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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 questions to avoid repetition. The deadline is 7 p.m. ET. If you would like to discuss general footy matters, please use the "Qualifier at HDC?" thread. Cheers!

By Steve Goff  |  January 31, 2008; 11:02 AM ET
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What do you think of Fulham's 5-4-1 they were sporting with Dempsey up top on Tuesday? Do you think that Hodgson is going to pack it in to try and avoid giving up goals and therefore, try to keep him out of relegation?

Can there be a more boring formation?

Posted by: Brad | January 31, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What are the chances that Benfica will allow Freddy Adu to play for the U23s during Olympic Qualification?

Posted by: CommonSense | January 31, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Luciano Emilio is not a D.P., but should he be? Also, will it happen after his contract expires (2 years 2007 & 2008?)?

Posted by: George | January 31, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Any insider news or personal thoughts about Benny Feilhaber's position at Derby. He really needs to be playing.

Posted by: Nick | January 31, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

What will be United's plan for the depth they will need for all the games this year; especially at MF?

Posted by: Falls Church | January 31, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Will DC United announce a sponsor anytime in the near future?

Posted by: Chico | January 31, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Is DCU the Arsenal of MLS?

Posted by: Hops | January 31, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Admit it, you just say that you're going to step away in an effort to lure out the news, don't you?

Posted by: Kim | January 31, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

From a league-wide prospective, what newly drafted players, including GA's, have been signed by the league?

Posted by: Landis | January 31, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Assuming that Gomez will be traded for money/picks, and not a player like Cooke, are there any other plans in the works to acquire some more depth on the flanks? Or are Soehn and Company going to rely on the reserves for that?

Oh, and any movement on a Vanney trade?

Posted by: Help out wide | January 31, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

With Phili looking more and more like the 16th team, it's another team in a "Comcast Sportsnet Market." Any word if Comcast Sportsnet is going to make a ploy to can together broadcasts and production like they do in for NBA (Wizards, Sixers, Bulls) or NHL (Caps, Flyers, Blackhawks)?

(For those who don't understand, Comcast Sportsnet uses the exact same production values and same production teams for athletic teams that are in their region that they own broadcast rights to. The number of MLS teams in their regions is starting to match that of the NHL and NBA).

Posted by: James | January 31, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm a Toronto supporter and have been frustrated by the lack of news we've received this off-season. It seems like Toronto FC are very secretive about the club and don't release information. Are DC the same way? And you're just doing some real investigative work to break stories or is DC a bit more forthcoming with information on signings, players news, etc?
Is the lack of TFC coverage due to poor reporting or the club just not being forthcoming about information?

Posted by: Chris | January 31, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Is there much talk among MLS bigshots about raising the salary cap (not for the 2008 season, but maybe for 2009)? A lot of players left MLS this offseason for small European leagues, partly because those leagues pay better. I can't be the only one who finds this troubling.

Posted by: Jeff M | January 31, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Who should start and what formation should be used for the USA on Weds versus Mexico?

Posted by: Bob Bradley | January 31, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Who is quicker on the Blog draw - Mr. Bog or Senor Goffino?

Posted by: jj | January 31, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Any word or rumblings on any DP signings in the immediate future for sone of the other MLS teams?

Posted by: Curious | January 31, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

if the winner of the CONCACAF Champions League is going to the FIFA Club World Cup then why play the CONCACAF Champions Cup at all?

Posted by: diego r. | January 31, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Along the lines of Jeff M's question, in your opinion, what needs to be done to prevent MLS from becoming a feeder league to Europe and how many more years til a major structural change to prevent it?

Posted by: Adam | January 31, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Is there any way for Masteroni to fit under DC's cap?

Posted by: Sean | January 31, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What is the story on the 3 S. American kids who were at the combine? Word out of the combine was that one kid (Sabbatini) impressed and that the league was going to possibly offer up the players via lottery.

Thanks in advance for answering.

Posted by: MLS Fan | January 31, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Since we have fulfill our qualifications on the acadamy program, when can we start using those players, and is that what the FO is going to try to do for depth in this upcoming monster of a season?

Posted by: gilbert | January 31, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Can you explain MLS allocation rules and how teams get allocation money besides not making the playoffs? I don't completely understand them.

Posted by: Adam (bmore) | January 31, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Will the MLS 2008 Schedule be released on Friday 2/1, or will it be next week before there is a release to the media/public?

Posted by: List o' Games | January 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Who is your pre-season #1? And do you think United has gotten significantly better this off-season?

