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Parlez Vous Francais, DCU?

Three independent sources tell me D.C. United is in talks with a French coach or administrator about overseeing the club's youth development system as well as working in other areas of the organization. The individual is meeting with team officials today. More details as we learn them.

[UPDATE: DCU has confirmed the interest, but has so far declined to identify him.]

By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Finally, Arsene has HAD it with the Gunners.

He's coming over to help Dave Kasper further rape and pillage money from everyone else in the transfer window, develop the next Walcott and Fabregas, and lift the CONCACAF Champions League trophy - since it's doubtful he's going to get one in UEFA.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 28, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ooooh, perhaps Gerard Houllier and his army of Promising French Youngstersâ„¢ will be making their way to DC...

;-)

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Fabien Barthez FTW.

Posted by: silentbob | April 28, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for his first encounter with a former football player, turned soccer dad/coach from Southern VA. Hopefully he won't have any freedom fries or freedom toast thrown at him by a guy who calls his defense, linemen and his goalie the quarterback.

Posted by: Aint no frenchy tellin me what to do! | April 28, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Is Marco Etcheverry still with the youth program?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | April 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Arsene didn't develop Cesc, Barca's cantera did and Wenger just stole him like he stole Fran Merida. The man is a bonafide kiddy fiddler.

Posted by: Chris | April 28, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Josh Gros somehow involved with the youth program?

Posted by: Ben Smith | April 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It's "Parlez-vous Français" not "Parley Vous Francais".

Posted by: Frenchie | April 28, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Where does the money for USSF come from?

Posted by: MZ | April 28, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I just hope its not Jean Girard of Talladega Nights fame! Of course that could mean we know our jersey sponsor ... Perrier!

Posted by: piney O | April 28, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@frenchie:

It is a play on words. Apparently you don't "get it". Here's some help. Look up the work "parley" in the english dictionary. Then consider the subject of Goff's post. If you still don't get it, then I can't help you.

Posted by: Ron | April 28, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Marco Etecheverry's position with DC United is called, Special Assistant to the CEO.

Posted by: TCompton | April 28, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Who knows how good this guy is or isn't, but it is good to see DCU taking the youth program more seriously. No disrespect to the other guys, but I know them personally and they are not the choices that you make to take a program to the next level. It is news like this (when people choose to upgrade how they do things) that make it fun to be a soccer fan in the US. This is potentialy great news, but we will have to wait and see how it turns out before we start doing flips. Regardless, thanks for the scoop!

Posted by: Wow! | April 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I want no part of this French guy if all he's going to do is tunnel his way under DC United's dressing room spa, climb up a ladder, then ask Sly, Michael Caine, and the rest of the team to follow him.

Posted by: Hoost | April 28, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

C'est ne pas vrai!

Posted by: Naysayer | April 28, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Look up the work 'parley' in the english dictionary."

At first, I interpreted "parley" in the subject title based on the urbandictionary definition -- an enemy conference to resolve differences. As in, Prop Joe arranged for a parley between Omar and Stringer.

Oh well.

Posted by: silentbob | April 28, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

As long as it's not Raymond Domenech...

Posted by: Le Fut | April 28, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

say it with me........

"Ooh Ahh Cantona"

Posted by: Keith in Charlotte | April 28, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bristol | April 28, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Etcheverry is with Oriente Petrolero.

Posted by: B.A. | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Aint no frenchy tellin me what to do!, have you ever actually been to southern Virginia and talked soccer with anybody?

Posted by: sitruc | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

headline spelling fixed, my bad. apologies to the republic.

Posted by: Goff | April 28, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Etcheverry is not with Oriente Petrolero. He turned that job down.

Posted by: BarraBoliviano | April 28, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Parley. Makes me think of Keira Knightly.

She was in a soccer movie, so it's relevant dammit!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm from Southwest Virginia.

We do talk soccer down there.

Had a kid play at Arsenal even.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Parley. Makes me think of Keira Knightly.

She was in a soccer movie, so it's relevant dammit!

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 4:46 PM
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It's more of a guideline, really.

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Gerard Houllier, French FA, was at the NSCAA this year (january). Would make some sense.

Other "options":
François Ciccolini or Gérard Gili (Greg Vanney's coaches at Bastia)
David Regis
Eric Cantona

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | April 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

BarraBoliviano,

Thanks for the correction. I didn't bother to verify.

...And that's why I'm not a journalist!

Posted by: B.A. | April 28, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Hoost, thats pretty funny!

Posted by: Alan | April 28, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Ron, there is no need for the attitude. Correcting me nicely would have been in order there. Obviously I am French, and I obviously don't understand the English language as well as you do. If I make any more mistakes, I'd like you to correct me as soon as possible - albeit in a NICE way - so that I can further understand these so called "play on words".
Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Frenchie | April 28, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

FC Nantes has a nice youth system. GolTV showed some coverage of it.

