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United Wins! United Wins!

Settle down, it was only a scrimmage against the U.S. under-17 national team in Bradenton, Fla. Franco Niell scored three first-half goals and Jerson Monteiro, Rod Dyachenko and Marc Burch (on a free kick) had the others. DCU will face the U.S. under-23s on Saturday morning.

FYI, two United youth academy players have been invited to the under-17 residency program in Bradenton: defender Shaquille Phillips (Greenbelt) and midfielder Julio Arjona (Germantown). Both played for the Bethesda Roadrunners club team. Despite being at Bradenton, United will retain their MLS rights.

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Except when I was coaching against them, I had the fortunate experience of watching Phillips and Arjona play from U9 - U13. They were special players even then. Don't be surprised to see them in United kits in a few years.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 1, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome news about our academy players! I hope they continue to progress!

Posted by: Matte | February 1, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. A hat trick from Niell in his first appearance, albeit in a contest against the U17s. If he's the real deal it could really help out Emilio. Defenses really began to key on him in the latter half of the season last year.

Posted by: Matte | February 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Goff, you have been tearing it up this week. Awesome stuff. Many thanks.

This is all great news. Burch on a free kick? Niell with the hat trick? Yeah, its just the u-17s, but its a good start.

Posted by: Great News | February 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

why on earth would they play U-17's?

Posted by: delantero | February 1, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"They were special players even then. Don't be surprised to see them in United kits in a few years."

Nah...we will let them go to Europe so we can sign some South Americans. Viva Los Unidos!

Posted by: Duke | February 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

so if they're in Bradenton now does that mean that Emilio and Fred's 'visa issues' are worked out and they're with the team?

Posted by: pat | February 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

So, little Niell beats up on a bunch of girls--I mean boys. Glad to know he has a scoring touch, but I assumed that bit. Sure, it's easy for him to pick on players his own size. We'll have to see if he can perform against grown men. Great to hear about Burch burying a free. I look forward to seeing him getting more chances this year...

The best news is that we may have some homegrown talent in the pipeline....Congrats to Shaquille and Julio. Enjoy the sun, but get it done.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Undefeated !!!!
:-)

So, the sore was 6-0 ? Did the goalkeeper have to make any saves? Did anyone important not play? Where did Dyachenko play? Was Burch texting you at the time he scored, did he pick his corner? :-)

Posted by: Lonnie | February 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

why on earth would they play U-17's?

For the benefit of the U-17's, I would guess. Just a scrimmage, after all.

Posted by: rke | February 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Understood, the U17s are kids. Not men. And that certainly makes a difference. But I have a couple 16 and 17 year old kids that play in my men's leagues. I don't take it easy on those "kids", cause they'll torch me if I do. I'm no pro soccer player, but these kids in Bradenton are not your typical 16 year olds either. I'm sure the guys in black and red broke a sweat on the way to their 6-0 scoreline. I'm sure it was far from a useless exercise.

Posted by: Matte | February 1, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Edit required Goff-- 3 not 2 players:

THREE former members of the D.C. United Academy, who are now a part of the U.S. U-17 residency program, will join United for a number of training sessions next week, as Shaquille Phillips, Julio Arjona and Joseph-Claude Gyau will provide additional options for Head Coach Tom Soehn

Posted by: ohboyohboy | February 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

According to the report on DCU's website, two of Niell's goals were headers, one of which was on a corner kick.

I am not kidding about this.

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080201&content_id=137454&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

Posted by: Dave Lifton | February 1, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Why play the u17s?

As the Governator said,"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women. "

Posted by: garbaggio | February 1, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the comment of "playing boys" and "why play the U17s"

1. Niell is smaller than any of the kids he was playing against today.

2. DCU is practicing in Bradenton, where camp is. That is also where the U17's hold their residency camp. And that is also where the Olympic team is practicing (thus, the match against Nowak's boys next).

3. It's a nice start to the preseason.

Posted by: JoeW | February 1, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

We should have made our first game 4 days into camp against Barcelona.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 1, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

too bad Freddy is not in the U23 camp, how weird would it be if Nowak was coaching Adu on a squad playing against United.

Posted by: pat | February 1, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

so if they're in Bradenton now does that mean that Emilio and Fred's 'visa issues' are worked out and they're with the team?

Posted by: pat | February 1, 2008 01:28 PM
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Apparently Emilio and Fred weren't around (see the link to the game report posted above).

