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From D.C. to K.C.

I'll be in the air and off the grid until Friday afternoon. Hoping to attend DCU's late-day workout at the Wizards' ballpark in Kansas City (the one in Kansas, not Missouri) and will share my initial impressions.

Until then, check out The Post's full-page MLS preview in the print edition and keep an eye on things while I'm at 30,000 feet. We might get official word of the USA women's friendly at RFK in May or perhaps the World Cup qualifier there in the fall (I'm hearing it will be the September match against probably T&T). How about a DCU jersey sponsor? Hmmm.....

The floor is yours.

Cheers.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 27, 2008; 10:51 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Good luck to DCU in the 2008 MLS season!

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 27, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

How about DC United get a Sponsor Deal with the Democratic Party? Since Both the MLS and the DNC ignore the south. hahaha by the way I am a Dem, but when is my party going to try to take back Nixon and Reagan Democrats?

Posted by: rpks08 | March 27, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

How about DC United get a Sponsor Deal with the Democratic Party? Since Both the MLS and the DNC ignore the south. hahaha by the way I am a Dem, but when is my party going to try to take back Nixon and Reagan Democrats?

Posted by: rpks08 | March 27, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

4th

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | March 27, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

(I thought about saying "First!" but that is just soooo 2007...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 27, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

saying "First!" is so celebrity gossip blogs

Posted by: your girlfriend | March 27, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

thanks Goff!
Have fun in KC.
are you gonna continue on with the team to Mexico?
Sounds cooler than coverin' basketball doesn't it?

Posted by: Dadryan | March 28, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Ron Paul 2008

Posted by: The Jim | March 28, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to see DC do well saturday but points in Mexico. That would grounds for not kicking the neighbors cat.

Posted by: Mr.Bill | March 28, 2008 7:05 AM | Report abuse

I hope you make it above 30,000 feet. Seems awfully low to fly that far, unless you're in a hot air balloon.

Posted by: Hoost | March 28, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what channel the Pachuca is on next week?

Posted by: Matt in Silver Spring | March 28, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

it will be vw.

Posted by: elkton | March 28, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

How about DC United get a Sponsor Deal with the Democratic Party? Since Both the MLS and the DNC ignore the south. hahaha by the way I am a Dem, but when is my party going to try to take back Nixon and Reagan Democrats?

Posted by: rpks08 | March 27, 2008 11:10 PM
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What, were you the only one in the country who didn't notice the emergence of "Blue Dog Democrats" (like Va Senator Jim Webb) in the 2006 election cycle?

Posted by: schmuckatelli | March 28, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Yo..Politics sux as much as Metrosexual fans.....now on to the DC Sponsor.

I have a feeling that it is VW. They just moved to Herndon (Woodland Park Business Park) and are probably looking to make a splash with some annoucement......what better vehicle than on the front of the best team in MLS'jersey

Posted by: Talk Soccer Not Politics | March 28, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Dear schmuckatelli - How could you poison suck a beautiful thing as this blog with such and ugly ugly thing as Jim Webb? Such a waste of space that "man" is.

Reston United! :-)

Posted by: bobf | March 28, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Dear schmuckatelli - How could you poison such a beautiful thing as this blog with such and ugly ugly thing as Jim Webb? Such a waste of space that "man" is.

Reston United! :-)

Posted by: bobf | March 28, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Matt in Silver Spring - FSC on Tuesday 3:00

Posted by: bobf | March 28, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

nice spread, Goffster! Now let's go take three points at little Hogwarts and then announce our presence with authority Tuesday. There's a new sheriff in town.

Posted by: northzax | March 28, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

It's that time of year again (NCAA B-ball) and what better way to get in the mood for a UNC final then the greatest quote from the greatest UNC coach.

"This is a women's soccer school. We're just trying to keep up with them."

- Coach Smith

Posted by: Dorrance fan | March 28, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

You need to talk to the Post and get your banner ads customized to your audience. I have seen enough Nats ads for multiple lifetimes.

I know a great phone card company who I'm pretty sure would sponsor you.