Posted by: grotus | January 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

TOUGHEST QUESTION OF THE DAY..
http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/7738268/CAS-issues-landmark-decision-in-dispute

"Article 17 of FIFA's player regulations, which allow a player under 28 to end his contract after three years" Since MLS is a part of FIFA would these rules apply/be held up in US court. For example, could a player like Boswell pay the enormous fee of $33,000 to buy out the this final year and go abroad for some real money?

Posted by: Artie | January 31, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

When the league reaches 16 teams, will we see a single table and a round robin of play? Certainly 30 games is satisfactory, and as the league gets to 18 and will move to a 34 fixture list with round robin play a single table will make more sense.

Also - at that level, and call it (only maybe 2 teams w/o a stadium at that point) has the league reached it's critical mass where it plows money into the product at a much more aggressive rate top to bottom?

Posted by: UVA-United | January 31, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What are other possible expansion teams that are rumored for the future?

Posted by: yo its me | January 31, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Would Argentinos Juniors allow Niell to become a United regular without paying a million for his services?

Posted by: iagofart | January 31, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Can you give us an update on the Real World Fort Washigtonb house since Guy-Roland Kpene is the last member of the house after Bryan Arguez, Kasali Yinka Casal, Shawn Crowe, and Kiki Willis are all gone from the club??

Posted by: Ben Canada | January 31, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Do you see a trend of young American players going abroad even as MLS courts aging (30+) players from Central-South America? And if so, is there any concern about this?

Also: Joe Jackson or Graham Nash?

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 31, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

What's the over/under on Guzan getting his work permit to play for Villa?

Posted by: bbarrie | January 31, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Have you heard any details about Liverpool's US tour this summer? Any rumors on who/where they will be playing?

Posted by: Andy | January 31, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Is Dc united going to sport a new jersey this year? Don't know whether to buy the 2007 version, or wait for the 2008?

When are Dc United Individual Tickets go on Sale?

Posted by: you its me | January 31, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Do you see any momentum to change the salary structure of the league?

Posted by: mike hole | January 31, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Goff:

With the recent influx of defenders where does that leave McTavish? Will he be a defensive subsitute or will be move to a withdrawn midfielder type role?

Why are the new DCU uni's pretty ugly looking?

Boxers or Briefs?

Isn't Tool the best band in the world?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 31, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

In your opinion, assuming that all cities present equal stadium plans, which cities in the U.S. are the most viable for expansion? I don´t have a great grasp on the popularity of soccer in other parts of the country and history of support for pro teams.

Posted by: Scott A | January 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Can you see Gooch regaining his form and moving out of Belgium to a bigger league this summer?

Posted by: Dave | January 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

if DCU can't find a taker for Vanney, what do you think will happen? they'll just waive his rights?

Posted by: pat | January 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

How will DC United's new look affect the marathon season (Champion's Cup, SuperLiga, Open Cup, Champion's league, MLS season/Cup)?

How will DCU/Soehn prioritize the season?

In my opinion:
1)Supporter's Shield, 2) Champion's Cup, 3) MLS Cup, 4) Superliga, 5)US Open Cup

Posted by: delantero | January 31, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

With all the recent player movement and complaining about salaries, how ugly do you think CBA negotiations will be next year between Players - owners?

Posted by: alex | January 31, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Any idea where the United will be staying when they're in TX? My brother lives in Cibolo an we're visiting while the United will be in town, and my wife would love to stalk some people (mainly Benny O), if possible.

Posted by: Brendan | January 31, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

With the initial reports indicating that the WPS is aiming for rather small crowds at first, how will they have the money to attract key international players (which in turn will help draw crowds)? And without those bigname players, do you think the league will be able to survive ?

Posted by: emanon | January 31, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Do you know what the state of the current roster? How many more spots are up for grabs, and how much salary cap room are we really talking about. This is a similar question to one above, but is DC just sitting up a revolving door system. We sign good players like Gomez and Emilio, but can't keep them past two years. If Emilio has the same kind of year again, then he is going to demand the same thing as Gomez.

Posted by: Jeff | January 31, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I understand DC United will train in California part of this pre-season. Any word on where in Cali they'll train?

Posted by: DCU | January 31, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Zurawski to Columbus Crew. Heard anything? If he does sign, opinions?

Posted by: Richard, UK | January 31, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Another WPS question -- any idea what the salaries are like in the Swedish and German womens leagues? How much will WPS have to pay to attract Marta, Prinz, etc?

Posted by: WNT fan | January 31, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

guzan work permit was rejected, when do you think realistically the US will be able to compete to win a world cup

Posted by: drew | January 31, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Have you heard anything about MLS petitioning the NCAA to make college soccer more competitive to make those players more prepared to become professional soccer players? If they are unsuccessful in such an endeavor, do you think soccer players should skip college all together, and try to enter an MLS academy? Thank you.

