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United News & Notes (aka Injury Central)

Three days and counting until United's playoff opener at Chicago.....

Jaime Moreno (foot/ankle injury) was out on the training grounds today, but only to stretch. No sign of Luciano Emilio (mild sprained ankle). Both ailing players received treatment this morning. The early outlook is that Moreno will be okay, but Emilio might not be ready on such short notice.

Lots more on this issue in Tuesday's print edition (available late tonight on washingtonpost.com).

Meantime, midfielder-forward Rod Dyachenko, a candidate to play if Moreno and/or Emilio are out, is having back problems, stemming from a hit he took at Chicago a few weeks ago, and went to see a doctor. He did not practice today.

Off the pitch.....

Talks have quietly continued concerning a United friendly against the Libyan national team in Tripoli sometime next year and a return match in Washington in the distant future. However, there are still many, many hurdles to overcome before the games could be finalized.

On the lighter side.....

*A certain United assistant coach steered a golf cart into a water pipe in the RFK tunnel. So much for the drought. The result: no water in United's locker room. "We sprung the fountain of youth," said a certain head coach who wished to remain anonymous and who witnessed the mayhem. "You'll have to ask Mark Simpson about that -- not to rat anybody out."

*On the drive into town this morning, I heard a United ad on WTOP pitching the club's playoff home game. One problem: The spot mentioned the Galaxy as the opponent. Clearly a Beckham bait-and-switch move by United's front office ;-)

To read Sunday's story about Poplar Point, click here.

To read today's story about United's playoff setup, click there.

By Steve Goff  |  October 22, 2007; 12:31 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Hey, CY...

FIRST!!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 22, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So will Kpene get the start?

Not the injury report we need before a Chicago playoff game.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 22, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"MD United. Details to come soon on move north. Poplar Point is as good as gone with the latest proposed offer from a VA developer (cant name names yet)

Posted by: alarm clock | October 21, 2007 10:34 PM "

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Damn! Double-damn, Alarm Clock! Every one of your previous posts regarding Fenty's stadium moves have been spot-on and it sickens me to have to give up on the District... Please give us more details!!!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 22, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How's Kevin Payne doing?

Posted by: Chico | October 22, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Damnit, the one time Emilio gets hurt all year...

Posted by: Natty | October 22, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a list of players who are 100% healthy? Are there any?

Posted by: sitruc | October 22, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"How's Kevin Payne doing?

Posted by: Chico | October 22, 2007 01:21 PM "

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What happened to KP? Fill us in, Chico.

Posted by: Soy United! | October 22, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

He had a mini-stroke (if there is such a thing)I would think all strokes are pretty serious.

Posted by: Chico | October 22, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

How do I go about shooting the messenger? What a horrible injury report.

Posted by: Kinney | October 22, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh my...

We are all United in thought and prayer for your quick recovery!

Godspeed, KP!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 22, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the World Series schedule for this week? Im trying to line up a viewing party and need to know.

Posted by: Chico | October 22, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Chico:

WS game 1 is on Weds. night in Boston and game 2 is set for Thursday night.

Posted by: d, dc | October 22, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Crap! Thanks :/

Posted by: Chico | October 22, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Jamil better be ready to suit up! Any chance we'll see the new guy?

Sounds like there was a charter between Thurgood Marshall and RFK Saturday.

Chico, you better not be ditching United for baseball! :)

Posted by: UVA to RFK | October 22, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, KP stroke? Kevin and family, my prayers and blessings for a speedy and full recovery.

Posted by: Logan Circle | October 22, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Simpson eh? Excellent!

Posted by: Tweaked | October 22, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So if DC United move to Maryland, are they going to become MD United??? Or will they keep the DC even though they arent in DC anymore?

Posted by: strago | October 22, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Did the Redskins, Capitals, or Wizards drop Washington from their name when they played in Maryland? of course not. Unless DCU is moving to Baltimore, they're not changing their name.

Posted by: Free State | October 22, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Re: Changing from DC United.

Check in with the Hackensack Giants. ;-)

So, when is the next full moon, and where can I find a live chicken? We've got to get some positive juju going around this rash of injuries.

Posted by: Stevan | October 22, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I heard a DC United radio spot on WGMS, the classical music station. Obviously, someone thinks United fans are a classy bunch.

Posted by: hedbal | October 22, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Bad news about Dyachenko. This is not a good time to be short of holding/attacking forwards/midfielders.

