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Moose Crossing

Midfielder Justin Moose, who earned a roster spot with D.C. United after the club did not pick up the option on his contract in December, is leaving for the USL1 Vancouver Whitecaps, DCU confirmed today. Moose, a first-round pick from Wake Forest in the 2006 draft who is also an aspiring musician, started four matches last year and attracted interest from USL clubs this winter, but decided to pursue a spot with DCU and received a developmental contract. He was not on the 18-man game roster in either of the first two league matches.

Details to come.....

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2008; 6:46 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Moose in Canada... This stuff almost writes itself.

Posted by: savannahfan | April 6, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"Goff,
What do you know about Moose going to Vancouver?

Posted by: guy | April 5, 2008 08:12 PM"

Should I be concerned that The Insider got out-scooped by this "guy" character?

Posted by: longfellow | April 6, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

He got scooped months beforehand on Veron as well. But I'd say his batting average is pretty dang high, so I don't know why you'd be "concerned."

Posted by: Bootsy | April 6, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

People scoop Goff all the time nowdays. Latest example, the anonymous site that scooped him on the whole Seattle name saga/fiasco. Why does this surprise you longfellow?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Does it really need to be pointed out every time somebody has already heard something? Goff didn't claim to be the first. He even said, "DCU confirmed today."

Posted by: sitruc | April 6, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then.

Posted by: guy | April 6, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Is it surprising that "guy" knew about it before Goff? No, "guy" is clearly Guy Roland Kpene, and he is just closer to Moose than Goff is.

Posted by: Johnny | April 6, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that means Vancouver offered more than $17,700 and/or the chance to play every week.... or at least watch from the bench and not the bleachers.

Posted by: bbarrie | April 6, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"scooped" jeez, DCU lost a guy from developmental to a USL team, who cares? It is really just a vehicle for a great headline . . . . .

Posted by: Mysterian | April 6, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Moose or Sturgis which looks like the better selection now?

Posted by: JSF | April 6, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Moose, Nolly & Addlery -- DCU Reserves West.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 6, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

First off, I don't believe anything DCU related unless it comes out of Goff's mouth. He's shown time and time again that he's a cut above basically ever other journalist out there. He reports both sides fairly equally and balanced.

So what if he gets scooped by some random internet guy? Who are you going to believe? Some random internet guy or Goff?

Nuff said, keep up the good work Goff!

Posted by: strago | April 6, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

gosh golly, fellers, relax. until "guy" starts a rival blog, i'm just as loyal to goff as anyone else!

Posted by: longfellow | April 6, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

MLS needs to raise the league minimum AND enter into a partnetship with USL. MLS should never lose a player (backup or not) to a USL team.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Why? If United doesn't feel the player warrants a better deal than developmental, what does it matter if he goes to a USL team? United didn't "lose" him, they valued him as a developmental player. Vancouver obviously feels he is more valuable than that.


Posted by: 204 | April 6, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorta sad. I was hoping that Moose could develop into the next Ben Olsen, but with better ankles. Since Moose apparently wasn't waived, does DCU retain his MLS rights?

Posted by: Real Mobile | April 6, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Good for Moose, now he will get paid in a strong currency.

Posted by: Beaver Bucks | April 6, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Great, now we're going to have to drive to Vancouver for United friendlies :-)

Good for Moose, maybe he can up his game a bit with regular playing time.
I agree MLS and USL should have "an agreement", but when they used to "work together" in the past, MLS used and abused them, treated them like a Jersey girl.

Posted by: Lonnie | April 6, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Rumors are all over the place every day of the year. I try to comfirm what is truth and what is fiction. (Most of it is fiction, by the way.)

The Moose rumors were floating around last night at RFK. That said, a developmental player possibly leaving is not exactly earth-shaking news; it's barely a tremor. Nonetheless, I did receive confirmation from the club today and reported the facts as I know them at the moment. Was it confirmed elsewhere in the media earlier? Anyone? Hello?

Ives and I have dominated the MLS "scoop" market for years. Shall we go through all of them?

I got scooped on Veron? Huh? Nice try.

I got scooped on Seattle's nickname, anonymous one (gee, i wonder who/what that is -- IP addresses are a cool thing)? I work in Washington, DC, not Washington state. How many times have I even mentioned Seattle's silly name game? Once?

Man, sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Posted by: Goff | April 6, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I will enjoy the rest of my weekend (all 2+ hours of it) thanks to your continued excellent reporting.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Curious | April 6, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Goff -- Ignore the haters. Your blog is awesome and we your loyal readers appreciate the information and the confirmation of internet rumors.

