Season just gets better for SJ, Wondolowski

Striker sends Quakes to playoffs, closes in on club record
MVP calls for Wondolowski


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WASHINGTON - Chris Wondolowski has done it all for the San Jose Earthquakes this season, and on Saturday night — thanks to a victory on the road against D.C. United and the Sounders' defeat of the Kansas City Wizards — he led the Earthquakes into the playoffs for the first time since the franchise restarted in 2008.

Wondolowski scored both goals for the Earthquakes in their 2-0 playoff-clinching victory over the United. Although not a constant threat throughout the match, Wondolowski scored in trademarks style.

DC puzzled by refs, but blame themselves

Moreno's ejection, defensive errors doom United to 19th loss
DC blame themselves

Jaime Moreno

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WASHINGTON — Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to San Jose marked the 19th setback of the 2010 season for D.C. United, and while many of those defeats bear the same hallmarks, there also seem to be no end to the strange circumstances that arise to trip up the Black-and-Red.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 2

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - RFK Stadium
Quotes: DC vs San Jose




On Jaime Moreno’s red card:
It’s disappointing. Very disappointing I’m disappointed for him. I’ve heard of what happened, I’ve heard it wasn’t much. And it changed the course of the game. And at that point, you know, it becomes kind of a different type of game. You know, it’s not really fun from that point on. You know, the first half was good, the second half wasn’t.

Euro Roundup: Movsisyan scores, Armenia tops Slovakia

Boskovic also sees action as Montenegro surprise Switzerland
Euro wrap: Yura scores

AMSTERDAM – Friday brought a healthy helping of 2012 European Championship qualification in Europe, with former Real Salt Lake ace Yura Movsisyan scoring in Armenia's 3-1 win over visiting Group B leaders Slovakia.

The Randers FC forward beat the offside trap to nutmeg the keeper 23 minutes in, breaking the ice with his second goal in four international matches. The result allowed Russia to climb joint top with a 3-2 win at Ireland.

Commentary: Here’s hoping for drama in Cunningham-Moreno race

FCD's silent star can break the record, and break his silence
Comment: Cunningham quest

Cunningham - Moreno

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Hard to imagine, in this day and age, an athlete on the verge of a landmark achievement not beating his chest and gobbling up the spotlight with the same verve as Kobayashi scarfing down hot dogs.

Where’s the drama? Where’s the media-driven duel in which the protagonist and antagonist trade barbs?

It’s not there. None of it.

Without Najar, DC face new conundrum vs. SJ

Teen phenom suspended for yellow cards; Moreno likely to start
DC without Najar


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WASHINGTON – He stands only 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 lbs. – and those official numbers might even be a tad bit generous – but the suspended Andy Najar leaves massive shoes to fill along D.C. United’s right flank this weekend.

The Honduran-born rookie has gone from unheralded academy signing to primary creative weapon in the space of six months, to the extent that his absence through yellow-card accumulation represents a major challenge for United’s attack against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Unsolicited Advice: Requests for USMNT selection

Seltzer makes a series of (polite) demands to Bob Bradley
USMNT lineup requests

AMSTERDAM — Being the boss comes with responsibilities, as U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley can confirm.

So while he is in Chicago preparing for friendlies with Poland and Colombia, I am here to make several unsolicited and faux-modest selection requests.

Let's walk through my polite demands, player by player:

Brad Guzan

Dempsey a forward in return to Soldier Field

Fulham favorite likely to play as withdrawn striker vs. Poland
Dempsey back up top

CHICAGO – Chicago's Soldier Field has been good to U.S. national team forward Clint Dempsey over the years.

There’s the goal against England on May 28, 2005, and another against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007. He also started the triumphant CONCACAF Gold Cup final in 2007 against Mexico.

His success there is not only limited to international duty. Dempsey scored in the venue as a member of the New England Revolution back on April 27, 2005, in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire. It’s been over five years, but he still remembers the celebration.

Commentary: Welcome (back) to MLS, Nats

USMNT stars look to end their careers here. Is that good for MLS?
Comment: Nats to MLS?

United States national team captain Carlos Bocanegra said on Wednesday that he'd like to finish his professional playing career where it began—with the Chicago Fire, which also happens where former American star Brian McBride has been playing out his days.

Tim Howard has also gone on record expressing his desire to return to a New York-area team at some point in the future. Jay DeMerit could be headed to the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps after failing to land a squad in Europe.

Quakes' Convey empathetic about DC's situation

Former United product recalls time with DC, hopes they improve
SJ's Convey on DC

SAN JOSE, Calif. — When he was a teenager plying his trade for D.C. United, Bobby Convey said he used to hang out at the home of then-teammate Ben Olsen “three or four times a week.”

So when it came time for United to make a midseason coaching change after Curt Onalfo suffered a dreadful 3-12-3 start to the season, Convey wasn’t surprised that his ex-team called upon Olsen, even if the former midfielder had only retired as a player nine months earlier.

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