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Wednesday kickaround: Clarence Goodson, USA women, Maryland Terrapins, ACC tournament, Americans abroad, TV listings

*According to Norwegian and Danish reports, U.S. World Cup defender Clarence Goodson (Springfield, Va., University of Maryland) is apparently moving from Start to Brondby.

*Who says the USA won't play Mexico in World Cup qualifying anymore? Perhaps the men won't, but the women will. By virtue of Canada's 3-0 victory over the Mexicans in the CONCACAF group finale, the Americans will face Mexico on Friday night in Cancun (10 p.m. ET) for a berth in next summer's World Cup in Germany. Canada plays Costa Rica for the other automatic berth.

*Third-ranked Maryland won its ninth straight match, ending William & Mary's 10-game unbeaten streak with a decisive 3-0 victory.

*The ACC women's tournament commences today in Cary, N.C., with quarterfinal matches, including second-seeded Maryland vs. seventh-seeded Duke at 5 p.m. Brian Pensky of the Terrapins was named conference coach of the year.

For Americans abroad and TV listings.....

*Americans abroad:
MF Maurice Edu 84 minutes in Rangers' 3-0 loss at Valencia
D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 2-0 win over Tranmere
F Mike Grella 90 for Carlisle

*Soccer on TV:
AC Milan-Real Madrid 3:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes, DirecTV (487)

Chelsea-Spartak Moscow 3:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, DirecTV Channel 488 (tape at 6 on FSC)

Shakhtar Donetsk-Arsenal 3:30 p.m. DirecTV Channel 486 (tape at 5:30 on Fox Deportes, tape at 8 on FSC)

Basel-Roma 3:30 p.m. DirecTV (481)
Auxerre-Ajax 3:30 p.m. DirecTV (482)
Cluj-Bayern Munich 3:30 p.m. DirecTV (483)
Zilinia-Marseille 3:30 p.m. DirecTV (484)
Partizan Belgrade-Braga 3:30 p.m. DirecTV (485)

* will show every Champions League match, except AC Milan-Real Madrid, live online.

By Steve Goff  | November 3, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, College Soccer, Euro Champions League, TV, Women  
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My unavoidable comment on the real news: Tough morning for Americans, home and abroad.

So, what do we know about this guy from Utah, who's going to be the District's new Supreme Overlord? Is he a soccer fan? Would he like to see the Redskins back in DC, with a soccer stadium on the same grounds?

Posted by: fischy | November 3, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Hopium buzz is over. Sorry, fischy.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 3, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Aaagh fisch, we had the moral high ground going here because the last few OT political comments had been coming from the right.

Now cry havoc and let loose the dogs of Thor . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | November 3, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If there is one constant in American politics, it is change. And having two parties.

What guy from Utah?

Posted by: Reignking | November 3, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

My Norwegian (or is that Danish?) is pretty rusty--could you translate your link to the Goodson article? ;)

Speaking of the US/Mexico rivalry, you have to love the peace and harmony going on between Dempsey and Salcido at Fulham.

Also, Part 3 of the interview with the always interesting Jimmy Conrad on US Soccer:

Posted by: dwreck1971 | November 3, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Najar wins Rookie of the Year

Posted by: VTUnited | November 3, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives hate soccer. Liberals hate sports (unless they are co-rec, non-contact, and without score keeping). Ergo, no stadium for United.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 3, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Ah fischy, Happy Independents Day! Don't be too disheartened, for the great moderate mass in the middle remains poised to administer the same sound beating in 2012 if the new 2012 guys deviate as far from common sensibilities as have the gang that came in 2 and 4 years ago.

As for your question, the new Overlord was in fact a high school soccer player from Southern California who converted to manly football and set placekicking records at BYU. He also started out as a lib working for Dukakis before tacking hard right politically. See (slanted) profile attached.

I would be curious if he took a stand on the RSL stadium.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Arguably, Mwanga had a better season for Philly than Najar....

Posted by: dwreck1971 | November 3, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

oh man, Clarence is just going to LOVE Copenhagen. that is one fun town. hope he can keep his head on straight.

Posted by: troy6 | November 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I read through the Danish article. It says lots of nice things about Clarence and claims news of the transfer is a journalistic scoop, but it admits that it ain't a done deal yet, at least publicly.

By the way, that tabloid paper has great page 3 girls (nsfw). But I always read it for the articles.

Posted by: troy6 | November 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@ troy6 - you were close...Ekstra Bladet has a page 9 (side 9) girl. I lived in Denmark 3 years - their version of TV Guide had a "girl of the week" photo spread in the middle of the TV listings! Brondby is a very good club - right up with FC Copenhagen as top of the league - but I was hoping Goodson would end up in Germany. He needs to play against higher level teams more often to stay in the mix for Brasil '12.

Posted by: soccerman | November 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Page 3, page 9. If the Washington Post really want to survive in the digital age, they should add that feature. Of course, copying the Europeans would make them Eurosnobs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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