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Soccer Insider: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

D.C. United defeats Colorado Rapids, 1-0

Danny Allsopp scored late in the first half as D.C. United defeated Colorado, 1-0, ending the Rapids' 10-game home unbeaten streak and giving United its first victory in Denver since 2000. Allsopp converted deep in the box after Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens blocked Andy Najar's low effort at the near...

By Steve Goff  | October 2, 2010; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Video: Pirlo's goal for AC Milan at Parma

Andrea Pirlo scores from distance in AC Milan's 1-0 victory over Parma:...

By Steve Goff  | October 2, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Italy  | Tags:  AC Milan  
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Saturday kickaround: Dempsey scores, MLS referee review, D.C. United at Colorado, USA women vs. China, Palace loss, NCAA roundup

*American Clint Dempsey scored in the 33rd minute of Fulham's 1-1 draw at West Ham. The opposing goalkeeper: Robert Green, whose blunder on Dempsey's shot from distance at the World Cup allowed the Americans to gain a point against England. American Eddie Johnson started and went 77 minutes for Fulham....

By Steve Goff  | October 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, USA 2nd division, USSF, Women  | Tags:  Clint Dempsey, D.C. United  
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The present and future for D.C. United's Andy Najar, and MLS's rookie of the year race

Andy Najar, who at age 17 has been D.C. United's best player this year, might be headed for Europe this offseason for two to three weeks of informal training with a big club. My story about Najar's sensational debut season and what the future holds, including the U.S.-Honduras dilemma, will...

By Steve Goff  | October 1, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Friday kickaround: Americans abroad, Crystal Palace Baltimore problems, Real Maryland arrest, Maryland women win, Terps and Cavs men at home

*Americans abroad: Thursday F Jozy Altidore 86 minutes in Villarreal's 2-1 win over Club Brugge F Freddy Adu not in the 18 for Aris' 2-1 loss at Rosenborg MF Sacha Kljestan in 18, didn't play in Anderlecht's 1-0 loss at Hadjuk Split Friday D Steve Cherundolo, MF DaMarcus Beasley for...

By Steve Goff  | October 1, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, USA 2nd division, USL  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Soccer brainstorming: raindrops, dropping names

With the heavens dumping not just inches but feet of rain along the Eastern Seaboard this week, we honor soccer's hydro-powered players, clubs and nicknames: Liverpool, Blackpool, Paul Mariner, Ghana's Kevin-Prince Boateng, Germany's Jerome Boateng, Hull City, Columbus Crew, Crewe Alexandra, Harrisburg City Islanders, Puerto Rico Islanders, Ocean City Nor'easters,...

By Steve Goff  | October 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  History  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: MLS, Mexico, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga

What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Hanover-St. Pauli 2:30 p.m. ET, GolTV NCAA men, Maryland-Duke 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel Mexico, Tecos-Jaguares 9 p.m. Galavision NCAA women, South Carolina-Mississippi 11 p.m. FSC SATURDAY Germany, Hamburg-Kaiserslautern 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Sunderland-Manchester United 10 a.m. ESPN2 England, Spurs-Aston Villa 10...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  TV  
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Bob Bradley names 20-man roster for U.S. national team friendlies against Poland and Colombia

The U.S. roster for the Oct. 9 match against Poland at Chicago's Soldier Field and the Oct. 12 meeting with Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.: GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton). DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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D.C. United news & notes: Andy Najar, Rodney Wallace, Barry Rice, assistant coaches, trialists, no TV for Colorado match

I had a nice chat with D.C. United star-in-the-making Andy Najar today at RFK Stadium and will put together a story for Saturday's print editions (available Friday) about his breakout season, offseason plans and future endeavors. For now, you should know that..... *Defender-midfielder Rodney Wallace, out since early June with...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United's Ben Olsen fined by MLS for comments made to match officials after ejection

D.C. United interim coach Ben Olsen was fined $750 by MLS for comments that he made to match officials in the aftermath of a sideline commotion in the closing moments of last Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. UPDATE: The fine is in addition to the...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Thursday kickaround: MLS roundup, Americans abroad, college soccer, TV listings

