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Zaher In, Cezar Out

I'm hearing that D.C. United and representatives for Brazilian forward Cezar (Atletico Mineiro) could not reach a deal and he has departed training camp. Detials to come.

Meantime, United has acquired the rights to rookie defender Mike Zaher, a third-round pick from UCLA, from Toronto FC. He'll be on trial to allow the club to evaluate him before a developmental contract offer is considered.

More later.....

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
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Comments

Niell is probably happy that there is one less guy gunning for his playing time, but I hope he produces more than we've seen in the last two games.

Posted by: RK | April 3, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

That's disappointing. Every team needs another Brasiliano. And with United's scoring difficulties of late, it would have been nice to see the kid play.

So that leaves Moreno, Emilio, Niell, Tino, as options at striker.

Any word if Kpene has hit the spin bikes to get in shape?

Posted by: delantero | April 3, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

No love for BehindTheBadge.com who posted this an hour and a half ago? :)

Posted by: No love? | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

the details: Cezar took one look at DC's developmental contract offer, cried uncontrollably, and decided he could make more playing for post-game beers in the local ethnic leagues.

Posted by: d, dc | April 3, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Behind the Badge" is a marketing channel for DC United. The day they report forthrightly about, say, what financials DC United has proposed for their share and the district's share of Popular Point, or what player punched what other player in practice, then they should be cited. Otherwise, it should be noted and researched by a real reporter.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | April 3, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Reports from our preseason said Zaher played pretty well. It was a matter of the numbers game to fit under the international restrictions. If he were Canadian I think he would have been given a contract. Best of luck to him

Posted by: DigzTFC | April 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Waiting for phone call.

Posted by: Kpene | April 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

What about bringing John O'Brien in for a trial in the midfield, thereby pushing Fred up to Forward? Too far fetched? It is about as far fetch as seeing Tino doing anything for us this time around...

Posted by: FarAway_Fred | April 3, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

another defender! what the hell is united thinking? is Kpene still available?

Posted by: DudeAbides | April 3, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Is John O'Brien still alive? (Full disclosure: I own an O'Brien Ajax shirt, and an O'Brien MNT shirt.)

United's forward situation is very, very distressing. Niell is looking like a complete dud, Jaime is on his last year in the league (at least as a day-in, day-out player) and Tino is too much of a wild card. This is a situation that needs to be solved NOW. Or the season's going to end in frustration for sure.

Posted by: DJC | April 3, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It's Brasileiro or I guess,(Spanish) Brasileño.

And it's disappointing that the management evidently doesn't believe we need to score goals enough to pay someone to do it.

Posted by: Sharp | April 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Forget Kpene... Can we get Nick Addlery back? At least he could score.

Posted by: DCUMD | April 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't knock on Niell as he hasn't played that much with us compared to the others. The guy has alot of intensity and ideas despite his physical limitations. If guys like Twellman, Spencer, and Carrieri can score, then Niell should not have problems in this league. He's just adapting to a league that is more physical and athletic than what he's seen back home.

Posted by: FarAway_Fred | April 3, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Is Quavas Kirk going to see any time soon? He looks big and fast anyway...

Posted by: trey | April 3, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

SG - It seems as if failed draft picks are allowed to train with a new team before a deal is actually made (i.e. SJ has had several other team draft picks in camp - some signed (Roberts), some not signed (Barnett) - but they did not make any trades just to trial them). Zaher may stick here since he is a left back and the only other players who DCU can put there are midfielders (Mediate, Cordeiro) if Burch goes down. I guess that Curtin and Owens are out of luck for a roster spot unless someone gets bumped to the senior roster (Stratford? Moose?) from the developmental roster.

Posted by: Oliver | April 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Niell is a dud not having scored yet for us being new to the team, but Kpene a guy who didn't score at all last year despite being given numerous chances- now that's a player who will inspire confidence in our forward corp.

Posted by: bluemeanies | April 3, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Grrrr... Defenders are all well and good, but unless Marc Burch starts scoring, we need some more depth at forward.

Emilio has acquired some serious offseason baggage that he needs to work off, and Niell needs to figure out how to stay on his feet and shoot. And Gallaro, beautiful as his passes are, should let loose and have a rip on goal every once in a while...

Posted by: DCBird | April 3, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the OF didn't miss a great talent.

Posted by: td | April 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

John O'Brien disintegrated and his dust floated away into the atmosphere. Thanks for the memories....ummm, make that memory?

Posted by: Hoost | April 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love these guys who are making statements like "he wont do anything this season" or "he's a bust signing" based on 4 games played. You should become scouts for MLS with insight like that......

Posted by: boda united | April 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok, now the sky REALLY IS FALLING.

We cut Kpene cause we were going to get Cezar. Now we have neither.

