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Saturday kickaround: D.C. United, MLS referees, Uruguayan defender, Terps lose, Cavs win

*Eight weekends remain in D.C. United's lost season. Tonight: The Eastern front-runner Columbus Crew visits RFK Stadium for the second time in four days (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

*The mood around RFK: gloomy. The weather outlook: heavenly. The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time conditions.

*According to the USSF officiating supervisors, referee Hilario Grajeda got it wrong and right on two challenges during last weekend's MLS match between the New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union. Grajeda will work the United-Crew match today.

*No progress in Uruguayan left back Augustin Viana's possible move to MLS, his agent tells the Insider. Perhaps next season. Viana, 26, who was born in Illinois, most recently played in Italy's Serie B.

*College soccer madness: Three goals were scored in 28 seconds in the closing stages of regulation during sixth-ranked Maryland's 4-3 overtime loss at home to No. 24 Michigan State in front of 4,451 spectators. Trailing 2-1, the Terrapins scored at 88:38 and 88:57 to take the lead. Just nine seconds later, the Spartans tied it. (In NCAA soccer, the scoreboard clock is official and stops after a goal.) In sudden-death extra time, Domenic Barone headed in the winner.

*In Charlottesville, after raising the 2009 championship banner, second-ranked Virginia needed to come from behind in the second half to defeat Alabama-Birmingham, 2-1. Meantime, top-ranked Akron, which lost to the Cavaliers on penalties in last year's national final, went on the road to rout No. 4 North Carolina, 3-0.

*The D.C. College Cup concludes today with Howard facing George Washington at noon and American (1-0) playing George Mason (1-0) at 3 p.m. at AU's Reeves Field.

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , MLS , USSF  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Alright, after that heartbreaker I'm declaring a stop to Maryland playing Michigan State in anything for at least a few years.

Posted by: Colm1 | September 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The MD game was insane. The goal to tie it was a thing of beauty. Off a bouncing cross one Terp left it for another who scissor kicked it into the corner. MSU gave the ball away off the kickoff then committed a cheap stupid foul and MD scored off a nice header to take the lead. Bedlam ensues. MSU didn't give the ball away off the next kickoff. The two players who put the ball in play and a third literally used 5 or 6 touches to go right down the middle and score. Bedlam extinguished. A gut-wrenching way to lose, but better now than at the end of the season like the basketball team, which was in attendance.

Posted by: CYork1 | September 4, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Spartans thrust their mighty sword into
the underbelly of The Turtle for a BIG TEN

Posted by: Lehoi | September 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse


Who was the mystery team that wanted Viana?

Posted by: jason1551 | September 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhh . . . Vamos United? Anybody? Anybody at all?

OK, then, I'll do it: Vamos United!

Posted by: dccal | September 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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