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Matchday 15: DCU vs. FCD

Greetings once again from Estadio RFK.....

Happy Halfway Through the DCU Season! (after tonight's match, 15 down, 15 to go)

Let's begin with some news:

*MF Justin Moose has a sports hernia and will fly to Germany tomorrow for surgery. Expect him to miss a few weeks.

*Ticket sales for the Beckham visit to RFK on Aug. 9 are about to surpass 40,000, leaving about 5,000 remaining.

*I'm told that NBC White House correspondent David Gregory hooked up United on the "Today" show this morning. Asked on the air by a colleague whether he would see Beckham play this year, he said he had tickets to the DCU-L.A. game in August, but that he and his son would be rooting for United.

United's starting lineup tonight? No surprises.

Perkins in goal, McTavish, Boswell, Vanney and Gros along the back, Carroll supporting Gomez, Fred and Olsen on the flanks and Moreno and Emilio up top.

That's all for now. Pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome. I'll return later with quick analysis, bonus quotes and the dreaded player ratings. Enjoy!

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2007; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Will Kpene be suited up tonight?

Posted by: Shatz | July 14, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Why is Moose going to Germany for the surgery? Is there a specialist there? Or perhaps he just watched Sicko?

Posted by: SF59 | July 14, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Subs: Nolly, Burch, J. Carroll, Mediate, Simms, Addlery, Kpene.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Everyone goes to Germany for sports hernia surgeries -- there is a specialist who has perfected a method that gets players back in action within weeks.

Posted by: Goff | July 14, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Awesome goal! Great job Moreno to pass to Luci instead of rush a shot for the record! Welcome back Moreno!

Posted by: T. Henry | July 14, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh good. People in the White House like soccer.

At least until they decide Beckham is a terrorist because he has a funny accent.

If folks in the White House support United then I may have to cheer for LA.

Posted by: hacksaw | July 14, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What's up with the referee's white boots?

Posted by: Tyler | July 14, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry hacksaw, David Gregory is just a reporter for NBC. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have any authority to export or imprison people.

Posted by: Mike | July 14, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I rarely watch Today, but just happened to flip by today and heard Gregory's comments. Very cool.

Posted by: Brian | July 14, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

It is fantastic to have Moreno back. Two assists that were awesome. Could have tried for the record, but better to set up two awesome goals. Vamos United!

Posted by: T. Henry | July 14, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I quess now people can see that Erpen wasn't the problem on the backline. I always thought that it was the backline, Perkins, and Carroll as a whole that was the problem.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

In the NY-NE game, Ángel just got sent off for an awesomely vicious elbow. Not the way to get playing time on Thursday.

Posted by: Jonathan | July 14, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: SF59 | July 14, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

This is not an easy draw to take. Tack onto the score the bit that Jaime looks like he could be out for quite some time and as sf59 says, BLEH!

Posted by: RJ | July 14, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Leaving the game now-what a drag. What happened with moreno?

Posted by: just anorher idiot | July 14, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I think it was all Erpen's fault.

Posted by: Dave | July 14, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Being at the game was a blast, up until the 3 Dallas goals...blah. Oh well, great game for the most part. Glad I went.

Posted by: Ryan | July 14, 2007 11:10 PM | Report abuse

What happened in the game? I am in Canada so i cannot watch the games. Recap, anybody?

Posted by: Garret | July 14, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

when did Perkins turn into Rimando? Some terrible decisions coming off his line and flailing around trying to swat at balls. Terrible, terrible draw after being up 3.

Posted by: steve | July 14, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I just french kissed my sister.

Ugh. Up 3-0 and we tie.

Posted by: delantero | July 14, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I saw David Gregory once. He was in Dumbarton Oaks while I was walking my dog. I thought, "What a tool."

Now that he's jumping on the Goldenballs bandwagon? I think "What a ffing tool."

Posted by: delantero | July 14, 2007 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Up three and we tie?!?!?
Fire Vanney. Fire Soehn.
Bring back Erpen!

Posted by: Garret | July 14, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Garret/Mr. Canadian,

My condolences on the U-20 loss.

We had our way with them and went up 3-0, then decided to take the night off.

We still should have won, but Troy made one horrific Rimandoish mistake and they tied.


Posted by: delantero | July 14, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Erpen would have given up a penalty in the box making it 4-3 Dallas. Glad he's not here to flog anymore. *sniff*

Posted by: Beans | July 14, 2007 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks delantro.
Sounds like the defense just collapsed. Vanney's fault?
Perkins's fault? He made one big mistake, but what about the other two?

Posted by: Garret | July 14, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"...we've got a veteran to play alongside him, which is going to be another experience for Bobby. So far it looks pretty good."

Tommy may want to be a little careful with his wording and whom he asks to mentor Bobby Boswell. Vanney had some pretty poor moments tonight. At this point, we definitely did not "trade up" with the Erpen for Vanney switch.

Posted by: SCU 4EVER | July 14, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I fly up from Atlanta for that crap? Blowing a 3 goal lead? Couldn't blame Perkins on the first two, but when he went out on the 3rd, you -have- to get it. He didn't, and it was easily put in. The game turned when Jaime left with what looked like a hamstring problem. Ruiz was MIA for the most part, but Toja showed why he is an all-star; they are going to be dangerous when Cooper is back.

Posted by: RK | July 14, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

On a scale "one to awful", Vanney is awful.

What I'd be interested in hearing from Mr. Goff is why the tough questions don't get asked of Dave Kasper. The Erpen-for-Vanney trade seemed questionable at the time, and seems outright ludicrous now -- Vanney has shown nothing particularly good. He's been mediocre at his absolute best. So we actually made our team worse with this trade; and Kasper should have to answer for that. What I don't understand is why he doesn't, really. Why doesn't the DC front office get asked tough questions? Why do Goff, Steinberg, Wise, and other columnists who cover the team let them avoid answering the kind of tough questions that other representatives of other teams in other sports would have to face?

Posted by: Know-nothing buffoon | July 15, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

What a difference Moreno makes. Kpene added nothing to the attack and should get a 3 rating. Fred had a fantastic first half but where was he in the second?

I can't blame Perkins for the loss because he's been playing like God the last few weeks and was bound to make a mistake eventually. But I wonder why when we're up 3-0 and 3-1 and 3-2 do we keep booting the ball down the field on goal kicks? It would make more sense if we would take some short passes out of the back to maintain possession.

Posted by: Shatz | July 15, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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