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Posted at 12:28 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

USA-Argentina update, Americans abroad, TV listings, Ben Olsen's art show

By Steve Goff

*The venue for the U.S.-Argentina friendly March 26 is about to be finalized, and after being mentioned as the early front-runner, Seattle is now completely out of contention, the Insider has learned. Match details are likely to be announced next week.

The Emerald City would've undoubtedly come out in full force to fill Qwest Field and provide the American squad with unwavering support, but site selection is much more complex than simply picking a city and putting tickets on sale. Whether it's a friendly, qualifier or tournament, there are always contractual issues (guarantees, revenue breakdowns, pricing, logistics, etc.). And if the USSF and the proposed city are unable to reach agreement, the sides move on. So where will the game take place? Your guess is as good as mine. Dallas? Miami? Phoenix?

*Americans abroad:
GK Tim Howard and Everton vs. Spurs
GK Brad Friedel, D Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa vs. Sunderland
GK Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves vs. Chelsea
MF Stuart Holden and Bolton vs. Wigan
MF-D Jonathan Spector and West Ham at Newcastle

*Soccer on TV:
England, Wolves-Chelsea 2:45 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
England, Arsenal-Manchester City 2:45 p.m. ESPN2
England, Blackburn-Liverpool 3 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus
England, Newcastle-West Ham 5 p.m. FSC
Spain Copa del Rey, Barcelona-Bilbao 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Several matches available live on and

*On Wednesday evening in Adams Morgan, meet D.C. United Coach Ben Olsen. Admire artwork by Olsen, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and others. Support a good cause. Details here.

"I started painting when I was hurt" with ankle injuries, he said. "I was going crazy sitting around. It was good therapy for me. It's still kind of therapy now in different ways. This real job thing has cut into my painting. As a spoiled athlete, I had plenty of time to do it."

By Steve Goff  | January 5, 2011; 12:28 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Argentina, D.C. United, TV, U.S. men's national team, USSF  | Tags:  Americans abroad, Argentina, Ben Olsen, U.S. national team  
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USMNT on Jan 26th? Has there been a date change? The email I just received from US Soccer says the match is on Jan 22nd.

Posted by: mmathai1 | January 5, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Duh. Apparently I'm illiterate.

Posted by: mmathai1 | January 5, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

It's off-topic, but I wanted to post my thoughts on Olsen's (and Kasper and Payne's) plans for the squad. I tried posting this afternoon, but my post didn't show up for some reason.

Goff quoted the FO as saying they might try to add young foreign players. I wanted to point out they dang-well better do that. The new roster rules would make it professional malpractice if they don't. Roster spots #25-40 go to young players and don't count against the cap. DCU had four homegrown players now (Wow!). Presumably, they're going to draft a young GenAdidas player with their first round pick. That should leave one open spot to use for an international signing that wouldn't count towards the team's salary cap.

There's no point in using that slot for the second-round pick or for Junior Carreiro -- the slot should be maximized by using it for someone with a six-figure salary. I'm assuming that Dax isn't eligible for the slot, since I'm guessing it's not meant for those who have previously counted towards the cap. So, the team really needs to make a concerted effort to bring in at least one such foreign player.It might even make sense to use that slot for more than one foreigner, if the team can get someone who can really contribute immediately and who would command a significant salary.

All of the above assumes that the six youth slots would include both homegrown players and Gen ADidas. If one or the other grouping is in addition to the youth slots, then there would be even more off-cap slots for DCU to use. I'm pretty sure that's not the case, but I haven't seen an answer to this question.

Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

I meant it might make sense to use more than one of the youth slots (##25-30) to bring in pricier talented young foreigner -- and count one or more of the relatively lower salaries for young American towards the cap. Sorry for the typos.

Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2011 1:45 AM | Report abuse

ah...your second post clears it up, fish. even so, just because it doesn't count against the cap doesn't mean dcu doesn't have to pay it. I'm guessing the FO won't be bringing in anyone very expensive. instead, we'll be getting players of whom few have heard and fewer have seen. hope we get lucky.

