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Soccer Insider: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

D.C. United interested in Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad for an assistant coaching position

Pat Onstad, a two-time MLS goalkeeper of the year, is unlikely to return to the Houston Dynamo and, according to sources, has been approached by D.C. United about joining its coaching staff to oversee the keeper corps. Tim Mulqueen, the goalies coach for U.S. youth national teams and the early...

By Steve Goff  | December 11, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Video: Spectacular goal for Inverness vs. Rangers

A 50-yard run, a swerving effort and a funky celebration by Jonathan Hayes for Inverness during a 1-1 draw with Rangers: Inverness CT 1-0 RangersSimão | Myspace Video...

By Steve Goff  | December 11, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Scotland  | Tags:  Scotland  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, NCAA College Cup

What are you going to watch? Many additional matches are available at espn3.com, foxsoccer.tv (All times are Eastern) FRIDAY Club World Cup, Pachuca-Mazembe 11 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Germany, Hanover-Stuttgart 2:30 p.m. GolTV England, QPR-Watford 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus NCAA semifinal, North Carolina-Louisville 8:30 p.m. ESPNU NCAA semifinal, Akron-Michigan...

By Steve Goff  | December 9, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Soccer books for the holidays

With the holiday season upon us, we toast Colorado and Qatar, Inter Milan and Internacional, Forlan and Fabregas, España and Essien, Donovan and Dempsey, Messi and Mandela, Villa and the vuvuzela. We remember who has been naughty (FIFA executive committee) and nice (Bafana Bafana supporters). We await a visit from...

By Steve Goff  | December 9, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Books, History  | Tags:  soccer books  
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Video: Independiente's Facundo Parra scores with a volley from sitting position in the penalty area

In the Copa Sudamericana finals, won by Independiente, Facundo Parra of the Argentine club gives new definition to a sitter by stabbing the ball into the net after falling to the turf:...

By Steve Goff  | December 9, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Argentina, Copa Sudamericana  | Tags:  Copa Sundamericana  
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D.C. United roster status

With six weeks until training camp opens (yes, just six weeks), D.C. United's roster is still very much a work in progress. Additional player acquisitions are possible through the second stage of the re-entry draft next Wednesday; the SuperDraft (college players) on Jan. 13; international, homegrown and free agent signings;...

By Steve Goff  | December 8, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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D.C. United selects Houston Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya in the MLS re-entry draft

D.C. United selected Houston Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya with the first pick in the inaugural MLS re-entry draft. "He fills a need and is someone who we always liked," General Manager Dave Kasper said. Although several big-name players out of contract or whose option was declined were available, such as...

By Steve Goff  | December 8, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Wednesday kickaround: MLS re-entry draft, Club World Cup, Hapoel Tel Aviv goal, TV listings

*The day has finally arrived! The inaugural MLS re-entry draft is here! Okay, so maybe just a few players will be selected and the high-profile veterans will be passed over for financial reasons. But the fact that this is even taking place -- players able to move between clubs in...

By Steve Goff  | December 8, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Club World Cup, Euro Champions League, MLS, TV  | Tags:  Club World Cup, MLS  
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MLS draft news & notes

While we await the inaugural MLS re-entry draft Wednesday afternoon and the possibility of prominent veterans moving to new clubs, the build-up to the Jan. 13 SuperDraft continues. The latest buzz on the Maryland quartet weighing the future is that all four are exploring an early exit from school but...

By Steve Goff  | December 7, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Tuesday kickaround: Ronaldinho-Galaxy talks, D.C. United, MLS re-entry draft, Virginia's Restrepo, Champions League TV listings

*The 50,000-plus followers of the Insider's Twitter page read about it Monday, and here it is again: The Los Angeles Galaxy is awaiting word from Ronaldinho and his representatives about the Brazilian superstar's interest in joining the club next season, a source familiar with the situation said. The Galaxy "doesn't...

By Steve Goff  | December 7, 2010; 12:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Brazil, College Soccer, D.C. United, Euro Champions League, MLS, TV  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, Ronaldinho  
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Poll: FIFA player and coach of the year

The finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the best player of 2010 were announced today -- all three are from some little club in the Catalan region and two helped Spain win its first World Cup title: FC Barcelona MF Andres Iniesta (Spain) FC Barcelona MF Xavi Hernandez...

By Steve Goff  | December 6, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Argentina, Barcelona, FIFA, Real Madrid, Spain  | Tags:  FC Barcelona, FIFA  
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American soccer players abroad: Goals for Bradley and Bocanegra, assist for Dempsey

Video of Clint Dempsey's outstanding assist for Fulham in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-1 draw at Chelsea Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan for Aston Villa at Liverpool Monday Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 3-0 loss at Blackburn Dom Cervi and Celtic...

By Steve Goff  | December 5, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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College soccer roundup: 20 goals in 3 matches

Since MLS's launch 15 years ago and the increasing number of players signing pro contracts at a young age, college soccer has dropped a notch on the American scene. Nonetheless, attendance figures have risen and programs have continued to serve as a feeder for MLS development. And on Saturday, three...

By Steve Goff  | December 5, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  college soccer  
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Video: Samir Nasri goal for Arsenal vs. Fulham

By Steve Goff  | December 5, 2010; 12:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  England, France  | Tags:  Arsenal  
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