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Morning Briefing

Lots of ground to cover this morning. Buckle up.....

*Let's start with the women for a change: USA 4, Canada 0 in the Four Nations tournament in China. Hope Solo was in goal. Scoring and lineup summary here. China defeated Finland, 2-0, in the other match. The Americans will face Finland on Friday.

*Word out of Mexico is that Morelia is trying to acquire D.C. United's Luciano Emilio, which would be quite a feat considering he is under contract here and would command a large transfer fee. Ridiculous. Word out of Chile is that Columbus's Marco Gonzalez wants to join Universidad Catolica. Word out of Peru is that goalie Jose Carvallo will sign a loan deal with DCU today.

*Meantime, DCU midfielder Bryan Arguez, who did not appear in any league matches last year, is making quite an impression in his Hertha Berlin workouts and could be on the move. I am hoping to learn more on his situation later today. Tottenham is coming after Fred! Oh, wrong Fred? Never mind.

*Real Maryland, the new USL club based in Montgomery County, will open its inaugural season April 20 against Western Massachusetts at Maryland SoccerPlex. The club has signed 14 players, including Salvadorans Ronald Cerritos and Denis Alas, and plans to add eight more soon. The team will play one season at SoccerPlex (capacity 3,200) before moving to the new stadium at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville (3,500) under the terms of a five-year contract. Meantime, I hear that Crystal Palace USA, which played in Annapolis last season, will probably move its home matches to UMBC in Catonsville. Towson has also been discussed. The complete USL2 schedule is here.

*Insider loyalist "Yankiboy" tells me that former MLS players Petter Villegas (Ecuador), Michael Behonick and Taylor Graham have Puerto Rican connections and are seeking naturalization status in an attempt to play for the national team, which will face the Dominican Republic in the first round of World Cup qualifying. Both Villegas and Behonick play for the USL1's Puerto Rico Islanders; Graham is with Seattle.

*FYI concerning Saturday's USA-Sweden match, 18 of the 25 players will be in uniform and Bob Bradley will be able to use six substitutes. Nice strike in training by Pat Noonan here.

Juventus 5, Empoli 3, Italian Cup:

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Comments

Is Morelia really that desperate that they would make a ridiculous offer for Emilio after middling the table the last couple years, or can that be counted as one of those "gossip rag hearsay" rumors?

Posted by: James | January 16, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

at least 3/4 of the team of the national team of Puerto Rico will be from player who use to play for the USL ISLANDERS, all of them will be nationalized

Posted by: Eric | January 16, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm really hoping that Arguez never got time for us because he was just not trying hard enough at practice. It would reflect pretty poorly if we had a young player that could earn a transfer to the Bundesliga buried so deep down our bench that most United fans have never seen him play.

If he stays, it would be great to see him push Simms for time. I thought Simms was really good once he took over for Carroll full-time, but you never want to see someone starting with absolutely no challengers. It also doesn't hurt that he's 6'2", which would give us some much-needed height. Plus, getting a contribution out of him would be like getting a free player, considering his total of 0 appearances last season.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 16, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Incredible. I guess Emilio would probably be open to it, since he never stays long and wants a large payday. Absolutely incredible. I'd imagine it would be in the 3-5 million range based on EJ's transfer to Fulham.

This could be a looooong year for United.

Thanks Goff, keep up the good work.

Posted by: strago | January 16, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I wonder by the way the lineup is listed if Chalupny and Krieger were the outside backs in a 4-3-3, which is what Pia said she was using, or if Krieger was a mid in a 3-4-3. Anyone watch the feed?

4 goals, but no points for Wambach.

Welcome back Hope. Greg who?

Posted by: WNT fan | January 16, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss Morning Briefing 1?

Posted by: sitruc | January 16, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

http://www.myfootballclub.co.uk/ is in the final stages of their takeover of Ebbsfleet United in England. The team onwed by the fans are finally voting on the takeover and whether to let the manager enact transfers. Quite interesting stuff.

