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No Respect for Namoff

It was brought to my attention by a couple Insider loyalists yesterday that Bryan Namoff, who has been arguably D.C. United's best defender this season and perhaps the club's top candidate for national team duty this summer, was not included on the MLS online all-star ballot this week. Seemed strange, considering the dozens of barely worthy players who were recognized.

Rest assured, this outrageous omission has been corrected.

According to the United mafia, here is what happened: The team submitted its list of 12 players (that's the maximum) to the league to be included on the master list. The league in turn sent DCU's docket to the group overseeing the online ballot. Somewhere, some how, Namoff's name disappeared into cyberspace.

Boss man Kevin Payne was not aware until the Insider contacted him via IM this morning wondering why Namoff was missing. Shocked and dismayed by this development, KP went to work. Mission accomplished -- Namoff is in.

"We were particularly upset because Bryan is a legitimate all-star candidate, in our minds," spokesman Doug Hicks said, adding completely tongue in cheek, "Thanks to the Soccer Insider, this glaring omission has been corrected."

So I guess this blog is good for something.....


By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2007; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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good news, although it still seems ridiculous to start voting for all stars after only 5 games

Posted by: pat | May 17, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to start a draft Soccer Insider '08 campaign. The Goffer gets results!

Posted by: l st | May 17, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Can we remove someone?


Posted by: Hoost | May 17, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Can you quote KP's exact IM response to you? I'm guessing it wasn't "OMG! LMAO!"

Posted by: Arrrlington | May 17, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Wait, Goff and KP use IM? Um, what's your ID's?

Posted by: JkR | May 17, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Can we remove someone?


Posted by: Hoost | May 17, 2007 12:49 PM

How about we just remove retards like you.

Posted by: Useless | May 17, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's see now: Steve and the participants of the blog are responsible for:

1. reversing the Fred jersey decision.
2. correcting the Namoff omission.

Way to go folks!

A warning to MLS: Fear the Insider!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 17, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Goff, you and KP IM each other? please tell me you use "TTFN" when you exit the convo!

Posted by: HFIC | May 17, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Goff and KP will be on a new cell phone commercial...

Goff: KP, look at how high our cell phone bill is! Who have you been texting?
KP: IDK my BFF Tommy.
Goff: Well tell your BFF Tommy that you're getting your cell phone taken away.
Goff: Me paying this bill, that's what's SNF.

Posted by: l st | May 17, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Dear Useless,

Your nickname suggests that you're in fact THE Facundo Erpen. It is appropriate, I must say.


Posted by: Hoost | May 17, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Good work on the Namoff correction. Game after game, the most consistent player at DCU this year. As to the IM conversations, you might not have mentioned that...

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 17, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

My name is R.J. and I endorse The Soccer Insider.

(paid for in part by Steven "Goffinho" Goff)

Posted by: R.J. | May 17, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am NOT Facundo Erpen I am Freddy Adu!

Posted by: Useless Da Second | May 17, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

don't really understand why everyone wants Erpen out just cause he is having a few bad games. Erpen has done alot for the club since he was sign. Just look at last year. He is still young and i am sure he can turn around and be the player he was last year.

Peace out Erpen Haters

Posted by: Acundo rpen | May 17, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Soccer Insider's got your back, Namoff!

Posted by: Chippy | May 17, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey this blog is good for alot so don't sell yourself short.

Posted by: Ramin | May 17, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey this blog is good for alot so don't sell yourself short.

Posted by: Ramin | May 17, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all that self-applied back-slapping warms the heart...except that D over at the DCenters (the original United blog) noticed this situation YESTERDAY and quickly urged Namoff fans to take action. But hey, if you feel the need to take credit that badly...

Posted by: What about D? | May 17, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

And how did that fan initiative on the other site work out for ya? results, baby, it's all about results. ;-)

Posted by: Goff | May 17, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You go Goff

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

be careful on teh internets, Hot Goffy... you could be getting your big leads from Payne's mischevious kids. Or worse, from Dateline NBC. (To catch a soccer insider)

Posted by: d, dc | May 17, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

It seems ridiculous any DC United fan would vote for our players going to this meaningless exhibition (and risk injury at altitude) against an opponent we already beat 4-0.

After last year's post-All Star Game collapse, United should be RUNNING from this thing.

