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Carroll has, indeed, signed on the dotted line. I'm hearing he will make at least $120,000 this season. Of course, we won't know the official numbers until the salary list leaks out in a few months. Meantime, Carroll is awaiting word from the USSF as to whether he will be called in for the next U.S. training camp leading up to the Mexico friendly.

Troy Perkins is getting closer to a new deal that will pay him substantially more than the 30K he earned last season. But Bobby Boswell has so far declined new offers, which means he would make about the same amount the next two seasons. If he does not sign a new deal extending his contract, he would become a free agent after the 2008 season and, presumably, explore European opportunities.

Elsewhere, United should know next week whether Jay Nolly will actually play for DC this season. Otherwise, they are faced with having two young backup goalies behind Perkins. A trade is always possible for an experienced backup. Come to think of it, RSL was looking to deal Rimando, who is competing with Garlick and super rookie Seitz for playing time. Rimando has still not re-signed with MLS.....Hmmmmm......

*Andy Metcalf, who was waived after the 2006 season, has resurfaced with Atlanta in the USL.

*Good news for those poverty-striken developmental players. Looks like their salaries will be $12,900 this season, a $1,200 increase.

*Juicy rumors on the Howard U. coaching search: Shaka Hislop, Philip Gyau and Jimmy Banks could become candidates. Or not. We'll see...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2007; 6:34 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Boswell not signing scares me. I don't understand why it matters anyway. He could always transfer if there is a team in Europe that wants him. No doubt he can play over there, but I'm not ready to part with him yet. Seems like it would be a win-win if he just signs with us and then transfers later for a few bucks if thats what he's looking for.

Posted by: gomez4prez | January 23, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds Nicky ends up back here?

Posted by: Chico | January 23, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Boz worries me too, but it's a smart move on his part if he sticks with it. If he does resign, it will extend his contract past 08. As far as a transfer during his contract, MLS doesn't really have a stellar record in that department (wanting too much or out right refusing and then losing them anyway as a free-agent).

It will (assuming that he continues at the same pace) also give him more leverage with DCU/MLS in 08 (e.g. right now they are being nice, in 08 he could try to make them really pay to keep him).

Hopefully the FO will take this as a sign to A) work with him to find out what if anything they can do to sweeten the pot and B) make sure we aren't depending an undrafted rookie to replace him (I wouldn't hold out hope to get that lucky again).

Great news about Carroll though.


Posted by: gnat | January 23, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

did andy metcalf grow up in the dc area?

Posted by: hokie soccer fan | January 24, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Metcalf is from Jackson, Tenn., and attended the University of Memphis.

Posted by: Goff | January 24, 2007 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I still just happy Goff got a blog.

Posted by: Rocko | January 24, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the DCU Federation of Blogs
The more news out there about DC UNITED is always
a plus


Posted by: Leo Perez | January 24, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It's great that MLS is increasing the salary for development players...but $12,900? This is an embarrassment for MLS. With those numbers it simply makes more financial sense for kids in america to go the college route or seek opportunities in Europe. This is a damn shame for the sake american soccer development.

Posted by: Byron | January 24, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Embarrassing is an understatement. At closer look, 25 percent of the players in the league (7 per team) earn less than 30,000 per year.

Posted by: Goff | January 24, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Developmental salaries are below minimum wage for a 40 hour week - they are below poverty level. Good players that go through the college system get to graduate and look forward to this? It is no wonder that many draftees go elsewhere or don't go to the MLS at all. And then the MLS has the balls to give Beckham a multimillion dollar contract and then say they're doing it because he's worth it as a player and it's great for the development of the league? The US is losing developmental players because of the low developmental salary and lack of commitment from the teams and the league. Want to make US soccer better - start developmental players an an annual salary of $20,000. Raise them to $25,000 the second year and $30,000 the third year.
Give them $100. additional pay for dressing , $250. for playing in a game and $500. starting in each game. That would increase max 1st year salary to approx $35,000, still below most college graduates pay, but season performance incentives would make things reasonable. First and second year's salary guaranteed - if not in the MLS - then the MLS places the player on an A-league team for future development and pays the player the difference between the A-League salary and the MLS salary. That's a committment to delevopment - of could this would cost the MLS maybe a million dollars or so over all 2007 draftees, but they would prefer to spend 5-10 million more on one player and this players has the balls to say he wants to develop soccer in the US. Show me the money - that's what he wants and unfortunately all the other veteran players are now going to look out only for themselves so development of the young professional soccer players isnow dead in the US.

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