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Soccer Insider: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Matchnight: United States vs. Poland friendly

USA vs. Poland Soldier Field in Chicago Coverage: 8 p.m. ET. TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision. USA LINEUP: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Edu, Bocanegra; Jones, Bradley, Holden, Dempsey, Feilhaber; Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Lichaj, Goodson, Parkhurst, Spector, Bedoya, Johnson. (Six substitutions are allowed.) Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are welcome....

By Steve Goff  | October 9, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Matchnight: D.C. United vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Greetings from RFK Stadium, where D.C. United will play its third-to-last match of 2010 and captain Jaime Moreno is expected to feature in the lineup in his penultimate appearance at home in the red-and-black uniform. After tonight, all that remains of this long, troubling season is a trip to Chicago...

By Steve Goff  | October 9, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Charlie Davies says he wasn't the driver of the vehicle clocked at 125 mph in France

The Charlie Davies saga took another weird turn today when the American forward, who is coming back from severe injuries suffered in an auto accident last year, claimed that he was not driving the vehicle that was clocked at 125 mph last week in France. Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty was...

By Steve Goff  | October 9, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  France, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies  
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Saturday kickaround: USA-Poland, Americans abroad, D.C. United-San Jose, Maryland routs Virginia Tech, Serbia-Estonia video

*USA vs. Poland tonight in Chicago (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision). I had planned to attend but, for various reasons, decided to skip it and save the travel money for future pursuits. I'll be in Philadelphia on Tuesday for the next friendly. The U.S.'s opponent at PPL...

By Steve Goff  | October 9, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, European Championship, MLS, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national soccer team  
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Almost a year since serious accident, Charlie Davies reportedly caught driving 125 mph in France

If you've been following the Insider's Twitter feed the past hour, you would know that reports in France say that Charlie Davies, the promising U.S. national team forward who was severely injured in an auto accident outside Washington almost exactly a year ago, was stopped by police for driving 201...

By Steve Goff  | October 8, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  France, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies  
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For former MLS player Devin Barclay, it's a whole new ballgame kicking for Ohio State football team

For about two years, I had been meaning to break from my D.C. United and U.S. reporting schedule to tell the story of Devin Barclay, the MLS player turned college football place kicker. Between the daily/weekly demands of MLS and the approach of the World Cup, the timing never seemed...

By Steve Goff  | October 8, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS, college football  
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D.C. United news & notes: Moreno starting?

Two weeks from Saturday, MLS legend Jaime Moreno will make his final appearance for D.C. United. His lack of playing time the last three months, however, might have made it seem to some supporters as though he had already left. But with United heading into the final three matches of...

By Steve Goff  | October 8, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Friday kickaround: Galaxy win on Buddle goal, Gabarra to Sky Blue, Maryland Terrapins triumph, Jon Stewart opens 'Daily Show' with Evo Morales

*MLS: With a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union in front of the largest crowd in PPL Park's first season Thursday, the Los Angeles Galaxy moved a step closer to the Supporters' Shield and Edson Buddle toward the Golden Boot with his 16th goal. Buddle is in the MVP race,...

By Steve Goff  | October 8, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS, Women  | Tags:  Jon Stewart, MLS  
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Video: Brazil defeats Iran, 3-0, in friendly

Dani Alves' perfect free kick and finishes by Alexandre Pato and Nilmar in Brazil's 3-0 victory over Iran at Abu Dhabi:...

By Steve Goff  | October 7, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Brazil  | Tags:  Brazil  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: MLS, Mexico, European Championship qualifiers, friendlies, Brazil, Colombia, NCAA

We'll include tonight's match as well. Many leagues are off this weekend to accommodate FIFA international fixtures over the next six days. What are you going to watch? (All times are Eastern) THURSDAY MLS, Philadelphia-Los Angeles 8 p.m. ESPN, ESPN Deportes FRIDAY Friendly, Iran-Brazil noon (taped) ESPN Deportes Friendly, Japan-Argentina...

