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Soccer Insider: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

D.C. United rewind: 3-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

Almost 11 minutes of added time? Yes, it's true. (In the past four days, Houston has played about 18 minutes of second-half stoppage time.) Both coaches ejected for apparently shaking hands? Uh, we think so. Andy Najar adding to his rookie of the year portfolio? Oh yes. More D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 11:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Matchnight: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo

Greetings from RFK Stadium. August heat. Pregame youth matches on the field. D.C. Rollergirls (Scare Force One! D.C. Demoncats! Cherry Blossom Bombshells!) promoting the start of their league at the neighboring Armory by skating around the stadium grounds. The TD Bank mascot (with an oversized, lime-green trapezoid head. No, it...

By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Video: Michael Bradley's goal for Moenchengladbach vs. Schalke in Bundesliga

Michael Bradley scored in the 43rd minute of Moenchengladbach's 2-2 draw at Schalke, which responded from a two-goal deficit in the second half: Schalke 04 0-2 B. MönchengladbachMaiespeis | MySpace Video...

By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Germany  | Tags:  Michael Bradley  
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Saturday kickaround: D.C. United, MLS, NCAA

*D.C. United's Branko Boskovic is trying to balance the desperate demands of his club with the exhilarating needs of his country. *The Capital Weather Gang has the forecast for the United-Houston Dynamo match at RFK Stadium tonight. *With New York's 2-0 victory at Los Angeles on Friday night, the races...

By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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ESPN hires Ian Darke; D.C. United drinking games; Galaxy-Red Bulls; WPS adds club in western New York; Terrapins vs. Tar Heels

*British announcer Ian Darke, widely praised for his work in ESPN's broadcast booth during the World Cup, has been hired by the network to provide play-by-play for coverage of the English Premier League, U.S. national team matches, marquee MLS games, the 2011 Women's World Cup, 2013 Confederations Cup and '14...

By Steve Goff  | September 24, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS, TV, Women  | Tags:  ESPN  
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Friday kickaround: Charlie Davies, U.S. hat tricks (continued), WPS, NCAA, Americans abroad

*Don't expect to see Charlie Davies in a U.S. uniform again anytime soon. Almost one year since being seriously injured in a car accident near Washington, the French-based forward is still far from playing at a high level, according to this report in Soccer America. He will not be considered...

By Steve Goff  | September 24, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, France, U.S. men's national team, Women  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Weekend soccer TV listings

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Cologne-Hoffenheim 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV NCAA men, Akron-Tulsa 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Necaxa-Cruz Azul 9 p.m. Fox Deportes MLS, Los Angeles-New York 11 p.m. ESPN2 SATURDAY England, Chelsea-Manchester City 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 Germany, Bayern Munich-Mainz 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Arsenal-West...

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  TV  
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U.S. World Cup bid committee offers new video

With FIFA's decisions about the World Cup hosts in 2018 and '22 about two months away, the U.S. Bid Committee has produced a new video narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring Mia Hamm, Spike Lee and Bill Clinton:...

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  FIFA, USA World Cup bid  | Tags:  World Cup  
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Liverpool supporters take aim at club's American owners by reaching out to U.S. media

Some Liverpool supporters are so upset with the state of their beloved club, they have begun a mass e-mail campaign directed at hundreds of U.S. reporters with wide-ranging beats. They want us, in the media, to take up their cause against the club's American owners. We feel your pain, lads....

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  England  | Tags:  Liverpool  
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D.C. United news & notes: Boskovic, trialists, stats

Why wasn't Branko Boskovic, D.C. United's designated player, included in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend? The straightforward reason: Interim coach Ben Olsen remained loyal to the group that won at Toronto FC in the previous match, which Boskovic had missed while on international duty for...

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Thursday kickaround: MLS, CONCACAF, WPS, NCAA, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The marquee match of the week in MLS is Friday night when the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Western Conference leader, hosts the New York Red Bulls, second-place in the East, in a nationally televised showdown featuring some of the league's biggest names. But chances are, nothing that unfolds at Home...

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, MLS, Mexico, TV, Women  | Tags:  MLS, WPS  
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Video: Sensational goal in U-17 Women's World Cup

Courtesy of Soccer America's site, the sensational goal by Japan's Kumi Yokohama against North Korea in the semifinals of the Under-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago:...

By Steve Goff  | September 23, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Women  
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FC Dallas equalizes in final seconds, extends MLS unbeaten streak to 16 matches with 2-2 draw

Was it offside?...

