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Philly Fever

Greetings from Philladelphia, home of MLS's next club. (Well, we'll see about that.) After departing Houston, I've come here for a college basketball game -- not that you care. I did have the opportunity to drive through the heart of Chester, proposed site for Philly's soccer stadium. Always a thrill.

As you know by now, Christian Gomez will be introduced as a Colorado Rapid on Friday, completing the arduous process of him reaching contract terms with a new club and Colorado and DCU finalizing the trade. The Rapids will relinquish a first-round draft pick and other considerations. As we've been reporting, Gomez will receive two guaranteed years and, if he meets certain conditions, be in good position to earn a third guaranteed year.

Apologies if this has appeared elsewhere today, but I hear that Ecuador forward Roberto Mina has re-signed with FC Dallas and will return on loan. I do not know the specifics.

Okay, almost time for tip-off. I've been out of the loop much of this busy travel day, so please share anything else that has caught your eye.

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2008; 6:27 PM ET
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I care about Mason Basketball and love the coverage you've been giving the team, Steven. While I'm hoping for another big win, let's hope for your sake in watching the game that Drexel can keep it a little closer than the 47 point blowout from earlier this season.

If you get bored, count how many times Bruiser Flint should have gotten a technical for being on the court during the run of play.

Posted by: Todd H. | February 7, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

1st round draft pick? I've forgotten what those are...

Posted by: When does the season start? | February 7, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah...GO GMU!

Posted by: When does the season start? | February 7, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope sincerely that the financial considerations that Colorado send to United are considerable. A first round draft choice appears to be of dubious value as the draft is presently of dubious worth.

Posted by: rob | February 7, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse


What exactly does "other considerations" mean? You see that all the time in trades, but it's very rarely ever mentioned again. Is it money? Preferential treatment in future trade situations? Colorado spots DC one goal in their next game? Please shed some light if you can.

Posted by: Kenobi | February 7, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Draft Picks in the "Superdraft" are becoming worthless. Unless the money is substantial, I just don't see that United got much of anything for Gomez.

The only player that would come close to compensating DC at the right level would be Terry Cooke....

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | February 7, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Its better then getting nothing for him. Lets face it, he could just as easily have left and the Rapids picked up someone else.

Posted by: Tim | February 7, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Getting something for Gomez is better than the nothing that we'd have gotten if he signed for a team outside of MLS. I hope the "other considerations" is some allocation money, which would be fine.

Posted by: Phil | February 7, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

But, if he were to sign outside the league, DC would not have to play against him. And when he scores a brace against us (and you know he will), all I will be thinking about is how he should have went to Qatar.

Posted by: Jeff | February 7, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Draft picks in the Superdraft are worthless? Don't tell that to New England or Houston or Chicago or Chivas.

What Tim said is correct. DC didn't want Gomez back for the amount of money Christian thought he was worth and wouldn't have gotten a damn thing if he had gone overseas.

Posted by: Todd H. | February 7, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Philly supporters club "Sons of Ben" is already awesome. I fell in love with their logo at MLS Cup.......even though I wasn't "supposed" to be there cause United failed to make it.
Anyway, the wifey got me a Sons of Ben shirt, which I wear all the time. It gets some of the best stares and raised eyebrows.
They were also the best group at the MLS Cup - sitting near the NE supporters and chanting for hours......New England(softly)......SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKSSSSSSSS(quite loudly and with much venom).
Looking forward to the quick raodtrips across the Bay Bridge and up to Chester.

Posted by: marksman | February 7, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

GolTV guys were saying it was $1M in allocation money - but that seems high. But really, what else is Colorado gonna do with their allocations?

Posted by: Lonnie | February 7, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! A first round pick for a player we had no intention of signing... MLS RULES!!!

Posted by: jasonVA | February 7, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what compensation DC receives, I wish Christian Gomez the best of luck in Colorado except against his old team.

And now that he plays for Colorado, I expect to see him one day in the African Nations Cup like current and former Rapids Bouna Coundoul, Junior Agogo and Alain Nkong:,,-7291407,00.html

Posted by: garbaggio | February 7, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

40 days to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | February 7, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

GolTv has reported that Rossi is sought by Inter Milan willing to buy him pay for 14 million euros. He is also sought by Parma and New Castle United. Unfortunately he still prefers to play for Italy. No luck USA and stuck with unspiring bunch. Except Adu's skills but he is left out on the bench all the time. US Soccer need to send coaches some eye opening lessons.

Posted by: td | February 7, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Chester, fenced off from the highway and you travel through there at 70 mph, but I still always feel like I need to speed up.

Posted by: Matt | February 7, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Goff... for shame:

"but Colorado was the front-runners all along, a source said."

the front-runners?

