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Q&A Time

Okay, it's been a week or two, so let's get this going again. Keep 'em SHORT, keep 'em sweet. Your deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.

I'll answer as many as possible by Tuesday morning. Maybe earlier.

Commence...

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2007; 9:42 PM ET
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Surprised that Freddy Adu wasn't called into the U23 camp?

Looks like Phillapakos is returning from Greece and may land with RBNY. Do you have any idea if he'll be an impact player in MLS?

Posted by: Mark | February 11, 2007 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I just saw something that links DCU with a possible Chelsea partnership. Something similar to the Rapids/Arsenal deal I think. Have you heard anything about this?

Posted by: Nick | February 11, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Do you tail gate before DCU games? Will is see you with the barra brava or screaming eagles before a game this season?

Posted by: Ian | February 11, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Any new player acquisition rumors for DC?

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

Any updates on Daniel Karbassiyoon or Casal?

Posted by: Jason | February 11, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Will Justin Moose ever get a look with the first team? What aspects of his game are lacking?

Posted by: Nordy | February 11, 2007 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Any updates on DCU securing a stadium?

Posted by: Josh | February 11, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Who is the best option at left back for a full strengthed US squad at the moment, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, or Carlos Bocanegra?

Posted by: Mike | February 11, 2007 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't MLS attracted Italian players. We've got South Americans, Africans, Brits, Canadians, et al.

Posted by: Beaker | February 11, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

2007: Biggest year since 1996 for MLS?

Posted by: Logan Circle | February 11, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Should we expect to see any more trialists in Florida or is strictly reserved for the regular roster and draftees? Or will we only see new players after the Olimpia matches?

Posted by: Jason | February 11, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Any word on possible shirt sponsorships for United?

Posted by: Kevin | February 12, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

What will it actually take for Sunil Gulati to give Bradley the job? Will he actually wait until this summer to decide? Quick side question: With Bradley having New Jersey roots, does he have any ties to Rossi which could persuade him back to the US?

Posted by: Fussballman 7 | February 12, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Hi Steve, some of us in Ohio are wondering what exactly the status of Kiki Willis is. Was he eligible to be drafted in the superdraft? If not, what MLS rule allows an underclassman to drop out of school and sign with an MLS team? Thanks for any info.

Posted by: Matt | February 12, 2007 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Who are: Tino Palace, MLS Underground, and Logans Revenge?

Posted by: Frank | February 12, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

When will I wake up from my nightmare known as Leeds United?

Posted by: Mark | February 12, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Italian soccer without fans: apparently this could last up to three months. How can the clubs afford those monstrous salaries without generating income? Will this mean that a number of players will be loaned or sold (not that MLS could afford them, but still...)?

And a truly inane question: with so many US players in Europe, why can't we field two MNTs on friendly dates? One MLS-based team could play Ecuador and Guatemala at home, the Euro-based team could get a friendly with Norway or Poland over there. Doubles the income, avoids long interruptive travel, and gets experience for twice as many players.

Posted by: Troy | February 12, 2007 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Twellman's new deal is for $300K, which the Globe says is the max for a non-designated player. Is that a real maximum or a traditional MLS maximum where they will bend the rules for a few players each year (after the grandfathered players move into DP slots)?

Posted by: Brian | February 12, 2007 5:39 AM | Report abuse

So what really scuppered the Colorado Arsenal name? The 18-month rule (which came out of nowhere - was it created just for this situation?, Nike or was it all a hoax?

Posted by: Stev e | February 12, 2007 5:40 AM | Report abuse

your thoughts on the goalie situation with the new signee,can he step in and play if Perkins goes down for an extended period of time? also, this new winger, is he the longterm or year-round solution or are we still waiting for a seasoned left wing foreign signee?

Posted by: Eric J | February 12, 2007 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened with those Osorio rumors?

At this point, which is more likely for the MLS season opener:

1. McTavish at RM, Gros at LM
2. Gros at RM, Wilson or DeRoux at LM
3. Unnamed foreign player at RM, Gros at LM

I know they're looking at Olsen on the right as of now, but I don't think anyone sees that as a long-term solution. In fact, I don't even like it as a solution beyond getting us past Olimpia.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 12, 2007 7:03 AM | Report abuse

U20 finals in Canada in July. Seems that Canada will be in group A.

Any rumors on if the US will be seeded? rumors on which group for the US?

Posted by: JSF | February 12, 2007 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Your assesment of two players: Big Board members disagree over Gros and Dyachenko. Many rag that Gros is below caliber for the US MINT, I see his motor, speed and heart as great value even at that level. Many disagree over Dyachenko's speed and creativity, is he that rare player or just a role player--for now?

Posted by: E. Jensen | February 12, 2007 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Yinka Casal...discuss beyond what we already know. Thanks.

Posted by: Mike | February 12, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

What's the latest on Tony Meola?

Posted by: Freddie B | February 12, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Several related questions: How are players compensated for national team duty? Would Troy Perkins be paid for being in camp even though he wasn't on the game roster? Does starting or getting into a game have a financial impact? Is club compensation diminished when players are away for national team duty? Would Bobby Boswell's compensation be significant enough to ease his ride at $29.5 or so for the next two years?

