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Soccer Insider: January 6, 2008 - January 12, 2008

Weekend Update

*Reports in Latin America continue to say that Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo (Universitario) may be on his way to D.C. United. "My departure still isn't 100 percent defined, but the negotiations are well advanced," Carvallo told the Peruvian newspaper Libero. "I hope to sign the deal in the next few...

By Steve Goff  |  January 12, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twellman Vents About Preston Approach

Just got off the phone with star forward Taylor Twellman, who says the Revs and/or MLS have rejected a $2.5 million offer from England's Preston North End, an increase of about $1 million since their initial approach. Twellman, to say the least, is not happy. "I want to go. It's...

By Steve Goff  |  January 11, 2008; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Colombian Defender to DCU

D.C. United won't talk about it, my MLS contacts have been quiet and the player's agent has nothing to say. However..... Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez is telling media at home that he has agreed to join United this season and the Insider has confirmed from sources close to the negotiations...

By Steve Goff  |  January 11, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday Hangover

Forgive me for my tardiness today. I am still recovering from last night's assignment -- the worst performance by any team in any sport in any country since man and dinosaur roamed the plains together. How did two World Cup scribes, your grumpy Insider and the Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann, get...

By Steve Goff  |  January 11, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mathis to Greece?

Bizarre. Read this. Admire the photo....

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2008; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Esky Speaks

Alecko Eskandarian is in New Jersey at the moment, enjoying the final weeks of what has been a busy offseason for him. But by the end of the month, he plans to be in Los Angeles as a member of Chivas USA -- his fourth club since the end of...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Big Trade

We've known for weeks that star goalkeeper Joe Cannon was on his way out of Los Angeles. At first, he seemed en route to Washington. Now he's heading home to Northern California. The Galaxy sent him to the Earthquakes today for allocation money. Nice deal for Yallop and the Quakes,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MLS Signings Set

Introducing your Generation Adidas class of 2008: MF Eric Avila, 20, UC Santa Barbara D Tony Beltran, 20, UCLA GK Josh Lambo, 17, Middleton, Wis. D Chance Myers, 20, UCLA F Alex Nimo, 17, Portland, Ore. F Patrick Nyarko, 22, Virginia Tech MF Ciaran O'Brien, 20, UC Santa Barbara MF...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2008; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Update

*MLS will likely announce its Generation Adidas signings (teenagers and college non-seniors) today, and don't be surprised if you see 17-year-old forward-midfielder Alex Nimo on the list. Read his extraordinary story from Liberian refugee camp in Ghana to Portland, Ore., to the U.S. under-17s right here. *Jay-Jay Okocha's name has...

By Steve Goff  |  January 10, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Lopez Possibly Coming to MLS

*After being sent a link to this story on Univision's Web site, which quotes Argentina's Claudio Lopez saying there is a 90 percent chance he will sign with MLS, I made a few calls. The verdict: Lopez's claim is credible and three MLS teams have expressed varying levels of interest...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Dallas Signs Davino

*After several days of financial negotiations, FC Dallas has reached agreement with Mexican central defender Duilio Davino. The club's pursuit of Davino was first reported on the Insider a few weeks ago. Dallas will formally announce the move this afternoon. He'll turn 32 in March and brings 10 years of...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Revving It Up

The Insider has learned that the New England Revolution is looking at a Colombian international and is also in trade talks with the Columbus Crew. Sorry, no names available, but I hear trade discussions might continue right up until next Friday's draft in Baltimore and is not a major swap,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Morning Update

*DCU and Franco Niell move closer to a deal. *United will not participate in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston -- it's New York, San Jose, Toronto and the host Battery -- but the club could end up playing in an event in Texas. There are also rumblings that...

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Schelotto and Red Bulls News

The latest on the Guillermo Barros Schelotto saga: From what I have been told by those familiar with the delicate situation, Schelotto enjoys living and playing in Columbus and wants to return to the Crew this season. However..... He believes he was misled about the terms of the contract that...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Pope Is a Union Man

Eddie Pope, who retired last fall after 12 seasons and was arguably the best defender in league history, has accepted a job as director of player relations for the Bethesda-based MLS Players Union. He had also discussed a job with D.C. United this winter. Instead, he will be part of...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ohio State Revolution

We all know the New England Revolution has fallen agonizingly short of an MLS championship four of the last six years, but in the wake of their humbling loss to LSU last night in the BCS title game, perhaps the Ohio State Buckeyes should be mentioned in the same breath...

By Steve Goff  |  January 8, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Why I'm Grateful for My Blog.....

.....and The Post's Web site From last night's Simpsons episode:...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Working in a Combine

[UPDATED WITH TWELLMAN NEWS] This just in: The club that was interested in acquiring Taylor Twellman -- and turned away by MLS and the Revs -- was apparently struggling English Championship side Preston North End, a well-placed source tells me. Before we get to the D.C. United pre-draft scouting combine,...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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United News (and Revs too)

Latest name to emerge in D.C. United's search for Latin American help: FRANCO NIELL Age: 24 Position: Forward Club: Argentinos Juniors (fifth place in first division, Apertura) Size: small (5 feet 4, 145 lbs.) Goals: 10 in 60 league matches since 2004 I am hearing from sources south of the...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Monday Morning, Friday's Far Away

Pray you'll make it, it's a magic day Thanks, Joe. Good morning, hipsters. *I'm hearing that, in addition to Argentine second-division defender Gonzalo Peralta, D.C. United is focusing in on an Argentine forward. That's all I know at the moment: no name or club affiliation. On the Peralta front, there...

By Steve Goff  |  January 7, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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