Posted by: Southeasterner | March 28, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

DC UNITED JERSEY SPONSOR!!!
POLLO CAMPERO!!!

or

Posted by: luvdatchixfromcampero | March 28, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

A VW sponsorship is OK, but only if they bring back this ad, c. 1983:

Kliener GTI
Du siehst prima aus
Ich lieb, dich zu fahren
Hol die Liestung

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I mean Tommy and Emilio could be the pitch men immediately because they both speak German!

Posted by: VW | March 28, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Emilio says "Time to unpimp ze auto!"

Posted by: JE | March 28, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I will happy with any auto maker to sponsor DCU jerseys. The fact that it brings extra needed money for United is beyond joyful.
It's TATA Motors. They just bought J. LR.
Goff, thanks for travelling to KC to cover for the game. That's a treat for insider loyalties. Cheers!

Posted by: td | March 28, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I will be happy with any auto maker to sponsor DCU jerseys. The fact that it brings extra needed money for United is beyond joyful.
It's TATA Motors. They just bought J. LR.
Goff, thanks for travelling to KC to cover for the game. That's a treat for insider loyalties. Cheers!

Posted by: td | March 28, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I will not be happy if it's GM or Ford or any American company.

Just garbage and terrible companies too. The day GM declares it's out of business I'll celebrate. I'll even reach back into history to blame the DuPont's for being one of the originals to bail out a terrible company.

Posted by: Not All Automakers | March 28, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

online version of the MLS preview can be found here

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/sports/index/mls/index.html

Posted by: emanon | March 28, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

No posts until this afternoon! What? You're actually gonna make me do work? I guess I'll have to depend on the rest of the insider loyalists for commentary until your return.

Posted by: Jason | March 28, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

DCU has posted the game guide here:
http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/pdf/mls/2008/329kcdc.pdf

Starting lineup?
Emilio-----Niell
-----Gallardo-----
Fred-------McTavish
----Simms-------
Burch--Martinez--Peralta--Namoff
------Wells---------

Posted by: Jason | March 28, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

As much as I dislike VWs--my wife insisted on buying a new Passat in 2002 against my better judgement and it's had 5+ recalls plus many more problems they won't cover--I could live with them as the shirt sponsor so long as they only use the VW logo. I always liked the way it looked on the Wolfsburg jerseys.

Posted by: Soy United! | March 28, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

TATA across the chest of our players can only inspire ridicule from opposing fans.

Posted by: Soy United! | March 28, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

TATA across the chest of our players can only inspire ridicule from opposing fans.

Posted by: Soy United! | March 28, 2008 10:01 AM

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Yes but perhaps across the chest of some of our more 'wholesome' supporters it could inspire awe...

Posted by: JkR | March 28, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

that Pollo Campero suggestion is spot on! they have a huge marketing budget, are expanding into the US in a big way, and have a huge central american population here in the DC area. someone should go talk to them in either Miami or Guatemala City before they sponsor someone else.

Posted by: troy | March 28, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

it will be vw.

posted by: elkton

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Elkton, MD? Cecil County in the blog!

Posted by: Rising Sun | March 28, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

How much do you think the democratic party would pay to have the name of their nominee on the front of the DCU jerseys until November?

Posted by: money talks | March 28, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I was checking out the MLS preview, and saw a link to DCU's first championship article. A young Steven Goff wrote:

"An infant season that began with the United losing six of seven games concluded with players and coaches, drenched to the bone, dancing deliriously and screaming for all of New England to hear."

;)

Posted by: RK | March 28, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm - not going to happen. But thanks! Money talks but the DNC would rather spend it on telling people how they have the answers on the economy and that they will bail out homeowners. But good luck to those folks - hope they have a bigger finger for the dike or larger pail for the sinking ship.

Lets be honest - it's Toyota, Kia, VW, Honda, or Hyundai.

Posted by: No to the DNC | March 28, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

That's hilarious, JkR! Not that I condone such behavior, of course...

Technology being what it is, perhaps someone could invent jersey ads that change every 60 seconds, like the boards along the sidelines do. That ought to increase cash flow.

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 28, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

"How much do you think the democratic party would pay to have the name of their nominee on the front of the DCU jerseys until November?"

Don't we want to dis-associate ourselves with having a big lead for so long, sure path to winning the Cup and then choking at the end and losing?