Posted by: DC United Fan | January 31, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Which of the current presidential candidates is most likely to be seen at a DCU game?

Posted by: wonk | January 31, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Why does MLS own all player contracts and pay most of their salaries from league sources?

Posted by: Jim B. | January 31, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Any idea if and when RFK will host a U.S. MNT game? A WC qualifier would be nice, but at this point, I'd take a friendly.

Posted by: SSMD | January 31, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Will Moreno be #9?

Whose your pick for the African cup of Nations?

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 31, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

If Jacobson's move to France is bad for MLS, is Fair's signing with Chelsea-Ladies worse for WPS?

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=503683&cc=5901

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 31, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

In regards to the collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the players Union, a few questions:

1) When is it set to expire?
2) How much would you guess the salary cap is going to increase?
3) How much will league minimums increase?
4) Will there still be developemental slots? And if so, will those player make more than minimum wage?
5) Do you anticipate any changed to the DP rule?
6) Is single entity ownership evber going to happen?

Thanks!!

Posted by: Rick In Ashburn | January 31, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

How is Jamil Walker looking in preseason on his road to recovery?

Posted by: Jay | January 31, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Does the wave of South American signings reflect, at least in part, an attempt by DCU to be more able to win regional competitions? Presumably Latin American veterans would be more used to playing in the kind of conditions DCU faces on the road in Mexico and Central America.

Posted by: Steigs | January 31, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Assuming that the league gives its spot to the CONCACAF Champions League to the (1) MLS Cup winner, (2) Supporter Shield winner, (3) MLS Cup runner-up, and (4) Supporter Shield runner-up, will the winners and runners-up of the 2008 MLS season be the teams that qualify for the 2009/2010 Champions League?

With approximately 7 months between the end of the MLS Post Season and the start of the Champions League, does the March - November season make the most sense, or would a Spring and Fall season make MLS teams more competitive in international tournaments?

Also, will MLS off-season trades and acquisitions become more complicated because of players being "cup tied?"

Posted by: TCompton | January 31, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Will Miami be the # 17 expansion team?

Posted by: JC | January 31, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The Goffer,

When clubs sign kids from their academy, will they be generation adidas (and not counting against the cap)? It would make sense because they are signing with the league and are obviously high value targets. Moreover, it would help prevent the players from spurning MLS for a foreign league. If the league wanted to, it could make the individual team pay the Generation adidas salary. But the league needs these players to sign with the league- they make for good stories and show the benefits of the academy system.

What do you hear, Goffer?

Posted by: Joe | January 31, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Read an article on "BSPN"'s website that Liverpool fans are frustrated with the American ownership and looking to force new ownership. Is there any validitiy to this and if so, do you see this effecting other American owners in the EPL or those looking to get in (Derby). Thanks...

Posted by: mikemc | January 31, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

John Hiatt or John Prine?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | January 31, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

[UPDATED] Read article wrong, Liverpool fans want to buy the team themselves not get a new owner...sorry for any confusion

Posted by: mikemc | January 31, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What have you heard about expansion? And what is your prediction of how it will all shake out over the next 5 years? (We wont stop at 18 teams will we?)

Posted by: lawrenceterp | January 31, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Whats more likely this year--
announcement of stadium location or MLS cup?

Posted by: John | January 31, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Whom should I support: The DC United (my home since 1993), The Chicago Fire (where I was born), or The New York metropolitan area Red Bull (where two states combine for 46 electoral college votes)?

Posted by: FC Hillary Clinton 2008 | January 31, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve, great blog, just wondering, when will your Presidential endorsement come? The BigSoccer voting bloc is eagerly awaiting your decision and hoping to see it before Super Tuesday.

Posted by: Matt | January 31, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

As the de facto Bruce Arena connection (when Grant Wahl's busy anyway), can you tell us about his plans this year? Is it true that he'll be in the ESPN booth?

Posted by: Matt | January 31, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

would you happen to know an update on Raul Diaz Arce??. Last I heard he isn't the assistant coach with US Men's U17

Posted by: yo its me | January 31, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Beside south american imports, do you know if DC staff have scouted central america this year?

Basically? With all the new players, does DC have room for more internatinal players, or have they reach their limit?

Posted by: yo its me | January 31, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested in your early prognosis of the looming negotiations for the next MLS collective bargaining agreement with its players' union. On a scale of one to ten, with one being "you'll never notice" and ten being a completely wiped out season, how contentious will it get? And what issues are most likely to be the sticking points?

