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Soccer Insider: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Weekend soccer TV listings: Thanksgiving edition

Happy thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey. Enjoy the matches. What are you going to watch -- besides Barcelona-Real Madrid? Many additional matches are available at espn3.com, foxsoccer.tv (All times are Eastern) THURSDAY Sudamericana, Independiente-Liga Quito 7:30 p.m. Fox Deportes Mexico playoffs, America-Santos Laguna 8 p.m. Galavision Mexico playoffs, Pumas-Monterrey 10 p.m....

By Steve Goff  | November 24, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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D.C. United acquires midfielder Dax McCarty from Portland Timbers for defender Rodney Wallace

D.C. United traded second-year defender Rodney Wallace to Portland on Wednesday for midfielder Dax McCarty, whom the Timbers had claimed from FC Dallas with the first overall pick in the MLS expansion draft hours earlier. United also received allocation money and sent a 2011 fourth-round pick to the Timbers, who...

By Steve Goff  | November 24, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Results of the MLS expansion draft

PORTLAND TIMBERS 1. FC Dallas MF Dax McCarty (FCD protects MF Daniel Hernandez) 2. Columbus D Eric Brunner (Crew protects MF Kevin Burns) 3. Columbus MF Adam Moffat (Crew no longer subject to selections) 4. Colorado D Anthony Wallace (Rapids protect MF Wells Thompson) 5. Real Salt Lake D David...

By Steve Goff  | November 24, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Wednesday kickaround: MLS expansion draft, MLS images, Washington Freedom exit, Americans abroad, Champions League TV listings

*The MLS expansion draft will begin at 2 p.m. ET, with the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps selecting 10 players apiece from a massive pool of candidates. For live audio coverage of the draft, click here. Or follow the Insider's coverage for updates as the picks are announced. *I wanted...

By Steve Goff  | November 24, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Euro Champions League, Freedom, MLS, TV  | Tags:  MLS  
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Memo to MLS: Jaime Moreno has not retired

On Monday evening, MLS put out a long list of the players available for selection by the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers in Wednesday's expansion draft. Protected players were left off the roll. So were young homegrown players, who are exempt from the draft, and veterans who had announced their...

By Steve Goff  | November 23, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Tuesday kickaround: MLS Cup ratings, Rapids rally, U.S. lower divisions, Americans abroad, TV listings

*No one watched the MLS Cup on TV. Well, almost no one. Blame it on the participation of two clubs with no national presence and small local support; no well-known star players; the late kickoff time (how do you expect to attract young viewers when the match begins at almost...

By Steve Goff  | November 23, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Euro Champions League, MLS, TV, USA 2nd division, USL, USSF  | Tags:  MLS  
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MLS identifies non-seniors for possible Generation Adidas contract offers after NCAA season

The Insider has obtained a list of non-senior college players identified by MLS for possible Generation Adidas contract offers after the NCAA tournament: Akron junior MF-F Darlington Nagbe Akron junior D Kofi Sarkodie Akron sophomore D Zarek Valentin California junior GK David Bingham Indiana junior F Will Bruin Maryland sophomore...

By Steve Goff  | November 23, 2010; 12:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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D.C. United's protected and unprotected lists ahead of the MLS expansion draft

Ahead of the MLS expansion draft Wednesday, D.C. United has announced its list of 11 protected and 11 unprotected players. As homegrown signings, midfielder Andy Najar, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Conor Shanosky are exempt from the draft and do not need to be protected. PROTECTED D Dejan Jakovic, MF...

By Steve Goff  | November 22, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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MLS Cup: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1

Read my match report. Watch the video package:...

By Steve Goff  | November 22, 2010; 1:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS Cup  
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MLS will explore conforming to international calendar; playoff field will expand; balanced schedule to remain in place in 2011

MLS will explore the possibility of conforming to international standards and play from late summer until spring with a winter break, Commissioner Don Garber said Sunday before the championship game in Toronto. "We have to start working on all of this. It would not be dissimilar to what the rest...

By Steve Goff  | November 21, 2010; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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MLS Cup pregame news & notes

*MLS Commissioner Don Garber will announce additional details about the 2011 scheduling and playoff formats this evening. On Saturday, he said that, for next season, the league plans to do some tweaking but won't make major changes. *A reminder that the MLS Cup will not kick off until about 8:55...

By Steve Goff  | November 21, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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American soccer players abroad

How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard and Everton at Sunderland on Monday Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-0 loss at Blackburn Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 loss at Blackpool Brad Guzan in the 18, didn't play for Aston Villa Dom Cervi not in...

By Steve Goff  | November 21, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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Sunday kickaround: MLS Cup, Barcelona, USA women, Maryland Terrapins, Georgetown Hoyas

*Eight months after it began, the MLS season concludes tonight at BMO Field in Toronto with two unlikely finalists. *The weather outlook at kickoff (8:55 p.m. local time): 43 degrees and cloudy with the chance of rain increasing later in the night. *The U.S. women's national team moved a step...

By Steve Goff  | November 21, 2010; 2:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer, MLS, Spain, Women  | Tags:  MLS  
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