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Posted at 3:49 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Video: Wesley Sneijder's brilliant goal for Netherlands in friendly against Austria

By Steve Goff

By Steve Goff  | February 9, 2011; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Netherlands  | Tags:  Netherlands, Wesley Sneijder  
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Comments

I got that move...

Posted by: JkR- | February 9, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

NO! I missed the San Marino - Liechtenstein friendly today.

Posted by: Reignking | February 9, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Watching highlights on Deportes -- the second goal by the Dutch was pretty nice too, as Elia made a sweet back-heel move in the corner to shed a defender and then the cross went in for an easy header.

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

50+ into a 60' match, apparently still no Davies appearance. Unclear whether he's even on the bench.

Cue the angst.

Goals from King, Yang, Barklage.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 9, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Beckham the hero!

David Beckham helps stranded family

Posted by: Reignking | February 9, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

He completely stole that move from Brooks Laich. Yes he did.

Posted by: DonR19 | February 9, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

By that move, I meant Beckham.

Posted by: DonR19 | February 9, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Now that's a good first touch.

Posted by: Curious99 | February 9, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Beckham never helps drivers stranded in LA traffic.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 9, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The family he saved today are better footballers with better atmosphere.

Posted by: DonR19 | February 9, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff tweets DCU has option to buy on Davies for $1.3 million. I'm no expert on transfer fees, but that's less than I'd have expected. If he bounces back this year, that seems like a deal worth doing. Any reason they couldn't exercise the option and sell him elsewhere if Chang's too broke?

Posted by: benonthehill | February 9, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

ben, in regard to Davies not playing you did see tweets about the club resting plenty of guys who played on Monday, eh? Esp. Charlie who played longer than anyone.
I have a hunch we're taking him.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

ben, in regard to Davies not playing you did see tweets about the club resting plenty of guys who played on Monday, eh? Esp. Charlie who played longer than anyone.
I have a hunch we're taking him.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Charlie Davies was leaving to go back to D.C. today. He was in sweats during the scrimmage and left after the first half.

Junior had to be helped off the field after what looked like an ankle injury. He cramped up about 2 minutes prior to going down as well. He was playing very well...was active all over the field. He was the most impressive player today.

Yeng Man looks very clumsy with the ball at his feet. His goal, however, came after a beautiful display of one touch passing and a nice low cross across the box that fell right to his foot.

Pontius had a sweet outside of the foot first time flick-on to Boscovic who scored late in the second half as well (secondary assist to Junior who fed Pontius into the box).

FIU never challenged DC's defense at all. I'd say DC had possession for about 70-80 percent of the scrimmage.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | February 9, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

In the absence of our regularly scheduled Charlie Davies thread, yes that sounds kind of low. How much did Sochaux pay for him? I guess we have a season to figure out if he is worth it. Hear's hoping.

Looking forward to some commentary on the game today and video. The Twitter feed made it sound like Boskovic is finally getting the ball into good positions plus scoring. I'm also intrigued by Yang Men. Perhaps Benny does have something to work with.

Posted by: tcbannon | February 9, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

@Dad, yeah and I'm thinking you're right about us taking him. If he were on the fence it'd be odd for him to sit this one out. There's plenty of time to evaluate other trialists and fringe players.

$300K this year ought to more than pay off in publicity/sales, assuming he can get on the field regularly. Besides, we have to be well under the league-funded part of the salcap (it still works that way right?), and no one's saying there's another big signing on the way.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 9, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't tweet, but I observe the tweets... Kinda weird I guess, but I'm reading United has re-signed Barklage, and there is a new DCU ad campaign hitting the streets on the sides of metro buses as well as in metro stations @ town. Saw a pick of Bosko that coined him "The Architect"??? I know we WIN TROPHIES and all, and that IT obviously TAKES MORE, but I'm feeling more and more like this club might be able to GET UNITED this season... ;)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse

@tcbannon, I saw a soccernet article that said he went from Hammarby to Sochaux for 1.5M Euros in 2009. And it's a 4-year contract.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 9, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

@Dad - Steinbog had an article about the new campaign, complete with some of the nicknames:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2011/02/dc_united_olsens_army_campaign.html

If DCU keeps CD, and he plays well enough to warrant purchase consideration, then I would doubt he would want to stay. Not sure if he gets much say in that kind of decision, but if he returns to form, Europe is surely where he will want to be (barring some situation where he falls in love with the charm of RFK and decides his calling is here).

Posted by: VTUnited | February 9, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I think some of you may be overestimating CD's appeal to casual fans. Not sure that having him play regularly would translate into more butts in the seats. Winning is the only thing that's going to do that on a regular basis.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 9, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

thatgeniusjacob VERY large Bosnian crowd here. Lower and middle bowls nearly full, upper bowl 1/5. 55/45 mexico I'd say.


Lots of horns from the mexicans, and the Bosnian supporter groups behind the goal and on the sideline full on rocking when the teams entered to warmup.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 9, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks benonthehill. I guess that gives us a sense for how much he has depreciated in Sochaux's eyes.

"The Architect" - someone in the PR department needs to get out more. Still, Boskovic may be United's path to better things this season. I watched the guy the second half of last season and while it was apparent that he had skills, he really didn't help the club at all.

Posted by: tcbannon | February 9, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to some commentary on the game today and video. The Twitter feed made it sound like Boskovic is finally getting the ball into good positions plus scoring. I'm also intrigued by Yang Men. Perhaps Benny does have something to work with.

Posted by: tcbannon | February 9, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Not much one could say about this scrimmage -- mostly reserves played and FIU was far, far outmatched. I didn't see any cameras out there, even on the DCU bench side of the field, so I doubt any video will surface.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | February 9, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Ok, which one of you guys is two rows in front of me in the Barra Brava/Jamie Moreno shirt?

http://plixi.com/p/76043477

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 9, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

think some of you may be overestimating CD's appeal to casual fans. Not sure that having him play regularly would translate into more butts in the seats. Winning is the only thing that's going to do that on a regular basis.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 9, 2011 7:28 PM

I've been thinking the same thing. The appeal CD9 would have would be to USMNT fans who live here, but support other teams or are Eurosnobs. If he has some early success, then the media might pick up on his "redemption story", and that could translate in to greater attendance.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 9, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Has Cheecharito been taking night classes at the Jozy Altidore School of Finishing?

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 9, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that is Barra Brava turned District Ultra Srdan. But what do I know...?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If Jacob can snap and post fast enough, it will be the equivalent of stop-action animation. Keep practicing JfA.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 9, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@mercurysnake -- Thanks for the report. I've always been pretty impressed with Junior. He's got some real ball skills and could be a big part of the team in years to come. Maybe even another Gomito when he gets more toughness and develops a devastating free kick. Hope his injury is nothing serious.

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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