HOL-LY-CRAP

That is almost a Colorado style gaff.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

MJ -

People know (well the should) that blogs run by teams are an alternative internet solution for reaching fans and servicing customers.

Financially speaking - you're not going to ever see those numbers because they aren't United's. They are MacFarlane Partners' numbers and having worked in the real estate business - you'll never see anyone publish development details except for the mythical figures that are bantered back and forth in the press. Victor is proving to be a very capable and dedicated owner, but first and foremost the man is a well respected developer and if you look at their website you'll see what sort of returns he gets in his business.

Personally - fans and residents should never care what a city gives in infrastructure and development projects. If it's not to a sports team, then it's to some other business on a sweetheart deal to get people to come to an area and spend higher amounts to live and shop and increase a city's tax revenue dollars. The money will be spent somewhere on something that may or may not benefit constituents. The ones that are the closest to the proposed project seem to want it and in the end that's all that should matter. I believe that they've met with Victor and he's told them what will happen if it's a success and what it could mean for them so let them have it. If it goes wrong, fine. But Clark Realty will go in there with nothing but money on their minds. They have no social agenda. They are trying to make Mr. Clark more money with a successful project. Oh and they will also get a big infrastructure spend from the District w/ or w/o a stadium.

Do you tell your children every day that all hope and joy and anything good in life is a lie and only cold and miserable facts are a way to go about business? What happened to you to cause you to rain on the joy of fans over a sport.

Posted by: Debbie Downer | April 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Niell may not be the second coming of RDA, but he works to find space and the ball, can hold it and bring others into play. Kpene was not nearly as effective at this, and it's critical in our lineup. Emilio is not going to run at the goal with the ball and score. There must be a second forward who brings the other into the attack and Niell has shown that he at least understands that.

He does hit the ground, but he doesn't writhe and stay there. He gives the Ref an option to call it, but then he moves on.

Seems to me he might bang in a few this year, given a chance as the 3rd forward.

However, if he ends up starting more than 10-15 games, he is not suited to that, at least as far as I can tell. I hope to be wrong...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, that was me above, forgot to stick the name in...

Posted by: JkR | April 3, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Thats not good for business, it seemed that cezar could have been the answer, I wonder what was the loan price we were having problems with? Niells here for 60k this year right? I know a bolivian player just went to Atl. Minero for 150k i believe on a 1yr loan.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | April 3, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that formal partnership with Atletico Mineiro is really coming through for us, huh?

Though I suppose they can say the same thing.

Posted by: Bootsy | April 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the hysterical overreactions were kept to a relatively small number. I doubt any of us knows a thing about Cezar, so acting like we just traded Peralta to LA for Alan Gordon is silly and pointless.

Zaher is supposed to be a left back, something we don't have too many of (unless you count trying to use Mediate or Cordeiro there). Hopefully he proves something to the coaching staff and can be a contributor.

As for forward options, you guys have forgotten Dyachenko. I know his best position is supposedly as an attacking midfielder, but we've gotten the same quality of play out of him there that we have when he's been up front. He's 6', has decent hops and strength, and can use his creative sense to set up Emilio. Counting him and Fred as possible forwards, we have 6, all of whom are more likely to get goals than Kpene and Addlery (who, despite DCUMD's lukewarm endorsement, looked like a Rongen/Hudson-era signing sent to the future to make sure we never forget the bad times).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 3, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

No love for BehindTheBadge.com who posted this an hour and a half ago? :)

Posted by: No love? | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM

Link didn't work when I clicked on it.

Posted by: RK | April 3, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"But Clark Realty will go in there with nothing but money on their minds. They have no social agenda."

Disagreed. Sorta. In order to to win the project and eventually gain approval, they have to keep social concerns on theri minds. For example, a charter school.

Posted by: Glaucon | April 3, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Go to DCUnited.com then click on the link. or you could actually type the address in yourself...if that's not too much work.
http://www.behindthebadge.com .

Posted by: boda united | April 3, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

bluemeanie- post of the day!perfectly said.

Posted by: frank | April 3, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Fred wants to attack, everyone keeps talking about him wandering to the center.
They have been since last year.
RD probably wants too as well.
Let em' shoot.

Posted by: Dadryan | April 3, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please give Cezar a plane ticket to San Jose? Thanks!

Posted by: JJH | April 5, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Saw Mike Zaher play for UCLA last season, he is a very good left back in the style of someone like Ashley Cole. He is much better when he is coming forward, he has pace and strength and really gave the UCLA defence a few options and goals. He also has a great sense of style and feels comfortable with the Media. He has already appeared in a music video and looks comfortable in a soccer strip as well as an Armani suit, and that does count for something these days in the world of branding

Posted by: Rodash | April 5, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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