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Posted at 9:42 AM ET, 03/ 5/2011

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

By Steve Goff

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
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS, San Jose Earthquakes  
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Posted by: Curious99 | March 5, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The first post was intentional. There's really nothing new to say.

Posted by: Curious99 | March 5, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"off to a smashing start".

I see what you did there.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Just off the wire:

(San Jose, CA) -- Ryan Johnson, a forward with the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team, is listed in stable but good condition today after being electrocuted in a freak demolition accident.

Johnson was operating a crane to tear down a warehouse for the forthcoming Earthquakes stadium when the crane -- similar to that found in "Will You Be My Mother?" by Dr. Seuss, inexplicably left off the Top 75 Novels of the 20th Century -- struck a live electrical line.

Electricity to the abandoned building was supposed to be cut off, an Earthquakes spokesperson said.

"My bad," said San Jose Light and Power employee Eric Current.

"One moment I was in the crane, the next I was on the ground," Johnson said. "It was a shocking experience."

A member of the Earthquakes organization, who wished to remain anonymous because his quote is obnoxious, said, "That's why we had a reserve player doing this stunt. It's California -- anything can go wrong at anytime."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 5, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Damn, let's see if the Post software let's me post this time (I blame Bob Bradley).

Hannover, captained by Steve Cherundolo, just whupped Bayern Munich 3-1 on GolTV and is ahead of them in the Bundesliga table. I think the commentators said Bayern had outscored Hanover 18-0 in recent games between the 2 teams. If the Bundesliga season ended today, Bayern Munich, who is hosting the 2012 Champions League final would not even qualify for the competition.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 5, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Neat story on the DC United site about a local coach (BIll Moravek) who has placed his kids in the Fulham youth program.

Seems Dad was a hellacious athlete -- all-time leading scorer at Loudon High. Also got a scholarship to Clemson, where he was on the Gator Bowl team. Since then, he's been in soccer coaching and scouting, I guess. Part of the deal with Fulham seems to be that he got a job out of it -- scouting and such. I'm just trying to figure out one thing. There are plenty of multi-sport athletes in schools here, but how do you manage to pull off being a soccer star and a football recruit? You gotta be some kind of special to even be allowed to play the two sports at the same time -- couldn't have been able to make practices for both.

Posted by: fischy | March 5, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

You gotta be some kind of special to even be allowed to play the two sports at the same time -- couldn't have been able to make practices for both.

When I was growing up in NoVa football was in the fall and soccer was in the spring so I imagine that was the case for Loudon High also.

Posted by: CapitolHill1 | March 5, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Rote Jr.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 5, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah in NoVA football is fall and soccer is spring.

Posted by: AshburnUnited | March 5, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

So your bring an M-2 there and then somehow DON'T use its cannon???

Posted by: grabowcp | March 5, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Because Vancouver took Joe Cannon in the expansion draft.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 5, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

DCU tailgate includes a Davies Sochaux jersey and a Devin McTavish DCU shirt.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Fire goal, Marco Pappa, 6th minute. No idea who's playing D for TFC, but 7 minutes in tells me they're not very good.

Also, the Fire's white jerseys have the Chicago city flag on the lower left side, basically the hip. Nice touch.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Straight red to Fire captain, #12. I need to find a roster. Oh wait, Logan Pause. I knew that. 35th minute. Two footed, from behind, scissor style. Not exactly powerful force, but you can't do that. Scrum ensued, the whole bit.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sean Johnson hasn't had much to do, but what he has had to do, he's done quite well. I very much understand people liking him. Fine diving save on a good shot in the 78th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

10 man Fire hold up early goal. 1-0 final.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Darren Bent with a howler of a miss during the Villa-Bolton match.

Alone on the keeper from 25 yards out, with whistles for offsides all around, the Bolton D slows, no flag is raised . . . and Bent misplays a touch soft straight into the hesitant keepers mitts.


Posted by: delantero | March 5, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

SoccerInsider D.C. United vs. Charleston Battery: Onstad; Zayner, Jakovic, Kitchen, Woolard; Najar, Simms, McCarty, Pontius; Ngwenya, Wolff #dcu #mls

Also, just saw a Philly Union jersey...?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I can hear the traveling United supporters.

Posted by: DCB23 | March 5, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

What musical instrument was used for the National Anthem? It looked like a cross between a flute and a bagpipe.

Posted by: Pedalada | March 5, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

that's some fuzzy video

Posted by: fedssocr | March 5, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Pontius in the 4th. Through ball from Ngyenwa, beats the keeper at the top of the box, pushes in left footed from outside the side of the six.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Little kids now chanting "We have a stadium!"

Not gonna lie. Made me laugh.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That Ginger in the mid field gets lots of touches at both ends of the pitch. Very encouraging.

Posted by: JkR- | March 5, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Very hood half, in terms of possession and movement. Don't remember that here last year.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

haters gonna hate. Got a pub pass Jacob? Even if you don't drink much you better get up on that coffee pot cup beer if it is indeed in United's control after the match... what happens if it's a draw?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 5, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Not just a good half, but possibly more entertainment from DCU than I saw all of last year.

Posted by: DCB23 | March 5, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

and a nice save by the kid at half

Posted by: DCB23 | March 5, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Boskovic on the left with Davies and Pontius up top.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | March 5, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Wolff was 3 yards offside on that Ngwenya goal.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Wolff was 3 yards offside on that Ngwenya goal.

But was he involved in the play? (I didn't see any of it myself.)

Posted by: universityandpark | March 5, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes. The pass was to him, he ran it 25 yards to the endline, the played the pass back to the six Ngwenya finished.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 5, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Many hopeful signs, but our frontline has to be more potent. Ngwenya is good to have, but if he's your leading goal scorer, things aren't peachy. Luckily, Pontius is ready, and Davies looks like the potential is still there.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | March 5, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I was really impressed with the passing and possession. The only thing I saw lacking was confidence but that will come with time. Confidence to take a guy one on one and not having to resort to a back pass all the time. Confidence to play a ball into space and knowing their teammate will be there. It'll come with time. Overall, I was very impressed with what I saw. It wasn't perfect, but it is definately at a level above where United as even at the end of the season last year.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | March 6, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Nani nani boo boo


Posted by: OWNTF | March 6, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Kuyt was offside on that header from Nani.

(begin the treatise on offside from those who need the winky-smiley emoticon)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 6, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

OK, I'll bite ... without the winky-smiley emoticon.

Kuyt was clearly in an offside position and had the ball been played to him by a teammate would have been offsides. However, the ball was played by a Manchester United player (Nani) so he was not offsides. Although, I doubt Nani intended to send the ball back towards the goal, he clearly played the ball. Had the ball inadvertantly been deflected to Kuyt by a Man U player he would have been offsides.

Posted by: Arbitro1 | March 6, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought they were going to blast the building with the tank. Too bad.

Maybe DCU will turn all the weapons in the DC Armory against RFK when it comes time to build our new stadium on that site.

Posted by: WorldCup | March 7, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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