By Steve Goff  | October 7, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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U.S. national soccer team ticket update for friendlies against Poland at Soldier Field and Colombia at PPL Park

More than 22,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. men's national team friendly against Poland on Saturday at Chicago's Soldier Field but only 6,000-plus for Tuesday's match against Colombia at PPL Park outside Philadelphia, the Insider has learned. A good walk-up this weekend, particularly from Chicago's Polish-American community, would...

By Steve Goff  | October 7, 2010; 12:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national soccer team  
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Wednesday kickaround: Maryland, MLS scouts, USA-China, TV listings, Frank Simek's winning PK, MLS-WPS players' unions

*Sixth-ranked Maryland handed No. 2 Connecticut its first loss, 1-0, in College Park. Among the witnesses at Ludwig Field: D.C. United interim coach Ben Olsen and technical director Chad Ashton; Real Salt Lake executive Garth Lagerwey; Houston Dynamo assistant Steve Ralston; former DCU coach Curt Onalfo; and representatives from the...

By Steve Goff  | October 6, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, MLS, TV, Women  
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Video: spectacular backheel goal in N. Ireland

Courtesy of FourFourTwo, Matt Burrows of Northern Ireland club Glentoran scores on a leaping, 17-yard backheel against Portadown:...

By Steve Goff  | October 6, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  World  | Tags:  Northern Ireland  
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Nyassi is nice: Seattle Sounders defeat Columbus Crew, 2-1, to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions

What's the only thing better than the wonderful setting at Qwest Field for a Seattle Sounders match? The setting at Qwest for a match with a trophy at stake. The intensity and urgency were turned up another notch in MLS's most electric environment for the U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday,...

By Steve Goff  | October 6, 2010; 12:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  MLS, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  U.S. Open Cup  
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NCAA men's and women's soccer rankings

From the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, it's unanimous: Akron and Stanford are No. 1 in the respective polls. Tonight, the No. 6 Maryland men host No. 2 Connecticut. On Thursday, the No. 8 Maryland women visit No. 4 Boston College. MEN 1. Akron (24 first-place votes) 7-0-1; 2....

By Steve Goff  | October 5, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. United news & notes: player shortage, trialist

D.C. United will be severely shorthanded for Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes at RFK Stadium. International duty: Dejan Jakovic (Canada), Julius James (Trinidad and Tobago), Branko Boskovic (Montenegro). Suspended: Andy Najar (yellow cards). Injured: Bill Hamid, Juan Manuel Pena, Barry Rice, Marc Burch, Rodney Wallace, Chris Pontius. (Pena,...

By Steve Goff  | October 5, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Bolivian president Evo Morales knees political opponent in groin during soccer match

And you thought the New York gubernatorial campaign had turned nasty..... The player wearing No. 10 in an exhibition match in Bolivia didn't take kindly to a challenge. So a moment later, he retaliated with a knee to the groin. The player inflicting the painful payback: Evo Morales, the president...

By Steve Goff  | October 5, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Bolivia  | Tags:  Bolivia  
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Tuesday kickaround: U.S. Open Cup, Ivan Cordoba's injury, Americans abroad, Maryland vs. UConn, D.C. United's tattoos

*The largest crowd to witness a U.S. Open Cup final -- around 30,000 -- will be at Qwest Field tonight when the Seattle Sounders host the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes. For the most comprehensive preview of the match...

By Steve Goff  | October 5, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  MLS  
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Video: Real Madrid wins, Barcelona draws

Cristiano Ronaldo begins and ends Real Madrid's goal surge during a 6-1 victory over winless Deportivo de La Coruna: Lionel Messi strikes for Barcelona, but Mallorca earns a 1-1 draw:...

By Steve Goff  | October 4, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Spain  | Tags:  La Liga  
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Video: Beckham's goal against Chivas USA

By Steve Goff  | October 4, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Beckham, MLS  | Tags:  David Beckham  
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American soccer players abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 win over Birmingham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-0 loss at Wigan Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at Spurs Brad Guzan in the 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Dom Cervi...

By Steve Goff  | October 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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