Posted by: Phil | April 6, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the bums get you down, Goffer.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 6, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Goff, you keep up this blog because you know how many of us live and breathe for the information and connection to our favorite teams that you provide. And you know that 99% of all your readers recognize you as the best DCU reporter world-wide, and one of the top for USMNT and USWNT.

Posted by: Sean G | April 6, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Steve, keep up the great work.

This blog is the best soccer reporting out there, and I fail to understand why people dilute it with pointless posts about how it compares to other news sources...as if there were much in the U.S. that could compare to it.

Soccer Insider is so reliably excellent that I fear we've all become complacent.

Everyone remember that dark time before SI existed? Don't take it for granted, people!

Posted by: Amy W. | April 6, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your hard work. This is why I check it even on a Sunday evening to catch up!

Posted by: M | April 6, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Steve, keep up the great work.

This blog is the best soccer reporting out there, and I fail to understand why people dilute it with pointless posts about how it compares to other news sources...as if there were much in the U.S. that could compare to it.

Soccer Insider is so reliably excellent that I fear we've all become complacent.

Everyone remember that dark time before SI existed? Don't take it for granted, people!

Posted by: Amy W. | April 6, 2008 09:59 PM

I second that. Goff, you are the man!

Posted by: FC | April 6, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Steve G -- This blog is awesome. It's a delight to and much appreciated by almost all of your readers. It's fair to say that the internet has given mouth to a lot of jackasses (not you), who think they know more than truly authoritative journalists such as yourself. And they seize every opportunity to tear doown others, to make them feel correct in their visions of self-importance. I see it on political blogs like the DailyKos, all the time. No reason to expect that contagion wouldn't crop up here -- but, it's just an exception.

This thread should have been full ofd comments wishing MOose well on his excelllent Canadian adventure. We could have discussed how the poor MLS "salaries" (stipends is a better word for the developmetal contracts) force players like Moose or Needham intothe hinterlands, in seek of greater fortune and the playing time they will need to get if they ever want to sign a real MLS contract.I'd still like to have the discussion.

Don't give up on this -- don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch. If your reports weren't so anticipated, this blog wouldn't have been voted the best. It isn't the cooments that make this blog so good -- it's you.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | April 6, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

...To bring this topic back to the subject, I liked Moose. He seemed to have potential. Maybe his mind was focused more on music than on soccer..?

Any chance we can bring Kpene back as a developmental player in replace of Moose? We sure could use a solid forward.

Posted by: Garret | April 6, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

just to echo everyone else, i don't give a damn about rumors until i see them confirmed here. this is the place to be. i definitely visit here many times a day hoping for updates and news.

Posted by: hogmesh | April 6, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

MLS needs to raise the league minimum AND enter into a partnetship with USL. MLS should never lose a player (backup or not) to a USL team.

Posted by: | April 6, 2008 08:43 PM

Why? If United doesn't feel the player warrants a better deal than developmental, what does it matter if he goes to a USL team? United didn't "lose" him, they valued him as a developmental player. Vancouver obviously feels he is more valuable than that.


Posted by: 204 | April 6, 2008 08:52 PM

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MLS needs to raise the league minimum salaries.

Recent seasons have repeatedly proven that we need effective players to come off the bench when our starters get hurt, suspended or worn out.

We could use several more Mooses (meese?) right now in April given the congested schedule.

Posted by: garbaggio | April 6, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Steve G. I check your blog 3-5 times a day for the same reason most of your readers do... Your info is always accurate as you write your words carefully. If you are not sure, that is what you state, if it is in-the-works, that is how you state it.

I have found that your info is well written, funny when it needs to, down to earth, and most importantly very reliable. I generally go to your blog to confirm anything I read anywhere else.

Thanks for ALL that you do, and though there may be some who may not appreciate all you do, I believe that there are thousands out there who enjoy your work!!

Posted by: dan | April 6, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I second (third, fourth, etc...) all of the supportive comments above. Keep it up, Goffer.

Posted by: Andy | April 6, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Goff, don't sweat it man...we love you...I check this blog all the freakin time...this is the end all be all for DC United news.

We've got some dumb fans in MLS...but the rest of us (the majority) love what you do!

Posted by: Bill | April 6, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Did Moose actually sign the developmental contract or just get offered one? If he signed does that mean we're getting a transfer fee(~100 loonies) for him?

Posted by: dwbpnm | April 6, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Goff, go ahead and take back your stinking blog. We'd like that.

Posted by: WNT fan's family & job | April 6, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

A better question would be "Man, sometimes I wonder why I even bother this blog."

Every blog has its share of idiot commenters. Don't let them bring you down. There's plenty of us who understand what goes into this and appreciate all the extra work you do to satisfy our soccer jones.

