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Wednesday kickaround: MLS awards, Carolina Challenge, Josh Wicks, college soccer, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*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 from a bust last year to brilliance this season. Other finalists were New York's Chris Albright and Dallas' Brek Shea.

*D.C. United, Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire are headed to South Carolina on March 5-12 for the eighth annual Carolina Challenge, a preseason tournament hosted by the USL-2 champion Charleston Battery. If you have the opportunity, go! Charleston is a wonderful coastal city, and Blackbaud Stadium is among American soccer's finest small facilities. The Three Lions Pub is built into the stadium.

*Josh Wicks, the former United and Galaxy goalkeeper, is going to sign with Finnish club IFK Mariehamn, his agent tells the Insider.

*The four ACC quarterfinals will take place today, beginning with second-seeded Maryland vs. seventh-seeded Clemson at noon. Yesterday, in the highest-scoring match in tournament history, No. 8 North Carolina State ousted No. 9 Virginia Tech, 6-3.

*The latest RPI index, which helps determine the NCAA tournament field, is now available.

*Congrats to Washington's Catholic University, which is headed to the Division III tournament after winning its second straight Landmark Conference title. The Cardinals (11-5-4) have an 11-game unbeaten streak and will play Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.

For today's TV offerings.....

*Soccer on TV:
All times are Eastern
Spain Copa del Rey, Real Madrid-Real Murcia 2 p.m. GolTV
England, Chelsea-Fulham 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
England, Wigan-Liverpool 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus
England, Manchester United-Manchester City 3 p.m. ESPN2
England, West Ham-West Brom 5 p.m. FSP
England, Newcastle-Blackburn 5 p.m. FSC
Sudamericana, Palmeiras-Atletico Mineiro 6:30 p.m. Fox Deportes
Italy, AC Milan-Palermo 7 p.m. FSP
Sudamericana, LDU Quito-Newell's Old Boys 9 p.m. Fox Deportes

*Numerous matches are available online at foxsoccer.tv and ESPN3.com.

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, TV, USL  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

Gonna have to follow the yellow brick road in preseason, just to get my fix.

Posted by: bk2erth | November 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Gonna have to follow the yellow brick road in preseason, just to get my fix.

Posted by: bk2erth | November 10, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

At Blackbaud - double rainbow!! Double rainbow!!!

Posted by: fallschurch1 | November 10, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Also, the Charleston Food & Wine Festival is March 3-6th.

Posted by: Reignking | November 10, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Ohio Wesleyan is a very good team--ranked #2 in D3 with a 16-1-2 record. So Catholic got nailed in the draw.

Posted by: hungrypug | November 10, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Waiting for OWNTF's comment on Wicks.....

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The Comeback award shouldn't be the "Comeback from Sucking" award. I've always thought it more appropriate for someone who's battled back from severe injury or other adversity.

Posted by: mmathai1 | November 10, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Convey is a soccer zombie -- back from the dead.

Posted by: Reignking | November 10, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Given the winner and one of the finalists, it's a comeback award for having been with DC Untied. That qualifies as severe adversity, doesn't it?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 10, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

That Charleston Cup reminds me -- we did win a trophy this year!

Posted by: Reignking | November 10, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Wicks's new assignment, how do you say, "Red Card" in Finnish?

Posted by: schmegegge | November 10, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to be back in Charleston!!! I'd go there with or without this excuse. Also, nice to see a new team dice RSL had been the fourth the last few years.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to be back in Charleston!!! I'd go there with or without this excuse. Also, nice to see a new team dice RSL had been the fourth the last few years.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Wicks is finnished . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | November 10, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Wicks signs with Mariehamn -- he'll be in the mix to replace Willis Ochieng (IFK's Kenyan keeper this last season), who is looking to play in Sweden.

IFK Mariehamn is a remarkable Finnish club, not only because they hail from the Aland Islands (from a town of 11,000 people) and play in the top division in Finland. This last season, IFK assured its place in the Veikkausliiga with the addition of two former Real Maryland Monarchs -- Mason Trafford and Giuseppe Funicello -- and the USL2 player of the year, Charleston's Lamar Neagle. Neagle's goals, in fact, were instrumental in keeping the team's improbable run in the top flight alive for another year.

It is great to see a European club welcome American (and Canadian) players and for the experience of those players to be good enough that more Americans are willing to give it a try.

Posted by: CPAddick | November 10, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to be back in Charleston!!! I'd go there with or without this excuse. Also, nice to see a new team since RSL had been the fourth the last few years.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to be back in Charleston!!! I'd go there with or without this excuse. Also, nice to see a new team since RSL had been the fourth the last few years.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Josh Wicks, I hope he can manage his temper. He obviously wants to continue with his soccer career after the embarassing end to his 2009 season - he's been hanging around the loud side stands at RFK at a few of this year's home games.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Man, I even refreshed. Sorry guys.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Wicks is done, you fools! You can't have anger issues and a temper and be successful, morons! Don't be so stupid! SHUT UP ALREADY, YOU IDIOTS! Wicks is DONE! HE'S TOO ANGRY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 10, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Saborio: proof of Kasper's incompetence. He should have been on our team, bur BBK is so wrapped up with his personal business with an Argentina agent that he wouldn't consider an available player right under his nose playing at RFK.

Saborio: proof that Garth Lagerwey is 2010 MLS Executive of the Year. You can throw Olave into that as well. Garth engineered the player moves that produced RSL's era of excellence, 2008-10

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 10, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Streeeeeeeeetch.

Posted by: Reignking | November 10, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Limooooooooooooo

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 10, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I get it. We're playing password.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Awesome to hear that the club is going back to Charleston in March. Missed it last year after having too much fun the year before. Perhaps 2011 will be our return.
Cool to see Chicago added, I get a feeling they'll have more travel support than RSL have seemed to drum up.
The supporters pub crawl is a lot of fun, and Charleston's supporters are some of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of swilling beers with.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 10, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Crap...

"43 min - Rangers substitution: Maurice Edu injured, replaced by Vladimir Weiss"

Posted by: Kev29 | November 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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