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Tuesday kickaround: FIFA tour, Jay DeMerit, D.C. United, Washington Freedom, college soccer

*FIFA is here! FIFA is here! The World Cup bid inspection group arrived in New York on Monday and will tour Red Bull Arena and the New Meadowlands Stadium today before heading to the Washington area, where it will visit George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (potential training site) followed by a formal dinner downtown and stops at the White House, Washington Monument and FedEx Field on Wednesday. I will have the full story about the FIFA visit and Washington's role in the bid for the 2018/22 World Cup in Wednesday's print editions (available online tonight).

*Is U.S. World Cup defender Jay DeMerit, a free agent after leaving Watford, headed to Wolfsburg?

*Awaiting word this week on D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, who has been bothered by a hamstring injury all year and seems unlikely to play again this season. Surgery is a possibility, he said. Club officials have been very quiet about the situation and, on Saturday, Pontius was reluctant to discuss specifics. Meantime, forward Adam Cristman will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair meniscus damage in his left knee and defender Marc Burch has had another operation on his right foot, sidelining him for months.

*Following a loss at Chicago on Sunday, the Washington Freedom will need to defeat the last-place Atlanta Beat in its season finale on Saturday night at Maryland SoccerPlex to clinch the fourth playoff berth in Women's Professional Soccer. A draw or loss, combined with a Sky Blue victory over visiting Boston, would eliminate the Freedom.

*Big scorelines for local men's college teams: No. 6 Maryland bounced back from its wild loss in the opener to rout Northeastern, 5-0; reigning NCAA champion Virginia won its second straight and increased its unbeaten streak to 18 by crushing No. 17 St. John's, 5-0; and Georgetown improved to 2-0 by defeating No. 24 Michigan State, 4-0.

*In Soccer America's new women's rankings, Virginia (4-0-1) is at No. 6, Maryland (5-0) is No. 8 and Georgetown (5-0) at No. 25.

By Steve Goff  |  September 7, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Bundesliga , College Soccer , D.C. United , FIFA , MLS , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: D.C. United, Jay DeMerit, World Cup bid  
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Marc Burch has a right foot?

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

why visits to the WH/Washington Monument? the South Lawn and Mall could also make nice training sites for some WC teams.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 7, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I knew in my dream I saw DeMerit in a jersey with a VW logo. I guess I must dream in black & white . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | September 7, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I think Steve reported earlier that the monument is a potential site for fan activities.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 7, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting college scores. Nice area round up run on PSW http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/700/12738

Posted by: sammy41 | September 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Convenient day for having a strike, when your national team is playing...

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Since the UK is using Paul the Octopus for their WC bid, can we use the raccoon for ours?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | September 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Agustin Viana from Gallipoli to Bella Vista (Uruguay 1st)

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I just signed the online petition to bring the World Cup to the US. Here is the message and link they want me to send to everyone, so I'm posting it here. I figure it couldn't hurt if a bunch of Insiders were to sign too:

"You need to check out this site I just found. It's devoted to bringing the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States. I just signed their petition and you should too! Here's the address:

http://www.gousabid.com/petition

Look, we've heard it before -- Americans don't care about the game of soccer, other countries have better players, better fans and are more deserving of the games.

Well, this is our chance to prove the doubters and the world wrong, once again. This is our opportunity to show the world we have a deep passion for the game.

Be part of the grassroots movement to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States."

Posted by: WorldCup | September 7, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Yura scored.

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh. Uh, FIFA, will you hold my wallet for me while I take the test, please? There's a thousand dollars in there... or maybe there isn't. Know what I mean?

Posted by: IamAM | September 7, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Boskovic went 65 in a 1-0 win.

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Faroe Islands' keeper is Gunnar Nielsen...

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Marc Burch has a right foot?

Posted by: Reignking
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Giggle.

As for Demerit, is our defense really so awesome that we didn't approach him? Granted Wolfsburg seems a good option, but what were we doing?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

DeMerit would be subject to that dispersal draft...

Posted by: Reignking | September 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

6 points for Montenegro! But England and Switzerland loom next month. Portugal, Scotland (in progress), and maybe Czech crashing. Russia falls to Slovakia again.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Went snorkling about 10 days ago at Goff's Caye (pronounced "key") off Belize.
Here's the link:
http://www.belizeonline.com/country/districts/offshore-cayes-and-atolls/goffs-caye

Did not find a stadium or any new DP's or FO personnel...but unlike United this season I was able to keep my head above water.

Posted by: soccerman | September 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Faroe Islands' keeper is Gunnar Nielsen...
Posted by: Reignking
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He can't live without your love and affection.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 7, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Injury to Bill Hamid ending his season? Will Perkins be the new number 1? Is Andrew Quinn recovered enough from injury to move up to number 2? Will DC dip into the MLS keeper pool at this point?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 7, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Clint Baumstark! Jorge Geddes! Where's Mike McGinty when you need him??!!

Posted by: mightymax | September 7, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Caleb Porter's #1 ranked University of Akron team had a nice opening weekend defeating #4 UNC Chapel Hill 3-0 & #3 Wake Forest 2-0 on the road in the UNC tournament. Is the DCU FO staying touch....

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Caleb Porter's #1 ranked University of Akron team had a nice opening weekend defeating #4 UNC Chapel Hill 3-0 & #3 Wake Forest 2-0 on the road in the UNC Tournament. Is the DCU FO staying in touch....

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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