of community service for "prejudicial statements and public criticism" made on her Twitter account about an officiating crew and Women's Professional Soccer in general over the weekend. The league announced the disciplinary action...

By Steve Goff  | September 14, 2010; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Women  | Tags:  Hope Solo, WPS  
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D.C. United quotes: Pontius, Simms, Olsen

D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius is hoping that major surgery for a hamstring injury will put an end to a problem that bothered him all year. The operation will be performed Friday in Los Angeles, sidelining him for up to six months. The 2011 MLS season will begin six months...

By Steve Goff  | September 14, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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D.C. United news & notes: injuries, signing

D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, slowed all year by hamstring problems, will undergo surgery Friday in Los Angeles and require four to six months of rehabilitation. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid has arrived in Birmingham for shoulder surgery Wednesday. Midfielder Clyde Simms, who missed Saturday's match at Toronto FC with a pregame...

By Steve Goff  | September 14, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Toronto FC fires Preki and Johnston; Dasovic to serve as interim coach; Red Bulls-Rapids trade; MLS schedule expands to 34 matches

Toronto FC has fired Coach Preki and director of soccer Mo Johnston, and will name assistant Nick Dasovic as the interim coach, the Insider has learned. The drastic moves comes three days after Toronto (7-10-7) lost at home to MLS bottom-dweller D.C. United, 1-0 -- the club's fifth scoreless performance...

By Steve Goff  | September 14, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Tuesday kickaround: D.C. United injuries, Edu and Jones in Champions League, Seattle's Open Cup crowd, CONCACAF schedule, UVA at White House

*The almost-daily D.C. United injury report: Goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who wasn't on the game-day roster Saturday in anticipation of shoulder surgery, is now scheduled to have the operation, performed by the famed James Andrews, Wednesday in Birmingham. He is expected to recuperate in time for 2011 preseason. ... There are...

By Steve Goff  | September 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, D.C. United, Euro Champions League, TV, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  D.C. United, UEFA Champions League  
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Video: Energie Cottbus 5, Karlsruhe 5

That's not the status of a penalty kick tiebreaker; it's the final score from a German second-division match between Energie Cottbus and Karlsruhe. Here's the goal-scoring summary and lineups. The final goal is a gem. Perhaps this result will thrust American goalkeeper Luis Robles, a D.C. United draft pick years...

By Steve Goff  | September 13, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Germany  | Tags:  Germany  
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MLS weekend flashback: Playoff race

As a reminder, with MLS in the final stages of the regular season, we have altered the format of the weekly review by turning attention from specific matches to the playoff race. We've also resumed last year's cold-hearted but good-spirited mockery of the worst club -- the Red Bulls were...

By Steve Goff  | September 13, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Goalkeeper Hope Solo vents again after women's soccer match, criticizes referee and league

We all remember Hope Solo's diatribe against then USA coach Greg Ryan at the 2007 Women's World Cup in China, an outburst on Canadian TV that drew mainstream attention, banishment from the squad, and fractured the American team after a semifinal embarrassment against Brazil. You might have also read her...

By Steve Goff  | September 13, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  | Tags:  Hope Solo, WPS  
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Monday kickaround: WPS commissioner's departure is official, D.C. United awaits Simms injury update, video of Rossi goals for Villarreal

*The news broke exclusively on the Insider on Saturday, and now it's official: Tonya Antonucci is stepping down as commissioner of troubled Women's Professional Soccer. In a statement released this morning, the second-year league said that Antonucci would be replaced after the season by WPS general counsel Anne-Marie Eileraas, who...

By Steve Goff  | September 13, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United, Spain, Women  | Tags:  D.C. United, Villarreal, WPS  
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American soccer players abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-3 tie with Manchester United Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 loss at Fulham Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa at Stoke on Monday Dom Cervi not in 18 for Celtic's 3-0 win over...

By Steve Goff  | September 12, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Sunday kickaround: D.C. United, WPS playoffs, Virginia draws at Duke before White House visit

*D.C. United should have gone ahead early in the second half at Toronto FC with two players in on goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Santino Quaranta missed the open net, but was he at fault? Perhaps he could've finished with his outside foot, but Andy Najar, who skipped through the defense, touched...

By Steve Goff  | September 12, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, USA 2nd division, Women  | Tags:  D.C. United, Virginia, WPS  
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