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D.C. United News Update

A few things to pass along...

*Technical director Dave Kasper tells me that the Brian Carroll negotiations are wrapping up and final documents being signed. Expect an announcement soon.

*Word out of England is that Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler is interested in coming to MLS, and that D.C. United is among his suitors. Well, that's news to United. Kasper says the first he heard of it was on Monday. Safe to say, that will not happen. Anyway, United has said all along it is pursuing Latin American, not European, talent. Also, keep in mind that the club has already signed an international forward (Luciano Emilio) and now appears to be in the market for an outside midfielder and perhaps a defender from Brazil or Argentina. Speaking of which, no news to share on that front.

*Training camp will open next Monday at RFK before moving to Bradenton, Fla., the following week. Most of the current roster will be there and the club is considering inviting a few players who stood out at the tryouts at the Dulles Sportsplex last week. District native Dana Leary, a 6-foot-4 center back who was the Division III player of the year, was at the tryouts and, not surprisingly, was a step behind during the indoor games. It is unclear whether United will invite him to camp. (My guess is, no.) He also has an offer to work out for the Revolution. Nice kid with a great future away from the pitch, although he said he'd like to give pro soccer a try. (Factoid: His father is the science writer for the NY Times.)

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2007; 9:08 AM ET
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We look forward to bothering you with the same questions over and over.
You and Dan are the best, thanks for all the info.

Posted by: Barra | January 23, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

No Fowler? I am shocked! I thought the English Media were always spot on with their stories of player moves.

Posted by: 204 | January 23, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

And what about Pavel Nedved? Surely that rumor must be true!

Posted by: 204 | January 23, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Eric | January 23, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey Steve-

Best of luck in a great new forum. I feel like this might work even better than the chats.

In many ways you look exactly like my mind's conception of you. In other ways, no.

Posted by: Dan | January 23, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new blog Mr. Goff... look forward to reading your up to the minute reports.

Posted by: SWWJ | January 23, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, what about Nedved? If he's interested and United hasn't moved on it, could they, I mean they don't have to go for south americans only because they said they would. I won't think they're liars. It wouldn't kill them to get somebody who plays all over the pitch like Pavel.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Great, how am I supposed to divide my time between this and Steinberg?

Looking forward to your contributions here, Steve.

Posted by: Kim | January 23, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The soccer blog is finally here! I just noticed it today, I will have to tell my friends. Ian

Posted by: Ian | January 23, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Oh and congrats on the soccer site, Goff.

Hey, Steven, any word on Donnet? I mean, now that they f-ed up the Ruy negociations, any chance they might offer to pay him more and actually see what he can do, seeing as nowak played him for all of 5 minutes last year? Deroux and Gros are good players and all, but there's a huge difference between being a good winger at a mid-atlantic school and being a good winger at BOCA.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

way to go, steve!

in other news, thierry is on his way to d.c....

Posted by: fever | January 23, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Johann Cruyff available?

Posted by: An Dliodoir | January 23, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Steven - Thanks for starting this blog/forum and I look forward to reading it daily. Dan has done a great job keeping us in the loop lately, but I know everyone looks forward to your knowledge, insight and expertise.

Posted by: WP | January 23, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Goff, Love the blog format, but be careful not to just rehash news from other places--that's what Maske does on his NFL blog, and it's pretty lame. You have a chance to make this THE premier soccer forum in the U.S. and with the switch to a new media format (a blog) you'll better connect with soccer's GEN X & Y heart and soul.

Any other standouts from DCU tryouts worth mentioning?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | January 23, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

shoot. i was looking forward to following fowler goal scoring on the field and antics off the field. it would sure make for some entertaining stories both on and off the field.

Posted by: hokie soccer fan | January 23, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the new site. Any ideas on who DCU might face in the preseason in Mexico?

Posted by: Chico | January 23, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your kind words.

Indeed, this is a wonderful opportunity to become the premier soccer news insider/blog on the web. Spread the word!

As for specifics about DCU, the Carroll signing will be announced in the next 24 hours; Donnet still a long shot to return; team finalizing training camp invitee list.

Stay tuned...

Posted by: Goff | January 23, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: m | January 23, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, I missed the match on Saturday. Did Mapp really perform that well or is everyone agog about one brilliant/lucky run through the second-string Danes?

BTW, why didn't the Post send our man Goff to the match? The first match under a new coach is significant, and coaching debuts are ALWAYS in friendlies.

Posted by: USA v DEN | January 23, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg vs Goff in a steel-cage Blog-off! Loser gets all the boorish, self-congratulatory commentary of DC's on-line soccerfan community! (Uh, wait, I mean the "winner" gets that.)

Posted by: soccer nerd | January 23, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea this blog. Kudos to Goff and team for launching it, and I hope the Post will continued to devote the necessary resources to make it live up to its potential as a huge success!.......................This is a great forum for breaking news and discussion, and I hope it will contain an appropriate level of opinion/editorializing to boot. I recall seeing another reader's comments in the past indicating that Goff has a tendency to come across as a bit dry or cynical. While I think this is a bit harsh, and I have enjoyed much of Goff's work, I would like to see more "color" at times........................As examples, I have seen oustanding pieces recently in the Washington Times (Proven MLS Not in Need of Saving) and The Washington City Paper (Foreign Diplomat: When it comes to imported soccer talent, Johan Cruyff was tops). How about some content along these lines (opinions/history, etc.)? For further context, I enjoy the Bog and Steinberg's significant soccer coverage, but I think he drifts a little TOO far into the quirky / insider joke mentality at times...........Good Luck!!!

