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Draft Central

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By Steve Goff  |  January 18, 2008; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Hiya Steven:


As soon as you settle in, please let us know the rumblings .. ..

Posted by: Sammy | January 18, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The 2008 campaign can't start soon enough.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 18, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Soccer America is reporting that O'Brien and Wynalda are out, and that Dellacamera and Harkes are in, for next season's Thursday nights on BSPN2. Smyth will go back to primarily European engagements.

Posted by: 22201 | January 18, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm - As long as they are as good as they were in Germany - ok.

While I didn't like Wynalda's booth style that much - I still feel like he contributes something. Perhaps it's better to have him as the realist personality to Stoner's "Soccer Buddy Texting".

Posted by: UVA-United | January 18, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

That's sucks. Wynalda's good for the game I think. Even a very casual soccer fan turning on the game would stay tuned to see if Wynalda says something loose.

Also, off topic, but can D.C. United please try to sign Benny Feilhaber now that it looks like Derby is ready to unload him to the MLS??

Posted by: Ryan | January 18, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Eric is getting F'ed by John again, first his wife next his job.

Posted by: Wynalda must really LOVE Harkes (sarcasm) | January 18, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I thought that Wynalda's analysis of why certain plays happen the way they do were his strong suit. For example, sometimes where there was time, he would point out offensive players that appear not to be involved in a play who drew defenders toward them to open up space for a goal scorer.

However, Wynalda's opinions made him more annoying than enlightening. That being said, I'd much rather listen to Wynalda than FSC's Max Bretos, who is about as obnoxious as they come.

Posted by: TCompton | January 18, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Trying again -- Goff -- Are you hearing anything like what the NYTimes is reporting about Fulham being in negotiations for Brad Guzan?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 18, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Goff say what he knew about Guzan in the previous thread, less than 11 hours ago? If there is more to say, I'm sure he will give us an update when he comes back on this afternoon.

Posted by: 22201 | January 18, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

re Feilhaber - if he comes to MLS the following rule will/should dictate where he ends up

"In the event a U.S. National Team pool player playing abroad returns to the U.S. and there is interest from multiple MLS teams, preference will be given first to a team prepared to use an allocation. If there is more than one team prepared to use an allocation on a particular player, the current season's allocation rankings as determined by the MLS Competition Committee would be used. In the event no team is willing to use an allocation, the player will be assigned via waivers."

Right now DC is 3rd on the allocation list behind Columbus and Kansas City.

Posted by: emanon | January 18, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

In regards to Feilhaber, I would love for him to come to DC, but where would he play? Also, Harkes and Dellacamera are a big upgrade over Wynalda and O'Brien, although I am a fan of Wynalda's b/c he always tells it how it is. If ESPN ever creates an MLS style of the "NFL Live" show, Wynalda should definitely be on it.

Posted by: DC United Fan | January 18, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to compile a list of places to watch the Africa Nations Cup. So far, I only know that Lalibela (14th & R Streets) will be showing the games. I would also like to find a spot that welcomes kids, as there is a group of African teens I coach who want to see the games.

Any ideas? Is there any hope that Comcast will show the games?

Posted by: MtP | January 18, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The real question in my mind is, how long before MLS can do its draft on a weekend at Radio City Music Hall with live, multiple-round coverage by ESPN/FSC/GolTV and Mel Kiper-like guys getting paid to blather on incessantly?

Or, is it that given the global nature of the game (as opposed to the purely provincial pigskin version), that that'll never happen?

Posted by: Juan-John | January 18, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse


That will likely never happen - it's more likely that if the league can build up it's youth programs/reserve teams we'll just have big transfer window buzz. I'm sure the draft will always exist in some form for the college kids. But college soccer is not the best route to being a professional either domestically or abroad. I would like to see some sort of analysis of the average career of college guys vs non-college guys. I'm sure it's still close as the generations continue to roll - but in the next 15 years I'm sure college soccer takes a REAL backseat.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 18, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

HAMBURG is in the chase for Michael Bradley.


The Guzan-Celtic affair has been going for a little while now. Celtic may be after a local teenage player, as well...

Posted by: Erick | January 18, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know where the closest street parking to the Convention Center is? Is it those meters in front of the entrance to the 1st Mariner Arena garage?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 18, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Fulham sign Texas-born Norweigan defender:

The kid is 6 foot 5 (!), born in the U.S.