Was they? Or were it? What?

Posted by: Sharp | February 7, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank God! we are not a South American Country in 1994! or ELSE! there would be no MOOR !! Wenesday the US deserved to loose and Bradley Sacked ! How does a Manager Start a Hen at the defensive right side when you have a Rooster (Parkhurst) on the bench! And Corrales what a Trunk! And dont give me this BS about its just a Friendly! No its a meaninful game with plenty of HONOR behind it!

Posted by: DCU Fan in Socal | February 7, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I think Nick from Big Soccer just means that the past top picks have been worthless since DCU never saw those guys in uniform, Todd H. I don't think it was a statement on the entire draft.

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I thought I saw Eski in uniform,,,

Posted by: towson | February 7, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

So no one wants to discuss the 2008 MLS schedule released today, huh?

Well, I'll discuss it by myself.

I'm glad the league is not customizing the schedule to favor the Galaxy or the teams they will play. I'm not pleased about MLS not accomodating the International Fixture dates. I wonder if that is something that can be brought up in the CBA's when those meetings begin. I mean, we're talking about taking a weekend off for those games. They ought to account for that kind of stuff when they are negotiating TV contracts, stadium reservations, and all that other stuff.

By the way, I'm sure looking forward to the Champion's Cup starting soon...

Posted by: JC | February 7, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

DCU Fan in Socal,

Relax, it was just a friendly.

Posted by: Glaucon | February 8, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

What's up with DC United not having any league games during the entire month of July? Is that when Superliga is supposed to be? You'd think MLS would lighten the load for the stupid new Champions League in Sept. and Oct.
What's the point of the new champs league anyway? First of all, you play six group games in Sept. and Oct. when MLS is in its stretch run and then the knockout games aren't until the last week of Feb (the next season)??? Doesn't it make Superliga redundant because you have four Mexican and four MLS teams participating? Yeah the occasional Costa Rican or Honduran team will threaten, but realistically at least 6 of the 8 quarterfinalists should be from the top two leagues. DC may have a stupid away fixture in Guatemala on a Wed. between league games in Sept. With such a small roster, how are you supposed to play these games?
Eventually you have to choose one of these international competitions. Make it for all the marbles: Concacaf champs and the right to go to the Club World Cup, $1 million dollars, and a Copa Libertadores spot or two. It just doesn't make any sense. I had no problems with the Concacaf Champions Cup.

Posted by: Mark | February 8, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

td, Rossi just turned 21 -- he's playing for Italy, officially now...

Posted by: RK | February 8, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Not strictly MLS related, but I thought this was interesting...

Maybe we'll get some actual EPL matches played in the US, rather than the perennial out-of-season friendly.

I'm not crazy about the Premiership- it's certainly entertaining and I do follow it, but I'd rather watch DCU than any other team- however, I'd definitely go to an EPL match held stateside.

Posted by: Ricky B | February 8, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Galaxy match on a Sunday at noon? What lousy scheduling. Bad enough for DCU fans who have to start icing their coolers at 9 am, but an absurd handicap to a West Coast team flying east.

Posted by: JkR | February 8, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Screw the EPL coming over here.

That said, American dentistry is elated with this idea.

Posted by: Hoost | February 8, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

We soccer fans in Miami want MLS.
Miami supporters club

Posted by: Jim | February 8, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

You Miami fans didn't support it before and are fair-weather fans of the Marlins and Dolphins. The support of teams in Miami/Fort Lauderdale typifies the support of teams throughout the south. People move to your city but are still fans of what they grew up with so unless the team is winning, it is a failure at the gate.

Posted by: Bryan76 | February 8, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

A couple of items from the morning digest I got from Soccer America:

-- Of the 40 international matches played around the world on Wednesday, only England-Switzerland at Wembley outdrew USA-Mexico.

-- Canada has its own Rossi problem: They just lost 20-year-old Jonathan De Guzman to the Netherlands.

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I guess a 1st rounder is better than nothing when I have no idea how we still hold Gomez's rights with no intention of signing him. So does this mean the worse CO does, the better the pick we have? Let's hope we don't flush this pick down the toilet like the last one.

Posted by: DudeAbides | February 8, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Goff, when are you going to discuss MLS schedule? Only 1 home game in Sept?

Posted by: Suz | February 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding calling the new Champions League stupid? I think that will be best tournament our western continent can have. Who wouldn't want ManU v. Roma or Arsenal v. Barcelona games. Our new Champions League will rise eventually the same quality as these European leagus. I am certainly up for getting rid of Champions Cup. It reminds of Coca-Cola cup in Europe.
I sure want to see EPL games in the States but I am afraid that would kill the taste of MLS.

