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MLS Wrap

Let's start with D.C. United. Jaime Moreno tied the MLS career goal scoring mark with his late penalty kick at Toronto, but instead of joining his teammates on a flight back to Washington Sunday morning, he headed to Bolivia to join the national team for training camp. He will miss United's home game vs. Houston on Saturday at Estadio RFK while playing against Ireland at Foxborough. A good performance there will likely earn him a spot on the Copa America squad and leave United without its captain for several weeks this summer.

Also, United will soon unveil specifics for the Marco Etcheverry tribute match. I can tell you that it will take place on Oct. 20 prior to United's season finale against Columbus and be tied to the club honoring the 1997 championship team.

A good attendance week for the league with an average of around 17,900 for six matches, including a sellout in Toronto and an announced sellout in Los Angeles. The only blemish: New York's 10,000-plus -- better than the past few weeks but still lacking. (Can't wait to see the turnout for the next Red Bulls game, this Thursday night on national TV -- ugh)

Superclasico between Chivas USA and the Galaxy provided some good attacking futbol, if not a winner. L.A. lost Chris Albright to a hamstring injury; MRI today.

And in case you missed it, Freddy Adu scored his first goal of the year (on a penalty kick) in yet another RSL loss.

Question of the day: How will United line up Saturday without Moreno?

By Steve Goff  |  May 21, 2007; 9:28 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

-------------Perkins-----------
Namoff----Erpfu---Boswell--Gros
------------B. Carroll---------
--------Fred--------Olsen------
-------------Gomito------------
--------Emilio-----Kpene-------

Subs:
Moose
Casal
Adderly

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | May 21, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

While I think Fred would do well up top, I think Kpene's play in the past 2 games merits a start alongside Emilio. Like Moreno, Kpene uses the dribble to set up others as much as himself. I also like the connection he seems to have with Gomez.

If not Kpene, then you've got to push Fred up and either bring Moose in on the right or switch Olsen and start Casal.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 21, 2007 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Everywhere I am reading, it is showing a strong desire on the part of Shevchenko to come to the MLS with DC United as his target team? Besides the SI article, have you heard anything about DC's interest in Shevy?

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 21, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Every club in the world would like to have him. Few could afford him.

Posted by: Goff | May 21, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Since when is the LAGalaxy vs Chivas USA the "superclasico" in the MLS? how can you be in existence only 3 years and already be the superclasico of an entire league? how does that work?
maybe its the "superclasico" of LA, but not of the MLS.

Posted by: Vic | May 21, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I think Kpene has earned his way on the field.

But I'm concerned about how the new formation holds up against a strong central midfield like Houston's.

Posted by: Kim | May 21, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

FYI, Shevchenko's father-in-law pitched briefly in the major leagues for the Twins(Mike Pazik).

Posted by: Goff | May 21, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

DCU Fan, where did you see that United would be his target team? I can't imagine him playing anywhere other than New York.

Posted by: Goose | May 21, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

So what is the MLS superclasico? DC-New England in front of 12,000 fans two weeks ago? Dallas-Chicago? DC-New York 10 years ago?

I'll take LA-Chivas because they share the same stadium.

Posted by: Goff | May 21, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah- Chivas-Gals is the biggest rivalry and it was so even in Cuivas' first year of existance. DC-metros or Chicago-Dallas pale in comparison except for the die-hard supporters. A superclassico reaches beyond the core and only the LA teams do that.

Posted by: Ursula | May 21, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This week's lineup

------- Simpson -----------

Vaudreuil -- Pope -- Llamosa-- Agoos

Harkes --- Williams ----- Maessner

Etcheverry

----- Lassiter ------ Moreno ------

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 21, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Joe Doc,

You seem to miss the point. Moreno is not available. Soehn should probably consider starting Diaz-Arce.

Posted by: ho | May 21, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Goose,

Go to www.foxsoccerchannel.com. There is an article about Shevchenko and his desire to play in the MLS, and that his family lives in the DC area. It also mentions that he was impressed by the level of skill of the MLS All-Stars last summer which was primarily made of United players. All you have to do is connect the dots.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 21, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to big Jimmy Moreno on his record tying goal. Now if he just score in the run of play instead of just on pk's.

Posted by: delat | May 21, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

A little off topic, but does anyone know if there are any DC United posters out there for purchase? I would like to get my hands on some posters to hang on my walls. Please let me know. Thank you.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 21, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

So did they pick 10/20 because it's the last home game or because half the '97 team (i.e. the coaching staff of RBNY) won't be playing and therefore will be able to attend? Maybe that's the game people were thinking about when they said Sanneh was coming back to DC.

Posted by: bbarrie | May 21, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"All you have to do is connect the dots."

... And pay a contract so massive that even Beckham would cry himself to sleep.

Posted by: noptov52 | May 21, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Sheva is going to be heartbroken when he learns that Beckham isn't actually being paid anywhere near $250m... and neither will he.

Posted by: Goose | May 21, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

Any MLS interest in T. Radzinski now that he has been released from Fulham? I haven't seen him play recently, but one would think he would be a good fit for a few MLS teams, including Toronto.

