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DCU Close to Deal With Boca Juniors

After this spring's strategic partnership with Clube Atlético Mineiro, United is getting close to finalizing a similar deal with Argentine power Boca Juniors. There are also negotiations with an as-yet unidentified Chinese club for another partnership arrangement.

More later.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 20, 2007; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Wow. Can we get a Boca v. DCU friendly? Palermo on loan? Riquelme as a DP?

Posted by: the cheat | September 20, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a truly great deal for DC United. Boca Juniors has probably the best network of scouts in South America...oh, yeah, did I forget to mention the developmental system??

Posted by: BigWave | September 20, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Apart from press releases containing nice pleasantries and cliches, is anything actually done under these agreements? We're about half way through our one-year "partnership" with Mineiro. Does anyone know what's been accomplished so far?

Posted by: Dave | September 20, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

BOCA ... mi buen amigo!

Posted by: littles | September 20, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Soy United! NO soy bostero!! Boo!

Posted by: Soy United! | September 20, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hooboy, another DC-Boca friendly... I guess it can't be worse than the one a few years ago titled, "The Most Boring DC United Match in Team History"

Posted by: ACS in Chantilly | September 20, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

i'm totally down with this. i hope it happens. it would make the Palermo to DC rumors more realistic! haha

Posted by: andrew | September 20, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Dave... didn't they get a few players on trial from Miniero earlier this season? Didn't exactly pan out, IIRC, but still, those are semi-tangible results of the partnership.

If they're looking for marketing savvy and south 'merican credibility, Boca is definitely where its at.

If they're in it for player development DCU should get at Argentinos Juniors... a few semi-talented kids (ahem... DIEGO... ahem...) have walked out those doors.

Posted by: d, dc | September 20, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: antonio | September 20, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

woo hoo!!! That is awesome news!! How smart are these United guys!! Way to go boys!!

Posted by: bobf | September 20, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think the terms of the agreement are that we weaken other teams by taking away their best players and prospects (Gomez, Filomeno, Erpen, Veron?) and they in turn send us some nice steaks!

Posted by: noname | September 20, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Just another reason to wear my Boca shirt...

Posted by: seahawkdad | September 20, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Another thing that came from the Mineiro partnership was that they sent up some coaches to put on a clinic for local coaches back in August. Presumably they did some work with DC's youth teams and their coaches as well.

Posted by: Goose | September 20, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of people drool for Palermo, but unless he is wearing a Boca Jr. shirt he will not score for DC. He was shocking for Villareal, Alaves and let's not bring back memories of his short stint with the Argentine national team.

These partnerships usually don't mean much but one player I would like to see in DC is Hugo Ibarra.

Posted by: Red Devil | September 20, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, what's in this for boca?

Posted by: Northzax | September 20, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

What's in it for Boca? Better access to a market with 300 million people, including millions of youth soccer players and hundreds of thousands of Latinos living in the DC area. That's all.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | September 20, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I may be getting a bit ahead of myself, but I'm waiting for a DCU-Boca Copa Nissan Sudamericana matchup. At RFK. :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | September 21, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see DC United parter with Manchester United. So they can come here for preseason matches. Wow that would be dream come true!

Posted by: TD | October 12, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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