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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 question, mate. Both the club and his agent have been mum. We're curious to see if he'll be on the pitch today.

How about Justin Moose?

He's out of contract and had explored options in the USL, but according to his agent, he'll be at DCU training camp.

What's new with Luciano Emilio and Fred?

I hear they are stuck in Brazil (stuck is probably not the best word) because of visa issues and won't join the club until they arrive in Bradenton later this week.

Anyone else missing?

Zach Wells is with the U.S. national team for another week.

I'll have plenty more to share from RFK later today. Meantime.....

*CONCACAF will unveil details of the first Champions League today. From what I have been able to gather, Chivas USA (Western regular season winners) and New England (MLS Cup runner-up) will enter in the preliminary round in August while D.C. United (Supporters' Shield) and Houston (MLS Cup champions) will start in the group stage in the fall. We'll know for sure later.

*Manchester City suffered a loss and a burglary.

*An Iraqi's English League dreams are dashed, for now.

By Steve Goff  |  January 28, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
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Comments

Don't suppose Josh Gros has experienced a medical miracle?

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 28, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Why do we need Gros? We have Olsen (who is coming off of surgery) to play both right and left wing.

Will DCU have one cross from the outside this year or will it be like 2007 only worse?

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 28, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Is this Champions League taking the place of one of the cups we were in last season, or are there now 3 international tournaments, the US Open Cup, MLS Cup and the MLS season to worry about now?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | January 28, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Jay,

So far, DC is in the following tournaments:

US Open Cup, Super Liga, CONCACAF Champions Cup (this is the last year of this tournament, and the CONCACAF Champions League.

We will PROBABLY qualify for the following:

Copa Sudamericana, MLS Cup

So (if you count the Supperters Shield), we're looking at a potential 7 competitions this year. That's a lot of games.

Posted by: strago | January 28, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

who will go to the 2009 fifa club world cup?

the 2007 champions cup winner? or the 2007-2008 champions league winner?

Posted by: 24060 | January 28, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Steve,

What do you think of the 3rd transfer bid being turned down for Twellman:

http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/sport/sportheadlines/display.var.1999268.0.club_record_bid_for_us_striker_turned_down.php

Depending on the source, that's a $3 million to almost $4 million dollar (the latter according to the Sunday People, UK)and a sell no clause turned down.

To this point, the sum total of the Revolutions 'improvements' over the off-season have been a trade for Chris Albright, and the drafting of college players, this while they've seen Andy Dorman leave for nothing, Pat Noonan leave for nothing, and James Riley effectively leave for nothing.

Posted by: Eric | January 28, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, sorry coach. We're totally stuck in Brazil right now. It's a visa thing.... or something. Yeah, it looks like we're going to have to miss those frigid DC in January training sessions. No, don't worry, we'll meet up with the team in Florida....

Posted by: Fred and Emilio | January 28, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

Can you confirm Glen Davis' report that MF Josh Gardner will be in DCU camp?

Posted by: Keenan | January 28, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

It's great to have the team together this early. With the delayed Champions Cup start, things are moving smoother than last year when Fred joined after the first round. I'm curious why DC hasn't arranged any Euro friendlies. A week or two in Spain sounds good.

Posted by: delantero | January 28, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I thought Brazilians were unable to get exit visas processed until after Carnival... Shouldn't this "visa" problem be expected every year?

Posted by: Roblar | January 28, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

will training be open to the public?

Posted by: d, dc | January 28, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, sorry coach. We're totally stuck in Brazil right now. It's a visa thing.... or something. Yeah, it looks like we're going to have to miss those frigid DC in January training sessions. No, don't worry, we'll meet up with the team in Florida....

Posted by: Fred and Emilio | January 28, 2008 09:22 AM

LOL!!

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 28, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

The Revs(/MLS?) turned down $3 million for Twellman? Are they daft?

Yes, after losing Pat Noonan and Andy Doorman, the Revs would be in a rebuilding mode if they sold Twellman. However, with the large amounts of allocation money, open salary cap space, and a DP slot they could bring in some serious reinforcements.

Posted by: noptov52 | January 28, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Looks like it is going to be a heavy posting days today.

Posted by: td | January 28, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I tought I'd heard of tough work permit denials before, but that is absurd. Didn't qualify because Iraq is ranked 71st instead of 70th...

FIFA couldn't have wet the bed worse.

Posted by: Matt | January 28, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

But then the iraqis blame it on the americans, does anyone else find this funny.

Posted by: Tee | January 28, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Whose rankings are they using? Irag has been in the FIFA top 70 since July 2007. Doesn't the Home Office have an internet connection?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 28, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

The Revs(/MLS?) turned down $3 million for Twellman? Are they daft?