Posted by: hedbal | October 22, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

On another light note, Ben Olsen rode past me on his bike on U Street yesterday. I called out to him but he appeared to be on his cell phone and the last thing I wanted was for him to lose concentration and veer off into traffic.

Posted by: jim d. | October 22, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else really happy to read SG saying that he believes Moreno will be ready to go? Emilio may be MVP, but we've shown we can't play at all without Moreno. If you told me that we can only have one fit for the game in Chicago, I'd take Moreno. The difference between us with Moreno (best in MLS) and without Moreno (scraping out results against Toronto, or losing to Columbus) is so massive.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 22, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Agree 100% with you, Chest Rockwell!

And the Full Moon is on the 26th, I think.

Posted by: Soy United! | October 22, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

chest: damn right. Moreno just gets it done. and he makes all of the players around him better.

Jim d: i've seen Benny several times around Adams Morgan. I've waved at him and said 'hi' and he never seems to care...which i love about him. He is bristly on and off the field...and it is fantastic.
I actually remember playing a youth game when he was supposedly the assistant coach for the other team, this was a while ago. He spent the whole game juggling by himself about forty yards away from the field. he said not a word to his 'players'. Hilarious.

Posted by: bribri | October 22, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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To read Sunday's story about Poplar Point, click here.
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Since we're talking about stadium sites, people can contact the Mayor at Fenty@nbc4.com

he responds to viewer email questions every Thursday morning at 6:45am.

here are is recent comments on Poplar Point. He says a decision hasn't been made, obviously.

(I've got to admit, the guy is fairly smooth with his answers.)

http://video.nbc4.com/player/?id=168947

Connecting With The Mayor: 10/18/07
Taxis, Drought, Soccer, Gas Odor, WASA
Viewers voice their concerns to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Posted by: write to Fenty at nbc4.com | October 22, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

bribri wrote: i've seen Ben several times around Adams Morgan. I've waved at him and said 'hi' and he never seems to care...which i love about him. He is bristly on and off the field...and it is fantastic.

My experience is exactly the opposite. I have seen Ben several times in the hood, walking around, and he is always friendly; even drove by once in his car, with his wife (then, his fiancee) beside him, he slowed down to say a word, A very down-to-earth and personable guy.

Of course, he doesn't live in Adams Morgan anymore.

Posted by: Paul | October 22, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

phoning while biking in DC traffic might not be the best idea I've ever heard of... I have enough trouble with cars when I'm not distracted.

Could we petition him to only do that in the offseason?

Posted by: d, dc | October 22, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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To read Sunday's story about Poplar Point, click here.
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Since we're talking about stadium sites, people can contact the Mayor at Fenty@nbc4.com

he responds to viewer email questions every Thursday morning at 6:45am.

here are is recent comments on Poplar Point. He says a decision hasn't been made, obviously.

(I've got to admit, the guy is fairly smooth with his answers.)

http://video.nbc4.com/player/?id=168947

Connecting With The Mayor: 10/18/07
Taxis, Drought, Soccer, Gas Odor, WASA
Viewers voice their concerns to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Posted by: write to Fenty at nbc4.com | October 22, 2007 05:05 PM
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I would post a certain quote, by a certain mayor, which was made shortly before he was elected to office but will not do so out of fear of having posters and keepers of this blog bring fire and brimstone down upon me.

Posted by: Hacksaw Jim Duggan | October 22, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I don't think Ben O. was being unfriendly at all, just that he didn't hear me. I wasn't about to yell out to him given the circumstances. And yeah, given our current injury situation I was a little concerned to see him out there on a bike. But what do I know? For all I know he swallows swords, juggles fire, and eats Japanese blowfish for breakfast. Olsen is a man among men.

Posted by: jim d. | October 22, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

anyone see Taylor Twellman in the crowd at the Fenway game last night?

Posted by: dcu | October 22, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that DC should be the underdogs against the Fire? History has proved that we always choke against them in the playoffs. Why is this year any different? They are peaking, while we are slumping. They have all of their top guns, while ours are injured. I think the key to the series is Christian Gomez. He needs to bring his A game. If he does, we advance, if not, another long offseason. Lets hope that I am wrong.

Posted by: DC United Fan | October 22, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

""They are peaking, while we are slumping.""

A 12 game unbeaten streak with one loss---after having already won home field and the Supporter's Shield--does not qualify as a slump. 25 Goals For, 11 Against in that period.

