Happy Leap Day
Let's hop around the football world, shall we?
*Click here to read more about Santino Quaranta's possible return to D.C. United and his regrets about the first stage of his career.
*Staying with DCU, forward Jamil Walker is attempting to earn a contract and a roster spot after rupturing an Achilles' tendon early last season during a reserve match at Toronto. "Speed wise, I feel like I'm 85 percent. Fitness, I'm actually doing okay, I've worked pretty hard," he said. "Some of the speed is gone in terms of outright running, but I'm still pretty quick. As far as bursts, I don't have the full stride yet ... but it's pretty much all there."
Said Coach Tom Soehn: "The one thing we still look for in Jamil is consistency, and that's something he still needs to prove to us. Physically, he has adjusted pretty well to his injury -- he hasn't sat out, so to his credit, he has worked hard in the offseason to make sure that when he got to this point, he could hold up physically. He hasn't lost much as far as his pace. He is sometimes a little tentative maybe to get into tackles, but overall he has come back with a pretty good attitude."
*Betcha didn't know that David Blumer, the 22-year-old forward from Swiss club Grasshoppers who will begin his trial with DCU this weekend in San Antonio, has a U.S. passport because his father is an American citizen?
*Ex-DCU forward Mira Mupier has signed with Jetsmark in Denmark's second division.
*In case you missed it yesterday, lots of zany, madcap DCU stuff on Dan Steinberg's Sports Bog.
*Soccer America reports that Florida State's Mami Yamaguchi of Japan, the women's winner of the Hermann Trophy, will forego her senior season to turn pro. (What is this, the NBA?) She will sign with Sweden's Umea IK, the club led by Brazilian superstar Marta.
*And finally, Taylor Twellman turned 7 today. Really! Just watch.
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