Posted by: troy6 | January 5, 2011 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Nice quotes again by Olsen on the painting thing.

As I plan in going, I'd love that Argentina friendly in Miami to cut down on my costs, but I don't want to have to go that stadium. The stadium nerd I am makes Dallas and Phoenix MUCH more appealing.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 5, 2011 3:41 AM | Report abuse

Been looking for a good reason to visit my siblings living in Phoenix...
If not this go around, surely in the next WC qualifying cycle. Hopefully some matches will be scheduled there then.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 5, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

USA v Argentina at RFK, where the roaches are bigger than Messi.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 5, 2011 7:11 AM | Report abuse

It appears Josh Wicks has landed in Finland.

Posted by: DaninFL | January 5, 2011 8:08 AM | Report abuse

wicks in Finland? OK, folks in Aland, all together now, "Fi Fan! Tusan! Javle svin!"

Posted by: troy6 | January 5, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Wicks is whäck

Posted by: OWNTF | January 5, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Mariehamn has a tattoo parlor.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 5, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

If Wicks stomps on someone in Finland, is that called a "Wicki-lick?"

Inquiring minds want to know :)

Posted by: edmundburke247 | January 5, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@Troy -- I'm not sure how that works -- not sure it's ever been made clear to the public.

We know that teams don't have to pay the Gen Adidas players' wages. Homegrown players? I don't think that it's ever been made clear whether their salaries are paid by the clubs or the league. New foreign imports under the youth player cap exemptions? Also, I think we have no answer about who is paying their salaries.

One can imagine why the league would want to require teams to cover the cost, just as they do for the cap-excluded DP amounts above $335k. On the other hand, if the league is trying to encourage teams to sign talented youth players abroad, the salary-cap exemption might not be incentive enough if the teams are fully responsible for paying the salaries.

It would be really interesting to find out whether the clubs or the league is paying the salaries for the 24 and under players. Goff, can you shed some light?

Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

edmundburke247 i dont get yer "joke".... explain!


Posted by: bonghits4gomez | January 5, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

USA v Argentuna at York College soccer field. I guarentee a sellout the 2,000 seat... umm stadium!

@ Fisch...Not sure FO feels the NEED to spend up to the cap.

@ Bong...It's a decent joke. Wicki-lick sounds like Wiki-leak and Wicks likes to stomp. Wicks is headed to Finland.

@ Edmund Finland need not be part of the joke. When Wicks stomps in DC or anywhere it can and SHOULD be called a Wicki-lick.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 5, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it could be two separate seasons, like the Apertura/Clausura set-up the rest of the Western Hemisphere uses.
Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2011 11:51 AM

fiscy - did DadRyan drop off one of his homemade bolivian frosted Bearclaws (danish) & a 5 hour energy cocktail to you this morning?
Maryland Stadium Authority & DCU to meet at NSCAA Coaches Convention next week in Baltimore prior to the MLS SuperDraft.
Should be an Akron Zip draft reunion party & Herman Tropy celebration. Go Zips!
Steve Zakuani is scheduled to appear & has a #10 DadRyan XXXL stain resistant Seattle jersey set for delivery!

9Nine9 can you bring your Taxi by the Convention Center Wednesday Night a bunch of us need a lift to Little Italy for the pre-draft dinner.
Highlandtown United has a nice ring to it & Santino can hook everyone up with great parking!
Happy New Year DadRyan & my best to everyone @ SuperFresh in Bowie...

Posted by: Zipfutbol | January 5, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: edmundburke247 | January 5, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yurts, triple XL Flounders jerseys for me to wipe my @$$ with!?
Hey man, I'll get down with some totally awesome fist pumping if I can tag along on your pre draft Guidos' night out super jam? Any chicks gonna be there? LOLZ.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 5, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Goff thanks for the update. This blows as I am resident nearby here in Seattle. Don't be too sure about Seattleans coming in force. They have prove thatthey are club centri and anything outside Sounder land they won't go to. Proof is the last Gold Cup and the US was here. The outcome was mediocre at best in the stands.

Posted by: silentbat | January 5, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

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