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United relinquished a first-round supplemental draft pick to acquire rookie defender Mike Zaher from Toronto FC. GM Dave Kasper said the club plans to sign him to a developmental contract.

"He gives us some cover on the left side," Coach Tom Soehn said. "When we watched him [at the scouting combine and at the San Antonio preseason tournament], he was polished as to understanding his position, and you are excited getting guys who have soccer intelligence into your environment and seeing how far you can get him."

As for Cezar leaving training camp, Soehn said: "The situation has to be right for both parties. We felt bringing him here and not giving him the ability to play could hinder his development. It's something we might look at later on, but at the moment, we felt it was best to pursue it at a later time."

Added Kasper: "He would presumably be our fifth forward [behind Emilio, Moreno, Niell and Quaranta] and it would be tough for him to see the field. We will keep an eye on him for the future, but right now, it's probably not the best situation to bring him in."

Soehn, on goalkeeper Jose Carvallo: "Eventually we are going to work him in. It's important to have two guys who are capable of playing. Two factors -- the amount of games we have and if Zach were to get hurt or cards, someone has to be ready. He's done a good job since he has been here, so it won't be long until we give him a chance to play."

Soehn, on Ben Olsen's status: "He has tried to come back a little bit, and he is still experiencing some discomfort in the same area [of the ankles]. The doctors are looking real hard to figure out what that problem is. Benny is not a guy you will ever question whether he is hurt or not. If he's hurt, he will tell you. He's a guy who can usually get through some things. Whatever it is is causing him a lot of pain and we've got to figure out what it is."

Soehn, on the depth being challenged early in the year: "You are missing two big guys with Benny and Jaime, so you are already down on your depth chart. I think we could have used six more subs in that [Pachuca] game [at altitude]. It might have helped us out physically, but that is the point we are at. The altitude was a little harder than we thought it would be to deal with and we chased the game a lot. They did a good job possessing the ball and forced us into a lot of turnover situations on a day that we were not sharp. We gave up the ball a lot, and that makes for a long day. Obviously, that can't happen here but it is always easier to play at home."

Soehn, on Jaime Moreno's availability at Pachuca: "He hasn't really opened up his stride yet and today is probably the first day we pushed him a little bit. He's been out a while so his fitness is lacking for what it takes to play a game. We will have to ease him back in and figure out just how much we can get out of him on Wednesday."

But, but, but ..... Jaime said he might play a half on Saturday.....

"He could be an option this weekend, but you need to be careful how far you push him."

Finally, don't forget to join the discussion about United and Washington-based league MVPs over at The Post's new blog, Crowd Noise.


By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 1:19 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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It's a real shame that Ben's ankles are giving him such problems. The guy worked his butt off after his first bout with problems in that area - worked hard enough to be in Germany in 2006 and have a CAREER year last year.

Ben - hopefully we'll see you lighting up the flanks soon enough!

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 3, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Well since it hasn't worked out with this Cezar kid, i think the club should do the right thing and get Kpene back in there if its a matter of being a fifth forward type of deal. Granted i dunno if he's already signed else where but if not then i think it'd be a good move. Well unless the FO have sumthin else up there sleeves....

Posted by: DjB | April 3, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I was a huge Kpene fan - thought he had a great chance to develop here with United but just needed to pound one in the net and then he'd be off to the races.

That said - he never scored and that's tough especially when the team tried to rest Jamie or Emilio and he couldn't be counted on to score. Great upside still though.

Now - and if you believe the coach-speak - a guy that comes off a year where he struggled and didn't succeed the way they thought he would and the team spends money in the off-season to sign more talent and you come to camp so out of shape (or with a bad attitude) and spend weeks running laps - that's not good for your roster status.

Good luck to the kid and hopefully he lands on his feet - but what he showed here was not that great.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 3, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Applebaum a relatively recent hire? She says she has been working as a "producer". I sort of know what a producer of a radio or TV program does, but in print media? Or is this a Web-specific job? This sounds like a good place for people to sound off about the likes of Marc Fisher, although his stuff doesn't appear in the sports section as such.

Posted by: tri-village | April 3, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Applebaum's blog is new. Did you notice that Steve notified us about Swezey's new blog, but not Applebaum's?

Come on Steve, we'll still read your blog - just use her banner.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Re: Carvallo:
"He's done a good job since he has been here, so it won't be long until we give him a chance to play."

Saturday against Toronto sounds like a good place to start him.

I've seen enough of Wells and am not convinced.

Posted by: delantero | April 3, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay works for the Post web site, which is a separate operation from the downtown newsroom. Her blog was launched recently and will touch on a variety of subjects.

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

Ha ha, Mastodon is over there in the Crowd Noise blog giving his two cents about the Caps and United. Hilarious.

Posted by: delantero | April 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,
Do you memorize quotes, write them down, or tape record them? Just curious. Thanks.

