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Soccer Insider: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

D.C. United trades Troy Perkins to Portland Timbers for Steve Cronin and financial considerations

Troy Perkins' second stint with D.C. United lasted only one season. The veteran goalkeeper was traded Friday to the expansion Portland Timbers for goalie Steve Cronin and allocation money, the MLS clubs announced. "I'm pretty shocked," Perkins, 29, told the Insider, "but all in all, it's a good move for...

By Steve Goff  | December 17, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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UEFA Champions League round-of-16 draw

The pairings are set for the UEFA Champions League round of 16, with matches set to begin Feb. 15. For the complete schedule, click here. Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk AC Milan vs. Tottenham Valencia vs Schalke Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich Lyon vs. Real Madrid Arsenal vs. Barcelona Marseille vs....

By Steve Goff  | December 17, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Euro Champions League  | Tags:  UEFA Champions League  
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Video: Maryland Terrapins' top 10 goals

Though they fell short of an NCAA championship, the Maryland Terrapins enjoyed a phenomenal season, winning 15 consecutive matches before their quarterfinal defeat and featuring several players with professional qualities. (On the video, you'll see high-quality strikes by juniors Matt Kassel and Casey Townsend, who are weighing early entry into...

By Steve Goff  | December 17, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Soccer  | Tags:  Maryland Terrapins  
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Video: Another victory for Qatar soccer

How did Qatar, ranked 104th in the world and 15th in the Asian confederation, defeat African champion Egypt, 2-1, in a friendly Thursday? No, the FIFA executive committee wasn't involved. But this wayward backpass helped:...

By Steve Goff  | December 16, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Africa, Qatar  | Tags:  Qatar  
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Washington's RFK Stadium will host two quarterfinal matches in 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

RFK Stadium has been selected to host two quarterfinal matches in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship for national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. The matches in Washington will take place as a doubleheader on June 19, a Sunday. Assuming they advance, the United...

By Steve Goff  | December 16, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  CONCACAF, Gold Cup, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  CONCACAF Gold Cup  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Club World Cup

What are you going to watch? Many matches are available at espn3.com and foxsoccer.tv. (All times are Eastern) FRIDAY Germany, Moenchengladbach-Hamburg 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes SATURDAY England, Sunderland-Bolton 7:30 a.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Germany, Eintracht Frankfurt-Dortmund 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Arsenal-Stoke 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Birmingham-Newcastle 10 a.m....

By Steve Goff  | December 16, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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Video: Inter Milan 3, Seongnam 0

European champion Inter Milan advanced the FIFA Club World Cup final with a 3-0 victory over Seongnam of South Korea. Diego Milito's back-heel set up the second goal and he scored the third for Inter, which will face tournament darling Mazembe of DR Congo in Saturday's title match in Abu...

By Steve Goff  | December 15, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Club World Cup, Italy  | Tags:  Club World Cup  
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D.C. United selects veteran forward Josh Wolff with first pick in MLS re-entry draft

D.C. United claimed former U.S. national team forward Josh Wolff with the first overall pick in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft Wednesday. He signed a one-year contract with a club-held option in 2012, United General Manager Dave Kasper said. Although terms were not disclosed, Wolff, who will...

By Steve Goff  | December 15, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Wednesday kickaround: MLS, FIFA rankings, U.S. national team, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The second stage of the inaugural MLS re-entry draft will take place at 2 p.m. ET, with D.C. United holding the first pick. A lot of big names are available, including Juan Pablo Angel and Jimmy Conrad, and in this round, clubs essentially acquire a player's league rights and attempt...

By Steve Goff  | December 15, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Club World Cup, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  FIFA, MLS  
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Video: Mazembe shocks Internacional, 2-0, in the Club World Cup semifinals

Watch the DR Congo club's goals and goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba's bouncing celebration during a 2-0 upset over Brazil's Internacional in the Club World Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi. Mazembe, the first non-European or South American side to reach the final, will face Inter Milan or Seongnam (South Korea) on Saturday....

By Steve Goff  | December 14, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Africa, Club World Cup  | Tags:  Club World Cup  
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D.C. United signs Maryland's Ethan White to homegrown contract; Terps goalkeeper Zac MacMath is also turning pro

Ethan White, a sophomore central defender for the University of Maryland, is leaving school to sign with D.C. United. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate rose through United's youth academy and will sign a contract under the MLS homegrown initiative, which encourages clubs to develop and sign emerging players. White,...

By Steve Goff  | December 14, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, Maryland Terrapins  
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Tuesday kickaround: WPS demise, MLS re-entry draft, Edgar Castillo loan, Club World Cup

*Women's Professional Soccer launched less than two years ago with seven franchises. Today, only Boston, New Jersey and Washington remain from the original group. On Monday, Chicago became the fourth founding team in 11 months to shut down. The league pledges to press on with six clubs -- Atlanta, Philadelphia...

By Steve Goff  | December 14, 2010; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Club World Cup, MLS, Mexico, TV, Women  | Tags:  Club World Cup, MLS, WPS  
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USA-Egypt friendly in Cairo, Jordan Graye on move again, wedding plans for Kyle Martino

*The U.S. national team will play African Cup champion Egypt on Feb. 9 in a friendly in Cairo, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday. The Americans are also set to play Chile on Jan. 22 in Carson, Calif., and hoping to arrange a match with Argentina in late March. "To...

By Steve Goff  | December 13, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Africa, D.C. United, MLS, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  D.C. United, Eva Amurri, U.S. national team  
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Monday kickaround: Arsenal-Manchester United, Akron NCAA champions, Virginia goalkeeper

*A Premier League showdown will unfold on ESPN2 (and ESPN3.com) today: Arsenal at Manchester United, 3 p.m. ET. The Gunners have 32 points from 16 matches, followed by Manchester City with 32 from 17, Manchester United 31 from 15 and Chelsea 31 from 17. *Akron won its first NCAA championship...

By Steve Goff  | December 13, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer, England  | Tags:  Akron Zips, Arsenal, Manchester United, Virginia Cavaliers  
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American soccer players abroad: Stuart Holden scores late winner for Bolton vs. Blackburn

Riveting video: After Blackburn scores a late equalizer from a fine build-up, Bolton answers on the kickoff with American Stuart Holden striking the winning volley in the 88th minute..... How select Americans playing abroad fared this weekend: GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 0-0 draw with Wigan Brad Friedel 90...

By Steve Goff  | December 12, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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