A few items to pass along from RFK today:
-- The club has signed Kiki Willis, a midfielder-forward from Elon who left school early, to a developmental contract. Willis had impressed the club at an indoor tryout at Dulles SportsPlex during the winter but departed training camp with toe problems. He is expected to rejoin the club Wednesday.
-- Troy Perkins is looking pretty good to play Thursday. I will have more details in my print edition story, which will be available on the Post Web site tonight.
-- More tasty details of the Fred saga later, too.
-- Emilio Luciano's English is getting better by the week, but, as some of you may have read a few weeks ago, his favorite phrase is "It's in the Net!" -- DCU TV play-by-play man Dave Johnson's signature call. Today, after scoring into a miniature net, Luciano, with arms flapping, broke the tension with an "It's in the Net!" for all to hear.
-- After a sloppy start to a defensive exercise, Coach Tom Soehn sternly warned: "I guarantee you, they are going to punish you" for mistakes, referring to venerable Mexican club Chivas.
-- Chivas is tentatively scheduled to practice twice on Wednesday in the Washington area -- at RFK and at an unidentified area college.
-- Here's that "big" MLS-Bundesliga announcement we were all awaiting today. (zzzzzzz)
-- Referee assignments for DCU-Chivas:
15.03.2007: Washington, D.C. USA; RFK Stadium (20:15)
D.C. UNITED (USA) - CD GUADALAJARA (MEX)
R: Silviu PETRESCU (CAN)
03.04.2007: Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO; Jalisco Stadium (20:35)
CD GUADALAJARA (MEX) - D.C. UNITED (USA)
R: Roberto MORNEO (PAN)
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