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Friday kickaround: Olave is MLS top defender, USA women in Mexico, Salgado in D.C., Rooney in Oregon, Americans in Europe, Terrapins in action

By Steve Goff

*The MLS defender of the year is ... Jamison Olave of Real Salt Lake. The other finalists were teammate Nat Borchers and Los Angeles' Omar Gonzalez. RSL set the league record for fewest goals against (20).

*The U.S. women's national team will play for a World Cup berth tonight against host Mexico. With a victory, the Americans secure passage to Germany next summer. With an unlikely loss -- they're 24-0-1 vs. Mexico -- they'll have to win the third-place game and then play Italy in a playoff.

*Omar Salgado, the U.S. under-20 team forward who will be available in the MLS draft Jan. 13, is set to train with D.C. United for two weeks starting Saturday. He and DCU homegrown midfielder Conor Shanosky will then head to Atlanta for U-20 camp. Salgado, 17, is expected to be a first-round draft choice. United has the No. 3 pick behind expansion Portland and Vancouver.

*If you're in the Portland area, keep an eye out for Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, who is headed to Nike World for conditioning purposes.

For more.....

*Americans abroad:
F Jozy Alitdore 61 minutes in Villarreal's 1-0 loss at PAOK
MF Sacha Kljestan 90 in Anderlecht's 1-1 draw at AEK Athens

*Both Maryland soccer teams are in action tonight: The third-ranked men host Coastal Carolina in their regular season finale and are seeking a 10th consecutive victory. The women face Boston College in the ACC tournament semifinals in Cary, N.C.

By Steve Goff  | November 5, 2010; 10:02 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, England, MLS, Women  
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Comments

OT -- Florida State womens coach left 9 starters at home to rest for NCAA tourney, and played and lost the ACC tournament game with reserves.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I know this is a cheap ploy by the Go USA Bid people to have us spam everyone in our contact list, but Washington is #12 in city support for WC22. Interesting that the birthplace of soccer, Seattle, is #9. And how the expletive deleted did Indianapolis end up as #2?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... the largest building in the Nike Imperial Headquarters for Global Athletic Domination is named after a female soccer player. Not bad.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Jamison Olave:

More evidence to support the notion that Garth Lagerwey is MLS Executive of the Year.


Nat Borchers:

See above.

Garth Lagerwey:

KP thought Kasper would make a better GM than him.

Good luck to all of us DCU fans in 2011 if Will doesn't off this management team.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Wayne would be great with a chainsaw as the next Timber Jim

Posted by: OWNTF | November 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Would love it if we could pick up Omar. Probably won't the expansion clubs aren't that dumb.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | November 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So Wahl is tweeting a question about whether United is calling Marcelo Bielsa's people, now that he has resigned as Chile's coach. What are you hearing?

Posted by: seahawkdad | November 5, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

OT -- Florida State womens coach left 9 starters at home to rest for NCAA tourney, and played and lost the ACC tournament game with reserves.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 5, 2010 10:57 AM
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They may yet get one of the top 16 seeds, and thus home-field advantage in the first two rounds (they ranked 12th RPI-wise going into this week), but that is risky. They should have been gunning for one of the top eight seeds, which would have extended their home-field advantage.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

OT here, but apropos of something in a previous thread: I've been to Winslow, AZ. There is a hitchhiker statue there. Perhaps they've changed the traffic patterns since then, but when I was there, that was a one-way street, and the statue was facing the wrong way.

I wonder when someone will install a hitchhiker statue in Saginaw, MI.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I first learned of this video snippet from the Czech Republic from Soccer America:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijd87x4v87g

Posted by: universityandpark | November 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHA. That was great.


More seriously: Gooch and Ibra in a fight in training. The Google Translate version of the Gazzeta made it unclear what happened except that Ibra fouled Gooch hard, Gooch didn't take it too well, and someone grabbed someone by the neck. Teammates tried to seperate them, but were unable to (Ives makes a fine joke about Robinho and Ronaldinho jumping in).

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, bunch of tweets about an Onyewu vs Ibrahimovich dust up at practice that the rest of the squad couldn't break up. The tweets say Ibra took out Gooch's legs in a tackle unsuitable for practice.


Good to see Gooch getting some work in on the dumbbells....

Posted by: JkR- | November 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Who does Omar Salgado train with if he comes to DC United for 2 weeks at this time of year?

Is the team still training together 2 weeks after their season ended?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Rooney is going to hook up with Greg Oden whilst in town.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Wayne Rooney knows the meaning of the word "whilst".

Posted by: fischy | November 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@ Joel, Goff had mentioned something about some team conditioning in Washington going on with United. Then perhaps a break a little closer to Thanksgiving. Can't remember the thread, but swear there was some mention of it the other day. I think I recall him writing about Hamid's return to training?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Wayne Rooney knows the meaning of the word "whilst".

Posted by: fischy | November 5, 2010 2:53 PM
***
Given the recent tabloid allegations, I also suspect he got the wrong idea when Sir Alex said told him he was being sent to Beaverton for a week.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | November 5, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Zing!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Well all I can say is wayne "wonder"

Posted by: bk2erth | November 6, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

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