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Thursday kickaround: MLS, D.C. United, CONCACAF, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The possibility of MLS's Western Conference seizing all four wild-card playoff berths improved again Wednesday night when the San Jose Earthquakes collected three more points with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union. The best hopes to crack the Western domination? A surge by the Kansas City Wizards or Chicago Fire, each of whom has played one or two fewer matches than the rest of the clubs. Check the playoff race here.

Tonight, FC Dallas puts its 14-game unbeaten streak on the line at home against the New York Red Bulls (9 p.m., ET, Direct Kick). New York's acquisition of veteran defender Carey Talley from D.C. United just before the roster deadline is now official: United will receive a conditional second-round pick in the 2011 draft. What are those conditions? I'll try to find out.

*Despite a front-office and coaching shakeup, Toronto FC's misery continued with a 4-1 defeat at Real Salt Lake in a CONCACAF Champions League match.

*Americans abroad:
D Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 2-0 win over Auxerre
MF Benny Feilhaber 90 in Aarhus' 2-1 win over Kolding
Thursday (Europa League)
F Jozy Altidore and Villarreal at Dinamo Zagreb
MF Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht vs. Zenit St. Petersburg
F Freddy Adu and Aris vs. Atletico Madrid

For the long list of TV options.....

*Soccer on TV:
Europa League, Juventus-Lech Poznan 1 p.m. ET, GolTV
Europa League, Sevilla-PSG 3 p.m. GolTV
Copa Sudamericana, Newell's Old Boys-Estudiantes 6 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol

CONCACAF Champions League, Olimpia-FAS 8 p.m. Galavision

*Europa League on DirecTV:
1 p.m.
Aris-Atletico Madrid, Channel 481
Salzburg-Manchester City 482
Dinamo Zagreb-Villarreal 483
Lille-Sporting Lisbon 484
Lausanne-CSKA Moscow 485
Bayer Leverkusen-Rosenborg 486
Sparta Prague-Palermo 487
AZ Alkmaar-Sheriff 488
3 p.m.
Liverpool-Steaua Bucharest, Channel 481
PSV Eindhoven-Sampdoria 482
Karpaty-Borussia Dortmund 483
Anderlecht-Zenit St. Petersburg 484
Porto-Rapid Vienna 485
Napoli-Utrecht 486
Getafe-Odense 487
Stuttgart-Young Boys 488

By Steve Goff  |  September 16, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , MLS , TV  | Tags: MLS  
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Yep. 3-0 loss for my Puerto Rico Islanders at Toluca last night. Exactly the scoreline line that I anticipaed and predicated. With 6 games in about 18 days and going to play in Mexico, no shock with the result.

I'll be curious to see if they can bounce back against Portland in Bayamon this Saturday.

The next CCL match with FAS is crucial. They need to come back with 3 points. It will be a tought assignement for a tired club but that is going to be a huge match for PRI--they need the three after only getting a tie against Olimpia in Bayamon.

Posted by: yankiboy | September 16, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I believe Onyewu was not included on AC Milan's Group Stage Champions' League roster so don't expect him anytime soon in that competition.

He could appear for AC Milan in a Serie A game or other competition or if AC Milan makes it to the next phase of Champions League.

My source is "something I think I remember reading on BigSoccer" so it may or may not be more reliable than what people hear from Glenn Beck.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 16, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

3rd Degree reports that MLS is going to expand rosters. 28 + 2 homegrowns. This is being tied to the schedule expansion with 2 new teams, and the plan to reinstall a reserve league. I have two questions about this:

Doesn't DC United play enough games as it is? Given that half the team will go down with hamstring/quad/calf/groin/abdominal injuries, this will mean the few standing players have to play MLS games, reserve games and Open Cup.

I'm also curious about whether the roster expansion will be accompanied by any additional change to the salary cap beyond what was already agreed to? It's not as if this expansion is a surprise. Some of us already pointed out the disingenuousness of MLS' hyped labor negotiating roster salary increase proposal, since almost all of the increase was going to the new teams.

The final deal did have more money, with real team by team cap increases, but they weren't huge -- about 5% a year, I believe, which would be about $120-125k this year. That would be 4 players per team at the minimum MLS salary, leaving no money for salary increases or significant signings. Coincidence that MLS is now planning to add 4 roster slots?

Posted by: fischy | September 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck thinks soccer is a liberal plot. Anyone who thinks that should look at the shabby treatment DCU got from DC's Democratic leaders.....

Posted by: fischy | September 16, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

#0 isn't on Aris' Europa roster. I'm not even sure if he gets tickets for the match.

Posted by: Reignking | September 16, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

fisch, DCU doesn't play that many games...because they can't qualify for those tournaments anymore. Not even the Super!liga.

Posted by: Reignking | September 16, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

we all pick on the FO for the lousy moves they make, but if they somehow managed to snake a 2nd rounder from RBNY for Old Man Talley, then they deserve a shred credit.

Posted by: VTUnited | September 16, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

has anyone calculated the mathematical odds for who's in/who's out of the playoffs? Is the only spot still in play that final spot (now occupied by Seattle), or are there more toss ups?

Posted by: nairbsod | September 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What is the consensus on the question of the impact on DCU's stadium chances with Gray as mayor. I know that it could not have gotten any worse as under Fenty there would be no stadium in DC unless Will paid for everything, but does Gray's election change the game any?

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 16, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I've been saying it ever since it was clear that Fenty was going to go down in flames...Gray's victory assures that a SSS in DC proper is DEAD. It may already have been deceased under the prior regime, but now the doctors can officially call it.

I despise DK as much as anyone possibly can, but I will admit he had a good day yesterday.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | September 16, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: nairbsod | September 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Jozy and Ruben set to start today.

Posted by: Reignking | September 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Almost forgot to put together a fantasy Europa squad...

Posted by: Reignking | September 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck thinks soccer is a liberal plot. Anyone who thinks that should look at the shabby treatment DCU got from DC's Democratic leaders.....

Posted by: fischy | September 16, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse


Glenn Beck, Mayor Fenty, Tony Kornheiser, Jim Rome, and Steve Czaban all dislike soccer because it is something different. Why would any soccer fan give a damn what any of those knuckleheads think.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | September 16, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The best hopes to crack the Western domination?

Why would we "hope" for that? Misery loves company!

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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