Posted by: soccer nerd | January 31, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Any idea on Ben Nason's prospects with FC Dallas? We wouldn't normally expect any inside info on other team's 4th round draft picks, but since he's a local kid, being from Stafford and playing at Virginia Tech, thought you might know a little more. Thanks.

Posted by: Pete | January 31, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Am I coming to play with Gallardo this year?

Posted by: T Cooke | January 31, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Over at Buzz Carrick's Third Degree blog, there's an interview with Jay Needham, DC United's draft pick from a year ago who went to play in USL instead of accept a developmental contract, in which Needham says he wants to play in MLS but he wasn't invited by DC to trial with the team in training camp. That seems like an odd decision for a team with limited defensive depth. Any insight into what's going on there?

Posted by: soccer nerd | January 31, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey goff, you think you can maybe add in some news about the recent Copa Libertadores matches to get your readers of your Blog educated and ready for it, as MLS may one day be playing in this prestigious tournament.

So more US people can know future stars they might see in the MLS one day

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 31, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

My question to you Mr. Goff, do you see any MLS teams in the Copa Libertadores in the coming years?

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 31, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

What is the future of SuperLiga after the 2008 competition?

Posted by: Charles | January 31, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Concerning the new CONCACAF Champs Leauge: will we see any english-speaking coverage from ESPN, FSC, GOALtv?

Posted by: shmartelli | January 31, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How exactly will the Canadian representative in the CONCACAAF champions league be determined?

Posted by: Beady Eyed | January 31, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

1. What do you think of River's 3-3-3-1 formation? Will Tommy Soehn be following suit?

2. Has CONCACAF, or rather the USSF, officially announced how the teams from the US will be determined for the new Champions League?

3. Have you heard anything about CONMEBOL's discussion to permanently invite a US team to participate in the Copa Sudamericana and/or Copa Libertador?

4. While I know you don't follow U-17 tournaments, did the CONMEBOL U-17 women's tourney register for the scouts by WPS?

5. Would you eat it with a fox? Would you eat it in a box?

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 31, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to be covering this game for the Post? I hope you don't have an assignment at the Terrordome covering another Mason game.

Also, does the Post have resources to cover all the WC qualifiers? Are you going to Barbados or Dominica for the first round away game?

Posted by: Rich | January 31, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Is DCU planning on sticking with the same formation? What are the current options behind Benny and Fred at wide MF's?

Posted by: wmsiii | January 31, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who is the better substitute for you, Steinberg or LaCanfora?

Posted by: Katherine Graham | January 31, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Strategically, who are the best and worst coaches in MLS, in your opinion?

Posted by: Steve | January 31, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

1. The new Philadelphia MLS team will need a temporary home for at least part of 2009, unless the new SSS in Chester is built in record time. What are the possible venues?

2. Has MLS ever considered staging events in cities that are vying to land expansion franchises (e.g., Miami, Montreal), in order to gauge the level of interest?

3. Will South Africa's three-and-out performance in Ghana give ammunition to parties who are already inclined to get the 2010 WC moved because of concerns about crime, infrastructure, etc.?

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Big rumour in Preston England that the Twellman deal is on and about to be concluded today. Know anything?

Posted by: Oscard | January 31, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

What are your favorite soccer blogs/site to read about soccer news?

Posted by: Dave | January 31, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Will people ever give up on entirely unsubstantiated non-rumors about Terry Cooke, who is never, ever going to play in DC?

Will they ever give up on the idea of Jay Needham playing for DC?

No, seriously, I just want to echo the CBA questions. That's the big story being left undiscussed currently. Does the Players' Union have enough pull to get an actual meaningful boost in the cap (you know, a jump up that would allow developmental players to buy real food at the store, and not just ramen)? If MLS decides to continue with its $100K/year boosts, will there be a strike?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 31, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that the MLS should have a promotion and relegation system? I see a lot of potential by doing that with the USL leagues. That would increase competition and soccer markets everywhere in the nation. For instance, in the English Premiership a small town with a good team like Everton can compete evenly with bigger town teams like Manchester or London teams.

Posted by: Fedster | January 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Could you please provide a rundown of who on United is a left-footed and who is a right-footed (or ambidextrous)?

Posted by: Kire | January 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Same question, different year.

Is this going to be the best year in DCU history?

Posted by: Rocko | January 31, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Would it be worth getting to know Jerson Monteiro or is he just another body to fill our revolving "fifth forward" slot?

