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Morning Update

*DCU and Franco Niell move closer to a deal.

*United will not participate in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston -- it's New York, San Jose, Toronto and the host Battery -- but the club could end up playing in an event in Texas. There are also rumblings that the long-discussed friendly against Libya's national team in Tripoli is a possibility again. I am also checking on reports in the Bolivian media that Bolivar might play United in an exhibition this spring.

*Alecko Eskandarian is apparently headed to Chivas USA.

*Sources tell me that former Fire coach Dave Sarachan is being considered for a USSF job in charge of youth development and scouting. Sarachan is currently in L.A. with the national team helping out Bob Bradley.

*Speaking of the Fire, I am hearing that the three finalists -- John Spencer, Denis Hamlett and Mike Jeffries -- will be told tomorrow of the club's decision. Spencer is the favorite.

*Cruz Azul defeats the "Pumitas" in InterLiga play.

And just for the fun of it.....

By Steve Goff  |  January 9, 2008; 9:03 AM ET
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Comments

Esky has to be relieved if not frustrated with all the movement.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | January 9, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

That Jose clip was, uhm, special.

Posted by: TCompton | January 9, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Any idea when training camp schedule might be out? Will the team be headed to Florida again?

Posted by: NW FC | January 9, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Couple days in DC, two weeks in Bradenton, rest of schedule TBA. Texas and Orlando among the possibilities.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Any new Davino to FCD news? Are they closer to a deal? How much are they going to pay him?

Posted by: Steve | January 9, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Mexican media reports say there are financial differences between Davino and FCD.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Could be a great move for Esky. He'll certainly get better service at Chivas. And he's still got a helluva left peg. I've continued to be a fan. I hope it works out for him.

Posted by: Matte | January 9, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The USSF is such a depressing place.

Fail miserably with the U17 team. Have zero real experience playing or coaching at any decent/pro level. After 4 years you have teams that show zero tactical understanding and you get a job with the USSF. Hack of course.

Show your limited ability to read and manage a game. Show how navie you are tactically, how little experience you have at high levels around the world playing or coaching, and you get a job with the USSF.
Sacharan. BA ball, and it's clear and obvious limitations have been passed by, yet there clowns still get high level jobs.

Yet, people wonder why our guys are so naive overall, at all levels. Would anyone expect a high school Economics teacher to be able to teach at Warton Business School sucessfully? That's what our players get with our coaches. An incredible embarrassment and joke. Pathetic. Biggest problem with US Soccer today. A farce of epic proportions...and we are the clowns.

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

Ives is reporting that Kasper and Co. are going to sit down again with Gomez...
Have you heard of any changes in stance?

Posted by: jgildea | January 9, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Esky and Razov? Two left footers. Interesting.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 9, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Any info on this rumor?

source: http://www.tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=72568

Chelsea are prepared to cut loose striker Andriy Shevchenko - if the can sign a replacement.

The People says Sheva, 31, has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he is ready to leave Stamford Bridge - and could be set for a switch to American Major League Soccer before the season starts in April.

While the Ukrainian is not demanding a transfer, he hopes his relationship with Abramovich will allow him to sever links with Chelsea this month.

Shevchenko has failed to light up Stamford Bridge since his British record £31million signing from AC Milan 18 months ago and has not seen his fortunes change since Avram Grant replaced Jose Mourinho as boss.

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

So we are signing a 5'4" defender who has scored a whopping 10 goals in 60 appearances?

Can't we just play Benny at forward?

Posted by: Rocko | January 9, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Ives is also reporting the possibility of Pickens going to Norwich. How many MLS 1st string keepers can go to Europe in one season? I guess there will be a lot of new faces between the posts next year. Is there any chance the quality of play drops with so many good keepers leaving?

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

I don't know why Esky would want to leave his current job as DC United administrative assistant...

Posted by: DCUMD | January 9, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"What is THAT!" my boss says as she walks into the office and sees The Special One on my monitor.

Do you know how long it takes to close Explorer sometimes?

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 9, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TK | January 9, 2008 09:49 AM
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Well said correctly!

Posted by: td | January 9, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Joe Doc: Use ALT F4 when in a hurry. It will spare you embarrassment - in your next job.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Time to test the Sheva waters.

