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United, Argentina and France

Things I'm hearing.....

*DCU General Manager Dave Kasper departed for Argentina yesterday to meet with his club and player contacts. I seem to remember United picking up a few players in South America over the winter. ;-) He is planning to attend Sunday's Boca-River superclasico. Begin wild speculation at your earliest convenience.

*Remember when I told you that DCU was in talks with someone from French club AS Nancy about a front office job that would include overseeing youth development? He is actually from Nantes, not Nancy. (A French accent caused confusion.) One source tells me his name is Laurent Guyot, a former French league defender who runs the Nantes academy. Awaiting comment from DCU.....


By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 12:29 PM ET
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Seventeenth

Posted by: Lame | May 1, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Here is a link that mentions the Nantes youth academy. It's about halfway down the article and just mentions it.

http://stateofthegame.co.uk/2005/10/04/french-football-falters/

Posted by: RONANDO | May 1, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Is this 1 of the guys that was featured in "Soccer Academy" that was on GolTV that feature Nantes?

I loved the show and think the set up they had can only help develop & enhance the youth academy structure here.

Posted by: Ben Canada | May 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if he was there with Nick Sakiwicz starred there in the mid-80s. ;)

Posted by: Jacknut | May 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Kasper should step off the plane singing this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx9f11m0zgc

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

MLS DC United Signs Volkswagen To Jersey Sponsorship Deal


Volkswagen has signed a jersey sponsorship deal with MLS DC United that will deliver $3.1-3.7M annually to the club, making it the second largest jersey deal in league history. The deal is expected to be announced within the week. The deal also makes Volkswagen the official automotive partner of MLS for an additional $1-2M annually. MLS declined to comment (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal). In DC, Craig Stouffer reported a United player Tuesday was seen "inside RFK Stadium wearing a team jersey bearing a Volkswagen logo." A source said that United "had a potential shirt sponsorship deal with Verizon Wireless collapse last fall." Meanwhile, MLS has been without a major auto sponsor since Honda ended its relationship with the league last year (WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 4/30). The following presents the MLS teams which have signed jersey sponsorship deals to date (THE DAILY).
MLS JERSEY SPONSORSHIP DEALS
TEAM

SPONSOR

AMOUNT ANNUALLY
Galaxy

Herbalife

$4.0-5.0M
DC United Volkswagen
$3.1-3.7M
Fire Best Buy
$2.0-4.0M
Chivas USA

Comex Group

$2.0M+
Dynamo Amigo Energy
$1.9M
Toronto FC Bank of Montreal
$1.0-1.5M
Real Salt Lake Xango
$1.0M
Crew Glidden Paint
$1.0M

Posted by: VW Sponsor | May 1, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want an inside look into the Nantes Academy?

Take a gander at "Soccer Academy" a reality show on GolTV. It has been on for a few years. It follows young players, typically 16-18 years old, as they train and battle to earn a contract.

It is pretty tough...especially for the African kids in desperate need to send money back home to their families...and you know only one out of the group can get a contract or their contract only lasts one year. Cutthroat and hard to watch sometimes because you know most of those washouts could come here and school most opposition or at least get a D1 scholarship (but they focus so much on footy they rarely continue to study so Uni ball goes out the window).

Truth be told, DC United has never run a true academy. They basically run a couple of travel (Super Y) teams - you can even compare it to a legitimate Academy (not even Bradenton really equals a Euro academy program).

Lets hope this guy really builds a program that DC-area players can aspire to join.

Posted by: Erick | May 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

yow. me thinks the goffster got scooped!
Anyway, can it be that we're trading Kasper? :) Or maybe we're getting the other half of Neil ?

Posted by: David | May 1, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps now the VW logo can help decorate the MOST BORING KIT in MLS.

Honestly, has anyone compared the training shirt and the match shirt? Virtually indisitinguishable (which defeats the purpose of the training shirt as they have to warm up on the sideline in a different color).

I pray the current kit does not last beyond this year. Basically a black drifit t-shirt with a patch on it. At least Wells ditched the grey pajama top for a proper keeper shirt.

Posted by: Erick | May 1, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Speculation? Well let's see, we do have, oh, a DP slot laying over there that's picking up dust and stuff while it's sell-by date approaches. I dunno...

