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Friday kickaround: Rapids open MLS playoffs with victory, FIFA's scandals, Hoyas and Terrapins win

*Pablo Mastroeni scored in the first half as the Colorado Rapids seized a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in the first leg of an MLS Eastern Conference playoff.

The weekend schedule:
Saturday: Real Salt Lake at Dallas, 5 p.m. FSC
Saturday: New York at San Jose, 10 p.m. Telefutura
Sunday: Los Angeles at Seattle, 8 p.m. ESPN2

*Americans abroad:
D Edgar Castillo 23 minutes in San Luis' 2-1 loss to America

*Will FIFA have anything substantial to say about the World Cup bidding process following today's meetings?

*College soccer: Georgetown won its ninth straight match, 1-0 over sixth-ranked Connecticut to clinch first place in the Big East's Blue Division. Read my match report. ... Tonight, third-ranked Maryland visits defending national champion Virginia in a major ACC match. If you are planning to attend, beware of traffic issues around Charlottesville and downtown road closures caused by President Obama's visit. ... The Maryland women, ranked No. 5, recovered from a deficit to defeat ninth-ranked Florida State, 2-1.

By Steve Goff  | October 29, 2010; 9:37 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, FIFA, MLS, Mexico, USA World Cup bid  | Tags:  FIFA, MLS  
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Terps had a great game last night and are on a roll!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 29, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama hates ACC soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 29, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama's an Ivy Leaguer.

According to MLS, Castillo assisted on his side's lone goal. He might be a good defender, if only he could play defense...

Posted by: fischy | October 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Feddy Adu news? His tweets are twittering...

Posted by: JkR- | October 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

He says he's "FREEE!!" Terrific. Now, he can play in the Portuguese 2nd division?

Posted by: fischy | October 29, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

RSL players have arrived in Dallas to find out a high school football game is be being played at Pizza Hut Park tonight. Players entirely disgusted, telling Dallas to get their act together, via twitter. Andy Williams chooses sarcasm to say "Guess the playoffs are really important here."

Goff tweets, with no disclaimer of sarcasm, that RSL players will wear helmets and shoulder pads in some sort of protest.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 29, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

According to MLS, Castillo assisted on his side's lone goal. He might be a good defender, if only he could play defense...

MLS also reported that Goodson scored two goals last weekend, when in fact he scored zero, so maybe take that one with a grain of salt.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 29, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

RSL players have arrived in Dallas to find out a high school football game is be being played at Pizza Hut Park tonight. Players entirely disgusted, telling Dallas to get their act together, via twitter.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 29, 2010 3:50 PM |

If I was managing PHP and I knew that high school football brings in 20k actual fans and FC Dallas will be lucky to get 10k tickets sold I know where my priorities would be.

If you did a win to attendance ratio I would bet the 2010 FC Dallas team would end up as the most underappreciated winning team in MLS history.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 29, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I understand PHP's perspective, but, still. I'd imagine as primary resident FCD might be able to have a little say so in the matter.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 29, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Gimme a break, who whoulda called Scum Nuts Dallas to be in the freaking play offs at the beginning of the season? The High school football game was probably scheduled well before the World Cup.
Boo hOoo.

Wow, a pro team from Utah, who calls itself "Real" is getting high and mighty about not being taken seriously as well? laughable to say the LEAST.
Hope folks don't forget that most of the US still thinks soccer is a sport for sissy boys and girls regardless of Landon Donovan rescuing the US from an otherwise miserable World Cup.
just sayin'...

Posted by: DadRyan | October 29, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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