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Soccer Insider: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

United Near Deal With Defender [updated]

[UPDATED WITH MORE ARMAS INFO AND HENDERSON NEWS] *The latest buzz on the D.C. United front is that the club is close to finalizing a deal with Gonzalo Peralta, a starting central defender for Club Almirante Brown in Argentina's second division. No other details are available at the moment and...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Io-what?

Congrats to Barry and Mike for their victories in Iowa, but I must say, I was rather disappointed in all the candidates. Not one took a stand on single entity or the single table and, as far as I can tell, there were no photo ops with Zeke Dombrowski of...

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Payne Recovering and Other News

*D.C. United President Kevin Payne underwent six-hour, quadruple bypass heart surgery this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The operation was the result of testing last month. Payne, 54, suffered a mild stroke in October. He is planning to return to work full-time sometime in February. *In a significantly less serious...

By Steve Goff  |  January 3, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Nyarko Leaving Tech?

I am hearing that Patrick Nyarko, Virginia Tech's sensational junior forward and one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, has either signed with, or is planning to sign with, a player agency that has U.S. and European ties. The question then becomes: Will he turn to MLS, where he...

By Steve Goff  |  January 3, 2008; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  College Soccer  
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Morning Update

*DCU's Josh Gros will definitely not play this year, but ... *The latest media reports from South America say that Guillermo Schelotto could end up leaving the Crew in June to return to Argentina; that Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez might be heading home to Chile; and that possible DCU target...

By Steve Goff  |  January 3, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Misc.  
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News of the Day

*Everyone I have spoken to about the Figo-to-MLS reports say they are not accurate. Maybe someday he'll show up in the league, but apparently not right now. So there you go. *An update on the college players invited to U-23 camp at Bradenton: They will be excused for one day...

By Steve Goff  |  January 2, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Catching Up With DCU and MLS

Now that the holidays have passed, contract negotiations, trade talks, college signings and the pursuit of foreign players will resume in earnest this week. Expect a busy month of personnel moves. A few early items to share: *After saying he was almost 100 percent sure of returning to Virginia Tech,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 2, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  MLS  
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Happy New Year

So, how was your turducken? Nice to be back after two weeks of eating, sleeping and ignoring the laptop. (For the complete Insider Holiday Menu of Champions, jump to the continuation of this thread.) It doesn't seem I missed much. Clearly, a good time to rest the keyboard. Plenty to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 2, 2008; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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USA Training Camp Roster(s)

I'm not really back. Not until Wednesday. But couldn't resist sharing the USA national team training camp roster for this month's workouts and Jan. 19 friendly against Sweden at Home Depot Center. As astute followers of the team, you know only MLS players and a handful of very northern European...

By Steve Goff  |  December 31, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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