His wiki page shows he played for Norway's U-21s, but not the senior side. As such, he would remain eligible for the US senior side.

It would be nice to have a big beast in the back line who can actually use his feet (sorry, but Gooch lost the plot at Newcastle...)?!?

I hope Sunil "Voldemort" Gulati has arranged for a Penzke-load of hookers, beer and cash to get this kid into the US camp.

Seriously, at the very least, I hope he is on the USSF's radar. They have work on their sales pitch (>coughcough

Posted by: Erick | January 18, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

He has about 40 caps for Norway.

He would make a great defender for the US if he wasn't already Norway's best central defender...

Posted by: Godalfree | January 18, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The 2008 African Cup of Nations Cup TV coverage in the U.S. is available to U.S. residents via pay-subscription broadband internet streaming video at the
3ATelesud website at

Also, ITV the Nigerian broadcaster is showing all the games. Check your cable or satellite provider to see if you can add this to your lineup.

Posted by: sbg | January 18, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Godalfree, you are correct, sir!

Dammit! I got so excited I did not see he made his Norway senior debut in 2002. Thanks for setting me straight!

I have never heard on this guy before. I find that odd, since he often hear of US-born players toiling in other european leagues.

Do you know more about him? Were his folks students or tourists in the US? Did he actually live here, or just born here? I was just curious...

Posted by: Erick | January 18, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

germany/hamburg would be great for mb. i believe he'd be able to further his development more than if he went to england.

Posted by: PKTaker | January 18, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Any updates?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | January 18, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Also, off topic, but can D.C. United please try to sign Benny Feilhaber now that it looks like Derby is ready to unload him to the MLS??

Posted by: Ryan | January 18, 2008 10:46 AM

It's not off topic.

No. We can't. He's the soccer equivalent of the band Looking hit wonder.

Posted by: Brandy, You're a Fine Girl | January 18, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Guzan would be much better served to go with Celtic than Fulham. Boruc won't resign so he's leaving in the summer, meaning a first team place is opening up. Plus, Celtic is involved in European Competition. Fulham is a massive risk right now due to the relegation concerns (plus this will be the second year in a row for those).

Posted by: tmc | January 18, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't have to listen to that dbag Wynalda anymore?

WoooooHoooo (pops open some champagne)

Posted by: Chico | January 18, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Waldo was hanging around WPS (Women's Pro Soccer) booth. Chatting with Tony DiCicco. I, of course, used my time more wisely chatting up Heather Mitts. Well, until she got that "get away from me stalker look".

Maybe Waldo is angling for an announcing job with WPS?

Posted by: JSF | January 18, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Waldo is angling for an announcing job with WPS?

Posted by: JSF | January 18, 2008 11:58 AM

..or, he's angling for something else.

Posted by: JH | January 18, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: the gilbert | January 18, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy but I liked Wynalda for the entertainment value, especially with Arena.

Posted by: tim | January 18, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

hey Chico - YESS - i could not agree more.

Harkes is awesome at announcing games...

Wynalda - dont let the dorr hit you on as a$$. Maybe Arena had something to do with this..LOL

Posted by: bobf | January 18, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Feilhaber in his right mind would sign with MLS. He is far too young to give up on Europe.

If I had to bet my mortgage, I would say he stays in Europe, but moves to a lower division somewhere on the continent.

Even in the lower divisons, he would make more than MLS could pay him.

One of the mid-level Eredivisie clubs might be best. They will have the patience and incentive to develop him.

Posted by: Erick | January 18, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

About Guzan -- it's not so cut and dry. Fulham would surely start him. They can't be happy with Niemi, so I would expect Guzan to play. Fulham is snapping up every able body they can find to try and avoid relegation -- King, Hangelaand, possibly EJ. They could make a real run if the new guys gel.

If you go to Celtic, you're playing in a league with less than a handful of good teams. Yes, there is the Champions' League, each year. It's a good showcase for a 'keeper, if he wins. What are the odds that Celtic won't go out quickly? They've qualified for the second round again, but they're out of their depth there, no? So, you're talking about not very many games.

With Fulham, if they stay up, Guzan can play against some Champions League level players every week, and probably more games against top Champions League teams than he'd have playing in the League.

It's been a lot of years since Friedel played in the Champions' League, but he progressed to being one of the finest 'keepers in the game.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 18, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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