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Soccer Insider: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

D.C. United re-acquires Fred to boost midfield

D.C. United announced Friday afternoon that it has re-acquired Brazilian midfielder Fred from the New England Revolution for a second-round pick in the 2013 MLS draft. D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper: "He will make our already deep midfield that much deeper and give us a great attacking player who...

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 18, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, Fred  
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Fox Soccer Channel broadcasts result in minor D.C. United schedule changes

Fox Soccer Channel announced today that it will broadcast four D.C. United games this season, which means that some game times and game dates have been changed: United on Fox Soccer Channel April 16: at Toronto FC, 7 p.m.* April 29: at Houston, 8:30 p.m. June 3: at L.A. Galaxy,...

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 18, 2011; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. United, TV  
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Woman who pleaded guilty in Charlie Davies crash allegedly violated court order

The woman who was driving drunk in an accident that severely injured U.S. national team player Charlie Davies in 2009 and killed another friend allegedly consumed alcohol recently -- an act that could get her thrown in jail before her March sentencing hearing, court papers indicate. Post courts reporter Dana...

By Steve Goff  | February 18, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
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Poll: National Soccer Hall of Fame voting

The player ballot for 2011 inductions into the National Soccer Hall of Fame is set. The voters who will decide are Hall of Famers, select administrators and designated media members. Each voter can list up to 10 candidates. Any player appearing on at least 66.7 percent of ballots will earn...

By Steve Goff  | February 18, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. United, Hall of Fame, History, MLS, U.S. men's national team, Women  | Tags:  MLS, National Soccer Hall of Fame  
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Goalkeeper Pat Onstad to come out of retirement, sign with D.C. United

Pat Onstad's retirement lasted all of two months. Faced with an injury crisis, D.C. United plans to sign its 43-year-old goalkeepers coach to a short-term playing contract, United General Manager Dave Kasper told the Insider on Thursday night. Steve Cronin (broken wrist) will be placed on injured reserve, requiring him...

By Steve Goff  | February 17, 2011; 9:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, Pat Onstad  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Mexico

Numerous matches available online at ESPN3.com and foxsoccer.tv All times are Eastern What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Nurnberg-Eintracht Frankfurt 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes Mexico, San Luis-Pumas 9:30 p.m. Galavision Mexico, Tecos-Atlante 11:30 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY Australia, Central Coast-Brisbane 3 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel FA Cup, Chelsea-Everton 7:30...

By Steve Goff  | February 17, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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D.C. United waives defender Julius James

D.C. United has waived central defender Julius James, who started 16 league matches last season but fell on the depth chart after the club's winter acquisitions of first-round draft choice Perry Kitchen and Uruguay's Rodrigo Brasesco. James, acquired from the Houston Dynamo late in the 2009 season, was fourth on...

By Steve Goff  | February 17, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United, Julius James  
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With WPS schedule set, the Freedom is a Washington team in name only

The Washington Freedom is listed among the six teams in Women's Professional Soccer, a three-year-old league struggling for survival. The Freedom's ties to Washington, however, are all but severed. In unveiling the 2011 schedule Thursday, the league announced that the Freedom will operate at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton...

By Steve Goff  | February 17, 2011; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Freedom, Women  | Tags:  WPS, Washington Freedom  
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Video: Arsenal 2, Barcelona 1

Spend four quality minutes watching Messi and Arshavin, Barcelona and Arsenal:...

By Steve Goff  | February 17, 2011; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  England, Euro Champions League, Spain  | Tags:  Arsenal, Barcelona, UEFA Champions League  
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Charlie Davies, D.C. United's goalkeeper search, Colombian trialist, Danny Szetela arrested, WPS schedule

My story about the Charlie Davies deal will be posted soon on the main sports page. Dan Steinberg, who writes The Post's fabulous Sports Bog, was also in attendance at RFK Stadium for the formal introduction of D.C. United's new forward and, in a wide-ranging column, explores French cheese, the...

By Steve Goff  | February 16, 2011; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS, Women  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United, MLS, WPS  
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Poll: Charlie Davies and D.C. United

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By Steve Goff  | February 16, 2011; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  D.C. United, Poll  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
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D.C. United acquires Charlie Davies on a season-long loan from French club Sochaux

Charlie Davies is officially a member of D.C. United. After several days of negotiations, the MLS club announced Wednesday that it has acquired the former U.S. national team starter from French club Sochaux on a one-year loan. United will also have the option to purchase his contract at the end...

By Steve Goff  | February 16, 2011; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
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D.C. United in market for another goalkeeper

Steve Cronin is sidelined at least two months with a broken wrist. Bill Hamid is working his way back from a shoulder injury but, according to Coach Ben Olsen, probably won't be ready for the season opener. The other two goalkeepers in D.C. United training camp are not starting material....

By Steve Goff  | February 15, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  Ben Olsen, Bill Hamid, D.C. United, Steve Cronin  
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Charlie Davies, D.C. United update

D.C. United is hoping to finalize a deal with forward Charlie Davies in the next few days, Coach Ben Olsen told the Insider on Tuesday. "Everything is playing out right now, so we'll see if it goes down in the next day or two," Olsen said. "We're negotiating to see...

By Steve Goff  | February 15, 2011; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  Ben Olsen, Charlie Davies, D.C. Unite  
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MLS veteran Dema Kovalenko is retiring

Dema Kovalenko, the feisty midfielder who helped D.C. United win its most recent MLS Cup title and was on a playoff team in each of his 12 seasons, told the Insider that he is retiring. "I'm done," he said in a telephone conversation Monday. "I'm just not healthy anymore [referring...

By Steve Goff  | February 14, 2011; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, Dema Kovalenko, MLS  
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Video: Clint Dempsey PK attempt in added time

After drawing a penalty for Fulham in the dying moments against Chelsea on Monday, American Clint Dempsey falters, leaving the Premier League match scoreless: szólj hozzá: Check Save [matchhighlight.com...

By Steve Goff  | February 14, 2011; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, England, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Chelsea, Clint Dempsey, Fulham  
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U.S. soccer salaries, bonuses: Bob Bradley, Pia Sundhage, Thomas Rongen, Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Dan Flynn

More details to share from the latest U.S. Soccer Federation tax documents, which cover March 31, 2009, through April 1, 2010: U.S. men's national team coach Bob Bradley earned $818,244 -- about $600,000 in base salary and marketing compensation and the rest in bonuses for Confederations Cup and World Cup...

By Steve Goff  | February 14, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Confederations Cup, U.S. men's national team, USSF, World  | Tags:  Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Jozy Altidore, Pia Sundhage, USSF  
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Monday kickaround: Charlie Davies, Kevin Payne, Lucien Favre, Mike Zaher, Bob Bradley

As we await D.C. United to finalize Charlie Davies's contract this week, you should know that..... *United has concluded its Florida camp and returned to Washington for a couple of days before heading to Oxnard, Calif., for 10 days and three matches. Aside from Davies, a few roster moves seem...

By Steve Goff  | February 14, 2011; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, D.C. United, Germany, U.S. men's national team, USSF  | Tags:  Bob Bradley, Charlie Davies, D.C. United, Kevin Payne  
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American soccer players abroad: Bocanegra and Chandler score, Altidore impresses

Watch Jozy Altidore's footwork (courtesy of 723footballfilms) GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 2-0 loss at Bolton Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw at Blackpool Brad Guzan 90 in Hull's 1-0 win over Preston North End Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 2-0 loss at Arsenal...

By Steve Goff  | February 13, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  American soccer players abroad, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard  
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