Who cares about the All Star game. If MLS wins it was a joke because it was a 'team handpicked' and its still meaningless as its a friendly. If MLS loses its a grand indictment of our inferiour football.

Let the other MLS clubs vote for players to go to this excercise in stupidity and then if they win have a fake trophy celebration while we continue to be a contender for real hardware (SuperLiga, Open Cup, etc..)

Posted by: Why Goff Why!?! | May 17, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd add that I'd like to see a campaign of DC United fans, the subversive lot that we are, vote for all the other teams star players we'd rather not face (in hopes that they get worn out injured) rather than out own.

Vote for the Dichios and Donovans rather than our own guys.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

While the game is, indeed, meaningless, it's important for the player. Besides the honor, there are guaranteed all-star bonuses.

Posted by: Goff | May 17, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Besides the honor, there are guaranteed all-star bonuses."

Let's all vote for the players on the low end of the pay scale.

I imagine Celtic would be somewhat offended if MLS were represented by the reservists, but they're not worthy of the first-teamers as they showed last year.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 17, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Some great things about this blog that can be attributed to Steve are the breadth of the subject-matter brought to our attention by it, yet still covering our local interests. Steve responds often to the personal inquiries as well so you feel confident that pertinent and worthy questions get addressed quickly after they are made. He also shares the success and gives due credit to the interactive insight we contribute. I'd also say that the thoughtfulness of the readers and writers here are the main reasons I have this site as a favorite and track it everyday.

Steve's got a great sense of what intrigues us and lets us go after the topics with all our passion and wrath.

Thanks, now I'll be quiet for anothe couple of months.

Posted by: cuzco03 | May 17, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ric | May 17, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Let's all vote for the players on the low end of the pay scale.

Thats a great idea. Count me in. Sort of like but this time positivley supporting some under-paid MLS talent. I mean, Celtic wants to keep the score close, right? This seems to be a compasionate move all around.

Posted by: NW FC | May 17, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sanneh was great in his prime, and would be a solid addition for depth if he truly is healthy, but at what price? Is he worth losing another player for? (Maybe so with Jamil Walker) It is still a month before the international window opens, so I would imagine they would take their sweet time with evaluating him.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | May 17, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for voting for the guys who don't get much money. They certainly deserve anything they can get.
But there are also great players on that low end...The Boz, some guy from a team near boston who has a bunch of assists, and I'm sure there are others.

Posted by: bribri | May 17, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

by the way, great pic of Namoff.

Posted by: bribri | May 17, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Sanneh can't be any worse than Ezra at this point - both have lots of similarities late in their careers. Although the biggest need is on the flanks, I think those days are far behind Tony. He would be a great reserve center back and even late game d-mid (not that the depth chart isnt already 6 deep at that position). However, the key issue is $$$$$$$$$$ - I doubt he is willing to play for less than $100k. I think his most recent MLS contract was $250k+.

Posted by: Henchlow | May 17, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, all that self-applied back-slapping warms the heart...except that D over at the DCenters (the original United blog) noticed this situation YESTERDAY and quickly urged Namoff fans to take action. But hey, if you feel the need to take credit that badly..."

May be the original one, but it's been left behind. You get real news here, and pretty much only opinion there. I've stopped reading it.

Posted by: MattM | May 17, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Given the team's 2007 performance there are NO legit all-star candidiates at this time from DCU. Last year was a joke with 8 and then the team completely collapsed the the last 10-12 games and the first part of this season. So now we want to reward people that are giving up over 2 goals a game and have won one game in 5....poor Namoff and the rest of the under performing United. No tears here, here's an idea PLAY BETTER.

Posted by: ted | May 17, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, ted, that's harsh. The team might not be playing so well, but there are individuals who are showing up and doing their best- Fred and Boswell come to mind. Are there not weeks to go before this vote closes anyway?

Posted by: DC fan | May 17, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I remember a muggy night last summer when our reserves strung together a nice series of passes culminating in the great Andy Metcalf's goal that made the score DC 4 Celtic 0.

Only the very best of MLS could possibly beat a might team like Celtic!

Posted by: garbaggio | May 17, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Namoff has been our best D so far this season. Winning one-on-one 30 yards out, repeatedly, while backpedaling cannot be understated. Glad this was caught - more so to bring attention to Namoff's solid play.

Posted by: Shmoo | May 18, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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