Posted by: Kenobi | April 6, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Oops. That should say "Man, sometimes I wonder why I even bother reading the comments on this blog."

Posted by: Kenobi | April 6, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Oy. Again with the Kpene love. He's gone. If United were still interested, they wouldn't have released him.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | April 6, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

"Man, sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this blog."

Because of the big bucks that come with it. . . . Just kidding, keep up the good work, please.

Posted by: Glaucon | April 6, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Just watched NBC local news about the Nats home games this week and how horrible traffic is going to be . . .

BUT the reporter made no mention of the double trouble of: DC United v Pachuca (@1930) /Nats vs Marlins (@1910) games on Weds.

Posted by: delantero | April 7, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

man i'm addicted to this blog.

Posted by: jaguar515 | April 7, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Goff!!!..Dude!...
I was just talking to my mother in law last night about how dope Soccer Insider is(a mere 60 minutes or so before kick off at RFK.)
You keep idiots like me and super smart folks alike on the edge of their seats and feeling well informed as well as privelaged on a day to day basis, and you are loved for it.
Oh shoot! the weekends over!
Goff is the man.
I think I'm gonna flip it back to 92 and use a sharpie to make my Soccer Insider shirt for Wednesday nights game.
Anyone see Pachuca whup up on America?
HoustonVSDallas?

Posted by: Dadryan | April 7, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Moose will fit in fine In Vancouver.
I can see him in the starting eleven for the Seattle Sword Swallowers in 09.
SSS FC Right?
I f it doesn't work out on the Pitch he could always Busk at Da Market right?

Posted by: Madryan | April 7, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I seem to remember when every other source was saying Veron was all but signed, Goff was the only one saying the deal wasn't done and to calm down. I don't know how someone gets "scooped" on something that never happened.

Posted by: Mike | April 7, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

wow. i feel like barack being attacked for not wearing an american flag pin... "idiot," "bad apple," "bum," even "jackass"?!

sigh. i'll shut my mouth from now on, lest the interweb vultures soil my good name. i only meant to provide credit to a particularly perceptive "idiot commenter" who foresaw this post. apparently that's not okay. my bad.

Posted by: longfellow | April 7, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Good for Moose, now he will get paid in a strong currency.

Posted by: Beaver Bucks | April 6, 2008 09:20 PM

and, fortunately for him, see it taxed into oblivion only to get it back when another country's expense to create a new technique to cure "X" is finally imported into this country's "strong currency" so that he might benefit... not that there's anything wrong with that.

Move to Canada if you're so enamoured with a socio-political agenda that is vastly successful throughout unemploymnet-ravaged western European countries. 5.1% and yet people complain. wow.

Posted by: sick of wannabes | April 7, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

please don't associate my discontent with the previous poster. i love social liberalism.

Posted by: longfellow | April 7, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, wow, thanks Rush. Pray that you never lose your insurance or get a condition that renders you uninsurable. Nice job reducing health care to a binary issue.

Longfellow, I think the problem was the word "scoop," which implies real journalism, in which one cultivates sources and reports regularly. Somebody who heard something from somebody who might know Moose's brother isn't a journalist, isn't accountable for misleading rumor-spreading, etc.

"Scooping" someone has a professional sense. When Goff posted a confirmation-- when he posts anything-- you can bet on it. When an anonymous nobody posts the latest story he heard, it might be true/not true. It's up to us to guess. That ain't reporting.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 7, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Anybody can pass on "rumors", but they don't mean a thing until the team confirms the fact !! In that regard, GOFF is second to none !! Personally, I don't believe anything until confirmed by Mr. GOFF !!

Posted by: mike | April 7, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

The league needs to think about paying these guys more than $12,700. Pretty sad when someone leaves the US for Canada and a lower league to get more coin.

But hey, what do I know? This is a league that's paying five million a year to basically use Beckham's mug shot.

Sometimes I just hate MLS.

Posted by: Hoser | April 7, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

i heard vancouver is pretty money...good luck!

Posted by: mizage | April 7, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"Scooping" someone has a professional sense. When Goff posted a confirmation-- when he posts anything-- you can bet on it. When an anonymous nobody posts the latest story he heard, it might be true/not true. It's up to us to guess. That ain't reporting.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 7, 2008 07:49 AM
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I agree 100% with Mastodon Juan. *shudder* :-)

Posted by: DCAustinite | April 7, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Just to be clear. My comment was not a scoop it was a question.As so many have said, until Goff or the front office give you the word, it's just a rumor!

Posted by: guy | April 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

i'd like a sugar cone with that scoop

your blog is the best

Posted by: wobbly | April 7, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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