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Piojo, DCU, Lunch, Real, a Book and 'Redemption'

I wasn't sure when I would be able to join you Wednesday, so I'll provide this late Tuesday offering:

*There is definitely something to Kansas City's pursuit of Argentine forward Claudio "El Piojo" Lopez. One source tells me: "I think it's going to happen." Wizards Coach Curt Onalfo says he has no comment.

*United GM Dave Kasper says reserve D-MF Jeff Carroll will probably miss 4-6 months after surgery to repair a ruptured toe tendon. He also notes that Jeff's younger brother, WVU's Pat Carroll, has done very well in training camp. Kasper estimates MF Ben Olsen will return in 4-6 weeks and confirms South American media reports that DCU is in discussions with Bolivian club Bolivar about a formal relationship similar to the one United has with Brazil's Atletico Mineiro.

*For a good cause, tickets are available to United's sixth annual Kickoff Luncheon on March 25 at the Capital Hilton. Proceeds benefit United for D.C., the club's charitable arm.

*Real Maryland, which will play its USL2 debut season at Maryland SoccerPlex, announced the signing of Nilson Perez and Christian Montero from Colombia and Emilio Zelaya from El Salvador. The club had previously introduced Salvadoran national team players Ronald Cerritos and Dennis Alas.

*Portrait of Passion, a new book about the U.S. women's program, will be available early next month. For more information, click here.

I leave you with this thought from a remarkable 1994 movie:

"You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory. Open up a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up new. Take my guests out charter fishing."

By Steve Goff  |  February 19, 2008; 8:53 PM ET
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"A phantom. An apparition. Second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit. I conjured him out of thin air. He doesn't exist... except on paper."

Like many supposed players going to NY!

Posted by: JSF | February 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Great movie, but I have to say, I wouldn't want to go to a with no memory unless I have had a rough life. Even though things aren't exactly how I want them now, I don't lack for the important things and can't really complain.

Posted by: JC | February 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Did Dave Kasper have any comments about Jamil Walker's pre-season?

Posted by: NW FC | February 19, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

best movie ever, here's to hoping Benny comes back and all the boys are healthy to make a run at MLS cup and some international trophies

Posted by: froboy | February 19, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

You meant the 1982 book, right?

Posted by: Uhhh | February 19, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Is Goff in Hawaii? Aloha stadium sucks but the Femme Nu rocks. Kailua Boys...

Posted by: dadryan | February 19, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Great movie. Possibly one of the best "escape" scenes ever.

Goff, any rumblings on stadium response from United. I still can't get over the blatent manipulation of the short term memory challenged general population by Fenty. "I'll tell everyone that we'll build the stadium but that United won't get it for free and I'm sure no one will remember that United has offered all along to cover the entire cost of building the stadium"

Well Mayor Fenty... I remember. As do the rest of Goff Nation. :)


Posted by: AlexandriaDan | February 19, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hope is a good thing - maybe the best of things

Posted by: I hope that DC wins big | February 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Goff,

Can you do some snooping and try and find out why the Galaxy left a healthy Martino at home for their Asian and Hawaiian trips?

Thanks, a Galaxy fan...

Posted by: Mike in LA | February 19, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Get busy living | February 19, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

If it means anything, a buddy of mine who went to HS with Brian and saw his bro play Pat, told me that Pat at that level was way better than Brian.

I think Pat will grow to be a great player like brian has.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | February 19, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Goff, any rumblings on stadium response from United. I still can't get over the blatent manipulation of the short term memory challenged general population by Fenty. "I'll tell everyone that we'll build the stadium but that United won't get it for free and I'm sure no one will remember that United has offered all along to cover the entire cost of building the stadium"
Well Mayor Fenty... I remember. As do the rest of Goff Nation. :)
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Posted by: AlexandriaDan | February 19, 2008 10:13 PM
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/index.php/2008/02/15/macfarlane-speaks-says-hes-hopeful-of-council-approval/

Posted by: td | February 19, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

So no Olsen for at least part of CCC then...

Posted by: Tim | February 19, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Has Gogg snuck off to Oahu? When do you figure they will decide where EXACTLY the home leg of the matchup with HV will be played at. RFK or what brah? When and where will you be able to buy a ticket?

Posted by: Dadryan | February 20, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I wrote Gogg. I was watching the Beckham episode of Fatherhood on my Tivo... Sorry dude.

Posted by: Dadryan | February 20, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Gogg? sorry...

Posted by: Dadryan | February 20, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I do believe those first two years were the worst for Goff, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.


Also, Goff, be careful with too many positive stories about Mexico on a soccer blog, no matter how fantastic the movie / short-story you're quoting.

Posted by: Kyle | February 20, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I always liked that they didn't change the "Maybe it's because I'm Irish" quote for the movie.

It will be interesting to see who emerges as Olsen's replacement for the Champions Cup matches, as well as the first couple MLS games (I somehow have a hunch that "4-6 weeks" means the full 6 weeks). Mediate has the edge currently, it seems, but maybe Kirk adapts quickly? Or perhaps Gardner does earn a contract, and Fred switches sides? In any case, the competition between them, at worst, should leave us with a player hungry to prove himself getting a couple games next month.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 20, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

"Is Goff in Hawaii? Aloha stadium sucks but the Femme Nu rocks. Kailua Boys..."

