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Soccer Insider: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Video: San Jose Earthquakes' stadium project is off to a smashing start

Sporting Kansas City will open a new stadium this summer. As you'll see in the video below and read here, the San Jose Earthquakes have begun clearing space near the airport for their proposed arena. D.C. United, you are on the clock....

By Steve Goff  | March 5, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS, San Jose Earthquakes  
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Weekend soccer TV listings: Premier League, 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, Borussia Dortmund-Cologne 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes Italy, Lecce-Roma 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus Mexico, Tecos-Pachuca 9 p.m. Galavision SATURDAY Australia, Central Coast-Gold Coast 3 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel England, Birmingham-West...

By Steve Goff  | March 3, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  TV  | Tags:  soccer on TV  
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FIFA makes no major changes to 2014 World Cup bids: CONCACAF again with 3 automatic slots, one playoff entry

CONCACAF, the region encompassing North and Central America and the Caribbean, will receive three automatic berths in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and send an additional team to a qualifying playoff -- no change from recent tournaments. The organization had been lobbying FIFA to eliminate the playoff stage and...

By Steve Goff  | March 3, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2014 World Cup, CONCACAF, FIFA, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  FIFA, World Cup  
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Special 1 TV: Mandela ("LMFAO") and It join Jose, Boy and Cabbage

By Steve Goff  | March 2, 2011; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  England  | Tags:  Jose Mourinho, Wayne Rooney  
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CONCACAF Champions League, Americans abroad, D.C. United, Maryland Terrapins

*Monterrey defeated Toluca, 1-0, for a 2-0 aggregate victory in the CONCACAF Champions League, setting up a semifinal with Mexican rival Cruz Azul. Real Salt Lake, which advanced Tuesday, will learn its semifinal opponent Thursday night when Saprissa carries a 1-0 advantage to Olimpia (8 p.m. ET, Galavision). *Americans abroad:...

By Steve Goff  | March 2, 2011; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS  
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Video: Real Salt Lake 4, Columbus Crew 1

By Steve Goff  | March 2, 2011; 1:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  CONCACAF Champions League, MLS  | Tags:  CONCACAF Champions League  
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Wednesday kickaround: Real Salt Lake, D.C. United, Manchester United, Barcelona, Americans abroad, TV listings

*Real Salt Lake became the first MLS club to reach the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew (4-1 aggregate). RSL will face Saprissa or Olimpia on March 15 at home and April 5 away. In the all-Mexican bracket, Cruz Azul will play Monterrey or...

By Steve Goff  | March 2, 2011; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Barcelona, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS, Mexico, TV  | Tags:  CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS  
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D.C. United news & notes

*D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid can't understand why he hasn't been cleared to play. Hamid, who had shoulder surgery last fall, has made strides in the rehabilitation process but has yet to appear in scrimmages or friendlies. "The shoulder is 110 percent. I feel 100 percent ready physically. I feel...

By Steve Goff  | March 1, 2011; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Tuesday kickaround: CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, Julius James, Shalrie Joseph, USA tickets, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series between MLS foes Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew concludes tonight (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Galavision) at Rio Tinto Stadium. The first leg finished scoreless. Kickoff conditions: 37 degrees and clear. Previews from the Salt Lake Tribune and Columbus Dispatch. *D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  | March 1, 2011; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF Champions League, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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New York Red Bulls fire assistant coaches

Just two weeks before the start of the MLS season, the New York Red Bulls have fired longtime assistant coaches Richie Williams and Des McAleenan, multiple sources told the Insider on Monday. One source said the reason was repeated violation of club rules. Another cited punctuality. Williams, a former D.C....

By Steve Goff  | February 28, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS, New York Red Bulls  
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MLS qualifying process for U.S. Open Cup

The U.S. Open Cup isn't exactly "open" to all MLS clubs. Only six received automatic berths, based on last year's league records, and will begin play in the third round June 28: Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew. The...

By Steve Goff  | February 28, 2011; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS, U.S. Open Cup  | Tags:  MLS, U.S. Open Cup  
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Video: Goal from 35 yards in USA's 3-0 victory over Canada in CONCACAF under-17 final

Nathan Smith, a defender from Clovis, Calif., scores from 35 yards early in extra time to lead the United States to a 3-0 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF under-17 championship match in Montego Bay, Jamaica:...

By Steve Goff  | February 28, 2011; 12:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  CONCACAF, Youth soccer  | Tags:  U.S. under-17 national team  
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American soccer players abroad: Edson Buddle scores for Ingolstadt in Germany

Watch Edson Buddle's short header off a free kick for Ingolstadt's fourth goal against Karlsruhe and American goalkeeper -- and former D.C. United draft pick -- Luis Robles (2:35 mark): GOALKEEPERS Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 win over Sunderland Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 4-1 win over...

By Steve Goff  | February 27, 2011; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  Americans abroad  
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