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Soccer Insider: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Video: Stuart Holden's goal for Bolton at Wolves

American midfielder Stuart Holden scores his first Premier League goal for Bolton to provide a three-goal lead against compatriot Marcus Hahnemann during a 3-2 victory at Wolves. Bolton's second goal, scored by Swedish forward Johan Elmander and assisted by Holden, is simply absurd. You've got to watch 'em:...

By Steve Goff  | November 13, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, England, Sweden, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Stuart Holden  
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Weekend soccer calendar: MLS, colleges

With so many matches in a variety of competitions taking place this weekend, let's try to get caught up. Among the college tournaments, the emphasis is on the Washington scene: MLS Eastern Conference final, Saturday San Jose at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. (FSC) Western Conference final, Sunday Dallas at Los Angeles,...

By Steve Goff  | November 13, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS, college soccer  
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Maryland Terrapins defeat Virginia Cavaliers to advance to ACC men's soccer championship match

Senior forward Jason Herrick scored twice Friday night and Maryland advanced to the ACC men's soccer championship game with a 2-0 victory over Virginia. Second-seeded Maryland (16-2-1) has won 12 straight and will play top seed North Carolina -- which edged No. 5 Boston College 1-0 -- in Sunday's final...

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Former Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre among D.C. United's coaching candidates

Former Hertha Berlin manager Lucien Favre was in Washington this week to discuss D.C. United's head coaching vacancy, the Insider has learned. Favre, 53, attended United postseason training sessions and met with club president Kevin Payne and General Manager Dave Kasper, sources said. Reached late Friday, Payne and Kasper said...

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United, Germany  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Federal charges expected to be filed in auto accident that seriously injured U.S. soccer player Charlie Davies

Criminal charges are pending against the driver of the car that crashed and killed one passenger and badly injured U.S. national soccer team player Charlie Davies in Northern Virginia last year, The Washington Post has learned. Maria Alejandra Espinoza, from Clarksville, Md., is expected to be charged with one felony...

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies  
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D.C. United coaching search update

D.C. United has formally spoken to seven candidates about its head coaching job and, although other options might emerge, the club is likely to offer the position to someone from that group, team president Kevin Payne told the Insider. He declined to identify the candidates but did say most are...

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Friday kickaround: Maurice Edu, Copa America, Women's World Cup, Americans abroad, college soccer

*Glasgow Rangers says American midfielder Maurice Edu's knee injury is not serious, though he will undergo a scan today and not play against Aberdeen on Saturday. *The results of the draw for next summer's Copa America in Argentina, which includes guest sides Mexico and Japan: A: Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Japan....

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Africa, Americans Abroad, College Soccer, Copa America, Scotland, U.S. men's national team, Women  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: MLS, Mexico, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, NCAA

In addition to the TV options, many matches are available online at foxsoccer.tv and ESPN3.com (All times are Eastern) What are you going to watch? FRIDAY England, Preston North End-Hull 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus Big East men, Cincinnati-Providence 5 p.m. CBS College Sports Big East men, Notre Dame-Louisville 7:30...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Introducing the American soccer player who jeopardized the U.S. Women's World Cup hopes

Veronica Perez was on a bus on Interstate 5 this afternoon, making a three-hour trip to Portland with the University of Washington women's soccer team for the NCAA tournament. She is a volunteer assistant coach who completed her college career last year, an anonymous job that someday might land her...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mexico, Women  | Tags:  women's soccer  
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U.S. roster for friendly at South Africa next week

Bob Bradley's roster selections for the U.S. national team friendly against South Africa next Wednesday in Cape Town (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision, ESPN3.com): GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Dom Cervi (Celtic, Scotland). DEFENDERS: Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa, England), Clarence Goodson (Start, Norway/Brondby, Denmark),...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  South Africa, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Video: In Italy, a dramatic goal, a delirious announcer ('Mamma Mia!') and a tumbling celebration

