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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, Americans abroad, Gold Cup, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*With the No. 31 overall pick (second round) in the MLS supplemental draft, D.C. United chose South Carolina forward Blake Brettschneider, a Georgia native who had seven goals and 10 assists last season. United did not have a first-round selection and passed in the third round. Brettschneider, who will be on trial with United, was the Conference USA co-player of the year.

"Blake is a versatile player -- he played wherever he was needed in college," DCU assistant coach Chad Ashton said.

*United's first away match on the league schedule, March 26 at New England, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution announced. That's good news for those wanting to watch on TV both the MLS game and the U.S.-Argentina friendly, which begins at 7 p.m. at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

*Americans abroad:
Tuesday
GK Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 5-0 win over Doncaster
(Advanced to FA Cup's fourth round)
F Jozy Altidore 62 in Villarreal's 3-0 loss at Sevilla
(Eliminated from Copa del Rey on 6-3 aggregate)
MF Maurice Edu 10 in Rangers' 1-0 win over Inverness
D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 4-0 win over Huddersfield
(First leg of Football League Trophy's Northern Section finals)

Wednesday
D Oguchi Onyewu and Twente vs. Heracles

*Honduras clinched a Gold Cup berth with a 3-1 victory over Guatemala, which will have to play Nicaragua in the Copa CentroAmericana fifth-place match for the final berth this summer.

For today's TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:
Copa Italia, Roma-Lazio 2:40 p.m. GolTV
FA Cup, Leeds-Arsenal 3 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
Copa del Rey, Betis-Barcelona 4 p.m. ESPN Deportes
South American U-20s, Peru-Argentina 6 p.m. ESPN Deportes

Matches also available on ESPN3.com and foxsoccer.tv

By Steve Goff  | January 19, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, Gold Cup, MLS, TV  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 19, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I hope this Brett Mussburger kid can help the offense. How old is he?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Inflation even affects mythology. Heracles now has 20 tasks.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 19, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/9366577.stm

This should be entertaining. Next year we will be dissecting post-game interviews with quotes like the following:

When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.
Eric Cantona

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | January 19, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Blake Brettschneider = BBS.

Let me turn on my Commodore 64 and dial-up the soccer board. MOM! GET OFF THE PHONE! I'M TRYING TO CONNECT!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 19, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

When's the next draft?

There's got to be a few more drafts before the season starts right?

There must be more players out there looking to get drafted by an MLS team!!

Posted by: timmy6 | January 19, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the 1st round pick for dealing Adam Cristman to the Galaxy?

Posted by: JesseFerrell | January 19, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@JesseFerrell,

United packaged that pick and United's own 1st round supplemental pick for LA's 3rd round SuperDraft pick and drafted U of Denver GK Joe Willis. Apparently management believed he wouldn't be available 7 picks later at the #3 slot in the supplemental draft.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 19, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve, speaking of the supplemental draft, did you get any explanation for why United simply passed in the 3rd round?

Posted by: benonthehill | January 19, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

ben, perhaps because the only people left were holding mids?
Said this in the last thread, stinking drafts will not be the last players acquired before the season starts, and we're obviously in need of another striker. Patience.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan,

Yeah, I'm not saying it was dumb. You were probably right yesterday that it was about roster slots too. It just seems like a reasonable question to have asked Ashton.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 19, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The drafts are like going to the movies with a bunch of friends and getting the enormous tub of popcorn. At first, you start eating the warm, buttery, fluffy stuff from the top. After it's been passed around, you get room-temperature popcorn with a hint of the buttery flavor - not ideal, but it will do. Later on, what's left is a mixture of un-popped and popped kernels that are just salty. You're full at this point, so you pass the tub along.

Tomorrow's analogy: the designated player as the 72 oz. Coke.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 19, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It's a crap shoot, but three guys who played a lot of minutes for DCU last year all went in the 4th round of the draft.

On second thought, I see your point.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 19, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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