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United News and Notes

Updates from Estadio RFK.....

-- Rookie forward Guy-Roland Kpene has a groin injury and will NOT be available for Sunday's match against the Red Bulls, the club confirmed.

-- Midfielder Clyde Simms sat out after aggravating an ankle injury Saturday night and is day to day (aren't we all).

-- Midfielder Brian Carroll has returned to his regular routine after missing the L.A. game with a quadriceps injury.

-- Midfielder Kasali Yinka Casal has a stomach virus and did not practice.

-- The reserves will play tomorrow at New England. They are flying up in the morning and flying right back afterward. Approximately 10-11 players will travel and be joined by at least three guest players.

-- Goalkeeper Andrew Quinn, former DeMatha star who plays at Notre Dame, has been working out informally with United. He will return to ND in August. It's not uncommon for local players to practice during the summer. Andrew is the son of noted local sports photographer Tony Quinn (a Newcastle lad who is based in Silver Spring).

-- Hope to have some Galaxy news later today (maybe). And if you are really desperate for more Insider insight, I will make a 10-minute appearance on Washington Post Live on Comcast SportsNet today around 5:20 p.m. today (replay this evening).

I will have more on United in the Thursday newspaper editions and on this evening.

Keep reading below for some Tom Soehn comments...

(On getting its first shutout at L.A.) You always want the clean sheet. Did we play a clean game to get a clean sheet? No. So on that side, you're not happy. Troy did a great job and our defenders came up late, but do you want to gamble like that and put yourself in that kind of position? No.

(On lack of flank play) We're working still on giving us more options. You don't want to be one-dimensional. Versatiliy in the attack is what makes you dangerous. If you are constantly attacking the same way, you become predictable and that's what we've done a little bit. Sometimes going wide, sometimes going over the top, sometimes playing to the feet, it's got to be a good combination of all of that. ... Right now, we're attacking the middle of the field too much. Once you attack the flank a couple times, it opens up the middle.

(On Emilio's lack of goals) Everybody thinks Luci is in a scoring slump. Well, we haven't exactly provided the best service for him to be successful.

By Steve Goff  |  June 6, 2007; 2:08 PM ET
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Nice work on the article about bradley.

Posted by: DC fan | June 6, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

For those who missed it this morning, a Bob Bradley feature advancing the Gold Cup:

Posted by: Goff | June 6, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, no Kpene or Walker to come off the bench as late game speed burners. All of a sudden we're looking thin at forward.

Posted by: Chico | June 6, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Since the transfer window is coming up, maybe we should see if this guy is available. The audio gives me chills.

Posted by: grotus | June 6, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

How is Fred's Hammy?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | June 6, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

and jamie's back?

Posted by: st | June 6, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Everyone else is fine.

Posted by: Goff | June 6, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Terrific Articles on United in Brasilian press today. Will you weigh in on the United-Atletico MG situation? Got a lot of attention today in Brazil, especially Etcheverry's presence. Is DC going to build it's youth teams around Atletico players? I've read the Brasilian take but I'd like to get your perspective. Here's the links for anyone interested:,,012514,3025-FN

Posted by: Nick | June 6, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I've got some Galaxy news - just finished watching England v Estonia. Becks was different class out there. Two outstanding assists (Crouch and Owen). Announcers weren't exactly supporting his decision to join MLS.

Posted by: London Dan | June 6, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that Soehn at least realizes that the attack is one-dimensional. The nature of our attack together with our lack of team speed are also responsible for a lot of the problems in defense as well. Colorado tore us up from the outside, and even KC exploited us wide (and obviously with the speed of EJ).

For any of you who've seen him, what's the speed on Burch like? After last week's defensive failures, is playing time likely for him this week?

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 6, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Becks and his pile of money are worth more to LA then Adam Archuletta and his pile of money was to the skins. You can't fault the guy for cashing in. He's got the upkeep on a chick named "Posh" afterall.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 6, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

"Announcers weren't exactly supporting his decision to join MLS."

I'm incredulous at this. A few weeks ago they would have called him a washed up, injury prone, overrated midfielder whose best years were far behind him. RM did not want him, the EPL did not want him, England did not want him. What would they have him do, beg for a job? Well good for Beckham and MLS. Make them all regret their lack of interest.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 6, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

right on i-270

Posted by: ngu | June 6, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

glad to hear that tommy agrees that emilio's current goal-less streak is not due to a lack of trying but a lack of service.

Posted by: pat | June 6, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Here's Alexi Lalas commenting on the "Bolivian rule" on National Public Radio earlier today:

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 6, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

interesting link by penn state

Posted by: IAN | June 6, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Would love to hear that Galaxy news...

We need something out here on the West Coast

Posted by: Mike B | June 7, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

LSF, "For any of you who've seen him, what's the speed on Burch like? After last week's defensive failures, is playing time likely for him this week?"

Burch speed, no - not so much.

His best asset is ability to pass with accuracy.

Posted by: JSF | June 8, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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