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Soccer Insider: January 27, 2008 - February 2, 2008

USA Roster Announced

ROSTER BY POSITION FOR MEXICO MATCH GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC). DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo). MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu (SL...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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United Falls to U-23s

Jozy Altidore scores in the first half and Charlie Davies in the second half as the U.S. under-23s defeat D.C. United, 2-0, in a scrimmage in Bradenton. United's starters: Carvallo; Namoff, Martinez, Peralta, Burch; Mediate (right), Simms, Gallardo, McTavish (left); Moreno, Niell. The entire lineup was replaced at the half....

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Awaiting the USA Roster

Four days until the USA-Mexico showdown and still no official roster. Maybe today. After poking around a bit, I have heard that Pat Noonan, Ramiro Corrales, Michael Parkhurst and Ricardo Clark have been retained from the mostly MLS group that's been training together in L.A. for the past week. A...

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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United Wins! United Wins!

Settle down, it was only a scrimmage against the U.S. under-17 national team in Bradenton, Fla. Franco Niell scored three first-half goals and Jerson Monteiro, Rod Dyachenko and Marc Burch (on a free kick) had the others. DCU will face the U.S. under-23s on Saturday morning. FYI, two United youth...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Mo, Toronto and Gomez

*The Toronto FC coaching change is now official. Read about it here. The latest in the Christian Gomez saga is that Colorado has offered him a two-year, guaranteed contract with a base salary of at least $400,000 and bonuses/incentives that could bring his total compensation close to the $500,000 figure...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  MLS  
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Toronto News and SuperLiga Details

*I am hearing that Mo Johnston is out as Toronto FC coach and will move into a personnel role with the club. Frankly, I am not surprised. The buzz at MLS Cup here in D.C. in November was that Mo might not return as coach and would slide into the...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Friday Roundup

*We're awaiting news on the negotiations between DCU and Colorado and Colorado and out-of-contract Christian Gomez. Last I heard, the deal was just about done. *Speaking of the Rapids, a report in a Peruvian newspaper says the club was in talks with former Bolivian national team goalkeeper Jose Fernandez, who...

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Your Questions, My Answers

Jump down to the continuation of this thread for the full Q&A. Caution: Leave yourself plenty of time to read it -- we covered a lot of ground....

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 12:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Hey, Hey, It's a Q&A

Insider is going to be an Outsider today and avoid the laptop. Unless, of course, there is urgent news. So while I am away, I offer you the opportunity to submit questions, which I plan to answer by Friday morning. Simple ground rules: Keep 'em short and check previously submitted...

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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Qualifier at HDC?

A West Coast source tells the Insider that Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., is close to finalizing a deal to stage the U.S. national team's first World Cup qualifier -- Sun., June 15 at 2 p.m. (Pacific) against Barbados or Dominica. The date of the away leg has yet...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Parlez Vous Francais?

After absorbing the news that Andrew Jacobson has blown off MLS for France, let's take a deep breath and look at the big picture. If he had signed with DCU, he was looking at either an upper-developmental contract ($17,700) or a minimum senior deal ($33,000). Bottom line: He's going to...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Revving It Up in Honduras

From a well-connected Latin American contact, two names have surfaced in New England's Honduran scouting mission: *Emilio Izaguirre, 21-year-old midfielder for Motagua and the national team and *Victor Bernardez, 25-year-old defender for Motagua and the national team There are apparently several others on Steve Nicol's list, but I do not...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jacobson Update: He's Gone

Just got off the phone with United GM Dave Kasper, who tells me that, as of last night, rookie midfielder Andrew Jacobson was set to arrive in Bradenton tomorrow to join the club for training camp. An hour ago, Jacobson called Kasper to tell him he had signed with French...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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France and Philly, New England and New Jersey

*D.C. United folks tell me that midfielder Andrew Jacobson, the club's second-round draft pick out of Cal who has been training with Lorient in France, will join United in Bradenton tomorrow. No other details on his status (MLS contract, overseas options, etc.) available at this time. *Thanks to the Pennsylvania...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Latin American Updates

*Amid its coverage of Marcelo Gallardo's signing with D.C. United, La Nacion says that Ariel "Burrito" Ortega is the latest Argentine candidate to possibly join MLS. Ortega will turn 34 in March, had some success in Europe but is mostly known for his time with River Plate, three World Cups...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overnight Observations

Not sure when I will be able to update you Wednesday, so I'll give ya what I've got now at this wee hour. *Brad Guzan has been granted permission to leave U.S. training camp at Home Depot Center. No further comment from the USSF, but I don't think I am...

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2008; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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San Antonio, Szetela and Schedules

*As part of MLS preseason, DCU, Houston, Toronto and Chivas USA will participate in the first Texas Pro Soccer Festival on March 4-8 in the greater San Antonio area. Each club will play three matches. *Former Crew midfielder Danny Szetela is being loaned by Spain's Racing Santander to Brescia in...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Gallardo Meets the Press

Busy day of soccer and hoops for me, so I will have to make this quick..... *No surprise: Marcelo Gallardo will wear the No. 10 jersey. *His contract is for two seasons, both guaranteed. How much will he earn? We won't know for sure until the players' union releases all...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCU Stadium Progress?

Greetings from the National Press Club. Y'all know why we are here -- Marcelo Gallardo -- so let's turn to a more important issue: D.C. United's future home, wherever that might be. Before participating in the Gallardo news conference, the club's lead investor, Victor MacFarlane, offered some insight on United's...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2008; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Morning Briefing

Mayor Fenty is so enamored with D.C. United and its Poplar Point stadium proposal, he has declared today Marcelo Gallardo Day in the District of Columbia. Woohoo! Admit it, you fell for it! Just for a second? No? Really? Okay, never mind. In United's world, it is, indeed, Gallardo day...

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Monday's Final Thoughts

*Marcelo Gallardo is, indeed, United's first designated player. DP=Big Bucks. Not sure how many of them bucks, however. Perhaps we'll learn more at the introductory news conference Tuesday. *I neglected to mention in a previous post that Pat Carroll, younger brother of Brian and Jeff and a former West Virginia...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Things You Should Know About DCU

United formally introduced four newcomers during a RFK news conference following this morning's workout: Gonzalo Martinez, Gonzalo Peralta, Jose Carvallo and Franco Niell. Marcelo Gallardo gets his own day: tomorrow at the National Press Club. The deal is done. Peralta and Carvallo are fluent in English (Carvallo much more so...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live From Training Camp

Marcelo Gallardo is here. So is Gonzalo Martinez, Gonzalo Peralta, Franco Niell, Jose Carvallo..... We'll discuss the South American quintet later today. For now, let's talk about who is not here. Not surprisingly, Christian Gomez, Gallardo's predecessor, is not here and the latest word I've received this morning is that...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In the Beginning

As D.C. United prepares to open training camp this morning, a few questions and a few answers: Is Marcelo Gallardo coming to D.C.? He's already here. Read about it on the Post's Web site. So that means Christian Gomez is definitely out? Buh-bye. What's going on with Greg Vanney? Great...

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Breaking News: He's Here

The Insider has learned that Marcelo Gallardo has arrived in Washington. A few details still need to be finalized, but the former Argentine World Cup midfielder is in town and set to join the club for the opening of training camp. It's not a done deal, but the fact that...

By Steve Goff  |  January 27, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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