Posted by: Dave | February 12, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Any news on the Comcast contract with MLS to show DC United locally? I'd rather not watch all those Direct Kick only games on my computer.

Posted by: Jason | February 12, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Will the Post do a big pre-MLS season spread in a Sunday paper, with a whole page dedicated to DC United?

Posted by: the cheat | February 12, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

At what point will Landon Donovan get called what he is: overrated. The goal was a gimme (he barely made the PK against Denmark), and the assist was great since he has swung 478 othercorner kicks that perfectly aimless. He is no leader and he absolutely will not take guys on. I'm not sure how he earns the respect that he is given inside the States.

Posted by: gomez4prez | February 12, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

is Luciano "cup tied" against Olimpia since he was on their roster when they qualified?

Posted by: keith | February 12, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

How much of last Wednesday's ESPN telecast of USA v Mexico will we see incorporated into MLS and National team telecasts in the future? Was that a one-off because of the US/Mexico rivalry, or will productions like that be considered the norm from now on. Pre game, post game, extra cameras...they finally treated the sport with respect.

Posted by: Tom | February 12, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

While the Soccer Insider Blog had good detailed coverage of last week's U.S. game against Mexico, the Washington Post only ran the AP story on the game. Will increased Blog coverage hurt soccer coverage in the print edition? Say it isn't so!

Posted by: Sports Page | February 12, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Disappointments in DCU History:

1) Steve Guppy
2) Jason Moore
3) Stephen Armstrong
4) Matias Donnet
5) Thor Lee

Nod to Chris Albright and Quantinilla

Posted by: Top 5 | February 12, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Thusfar in the preseason Emilio is scoring as promised, and at his introduction press conference he listed being this year's MLS scoring leader as one of his personal goals for the season. Do you think he will acclimate to MLS quickly enough to have a good chance of accomplishing that goal?

Posted by: ohboyohboy | February 12, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

crystal ball time: any surprises you think will be happening this season? things to watch for that are currently off the radar?

Posted by: l st | February 12, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Do you know if season ticket sales at DCU/Galaxy/MLS have continued to rise post-Beckham, as compared with past years? Was it a one-off bump?

Are the Galaxy still planning on changing colors?

Posted by: danj | February 12, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Any thoughts from Josh Gros about how he performed against Mexico?

Posted by: Arrrlington | February 12, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Why do people who are critical of Josh Gros forget how much better he is than Tony Sanneh, who put in one of the best World Cup performances in U.S. history, was at the same point in his career?

Posted by: Blonk | February 12, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Do you see Bobby Boswell being able to break into the starting lineup for the USMNT? They seem pretty deep in that position right now.

Posted by: BC | February 12, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Your prediction Beckham's impact on the league? Media coverage, ticket sales, product on the field, ability to make MLS vialble for other exceptional players?

Posted by: Dan | February 12, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Disappointments in DCU History:

1) Lucio Filomeno
2) Ray Hudson
3 Santino Quaranta
4 Thomas Rongen (he owes his MLS Cup to Arena!)
5) Oh so many possibilities . . how about Nana Kuffour, Ali Curtis, Thiago Martins, Quintanilla, Stoichkov, Diego Sonora, David Stokes

Posted by: Anonymous | February 12, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Any chance that DC would give a look to Richmond's Ronnie Pascale at GK? He's 31 I think, has done very well for the Kickers and would be a relatively cheap veteran pickup a la Pat Onstad..

Posted by: Drew | February 12, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What happened with talk of Palermo from Boca? Was that just rumor or something more substantial? He seems more expendible now since Riquelme and Marioni are in the fold.

Posted by: Internet Fan | February 12, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How do some of the players feel about their former players Adu and Esky. Especailly Esky, since we did such a stunt to NYNJ only to be in cahoots with the team this year. I would be pretty upset if I was them.

I hate the scum.

Posted by: Kenny | February 12, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the firesale we had in the offseason to build up so much allocation cash if we only made one major signing (Emilio). They kept saying that they needed all this cash for moves that they had planned. Did things not work out the way the front office hoped? Are they still actively looking at South American players, holding off for the summer transfer window, or what?

Did they count on deals with players such as Ruy coming through, and is that why they didn't agree to terms with Donnet? Or was Donnet not willing to take a pay cut that they wanted to give?

Posted by: pat | February 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Any more news on the Zidane to New York rumors?

Posted by: DC | February 12, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Is the post sending you to Honduras to cover the away game? Is the match going to have English-language commentary on FSC?

Posted by: pat | February 12, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

any thoughts on the nepotism in US soccer coaching and business circles? too much nepotism or just the right amount? how does it compare to other sports? other countries? thanks!

Posted by: hmmm | February 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I know it's a bit early, but I'm cutting off the questions.

I'll post my answers momentarily...

Posted by: Goff | February 12, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Give us what you can dig up on the Chelsea link.
(Reported in the "Gossip" section on BBC sports)

Posted by: Pete | February 12, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Can you clarify, are you cutting off answering any more questions? When you and I were speaking after lunch at that lakeside restaurant you said you would always answer everyone's questions. What changed? LOL.

My first visit here bud, good stuff.

Posted by: Not Jere | February 19, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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