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Revs Moves

From what I hear, the Revolution is in the final stages of acquiring a pair of Gambian under-20 national team players, believed to be Abdoulie Mansally and Sainey Nyassi. Barring last-minute complications, the club plans to formally announce the signings this week.

By Steve Goff  |  August 15, 2007; 11:12 AM ET
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Pair of The Gambian players. ;-)

I learned more in high school geography than I really should have.

Posted by: James | August 15, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks :-)

The country is The Gambia.

But a person from The Gambia is a Gambian, no?

Posted by: Goff | August 15, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about Ningland... (I forget where I read that moniker, but it cracked me up.)

The real question is whether DCU's FO will surprise us with anything today before the transfer window shuts?

Goff, where are KP and Dave Kasper today? Local or LA or...?

Enquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: Soy United! | August 15, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. As usual, I get more Revs (and leauge-wide) info from Insider than anywhere else.

Posted by: New England Guy | August 15, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Very quiet on the DCU front.

I'd be shocked if they announce something this week. They do have until Sept. 15 to sign players out of contract or to make a trade.

Posted by: Goff | August 15, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Do the Revs have the necessary senior int'l slots for these Gambian under 20s?

Posted by: Get It? | August 15, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with New England guy, why is it that the Post does more on the Revs than any local outlet?

Posted by: Revs Fan | August 15, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Too funny that Revs fans come to the Post to get inside stuff...somebody should write the Globe and Herald and complain.

Posted by: Bill | August 15, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Too funny that Revs fans come to the Post to get inside stuff...somebody should write the Globe and Herald and complain.

Posted by: Bill | August 15, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Too funny that Revs fans come to the Post to get inside stuff...somebody should write the Globe and Herald and complain.

Posted by: Bill | August 15, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Get It? Bad joke, but someone won't.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | August 15, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

If the Gals stink up the place tonight, DC's big signing could be Beckham!

Posted by: Dave | August 15, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Goff, keep up the great work!

Posted by: Suffering Revs Fan | August 15, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Beckham has look at our team with admiration.

He'd be a good signing.
Can play on the wing.
Can deliver a mean cross
Deadly on set pieces
Would give DC a new dimension instead of dribbling it into the box he could pick out Emilio from 40 yards away

Why would he come here?

DC is much closer to England if he is going to continue to play for the national team he will need to cut down on the travel time.

RFK is the closest thing to a european football atmosphere in the USA.

Will he come here. Of course not, but one can dream right?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

the globe can't fit both soccer coverage and bob ryan's enormous ego in the sports page.

Posted by: plc | August 15, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

as you continue to provide scoops on all the other teams in the mls, is your plan to eventually absorb the responsiblity for covering all the other mls teams?

Posted by: a question for mr. goff | August 15, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse


Nah, look, I have always stumbled upon things around the league. The difference now is that I have a forum to share the information (a N.E. signing would not warrant inclusion in the Post's print edition but is definitely blog-worthy).

The Globe has a great sports section (I grew up reading it) and Dell'Apa, Powers, Ryan are some of the best in the biz.

Posted by: Goff | August 15, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

DC United does not want or need a David Beckham. Leave his crazy media clown circus behind in LA where they dig that kind of garbage. We simply like winners here.

Posted by: d | August 15, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Stevie G -- this is off subject but a friend of mine says he read somewhere (he can't remember where)that Clyde Simms said that he wants to become the black Gattuso. Can you confirm if this is true? If so, that is one of the all time greatest sound bites/quotes from a DCU player ever. What would make it better is if it comes true.

Posted by: Steve | August 15, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Had not heard that, but certainly a great quote, if accurate. Simms will have to gain a mean streak, though, to even approach Gattuso's demeanor.

Posted by: Goff | August 15, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

SG, could you share some light into the set of rumors about increasing the salary cap, adding an additional DP slot, etc? I find these hard to believe, but you never know (MLS often changes on the fly).

Posted by: Hoost | August 15, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Goff, how many senior youth international slots does NE have?

What positions do they play? NE has a pretty solid starting line up - do you see them coming in to be a part of starting XI or immediately off the bench?

Posted by: Stone | August 15, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Again, with a grain of salt (as others have suggested) but MLS Rumors says:

From the Houston Chronicle:

This report indicates Houston Dynamo becomes the latest MLS club to ink a deal with a shirt sponsor. A MLSR source we checked with says deals are likely to be announced in Colorado and Chicago next.

Posted by: P | August 15, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Also, Goff can you believe the following from

1) Chivas USA is getting Nunez from FC Dallas for a future draft pick? That seems like a huge bargain. (Dallas Morning News)

2) Apparently, those Cubans for Chivas USA are still trying to be picked up by Preki, but the INS is the issue at the moment (LA Times)

Posted by: P | August 15, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Too funny that Revs fans come to the Post to get inside stuff...somebody should write the Globe and Herald and complain.

someone did. the globe has some very solid writers across the board, including Bob Ryan, who by my count has now written about soccer twice in the last year and a half (and one of the pieces wasn't about Becks, so there's that). There's a financial writer at the Globe I like (Steve Syre) and he has a blog, but it's not updated all that often. My guess is that mgmt just doesn't get it.

Posted by: New England Guy | August 15, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Rev's have tons of room for internationals, since most of their foreign players hold green cards (like Moreno for us) Here's a great explanation site.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | August 15, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Q & A time Goff? It's how you got us all hooked on here originally.

Play it again Sam.

Posted by: DC Centurion's Shield | August 15, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

During the MLS season, my Q&As take place live every other week (usually Wednesdays at 1 p.m.) on The next one will be Aug. 22.

Posted by: Goff | August 15, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Between a 1pm chat, 2:30 USMNT game, and the DC-NY game in the evening I have a feeling that next Wed is not going to be a productive work day for many.

Posted by: what's work? | August 15, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

That's it?!?!?!!! $400,000+ in cap space, multiple allocations, roster spots, a DP slot, and the Revs come away with two U-20 Gambian players no one has ever heard of? Do they just not care?

Posted by: Mike | August 15, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Good scoop. I think you do have a master plan to put all of MLS under your reporting beat. This is why you try to stay agnostic on D.C. United, despite the faithful's repeated attempts to get you to commit to the red-and-black. We sense that this beat is more than just a paycheck for you, but we're not quite sure what it is.

You've got a lot of chutzpah.

You're right -- the country is The Gambia and folks from there are Gambians. But can they play with Jay Heaps and Matt Reis, elbows a' flyin'?

Steve Nicol has a very good eye for talent at a bargain. But the Revs just can't seem to win the big one, for all their consistency and hard work.

Dale United!

Posted by: Bill in Md. | August 16, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

OT: For what it's worth, I put together some more thoughts in this vein on under the article "Over the Top".

Posted by: New England Guy | August 16, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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