Posted by: td | February 8, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

First Christian to Colorado, then Shaq to Phoenix. The world is turning upside down.

Gonna miss Gomez, but I'm excited about the new guys. Now that the Senate has passed the stimulus bill, perhaps I'll get that check in time to get a half-season ticket plan. Otherwise, I might have to sell my Ben Olsen bobble-head on Ebay to cover it.

BTW... Mark, I think you set a Soccer Insider record with eight question marks in one post. Am I right?????????

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 8, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I totally think that the Premier League should play games in N. America, only not during the MLS Season. I propose they play a game in Toronto in November and another game in Chicago in January.

I certainly won't go watch them, but let them come!

Posted by: TCompton | February 8, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The English media are outraged about the plans to play matches abroad, accusing the owners of just trying to make money. That's hilarious.

The media have gone along with calling it the the Barclay's Premier League and they hand over boatloads of cash for TV rights. But 10 matches abroad is selling out? Methinks they'll not be able to show these matches during prime time and, therefore, will lose some advertising revenue.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If it's soccer I'm there. I drove to Philly for the Man U v Barca game and if EPL teams came here I'd certainly go. It's all about the love of the game.

Posted by: Chico | February 8, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The EPL Owners are looking at this because they know it will bring their brand closer to their global audience which will sell tickets and boost TV revenues EVEN higher.

However, I don't think it will ever really happen. An imbalanced schedule and further congestion of fixtures will get no support from managers, players, and homer press.

But Alexi Lalas loves the idea. He's the voice of American soccer by the way.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Bad news on the college front, according to Soccer America:

-- Western Kentucky drops its men's varsity program.

-- Hartwick downgrades to Division III.

-- Michigan hires Greg Ryan as its women's coach.

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

TO Bryan76,

FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE FAN DID NOT FAIL IT WAS THE OWNER. You all move here because is a great place to live. Miami will get a expansion team.

Posted by: Jim | February 8, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Best soccer writer in the country, yet still able to file CAA basketball reports. What a renaissance man!

Posted by: Kev | February 8, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

But Alexi Lalas loves the idea. He's the voice of American soccer by the way.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 09:47 AM

Yeah. Lalas dreams of ManUnited v Chelsea as the first match of a double header at the sold-out Rose Bowl. Millions of viewers, worldwide, watch the second match in which the Beckham-led Galaxy, the flagship of MLS, defeats their fiercest rivals. They quickly log on to and buy LA jerseys and caps. Then the alarm clock rings.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

-- Michigan hires Greg Ryan as its women's coach.

Posted by: 22201 | February 8, 2008 09:47 AM

Ohio State women's coach immediately puts "MARTA" on the backs of all the jerseys.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse


I've got to agree with Bryan. I'm a hardcore Dolphins fan and he is spot on about how people in Miami support their teams. Fair weather fans at their best. Even when the Dolphins are having a moderately successful year 40% of ticketholders can't be bothered to get off of their boat for a Sunday and come to a game. It's pathetic.

Off the top of my head I can think of a bunch of cities that are far more likely to get teams before MLS looks at South Florida again.

Posted by: Todd H. | February 8, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Are we signing any Egyptians before the 2008 campaign begins? Just kidding... those boys are tough though.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey UVA-United,

A source just told me we're signing Benny Feilhaber.

Dude, just kidding. Put the letter opener down.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 8, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Back to the plan to the EPL to stage games abroad - unlike the NFL where it's not competing with individual association's domestic game/brand - this would have a destructive force on a lot of the work that others have done. J-League and A-League have come out against it. I'm sure that the league brass at MLS are not thrilled about it unless they get some sort of financial stake.

This is not going to go forward despite the potential value to the EPL as a whole.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I knew it - he was always destined to wear the Red and Black on loan.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Are we signing any Egyptians before the 2008 campaign begins?

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 10:57 AM

Boutros-Boutros Goalie.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I-270, Exit 1,

Wow! Are you on a roll today or what?

Posted by: gilbert | February 8, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The Zone, huh? Do they sell that on CraigsList?

BTW... drove by your house the other day. Did you hear me beep?

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 8, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

11:00 Goff......must have fix of Insider......need Goff...........can't function...............Goff........

Posted by: boda united | February 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My two local sports passions are DC United and GMU hoops. You do a fine job on both, Goff!

¡Vamos United!
Go Mason!

Posted by: KR in DC | February 8, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Are we signing any Egyptians before the 2008 campaign begins? Just kidding... those boys are tough though.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 8, 2008 10:57 AM

We ought to, 'cause they just pwnd the star-laden Ivory Coast squad 4-1!

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