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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 for the Supporters' Shield and conference leads are heating up. The Galaxy's loss provided an opening for Real Salt Lake to draw even tonight at home against the Colorado Rapids. Meantime, with the Red Bulls level with Columbus, the Crew will need to defeat New England to restore its three-point lead in the East. Read this insightful story into the Schelotto-Warzycha dynamic.

On the far end of the spectrum, United (18 points) can make strides toward avoiding last place overall by defeating the Dynamo (23 points). Since late May-early June, the historically successful clubs have combined for a 3-19-6 record.

*Colleges: The showdown between the top two ranked teams turned out to be a rout. No. 1 Akron tied an NCAA record for consecutive shutouts (11) in a 4-0 stroll over Tulsa before a record crowd on the Ohio campus. Three of the Zips' six victories have come against top-five teams by a combined 9-0 score. ... Third-ranked North Carolina defeated No. 5 Maryland, 2-1. ... Seventh-ranked Virginia (4-1-1) visits Clemson (1-3-1) tonight.

By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 9:07 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Comments

How long until that coach at Akron gets an MLS offer? He seems to be doing something right there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 25, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@Jacob -- Ummm....perhaps you missed the entire offseason last year? Caleb Porter was avidly pursued by DC United to be its coach. Porter used United's courtship to leverage a lucrative new deal out of the college (United only turned to Onalfo, when Porter turned them down).

He sure is doing something right. Maybe with a few championships under his belt, he'll give the pro game another look...I think he has a 5-year deal? I'm a reasonably patient guy, and United will probably be looking for another coach around then,,,,,

Posted by: fischy | September 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@Jacob -- Ummm....perhaps you missed the entire offseason last year? Caleb Porter was avidly pursued by DC United to be its coach. Porter used United's courtship to leverage a lucrative new deal out of the college (United only turned to Onalfo, when Porter turned them down).

He sure is doing something right. Maybe with a few championships under his belt, he'll give the pro game another look...I think he has a 5-year deal? I'm a reasonably patient guy, and United will probably be looking for another coach around then,,,,,

Posted by: fischy | September 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@Goff -- Nice piece on Branko. It's interesting to read that he played centrally in Vienna, since some have suggested he's out of position here. Perhaps we need to hear where he feels more comfortable or productive.

ALong the same lines, I wonder is DCU might finally decide to tinker with their formation -- and I don't mean the disastrous 3-man backline Soehn felt forced to employ. Maybe United should consider the suddenly in vogue 4-2-3-1.

The team will have a lot of players who struggle to produce up top, but can be pretty dangerous in the midfield: Hernandez, Najar, Pontius, Quaranta, and Boskovic...plus a possible signing. Hernandez could work as the CAM , with Najar and Pontius or Boskovic. If they find another D-mid to go with Simms, and a potent target man, I think they'd have a good lienup

Posted by: fischy | September 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Having some fun there, Fischy. I remember all that, and that I thought he'd be a great hire after seeing a few of their games on tv.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@Jacob -- I was wondering if you might be having us on....

Seriously, though -- He'll probably get the idea soon enough that he could be a USMNT coach. To get there, he'd have to do some time as a pro coach. I'd be surprised if MLS doesn't come calling when his deal runs out.

Posted by: fischy | September 25, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Porter doesn't have to go to pro ranks or MLS neccesarilly.

I would think USSF would eye him for a U-20 coach. Porter has an eye for talent and motivating them. It is around the age range he is kicking -ss with right now.

Wouldn't mind seeing him take the reins of the U-23's come that time (it's a Spring/summer thing right?)

Posted by: MrCerniglia | September 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Taking nothing away from Akron, who are an excellent side, but Tulsa were TERRIBLE. They are the eqivalent of a bottom quarter ACC team.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 25, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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