By Steve Goff  | September 22, 2010; 10:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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American midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores three goals for Aarhus in Danish Cup match

U.S. World Cup midfielder Benny Feilhaber joined a select group of Americans in recording a hat trick for a European club Wednesday, scoring three times during Aarhus' 6-3 victory in extra time against Skive in a Danish Cup match. Feilhaber converted a penalty in the 16th minute, scored the go-ahead...

By Steve Goff  | September 22, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Benny Feilhaber  
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Wednesday kickaround: Alecko Eskandarian's new life, D.C. United news & notes, Columbus Crew's CONCACAF victory and video

*In July 2009, MLS striker Alecko Eskandarian was struck in the face by a ball, resulting in his second significant head injury in four years. He hasn't played since. Now, with his soccer career essentially over and concussion symptoms affecting his everyday life, "Esky" has returned to the University of...

By Steve Goff  | September 22, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, D.C. United, European Championship, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Americans abroad, TV listings (Wed. edition)

*How select Americans playing abroad fared..... Tuesday's Carling Cup GK Tim Howard in the 18, didn't play in Everton's 4-3 PK loss after a 1-1 draw at Brentford GK Marcus Hahnemann in the 18, didn't play in Wolves' 4-2 extra-time win over Notts County MF Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's...

By Steve Goff  | September 22, 2010; 1:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, TV  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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NCAA men's and women's soccer rankings

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America men's rankings: 1. Akron (all 23 first-place votes) 5-0-0; 2. Tulsa 5-0-0; 3. North Carolina 3-1-0; 4. Monmouth 6-0-0; 5. Maryland 3-1-1; 6. Connecticut 5-0-1; 7. Virginia 3-1-1; 8. Louisville 4-0-1; 9. SMU 7-0-0; 10. Boston College 3-0-2; 11. Duke 2-1-2; 12. St....

By Steve Goff  | September 21, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Americans abroad, TV listings (Tuesday edition)

*Americans abroad: GK Tim Howard and Everton at Brentford (Carling Cup) GK Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves vs. Notts County (Carling Cup) MF Clint Dempsey, F Eddie Johnson, Fulham at Stoke (Carling Cup) MF Stuart Holden and Bolton at Burnley (Carling Cup) D Jonathan Spector and West Ham at Sunderland (Carling...

By Steve Goff  | September 21, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Is D.C. United eyeing Roque Santa Cruz?

D.C. United has many needs, but the position probably requiring the most attention this offseason is striker. Although numerous names are sure to surface in the coming months, an Insider contact says one particularly prominent player has already appeared on United's radar: Roque Santa Cruz, the three-time Paraguayan World Cup...

By Steve Goff  | September 20, 2010; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Thierry Henry fined, not suspended for incident

New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry has been fined $2,000 by MLS for his involvement in an incident last Thursday that is likely to sideline FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman for several weeks. The league's disciplinary committee determined that Henry's action was "unsporting," but declined to suspend him. After...

By Steve Goff  | September 20, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Monday kickaround: Jay DeMerit, Lionel Messi, Marcelo Gallardo, WPS playoffs

Before I head down to the University of Virginia on special assignment, you should know that ..... *The Vancouver Whitecaps, who will join MLS next season, are pursuing U.S. World Cup defender Jay DeMerit. Wolfsburg and some English clubs are also interested in the free agent. *Barcelona's Lionel Messi will...

By Steve Goff  | September 20, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Argentina, Barcelona, MLS  | Tags:  Lionel Messi, MLS, WPS  
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Video: Messi injures ankle in Barcelona victory

Barcelona handed Atletico Madrid its second defeat in four days, 2-1, but Lionel Messi, who scored early for Barca, was taken down during added time and left with ligament damage in his right ankle:...

By Steve Goff  | September 20, 2010; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Barcelona, Spain  | Tags:  Lionel Messi  
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American soccer players abroad: 3 goals

The U.S. World Cup squad is well represented with goals by Clint Dempsey (England), Benny Feilhaber (Denmark) and Clarence Goodson (Norway). How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 loss to Newcastle Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 3-1 loss at Spurs Brad...

By Steve Goff  | September 19, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Landon Donovan scores two late goals as Los Angeles Galaxy defeats D.C. United, 2-1

Landon Donovan scored in the 81st and 86th minutes, rallying the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over D.C. United at Home Depot Center. In a meeting between MLS's top club and a D.C. team heading toward its worst season in history, United (5-17-3) went ahead in the 60th...

By Steve Goff  | September 19, 2010; 12:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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