Posted by: noptov52 | January 28, 2008 10:02 AM
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I, for one, can certainly understand the Rev's turning down that kind of money. After all, as a proven international goalscorer and vital cog in winning all those MLS Titles, he certainly is worth at LEAST as much as Adriano or Anelka or.......oh, wait a minute you mean Taylor "Cheshire Cat" Twellman? Ok, my bad....

Posted by: Throwin | January 28, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

But then the iraqis blame it on the americans, does anyone else find this funny.

Posted by: Tee | January 28, 2008 10:17 AM
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They are 100 percent correct. It is the fault of the Americains that I do not put the Englishmen on my roster.

Posted by: Arsene Wegner | January 28, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

But then the iraqis blame it on the americans, does anyone else find this funny.

Posted by: Tee

No, I find it depressingly accurate. If they complain that it's America's fault that al Quieda kills their brother in law, that's accurate also.

Posted by: viv | January 28, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

*An Iraqi's English League dreams are dashed, for now.

By Steve Goff | January 28, 2008; 8:25 AM ET D.C. United
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Well, hell, MLS needs to get on the ball and get him over here! Talk about good PR! Plussing as which, he's 24 and the Manchester City people said he'd go straight to 1st team, so he ought to prosper in MLS!

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 28, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: edgeonyou

I like the way you think.

Posted by: viv | January 28, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Whose rankings are they using? Irag has been in the FIFA top 70 since July 2007. Doesn't the Home Office have an internet connection?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 28, 2008 10:19 AM

Hah! Have you been to England?

Posted by: What's this Internet nonsense? | January 28, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I guess the deal is done, but if I could advise DCU, it would be to front-load this deal. Make him the DP this year, with a substantially lower salary next year, bringing him under the max salary then. That wasy United can have its DP back next year, to add a striker.

Posted by: FischFry | January 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

who will go to the 2009 fifa club world cup?

the 2007 champions cup winner? or the 2007-2008 champions league winner?

Posted by: 24060 | January 28, 2008 09:11 AM

The FIFA Pepsi Pizza Hut World Club Championship (c)(tm) brought to you by FIFA: for the Good of the Game (c)(tm)(r) is held in December so the winner of this last installment of the CCC will go to Japan in December to represent...and the winner of the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League, which will crown its winner next year in spring 2009, will go to the WCC. The idea of the CCL is to compete in fall and then spring, like the UCL. We all big time now.

Posted by: WCC | January 28, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I guess the deal is done, but if I could advise DCU, it would be to front-load this deal. Make him the DP this year, with a substantially lower salary next year, bringing him under the max salary then. That wasy United can have its DP back next year, to add a striker.

Posted by: FischFry | January 28, 2008 10:53 AM

LOL! Can't be done. See the DP rules as put out by MLS.

Posted by: Rejected | January 28, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Care to elaborate for those of us with work to do?

Posted by: viv | January 28, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Any chance all the players will get introduced to the media after practice?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | January 28, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

who will go to the 2009 fifa club world cup?

the 2007 champions cup winner? or the 2007-2008 champions league winner?

Posted by: 24060 | January 28, 2008 09:11 AM
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If what you are asking is what I think you're asking:

The 2008 (last) CONCACAF Champions' Cup Winner gets the auto bid to the 2008 Club World Cup.

The 2008-2009 (1st) CONCACAF Champions League Winner gets the auto bid for the 2009 Club World Cup.

Posted by: B.A. | January 28, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Steve,
For those of us that work 15 minutes from RFK and get a 1 hour lunch break... Is the training open to the public?

Posted by: DCUMD | January 28, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hah! Have you been to England?

Posted by: What's this Internet nonsense? | January 28, 2008 10:52 AM
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Not since the last century. Do they still put a "u" after an "o" for nou gououd reasoun?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 28, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Here's a link to the FIFA.com website that shows Iraq ranked 67th: http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html#confederation=0&rank=165&page=2

So WTF?

I'm disappointed that the Iraqi's work permit was denied. There are so many reasons why he _should_ be allowed to play. Among other things, getting Sven before the decision board to make his case is impressive. But what a stupid technicality. Is this a case of English bureaucrats following the precise letter of the law? It really does feel like there's some other agenda.

And I agree, MLS should go get him and the State Department should issue his visa right away. It would be a win for our national image abroad, for the level of MLS play, and certainly for the player as well. That said, the player would be in a position to scorn our offers and go play in Italy or something. And we'd make our English allies look even worse.

Posted by: David | January 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"Gallardo will be the fifth South American acquired by United this month, joining Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo, Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez, Argentine defender GONZALO PERALTA and Argentine forward Franco Niell."

When was the Peralta signing made official? I missed that.

Posted by: uranderson | January 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

so I just read the CONCACAF release...
Exactly how does 1 Canadian side qualify for the tournament considering there is currently only 1 Canadian side in top flight football at the moment?
Surely that can't mean that TFC qualifies for the Champions League every year, can it?!?!?
Someone needs to clarify.

Posted by: papa bear | January 28, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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