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Willis Gone

United rookie midfielder Kiki Willis has left the club because of family issues and it is unclear whether he will return this season, the team confirmed this morning. He is under a developmental contract and the club could end up waiving him. United had discovered him at an indoor tryout this winter. He had played at Elon University and left school early to turn pro.

If Willis's contract is terminated, United will have two roster spots to fill. Jamil Walker, a senior roster player, is lost for the season with an Achilles' tendon injury. Depending on how United performs the next few weeks, the club could make some significant moves.

Off topic, Walker will have surgery tomorrow and then face many months of rehab.

By Steve Goff  |  May 23, 2007; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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What you talkin bout?

Posted by: Logan Circle | May 23, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Tough situation for Kiki. Not much of a pro career. He left school early for a potential developmental contract that he may lose? I hope his family issues aren't too serious and that all works out for him.

Posted by: Beaker | May 23, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

We hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Adios | May 23, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

We hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Adios | May 23, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

We hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Adios | May 23, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

What's with the recent triple posts? Double posts were enough fun for the family.

Posted by: sitruc | May 23, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Is the family issue that they can't afford food on a developmental contract??

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | May 23, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Goff, is it likely they throw that open developmental slot at Mediate?

Posted by: Erick | May 23, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Why waste that slot on Mediate? I'd much rather find someone that might potentially contribute rather than give it to a great person but too-injured-for-a-real-comeback player like Mediate. Wish him the best in life but...

Posted by: Anonymous | May 23, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Mediate is too old (25 this year) for a developmental slot.

Posted by: Zman | May 23, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

And the gap in hair quality between United and the rest of MLS decreases.

Hope everything is well for Kiki.

Posted by: B.A. | May 23, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Gimme a D!

Posted by: grotus | May 23, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse


I'd like to see what the asking price on Dasan Robinson is. Chicago has plenty of defenders (including Bakary Soumare, who they traded up for to promptly relegate to reserve matches...good call, that), and he brings size, speed, and versatility. I'm guessing Chicago would be asking for a lot, but he honestly might be worth it. I could see him slotting in for Erpen pretty quickly and making a big difference.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 23, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

They should use Jamil Walker's roster spot for Jay Needham. Pay him a decent wage and get some much needed depth in defense.

Posted by: noptov52 | May 23, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

anyone know how Needham is doing in Puerto Rico?

Posted by: Masked Norteno | May 23, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

According to the website (their version of DCenters), Jay was man of the match last Friday. My Spanish is a bit rough, but it looks like it said he played solid defense and helped with PRI's second goal.

He has started the last five games and played all but 5 minutes. Game reports show him playing both right and left fullback.

If you didn't see the press release, Colin Clarke (former FC Dallas coach) was name the Islanders head coach today.

Posted by: Crazy al | May 23, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

One of the folks posted earlier that they checked the P.Rico site and saw Needham had played the full 90 in last 4 matches for them...

Posted by: Erick | May 23, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Goff you got any practice observations you'd like to pass on :). With Jaime gone this week how do you see us lining up on Saturday?

Posted by: 495 | May 23, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

While I do believe DCU made a mistake by not securing Needham this season, there is a big gap between playing well in the USL and being a contributor in MLS, especially for a rookie. Not saying he wouldn't be welcomed, but I don't think he would have much impact in MLS this year.

Posted by: Goff | May 23, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I know Kiki had overcome a lot to get to United. I wish him luck in the future, and that his future is with DC.

Posted by: Stevan | May 23, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

If we retain his rights, this could be just the thing that Needham needs (pun not intended, then intentionally included). Let him have a year of decent quality football, then sign him after that year and bring him in as a second year player that has proven himself.

Posted by: Logan Circle | May 23, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

re: dcu lineup

probably just kpene for moreno. i can't imagine any other changes.

Posted by: Goff | May 23, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell the United front office that the European continent exists and they have an abundance of footballers over there? I hear about United scouts going to South America all the time, but no one ever mentions them going to Europe. Let Chivas USA scout the Sud American's!

Posted by: Mitch | May 23, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Um, Soehn and Kasper were in Europe two weeks.

Besides, Latin players are much more affordable to MLS teams than Europeans.

Posted by: Goff | May 23, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean it is time for Chang and the Duke boys to open their wallets, throw some caution to the wind and make a run at Superliga and Sudamericana? This has to be, as someone said, a high revenue year, what good is that unused DP slot doing? At this rate, we may not make any of these shows next year, so why not go for it this year? Surely there is a defender out there looking to extend his career with some good minutes left in him, right? If nothing else, success in Sudamericana will help make headhunting in South America easier in the future...

Posted by: Northzax | May 23, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Mitch, Euro-players are overpriced, overrated, and in many cases, don't want to come here while they still think they have a shot with top flight soccer in Europe.

Posted by: AlecW81 | May 24, 2007 1:32 AM | Report abuse

What happened to Jamil? That sucks he is a beast when brought in the second half....

Posted by: BobF | May 25, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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