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Pretty quiet far

I've been busy counting the number of Galaxy players who will be unavailable to face D.C. United on Saturday night at Home Depot Center because of international duty, suspension and injuries. Yikes. I'm up to eight.

United is training this morning, then off to Los Angeles this afternoon. They'll practice at HDC Friday. As you already know, Soehn and Kasper are in San Francisco/San Jose for festivities surrounding the Chinese national team visit for the USA friendly Saturday. They were invited to the pregame events by United investor Will Chang, who has Chinese roots and recently visited China for a soccer symposium and to meet with clubs in an effort to forge formal relationships. Is United interested in Chinese players? I believe so, but as one longtime soccer observer noted, Chang may be more enthused by the prospect of signing a player than Soehn or Kasper. Maybe a developmental player is in the long-term plans, who knows...

The potential Kasey Keller-to-RSL deal is fading, according to one prominent source in the soccer industry. Led by John Ellinger, RSL has made an ambitious play for the veteran goalkeeper, but the money Keller wants is just not there. If Keller does not get a firm offer from Europe, will he actually retire rather than accept a modest salary in MLS?

Just got a call from Dominic Jordan, vice chairman of Crystal Palace. He was a bit upset about my CP USA story last week in which I called the main club "unglamorous" and said it had wallowed in the second and third tier for much of its existance. "Wallowed" was probably a bit harsh and, for that, I regret using such a strong word. We did come to agreement that, for the most part, the story, which was prominently displayed on the front page of The Post and described the club's ambitions in the States, portrayed the main club's efforts in a positive light. Not every day you get an unsolicited call from the No. 2 man at an English club. Was I unfair to Palace? Let me know what you think...

If any news emerges today, I will post it asap.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 31, 2007; 11:19 AM ET
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