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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 World Cup. To relive his call of Landon Donovan's goal against Algeria this summer, click here. His debut in the new role will be Saturday morning with the Chelsea-Manchester City match (7:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2).

*The Post's cheeky fan blogger offers drinking games while watching D.C. United.

*The intriguing MLS showdown between the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls is tonight at Home Depot Center (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2), but with a late kickoff on the East Coast on the night of the week when every TV in our great nation is off, the match will proceed largely unnoticed. Ratings winner: MLS or the "MacGruber" movie on Cinemax?

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*As we told you two weeks ago, WPS has approved western New York as a 2011 expansion team, increasing the number of clubs to eight (assuming all others return next year). The league made it official today. The club, which has been competing in the second-tier W-League as the Buffalo Flash, will use stadiums in Rochester (home of the Rhinos) and at Niagara University outside of Buffalo. Its marquee roster target might be Washington Freedom and U.S. national team striker Abby Wambach, who is from the Rochester area. She is a free agent.

The other day, when I asked Wambach about next season and the possibility of moving to the expansion club, she said: "I'm not thinking about that yet. It's too early to tell. Moving forward right now, my focus is to recover and get into national team camp and prepare for World Cup qualification [next month]. It's an exciting time and it's been a long season."

*The fifth-ranked University of Maryland men's team, riding a five-game unbeaten streak since a season-opening defeat, will visit No. 3 North Carolina tonight. Details here about following the match live online.

By Steve Goff  | September 24, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS, TV, Women  | Tags:  ESPN  
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Comments

Great news about Ian Darke. I really enjoyed listening to him this summer.

Posted by: tcbannon | September 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Abby, please don't go!

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | September 24, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for including that clip, Steve. Watching it reminded me of the quality of Timmy's throw.

I could have made the same throw, but my right arm would have ended up at the top of the penalty box.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 24, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

SOOOOOO Happy about Ian Darke being America's now. Take that, Redcoats!!

And even though I'm averaging about three hours of sleep on a very rough week, I'll be retiring soon to nap to make sure I'm up for that NY-LA game, and will make every attempt to be up for the EPL one in the morning.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 24, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I think I've re-watched that US win (well, the last 20 minutes of it) about ten times already on espn3. And although pickens are slim for DCU, I like to re-watch the highlights from that DCU-Seattle match..just up until we almost blow the win. Then I turn it off.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say there's Slim Pickens?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ynY5NvYsZY

Posted by: fischy | September 24, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Carey Talley has wasted no time getting back in the thick of things. Did anyone expect to see him at the opening whistle?

Posted by: universityandpark | September 24, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Carey Talley has wasted no time getting a hamstring injury.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 24, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Carey Talley leading New York to a 1-0 halftime lead. On the opening play of the game he had a ridiculous header out for a LA corner kick while he was under no pressure. Then he hurt his hamstring while slide tackling an opponent.

He was replaced by Mike Petke.

If Petke pulls a hammy I think he'll be replaced by Eddie Pope.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 25, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

:-)

Harkes mentioned that Talley started in place of Albright. So add him to the list of ex-DC players at right back for NYRB.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 25, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The Freedom should do whatever it has to do to keep Wambach!

Posted by: ksowa | September 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Just took me back to the Donovan goal...tear- jerker...how did we not beat Ghana!!

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | September 26, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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