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Something I've heard.....

*Are the Kansas City Wizards in serious negotiations with Argentine forward Claudio Lopez? We told you a couple months ago about the Lopez-to-MLS rumblings, and now there appears to be something to it. He's 33, he's played more than 50 times for Argentina, he's played in the Olympics and two World Cups and he's been with clubs at home, in Spain, Italy and Mexico.

Something I've read.....

*Bolivian club Bolivar is pursuing agreements/alliances with both D.C. United and FC Barcelona. As you know, DCU already has a working relationship with Brazil's Atletico Mineiro. Bolivar had been attempting to set up a friendly with United this spring in Washington, but D.C.'s tight schedule prevented it.

Strong words of caution: I am awaiting more specific information on both fronts. Stay tuned.....

On a lighter subject, United has finalized Spanish-language radio coverage with its longtime affiliate, Radio America (1540 AM) and three other local stations. A new English radio deal and the local TV schedule on Comcast SportsNet are expected soon.

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2008; 2:47 PM ET
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Any updates on potential Jersey sponsors?

Posted by: Bored at Work | February 19, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

when will the new jerseys be released

Posted by: joe | February 19, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Goff | February 19, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully English radio will have pre- and post- game shows for those of us who attend the game can listen to while we tailgate!

Posted by: DuPont Mike | February 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully English radio will be on a station where you don't have to stand right under the transmitter to get reception.

Posted by: BillyBob | February 19, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

English-language DCU on the radio?? Cool!

Will they simulcast on the internet too?

Posted by: GoldenChild | February 19, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bolivar? Oh God no. That's the axis of evil right there.

Posted by: Chico | February 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Any news on Benny?

Posted by: Rod | February 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Goff | February 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

any news on Goff's cameo on 'the Wire' showing Steve Earle, McNulty, and the pseudo-Baltimore Sun reporters how it's done?

Posted by: diego r. | February 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Goff | February 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Frankowski. People are saying he's officially signed with Fire.

Posted by: Richard, UK | February 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If Wizard signs Lopez they beat us from the high profile point of view. damit.

Posted by: td | February 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, atleast I thought your news was sufficient, Mr. Goff.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Goff, didn't know you were a fan of the best show on TV. Can we the people request more Wire references and less crappy classic rock references?

Posted by: d, dc | February 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Crappy classic rock references? Sheesh, kids today...

Posted by: JimiHendrix | February 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

what type of classic rock references would you like?

Posted by: spike_2.0 | February 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

In 20 years no-one will remember The Wire, but the Rolling Stones will be on tour.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 19, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Claudio Lopez is definitely past his prime... but what a prime that was, especially for Racing (the first time) and Valencia. He could still be a nice addition to the league.

Posted by: Kev | February 19, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

In 20 years no-one will remember The Wire, but the Rolling Stones will be on tour.

God, how depressing.

Posted by: DCAustinite | February 19, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Love Hendrix, Love the rolling stones... just a personal thing, I never really "got" Pink Floyd. Sorry.

El Piojo is signing with the Wizards? Has he ever been to Kansas City in the summer? (or seen their crowds?)

Posted by: d, dc | February 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

How about DC going to play Bolivar at their home field (at 10,000 feet). That would be some pre-season conditioning! Hey, both Echeverry and Moreno were Santa Cruz boys, how about an agreement with Oriente or Blooming?

Posted by: Timoteo | February 19, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Goff: Is it a given that the English-language broadcasts will be returning to WMET, or is United negotiating with someone else? As someone has already pointed out, WMET does indeed have a weak signal (I think the transmitter that you have to stand under is in Gaithersburg). And to answer a couple of questions, WMET does simulcast on the Web (perhaps tailgaters can do the WiFi thing), and last year their standard procedure was to do a pregame show, but not a postgame show.

Posted by: tri-village | February 19, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

They Aren't on Bolivar's Level. :p

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | February 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Someone should tell Claudio Lopez, that all south american players go directly to DC United.

Posted by: yo its me | February 19, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

So barnsley would beat inter 4-1?

Posted by: ? | February 19, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It would be great to see a high profile signing by the Wizards! We need help up top, which is scary considering the club's attacking style. I hope you're right, and if you're right, I hope he's healthy.

Posted by: KCSeasonTicketHolder | February 19, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

If KC drop the ball on Lopez is there any chance DC can sign him?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If KC drop the ball on Lopez is there any chance DC can sign him?

Posted by: | February 19, 2008 05:16 PM

Greedy Joker

Posted by: CD | February 19, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

DCU has said they are done signing major players in preseason. Besides, they don't have any salary cap space available.

My understanding is that DCU will have a new English-language radio station this year.

Posted by: Goff | February 19, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

DCU's MLS games were live on WMET AM1160 with a 30 minute pregame show by Tony Lamarzi. The game and show were also available live on WMET's website. I hope this years radio is as good as last year's...

Posted by: Tom in Gaithersburg | February 19, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Goff: Will Limarzi follow United to the new radio station? I certainly hope so.

Posted by: tr-village | February 20, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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