Posted by: Jared | January 31, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Do you have any info on MLS teams' youth academies? Are there any? Which teams have them? Does MLS have an overarching plan for their development and success? etc etc.
It would be great to see more talent development like the big clubs in Europe are involved in; it would really help MLS and the USMNT in the long run.
Thanks Goff. And thanks for taking the day off; maybe I can get some actual work done today:)

Posted by: wisc ave | January 31, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Could you please provide a rundown of who on United is a left-footed and who is a right-footed (or ambidextrous)?

Posted by: Kire | January 31, 2008 02:15 PM


Yeah, I can go to my right and my left. That's because I'm amphibious.

Posted by: Chris Washburn | January 31, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

1) When wil MLS go to a single table?
2) When will MLS cooperate with international dates?
3) When will MLS increase the salary cap?
4) When will MLS get a better TV deal?

Couldn't resist the opportunity to ask the basics.

Posted by: Eurosnob | January 31, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Why are United fans so supportive of the front office? Yes, they land an ocassional success like Emelio and Fred, but they have far more failures, including drafting several players who had already publicly stated their desire to play in Europe, not to mention Guppy, Stoichkov, Chris Albright, and a seemingly endless list of players who cost us draft picks and other players. We're NO WHERE on a stadium, because the FO failed to realize it needed to put pressure on the administration by securing bids from elsewhere (isn't that basic business strategy?) Why is this a blind lovefest?

Posted by: David | January 31, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

What does DC's preseason schedule look like right now? I had heard rumors at one point of a match against the Quakes in California ... is that out there somewhere?

Posted by: Robert | January 31, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Goff what are your predictions on these?

Mvp of the year?

Champions?

MLS leading scorer?

Supporters shield?

Player with most assists?

Rookie of the year?

GK of the year?

DF of the year?

MF of the year?

FW of the year?

an Coach of the year?

oh and also what team and player do you think is going to surprise everyone this year?

-Luis

Posted by: Luis | January 31, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Have you tallked with Arguez since his move to Hertha Berlin? Wondering his thoughts on the draft/Project adidas/MLS salary structure and cap. Also whether he thought DCU woudl play him this year or if he thought they aided or retarded his development. Was he worried about a Twellman type situation? Did Tony Sanneh provide any insight having played a number of years there?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | January 31, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

What's the latest on Freddy Adu? How is he doing at Benfica? I heard how he started off as spark off the bench, but haven't heard anything in a while.

Posted by: David | January 31, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

If I make and sell a T-shirt that says "Got Goff?" or "In Goff We Trust" or "Insider Nation" , will the Post (or you) sue me? I'm sure we could come to an agreement on profit sharing. :^)

Posted by: David K. | January 31, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

5. Would you eat it with a fox? Would you eat it in a box?

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 31, 2008 01:45 PM
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You crack me up Lost in BA. You make me laugh so hard today.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 31, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Your take on ESPN's new commentator lineup? Did we whine enough about Whinealda to get him moved?

Posted by: Glaucon | January 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't DC United or any other MLS team tried to sign Arce from Bolivia. I mean the kid is good. I think he would of done great in the league.

Posted by: Luis(another question) | January 31, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

wonk said "Which of the current presidential candidates is most likely to be seen at a DCU game?"

That would be Obama, the West Ham fan.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article732401.ece

Posted by: gallegoscot | January 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

When every there is a braking news you say that you got it from your sources or contacts but I always wondered what or who are your sources or contacts?

Posted by: Luis | January 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

1.

Any guess on how soon Eddie Johnson will receive (earn) playing time at Fulham?

2.
How about your starting US 11 for the Mexico match?

Posted by: Jerry | January 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

P.S. "Rival Hillary, 60, has been linked with Man Utd after hubby Bill, the ex-President, revealed the Reds were his favourite team."

A ManUre fan. Up the Villa!

Posted by: gallegoscot | January 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Does DCU's front office believe only Latin foreigners are capable of playing attacking positions in MLS? Houston and New England seem to think otherwise. Giving minutes to young prospects (like Arguez) or even having them on the roster doesn't seem to be a priority. Or is this part of some obsession with continental trophies (building a team to win in Mexico)? Own enough MLS Cup's already?

Posted by: L Dykstra | January 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mr goff. I was wondering if you think the new group of players will help dc united get though there recent playoff slumps that have been happening also do you expect DCU would have the same large crowed they had last year when the LA Galaxy play here this season

Posted by: Mohammed west springfield christe! | January 31, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This question has probably been asked already, but what will be Jaime's role next year. Is he expecting to be a super-sub? Or does he expect to be in the starting line-up?

Along the same lines, what do you foresee his role will be with the club once he retires? Front office? Ambassador? Or has he expressed an interest in coaching?

