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Morning Update

*DCU's Josh Gros will definitely not play this year, but ...

*The latest media reports from South America say that Guillermo Schelotto could end up leaving the Crew in June to return to Argentina; that Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez might be heading home to Chile; and that possible DCU target Claudio Lopez is considering joining Arsenal de Sarandi.

*Are you of Barbadian descent and always dreamed of playing in the World Cup? Check out the front page of the Barbados Football Association's Web site. Along those lines, read this story about a Washington area player with ties to the island.

*America's soccer-baseball couple, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra, will host a celebrity soccer challenge Jan. 26 at Home Depot Center with proceeds benefitting Children's Hospital (L.A.) and Mia's foundation, which raises funds and awareness for bone marrow transplant patients and promotes athletic opportunities for girls. For more information, click here.

*Before we get to video of Brad Friedel stopping a PK in Blackburn's victory over Sunderland, be sure to check back later for more United news. No, I don't expect any player signings, but there are a few other noteworthy items.

By Steve Goff  |  January 3, 2008; 9:56 AM ET
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Goff, any word on why? Did Schelotto not adjust to gringo life or was the MLS not at a high-enough standard for him to find worthwhile? Or was it a money issue - either getting more in Argentina or with the cheap peso (even with a weak dollar) he got his big gringo-dollar paycheck and can now go back with carloads of pesos?

For some Argentines, the transition to American culture is overwhelming. Some love it, some hate it (per my relatives' experience).

Posted by: Erick | January 3, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Dude, Erick, he was stuck in Columbus whre there are probably only a handful of Argentines... Had he been in DC or NY or any of the other large cities he would have had the social support of a large Argentine community to help him either adjust or get by with less stress... Not cracking on Columbus, but I'm guessing there isn't a large Argentine expat community there... Wish we could get him!

Posted by: Soy United! | January 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The Crew news is horrible. Even worse than GBS leaving is the rumors about Marcos - he was top-quality and with the possible loss of Marshall, due to concussions, the Crew could be screwed.

Posted by: Aaron | January 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: WNT fan | January 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

SG - How does the Gros situation for 2008 impact DCU's salary cap?
1. Does DCU put him on season-ending Injured Reserve (which means no roster space is needed for him but his salary $ count against the cap - similar to Jamil Walker in 2007) in order to retain his rights should he return in 2009


2. Is DCU able to just cut him to save the cap $ and then implement a new contract in 2009 should he return?

Posted by: Eric Z | January 3, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Eric Z:

The second scenario seems more likely.

With his career likely over, I can't imagine any way he counts against DCU's cap this year.

Posted by: Goff | January 3, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that there isn't more federations doing what the BFA is doing. It did wonders for Jamaica in '98 and Angola and Trinidad & Tobago in '06, in terms of qualifying for the World Cup using a lot of players who aren't from the respective nation but who has some type of roots there.

Posted by: Felix | January 3, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"I'm surprised that there isn't more federations doing what the BFA is doing."

I know the Philippine national team is doing a similar search as well...

Posted by: The Phlip | January 3, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Here is a film that will be screened at the Smithsonian next month that looks potentially interesting:

Posted by: 22201 | January 3, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse


Other than Chris Birchall, which unlikely players did the T&T FA discover?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 3, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

looks like barbados got a deal on their website from someone with some geocities experience

Posted by: pat | January 3, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Was really amazes me is all the bad things GBS had to say about his teamates. No matter how bad you think a player is, out of respect you never mention, whats worse he told everyone. This guy has a big mouth, yes he is good, yes he is an idol in argentina, but man the rest of the world knows nothing about you. IF I am correct he time in Europe was mediocre at best. I would be glad to see him go, its players like this that MLS does not need. would take a humble player like ANgel over 100 GBS. No wonder I started rooting for

Posted by: DC FAn | January 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

That movie sounds like a blatant attempt to rip-off the plotline from that wonderful movie about a Bhutanese kid trying to see "The Cup" final in 1998. Is someone going to make a charming film about remote villagers who go to extremes to see the 2006 Cup final, only to find themselves having to explain to their kids that head-butting is not to be emulated?

Posted by: FischFry | January 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Dwight Yorke is still playing in the EPL!?!?

Posted by: Greifie | January 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

DC Fan, GBS never played in Europe.

Posted by: Fid | January 3, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Dibs on Gros' head gear.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 3, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be great for more Carribean nationals to play in MLS.

It would boost the strength of CONCACAF and make World Cup qualifying a hell of a lot more interesting.

Unfortunately, it would hurt the prospects of a CONCACAF Champions League ever gaining traction.

Posted by: TCompton | January 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

What did Screwlotto say about his Crew mates? If he trashed them in the press, que se joda...

Soy United, even in this area with it large Argy population (big enough that we attened Escuela Argentina growing up), there are Argys that can't stand the lifestyle in DC and stayed solely for educational or professional opportunities (i.e. money).

The Barbadian FA search has been done before, with great success. When Jackie Charlton was manager of the Rep or Ireland, be scoured the globe for players of Irish parentage. In particular, he searched the rosters of every club in the top divisions of throughout the U.K. for players with even a single Irish grandparent - the minimum to get an Irish passport. Through this, his greatly expanded the pool of eligible Irish internationals. This, in large part, helped them qualify for their first World Cup in 1990 (and again in 1994).

With the great number of West Indian immigrants in the U.K. it is a safe bet that the BFA finds more than a few eligible players in Premiership and Conference senior and reserve teams. They may end up with a talent pool disproportionate to their national population.

Good luck to 'em!

Posted by: Erick | January 3, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse


Any guess as to what Gros will do for the year? Would he be working for United in some capacity or do you think he'd want to just get away from the game for a while?

Posted by: Sean | January 3, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Reading the link to Goff's full story on Gros:

Gros, 25, has left open the possibility of a comeback in 2009 or beyond, but since the end of the season, accepted a job at an engineering firm.

Posted by: workin for the man | January 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse


Any guess as to what Gros will do for the year? Would he be working for United in some capacity or do you think he'd want to just get away from the game for a while?

Posted by: Sean | January 3, 2008 01:15 PM

He's looking for a regular job (9-5 type job). I can't say anymore.

Posted by: Hoost | January 3, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I heard Gros got engaged. Congrats!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Mellizo wants to play for his boyhood team, like Verón, before hanging up his boots. They need him this season to keep from being relegated.

I never heard him say anything negative about MLS, just that he wants to come back to Argentina to finish his career.

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 3, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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