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Soccer Insider: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Saturday kickaround: USA women, MLS playoffs, college soccer roundup

*With the stunning loss to Mexico late Friday, the U.S. women's national team now faces a series of matches and trips to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. It wasn't supposed to be this difficult. The Americans will need to defeat Costa Rica in the CONCACAF third-place match Monday (6...

By Steve Goff  | November 6, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  CONCACAF, College Soccer, MLS, Mexico, Women  | Tags:  college soccer, women's soccer  
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U.S. women's soccer team is upset by Mexico, 2-1, in World Cup qualifying match

In one of the greatest upsets in women's soccer history -- and perhaps in international women's sports history -- Mexico stunned the top-ranked United States, 2-1, Friday night in Cancun, denying the Americans of an automatic berth in the 2011 World Cup. In order to secure a trip to Germany...

By Steve Goff  | November 5, 2010; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  CONCACAF, Women  | Tags:  U.S. women's soccer team  
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Oguchi Onyewu reportedly involved in altercation with AC Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic

According to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, Oguchi Onyewu, the chiseled American central defender, was involved in an altercation with teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Swedish bad-boy striker, during AC Milan's training session today. Insider loyalist Steve Amoia, from worldfootballcommentaries.com offered his help in translating the story: "Training at heightened tension....

By Steve Goff  | November 5, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
Categories:  Italy, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Oguchi Onyewu  
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Friday kickaround: Olave is MLS top defender, USA women in Mexico, Salgado in D.C., Rooney in Oregon, Americans in Europe, Terrapins in action

*The MLS defender of the year is ... Jamison Olave of Real Salt Lake. The other finalists were teammate Nat Borchers and Los Angeles' Omar Gonzalez. RSL set the league record for fewest goals against (20). *The U.S. women's national team will play for a World Cup berth tonight against...

By Steve Goff  | November 5, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, England, MLS, Women  
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Bobby Convey and Chris Wondolowski lead San Jose Earthquakes to MLS Eastern Conference final

Read that headline again. Let it sink in for a moment. From beginning to end, none of it seems to make sense. Bobby Convey: A D.C. United teen idol long before Freddy Adu arrived, returned to MLS from England last year and had zero impact in '09. Chris Wondolowski: A...

By Steve Goff  | November 5, 2010; 12:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Video: Bobby Convey's early goal for San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls

By Steve Goff  | November 4, 2010; 8:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: MLS, Mexico, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, NCAA

In addition to TV outlets, espn3.com and foxsoccer.tv will carry matches online. And don't forget to turn back your clocks one hour late Saturday/early Sunday. What are you going to watch? (All times are Eastern) FRIDAY England FA Cup, Rochdale-FC United of Manchester 3:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus (FCUM, age...

By Steve Goff  | November 4, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Thursday kickaround: Clarence Goodson's move, USA-Argentina?, MLS playoffs, Andy Najar, ACC, Episcopal High, Americans abroad, TV listings

*U.S. World Cup defender Clarence Goodson, who prospered in the Washington area's youth soccer system, has completed a move to Danish club Brondby from Start in Norway, where he played for three years. He signed a three-year contract and will join his new team in January. *An Argentine report says...

By Steve Goff  | November 4, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Argentina, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team, Women, Youth soccer  | Tags:  MLS, U.S. national team  
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Taylor Twellman's retirement, Juergen Klinsmann's new gig, World Series vs. World Cup on TV

*As expected, New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman, 30, has announced his retirement because of head injuries that sidelined him almost all of the past two MLS seasons. Among the top scorers in league history, he had, by far, the best strike rate with 101 goals in just 174 regular...

By Steve Goff  | November 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, Germany, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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D.C. United's Andy Najar is MLS rookie of year

Andy Najar, who rose from D.C. United's youth academy to the starting lineup at age 17, has been named the MLS rookie of the year, beating out Philadelphia Union forward Danny Mwanga and New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream. MLS does not make voting details available for most awards....

By Steve Goff  | November 3, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Wednesday kickaround: Clarence Goodson, USA women, Maryland Terrapins, ACC tournament, Americans abroad, TV listings

*According to Norwegian and Danish reports, U.S. World Cup defender Clarence Goodson (Springfield, Va., University of Maryland) is apparently moving from Start to Brondby. *Who says the USA won't play Mexico in World Cup qualifying anymore? Perhaps the men won't, but the women will. By virtue of Canada's 3-0 victory...

By Steve Goff  | November 3, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, College Soccer, Euro Champions League, TV, Women  
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Video: D.C. United's Bryan Namoff undergoes unique rehabiliation for concussion issues

By Steve Goff  | November 2, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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NCAA men's and women's soccer rankings

The plot thickens in the NSCAA men's coaches' poll, with Akron dropping from the top slot and three teams, including Maryland, receiving first-place votes. Stanford remains atop the women's poll. MEN 1. Louisville (16 first-place votes) 14-0-2; 2. Akron (5) 14-1-1; 3. Maryland (2) 12-2-1; 4. North Carolina 13-2-1; 5....

By Steve Goff  | November 2, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Taylor Twellman, sidelined with concussion issues, to announce end of playing career

New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman will announce Wednesday that he is ending his quest to return from concussion-related issues, sources close to the situation told the Insider. He has scheduled a news conference at Gillette Stadium to discuss his future. The decision to end his playing career was first...

By Steve Goff  | November 2, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  Taylor Twellman  
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Tuesday kickaround: USA women win again, Omar Salgado scouting, Will Chang is a champion, Americans abroad, Terps vs. Tribe, TV listings

*The U.S. women's national team completed the compulsory exercises in World Cup qualifying with a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica, securing first place in the group. The Americans, who outscored three opponents by 18-0, will play Canada or Mexico in Friday's semifinals in Cancun, with the winner locking up a...

By Steve Goff  | November 2, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, College Soccer, D.C. United, Euro Champions League, MLS, TV, Women  | Tags:  MLS, U.S. women's national team  
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CONCACAF Champions League draw, D.C. United honors, WPS update, Americans abroad

*MLS's best chance to win the CONCACAF Champions League -- and earn a trip to the Club World Cup for the first time -- will be this spring. After years of disappointment, MLS will have its two quarterfinal entries, Real Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew, facing one another, with...

By Steve Goff  | November 1, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, Club World Cup, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS  | Tags:  CONCACAF, MLS  
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Washington Freedom officials respond to report that the WPS club is going to fold soon

Last night, an online report said that two Women's Professional Soccer clubs, the Washington Freedom and Gold Pride, would fold, as early as today. In response, the Freedom issued a statement: "The Washington Freedom continues to have conversations with prospective investors and strategic partners. As previously reported, we are seeking...

By Steve Goff  | November 1, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  | Tags:  Washington Freedom  
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Monday kickaround: Galaxy wins opener, USA women to semifinals, Hoyas, Terrapins and Zips

*The mark of a championship club is to win tense matches on the road. The top seeds in the MLS playoffs did it, while other contenders did not. A day after the New York Red Bulls, the Eastern Conference front-runners, won at San Jose in the first leg, the Los...

By Steve Goff  | November 1, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  CONCACAF, College Soccer, MLS, Women  | Tags:  MLS  
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American soccer players abroad: Dempsey (2), Edu, Kljestan, Grella score in Europe

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

By Steve Goff  | October 31, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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