*Add Omar Cummings to the list of candidates for MLS most valuable player. The smooth Jamaican attacker scored twice in the first 15 minutes, increasing his season total to 12, as the Colorado Rapids moved closer to a playoff berth with a 4-1 romp over the Philadelphia Union. The Rapids,...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, MLS, TV  | Tags:  MLS  
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Ohio State draws with No. 1-ranked Akron, 2-2

Akron, the top-ranked men's team in Division I college soccer, yielded an equalizer with a few seconds remaining in regulation and settled for a 2-2 draw with No. 19 Ohio State in front of more than 7,000 in Columbus. "In some ways, when you haven't tasted anything but wins, when...

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Washington Freedom seeking investors

John and Maureen Hendricks have financed the Washington Freedom for a decade and helped provide a platform for women's pro soccer in the United States. But the Hendricks, who founded Discovery Communications, are now seeking to sell a portion of the club or find new partners ahead of the 2011...

By Steve Goff  | September 29, 2010; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  | Tags:  Washington Freedom  
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Wednesday kickaround: Americans abroad, Bedoya goal video, Real Salt Lake advances, D.C. United call-ups, NCAA upset, TV listings

*Americans abroad: Tuesday D Oguchi Onyewu not in the 18 for AC Milan's 1-1 tie at Ajax MF Alejandro Bedoya 70 (goal; red card) in Orebro's 1-0 win over Kalmar D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 4-0 win over Hartlepool F Conor Doyle in 18, didn't play in Derby's 3-1...

By Steve Goff  | September 29, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Sweden, TV  | Tags:  Americans abroad, MLS  
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NCAA men's and women's soccer rankings

From the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Akron remains the unanimous choice in the men's poll while Stanford moves into the women's top slot. Akron faces Ohio State on Wednesday night in Columbus. MEN 1. Akron (all 23 first-place votes) 6-0-0; 2. North Carolina 5-1-0; 3. Connecticut 6-0-1; 4....

By Steve Goff  | September 28, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Jim Gabarra resigns as the Washington Freedom's head coach after 10 years with women's club

Jim Gabarra has resigned as head coach of the Washington Freedom after 10 years spanning three leagues, the WPS club announced Tuesday. The departure was not unexpected; Gabarra nearly lost his job in August amid internal turmoil and a 10-game winless streak. Washington (8-10-7) rebounded to earn the final playoff...

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 28, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  | Tags:  Washington Freedom  
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Americans abroad, TV listings (Tuesday edition)

*Americans abroad: Monday F Jozy Altidore in the 18, didn't play in Villarreal's 3-2 win over Malaga Ds Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman 90 minutes apiece in Start's 0-0 tie with Honefoss Tuesday D Oguchi Onyewu not in the 18 for AC Milan at Ajax MF Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro...

By Steve Goff  | September 28, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, TV  | Tags:  Americans abroad, UEFA Champions League  
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D.C. United's coaching search and options

With the MLS season melting away and D.C. United headed for historic lows, the club will soon turn its full attention to the head coaching position. Ben Olsen took one for the team, so to speak, by agreeing to becoming the interim boss during his first year as an assistant...

By Steve Goff  | September 27, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Monday kickaround: D.C. United, U of Virginia, USSF-Klinsmann, Gold Pride wins WPS

Before I depart on another special reporting assignment, this one in Ohio, you should know that: *Jeff Maurer, The Post's Box Seats blogger on D.C. United, reviews the latest catastrophe at RFK Stadium. *Stat of the day: By setting up Andy Najar's goal Saturday, Santino Quaranta moved into a tie...

By Steve Goff  | September 27, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, U.S. men's national team, USSF, Women  | Tags:  D.C. United, USSF, WPS  
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American soccer players abroad: 3 goals again

It's been a big scoring week for the U.S. contingent: three goals last weekend, three goals by Benny Feilhaber mid-week, and three more goals this weekend (Feilhaber, Michael Bradley and Herculez Gomez). How select Americans playing abroad fared: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 0-0 tie at Fulham Marcus...

By Steve Goff  | September 26, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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