Posted by: dan boleo | April 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"We felt bringing him here and not giving him the ability to play could hinder his development."

see also: Feilhaber, Benny

Posted by: jamie | April 3, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Goff has a scribe.

A young intern follows him everywhere, gets him coffee, does grocery shopping.

Posted by: delantero | April 3, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

delantero, I usually will defend him, but to side with hockey over MLS simply because it is about DCU?

Posted by: RK | April 3, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's not a competition between MLS and hockey.

On the merits, MLS would lose that right now, and that's a point worth making to those who persist in trying to say that higher mean per game attendance numbers indicate that MLS is more successful. It's not, and it's a dumb, excessively defensive line of reasoning.

But if they were stocks, I would have bought MLS and sold NHL years ago.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 3, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update on Carvallo. Like Delantero, I'm anxious to get a look at him in the net.

Posted by: tmc | April 3, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

guys - if you ignore the troll (mastodon juan) he will not post as much.

Posted by: pat | April 3, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

delantero, I usually will defend him, but to side with hockey over MLS simply because it is about DCU?

Posted by: RK | April 3, 2008 03:17 PM
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Yeah, that should show you that you've been wrong all along. His comments are driven by the mentality that your own low station in life is somehow better if you can drag down the guy who's one rung above you.

Posted by: S | April 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mast Juan, someone is disagreeing with you on a chat over at slate.com -- fetch!!

Posted by: gringo | April 3, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Pat -- I agree with you, but it's just so tempting sometimes.

Posted by: gringo | April 3, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

With Cezar out of the picture, Id be more excited for Jamil back then Kpene. To be honest, when Jamil is on the field is alot more exciting. He has that speed. And we will eventually learn to hit the back of the net and not the side of it. He defintely created more chances that I saw then Kpene.

Goff, any idea if either one has a chance of coming back?

Posted by: Kenny | April 3, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"guys - if you ignore the troll (mastodon juan) he will not post as much."

I'm not your guy, friend!

Posted by: Stephen Abootman | April 3, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Anywho...
Mike Zaher is the guy who starred in Jojo's video about breaking up with Freddy.

Posted by: jgildea | April 3, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What is the exact meaning of "chase the game"? This is quickly becoming one of the most overused and least defined terms in soccer.

Posted by: Paul | April 3, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Getafe with an important late away goal...

Posted by: RK | April 3, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

With Cezar out of the picture, Id be more excited for Jamil back then Kpene. To be honest, when Jamil is on the field is alot more exciting. He has that speed.

Posted by: Kenny | April 3, 2008 04:20 PM
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I seem to recall some reports on this blog a month or two back that indicated that Walker simply never regained his full speed after his injury and hence was let go.

Posted by: edgeonyou | April 3, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

2 Days till the home opener!!

Carvallo (but prob Wells)

Namoff, Thor, Lil' Gonzo, Burch

McTBone, El Muneco, Simms, Fred da Silva

Luchisismo, Tino

Posted by: delantero | April 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Glad to read that Goff isn't making up the quotes like that schlub on The Wire.

Since we're not looking for a developmental player at forward, perhaps DCU ought to take a look at this backup for Chelsea. Andriy Shevchenko. I hear he's pretty good and really deserves to be getting regular playing time. I think he'd be pretty good on the end of those Marcello crosses...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | April 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Shevchenko reportedly has in-laws living in this area. If they are anything like most in-laws, he probably wants to play anywhere but here.

Posted by: tri-village | April 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Walker is currently trialing with SJ, so he may not even be available if we really wanted him back.

Posted by: Jason | April 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

In my *** dreams, Sheva is wearing the red, black and white.

Sheva, Sheva, Sheva, Sheva, Come to DC. Red, black and white dreams. Red, black and white dreams. (sung to the tune of Karma Chameleon....)

Posted by: Fisch Fry | April 3, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

BTW -- "huge Kpene fan"? Seriously? Maybe you're stretching it a tad? Perhaps you likle his story and you were hopeful he would show something -- something which he never really did.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously -- we could be like LA and gut our roster to bring in a star like Sheva.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

If Ms. Applebaum would like to see first hand whether MLS is a "major" league, I'd gladly volunteer to accompany her to RFK for a game....

Tickets on me!

Posted by: skippy | April 3, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The 'Quakes are up to 17 players, according to their Web site (they were at 15 just a few days ago). But that leaves one extra space on the bench. Why don't they sign Walker on what amounts to a game-to-game basis?

Posted by: tri-village | April 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Paul, chase the games basically means when you aren't seeing a lot of possession of the ball and you've got to work harder to get the ball back which takes more out of you as a team. I also take sometimes to mean that you've been taken out of your normal game and are trying to get it back, hence chasing.

Posted by: owendylan | April 3, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

BTW, ESPN just said the same thing, that Washington has only had 5 MVPs...

Posted by: RK | April 4, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

saw that kid kpene playing for the revolution today in the reserve, with twellman out he is gonna be a steal,the kid was terrific

Posted by: Anonymous | April 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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