@VW Sponsor
Trying to upstage SG? OFF WITH ITS HEAD!! I knew that talking bug was going to be a problem!

@Lame
You know what I find to be so super groovy cool and fresh? Its that people still use the word "lame". I mean that's just, well, gee-golley jeepers...super!!

Posted by: Kosh | May 1, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

me thinks the goffster got scooped!

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my lead in the scoop race has been cut to 479-3? arrghhhh i quit

Posted by: Goff | May 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@Kosh

Thanks - just trying to poke a statement at the PerezHilton.com style posters.

Cheers Mate

Posted by: Lame | May 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

fingers crossed its Palacio that Kasper is visiting....

i'll take him and his out of fashion, Star Wars inspired rattail anyday!!!!

Posted by: myt! | May 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

So, catching El SuperClassico while he's there on business? Suuuuuuurrrrre. ;-)

Posted by: DirtyHarry | May 1, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Goff, don't quit.

Just post a link to a picture of the new official DC/VW jersey and we'll send you our love.

Posted by: Quitters never win | May 1, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for a French car company as a sponsor and a German to lead our youth player development program.

Posted by: euro-tastic | May 1, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@Lame
Nothing but love for ya :)

@Erick (mit ein German accent)
So, Erick...tell me how it is you really feel about zhe DC United kit? :)

Posted by: Kosh | May 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Sr. Kasper,

If you come to enjoy the superclasico, don't forget your hardware: switchblade, stiletto, butcher knife, plastic bag of urine, bricks, or molotov cocktails.

XOXO

Hinchas "H.P."

Posted by: Los Hinchashijosdeputa | May 1, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the sponsor issue goes round and round - When Steven has it up - that's when I'll make my run to the DC United MEGASTORE!

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | May 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Just merely getting the info out to the people - not trying to out scoop people.

This is a forum that the information should be distributed as soon as possible regardless of source.

Posted by: VW Sponsor | May 1, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

We're 4th place...

http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/stats/discipline.jsp

In the Fair Play Table

I wonder how Marcelo liked writing that $100 check to MLS this week?

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | May 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Goff, I love how you tease speculation and then have everyone else speculating. You win the internets.

Posted by: Section 130 | May 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

This is a forum that the information should be distributed as soon as possible regardless of source.

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Thanks for the tip, boss.


Posted by: Goff | May 1, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Steven,

How often do you read through our snippy diatribe and feel like you need that "Head On" stuff?

Posted by: Just Curious | May 1, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Kasper...bring us a forward with pace, is larger than 4'3", is younger than 28 and is ready to work hard and I will be thrilled.

But alas, it is not going to happen. We will probably try to sign another aging, slow forward on the downslope of his career that just wants to come to the US and enjoy being anonymous for a year or so.

Posted by: therealfootball | May 1, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

How often do you read through our snippy diatribe and feel like you need that "Head On" stuff?

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I'm their top shareholder

Posted by: Goff | May 1, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Kasper told me that we are back in the race to bring in Palermo...
It has been a long courtship similar to the one for Emilio.

Posted by: jgildea | May 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

ummm, haven't we had speculation about VW being the lead candidate for a jersey sponsor for a couple of weeks now.

If DCU unvails their new jersey sponsor as Microsoft or American Express perhaps you can claim Goff as being scooped.

In Goff We Trust!

Posted by: Tweaked | May 1, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Just give Riquelme the VW money and roll. Farfengugen!

Posted by: DirtyHarry | May 1, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Kasper is at the Boca/River match this week? Wild speculation: Martin Palermo for DP! :)

Posted by: Mike | May 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If we add another Argentine - shouldn't we be bringing in a River guy for Gallardo?

And also - do DP's get exemptions in terms of the Domestic or International counts?

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | May 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Goff - any way to contact you outside of a blog posting?

Could have easily sent you the info but had no way of doing so without posting on here.

Posted by: VW sponsor | May 1, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

479-3? Come on Goff, you're ruining the spread! :p

Posted by: B.A. | May 1, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic:

I am very, very impressed with Zenit St. Petersburg's play, very poised and confident with the ball and passing.

Posted by: Red Devil | May 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Thanks for the tip, boss".