Posted by: DCguy | January 16, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

is that the same mike behonick who tended the nets for AU?

Posted by: MtP | January 16, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I wonder by the way the lineup is listed if Chalupny and Krieger were the outside backs in a 4-3-3, which is what Pia said she was using, or if Krieger was a mid in a 3-4-3. Anyone watch the feed?

4 goals, but no points for Wambach.

Welcome back Hope. Greg who?

Posted by: WNT fan | January 16, 2008 09:43 AM

Huh? Who are these people?

Posted by: What? | January 16, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that all four goals came in the 2nd half. I wonder if Sundhage changed tactics or if Hucles just changed the game on her own when she came for Osbourne at 46'. Apparently, putting in Tarpley for Lloyd was a stoke of genius.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't this be the Morning Kickaround?

Posted by: Jacknut | January 16, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Word out of Columbus is Gonzalez and Schelotto are still in contract here through the end of the season and are going nowhere anytime soon.

Posted by: Mike | January 16, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Eight goals in one game by Serie A teams?

So much for cattenacio.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 16, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The Reserve Division is not living up to its stated goal.

There need to be more games - at least a home/home schedule. It would also be nice if the rosters of the club were big enough to field an 18 man First Team and 18 Man Reserve Squad - save the Developmental Salaries for the last 8 guys on the Reserve Team and have their contracts be heavily incentivized so that a call up to the first team would help them get above the poverty line. Also - enter the reserve squad in the earliest rounds of USOC to get them into another competitive venue. However, the size of the country and the salary limitations of MLS would make this hard. However, This is the only way that we truly see reservists get a chance to show us how they compete before Hertha Berlin figures it out.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 16, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"I wonder by the way the lineup is listed if Chalupny and Krieger were the outside backs..."

To start, but Krieger moved to the middle when Cox came in for Sauerbrunn (broken nose). It was a 4-4-2, although it sounded like O'Reilly had the freedom to move from the wing to the center, unimpeded by the defenders. The match report is now on-line.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The Arguez development is interesting and disturbing. I know that adolescents can "mature" very quickly and perhaps Arguez didn't demonstrate the abilities he is now showing at Hertha. However he is/was in the U-16 mix and is GenAd IIRC. The alternative is that Soehn/Ashton can't evaluate talent any better than a blind squirrel.

Posted by: griffin1108 | January 16, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

As Puerto Rico and other US territories can have separate national teams, and as Washington DC is not a State and lacks Congressional representation, can it form a "National Team"? Does anyone know the FIFA rules?

Of course this is impractical, other than another way to protest the lack of representation. But I'm just wonderin'.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

What were your impressions of Arguez Goff? Was United right in not giving him any playing time? Were there other considerations at play (attitude, work ethic, depth, etc)? Or did they miss the flashes of brilliance Hertha is seeing?

Posted by: danj | January 16, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I think people are getting a bit carried away with the Arguez talk.
we drafted him so they did see something in him...
He was not able to pass Szetela on the U-20 roster either and Danny did not exactly set MLS on fire and has gotten no minutes in Spain.
He is not a defensive mid-fielder. He is a holding mid-fielder. To start him over Simms would be questionable anyways, but our backline would be horribly exposed since Christian needs defensive cover.
Maybe he will get some time filling in for Gomez, but if he wants to go to Germany good luck to him. We are not the Revs.

Posted by: jgildea | January 16, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Arguez wouldn't at least make the game day roster once. Even if you're not planning on playing him and just grooming him for the future, at least put him on the bench. And maybe even put him in for 5 minutes at the end of the game when you are beating Dallas 4-0 or TFC 4-1?

If Emilio is gone, this is looking to be a long, long season.

Posted by: pat | January 16, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

griffin:

it could also be that the Berliners want to stash him on the bench for two years while he develops. they surely have a reserve squad to plunk him on while they wait and see what happens. he's not going to be on the senior team by any stretch (unless he has suddenly done some major blooming)

Posted by: northzax | January 16, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

From Derby's website:
http://www.dcfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10270~1216964,00.html
The Tel Aviv offer has been declined, and they are reporting that they have recieved a lot of interest from MLS and are likely to proceed with that.

