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Q&A? Why Not?

I'm thinkin' we should do a quick Q&A session.

Deadline: Midnight Eastern time tonight.

Rules: Keep em short.

I'll have the answers up tomorrow morning.

Okay, whatcha waiting for?

By Steve Goff  |  February 27, 2007; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Q&A  
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Crappy weather and a three-point lead, five weeks before the season opener: What's your guess at the crowd at RFK Thursday night? (Is "crowd" even the right word?)

BTW, I'll be there. :-)

Posted by: Stevan | February 27, 2007 7:17 PM | Report abuse

How do you see the US stacking up a the World Cup in 2010 -- e.g., is it realistic to expect the US to make it out of an average-quality grouping? And what is your estimate as to when the U.S. can realistically hope to arrive as an elite team / World Cup contender -- say, on the level of England?

Posted by: Greg | February 27, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

If United did sign Jamil Fearrington, what are his chances of cracking the starting line up and who might he replace?

Posted by: Mike | February 27, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

*Former Terp Robbie Rogers is close to signing with MLS after a short stint in the Netherlands. I'm told that his club would be determined by a weighted lottery.**

**In the MLS, this is known as either a gift to the LA Galaxatives or the NJ RedBalls.

Posted by: Winoman | February 27, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What are Kasali Yinka Casal 's chances of beating out Gros for the starting right midfield spot?

Posted by: Mark | February 27, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Given the 4-1 goal lead and the home venue, do you foresee any changes to the line-up and/or formation for Thursday, or will it be the same starting 3-5-2 as last week?

Posted by: Diego R. | February 27, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Apparanly what was the WUSA signed something re forming today. Im not sure of the details but could you talk about the new Womens league and what you are hearing as to what we might see. The double headers with United and Freedom were great.

Posted by: Kenny | February 27, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

From where do you like to watch the games at RFK (sideline, pressbox, Barra Brava)? What kind of beer do they serve in the pressbox?

Posted by: Eric Mondero | February 27, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Have you heard anything about former DCU draft pick Kenny Bertz possibly being picked up to fill in the defense?

Posted by: Kenny Bertz | February 27, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Mark -- Isn't Casal a left midfielder?

Steven -- My first question is also Casal-related -- what are the chances he'll crack the starting lineup but over Simms, sending Olsen back to the middle?

Second question -- how has Dyachenko looked in practice? What are the chances he'll spell Moreno and/or Gomez on a consistent basis?

Posted by: Casal & Dyachenko | February 27, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Things are awfully quiet on the Zidane rumor front, aren't they? Is it time to put this issue to rest?

Posted by: NW FC | February 27, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

2 qs: What are the chances DCU trades one of our 4 or 5 defensive midfielders? (Olsen, Simms, Arguez, 2 Carrolls) I bet we could get a good player for B. Carroll or Simms.

Leeds will be relegated (again). Unless Eddie Lewis wants to play some League 1 football he'll be changing teams this summer. Any chance of an Earnie Stewart-like transfer to DC?

Great blog like always!

Posted by: Marc | February 27, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Steve, I love getting your practice notes, but I understand it's not feasible if they're in Florida again or if the big bad Post has you stuck on college basketball duty...are you going to be able to get out to practices much in the next month?

Posted by: Talion | February 27, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Obviously it's early in the game but how do you rate Fearrington and Casals--just young guys who might be worth something in a year or could they push for starting time?

And Welton--any sense of what type of forward he is? In other words, does he primarily spell Emilio or Moreno?

Posted by: Joe | February 27, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Do you think MLS should increase the number of Senior International slots on a given roster?

If yes, do you think they should increase the amount of roster slot on the developmental roster or rather a full reserve squad that could play in the A-league?

Posted by: SI | February 27, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

What cities are the most likely candidates for MLS expansion and what is the timeline for expansion?

Posted by: Jon | February 27, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Kpene has apparently signed a contract with MLS, but there's been no official announcement from DC. Status?

Posted by: Jared | February 27, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Kiki Willis' status with the club? I know he was having toe infection issues that weren't healing, any chance he'd be brought back in for a look?

Posted by: Jason | February 27, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Three of United's 5 draft picks didn't make the team or didn't even try. Do you think this is "normal" or should united be making different decisions in the draft - making trades, passing on some players, drafting lesser players, etc.

Posted by: Jeff | February 27, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

When are they starting construction of the new stadium at Poplar Point? What's the current status of the timeline for that?