In added time of a scoreless Serie A match Wednesday, Cagliari was pressing for the go-ahead goal when a fortuitous deflection allowed Napoli to counter rapidly. Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi was launched on a breakaway for the winning goal. In his excitement, the play-by-play announcer spontaneously combusted and Lavezzi celebrated...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Italy  | Tags:  Italy  
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Dallas' Hyndman is MLS coach of the year

Schellas Hyndman, who oversaw the rejuvenation of FC Dallas in his second full season since leaving the college ranks, has been named the MLS coach of the year, finishing ahead of New York's Hans Backe and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis. With a modest roster, Dallas had a 12-4-14 regular...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Thursday kickaround: Edu injury, USA roster, Under-20 guest coaches, MLS honor, TV listings

*American midfielder Maurice Edu will soon learn the extent of damage to his left knee, an injury suffered late in the first half of Rangers' loss to Hibernian on Wednesday. "Fingers crossed," he wrote on his Twitter page. *Even if he hadn't gotten hurt, Edu probably wasn't going to be...

By Steve Goff  | November 11, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Scotland, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  MLS, Maurice Edu  
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Americans abroad (Wednesday edition): Jozy Altidore scores for Villarreal in Copa del Rey

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-1 draw with Bolton Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-2 win over Blackpool Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-0 loss to Arsenal DEFENDERS Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 3-1 win...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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MLS sets draft guidelines for players in contractual limbo after the season

Under the terms of the new MLS collective bargaining agreement, players have greater freedom than ever before to move between clubs in the league if they are out of contract or the option on their deal was not renewed. In the past, their most recent club retained their rights, even...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Maryland Terrapins win 11th straight, defeating Clemson 2-1 in quarterfinals of ACC tournament

Casey Townsend's goal early in the second half guided Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Clemson in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Wednesday, the second-seeded Terrapins' 11th consecutive triumph. Maryland (15-2-1) will play third-seeded Wake Forest or sixth-seeded Virginia in Friday's first semifinal at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. [UPDATED]...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Wednesday kickaround: MLS awards, Carolina Challenge, Josh Wicks, college soccer, TV listings

*Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio (12 league goals) was named MLS newcomer of the year, beating out New York's Joel Lindpere and Thierry Henry. San Jose's Bobby Convey is the recipient of the comeback award, even though he played almost all of the 2009 season. Convey's "comeback" was his rise...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, TV, USL  | Tags:  MLS  
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U.S. national soccer team news & notes

Has Bob Bradley called up a 20-year-old Norwegian midfielder with an American mother for the friendly against South Africa next week? This Norwegian site says it's in the works. The USSF wouldn't comment, other than to say that the U.S. roster will be unveiled Thursday. Mikkel Diskerud plays for Stabaek...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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South Africa roster for USA friendly next week

While we await the USA player selections for next Wednesday's friendly in Cape Town, Bafana Bafana has announced a 23-man roster: Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates). Defenders: Morgan Gould (SuperSport), Siboniso Gaxa (Lierse, Belgium), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Anele Ngcongca (Genk,...

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  South Africa  | Tags:  South Africa  
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NCAA men's soccer rankings: Cardinal rule

Six days until the 48-team NCAA men's tournament is unveiled, and the Louisville Cardinals remain atop the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. The program was founded in 1984, and until 2007, they had never advanced to the NCAA tournament. Last year, the Cardinals were eliminated in the first...

By Steve Goff  | November 9, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Tuesday kickaround: Bill Clinton and FIFA, USA under-20 squad, MLS weather, Americans abroad, TV listings

*Does Bill Clinton still have his diplomatic magic? We'll find out in three weeks when the former president speaks on behalf of the U.S. World Cup bid effort in Zurich the day before FIFA chooses the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts. Clinton, who attended U.S. matches in South Africa,...