Posted by: Max in Haiti | January 31, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm echoing earloes posters, but I think the salary cap/CBA negotiations deserve more attention. What have you heard regarding the bargaining positions of the union and the league? Are we likely to see a real increase in the cap anytime soon?

Mike

Posted by: Mike | January 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

P.S. "Rival Hillary, 60, has been linked with Man Utd after hubby Bill, the ex-President, revealed the Reds were his favourite team."

Posted by: gallegoscot | January 31, 2008 03:17 PM
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Wow. I thought their favorite team is Chelsea. She must feel unloved now

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 31, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

1. You've probably answered this a million and one times, but I just started reading your blog (by the way -- awesome!), but are you and Ives
a. friends?
b. best friends?
c. arch enemies?

2. Do you think that Niell will start at all this season? I see a potential log-jam with Moreno, Emilio, Dyachenko and Kpene. Emilio is a constant, but with Moreno, I don't see how Niell fits in. He's younger and faster, but will Moreno like sitting?????

3. % chance that the new stadium is built in a. DC, b. Maryland (where?), or c. VA (where?).

Thanks in advance and good luck with all of your question answering!

Posted by: Q | January 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What did you think of the experimental US U-20 team at the Copa Chivas in Mexico?

Posted by: Ryan G | January 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

Can you explain what the daily/weekly schedule of an amazing soccer blog writer like yourself is?

Also, what are your predictions for the LA Galaxy this year?

Thanks.

Posted by: Steve B. in L.A. | January 31, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Which other draft picks may sign with another club? Do you think Jacobson was a big loss for United?

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | January 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the new MNT jerseys... Is there something wrong with that?

Posted by: G | January 31, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

When every there is a braking news you say that you got it from your sources or contacts but I always wondered what or who are your sources or contacts?

Posted by: Luis | January 31, 2008 03:16 PM

Luis, c'mon! You don't keep "sources" and "contacts" by putting their names out on soccer's premier blog.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

What beer will be sold in RFK this season?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 31, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Benny Olsen eats Cheerio's?

If Emilio, Gallardo, McTavish, and Burch were on a boat with you and you fell in the water and couldn't swim, which one would be the first to jump in to save you?

Posted by: M | January 31, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Jersey sponsors?

Verizon? "Can we win it now"

or

Guinness? "Good as Usual"

my mockups for the Guinness sponsor are lovely...

Posted by: Cashous | January 31, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

what happened to the second coming of pele, aka jozy altidore? jen chang had us all believing he was going to Real Madrid but yet nothing surfaced this month.

on a side note, thorpe is a great draft pick, i played against him twice this yr and about 6 other times in my career in the NE10

Posted by: currently watching bill cosby | January 31, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Any word on what might be happening with Benny Feilhaber? I don't like the idea of him spending the rest of the season sitting the bench on a team that has absolutely no chance of staying up in the EPL.

Posted by: Eric | January 31, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I second the motion for more info on who exactly is on the DCU roster, who is camp trying out for roster spots, and how many spots are open. The info is scattered around all over, and I'm too lazy to put the pieces together myself!

Has DCU seen a spike in ticket sales since the new signings have been announced?

Also intensely interested in the beer selection at RFK!

Posted by: ff | January 31, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen Christian Gomez at all around camp?

Posted by: Jorge | January 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Why does the MLS even have a draft? Between the salary cap and roster limits, there are protections against one team stockpiling all the young talent. If it's to create bargaining leverage, it's a losing proposition in a worldwide marketplace for players.

Posted by: red_man | January 31, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Does Bouna Coundoul's performance in the ACN today raise his stock enough that the Rapids and MLS will have a hard time retaining him in the summer transfer window?

Posted by: Jorge el Mapache | January 31, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I know that many site the rivalry, bragging rights, or being the CONCACAF top dog as an answer, but rationally...

Why does the USMNT treat any game against Mexico, even an off season friendly, as supremely important, but yet the USMNT will send a B team to play competitive events such as the Copa America on the road?

If the Mexico games are so intense, wouldn't a Mexico friendly be the ideal situation to test young up and coming players in a heated contest? Considering it is a friendly against a team we play all the time.

Posted by: tsingletonvt | January 31, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Becks won't be getting his 100th international cap just yet:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/football/01/31/england.beckham/index.html

Goff, this a surprise to you?

Posted by: Juan-John | January 31, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen's Ankle - how bad is it? I read he's still got painin the left ankle and can't do any work outside of pool workouts.

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | January 31, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Steve, thank you for all of your work.

1. Was this partnership with Atlético Mineiro a bust, or was a coaching symposium and one player trial all that the FO was expecting out of this? Will there any further benefits by this association?