Posted by: Dave | February 27, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

More important things to consider as the MLS season approaches: Which of the food vendors at RFK is your favorite? Do you know if any new vendors will crack the venerable food service line up?

Posted by: Ray Kroc | February 27, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I have to say I don't really know much about Tommy Soehn. What can we expect from him? What's he like as a coach and just as a guy as compared to Peter, Bruce, Hudson, ect.?

Posted by: pat | February 27, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought one of MLS changes for this year was that every game would be televised. The schedule on the United web site shows that that is not the case. What gives?

Posted by: George | February 27, 2007 9:05 PM | Report abuse


As per your blog entry Robbie Rogers will be entered in a lottery draft, whats the breakdown of the probability of each teams chances of getting him.

Do you happen to know if DC is interested?

Posted by: Mike | February 27, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

George -
I noticed that Comcast is not listed as showing any games...perhaps DC still has to finalize a deal with Comcast? Steve, is this correct???

Posted by: Dave | February 27, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Is United in any discussions with a company over a shirt sponsorship like the potential Citigroup-LA Galaxy deal?

On another note, does the Post offer summer internships in any field?

Posted by: shaj | February 27, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

1. Other than your report of the imminent Jon Busch waiver are you hearing of any surprises among the March 1st roster cuts??

2. Which coaches would you consider as "on the hot seat" going into the early season, if any??

Posted by: Noah Palmer | February 27, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

In your opinion, do you think DC United is talented enough to compete on a regular basis with teams from the Premiership? Besides the big four of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea, I could DC United playing a lot of competitive against the likes of Bolton, Wigan, Watford, and West Ham Utd.

Posted by: Todd | February 27, 2007 9:41 PM | Report abuse

So with the new women's league forming mostly in MLS cities and partnering with MLS, do you think they'll do a lot more double-headers this time around? Also on the same note, does this make St. Louis more or less likely for MLS expansion?

And here's hoping the Nats stadium comes in on time or there's gonna be some ugly scheduling in 08.

Posted by: bbarrie | February 27, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Has there been any word on whether Christian Gomez's younger brother will be granted another trial with the club? Will there be any more announcements about youth players committed to playing for our youth initiative?

Posted by: Mike | February 27, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

What brand of shampoo does Troy Perkins use?

Posted by: Melanie | February 27, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Steve, I know that every MLS preseason there are a bunch of Euro players out of contract who's agents start calling and they try out with a bunch of MLS teams hoping to hook on somewhere. Welton, Fearrington, and Casal--to what extent are they here b/c of DC United scouting/contacts versus just luck of the draw? I'm wondering if these are guys that Kasper and Co. spotted and invited or they contacted us--any insight on this?

Posted by: Joe | February 27, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking to head to Florida in a week or so for Spring Break. If United advances on Thursday what sort of schedule can we expect for the next few weeks of the offseason? I assume some more time in Branderton as well as the game at Lockhart?

Posted by: Dozerman | February 27, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think that Carlos Tevez would be a great fit for MLS this season? His star has really dimmed in Europe and he has burned bridges in South America. MLS could get him fairly cheap and if he has a great year, they could sell him for a huge profit.

Posted by: jerry | February 27, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Really like the Tevez idea, but wages would probably be a huge concern...would love to hear Goff's insight on this.

And what's the deal with NE not being able to use the $2+ million they received for Dempsey on a good player? I think that Robbie Fowler would be huge for the Revs and the league, but it seems that the league is keeping them down so that Becks can be assured a trophy...seems kinda fishy to me. Your thoughts??

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | February 27, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know what the chances are we land Rogers.

Posted by: Dave | February 27, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there any possibility of DCU starting an Arsenal/Rapids or RSL/Real Madrid style partnership with a well-known Euro squad? What does the RSL deal entail and what kind of cash changes hands?

Will/would tickets be more or less expensive at the Poplar Point stadium?

Posted by: danj | February 27, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

There are rumors about MLS being allocated 2 spots in Copa Sudamericana soon. Is this true? What will be the criteria for qualification? When will MLS start competing? How will this affect CONCACAF Champions Cup as well as the new Super Liga? There are more and more competitions popping up and I prefer the Conmebol teams to Arnett Gardens.

Posted by: Mike | February 27, 2007 11:48 PM | Report abuse

will success spoil rock hunter?

Posted by: fever | February 27, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Your prediction regarding the National Team Coaching situation?

Posted by: mandrake | February 28, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Time's up. Answers Wednesday morning.

Posted by: Goff | February 28, 2007 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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