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Morning Has Broken

*Beckham is out for many weeks, maybe the rest of the MLS season.

*Columbus loses Chad Marshall for the year because of concussions.

The Columbus Crew announced today that defender Chad Marshall has been placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of the four concussions he has sustained over the last 12 months, the fourth of which occurred earlier this month. Marshall, 23, missed the first eight games of the season while recovering from concussions, making his season debut on June 3 at Chicago, a game which he entered in the 60th minute and later scored a goal. He ultimately appeared in 12 games, the last 11 of them starts, and added a second goal on June 23 at Los Angeles. "Chad is a very important player to our team and organization and we're going to miss him greatly for the remainder of this season, but this is the correct decision for his well being," said Crew Head Coach Sigi Schmid.

*Denilson has received his work visa and will be available tomorrow vs. DCU.

*The college season gets underway in earnest tonight with a major tournament at Indiana (Maryland vs. IU, Notre Dame vs. UCLA) and the D.C. College Cup in Fairfax (AU vs. GW, GMU vs. Howard). My story focuses on major programs that are losing star players to the pro ranks early.

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2007; 9:07 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Is Luciano Emilio fit for Saturday?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | August 31, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Go AU! Beat GW!

So the verdict on Beck's first season has to be kind of a disappointment, albeit through no fault of his own, huh?

Posted by: R | August 31, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Any word on Szetela?

Posted by: Ruscien | August 31, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

And now we know the roster move:

Fellow countryman Marcelo Saragosa, 25, is expected to be put on the season-ending injury list today.

Posted by: RK | August 31, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Transplanted from the previous thread:

Nice article on the departure of underclassmen. NCAA soccer coaches have all the personnel headaches of their basketball colleagues without the pressures of publicity and big salaries.

Do the college coaches get sponsorship deals for a sport that isn't on TV much?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 31, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I feel really badly for Beckham. I think he came here with the best intentions and has clearly gone all out to deliver.

MLS on the other hand kind of deserves their fate right now. The increased ticket prices and shenanigans tied to Beckham have been pretty cynical and unfair to the people who have supported this league from day one.

Posted by: jasonVA | August 31, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I feel badly for him, too -- he raced around the word for McClaren and LA, played when he shouldn't have (Chelsea), and never complained about it. Unfortunately he came up with a random injury. He's pure class.

Posted by: RK | August 31, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Soumare, he's a regular starter now -- 9 starts this season, including the last 3.

Posted by: RK | August 31, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Here come the mighty AU Eagles, where there's a fight we'll see it through!

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 31, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

When Cirovski generates the revenue of mens or womens basketball, then he can start comparing salaries with Gary Williams and Brenda Frese.

Posted by: WNT fan | August 31, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Becks, get well soon and get back to basics. MLS, celebrate the fact that even without Beckham this has been one of the more memorable years in league history!

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 31, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I actually feel pretty good about Beckham's first season. It's too bad it ended in injury, but once he was hurt before he even arrived in the US, you could have made the case for things going this way. The roster shenanigans in LA didn't help either -- soccer requires a good amount of understanding between teammates, and with everyone LA put on the field relatively new to each other, it was going to be hard for them to get wins, no matter how talented the team.

When he did play, I thought Beckham was actually slightly better than advertised (especially given his gimpiness). I know MLS has made great strides over the past 12 years, but I was a little taken aback at the impact a half-healthy Beckham had.

Posted by: New England Guy | August 31, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

He'll be back for the playoffs (remember, the MLS season lasts forever...). So, if LA can get their collective butts organized maybe we'll see him in RFK for the final....

Thanks for the update on college matches. Looking forward to the fall...

Posted by: Hacksaw | August 31, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

why r we saying any word on he gonna play for us???please update me

Posted by: Fulvio | August 31, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

SLU vs. SMU tonight in Dallas.

Go Billikens!!

Posted by: Doug | August 31, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

its sad to see becks out. I agree that he has been pure class since coming over the pond.
I hope he takes his rest, gets healthy and comes back to make the league even more interesting next year.

Posted by: bribri | August 31, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

With so many empty seats at most MLS matches that do not feature Beckham, the correct instinct would be for the club to offer a free voucher to a future match for anyone with tickets for a Galaxy match sans Becks. The fans will appreciate the MLS teams' overture, and with most teams getting at least cut (if not the buk) of profits from concessions and merch sales at games, at least they will have more people at the games to which they can sell goods (and dinner at a game is roughly the cost of ticket). Moreover, everyone prefers to be at a game with a packed house, so it will make the experience of all better. And it's not as though MLS doesn't already distribute tons of free tickets to groups...

Posted by: Vaaaaamos, Vamos Uniiiiiite--ted! | August 31, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Fulvio -- no, he's going to sign somewhere in Europe, but many teams have been rumored.

It's the transfer deadline today. Motta has moved to Atletico Madrid -- which might/should eliminate Riquelme's switch.

Posted by: RK | August 31, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I guess Vancouver and Minnesota re out then?


