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While We're Waiting.....

Consider this the calm before the soccer storm.

MLS draft not until Friday.
USA-Sweden friendly Saturday.
USA women start Four Nations play Wednesday.
Waiting to see if the Eddie Johnson-Fulham deal goes through.
MLS international signings imminent. Trades too?
Even the gripping Scotland coaching search continues.

So in the meantime, let's take a look at where D.C. United's roster stands. Assuming all the reported imports are on their way:

*Zach Wells is the starting goalkeeper with Jose Carvallo (Peru) competing for playing time. Assuming a developmental goalie fills the No. 3 slot, where does that leave Jay Nolly?

*No change on the corners -- Bryan Namoff and Marc Burch -- and Greg Vanney (assuming he re-signs), Devon McTavish and Gonzalo Martinez (Colombia) available in central defense.

*My hunch is that Christian Gomez will return -- it's just a hunch, and if he does not, the club will have to sign an international playmaker. Clyde Simms is in a holding position, Ben Olsen and Fred on the flanks, backed up by Stephen deRoux and Dominic Mediate. Bryan Arguez (if he does not get an offer from Hertha Berlin, where he's been training) and Jeff Carroll in supporting roles.

*The forward corps could become cluttered. Like with Gomez, my hunch is that Jaime Moreno is returning. So you'll have Luciano Emilio, Moreno and Franco Niell (Argentina) as your prime candidates, with Guy-Roland Kpene, Rod Dyachenko (also a midfielder), Jerson Monteiro (developmental) and possibly Nicholas Addlery as options.

*The future is unclear for Justin Moose and Jamil Walker.

*United has no picks in the first round of the draft, and one in each of the final three rounds. The supplemental draft will follow in the coming weeks, as well.

There you have it. Am I missing anyone?

I will be busy working on a Jeremiah White feature the rest of the day, but will check back if something breaks.

Feel free to discuss any matters.....

By Steve Goff  |  January 14, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Misc.  
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