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CONCACAF Conflict?

Loyal reader Mike points out that, if United were to reach the Champions' Cup finals, the club would have a major scheduling conflict. The first leg is to be hosted April 17-19 by a team from the bottom half of the bracket (D.C., Olimpia, Chivas, W Connection). Problem is, the Washington Nationals have games at RFK Stadium those days.

I checked in with Stephen Zack, DCU's senior vice president, who tells me that CONCACAF is aware of the situation and is prepared to flip-flop the dates/sites of the final series.

We're getting wayyyyy ahead of ourselves, of course, but if United makes it, the first leg would be April 17-19 at Pachuca/Marquense/Houston/Puntarenas and the second leg April 24-26 at RFK while the Nats are in Philadelphia.

Hoping to have some news on the DCU player search later today...maybe...

By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2007; 10:12 AM ET
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DCU still has 3 open senior roster spots once Casal signs. We hear about them adding [1] a reserve defender (you mentioned it being possibly a young foreign signing - I imagine that they will also look at some of the MLS salary cap victims after the 3/1 roster deadline) and [2] an attacking player (a right midfielder or a reserve forward - seems to me like they need both positions filled).

Do you sense that they will add just 2 players for now and possibly promote someone from the developmental roster (i.e. Dyachenko) or will they add a reserve defender, starting-caliber right midfielder and a reserve forward? Could we also see the bigger signing (right midfielder) later in the season as part of the usual Annual August Argie Acquisition?

Posted by: Zman | February 23, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse


Just kidding.

Posted by: DCAustinite | February 23, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Impossible to say at the moment how this will play out. Names have come and gone. I've heard of one young defender from Europe as a possible trialist, but seems remote. We might not see any new faces for a few weeks. What you see is what you get for Champions' Cup (at least on Thursday at RFK).

Posted by: Goff | February 23, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Greatest. Blog. Ever.

Posted by: Rocko | February 23, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Quick question for anyone in the know out there -- I may not be able to make the match due to work, but could (if I get lucky) get home in time to watch most of the second half. Is this match televised on FSC? or CSN, ESPN, ESPN2?

Posted by: iammrben | February 23, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Fox Soccer Channel

Posted by: Goff | February 23, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse


Any thoughts/news on the potential flap over the Pan-American games? Seems CONCACAF thinks its a U-23/pre-Olypmic tuneup while CONMEBOL wants it to be a U-17 tournament and is awarding qualification at the lower age level. It's not a huge tournament either way, but something's gotta give right?

Posted by: Bvonz | February 23, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Steve. Love the blog!

Posted by: iammrben | February 23, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what the team sees as its priority. Obviously, we need a right midfielder, defensive depth, and forward depth. It seems to me that we need to take care of right midfield first, because Olsen is not cut out to play that role in our system any more. If we were in a 442, maybe, but we don't have the players to do that. He can still cross the ball, but we need more speed out wide.

Defensive depth follows. McTavish may make a big step up this year and give us 5 reliable defenders, but he might not. And even if he does, is 5 enough? Boswell and possibly Namoff will be gone during the summer US tournaments...a backline of McTavish, Erpen, and Wilson with Jeff Carroll and DeRoux as backups means we're going to have to score tons of goals to get through that stretch.

If we're only adding 2 players, they have to be a right midfielder and a defender (ideally, one that can play on either side of the back three). Forward depth, even though we could use it, is still a luxury by comparison.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 23, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Why no audio/radio for the return leg?

Posted by: Paul | February 23, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

There will be radio.

Posted by: Goff | February 23, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

We'll all agree that we need a few more players for depth, but I hope the front office doesn't rush it. Everyone is fresh for the beginning of the season, we'll need the depth come June/ there is plenty of time to evaluate talent. Maybe even enough time to trade Walker?

On another note, Goff, does DCU still hold the right to former Terp defender and DCU draft pick Kenny Bertz? I recently noticed he was 2nd team all-USL last season...seems like a good fit for us now.

Posted by: Eric Mondero | February 23, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe that DCU has Bertz' rights through the end of this year - after that date, he could sign with anyone in MLS.

Posted by: Zman | February 23, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Is Yinka Casal a definite for United now?

Posted by: Question | February 23, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Casal is getting his visa papers in order. Once they're done, the team will formally announce his signing.

I believe Bertz is still DCU property, but the team was not very impressed with him last year and didn't think he was MLS quality. Maybe he's improved, but I don't think he's on their radar.

Posted by: Goff | February 23, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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