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Thursday kickaround: Chilean miners, French attitudes, Toronto apology, MLS news, Ronaldinho 'tied up', Terrapins in action

We begin today with a toast to the Chilean miners, who are safe and sound after 69 days a half-mile below the Earth's surface. What does this have to do with soccer? Come on, you should know by now that all global events inevitably lead to soccer. Chileans celebrated the rescue with chants of "Chi, Chi, Chi ... le, le, le! Viva Chile!" -- something heard at national team matches:

You also heard rescuers and on-lookers reciting the soccer anthem common in supporters' quarters: "Esta noche, tenemos que ganar" (Tonight, we must win). And the 27th of the 33 miners lifted to safety was Franklin Lobos, who played for several clubs in Chile and was considered for the 1984 Olympic squad.

*What do the French think of American soccer? The Post's fan blogger finds out.

*Toronto FC management apologies to supporters (oh, where to begin?) and schedules Town Hall meetings.

For more.....

*New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had his shoulder and knee repaired last offseason, so why not his ankle now? He will miss the final two league matches and need three months to recover, the club announced.

*Chivas USA forward Alan Gordon was suspended for two matches for apparently hitting Toronto's Adrian Cann in the face. The video is here; you have to watch very carefully to see the contact.

*Responding to reports that his AC Milan teammate and Brazilian countryman Ronaldinho is headed to the Los Angeles Galaxy this winter, Robinho told Gazzetta dello Sport: "We have to stop saying that Ronaldinho will leave for the United States. Dinho will stay with me here, he will stay with us at Milan. I am ready to tie him to the dressing room if necessary."

*The University of Maryland women's team, ranked No. 6 in the nation by the NSCAA with an 11-1-1 record, will host Clemson, winless in ACC play, tonight at Ludwig Field.

By Steve Goff  | October 14, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
Categories:  Chile, College Soccer, France, Italy, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

Those trapped miners have given me an idea: a stadium for DC United - underground.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Toronto taking a play out of Will Chang's playbook eh? Wonder if any of their usual jolly gang of supporters will be making the trip on the 23rd.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Like the stadium in the middle east?

The French should be happy with their soccer team -- they went on strike, just like the rest of them love to...

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Toronto taking a play out of Will Chang's playbook eh? Wonder if any of their usual jolly gang of supporters will be making the trip on the 23rd.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2010 10:33 AM
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I'm sure they will be able to stay home and watch on TV.

Posted by: fischy | October 14, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Does it make me a bad person if I don't give a flying f.. about the miners?

Posted by: WillyJoel | October 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Does it make me a bad person if I don't give a flying f.. about the miners?

Posted by: WillyJoel | October 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

*New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had his shoulder and knee repaired last offseason, so why not his ankle now? He will miss the final two league matches and need three months to recover, the club announced.

However, we won't miss him, the bald, smug fatherless dog. Ruined Alecko Eskandarian's career.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | October 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Does it make me a bad person if I don't give a flying f... about the miners?

Yes, WillyJoel, it does.

Posted by: b18bolo | October 14, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about an underground stadium, but there is a quarry in Bethesda that may close soon and is about the right size. It's deep enough so little would show above ground, so the NIMBY folks would have little to complain about.

Posted by: b18bolo | October 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

As someone who fell in love with soccer while studying in Chile for a year - going to the games every weekend and loving the game-day experience as a member of "Los Cruzados" of Universidad Catolica -- I couldn't help but notice several team flags posted around the mine rescue site. I even saw a Universidad de Chile ("La U.") banner right there at the exit to the mine. It was being carried by the family member of a miner to greet him when he came out. Some fans are known to ask that team memorabilia be placed in their coffins upon death - or in this case, greet them upon rebirth.

Thanks, Goff, for posting about the connection between Chilean national pride and futbol.

Posted by: WorldCup | October 14, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

You grossly underestimate the Bethesda NIMBYs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Where is the DCU open apology letter??

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 14, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I like the Quarry idea. DCU has kind of been like the Flintstones this year. Mr. Slate as a possible owner anyone?

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I like the Quarry idea. DCU has kind of been like the Flintstones this year. Mr. Slate as a possible owner anyone?

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ron16 | October 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

B18, great idea on the Quarry. DCU has kind of been like the Flintstones this year. Mr. Slate as a possible owner anyone? We'd really be laying foundations in Bedrock....

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the multiposts Goff, et al! I guess I had too much coffee this morning.

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Is that Brenda Lee: "I'm Sorry" playing in the background?

Today is Apology Day in North America: TFC, Arenas, Christine O'Donnell for not knowing a thing about the Supreme Court (This girl wants to be in government?).

New Rule: No more doing stupid or dishonest things and thinking that an apology makes it go away.

We don't want an apology from Will: we want a solution. This is a results business, as BB Kasper likes to say.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 14, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What did Christine O'Donnell say?

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As a long-time United season ticket holder, if TFC has sent a letter of apology, I am wonder what we will get . . . given what we've been told in the past?

[Silence]

[Crickets chirping]

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Posted by: edmundburke247 | October 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

What did Christine O'Donnell say?

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Something about a new soccer league where mice with fully functioning human brains would compete. The Wilmington Witches would be one of the founding members.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Per Yahoo's soccer blog dirty tackle, a Colo Colo flag made an appearance at the miners' rescue mission

Posted by: GFisher1 | October 14, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

What did Christine O'Donnell say?

Posted by: Reignking | October 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Something about a new soccer league where mice with fully functioning human brains would compete. The Wilmington Witches would be one of the founding members.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That's funny.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

If the Toronto management apologized what should DCU managment do? Grovel?
They should be ashamed of this team. Many fans saw the major, glaring gaps before the season started. Does management care?
Let us hear a statement about the FO and ownership's intentions for next season BEFORE they ask us to buy tickets.

Posted by: lemovs1 | October 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure if Pennsylvania miners were being brought to the surface after two months of being trapped underground, the Sons of Ben would chant "USA ain't nothin' to f*** with!"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

At the U20 WWC in Chile two years ago, Alex Morgan developed something of a following among the locals:

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=36704214361

Posted by: universityandpark | October 14, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

*The University of Maryland women's team, ranked No. 6 in the nation by the NSCAA with an 11-1-1 record, will host Clemson, winless in ACC play, tonight at Ludwig Field.
__________________________________________

In addition, Duke is at Virginia and Wake Forest is at Virginia Tech. All are legitimate contenders for NCAA tournament bids (Virginia is probably a lock).

Posted by: universityandpark | October 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

*The University of Maryland women's team, ranked No. 6 in the nation by the NSCAA with an 11-1-1 record, will host Clemson, winless in ACC play, tonight at Ludwig Field.
__________________________________________

In addition, Duke is at Virginia and Wake Forest is at Virginia Tech. All are legitimate contenders for NCAA tournament bids (Virginia is probably a lock).

Posted by: universityandpark | October 14, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha 270.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

To all of you whiners -- we DCU season ticket holders got our apology in 2008, apparently, unknown to us, it was an "everlasting" apology and does not need re-sending each craptacular year.

Posted by: griffin1108 | October 14, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Chilean flag, there was a news item the other day about a Texas County that's been mistakenly printing its absentee ballots for years with the Chilean flag in place of the Texas flag.

YOu can hear those Texans now -- Chi Chi Chi Le Le Le Chile Chile Viva Chilo

Posted by: fischy | October 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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