Goff - while I want to ask about shirt, Champions League/SuperLiga details, and stadium - I'll keep it simple. Can we expect a look ahead to the draft next week soon? And more importantly - will you be sharing the stand with Stoner and Waldo to give commentary on the league on ESPN2?

Posted by: UVA-United | January 9, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I haven't been to Bradenton since the infamous "Send him to hospital? " game. Clearwater sure is nice this time of year. Hmmm....

Posted by: Chico | January 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I've reported the Gomez-DCU news repeatedly -- talks continue this week. Nothing new. Following up my report from weeks ago, the only club I've heard that showed interest in trading for Gomez's rights can now be revealed: Colorado.

I would hardly call Sarachan's potential new job "high level." He would essentially be a scout.

I'll do some stuff before the draft and blog live from Baltimore on the day of the event, but with few if any college players expected to make an immediate impact in MLS (unlike the NBA and NFL drafts), I am not going to go overboard with it.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Colorado wanted Gomez - I guess that Ballouchy is not the a-mid answer in Clavijo's mind.

Posted by: Eric Z | January 9, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Re stadium, minor news, the Post reports today that one of the bids is scratched, it was one that didn't provide for SSS.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 9, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

if i enter 'jose' in a message on my cell phone, predictive text returns 'loses'. is that the joke?

Posted by: pat | January 9, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

So no ESPN2 appearances for you? You aren't set to become the Chris Mortensen of MLS? Being the top Blog does not get you national TV time?

In terms of Champions League and SuperLiga - when might we get some information coming out on the staging of these events? Is it feasible that FMF and MLS move the SuperLiga to Spring/Early summer and use it as a way to offer a play in for two clubs to Champions League?

Posted by: UVA-United | January 9, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Great move for RSL to get rid of Esky. I watched him last year with RSL and he did nothing with the services that received. He may revive with another team, but I was not impressed. $125K in an allocation and getting rid of Esky's 175K salary frees up a lot of money for RSL to get an other good Argie.

Posted by: Timoteo | January 9, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Esky's 175K salary frees up a lot of money for RSL to get an other good Argie.

Posted by: Timoteo | January 9, 2008 10:41 AM


. . . . or 2 or 3

Posted by: WNT fan | January 9, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Steve.

I question if he even has that ability.

I'm just so sick and tried of seeing the same small group, who obvioulsy are limited (playing experience, coaching, poor success records) getting opportunities over and over again.

WHy would anyone think Sach can evalaute a youth player properly? Why would he know what to look for?

Cabrerra and Sundhage are good steps in the right direction. Doesn't mean they will be a success, but at least they have some actual freaking credentials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish we could to the same at the Nat Team level.

How can we possibly expect improvement with the same old same old, with all their obvious, freaking obvious limitations?

Posted by: TK | January 9, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Geez...I know you have reported on it. I was more confused on why Ives was mentioning it if there have been no changes. Touchey...

Posted by: jgildea | January 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

i agree w/what most people say about the ussf. i think cabrera and pia were great hires. we need to be going in that direction instead of shifting around the same coaches into new and different positions all the time.

Posted by: PKTaker | January 9, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I-270, Exit 1: thanks for the tip.

BTW... anyone have any empty boxes?

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 9, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

That's good new on a stadium a popular point.

The original 10 designs were reduced to 4 finalists, 2 that contained stadiums and 2 that did not. If that report is accurate that means we are down to 3 Popular Point proposals and two of the three include a new DCU home.

I would say things are slowly looking up...

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | January 9, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"Ives is also reporting the possibility of Pickens going to Norwich. How many MLS 1st string keepers can go to Europe in one season? I guess there will be a lot of new faces between the posts next year. Is there any chance the quality of play drops with so many good keepers leaving?"

I predict no team will have a positive double digit goal differential this season.

Posted by: peridigm | January 9, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

So we are signing a 5'4" defender who has scored a whopping 10 goals in 60 appearances?

Can't we just play Benny at forward?

Posted by: Rocko


Uhhhhh.......he is a forward. And, no.

Posted by: marksman | January 9, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Goff, any info on the Argentinian guys they are throwing into the combine? Can't find anything online about any of them, it appears they are ghosts and have not played anywhere before.

