The Friday Kickoff: Notes on Howard/Donovan, D.C. United, KC’s stadium and more

Tim Howard 2 (AP)

Good afternoon all. Apologies for the late Kickoff, but an early morning and some non-SBI responsibilities forced the late posting. We will try to make up for the tardiness by hitting you with a plethora of news and notes. Let's get started:

U.S. Soccer announced the final four winners of its Best Of series on Friday, with Landon Donovan (best goal, vs. Brazil in Confederations Cup), Tim Howard (best performance, his game vs. Spain in Confederations Cup), Fado's Irish Pub (Best Soccer Bar) and Bill Hamid (Best Academy Story) winning awards.

Here is a closer look at the award winners:

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Speaking of Howard and Donovan, Everton drew Sporting Lisbon while Clint Dempsey and Fulham drew Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League Round of 32 draw on Friday. While the Champions League had some great match-ups in its draw, the Europa League didn't disappoint. Consider Ajax-Juventus, FC Twente-Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg-Villarreal and PSV Eindhoven-Hamburg among the better of the 16 knockout round match-ups. Here is the full draw.

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D.C. United has signed Salvadorean midfielder Christian Castillo on loan from Mexican club Leon. You might remember the shifty left winger as the Salvadorean player who scored in the U.S. team's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win against El Salvador in Rio Tinto Stadium last September.

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Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heinemann gives us an update on the Wizards stadium project.

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Dartmouth midfielder Craig Henderson, regarded as one of the better senior prospects in the upcoming MLS Draft, has signed with Swedish club Mjallby on a three-year deal. Henderson had been set to attend the MLS Combine, but will now be heading to Sweden this winter. No word yet on who MLS will replace Henderson with at the MLS Combine (though if MLS officials had a clue, they would invite All-ACC midfielder Alan Sanchez from North Carolina State).

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That's all for now. Feel free to share your thoughts on the above items in the comments section below.

 

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22 Responses to The Friday Kickoff: Notes on Howard/Donovan, D.C. United, KC’s stadium and more

  1. jonk says:

    A great goal by Landon, but personally I voted for Charlie’s goal against Mexico.

  2. johninatl says:

    Well, if Fado’s Irish Bar in Atlanta was to be judged on its’ showing of the US v Honduras WCQ last October, it would get an F. Streaming video over a faulty modem, what a joke. Bailed quickly on that, and went n watched with the Honduran fans at a Latin club that was showing it, without any glitches.

  3. Aaron in StL says:

    I know level of importance is a key factor but for ‘wow’ factor alone the Holden goal vs. Haiti in the Gold Cup was prett awesome.

    But Donovan’s vs. Brazil is a winner as well (even if the game was not).

  4. jonk says:

    And now that I check USsoccer.com, I see Landon won best assist for Charlie’s Mexico goal. I had that one wrong as well — I voted Charlie’s one-touch assist to Landon against Spain as the #1 assist.

  5. geoffersen says:

    I’m with you. Landon had a great assist and CD had a great goal.

  6. The Wild Mushroom says:

    Landon’s goal causes Galaxy fans to wonder.

  7. baquito alyeska says:

    You mean Charlie’s assist to Landon versus Brazil? (Jozy and Dempsey scored in the Spain game.) I voted for Charlie’s assist on that goal as well. That was my favorite touch of the year. Not really sure why Charlie fell down while making the pass, probably just to make it more awesome.

  8. baquito alyeska says:

    Agreed. Being at Gillette for that strike definitely made up for all the money I lost at Foxwoods the night before :P

  9. Brian says:

    How is it that US Soccer can’t show the actual video? Surely the federation itself has the rights?

  10. El Michael says:

    Any votes for Bornsteins goal against CR. If not the best in the US easily the best in Hondurus

  11. BAJ says:

    Hung out at Fado’s alot when I went to Seattle for the MLS CUP. Glad that it got this award, pretty cool bar.

  12. Meth Addict says:

    More….when will there be more posts Ives…you promised!

    (SBI-I didn’t promise more posts, I said I’d make up for the late post by including plenty of news in THIS post.)

  13. OmarVizquel says:

    It was a FIFA event…

  14. jonk says:

    whoops, yeah i meant Brazil

  15. Isaac says:

    That kind of brings up a good question. What does everyone think was the best goal scored AGAINST the USA this year?

    Ives, what do YOU think the best goal scored by the USA was?

  16. Dominghosa says:

    Here’s hoping we see Castillo’s magic in the MLS. Small guys with skills haven’t fared too well here.

  17. daggius says:

    I LOVE YOU TOO LANDYCAKE!

  18. Marlon says:

    Castillo is a beast. link to youtube.com check out his almost bicycle goal against cr

  19. patrick says:

    no love for jozy’ spin move against spain?

  20. John- I’m with Fado in Atlanta. True, we had some tech issues that we regret. It worked much better when it was tested earlier in the week. Sorry for the crap at game time, we wont let it happen again.

  21. BAJ-
    thanks my man, I’m with Fado. Gerry and the team there are first class