Over the same 12 games, Chicago hass 4 wins, 3 losses and 5 ties! 13 goals for 11 against

Posted by: delantero | October 22, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

DCU - I saw Twellman trying to steal that girl's beer. I thought I was one of about 5 people watching last night's game that recognized him. Joe Buck certainly didn't.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if bars in Bethesda will be good for Thursday?

Posted by: Nogra Rover | October 22, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Joe Buck:

"Just in case some folks didn't know, there's more than one playoff going on in October involving a Boston franchise. That's Taylor Twellman, star striker on the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, whose team will take on the New York Red Bulls next Saturday night in the first round of the MLS playoffs. It'll be televised on our sister station Fox Soccer Channel, so those of you soccer buffs out there, check your local digital cable listings."

Waitaminnit -- that was just a dream I had. In real life, Joe Buck was as clueless as ever.

Posted by: Juan-John | October 22, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

delantero: have you actually watched United play in the last two months? We haven't played well since the home game against New England in September. Well, that's not true -- we played one good half against Toronto. The rest of the time? What games did you think we played well in? The home game against RSL? The road or home draws against Chicago?

Posted by: Bootsy | October 22, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"CHESTER, Pa. (CBS 3) ― The Philadelphia region will welcome a new professional sports franchise in the next few years as plans to build a soccer stadium on the Delaware riverfront are approved.

The MLS will now have a franchise in Chester City, and Philadelphia fans will have another team to cheer and jeer.

Soccer fans cheered outside the Delaware County Government Center Monday afternoon when they heard the news.

"The stadium will take approximately 18 months to construct and will mean one million man hours and labor and there will be a thousand workers on the job site over the course of construction," said Delaware County Councilman, Andrew Reilly. "


DCers this is how its done. You will have to come up and see what a soccer stadium looks like in a couple of years while you continue to patch up RFK.

Posted by: Philly 2011 | October 22, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

""have you actually watched United play in the last two months?""

Enough to see that Chicago doesn't scare me, particularly after holding off Chivas for 60 minutes a man down, plus the recent 0-0 tie at RFK. We settled down and the battle was in the middle of the field.

I would agree with you that it's been far from pretty soccer over the past two months. The 1996 team would have taken the current squad to the cleaners.

Nonetheless, their play translated into a 12 game unbeaten streak and 56 goals for the season.

We all know what this team is capable of doing. When we don't see it, we get annoyed. But football is a surly, fickle maiden.

Posted by: delantero | October 22, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

On the topic of Ben/fiancee/wife sightings: Ben's wife came into the deli where I watch soccer games during a DCU game; she saw there were several of us watching soccer, sat down (she got her sandwich to go), introduced hereself and watched most of the game with a few Gaithersburg DCU fans. She really made our day.

Posted by: Tom in Gaithersburg | October 22, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

The good thing about playing Chicago is that they can't score goals any better than we can at the moment. Did you see that game on Sunday? Barrett missed at least 3 sure, easy goals. And if we get a ref who doesn't buy Blanco's diving he will spend the whole game flapping his arms around and pouting like a little baby.

I think we should rest Luci this week and get him right for next week. Play solid at the back and make sure we don't give anything up and if we manage to nick a goal that's all the better. All we need out of this match is a draw.

Posted by: Glenn | October 23, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Here's another report on the suburban Philadelphia stadium situation:

http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20071020_Pro_soccer_in_Chester_moves_one_step_closer.html

This article states that when Garber is here for MLS Cup in a few weeks, he may well announce that Philly is the 16th league member as of 2010. However, earlier reports have said that he will identify Seattle as #15 as of 2009. Does that mean that there will be one year with an unbalanced divisional alignment, just like this year with Toronto? Or will they go to three divisions of five teams each for just that one year?

Further, where does that leave St. Louis, whose SSS could be completed even before the one in suburban Philly? Will they have to wait until 2011 or beyond?

Posted by: Section 410 | October 23, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"Further, where does that leave St. Louis, whose SSS could be completed even before the one in suburban Philly? Will they have to wait until 2011 or beyond?"

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Well, the KC Wiz will have to move eventually - why not right down I-70 to STL?

Posted by: DE | October 23, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

They seem serious about building an SSS in the Kansas City area (http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2007/10/08/daily25.html). They still have time to abort the mission and sell the team to the people who have been trying to get a new franchise for St. Louis (and who are apparently going to lose out to Seattle and Philadelphia). However, at some point they are going to pass the point of new return, and then the team will be stuck in KC for good.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 23, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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