Posted by: Ochard | March 28, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

If it's Hyundai I hope to not hear the Australia's sound!

Posted by: td | March 28, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

A VW sponsorship is OK, but only if they bring back this ad, c. 1983:

Kliener GTI
Du siehst prima aus
Ich lieb, dich zu fahren
Hol die Liestung

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 08:52 AM

I swear, that pseudo-Beach Boys jingle was going through my head earlier this week. That was a great commercial!

Posted by: big spaniel | March 28, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I really don't want to lose the respect I have for this blog, so can we keep it on sports and not politics? Please? :)

As for the jersey sponsor, I don't entirely care what it is at this point. The only thing worse than stripeless jerseys are brand-plastered ones. So United's jerseys, for me, are ugly either way. But that's alright. As long as we get some silverware I'm happy.

Nice MLS preview, by the way. I'm just skeptical about the top four. Do United and Houston really have the strength to get first place while competing in international tournaments as well? I'm just thinking that Revolution & Chivas have more chance than we think. I'm not doubting DC's ability or anything, I'm just saying that the tight-packed schedule might wear us a little thin.

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | March 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

That's hilarious, JkR! Not that I condone such behavior, of course...

Technology being what it is, perhaps someone could invent jersey ads that change every 60 seconds, like the boards along the sidelines do. That ought to increase cash flow.

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 28, 2008 10:30 AM

*******************************

Some sponsors do change very frequently, but not quite that frequently. I think I remember one of the smaller Spanish teams advertising newly released movies at one point not too many seasons ago.

I hope people clamoring for partisan political sponsorship are not serious. Forcing a bunch of players (not to mention foreigners) to advertise for a candidate they might not support is a good way to alienate people and create an unnecessary political brouhaha.

I'm all for the players supporting the candidate of their choice if they want to do so. On their own time.

Posted by: garbaggio | March 28, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Starting lineup?
Emilio-----Niell
-----Gallardo-----
Fred-------McTavish
----Simms-------
Burch--Martinez--Peralta--Namoff
------Wells---------

Posted by: Jason | March 28, 2008 09:51 AM

******************************

That's probably about right. I just wish we were resting a few more starters for Pachuca. This lineup is pretty much our strongest XI (given Olsen and Jaime's injuries).

Posted by: garbaggio | March 28, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

For all of those worried about "TATA" on the shirt, what about the ubiquitous "BIMBO" sponsorships in Mexico? Now a joint "TATA/BIMBO" sponsorship would guarantee most comedians' earnings for the next year.

Posted by: griffin1108 | March 28, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

A young Steven Goff wrote:

"An infant season that began with the United [...]
;)

Posted by: RK | March 28, 2008 10:25 AM
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Steve is infallible. His editor screwed up.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I just did a google search for VW and DC United jersey sponsor... found this which was posted yesterday. I have no idea how true it is... could be complete BS, but take a look...

http://www.edoug.com/2008/03/27/dc-united-shirt-sponsor/

Posted by: Andy | March 28, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

Great preview in the post today. Too bad the only thing that is reverberating in people's minds today is that some boring sport is opening their mega dollars stadium (that was POORLY designed for the money spent).

Also - thanks for dropping the note about the shirt sponsor - you've created a tizzy that won't stop feeding itself until you post "Live from Community America Ballpark".

And lastly - to Andy. What does the Edoug.com thing link to? Some super sweet corporate types are keeping me from it.

The 2008 campaign for the League is almost underway!

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | March 28, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Just thinkin'.... A VW sponsorship would make two German sponsors on the same jersey. Has the WTO approved?

Just thinkin' s'more, our famous remark to French and British, "If it weren't for us, you'd be speaking German," seems hypocritical now.

I'll stop thinking now and go back to work where thinking is discouraged.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | March 28, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Geico, or Discovery would be much better than a car company.

and if they went with Geico they could use benny in the cave man commercials, it would be great!

Posted by: Pino | March 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

..."Until then, check out The Post's full-page MLS preview in the print edition and keep an eye on things while I'm at 30,000 feet."