Here's a link (in French): http://www.fcna.fr/formation/20052006/academieFoot-teaser290506.php

Posted by: FC | April 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Victoire!!! Victoire!!!

Posted by: equus | April 28, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Frenchie: We're American, we eschew the English language. And from what I gather by watching Sky Sports, so do the English.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 28, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Steve Cohen is the biggest idiot in the world. Just thought people should know

Posted by: dc fan | April 28, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Who was Bob Bradley scouting at Sat Night's Game?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

No doubt he was scouting Bryan Namoff. More likely, he was looking at Findley and Beckerman.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

It's more of a guideline, really.

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 28, 2008 5:50 PM
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Touché!

Posted by: edgeonyou | April 28, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Two words:

Zinedine. Zidane.

(now what was that about a second DP slot?)

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Etcheverry is with Oriente Petrolero.

Posted by: B.A. | April 28, 2008 4:40 PM
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He is an assistant coach right now for the U20.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | April 28, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Two words:

Zinedine. Zidane.

(now what was that about a second DP slot?)

Posted by: | April 28, 2008 11:43 PM

=================================================

Je ne te connais pas!, says ZZ.

Posted by: Andy | April 29, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Zidane won't pass to Freddy either :-(

Posted by: AlecW81 | April 29, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

I say we send our current front office down to the youth development team. There, they can employ their fabulous posession futbol, and teach youngsters to pass the ball back and forth on a line, and run up that incredibly important statistic: time of posession. That should guarantee decades of exciting soccer for us fans, and ensure we win the big ones when they count most.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff - any truth to the rumour that Ronaldo will be starring in the remake of The Crying Game???

Posted by: Hmmm | April 29, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I say we send our current front office down to the youth development team. There, they can employ their fabulous posession futbol, and teach youngsters to pass the ball back and forth on a line, and run up that incredibly important statistic: time of posession. That should guarantee decades of exciting soccer for us fans, and ensure we win the big ones when they count most.

Posted by: | April 29, 2008 4:14 AM


What rock have you been hiding under? DC has played some of the most exciting soccer and most beautiful to watch for the entire history of MLS. We had a slow start, big deal.

No MLS team can string together as many one touch passes leading to a goal than United.

Posted by: M | April 29, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Ok - if Guevara's free kick beats Marcelo Gallardo for GOTW - then I'm DONE letting the fans vote for anything. Nobody else would pick anything higher than Gallardo's. His was Goal of the Year. Close the books now. Unless someone hits the same strike to win MLS Cup or SuperLiga or Champions League NOTHING CAN BEAT.

If any Canadians are reading this - stuff the ballots at your own peril.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 29, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: WNT fan | April 29, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Ok - if Guevara's free kick beats Marcelo Gallardo for GOTW - then I'm DONE letting the fans vote for anything. Nobody else would pick anything higher than Gallardo's. His was Goal of the Year. Close the books now. Unless someone hits the same strike to win MLS Cup or SuperLiga or Champions League NOTHING CAN BEAT.

If any Canadians are reading this - stuff the ballots at your own peril.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | April 29, 2008 8:32 AM


Canadians suck. Its a fact.

Posted by: Matthai | April 29, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Why was Ronaldo in Rio?

Posted by: RK | April 29, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Ah, Stoichkov at it again...not only hit the journalist taping him, but also pushed and insulted his pregnant wife.

http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/futbol/internacional/es/desarrollo/1117558.html#

El ex futbolista búlgaro Hristo Stoichkov golpeó brutalmente a un fotógrafo búlgaro y empujó e insultó a la esposa de éste, embarazada en el quinto mes y también periodista, por haber grabado al ex jugador con una cámara cuando cenaba en un restaurante barcelonés, según la cadena de televisión privada búlgara bTV y varios periódicos del país balcánico. El incidente ocurrió hace unos días en "La Barca del Salamanca", en el puerto olímpico de Barcelona.

Posted by: RK | April 29, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If you can dodge a baguette, you can dodge a ball!

Posted by: Patches O'Houlihan | April 29, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The title reminds me of the wonderful skit by Flight of Conchords about learning French. They use baguettes as flutes and lots of other shenanigans.

Posted by: Suz | April 29, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Les Bleus won the 2001 U-17 tourney in T&T, getting past the U.S. golden generation of EJ, Santino, and Justin Mapp in the opening round so they must be doing something right.

Posted by: AM | April 29, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Ok - if Guevara's free kick beats Marcelo Gallardo for GOTW - then I'm DONE letting the fans vote for anything.
So all of a sudden you control the voting, VBB?

Posted by: sitruc | April 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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