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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Tuesday kickaround: Ben Olsen, Marcus Hahnemann, Americans abroad, TV listings, NCAA schedule

By Steve Goff

*For those who just can't get enough Ben Olsen news, I present the full story from Monday's festivities at RFK Stadium.

*Wolverhampton Manager Mick McCarthy, on dropping American keeper Marcus Hahnemann in favor of Wayne Hennessey:

"Marcus had no problem with it. He was absolutely terrific. I'll be sticking with Wayne. I wouldn't have just put him in for one game [3-2 win over Sunderland] and if we'd got beaten and he'd made a mistake, changed it. That would have been grossly unfair. He's got to be given another chance. He was our number one, the top jolly, wasn't he? He had a tough time and then Marcus came in [last year]. But we'd not kept a clean sheet, we'd not been winning games and it was my decision to change it."

*Americans abroad:
D Jonathan Spector and West Ham vs. Manchester United (Carling Cup)
D Frank Simek, F Mike Grella for Carlisle vs. Sheffield Wednesday (Football League Trophy)

*Soccer on TV:
West Ham-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv

*Kickoff times (Eastern) are set for the NCAA quarterfinals:
Friday
#5 Southern Methodist at #4 North Carolina, 7 p.m.
Saturday
#10 Michigan at #2 Maryland, 1 p.m.
#6 California at #3 Akron, 4 p.m.
#8 UCLA at #1 Louisville, 7 p.m.

*The Women's College Cup semifinals are Friday in Cary, N.C.:
Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 4 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPNU)
Stanford vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

By Steve Goff  | November 30, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, England, TV  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Comments

How is it that in one breathe Payne says Olson will decide on his assistants and then in the next he says Asst. Kelderman will have a different role to play. Kasper should show a little respect because without Simpson or Kelderman at his side, young Benny would not have won a single game. Then again, that is completely outside his capabilities.

Ben, you're just another puppet in in the Kabuki play that Payne has going. You really have no control at all, and its going to be painful when you find out

Posted by: Ruthie1 | November 30, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

+1 for Kabuki being used in a comment

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | November 30, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Although I disagree with Ruthie's assessment, I second the appreciation for using Kabuki in a comment.

Posted by: Pedalada | November 30, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

and to think they laughed at me at work when i called myself "the top jolly".

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 30, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if Seattle wants to welcome another bald ancient mariner back into home port . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | November 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Football League Trophy? That seems like such a boring name...

Posted by: Reignking | November 30, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I can't wit until we found out how many people turned down Payne and how he had to crawl back to Benny while simultaneously begging Ben to be a good soldier.

Posted by: beach3 | November 30, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

off topic, but this was a really good article about the bidding/selection process for 2018/2022:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/947b1958-f75f-11df-8b42-00144feab49a.html

a quote from the end re: US vs. Qatari bids and the odds being posted:

"Yet the best current guesses of the lobbyists and bidders around the coffee tables are Russia for 2018 and the US for 2022. (True, William Hill has Qatar as runaway favourite for 2022, but the bookmaker explains that very few punters have bet on the 2022 race, and so a couple of large-ish bets on Qatar would be enough to skew the odds.)"

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Why are punters betting on the 2022 race? Don't they have balls to kick or boats to propel?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 30, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Football League Trophy? That seems like such a boring name...
Posted by: Reignking | November 30, 2010 11:13 AM
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It's boring, but it's better than the Harrod's Shield or the Fortnum and Mason Cup? I'd cite a third example with a British automaker, but, you know...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 30, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

They just name it what it is... Let's hope Carlisle (Grella/Simek) make it happen. Good kids...

My bumpy call to the USSF to voice my criticism of the youth development system:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rouAAnr3uyo

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Football League Trophy? That seems like such a boring name...

Posted by: Reignking | November 30, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dwreck1971 | November 30, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Messiah College men's and women's teams return to the NCAA Final 4 this weekend, in San Antonio.

As the founding (and only) member of Americans United for the Separation of Atheists and Power, I strongly support this development.

@dimes: well played.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 30, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Football League Trophy:

Irregardless, at the end of the day it is what it is.

;-)

Posted by: Ron16 | November 30, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Marcus Hahnemann, the petrolhead from Seattle..." WTF???

Posted by: b18bolo | November 30, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Marcus Hahnemann, the petrolhead from Seattle..." WTF???

Posted by: b18bolo | November 30, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

D Wreck you are a warped but very funny dude

Posted by: OWNTF | November 30, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Holy Spector brace!!!

West Ham 1 (Jonathan Spector 22) Man Utd 0
West Ham 2 (Jonathan Spector 37) Man Utd 0

Posted by: Kev29 | November 30, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Truly amazing from Spector who is rumored on his way out of West Ham this January. Has now doubled the number of goals scored in England for his career!!!!

Posted by: agoldhammer | November 30, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

And who is the sports editor at WashPost? No wonder people stop buying the print version when we can read pages on high-school sports and obscure university games, but there is no mention of probably the most anticipated soccer game in the world? Barcelona versus Real Madrid did not deserve a few lines in today's paper? Was it too late for inclusion (it only ended before 5 pm yesterday!)?

Posted by: kpirsl | November 30, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

also of note, Spector is playing center midfield in Scott Parkers role. good for him i hope he gets his swagger back after this

Posted by: pino149 | November 30, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Topsy-turvy. Spector with two on ManU while Hahnemann get's benched and Jermaine Jones is demoted to Schalke's reserves:

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/5865894/schalke-sends-us-midfielder-jermaine-jones-reserve-team

Posted by: benonthehill | November 30, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

And who is the sports editor at WashPost?

Posted by: kpirsl | November 30, 2010 3:29 PM

I believe it's Matt Vita

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/matthew+vita/

Posted by: Kev29 | November 30, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Great. Go ahead and move him back to striker now. Look what moving him halfway back up the field did just did for his game, and surely his confidence.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Great. Go ahead and move him back to striker now. Look what moving him halfway back up the field did just did for his game, and surely his confidence.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Robert Greene almost blows another by punting it directly into a Man United forward, it deflects to the other, but Greene is able to dive his feet in there and knock it away.

3-0!!!!! Cole in the 56th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

If Bob Bradley had played Spector at midfield instead of his son, we would have won the World Cup.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

4!!!! Cole posts up on Johnny Evans, turns him, slots home easy, 4-0 in the 67th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This obviously proves that Spector is a much better player than Chicharito.

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This obviously proves that Spector is a much better player than Chicharito.

Posted by: BooThisMan | November 30, 2010 4:20 PM

By the way, I love the attempts by English commentators to pronounce Chicharito.

"O'Shea finds Chick-ahh-ritt-oh"

Posted by: Kev29 | November 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Great to see Spector in the midfield -- the US doesn't need a left back.

Posted by: Reignking | November 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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