Did Burch ever line up behind a dead ball outside the box last year, let alone take the kick?

Jamil Walker put in 45 minutes. I wonder how his form was.

Posted by: 22201 | February 1, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I know it's the U-17 team, but it has been a long off-season. I'm giddy.

Posted by: sitruc | February 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

interesting. We scored about as much as the U-23's did.

Wake me up when we play the latter, by the way.

Posted by: whatever | February 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

From the DCU Behind the BAdge article:

"[...]Argentine midfielder lofted a ball behind the defense to rookie midfielder Dan Stratford who sent a controlled header into the middle of the pitch and towards onrushing Niell just outside the goal box. The lofted ball fell in-step with Niell, who struck a first-time volley with the outside of his right foot that curved past the goalkeeper and tucked perfectly into the upper left corner of the net."

I don't care if the field was empty, that sounds like a wicked scoring touch.

Posted by: jeffResistor | February 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it was a meaningless scrimmage, but scoring goals is a good habit to get into.

I hereby predict that Niell will be the most misspelled name in (the) MLS this year. I guarantee you everyone will think it's a variation of O'Neill...

Posted by: Matt Mathai | February 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

not to be too critical, but 6-0? thats it???

Posted by: ben | February 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Niell is not only smaller than any of the U17's, at 5' 3" he is apparently also smaller than anyone playing in the Premiership.

"Tottenham striker Aaron Lennon is officially the shortest player on the books of any Premiership club at 5ft 5in. (Guardian)"

Hopefully he will continue to score at this pace, despite his diminutive size.

It was encouraging to read the game recap and see Gallardo so involved in the scoring. But what, if anything, should we make of the fact that Kpene only played 26 minutes?

Posted by: JB | February 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

off topic but an american lady to Chelsea in women's EPL not american WPS (wps what) but tranfer fee was not disclosed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/women/7222387.stm

Posted by: td | February 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It was encouraging to read the game recap and see Gallardo so involved in the scoring. But what, if anything, should we make of the fact that Kpene only played 26 minutes?

Posted by: JB | February 1, 2008 02:20 PM
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Nothing.

Posted by: Relax | February 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I didn't realize that Fair was still under 30. She's been out of the USWNT picture for a long time. I wonder what happened to her in the interim?

BTW, Fair and her sister Ronnie constituted one of four pairs of identical twins who played in the old WUSA. But Nick Rimando fans knew that already.

Posted by: 22201 | February 1, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine Chelsea or Bayern or Real playing their respective U-17's.

Isn't there a local USL or college team around?

RE: playing youth. Sure, sure, young kids play in my league too (12-20 y.o play) and while they may be fitter than I, they still can't read the game.

The U-23's will be a better test.

Posted by: U 40 | February 1, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Any youtube footage out there?

Posted by: ihill | February 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck is Ardalan Attar?

Posted by: DE | February 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

These complaints are about as fun to read as when the US schedules a friendly against Morocco or Guatemala.

Posted by: RK | February 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 22201 | February 1, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of when Rongen was coaching the Revs, I think and they weren't winning so they played a high school team so they could experience what it's like winning a game and take that feeling into an MLS game. that worked out well for them.

Posted by: owendylan | February 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ardalan Attar: Forward from USF. Iranian born before moving to Holland then the US.
Scored on over 20% of his shots...
http://usfdons.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/attar_ardalan00.html

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I hereby predict that Niell will be the most misspelled name in (the) MLS this year. I guarantee you everyone will think it's a variation of O'Neill...

Posted by: Matt Mathai | February 1, 2008 02:17 PM
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Like General Jack O'Neill?

:-)

/hides.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

highlights of the DC United vs. USA U-17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JR1fhQr-3U

Posted by: bristol | February 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Niell is not only smaller than any of the U17's, at 5' 3" he is apparently also smaller than anyone playing in the Premiership."

We could have a lot of free kicks as a result of "high kicks" from defenders simply trying to clear the ball out of the back. A simple volley against a 6-footer isn't teh same as one against a 5-footer (or whatever he is).

Could mean a few goals this year for Burch.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

F U Bristol...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Not to overstep onto Goff's United coverage, but here's a link to a yahoo story with quotes from Gallardo re CONCACAF Champions Cup and the team in general.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mls/news?slug=txunitedgallardoftr&prov=st&type=lgns

Posted by: emanon | February 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

From the apparant line up/substitution patterns it looks like United wants to move Schmitz to the back line from midfield in college.