Posted by: CLG928 | January 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I would hardly call Sarachan's potential new job "high level." He would essentially be a scout.

Posted by: Goff | January 9, 2008 10:28 AM

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If this is the case, then that's even worse, IMO.

This is the clown that HAD to use a 2nd round pick to draft the immortal Jeff Curtin, ahead of Altidore and others. This is the same imbecile that HAD to "square-peg" the nearly 6'5" and oafish Nate Jaqua into a right winger. This is the same guy that drafted the unforgettable Jerson Monteiro in the first round. This is the same clown that could replace Evan Whitfield, drafted defender after defender, and stockpiled every lefty on the planet.

I agree with the previous poster: USSF is a means to guarantee eternal employment for the unqualified [sarachan] and the underachiever [Rongen].

Scouting/development jobs should go to the recently-retired types, IMO. Meaning, the high-achievers like Pope and Armas and the guys that have been through the battles on the pitch. Or to successful COLLEGE coaches that have the exposure and the connections to the youth clubs/coaches/players already. Not to those who have failed as a coach at the professional level. Sarachan likely has little idea as to what sort of attributes makes for a strong prospect, based on his drafting history, his coaching history, and that he's never done it on the field.

Posted by: khan | January 9, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Goffer and the "special one" as expert analysts during the SuperDraft !

Posted by: diego r. | January 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Orlando will be a fantastic trainig camp for DCUnited

Posted by: OrlandoGator | January 9, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree with kkhan about Sarachan's "scouting" In 2002, Arena was responsible for scouting Portugal, Bradley, South Korea and Sarachan, Poland.

We all know the results of those games.

Posted by: Jacknut | January 9, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

So no ESPN2 appearances for you? You aren't set to become the Chris Mortensen of MLS? Being the top Blog does not get you national TV time?
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LOL

ESPN can't afford me

;-)


Posted by: Gof | January 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

WNT- I can't find that report. Was the plan that dropped out the high resi density 'fingers' plan or the one with a UDC satelite campus? Think the UDC one had a better shot and fingers was always a long shot. Hope we can get a deal with either Archstone or Clark in place, neither guaranteed a stadium but they were both open to negotiation.

Posted by: bluemeanies | January 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the Jose clip, that just turned my day around.

Posted by: bone structure | January 9, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

who in mls has the record for most trades in a career, because it seems like poor esky is on his way to beating that record.

Posted by: yo its me | January 9, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Here's Nakamura's Poplar Point update:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/08/AR2008010804575.html

Of course, it is by no means certain that DCU would be interested in moving to Poplar Point under either of the two remaining proposals that includes a stadium. At a minimum, they'll want to check out College Park/Greenbelt and other options first. I believe both proposals include a Plan B to replace the stadium with something else if they can't get DCU.

Posted by: 22201 | January 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that either of the 2 remaining proposals that have an SSS involved would also need some sort of deal b/t DC for infrastructure expenditure and cutting DC United Partners (MacFarlane, Chang, Blue Devil Holdings) into the investment and it's potential returns.

Hopefully the elimination of the oddball proposal is good news - but I'm still resigned to losing DC to that Backward State on the other side of the Beltway.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 9, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

so do you think Davino is coming to MLS?

Posted by: Jose | January 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Backward State on the other side of the Beltway"

We have more Nobel Prize winners than you. But you do have more moonshiners.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/07/AR2008010703498.html

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Touche.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 9, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

well!!! for those of you wondering in Jaime and Gomez are staying well they are Jaime will get a 1 year contract 250,000
and gomez is getting 2 years at ????? he just wants to pressure DC to give him more than waht he is making now but he personally said at a New years party that he is staying!!!

DC UNITED

Posted by: 135 | January 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll take the moonshiners any day.

Posted by: 22201 | January 9, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

After watching that clip, I just know that I'm going have a nightmare about that thing.

Funny, but steeped in weirdness.

Posted by: George H. | January 9, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Pat,
The predictive text should say "lord." That's the joke.

Posted by: Jamie Z. | January 9, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Esky and Jose - two of my favorite soccer personalities. Would love to see both in the broadcast booth eventually.

Posted by: FC | January 9, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"steeped in weirdness"

Sounds like a great name for a rock band.

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 10, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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