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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 pursue this week, most notably who is left on D.C. United's roster.

For now, as we await this weekend's wide release of "There Will Be Blood," a few items to review:

*Former DCU star Marco Etcheverry seems set to become coach of Bolivian club Oriente Petrolero, while former DCU prospect Eliseo Quintanilla has moved from his native El Salvador to Alajuelense in Costa Rica.

*The U.S. women's team will gather tomorrow at Home Depot Center for a week-long training camp before the Four Nations Tournament in Foshan, China, Jan. 16-20 with Canada, Finland and the hosts. A 27-player roster will be reduced to 20 for the trip. Of note: Briana Scurry and Hope Solo are both on the initial roster, but Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts and Aly Wagner are rehabbing injuries and Kristine Lilly has yet to decide whether to continue through the Olympics or retire. The roster includes UVA's Angela Hucles (70 caps) and Becky Sauerbrunn (no caps), and the Washington area's Joanna Lohman (nine caps) and Ali Kreiger (no caps).

*Several college seniors invited to the MLS combine, which begins Jan. 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have also been called into under-23 camp starting this weekend at Bradenton. I'm checking to see if they will attend both events, but my hunch is that they will remain with Peter Nowak's group. By the way, one of Nowak's assistants: former Fire teammate Lubos Kubik.

*I received a completely random call from former World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Tyrone Booze, who tells me he is working with the Galactics Soccer Club in Clearwater, Fla., and wants to introduce soccer to more African American kids. "I wish soccer was where it is today when I was a kid," he said.

*Not a good New Year's Day for Marcus Hahnemann and Reading:

*The death of Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell has prompted the cancellation of today's Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers. Read more about it here. One of the many video tributes to O'Donnell:

Insider Holiday Menu of Champions (definitely not consumed in one sitting)

Seven-layer dip
Golden margaritas
Christmas Day Indian feast
Flank steak
Salmon BLT
Duck with sweet basil
Wild Goose ale
Five Guys burgers
Candy cane Joe-Joe's

By Steve Goff  |  January 2, 2008; 12:01 AM ET
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Welcome back! Any word on when the DCU jersey sponsor announcement will be made?

Posted by: FC | January 2, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Please tell me Gomez is not gone.. :(

Posted by: Garret | January 2, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I, too, had Five Guys burgers (in Mrytle Beach).

Nice to have you back, Mr. Goff.

Posted by: Glaucon | January 2, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

By Steve Goff | January 2, 2008; 12:01 AM ET

You, sir, are a man of your word.

Posted by: sitruc | January 2, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

btw, when is the wide release of "There Will Be Blood"?

Posted by: Andy | January 2, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I too, had Five Guys burgers (in Palm Beach Gardens, FL!).

Speaking of interesting movies, check out

Welcome back Steve! You were missed!

Posted by: apqjr | January 2, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

I love prompt journalism.

Posted by: Dave | January 2, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey goff, in the bolivian news they are stating that the deal with Etch' becoming coach didnt come through for Oriente over some money issues. So instead they decided to hire a guy by the name of Buenaventura Ferriera, Buenaventura Ferreira.

Any plans for any new DP's after Veron Mr Goff?

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 2, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Goff

Posted by: Curious | January 2, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

New Year's Soccer Resolutions, from Yahoo Sports. Funny little bit about DCU in there:;_ylt=AsPN80hjm7BDB45eTbX7IZqkvrYF?slug=ro-resolutions122707&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Posted by: King Kong Bundy | January 2, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Years! Welcome back.

Posted by: m | January 2, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Goff! Happy New Year to the Insider Nation!

Posted by: Beltwayrob | January 2, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

btw, when is the wide release of "There Will Be Blood"?

Posted by: Andy | January 2, 2008 12:45 AM

Hippie, anti-oil propaganda

Posted by: Dick C | January 2, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Goff, heard anything about the latest Figo/AEG rumors?

Posted by: BK | January 2, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Feelgood has returned.

Thank you, my friend.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 2, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

What is the latest with Figo coming to MLS?

Posted by: DC United Fan | January 2, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The death of Phil O'Donnell is a very sad event indeed. The precision of his shooting is a quality that will be missed in football.

At least his friends, family, and fans can take solace in the notion that he died doing what he loved, and on the hallowed ground that is a football pitch. With any luck, he never saw it coming.

O'Donnell's passing also harkens to my mind the story of a Brazilian journeyman in India whose death may have been one of the most tragic, and at the same, most glorious from a footballing perspective. See here:

Posted by: MtP | January 2, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

welcome back Steve.

that turducken link was not an actual turducken -- it was a turducken roll. Deelish nonetheless!!

Posted by: steve-o | January 2, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Wonder how he would react to some of the crowd sizes/support in MLS (excluding DC of course)

"United's silent fans blasted by angry Ferguson",,2234081,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=5

Posted by: emanon | January 2, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Tyrone Booze sounds like an inspiring guy. The kids of Clearwater are lucky to have him.

Posted by: MFF | January 2, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Tyrone Booze winning hearts, minds and dollars for the church of scientology!!!

Zenu likes soccer, who knew?

Posted by: myt! | January 2, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

is Gomez still a DCU player or what?

Posted by: pat | January 2, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Tyrone Booze sounds like an inspiring guy. The kids of Clearwater are lucky to have him.

Posted by: MFF | January 2, 2008 10:52 AM

. . . and Valderrama too . . . check it out....

Posted by: El Pibe | January 2, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,
Now that we are in January and the European leagues are in their mid-winter transfer window, what's the scoop on the anticipated signings over the next few weeks? Which U.S. players are heading to Europe? Which superstars are coming to MLS?

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I got the same random call from Tyrone Booze as well...

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