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Wednesday kickaround: FIFA rankings, Americans abroad, D.C. United 'prospect', Togo 'fake' squad, CONCACAF Champions League

*In the new FIFA rankings, the USA and Mexico are unchanged at No. 18 and 28 respectively. The top five: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Argentina.

*Americans abroad:
MF Maurice Edu 90 minutes in Rangers' 0-0 draw at Manchester United
MF Jermaine Jones 70 in Schalke's 1-0 loss at Lyon

*A 15-year-old in Michigan who spent time with D.C. United's under-17 academy squad at the SUM Cup this summer claims that he was offered a three-year, six-figure annual contract by the club. DCU was apparently not contacted for the story. General Manager Dave Kasper tells the Insider: "Not true -- he was a guest player with our 17s at the SUM Cup and that's it."

*The Togo squad that lost a friendly at Bahrain last week was a "fake."

*The Columbus Crew moved to six points after three matches in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Joe Public, while the Seattle Sounders dropped their third straight in a 2-0 defeat at Saprissa.

Saprissa-Seattle video:

By Steve Goff  |  September 15, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , CONCACAF Champions League , D.C. United , FIFA  | Tags: CONCACAF, D.C. United, FIFA  
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Is that an sports page article or a press release about Mahamoudou Kaba? For the author David Goricki or an editor for The Detroit News not to fact check the three year deal with DC United claim is just poor journalism.

Sure hope the kid was telling the truth, though. Maybe the denial by Kaspar will blow up in his face and cause him to step down amidst the shame of lying to the press.



Posted by: jayrockers | September 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Post offered me six figures not to post any puns on Soccer Insider, but I turned them down.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 15, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow - obvious foul on the GK during the PK.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 15, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the status of Fred's relative and the other players we saw during the Portsmouth friendly?

Posted by: edmundburke247 | September 15, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how that big blue Portsmouth thing with the clown shoes is doing?

Posted by: DCB23 | September 15, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

That team for the Portsmouth friendly was a fake DCU squad.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

That team for the Portsmouth friendly was a fake DCU squad.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2010 10:30 AM


I wish we could use that excuse for the entire season.

Posted by: Kenobi | September 15, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The Bahrainians should have known something was up when the guy claiming to be Emmanuel Adebayor was 5'7", chain smoking and saying how happy he was to be representing "French Togoland".

Mr. Burns: It was I, you fools! The man you trusted wasn't Wavy Gravy at all! [tosses a guitar away] And all this time, I've been smoking harmless tobacco.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 15, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

for those that haven't read it, great piece in the WSJ about the Red Bulls (yeah, yeah, I know....) and the huge investment made by the energy drink:

Posted by: nairbsod | September 15, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Looks like an exciting game between Saprissa and Sounders. Too bad the MLS team lost. A bit unfortunate on the red card and blocked penalty.

Posted by: WorldCup | September 15, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

That team for the Portsmouth friendly was a fake DCU squad.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 15, 2010 10:30 AM


I wish we could use that excuse for the entire season.

Posted by: Kenobi | September 15, 2010 10:40 AM

Heck, I wish we could use that TEAM for an entire season. They won and kept a clean sheet.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | September 15, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Between the Australian who had his house sold while he was on vacation by Nigerian identity thieves and the Bahranians taken in by a fake FIFA agent selling a "national team friendly", this has been a bangup week for African scam artists.

Posted by: glfrazier | September 15, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Great article on the Red Bulls. Really illustrates the relationships between back office, the stadium, the performance on the pitch and fan participation. When things go right, a lot of things go right (Red Bulls), and when things go wrong, they go wrong all over (DCU).

Posted by: glfrazier | September 15, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Major capital resources.

Global soccer connections.

Political savvy.

They got 'em.

We don't.


Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 15, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Varela,

Felíz Cumpleaños a Tí. Felíz Cumpleaños a Tí, y Bíenvenidos a DC.

Posted by: fischy | September 15, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

No where in the article does it say he was offered six figures.

"DC United offered me a three-year pro contract after I played with them in the MLS Youth Cup, practicing with the team this year, then playing for them next year. I turned it down. I want to finish high school."

Posted by: owendylan | September 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Team Togo is a great big phony!

Posted by: PeteO1 | September 15, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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