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Soccer Insider: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

March of the Elephants

Drogba and the Coasters roll over the dreadful Squirrels of Benin. Video highlights below, but first..... *Link to today's DCU print-edition story. *A USSF podcast with Michael Bradley. *The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame has unveiled the list of veteran candidates for possible induction (players who did not get elected...

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Breaking Women's News, Guzan, DCU and Terps

*The Insider has learned that U.S. under-20 women's coach Jillian Ellis has been promoted to national team assistant under Pia Sundhage and that Tony DiCicco, who guided the USA to the 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 1999 World Cup title, has agreed to oversee the under-20s through the world...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Arguez Out, All of Latin America In

*D.C. United's transfer of 19-year-old midfielder Bryan Arguez to Hertha Berlin has been finalized, sources close to the negotiations confirmed. Don't be surprised to see an official announcement today or Monday. Jose Carvallo? Yes, he's here and the deal is just about done. Gonzalo Peralta? Whereabouts unknown, but the deal...

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2008; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Gomez Continued and Other Morsels

The latest on the Christian Gomez saga..... I've been told that he has an offer in the Middle East and would take home $600,000 this year, but would prefer to remain in MLS. He's definitely not coming back to D.C. United, but six teams have expressed interest in acquiring him....

By Steve Goff  |  January 25, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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United's Picks, Notes [updated with draft list, Gonzalez]

In today's supplemental draft, United selected: *UCLA defender Brandon Owens (U-17s, U-20s; co-captain of 2003 U-17 world tournament squad) *West Virginia midfielder Dan Stratford (England native, Fulham academy, WVU's all-time leader in assists and games played) *Franklin Pierce (N.H.) goalkeeper James Thorpe (starred for Division II champions) *Bryan Arguez has...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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USA Roster Update

As expected, Bob Bradley has recalled 21 players from the previous training camp to begin preparations for the USA-Mexico friendly Feb. 6 in Houston. Because of club commitments, the prominent European-based players will not arrive until a few days before the match. Click here for details....

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Gomez, Moreno, EJ and Supplements

Details are beginning to surface concerning the Christian Gomez negotiations...and they are not pretty. I think it's safe to say he will not be returning to United. Whether he ends up elsewhere in MLS, in the Middle East or Latin America remains to be seen. Here is what I've been...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Is He or Isn't He?

Sure looks as if Marcelo Gallardo is coming to D.C. United, doesn't it? South American media reports say he is on the way. Gallardo himself says he is coming to America. So does his agent. Meantime, DCU has been awfully quiet on the subject. But after watching what unfolded in...

By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Moment You've Been Waiting For.....

(drum roll please) The first of perhaps two Gonzalos is on his way to United: Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez. The club has wrapped up negotiations and expects him on the training pitch Monday. Expect a formal announcement soon. (We had been told by a source close to the negotiations yesterday...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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MLS Updates [new stuff added]

We are patiently awaiting news from DCU world headquarters (aka Estadio RFK) and those shadowy places throughout Planet MLS for what you really want to hear. Take your pick: Gomez? Gallardo? Carvallo? Martinez? Peralta? Vanney? Arguez? [UPDATE WITH GALLARDO NEWS] Marcelo Gallardo tells Argentine radio that he rejected an offer...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Briefing

While you chew on the DCU stadium news in the previous posting, let's catch up on a few things..... *Remember the other day when we told you that Pat Noonan's reps were selling him hard to Scandinavian clubs? Well, Soccer America reports today that the out-of-contract Revs forward is headed...

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2008; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Maryland Unites for Soccer

Maryland authorities continue to explore the possibility of facilitating a stadium for D.C. United in Prince George's County. Read the story and discuss....

By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2008; 3:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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United Tidbits

DCU GM Dave Kasper confirmed the Franco Niell signing and said that the Argentine forward will arrive in town this weekend for the start of training camp. In other matters..... *Kasper declined to comment on the prospects of United adding Argentine playmaker Marcelo Gallardo. What do I make of it?...

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Niell-DCU Deal Is Done

D.C. United has finalized the acquisition of forward Franco Niell from Argentinos Juniors. An official announcement is expected soon. Also, a source tells me that Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez will arrive in Washington this weekend to join the club. Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo is scheduled to arrive today or tomorrow....

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C.: San Salvador's Northern District

As we told you earlier today, FIFA and CONCACAF have been searching for a new site for the El Salvador-Anguilla World Cup qualifier on March 26 because Anguilla does not have a stadium that meets international requirements. We also told you that Washington's RFK Stadium was under consideration. Now, word...

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU, CONCACAF, El Salvador Updates

*Reports in Bolivia say that Bolivar will play D.C. United in a friendly here in March. Not true. Bolivar did, indeed, inquire about a match, but it's not going to happen because of scheduling and other issues. *Dates and times are set for DCU's quarterfinal series with Jamaica's Harbour View...

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kalou Is Cool

Eerily quiet at the moment on the MLS front. Expect some news later today. Probably. I do know that..... .....New England and Columbus are engaged in trade talks. .....El Salvador might play a World Cup qualifier in the United States but not against the United States. .....the proposed D.C. United...

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2008; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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USA Updates

As we reported here first the other day, Chivas USA and U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan is, indeed, in Glasgow this week for workouts with Celtic and a possible transfer. I also hear that Derby and U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber's reps continue to shop him around Europe in hopes of getting...

By Steve Goff  |  January 21, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Dude Abides

D.C. United's offseason of transfers and trades, signings and near-signings reminds me of something said by the great 20th-century philosopher Jeffrey Lebowski: "This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man....

By Steve Goff  |  January 21, 2008; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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