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Soccer Insider: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

In MLS preseason match, D.C. United settles for a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA

In its first preseason match against an MLS opponent, D.C. United settled for a 0-0 draw with Chivas USA on Friday at Home Depot Center's training grounds in Carson, Calif. "It was good to play against some grown men," said Coach Ben Olsen, whose squad had beaten under-20 and college...

By Steve Goff  | February 25, 2011; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Video: Maurice Edu scores equalizer in added time to send Rangers past Sporting Lisbon in Europa League

American midfielder Maurice Edu, the pride of the University of Maryland, scored the equalizing goal two minutes into added time to provide Rangers with a 2-2 draw at Sporting Lisbon and passage into the Europa League's round of 16 against PSV Eindhoven (3-3 aggregate, 2-1 away goals):...

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Scotland, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Europa League, Maurice Edu, Rangers  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Mexico

Numerous matches available live online at ESPN3.com and foxsoccer.tv All times are Eastern What are you going to watch? FRIDAY Germany, Wolfsburg-Moenchengladbach 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes Mexico, Necaxa-Santos Laguna 9 p.m. Azteca America SATURDAY Australia, Brisbane-Central Coast 4 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Swansea City-Leeds 7:30 a.m. Fox Soccer Plus...

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  TV listings  
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Driver in Charlie Davies accident placed on home detention pending sentencing after observed drinking again

From Post court reporter Dana Hedgpeth's accounts of today's hearing involving the woman responsible for the 2009 car accident that severely injured soccer player Charlie Davies and killed another passenger...... Espinoza was released on her own recognizance in November after pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and maiming while...

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Charlie Davies, D.C. United  
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Video: Chilean player initiates punch to his own face in South American under-20 soccer qualifier

We've seen players trip themselves, take spectacularly embellished dives and feign injury in cowardly attempts to draw a foul or penalty kick. Now comes this antic from the Ecuador-Chile match at the recent South American under-20 qualifying tournament. Sadly, the ploy worked. The culprit was Chile's Bryan Carrasco. Ecuador won...

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Chile  | Tags:  CONMEBOL, Chile, Ecuador  
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D.C. United news & notes: RFK Stadium, international friendlies, U.S. Open Cup qualifying

*D.C. United would like to set the record straight about when it knew of RFK Stadium's plans to stage a college football game during the MLS season this fall. "We were aware of it" when the club received the initial list of MLS scheduling blackout dates this winter "but weren't...

By Steve Goff  | February 24, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  D.C. United, RFK Stadium  
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College football game scheduled at RFK Stadium during the MLS season

The Washington Convention and Sports Authority has scheduled a Howard University football game at RFK Stadium in September, an event that could impact the quality of the playing surface during D.C. United's season. United is scheduled to play Chivas USA on Sept. 21, 11 days after the football game between...

By Steve Goff  | February 23, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United, RFK Stadium  
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MLS sets new playoff format

*The top three finishers in each conference (six overall), plus the next four clubs based on points and irrespective of conference affiliation (known as wild cards) will qualify for the 10-team MLS playoffs. *The four wild-card teams will be involved in single-elimination games -- No. 1 wild card vs. No....

By Steve Goff  | February 23, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Wednesday kickaround: CONCACAF Champions League, U.S. friendlies, Charlie Davies, U-17 World Cup, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The first competitive match involving MLS clubs of 2011 was a dud: Columbus 0, Real Salt Lake 0 in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal in wintry Ohio. The rebuilt Crew had a man advantage for 37-plus minutes after Tony Beltran's second yellow. Columbus' Emilio Renteria and...

By Steve Goff  | February 23, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team, USSF  | Tags:  Americans abroad, CONCACAF  
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D.C. United defeats UC Santa Barbara, 1-0

In the second of three preseason matches in California, D.C. United defeated college side UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, Tuesday night on rookie Blake Brettschneider's third goal in two matches. The forward-midfielder from South Carolina scored in the 81st minute, just two minutes after entering. He had two goals in a...

By Steve Goff  | February 22, 2011; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday kickaround: CONCACAF Champions League, Gold Cup, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The MLS season is upon us in the form of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal (first leg) between the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake. The Columbus Dispatch and Salt Lake Tribune provide primers. Game-time forecast: 27 degrees with a light wind and a slight chance of snow. Bundle up,...

By Steve Goff  | February 22, 2011; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, CONCACAF Champions League, England, Gold Cup, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Americans abroad, CONCACAF, Gold Cup  
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D.C. United roster status and analysis

While we have a few minutes before being blindsided by the next D.C. United personnel move, let's take a closer look at the roster by position: GOALKEEPERS In camp: Steve Cronin, Bill Hamid, Chase Harrison, Pat Onstad, Joe Willis. Status: Cronin is out for months with a broken wrist. Hamid...

By Steve Goff  | February 21, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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American soccer players abroad

GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 120 in Everton's 1-1 FA Cup draw (4-3 PK win) at Chelsea Brad Friedel and Aston Villa off this weekend Brad Guzan 90 in Hull's 1-1 draw at Ipswich Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 1-1 draw at West Brom Dom Cervi not in 18...

By Steve Goff  | February 20, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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