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Wednesday kickaround: MLS awards finalists, Americans abroad, Dutch American attitudes, Washington Diplomats, TV listings

*This afternoon, MLS will unveil the finalists for individual season awards. The most attention -- and subsequent discussion -- will center on the most valuable player honor. With his late-season scoring surge that earned him the Golden Boot, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski (18 goals) should be among the final three candidates. Landon Donovan, the assists leader with 16 and the most important player for the Supporters' Shield-winning Galaxy, belongs. How about Sebastien Le Toux, who had 14 goals and 11 assists for an expansion club? David Ferreira, the conductor of Dallas's resurgence with eight goals and 13 assists?

The first set of awards will be announced next Wednesday: top rookie and goalkeeper of the year.

*Americans abroad:
Tuesday
GK Marcus Hahnemann in the 18, but didn't play in Wolves' 3-2 loss at Manchester United (Carling Cup)

MF Jermaine Jones 77 in Schalke's 1-0 win at FSV Frankfurt (German Cup)

MF Jose Torres 68 in Pachuca's 3-2 loss to Tigres
MF Marco Vidal 90 for Pachuca
F Herculez Gomez 21 for Pachuca

Wednesday
GKs Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, D Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa vs. Burnley (Carling Cup)

D Jonathan Spector and West Ham vs. Stoke (Carling Cup)
MF Maurice Edu and Rangers at Kimarnock (Scottish Cup)
GK Dom Cervi and Celtic at St. Johnstone (Scottish Cup)
F Jozy Altidore and Villarreal at Ejido (Spanish Cup)
MF Michael Bradley and Moenchengladbach vs. Leverkusen (Germany Cup)

MF Ricardo Clark and Eintracht vs. Hamburg (German Cup)
F Sammy Ochoa and Tecos vs. Necaxa

*D.C. United's season is over, so why not relive the past with a peek at an NASL Washington Diplomats' blog? There's a priceless photo of a young "Tom" Rongen.

*What do the Dutch think of American soccer? In Amsterdam, Post fan blogger Jeff Mauer investigates.

*Georgetown, ranked No. 21 by Soccer America and receiving votes in the coaches' poll, will host sixth-ranked Connecticut at 2 p.m. [UPDATE: Postponed until Thursday at 2 p.m. because of heavy rain.]

For today's TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
German Cup, Eintracht-Hamburg 1 p.m. ET, ESPN3.com
Carling Cup, Newcastle-Arsenal 2:40 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, www.foxsoccer.tv

Netherlands, PSV-Vitesse 3 p.m. ESPN3.com
Spanish Cup, Betis-Zaragoza 4 p.m. GolTV
Mexico, Tecos-Necaxa 6 p.m. Galavision
Mexico, Jaguares-Morelia 9 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Mexico, Chivas-Toluca 9:30 p.m. Telemundo
NCAA men, Cal Poly SLO-UC Santa Barbara 11 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

By Steve Goff  | October 27, 2010; 6:05 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, History, MLS, Netherlands, TV  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

A young Rongen and a young RFK. I think time has been more kind to Rongen, but it could be his bowtie throwing me off.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | October 27, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

"The 1977 Dips were offensively impotent, scoring a paltry 31 goals in 26 games, for a 1.2 goals per game average."

Well, we've washed that stain away, haven't we?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 27, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Any word on Jones' injury?

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I just found out about this great web site for tactical analysis: http://www.zonalmarking.net/

Wish I had known about it before playing FM10 :)

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Cobi sprained his ankle slipping on a banana peel?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

No lie, I was at that fan day in 1980, and I think I'm in the photo of Ken Mokgojoa!!! My back is turned but I think it may be me.

Wild.

Posted by: Hoost | October 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I have Gary Darrell's autograph somewhere. He came to a soccer camp I attended. This really takes me back and dates me at the same time. My father took me to many Diplomats games as a child. I saw both Pele and Cruyff at RFK.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Stokes' teammates referred to him as "The Rat," because of what the Post reporter covering the Dips at the time (either Huff, Feinstein, or Wilbon) delicately referred to as his "angular features." Incidentally, Stokes' post-Dips life was difficult and was cut tragically short:

http://www.londonsaints.com/cgi-bin/moxiebin/bm_tools.cgi?print=1228;s=14;site=1

Posted by: universityandpark | October 27, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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