Posted by: speculation | January 23, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's not have Goff and Steinberg battle, lets have Goff v. Galacerp in the battle of the blogs.

Of course, since DC owns the Metrodonkeys, it won't be a contest.

Posted by: Chayes | January 23, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Steve: is the relationship between United and the soccer press such that reporters can ask hard-nosed questions of Kaspar/Payne/Soehn?

We shipped away a lot of players in order to make cap room and accumulate allocation money to sign multiple big (or at least bigger-than-what-we-traded) time foreign talent -- and then we didn't take the next step. Hopefully Emilio makes up for the loss of Eskandarian. But who makes up for the losses of Adu and Donnet -- that is, who plays the wing (other than Gros, whose crossing is suspect), and who provides the depth at Gomez' position should he get hurt, or suspended, or just need a break? Who covers for Namoff or Erpen if either or both of them are unavailable? If Boswell, Namoff, and Carroll end up gone for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, who stands in?

I know the Gold Cup, and most of the MLS season (let alone the playoffs) are a long way away; so maybe the time pressure on developing depth at these positions doesn't seem so great. But the CCC is *not* a long way away. Is the front office taking the CCC seriously? If they are, do they have an explanation for what's gone wrong?

Posted by: Bootsy | January 23, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Soccer Nerd is right on with his assessment of the.... "boorish, self-congratulatory commentary of DC's on-line soccerfan community." Man, that hits close to home, but it's all part of the fun.........Can we have a BOSS/WIFE button on here for those moments when a quick escape from the blogosphere is essential?......and what OS/browser(s) are people using to get properly formatted posts on here?....With Mac/Firefox, formatting is a train wreck....

Posted by: speculation | January 23, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Is Soehn going to play 3 or 4 in the back?

Will Salt Lake remain in Salt Lake?

If a Beckham plays in Kansas City, does anybody see it?

Posted by: Bryan76 | January 23, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Am congratulating you on the BLOG, not because I have any original compliments to give you but because I was very happy to put your blog on the top of my favorites list. And I think a large number of people who follow soccer will read your postings

Posted by: Chuck | January 23, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Oneywo really going to sign with Chelsea or is this rumor just hogwash?

Posted by: Todd | January 23, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Nedved to DC is a rumor that is out there now. Nevermind Robbie Fowler.

Posted by: Blackaces | January 23, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Gooch is going to Chelsea. He's also becoming a naturalized Brazilian citizen so as to fill the R Carlos spot in the 2010 World Cup.

These agents are spinning some pretty wild tales these days.....

Posted by: speculation | January 23, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

United Fans,

Since MLS is allowing teams to put a sponsor on the front of our jerseys like the rest of the World, we need to consider what as fans will permit.

I will nominate GUINNESS. It'd look perfect with our black jerseys. It'd project a global image. Do I have a second?

Now the Fire can be sponsored by Preparation H, the Galaxy by Kotex, the Revolution by Viagra or "Boston Medical Group."

Posted by: delantero | January 23, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

DC is above stooping to commercial sponsorhips and logos to clutter our jerseys. I say we go the Barca route -- only instead of UNICEF, we'll naturally partner with The United Way.

Posted by: speculation | January 23, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff - just wanted to say that I'm thrilled to see the soccer blog in effect. I look forward to reading it. Between you and Steinz, my productivity will surely take a dip.

Good luck!

Posted by: tmc | January 23, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

hey, USA v DEN:
i thought mapp had a pretty solid game. his run through the defense was a little bit of luck but also a lot of determination. plus they pulled up when they thought the ball was going to go out. he did a great job getting the ball back in the area.

and it was great having arena in the booth making his little digs...

Posted by: fever | January 23, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Brian Carroll is officially back. Just got the notice.

Posted by: 204 | January 23, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Steven, it's good to see that you're got this up and running. You and Dan will now officially ruin my ability to contribute anything to society other than blog comments.

I'm glad Fowler isn't coming. For me, he just had "expensive flop" written all over him.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 23, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"DC is above stooping to commercial sponsorhips and logos to clutter our jerseys."

You mean like Sierra Mist?

Posted by: Goose | January 23, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or was Donanvan completely ineffective in the game the other day? He was too chicken to take on any defenders. Kudos to Mapp for just having the...ahem, guts to go against the defenders. I hope Donavan gets booted off the team as he has done nothing for us in any game that counted for anything. I'm tired of hearing how great he is supposed to be for the National Team. The fact is that he isn't. I think we should move on with someone else.

On another note, I can't wait to see who we plug into the wing midfield spot. If Emilio does half of what it looks like he can do, we will have a much more consistent attack. Should be a fun season.

Posted by: gomez4prez | January 23, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse


"You mean like Sierra Mist?"


Can you see yourself buying a jersey with Sierra Mist on the front? Please, but if that's where were headed, we might as well jump on the opportunity to seize the sponsor instead of grabbing "Tootsie Rolls" or "Blockbuster" or lord knows what else.

Posted by: delantero | January 23, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Goose is right about Sierra's already on DC jerseys. I had forgotten about that, or somehow subconsciously chosen to ignore it...
Although the logo is on their game jerseys, I don't think it's on the replica jerseys that they sell, is it? Anyway, though I know MLS teams can't afford to be choosy about sponsorships at this point, I'd really love it if DC took the upper hand and avoided the ugly commercial logos...until we could afford to make a Barca/Unicef type deal.

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