Posted by: jgildea | January 16, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

As Puerto Rico and other US territories can have separate national teams, and as Washington DC is not a State and lacks Congressional representation, can it form a "National Team"? Does anyone know the FIFA rules?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 10:46 AM

***

Actually, I believe there is a group that's been trying to use that particular loophole to get a D.C. curling team admitted to the next Winter Olympics.


Here's a Marc Fisher column on the subject.
My apologies if the html doesn't work out and the link ends up all haywire. If that's the case, well, the googles are your friend.

Posted by: EdTheRed | January 16, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

What were your impressions of Arguez Goff?
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Not very good in DCU training sessions, not worthy of game-day roster slot. Still maturing -- on and off the field. Perhaps Hertha thinks he could someday blossom into a player.

Posted by: Goff | January 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, Crystal Palace in B'more. I may have to check them out. The youngin' has been trainging with one of their youth teams.

The whole EJ to Fulham thing is a big slap in the face to Twellman. At 29 Twellman's days are numbered for a move. If he impresses this season he good make a move for free in the summer. I would expect him to do so after MLS and or the Revs held him this go around.

Posted by: closer | January 16, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Steve, now you've started mass hysteria regarding Emilio. Don't you know United fans by now?

Posted by: VoiceOfReason | January 16, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Why would DC sell Emilio? We don't need the cash and have no replacement.

And why would Morelia be arrogant enough to even try and get Emilio?

the bitter DCU Morelia tie last year at RFK ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9hWnbBrczc

Posted by: delantero | January 16, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

bitter morelia tie? my god, you dc fans try to make rivalries out of every team you play. get over ur self

Posted by: c | January 16, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I can guess what 'c' stands for...

Posted by: jgildea | January 16, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I can guess what 'c' stands for...

Posted by: jgildea | January 16, 2008 11:43 AM
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Post of the year.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 16, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

who did donovan blow past before passing to Noonan? and who did Noonan fake out to get free for that blast?

Posted by: furia yanqui | January 16, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

To start, but Krieger moved to the middle when Cox came in for Sauerbrunn (broken nose). It was a 4-4-2, although it sounded like O'Reilly had the freedom to move from the wing to the center, unimpeded by the defenders. The match report is now on-line.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 10:31 AM
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Here's the link:

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_4718593.html

A previous poster asked about whether anyone had watched the feed. Is there a feed to be watched, or even a matchtracker? And even if there is, would it be at a reasonable hour for EST folks?

Posted by: 22201 | January 16, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That was Wynne that Landycakes beat, but I cannot tell who the defender was.

Posted by: jgildea | January 16, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When one looks at the match report, it seems that the most significant benchwarmer was Whitehill. Was that due to injury, or was it a strategic move on the part of PS?

Posted by: 22201 | January 16, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The match started at 12 am eastern on CCTV Football. I watched it on sopcast. Instructions are here - http://www.fairgamemag.com/index.php/eng/fair_game_blog/live_from_the_four_nations. Assume the others will be on as well.

Posted by: GLB | January 16, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comments about Arguez on the front page of German "Kicker" magazine:

http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/bundesliga/startseite/artikel/373969/

The article mentions that Herta's GM Dieter Hoeness has informed DC United about their interest in Arguez and implies they are going to make an offer for him. Nothing concrete yet - just like Goff reported.

Posted by: GMoney | January 16, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey "c" aka troll . . what are you talking about? Obviously you don't know anything about that match. It was bitter b/c we played 11 v10 for 50 minutes and were tied late by a screamer into the upper 90.

You need to change your attitude or get off this board

""bitter morelia tie? my god, you dc fans try to make rivalries out of every team you play. get over ur self""

Posted by: delantero | January 16, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If Puerto Rico can form a national team...why can't/don't the Indian nations (aren't some Lakota trying to withdraw from their treaties with the US now) form national teams? They are dependant nation states by definition. It would seem a logical step for people who want to maintain a cultural identity.