2. Is Sal Caccavale in camp? Can you give us a list of campers?

Posted by: Dominic | January 31, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Did Tony Sanneh provide any insight having played a number of years there?


Posted by: Looking Dangerous | January 31, 2008 02:44 PM
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That reminds me. Any news about oldtimers (Sanneh, Llamosa, etc.) would be most welcome.

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Will DC United be participating in SuperLiga (as would be indicated from the criteria MLS gave a year ago)? And what other MLS teams will be involved? What will the format be this year -- all the game in the US again? Games in Mexico?

Also, it appears that teams involved in the CONCACAF Champions League will not be able to participate in Copa Sudamericana. Will CONCACAF teams be participating (esp MLS teams) and, if so, how will they be chosen?

Posted by: Bob | January 31, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Does Bouna Coundoul's performance in the ACN today raise his stock enough that the Rapids and MLS will have a hard time retaining him in the summer transfer window?

Posted by: Jorge el Mapache | January 31, 2008 04:58 PM
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Senegal (presumably with Coundoul between the pipes the whole time) gave up six goals in three games. Was there something special about his performance today?

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

diego r. said "if the winner of the CONCACAF Champions League is going to the FIFA Club World Cup then why play the CONCACAF Champions Cup at all?"

The 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup winner will go to the 2008 Club World Cup.

The 2008-9 CONCACAF Champions League winner will go to the 2009 Club World Cup.

Posted by: Bob | January 31, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Senegal (presumably with Coundoul between the pipes the whole time) gave up six goals in three games. Was there something special about his performance today?

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 05:46 PM

Bouna's first action was today. He only gave up one goal and made several excellent saves

Posted by: Jorge el Mapache | January 31, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

1)Could it be allowed for the Mexican League and a U.S. Pro team agree for a US based team to join the Mexican League (like Toronto in the MLS or Cardiff in the English League)?

2) Would the MLS allow a fan owned club (like Barcelona or Green Bay Packers or what Liverpool fans are trying to do?)

Posted by: Timoteo | January 31, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the new MNT jerseys... Is there something wrong with that?

Posted by: G | January 31, 2008 04:05 PM
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No. It goes quite nicely with your plaid bell-bottoms, white belt, and platform shoes.
:-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 31, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

USA is becoming to goalkeepers what Brazil is to...the rest. Shouldn't they be looking to play in Italy, Spain and Germany??

Posted by: mexicanbluefish | January 31, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hi Steve. Love the blog!

As a DC United supporter who moved abroad (from DC) at the beginning of the year, is there a one-paragraph primer you can provide regarding DCU's recent roster changes?

Thanks much!

Posted by: asfoolasiam | January 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

USA is becoming to goalkeepers what Brazil is to...the rest. Shouldn't they be looking to play in Italy, Spain and Germany??

Communication is a key for goalkeepers. Although I'm sure Italian-speaking, Spanish-speaking and German-speaking goalies from the US would do well in those league. (Note, Kasey Keller has played in the top league in both Spain and Germany.)

Posted by: hey | January 31, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The obvious:

1) anything new on Gomez?
2) anything new on Vaney?
3) anything new on a stadium?
4) anything new on a shirt sponsor?

The less obvious:

1) What's this I hear about DC United license plates in Maryland?

2) I understand that Hendricks (of Freedom and Sportsplex fame (oh yeh, and of Discovery Chanel fame)) owns a minority interest of some type in United. Am I right? How will this affect plans for the new Freedom? More joint marketing? Doubleheaders? Shared front office staff?

And, by the way, thanks for keeping the Q&A line open until 7:00 p.m. It gives those of us comming home from work a chance to submit questions.

Posted by: Curious | January 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

2) Would the MLS allow a fan owned club (like Barcelona or Green Bay Packers or what Liverpool fans are trying to do?)

Posted by: Timoteo | January 31, 2008 05:59 PM
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I believe that MLS has a 51 percent ownership stake in all teams. If the league continues to believe in the importance of this arrangement as part of the so-called single-entity concept, a consortium of fans would have to accept the same 49 percent share as the MacFarlane/Chang gang and everyone else.

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bouna's first action was today. He only gave up one goal and made several excellent saves

Posted by: Jorge el Mapache | January 31, 2008 05:59 PM
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Thanks for the clarification. After five goals in two games, I can see why Senegal turned to him. Perhaps we can turn this into a more general question for Goff about what sorts of player moves might result from the African Cup of Nations.

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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Hi Steve. Love the blog!

As a DC United supporter who moved abroad (from DC) at the beginning of the year, is there a one-paragraph primer you can provide regarding DCU's recent roster changes?