Posted by: Northern Exposure | August 31, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

You 'feed bad' for Beckham. You feel badly like this: *wiggles fingers*.

Posted by: Kirk Douglas ins 'A Letter to Three Wives'. | August 31, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Ruscien - says Szetela has signed a deal to go to Newcastle in January transfer window

Posted by: johnny | August 31, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Too bad for Becks, but it's probably the best thing that could happen for him.

Let's face it. LA is playing some of the worst soccer this league has seen. Even if Becks were to play, their chances of making the playoffs are pretty much gone. If he did play the rest of the season and failed to resurrect the team, Beckham would have no doubt had to answer questions about how he somehow failed.

Now, LA can finish their painfully ruined season and begin with a clean slate next year.

Of course, if I were AEG, I'd start today by firing Lalas. I'd keep Yallop for the rest of the season because this rudderless ship is going to sink no matter who's at the helm.

I also would tell everyone on the roster (aside from Becks) that try-outs for next season start today. First round of cuts will be made on October 22.

Posted by: TCompton | August 31, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Hacksaw? LA? Playoffs? Bwahahahahahahaha

Posted by: TheFootofDoom | August 31, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ruscien - Nothing is signed yet.

Posted by: Justin | August 31, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Just in case anybody was wondering why Georgetown isn't in the DC College Cup this year:

Posted by: Juan-John | August 31, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm psyched Denilson is in the league. He's two years younger than Beckham, and he's a World Cup Champion. He's only going to make Dallas stronger - and they've been looking very good already! That said, we've got a good shot at the Supporters' Shield again this year - take a look at the league standings, and note that we have fewer games played than our closest rivals. The next few games - against Dallas and NE, for example, are huge. I expect to see you at the stadium for DC v. NE.

Posted by: David | August 31, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse


Saw you on TV the other night and you said DC was "NOT' making any money because of the RFK lease situation. Please expand/explain. Curious to know what kind of financial number we are talking about for United in terms of annual revenue/expense, etc.


Posted by: crowbar | August 31, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The Virginia Tech women start off their season on the road at Radford, returning many of the ladies from last season and bringing in a large freshmen class that will make an impact. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech men begin their season on the road at VCU for the VCU Nike/Alltel Classic. The men have added several freshmen and internationals. I expect the newcomers, especially the new Germans and the 6'6" Englishman, to be impacts right away and help give Patrick Nyarko more room to be creative.

Posted by: sitruc | August 31, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

RE: VT's 6'6" Englishman.

Does he do the robot?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 31, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

geez college soccer...where players run around like robots at 100 mph directed by yelling coaches. Lack of imagination and hustle are key in this game.

Posted by: la_chingada | August 31, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad for Becks, but it's probably the best thing that could happen for him."

Ummm, right before he was about to play in pivotal matches for England, with their major tournament qualification chances on the line? The timing couldn't be worse for him. Sure the season is over for LA, but in many ways it's just beginning for England's EURO 2008 hopes.

I agree with the above posts about Beckham showing himself very well this summer in limited playing (but extensive media) performances. The ticket hikes and gimmick matches are an embarrassment. As is Lalas (of course). Get rid of that crap next season.

Posted by: Kev | August 31, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Saw you on TV the other night and you said DC was "NOT' making any money because of the RFK lease situation. Please expand/explain. Curious to know what kind of financial number we are talking about for United in terms of annual revenue/expense, etc
No specifics available, but, at last check, RFK kept most of the parking and concession revenue. DCU also pays the city each time they open the gates and turn on the lights. Not cheap. So DCU relies heavily on ticket sales and sponsorships.

Posted by: Goff | August 31, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Goff - NYT Goal blog lists all the heart attacks and deadly problems on the pitch. it's very sad and I think more needs to be done to protect the player in terms of screening (and more attention needs to be placed on repeated concussions as well, but that's another topic). does MLS do any sort of pre-screening for factors that could lead to heart attacks or similiar probelms? Is there a way to determine or screen this sort of thing?

Posted by: SF59 | August 31, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

RK -

I'm not sure that Motta's switch would kill the Riquelme move, Motta is a d-mid, and he may have dual EU/Brazilian citizenship as well.

Posted by: d, dc | August 31, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Does he do the robot?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 31, 2007 11:56 AM

A Hokie can only hope.

Posted by: sitruc | August 31, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Troy Perkins was named player of the month:

Angel's pk was the only goal he allowed in league play for the entire month of August.

Posted by: uranderson | August 31, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Jay Nolly now!

Posted by: Logan Circle | August 31, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Shhh! Don't tell Bob Bradley about Troy.

Posted by: Tomas Söhn | August 31, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

FIFA is considering to enact mandatory pre-tournament medicals,,-6886972,00.html

Posted by: emanon | August 31, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, heart issues such as Puerta's are very difficult to discover...

Posted by: RK | August 31, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"You 'feed bad' for Beckham. You feel badly like this: *wiggles fingers*."

hahah. Right you are, and thanks for the grammar correction!

Posted by: jasonVA | August 31, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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