Posted by: HVH | January 16, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If Puerto Rico can form a national team...why can't/don't the Indian nations (aren't some Lakota trying to withdraw from their treaties with the US now) form national teams? They are dependant nation states by definition. It would seem a logical step for people who want to maintain a cultural identity.

Posted by: HVH | January 16, 2008 12:34 PM
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Would people who live on the rez be treated as having dual citizenship, and thus be eligible to compete either for the USA or for the aboriginal nation in question? If you're a world-class athlete in a team sport with an actual chance of winning something if you're on the right team, the answer to that question is all-important. Just ask George Weah.

Posted by: 22201 | January 16, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"We don't need the cash and have no replacement."

I don't disagree about the second part, but if the transfer fee is significant enough, it might cover a few percent of the cost of a new stadium.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff:

How come we don't see more transfers between MLS and the Mexican League, given the geographic proximity?

How do salaries in the Mexican League compare to MLS salaries?

Posted by: DeliBelly | January 16, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

HVH,

There is a seperate Indian team (Iriquois?) that competes in lacrosse, if I'm not mistaken...

Posted by: Robert | January 16, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

All Knowing Mr. Goff:

Any word on when the lottery would be for Sabbatini? Going to be before the draft so teams can draft accordingly or later?

Posted by: South American Combine Players | January 16, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 22201 | January 16, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Robert | January 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

We don't need the cash and have no replacement."

I don't disagree about the second part, but if the transfer fee is significant enough, it might cover a few percent of the cost of a new stadium.
Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 12:46 PM

COme on dude what is wrong with you it might cover the cost for a new stadium are u out of your mind? we cant afford to lose emilio period .....
u are probably one of those that watch DC on tv and dont suffer like me standing in the stadium jumping and screaming"



Posted by: 135 | January 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@ 22201

Well Puerto Ricans are US citizens, so I am guessing choice for many players is if you are good enough, you play for better national team (barring something strange happening...the US national team). Chris Armas made that choice. He played for Puerto Rico in some friendlies. I would presume the same would go for Cherokees or Lakotas or Navajos.

Posted by: HVH | January 16, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"The article mentions that Herta's GM Dieter Hoeness has informed DC United about their interest in Arguez and implies they are going to make an offer for him. Nothing concrete yet - just like Goff reported."

Hey Steve, perhaps if DC United sells Arguez, the team will have enough money to put heat in the press box!

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Noob Question...when we sold Perkins for $750,000 (I know we didnt get all of this because of MLS's piece), is this allocation money we can use to buy down current/future contracts? Or can only his ex-90k salary be used for allocations?

I guess I'm not familiar enough with collective bargaining agreements and salary caps to know =/

Posted by: strago | January 16, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't disagree about the second part, but if the transfer fee is significant enough, it might cover a few percent of the cost of a new stadium.
Posted by: Mastodon Juan

COme on dude what is wrong with you it might cover the cost for a new stadium are u out of your mind? we cant afford to lose emilio period .....
u are probably one of those that watch DC on tv and dont suffer like me standing in the stadium jumping and screaming"

Posted by: 135

Ignore Elephant John...he is a MetroStars fan that occasionally posts silly non sequitirs. Completely irrational BS as usual.

Posted by: marksman | January 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

135, I'm not a DC fan. And Emilio would be very difficult, if not impossible, to replace. He's a great player and would be a bargain at twice his salary.

My point is that a new stadium may need to be decoupled from any of Victor MacFarlane development proposals. A stand-alone stadium would then need a different financing mechanism than as part of a large development, and DCU might have to absorb a large chunk of the cost. Government financing, either direct or TIF, state, county, or municipal, is unlikely given the current economic picture and government revenue.

