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Friday kickaround: Americans abroad, Crystal Palace Baltimore problems, Real Maryland arrest, Maryland women win, Terps and Cavs men at home

*Americans abroad:
F Jozy Altidore 86 minutes in Villarreal's 2-1 win over Club Brugge
F Freddy Adu not in the 18 for Aris' 2-1 loss at Rosenborg
MF Sacha Kljestan in 18, didn't play in Anderlecht's 1-0 loss at Hadjuk Split

D Steve Cherundolo, MF DaMarcus Beasley for Hanover vs. St. Pauli
GK Luis Robles and Karlsruhe at Ingolstadt
F Sammy Ochoa and Tecos vs. Chiapas

*Crystal Palace Baltimore's terrible year -- on and off the field -- will close tonight with a visit to FC Tampa Bay in a meeting between the second division's worst clubs. Palace is 6-17-6 and has lost seven in a row by a combined 23-3. The roster has been severely depleted by injuries and cost-cutting moves, and the team has played home matches at five different venues in Maryland. Management was late paying players, didn't provide proper meal per diem at times, and fell behind in compensating youth academy coaches. At one point, the league stepped in to provide financial support. Crystal Palace in London, which lends its name but only modest funding, has had its own financial problems this year. It remains unclear whether the Baltimore club will return for a fifth season.

*Third-division Real Maryland is also in the news for the wrong reasons. A coach affiliated with the club has been arrested.

*Colleges: The seventh-ranked Maryland women's team remained unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over No. 9 Virginia. Tonight, the eighth-ranked Maryland men will host No. 9 Duke in the Fox Soccer Channel match of the week and No. 4 Virginia will welcome second-ranked North Carolina to Klockner Stadium.

By Steve Goff  | October 1, 2010; 10:16 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, USA 2nd division, USL  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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I went to two of CPB's last three home games, and it was kind of sad. They played in a high school stadium, and there were no more than 200 people at either game. The Carolina supporters were louder than the CPB fans at that game. For the second game, we came in after halftime and they didn't even collect our tickets - some 13 year old kid was manning the gate handing out Silly Bands and making sure no one took the display scarf.

Here's hoping they get things together in the off-season.

Posted by: Modibo | October 1, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

As a Baltimore supporter and season ticketholder since the ingaural preason 2007, this season has been a really difficult one. Not so much with the results--moving up a level, the results were no surprise.

Missing a lot of games because the club had to change venues and times, the players who moved on, the staff that left.

All of that was hard. But rather than gripe and complain about not being able to make games or how inconvienent it was or how crazy the whole thing has been I tried to think that the people who were really going through a hard time: the players, the front office and coaching staff, the owners, etc.

Complaining wasn't going to do any good. Their backs were against the wall. The people who were able to continue with their duties did so. The players played hard. The ownership scrambled to try and get more ca$h to keep the team afloat. The coaching staff did the best that they could.

That is about all I could ask for.

I would love to see the team come back some way. I would love it if they could find the cash and mend fences with the USL and play in the third division. If they can maintain their NASL affiliation or whatever is left of of the USSF D2 then great. I'll take what I can get. After bieng so emotionally invested and supporting them the last 4 seasons, I would really hate to see them fold.

I love that team.

Posted by: yankiboy | October 1, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Paying players late? Wow, CPB is like a European team!

Posted by: Reignking | October 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@Modibo: Yeah, Bro. It was sad at the end.
Some of the Baltimore supporters wore down with all of the changes.

The Vancouver game you was the last one that I allowed myself to get realy worked up (like normal), where I had any sort of fire. The last two games were more like visiting someone in the hospital who you think is going to pass away soon (and yeah--that is overly dramatic but that team has been a big part of my family's summer focus the last 4 summers).

The final Portland game crowd was definitely a better attendance but by then, exept for Joe (the guy with the big drum and banners) and his family the rest of the regulars were pretty much tapped out.

At least, I know that I was. I spent more time those final two games shaking my head in disilusionment than anything else...

Posted by: yankiboy | October 1, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure Adu isn't on Aris' roster for this round of Europa League matches.

Posted by: bulldogric | October 1, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure Adu isn't on Aris' roster for this round of Europa League matches.

Posted by: bulldogric | October 1, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with this area's ability to run soccer teams? United, Freedom, and CP all need more cash, have disappointing records, and two need homes. If this keeps up, we'll all have to go to Richmond to see professional soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 1, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I live in Baltimore and went to a Palace match last year. They really haven't done anything to market the team to Baltimore. You couldn't buy anything that said "Baltimore" on it. I found that a little depressing.

I'm sorry how things have turned out for the team but maybe if they tried to be Baltimore's team they would have had better luck.

Posted by: uac1530 | October 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hell, a lot of us need more cash, have poor records and want new homes.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 1, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Any thoughts on why Jozy can't score, and when Bob Bradley should stop assuming he will? Eighty-six minutes one man up with plenty of chances against lowly Brugge and, well, nothing...

Posted by: bartapest1 | October 1, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"lowly" Brugge . . . well played

Posted by: OWNTF | October 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Jozy had three excellent chances, including two 1-v-1s with the keeper, and one in which there was nothing between him and the goal three feet away but the ball, and he couldn't score. It has been a long time since he has demonstrated a finisher's touch. On Villarreal message boards, most were surprised he got as much playing time as he did (both the start itself, as well as being left on until the 86th minute), based on the little he has displayed to this point on the year when given the opportunity. I think it will be a while before we see him on the pitch again - perhaps the Copa del Rey at the end of October? It seems like a return to MLS would be better than slinking away to Turkey or Greece to never be heard from again.

Posted by: nicholas6 | October 1, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

The answer is likely very simple. Crystal Palace folds and United becomes Baltimore United or MD United.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 1, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Not paying youth academy coaches is nothing new for Palace.

Posted by: peridigm | October 1, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Does the fact that Crystal Palace Baltimore draws a few fans to every game make a case FOR DC United to more to the city of "Yo, Hon!"?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Does the fact that Crystal Palace Baltimore draws a few fans to every game make a case FOR DC United to more to the city of "Yo, Hon!"?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 1, 2010 3:06 PM


Not at all. Unfortunately, Charm City's willingness to build a stadium does (when the MSA study is finally released). Build it and DC will come. I don't want it to happen either but it looks more likely every day.

Anybody else find it curious that the release of this study has been delayed at the same time United is pushing for season ticket renewals.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else find it curious that the release of this study has been delayed at the same time United is pushing for season ticket renewals.

Posted by: Gambrills4

[Key in the X-files theme music]
Might it have something to do with the pending elections???

Is it possible that there isn't really a big rush at this particular moment?

or do KP and DK & the Chang gang actually have that much juice--that they can repress the information?

Anybody know if the Freedom of Information Act applies to States?

Any more conspiracies?

Posted by: yankiboy | October 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed that they got that game in at College Park last night, and I especially salute the 500+ fans who must have gotten a good soaking. There were several ACC women's matches last night, and so far as I know, none of them was postponed.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Conspiracies? Hardly. Simple handshake agreement is possible but I would hardly call that anything clandestine or as you state some bubbleheaded conspiracy. These kind of things happen regularly in the business world. I'm not saying it did but if it did it would hardly be Earth shattering.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 1, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley and Erlich are schedule to debate soon. Does anyone know how we can get a stadium question submitted? Forget education, jobs, the environment and all that trivial crap. We want a stadium near a Metro station, with freeway access, a retractable roof and playing surface, no rats or raccoons, and short lines at concession stand with cash registers (or staffed by math savants).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 1, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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