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Saturday kickaround: World Cup, Italy 'wins,' USA women vs. Guatemala, Simms surgery, Maryland defeats Virginia, keepers with goal/assist

*Oh, FIFA. How dull our lives would be without you. World Cup voting remains on schedule. Carry on.

*Italy 3, Serbia 0. It's a final.

*The U.S. women's national team faces Guatemala tonight in its second World Cup qualifier in Cancun. Live video is available on the CONCACAF Web site, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.

*As expected, D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms had sports hernia surgery in Munich. He'll be fine in a couple of weeks. Not that there's any hurry.

*The third-ranked University of Maryland won its eighth straight match with a 2-0 victory at Virginia. Read my match report. Among the nearly 4,000 spectators: former UVA star Jeff Agoos, the New York Red Bulls' director of scouting. He also attended No. 1 Akron's game with Creighton on ThursdayWednesday.

*Also on Thursday, in a women's match at Klockner Stadium, each goalkeeper figured in the first two goals of Virginia's 2-1 victory over North Carolina State. The Wolfpack went ahead on keeper Kim Kern's long free kick that eluded Chantel Jones. Later, Jones's free kick set up Erica Hollenberg's equalizer. Watch the video.

By Steve Goff  | October 30, 2010; 6:01 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, College Soccer, D.C. United, European Championship, FIFA, Italy, USA World Cup bid, Women  | Tags:  FIFA, World Cup  
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Ummm, there's no 7:30 match from England today.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 30, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

That's why I stayed in bed.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 30, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse


what do you think of Maryland forward Casey Townsend as a pro prospect?

He was very impressive when I saw him on TV once (I believe it was the ACC tournament final) about 2 years ago, covering acres of ground at speed and creating most of the offense. But when I saw him in a game in person later he wasn't as impressive.

The ACC final may have been the 3rd game in 3 days for the teams and he may have better legs or physical recovery powers for handling several days of consecutive soccer.

I'm going to Restore Sanity to America by riding my bike down to the Mall to Keep Fear Alive. Unfortunately, due to soccer reffing commitments, I'll have to leave as the main acts get going around lunchtime.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 30, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

What's this about TFC hiring Klinsi?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 30, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It's a consultig deal. He'll have input on who to hire as Head Coach, GM and a "style of play".

In other news that may not matter all that much in the long run, but will likely cause an Internet fervor, Charlie Davies scored the game winner in Sochaux's 2-1 reserve league victory over Dijon, playing ninety minutes in why he described as his beat outing yet. So yay for Chuck Deezy!!!

And now, for Gene Wells to destroy the fun for everyone.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 30, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Creighton played Akron on WEDNESDAY, not Thursday.


Posted by: J_S_F | October 30, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Yanks finding net on the Island: Dempsey scores 2 for Fulham and Edu scores for Rangers.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | October 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Davies and Dempsey with game-winners. Edu apparently took a knock in the first half and was subbed out at the break. Unfortunately his goal didn't hold up and Rangers ended up losing 1-1. Howard and Hahnemann were both winners. Even Ricardo Clark got a minute off the bench for Frankfurt.

Pretty great day for Yanks in Europe, with the exception of Bradley, who gifted a goal to Kaiserslautern in a 3-0 loss. BMG really look to be foundering.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

That's why I stayed in bed.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 30, 2010 8:05 AM

Were you in bed when you typed this? If not, then all I can say is that being up by eight in the morning is not my idea of staying in bed.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 30, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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