RBNY is spending about $150 million for Red Bull Park, but not all of it is construction for the stadium. For example, they're kicking in a few million for renovation of the PATH station in Harrison. But if DCU were paying for most of the stadium, revenue has to come from somewhere-- and the team itself operates in the red. So player sales could defray stadium construction costs quite a bit: $5 million would represent 3.3% of a $150 million stadium. So it's not correct to say DC United doesn't need the money. They very well might.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The alternative is that Soehn/Ashton can't evaluate talent any better than a blind squirrel.
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I second that.

We need a better talent scouting system for future footballers in the this country.

Posted by: bristol | January 16, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Except incoming transfer fees can only be used on specific player acquisition, player payment or development if I understand at all what the current rules are. If I'm wrong its probably more restricted not less. So transfer fee does not in any way effect or influence stadium financing.

Posted by: bluemeanies | January 16, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Um, well maybe Morelia wants Emilio because they actually think he's a good player? Has anyone thought of that?

I mean, they probably knew nothing of him before the DCU game last year and he played well anough that they followed him through the entire MLS season, saw that he was named MVP and think he can cut it in the Mexican League?

$ wouldn't be an issue for Morelia, owner is loaded if they REALLY wan't him.

Posted by: Vic | January 16, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff:

How come we don't see more transfers between MLS and the Mexican League, given the geographic proximity?

How do salaries in the Mexican League compare to MLS salaries?

Posted by: DeliBelly | January 16, 2008 12:50 PM
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Mexican players rarely went abroad until recently - there is a reason for that: they make tons of $ in Mexico. As a league, the Mexican league in general probably is the best paying in Latin America, much better than Argentina and Brazil.

NOTE: I said IN GENERAL. I bet guys like Riquelme probably makes more $ a month in Boca Jrs. than the entire team of, say, Quilmes down there.

Posted by: Vic | January 16, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Um, well maybe Morelia wants Emilio because they actually think he's a good player? Has anyone thought of that?

I mean, they probably knew nothing of him before the DCU game last year and he played well anough that they followed him through the entire MLS season, saw that he was named MVP and think he can cut it in the Mexican League?

$ wouldn't be an issue for Morelia, owner is loaded if they REALLY wan't him.

Posted by: Vic | January 16, 2008 01:41 PM
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I'll quote myself on here. Mexican league starts on Saturday, so if Morelia wants him, they'll have to close the deal before the tournament starts.

Posted by: Vic | January 16, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Except incoming transfer fees can only be used on specific player acquisition, player payment or development if I understand at all what the current rules are. If I'm wrong its probably more restricted not less. So transfer fee does not in any way effect or influence stadium financing.

Posted by: bluemeanies | January 16, 2008 01:39 PM
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Money is fungible. Even if the transfer fee could only be applied (directly) to personnel-related costs, it still means that other funds that might have been used to defray player acquisition, development, etc., would now be available to spend on a stadium or anything else.

Posted by: 22201 | January 16, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

" So transfer fee does not in any way effect or influence stadium financing."

Not so. Under the Dempsey rule, 2/3 of a transfer fee goes to the team, which can use a half-million to offset the salary cap, if it so wishes.

Per Dell'Apa, the balance of incoming fees is to be spent on the team, just not used for to defray salaries. Who knows if Bob Kraft spent it on the Revs-- he was supposed to, under MLS' "Dempsey rule," but it's a sore point among the New England faithful.

In any case, New England did NOT use the Dempsey money for salary cap offset last year. I assume they could still use it this year, but based on history, Kraft will not even approach the cap.

So DC would, in fact, almost certainly be able to use 2/3 of the fee (possibly minus $500k, depending on whether Payne wanted to offset salaries) on a soccer stadium. A five million dollar transfer would allow $2.85 million to $3.35 million for a stadium.

As I was saying, DC United could certainly use the money.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Word is that Arguez is signing a deal with Hertha Berlin for approximately $400,000US (conversion from euro)

Posted by: yo | January 16, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Good for Arguez, and kudos to DC for making a deal instead of holding out. It reminds me of how, in the last couple years, the Metros/Red Bulls didn't insult Peguero and Bradley, both of whom wanted to move overseas, by haggling the deals to death.