Thanks much!
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/28/AR2008012802310.html

Posted by: yeah | January 31, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification. After five goals in two games, I can see why Senegal turned to him. Perhaps we can turn this into a more general question for Goff about what sorts of player moves might result from the African Cup of Nations.

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 06:27 PM
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He was turned to because the starting keeper was suspended for breaking a team rule (curfew).

Posted by: Anthony | January 31, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

To Dirty Harry:

John Prine, hands down. Dude wrote "Angel From Montgomery". John Hiatt is a pop 40 hack.

To Joe Doc: This one's a bit closer. At least, Graham Nash has some talent. But Joe Jackson is still oh so much cooler. Do you really have to ask?

On to the burning questions:

Who won tonight's Democratic debate?

Which candidate will announce support for a DC or Maryland SSS, in a blatant pander to the millions of local United supporters?

Is DCU really the "best football team in the land"?

and the comical, don't really expect you to answer question:

Does DCU see Carvallo challenging Wells down the road for the keeper job, or is he just a back-up?

Finally, a European twofer:

Can Cristian Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney beat AC Milan's quartet in the Champions League final? Is Victor Valdes the best shot-stopper in the game, and will he be the difference for a Barcelona return to the top?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 31, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I kinda like the new MNT jerseys... Is there something wrong with that?

Posted by: G | January 31, 2008 04:05 PM

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Not at all, looks good on you, Landon.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 31, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

(SAME Question) Do you think that the MLS should have a promotion and relegation system? I see a lot of potential by doing that with the USL leagues. That would increase competition and soccer markets everywhere in the nation. For instance, in the English Premiership a small town with a good team like Everton can compete evenly with bigger town teams like Manchester or London teams.

Posted by: Fedster | January 31, 2008
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And now there are champion leagues to look up forward to for the top teams and not fall into the USL for the bottom teams.

Posted by: td | January 31, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there any chance of a relegation system in the US during the next twenty years, while MLS teams are still paying off debt on their lovely soccer-specific stadiums?

Whoops - this is supposed to be a Q&A forum, not a place for rhetorical questions...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 31, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Should MLS expand the number of Generation Adidas (GA) slots available to retain players like DC's first picks in the last two drafts so that they don't jump ship to another league? If so how many players should be offered a GA contract?

Posted by: King Titan | January 31, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I've got to imagine that Juan Carlos Osorio has a plan on how he can help Reyna finish out his career on a high note. Do you agree and if so what do you think JCO's plans are?

Joke response okay but hoping for a serious one as well :)

Posted by: Tim F. | January 31, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

With expansion this year, the league realized they had to liberalize the roster rules, just maintain the previous mediocre level of play. With another team coming (and new owners paying a franchise fee), while all the best American players and prospects are getting sucked overseas, what are the chances of:

(1) MLS radically bumping up minimum salaries;
(2) MLS significantly raising either or both the team salary cap, and the max individual salary; and
(3) MLS granting an additional DP slot for each franchise.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 31, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

If a youth academy player is signed, does the full amount of his contract count against the team cap or only part of it (e.g., similar to the way a Generation Adidas contract is treated); if the latter, do you know how the youth academy contracts will be treated for purposes of the cap?

Posted by: Josh B. | January 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

For instance, in the English Premiership a small town with a good team like Everton can compete evenly with bigger town teams like Manchester or London teams.

Posted by: Fedster | January 31, 2008

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Everton is located in Liverpool, one of England's most populous cities. None of the major clubs in England (Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal, LFC, Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Newcastle, Man City) call a small town home. Your argument is flawed.

Posted by: Chase | January 31, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

(SAME Question) Will DC United announce a sponsor anytime in the near future?

Posted by: Chico | January 31, 2008 11:21 AM
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Any word or rumor whether there is a shirt sponsor, and if so when they will announce?

Posted by: td | January 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Will you ever do this again?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 31, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that the NBA had an exception to the salary cap rule for teams re-signing their own players. This was a brilliant innovation to the salary cap system. Instead of driving the best players from their teams, it created an incentive for them to stay with the team -- thereby creating a sense of loyalty, continuity and fan identification with the players -- or, at least with the best players.

Has the MLS considered making a similar change to their salary structure, making it possible for teams like United to keep fan favorites like Gomez or Emilio?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 31, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Are you planning on doing a story on Josh Gros (life w/o soccer) and will you ask him if he will join us at the games?

Posted by: JMR | January 31, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

He was turned to because the starting keeper was suspended for breaking a team rule (curfew).

Posted by: Anthony | January 31, 2008 06:31 PM
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Did Greg Ryan wind up in Senegal?

Posted by: 22201 | January 31, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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