Posted by: d. watts | May 21, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Goff, since we're talking line-ups... Any chance McT is healthy, or not this week? I'd love to see him as left back and Gros up as wide mid. Or do you think McT would push Erpen to the bench instead?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 21, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Damn it! Oct 20th is the day I leave for work travel, a month in Europe.

Steve, my flight is at 6PM out of Dulles, see if you can get United to roll this game back to 11AM. ;)

Posted by: Kim | May 21, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess the problem is that the whole "Superclassico" thing seems very contrived. Why does it need a moniker? I think a name like "superclassico" should be earned not given. Why not just call it the LA Derby and be done with it?

Posted by: Glenn | May 21, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

-------Kpene--Emilio--
-----------Gomez----
--Casal------------Fred
-----------Olsen----
Gros-Boswell-Erpen-Namoff
-----------Perkins----

Posted by: diego r. | May 21, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Would shevshenko be considered a senior international if he has american citizenship?

Posted by: shevi | May 21, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The real answer to Vic's "SuperClasico" question is this:

The Galaxy-Chivas matchup is called the SuperClasico because MLS and Honda decided to call it that. That's it. Yes, it is unique in MLS (being an inter-stadium, same city clash), but really, MLS doesn't have a rivalry that merits a nickname (especially one as grand as "SuperClasico"). It is a sponsor-named event, just like the t-shirt slingshot at DC games is the Pollo Campero T-Shirt Slingshot.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 21, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The best part about Shevchenko joining DC United would be seeing Mrs. Shevchenko in the stands.

Posted by: Sean | May 21, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

A bit OT, but on this blog several days ago someone mentioned the producer/actor Elisabeth Shue appearing on Comcast Sports Network to plug a new soccer-themed movie name "Gracie". It so happens that tonight Shue will be on the Tavis Smiley Show (http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/), which airs on many public TV stations around the country. In the Washington area, it airs on WHUT at 10:30 p.m., and on WETA at 1:00 a.m.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | May 21, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen Adderly's name in a while. Is he still alive? He had quite a few great opportunities that he didn't convert, but he was able to create a few opportunities from what I barely remember. Not finishing is becoming the squads modus operandi so I don't see why he wouldn't get some playing time.

Posted by: sitruc | May 21, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

How do you say "Derby" in Spanish?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 21, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Can we refer to the Marco game as a "testimonial" instead of a "tribute match"?

Posted by: Paul | May 21, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Umm what IF Dr. Moreno does make the team?

Who is going to take PK's for the rest of the season? :-)

If he does leave can we bring in another senior player to fill his spot in the roster? You mentioned Adu just hit a PK.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 21, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Re: Mrs. Shevchenko (don't tell the Director I said so).

Quote from Wikipedia:
"Many A.C. Milan fans consider her as the Yoko Ono of football due to her role in persuading Andriy to move to England."

I thought Posh Spice was the Yoko Ono of football. Cat fight! Cat fight!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 21, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Here is your answer to your question about the Thursday night game.

The Red Bulls will be giving away tickets in groups of four for Thursday's nationally televised game against the Chicago Fire. All a season ticket holder has to do is give the name of someone interested in going and the Red Bulls will give that person four free tickets.

HAHAHAHA

Posted by: Red Bull hater | May 21, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The 'Superclassico' moniker for that LA/LA game is very contrived. They should go with something more natural for LA, like: The Carson Riot

Posted by: Kim | May 21, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

re: PK's? I think we have plenty of guys who could take the PKs without Moreno. Emilio, Gomez, Fred, heck, remember Brian Carroll's killer PK against NE in the playoffs a couple of years ago? We'll be fine.

Posted by: Glenn | May 21, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope Red Bull does something to fill up those empty seats this Thursday. That jerk Norm Chad blasted MLS in the paper this AM because NY (and KC) are getting crowds below 10K.

Posted by: Hoost | May 21, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Not that I care about Norm Chad (Goff, can you kick his arse for me??), but....

Posted by: Hoost | May 21, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

re: Superclassico

MLS has a long way to go to create a rivalry matching Barcelona vs. Real Madrid or River Plate vs. Boca Junior. Some day, maybe DC United vs. NY Red Bulls will become a superclassico, but that will come after years of fighting each other for the MLS Cup. Of course, that would mean that BOTH teams are in contention towards the end of the season.

Posted by: ho | May 21, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

-------Fred--Emilio--
-----------Gomez----
--Casal------------Simms
-----------Olsen----
Gros-Boswell-Erpen-Namoff
-----------Perkins----

Posted by: jj | May 21, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Checking into a hotel tonight, a young bellman saw my Soccer Hall of Fame license plate. So we got into a discussion of soccer, EPL, MLS, etc. He being a big EPL fan stated "MLS is were players come to retire". Then in the room I started reading about Schev's interest in "retiring here".

I think this is a bad direction for MLS (or should I start saying the "new NASL") if we become the retirement home for European football.

Posted by: DCU Fan | May 21, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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