DC and NY have behaved in a classy way, in comparison to New England, to whom no ambitious player should ever move. I feel pity for Angulo, who, if he goes to New England, will be forced to play for the most tightfisted and controlling organization in the league.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Mastadon,
Good follow ups - I retract previous :-)

Posted by: marksman | January 16, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Goffaldinho,
As someone alluded to earlier, there are some interesting comments from Derby's chairman today RE Feilhaber: "There is a lot of interest in Benny in the MLS in the States and it is something that is likely to be pursued, therefore we feel it is in the best interests of the club and the player to get him back with us."
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=498942&campaign=rss&source=soccernet&cc=5901

Any word on who in MLS might be looking at him?
Thanks!

Posted by: DJC

Posted by: DJC | January 16, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

As I was saying, DC United could certainly use the money.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 02:08 PM
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Money isn't the issue, McFarland has lots of it. The issue is the politics of stadium location and development.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

re womens game

>4-4-2 and a game report talking about a "crisp series of passes" and "yet another quality build-up" -- sounds great

>seems like dropping blazing speed (O'Reilly) into a play-making role yielded big dividends

Posted by: Worthless | January 16, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"McFarland has lots of it"

I know you love the guy, but keep in mind that his involvement with DCU isn't because he's soccer guy, or a specifically sports-oriented investor, but it's because they were a part of his development plans.

He's a developer. I don't doubt his commitment to the team, but he's not the sort of long-term backer of soccer who will lay out enormous amounts of money that will see a very slow return, but eventually will return the enormous investment that has been made over the years in DCU.

Having another strong stream of revenue, however, might make up for the fact that the more immediately profitable parts of his development agenda are gone without Poplar Point.

I'm not trying to wind anyone up on this-- I know MacFarlane is rich as Croesus, but he's no Lamar Hunt or Philip Anschutz, guys who will invest a ton of money because they believe in the long-term (VERY long-term) future of soccer. If you don't understand that, you're deceiving yourself.

Will Chang is a different story, but he's not the money man.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Emilio would be one case where a Revs 'you aren't getting any of our players' strategy would make sense.
He isn't going to futher his career in Mexico and is far too important to your team.
If I was a DCU fan and/or ran the FO there, I wouldn't even pick up the phone to tell them to 'go to hell' if the offer was less than $8million; and even then I'd hold out for $10million.
He just put up 20 goals and would put up the same (if not more) in FMF (because it's less physical not because it's a worse league, settle down FMF fans). No 20 goal man should be let go for less than that kind of money.

Posted by: papa bear | January 16, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Having a Puerto Rican national team AT ALL still irks me and I am Puerto Rican born and raised. What even boggles me even further are how Peter Villegas and all would are trying to be "naturalized" into the PR national team. HOW DO YOU BECOME NATURALIZED into PUERTO RICO? Buy some land? Drink Medalla beer? Check into the Hilton? Climb the top of El Yunque mountain? Participate in the next election and vote for Ruben Berrios? HOW!?!?! HAHA!

Posted by: Felix | January 17, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Emilio would be one case where a Revs 'you aren't getting any of our players' strategy would make sense.
He isn't going to futher his career in Mexico and is far too important to your team.
If I was a DCU fan and/or ran the FO there, I wouldn't even pick up the phone to tell them to 'go to hell' if the offer was less than $8million; and even then I'd hold out for $10million.
He just put up 20 goals and would put up the same (if not more) in FMF (because it's less physical not because it's a worse league, settle down FMF fans). No 20 goal man should be let go for less than that kind of money.

Posted by: papa bear | January 16, 2008 07:47 PM
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AHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!AHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Emilio might be good - he ain't 8-10million good. If he commands that kind of transfer fee, he's ready to go to Europe, to a decent league.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, 10mill.

Trust me, he would further his career in Mexico.

LOL - 10mill. LOLERSKATES!!!!!

Posted by: Vic | January 17, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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