Matchday 7: Houston at DCU
Just a bit warm out here at Estadio RFK. Lot 8 bustling with holiday-weekend tailgaters. Club figures 17,000 to 18,000 in attendance tonight, maybe more, depending on walk-up. No local TV. Tom Soehn, an early arrival, just finished a solitary jog around the field.
STARTING LINEUP: no surprises
Perkins; Namoff, Boswell, Erpen, Gros; Fred, Carroll, Gomez, Olsen; Kpene, Emilio.
Moose is not on the 18-man game-day roster because of illness. Reserves are Nolly, Casal, deRoux, Dyachenko, Simms, Addlery, Burch.
In case you missed it, here is a link to my story about Marc Burch that appeared in today's paper.
Also, here is an amusing leftover quote from the other day. I had asked Soehn if the team had been involved in any trade talks recently.
His response: "People are offering things to us."
"I can't say that," he responded with a laugh. "These are things you've got to keep quiet or else rumors get started."
Exactly! We love rumors.
More laughter from Soehn.
"There hasn't been any interest on our side. There are ALWAYS trade talks. How about that? It's part of the league. It's a monologue, not a dialogue."
Okay, that's all for now. As always, feel free to share your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts in the comments section here. And as always, I will create a new thread very late tonight with brief analysis, player ratings and bonus quotes.
FYI, I will have some exclusive national soccer news in the next day or two. (Remain calm. It's nothing urgent, nothing dramatic, but of interest to the American soccer community.)
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