Leavin' home, out on the road
I've been down before
Ridin' along in this big 'ol jet plane
I've been thinkin about my home
But my love light seems so far away
And I feel like it's all been done
Somebody's tryin' to make me stay
You know Ive got to be movin' on

Oh, oh big 'ol jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Oh, oh big 'ol jet airliner
Cause its here that I've got to stay

Posted by: Joe Doc | March 28, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Geico, or Discovery would be much better than a car company.

and if they went with Geico they could use benny in the cave man commercials, it would be great!

Posted by: Pino | March 28, 2008 11:46 AM
======================
Supporters Shield, so easy a caveman could do it?

Posted by: Jason | March 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The last thing we want is the Democratic Party sponsoring our team....That would almost ensure that we will not win the CUP...Only thing more ominous, would be that Tom Soehn would be replaced by Al Gore...

Posted by: Alan | March 28, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

NAPA Auto Parts comes to MLS - Will Michael Waltrip do soccer ads too?

http://www.napasponsorship.com/soccer.html

Posted by: $pon$or$ | March 28, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

If VW is the sponsor, we definitely need to get the old, original Eagle crest back. The one with the wings down . . .

just sayin . . .

Posted by: delantero | March 28, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Tough situation this weekend for Soehn. I mean, the team is too fresh to not put out your best XI. They need to play competitive matches, of which they have not had many.

Having said that, where do you draw the line? If we're comfortably up against KC you clearly rest your starters for Pachuca? If you're down do you leave them in so they learn to fight back into matches?

Posted by: delantero | March 28, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

If any insurance company should be a team sponsor, it should be AFLAC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtBirwSpLJY

"There's only one AFLAC. Ask about it at work. Official insurance sponsor of Chivas USA."

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe NAPA can buy a team, instead, in its hometown...Atlanta...

Posted by: RK | March 28, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Insider Loyalists want to know:

When is the first S.I. Q & A session scheduled for WaPo.com?

Posted by: BaltoFan | March 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

When is the first S.I. Q & A session scheduled for WaPo.com?
=========================================

Do you think Goff will now have competition from Olsen for that slot?

Posted by: tri-village | March 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

From the MLS preview:

"An increasing number of MLS teams have launched youth development programs but, Gazidis warned, "It's going to take some time for our first homegrown players to start filtering onto MLS rosters.""

Not to be nitpicky, but this would give the impression to the general reader that there are no Americans in MLS. We already have seen multitudes of homegrown players, some of them very successful.

Posted by: Gburg | March 28, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Al Gore invented the flip throw-in.

Posted by: WNT fan | March 28, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Just curious does anyone ever recall a cycling company being jersey sponsors. Peugot doesn't really count I don't think.
Pinarello is releasing a small hand full of Ferrari bikes this year.
Trek would be kind of Generic but with the price of gas these days...
I guess from a sponsors standpoint cheap advertising is key.
I know a lot of you folks seem to have an old nostalgic place in your heart for GTI's, but how many DCU fans actually have driver's licenses let alone cars?
We don't really have any real nice american frame builders that I know of in DC right now, but a New England Jersey would look pretty sweet with an Independent Fabrications Logo on their shirt.
Bilenky bikes in Philly?
Cycling seems to be having a bit of a Resurgance in the US and more importantly a lot more Talent is actually coming out of the US these days and I'm not just talking about lance!
\You wanna really draw in the Indy Hipster crowd? Get Surly to sponsor a team...

Posted by: Dadryan | March 28, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Rereading my comment about no driver's licenses, I sound like I am getting at something I was not trying to get at, but since I'm here I don't have a License, I know how to drive, we have a car but it is still not a necessity for me and never has.
As is the case for lot's of urban soccer fans.

The reason why moving the team further out of the center of town would be a mistake. Metro is great if you live near a metro station, RFK and or Poplar point would be highly acessible by bicycle and or foot.

Posted by: Dadryan | March 28, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

i still think the 3 point mercedes-benz logo would be amazing in place of the 3 stripes.

Posted by: gar | April 3, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

how many DCU fans actually have driver's licenses let alone cars? what?
the sponsor isnt really for dc's fans but for everyone else.
You wanna really draw in the Indy Hipster crowd? no. united has already found it's crowd. look at la barra brava.

Posted by: gar | April 3, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

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