Thursday kickaround

October 31, 2013
(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*Seattle defeated the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, in the MLS Western Conference first-round playoff, setting up a Cascadia semifinal series between the Sounders and Portland Timbers. Tonight in the Eastern Conference: Montreal at Houston, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network).

*Frank Yallop, who figured to end up in Vancouver, will instead take over as head coach in Chicago.

*David Beckham talks about the prospects of investing in an MLS expansion club in Miami:

*Americans abroad:

Wednesday

GK Brad Friedel 120 in Spurs’ 2-2 draw and 8-7 PK victory over Hull City in English League Cup

MF Sacha Kljestan 90 (goal in 73rd; video here) in Anderlecht’s 3-0 victory at Oostende

F Aron Johannsson in the 18, did not play in AZ Alkmaar’s 7-0 victory over Achilles 29 in Dutch Cup

D Oguchi Onyewu in the 18, did not play in QPR’s 0-0 draw at Wigan

MF Conor O’Brien 90 in Odense’s 4-3 loss at Copenhagen in Danish Cup

Thursday

MF Michael Bradley and Roma vs. Chievo (3:40 p.m., beIN Sport; tape at 9:30 on beIN Sport & beIN Sport Spanish)

*The top-ranked U.S. women’s national team stumbled against New Zealand, settling for a 1-1 draw in front of 15,139 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The Americans improved their unbeaten streak at home to 66-0-10 since 2004. Alex Morgan missed the match with an ankle injury but is expected to return for the Nov. 10 friendly against Brazil in Orlando.

*The Navy men’s team won its 10th straight — the program’s longest streak in 48 years and the longest active streak in the nation – by downing Lehigh, 2-1.

*The top-ranked Virginia women (18-0-0) host No. 5 Virginia Tech (14-2-2) in the regular season finale tonight.

 

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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