By Steve Goff  | November 9, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, England, FIFA, MLS, TV, USA World Cup bid, USSF  | Tags:  MLS, World Cup  
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USA defeats Costa Rica, keeps alive hopes of qualifying for 2011 Women's World Cup

Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom scored twice and the United States kept alive its hopes of qualifying for the 2011 Women's World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica on Monday night in Cancun, Mexico. The Americans, who suffered an unfathomable loss to Mexico on Friday in the...

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  CONCACAF, Women  | Tags:  women's soccer  
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Maryland, Virginia, Georgetown, Virginia Tech invited to NCAA women's soccer tournament

Maryland, enjoying its finest season in history, received one of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women's soccer tournament and will host a four-team event this weekend. On Friday at Ludwig Field, the ACC runner-up Terrapins (17-2-2) will play Big South champion High Point (11-10-1) at 5 p.m....

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Bob Bradley close to finalizing U.S. roster for Nov. 17 friendly vs. South Africa in Cape Town

Although the final match on the 2010 calendar falls on a FIFA international fixture date, don't expect a full U.S. men's squad for next Wednesday's friendly against South Africa in Cape Town. Distance, fatigue, injuries, club roles and MLS scheduling will figure into Bob Bradley's selection of no more than...

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  MLS, South Africa, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S.-South Africa  
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USA women's soccer team faces critical match

The U.S. women's national team will play Costa Rica at 6 p.m. ET today in the third-place match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Cancun (ESPN2, concacaf.com, ESPN3.com). Yes, the third-place game, an unusual spot for the most successful program in women's soccer history. At stake is not...

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  CONCACAF, Women  | Tags:  U.S. women's national soccer team  
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ACC men's soccer tournament details are set

MLS scouts and agents are flocking to Cary, N.C., this week for the ACC men's soccer tournament, the premier league competition in the country. The champion will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, and several others seem certain of receiving at-large slots. The contending team must desperate to...

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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D.C. United's Andy Najar turns down Honduras national team call-up for friendly vs. Panama

D.C. United's Andy Najar, the MLS rookie of the year, has turned down an offer to join the Honduras national team for a Nov. 17 friendly against Panama, his agent confirmed to the Insider. The decision does not mean he has chosen to wait for U.S. citizenship and play in...

By Steve Goff  | November 8, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. United, Honduras  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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MLS playoff schedule and MLS Cup poll

The conference finals are set: EASTERN Saturday San Jose Earthquakes at Colorado Rapids, 9:30 p.m. ET Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes In regular season, each club won at home, 1-0 WESTERN Sunday FC Dallas at Los Angeles Galaxy, 9 p.m. ET ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Galaxy won regular season matches, 1-0...

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 11:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  MLS, Poll  | Tags:  MLS  
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Video: Beckham's free kick sets up Galaxy's second goal vs. Sounders

After assisting on Los Angeles' opening goal by Edson Buddle with a corner kick, David Beckham places a free kick into the box for unmarked Omar Gonzalez to head past Kasey Keller:...

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Beckham, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Wake Forest defeats Maryland on penalty kicks to win first ACC women's soccer title

Wake Forest won its first ACC women's soccer championship Sunday, defeating Maryland in a penalty kick tiebreaker 3-1 after a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes. Freshman Aubrey Bledsoe stopped three of four attempts by the second-seeded Terrapins at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. On Friday, the fifth-seeded Demon Deacons...

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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American soccer players abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-2 draw at Blackpool Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw at Fulham Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 loss at Manchester United Brad Guzan in the 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Dom...

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Sunday kickaround: MLS playoffs, Terrapins in ACC tournament, Virginia loses, Georgetown upset

*Despite all of the flaws and geographically incorrect matchups, the MLS playoffs have provided us with wonderful theater, superb goals, outlandish saves, controversy and tense finishes. Each of the first three series ended in uniquely gripping manners: San Jose overcoming a first-leg deficit but then using a late goal by...

By Steve Goff  | November 7, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS, college soccer  
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