Club 939 is better than Femme Nu, but not far behind

Posted by: starnot | February 20, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Is one Carroll enough?

Posted by: sitruc | February 20, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

""Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul," Emily Dickinson wrote... Hope floats. It turns out that hope votes, too." -Purdum

Posted by: Adam Spangler | February 20, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

"Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'." Favorite movie of all time.

Posted by: JB | February 20, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Hope would have made those saves.

Oh hush. You knew it was coming.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 20, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Score update:

Arsenal 0 - AC Milan 0
Lyon 0 - Man Utd 0
Celtic 0 - Barca 0
Fenerbahce 0 - Sevilla 0

LA 0 - Gamba 0
Houston 0 - Sydney FC 0

Posted by: SPOILER | February 20, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Like Susan Sarandon, the movie is overrated.

This line came from a great movie: "I want my two dollars!"

The Carroll family ought to be quite proud. Three potential full-time professional athletes isn't something a family not from western Pennsylvania produces every day. Kudos to Springfield Youth Club as well.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

El Piojo means The Louse. Quality nickname

Posted by: Kev | February 20, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

This line came from a great movie: "I want my two dollars!"
Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 09:18 AM
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"I'm real sorry your mom blew up."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 20, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane." - Greg Ryan

Posted by: Anonymous | February 20, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh no! Not Cholivar! ;-)

The Shawshank Redemption has to be one of the All-time 10 Best movies! It's on eof those movies that if you run across it channel surfing,, you stop and watch it til the end.

Great quote, Goff!

Posted by: Soy United! | February 20, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Score update:

Arsenal 0 - AC Milan 0
Lyon 0 - Man Utd 0
Celtic 0 - Barca 0
Fenerbahce 0 - Sevilla 0

LA 0 - Gamba 0
Houston 0 - Sydney FC 0

Posted by: SPOILER | February 20, 2008 08:55 AM
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LOL!

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Zihuatanejo

Posted by: Sam | February 20, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The Red Bulls suck. You understand? Or am I being Obtuse?

Posted by: DCAustinite | February 20, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

joe doc,

that's one of the most underrated movies of all time. Consider these gems, people:

"This is pure snow! It's everywhere! Have you any idea of what the street value of this mountain is?"

"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy, like that"

"Go that way, really fast; if something gets in your way . . . turn."

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | February 20, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The Carroll's are good players but none are secure in their current situations. Brian is fighting to start in Columbus, Jeff is injuried and is very iffy for the future and Pat is struggling to make a developmental team. Good luck to all but this time next year 2 of 3 could be out of the game or at least out of MLS..

Posted by: ted | February 20, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I like to think that the last thing that passed through Fat Tony's head, other than that donut, was to wonder how the hell Jaime Moreno beat him near post again.

Posted by: EdTheRed | February 20, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Score update:

Arsenal 0 - AC Milan 0
Lyon 0 - Man Utd 0
Celtic 0 - Barca 0
Fenerbahce 0 - Sevilla 0

LA 0 - Gamba 0
Houston 0 - Sydney FC 0

Posted by: SPOILER | February 20, 2008 08:55 AM
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LOL!
Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 10:05 AM

HAHAHAHA

Posted by: 135 | February 20, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Hey CHICO your beloved Bolivar is coming to town !!!!!!LOL
VIVA ORIENTE hihi

Posted by: 135 | February 20, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I always figured this to be more of an Ixtapa crowd with the beer showers and drum banging.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | February 20, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Prison Goff? We'll all send posters.

Posted by: matt | February 20, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If Real Maryland trades away the three Salvadoreños, will 10,000 local Salvadoreños show up when those players visit, wearing the opponents' jerseys?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 20, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Bolivar? Oy vey...

Posted by: Chico | February 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

goffer, please, have you got any info or perspective for us on L'Affaire Conde? Is Juan Carlos Osorio tampering? Does the league care? He seems as unscrupulous as a Realtor.

Posted by: furia yanqui | February 20, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Como se dice, "Ixtapa"? Is it phonetic?

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Best. Movie. Ever.

No way I'm gonna make it on the outside. Terrible thing, to live in fear. Bobby Boswell knew it. Knew it all too well. All I want is to be back where things make sense. Where I won't have to be afraid all the time.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 20, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Any word on Martino being dangled by LA? I hear he didn't even travel with the team

Posted by: Une Questione, Monsieur Goffe | February 20, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Greatest movies ever:

245. Shawshank Redemption
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3. Casablanca
2. Remember the Titans
1. Zoolander

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd have to puto Remember the titans is the # 1 movie since i was in TC Williams while they recorded the movie and got to meet and get autographs from the real titans and some of the actors as well including Denzel

Posted by: 135 | February 20, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

OOOOOPS put not puto LMAO

Posted by: 135 | February 20, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Club 939? I honestly have not been in Hawaii in a while, but it's good to see I am not the only one hip to what is a good time on Oahu...

Posted by: dadryan | February 20, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Gol TV - American Soccer announcers pick DC United as their pre-season favorites to win MLS.

What do you think Goff? When are you going to release your pre-season rankings?

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