Posted by: bluemeanies | February 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

youtube link doesn't work...

Posted by: Landis | February 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

These complaints are about as fun to read as when the US schedules a friendly against Morocco or Guatemala.

Posted by: RK | February 1, 2008 03:00 PM
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Except the US didn't win that friendly 6-0 vs. Morocco in '06, they lost it 1-0...

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Despite being at Bradenton, United will retain their MLS rights."
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A pro team retaining a youth player's rights doesn't impinge on that player's collegiate eligibility, right?

Posted by: Juan-John | February 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

yeah...I think this Frank O'Niell kid's gonna be great!

Posted by: JS | February 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

the youtube link is hilarious, thanks for passing that on

Posted by: animal collectve | February 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

have the brazilians shown up yet?

Posted by: whadduboutthebrazilians | February 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

If Neill can bang in 20+ and Emilio can bang in 20+, 10+ from Fredand Gallardo, 7-10 from Olsen, and a few others here and there we could rack up a nice goal differential this season. I would like to see our loss column stay in the single digits. Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: gee | February 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

OT, but in this Super Bowl piece, scroll down till he start doing the random stuff at the bottom. He talks about the EPL and even... RELEGATION!! I bet the gridiron gang (meaning the jack@$$es that are always crapping on the beautiful game) are crapping themselves right now...

Posted by: gilbert | February 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The youtube link -- very funny stuff. Liverpool never stood a chance against the Gunners.

Posted by: FischFry | February 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert, no link. Sounds interesting though.

Posted by: Matte | February 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gilbert | February 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Goff, have you heard anything about how Toronto's attempts at getting Joseph Lapira to sign are going?

Posted by: Eric | February 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

that was hilarious Bristol, but here's a better link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nuuA9N9e8E&feature=related

Posted by: matt | February 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

22201-

Burch lined up over at least one free kick last season, in the 5-1 win over Toronto in which he scored at a different time with a pure banger. The free kick in question was the one Gomez ended up taking, hitting the bar, the rebound from which saw Emilio bury a volley from the top of the box to win goal of the week. A running joke amongst my friends was that a secretly fluent Gomez pretended not to understand Burch asking to take the kick in order to take it himself.

gee-

Your totals would have Emilio, Niell, Gallardo, Fred, and Olsen alone combining for at least 67 goals. While I would love for this to be the case, I do not see 5 players on an MLS team scoring more goals than any entire team scored last season (we led the league with 56). We do have the potential to score more goals this year than last, but 2 guys scoring 20?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 1, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I believe that gee was being intentionally unrealistic. However, he forgot to include Jaime's 15 PK goals. With scoring like that, we would easily finish the season with 120 points and another Supporters Shield.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 1, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

46 days to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | February 1, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"I hereby predict that Niell will be the most misspelled name in (the) MLS this year."

As if on cue, gee posts the following a couple of hours later:

"If Neill can bang in 20+ ..."

I doubt that Niell will be misspelled as Neill any more than Jaime Moreno's first name will be misspelled as Jamie, however.

Posted by: Clark Coleman | February 1, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I predicted that Niell will be our sleeper of the season, and so far i see to be on track. This guy i know although small, seems really quick and hard to shove off the ball. Lets hope he isnt just good at beating up on horny teenagers. lol

I remember when i was with my u17 team playing other teams from the east coast, everyone was pretty big, so i doubt these kids are as small as niell. Probably skinner than our squad but height wise i doubt. This is the USA, height plays a big factor when it comes to the nat. team. :p

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | February 1, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh! No one can pick up a joke? I'm sure Neil was still a leprechaun amongst the trees, going up aginst the 15-16 yr. olds on the U-17 team. Honestly, though -- they're not that big a team. When they went up against the Russian U-17s a few weeks back, the Russian size advantage was very apparent. The American U-17s have serious skills, but they're still a wee bit undersized to be taking on professionals....

Posted by: FIschFry | February 2, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Just saw the DC Access piece on the 4 SA's. Very nice. Even Goffinho got a cameo role in the video.

Posted by: JMR | February 2, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

whats the score with DC and the U-23's?

Posted by: DC FAN | February 2, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

omg joe gyau is amazing so is julio, n shaq
lets not forget about the goalie samir who also is a player in the residency program n also apart of dc academy but watch out for the lester dewee who will most likely to be part of the residency program in a month or so.

Posted by: coolsoccerfanndudeeeee | February 12, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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