Lol! I love it.

Is Veron playing in the Super Clasico? ;) I bet Sohen is going there to look at defensive midfielders or full backs. It feels like the place we've got the least depth.

Posted by: David | May 1, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's the rundown on the DCU jersey sponsor:

*Six weeks ago: Wash Post reports that DCU is in talks with a foreign automaker about becoming the jersey sponsor.

*Tuesday: Examiner spots a DCU player at RFK carrying a jersey with a sponsor's logo on it.

*Thursday: SportsBiz Journal reports details.

That's where we stand. I'm sure I'll be in position to share plenty of exclusive info with you next week. Okay?


Posted by: Goff | May 1, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Any chance that Kasper consulted with Gallardo about who to bring back from this trip?

Posted by: Matthai | May 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe instead of going to Argentina we should be looking at the Russian League and have a look at bringing one of these guys from Zenit. But that's just me.

Posted by: Red Devil | May 1, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Y'know what I bet - I bet we sign another "Partner" who will share marketing, training, coaching, and youth development details. Maybe we'll play a friendly. Maybe they'll let us train with them in the close season.

Maybe - we won't see much publicly out of the deal. Who knows.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | May 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Veron play for Estudiantes?

I'm excited about that VW sponsorship deal - it covers Gallardo's salary plus the salary of our next DP. It also covers the big blank area where the wonderful three stipes used to be. But I think I'll wait until the end-of-year equipment sale to get the new shirt.

Posted by: DE | May 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

DCU should set up an exchange program with Nantes. Their academy facility looked awesome on GolTV.

Posted by: FC | May 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Palermo would be great...

Posted by: Darth Hater | May 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Thanks for all the hard work. Don't let the trolls bring you down!

Posted by: strago | May 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why people want Palermo in DC, this guy has shown in the past that he only scores on a regular basis with Boca and Estudiantes before that, he is terrible in any other jersey.

Posted by: Red Devil | May 1, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

If DC is going to sign a midget, it should at least be one that can play...

GET DIEGO BUENANOTTE pof favorrrr, Kasper

Posted by: d, dc | May 1, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Goff

Frankly I don't really care if you have exclusive stories or break the news first.

I just hope that once a story breaks you're on the leading edge of it and use your incredible resources and contacts to get the details/opinions that others might not be able to get. Do that and you're doing as much or more than anyone can ask of you.

Your chest thumping about breaking stuff first or sniping at people when others do comes off a bit amateurish though. The WaPo is the 600 lb gorilla of print news media in the Washington Metro Area, it is expected that you have access to information that others wouldn't, no need to point out the obvious.

Its like Gary Kasparov bragging he can beat the Gonzaga chess team.

Besides it is not like you'll get fired for not always being first to break a story, bragging about it when you do is as dumb and childish as the people who post "first" in their replies to this forum.

I'd expect you are better than that.

Posted by: Matthai | May 1, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

VW has those new commercials with Heidi Klum...

Posted by: RK | May 1, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I am stunned by that Zenit-Bayern score...

Posted by: RK | May 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm at work so I missed the match, but I peeked over at the UEFA site and could not belive mine eyes. Bayern took a manhandling at Zenit. Is one to read into this result? Ouchie!!

Posted by: Kosh | May 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

there is no way we could get Buonanote that dude is going to europe for a huge fee as soon as he can.

Palermo would be good, but I'd be happier with Palacio.
Also, Boca showed interest in playing against DCU. Perhaps they would want to be our friends in argentina...that would be cool.

Posted by: bribri | May 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Dang, and I thought Santino was flashing us the shocker...turns out it was the VW/V-Dub gang sign they throw in the commercials.

New VW slogans for Emilio:
Farfromskorin
Prollisukkin
Balonhoggin

Posted by: Erick | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

bragging about it when you do is as dumb and childish as the people who post "first" in their replies to this forum.

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but, dad, i thought blogs were the place to be dumb and childish.


Posted by: Goff | May 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@Matthai

-I don't think Steven has ever been one to "I'm the King of the World" anything beyond what he puts down is not rumor or a potential. He's reporting and lets the rumor mongering and the reading between the lines commence below his comments. I'm pretty sure he's proud of his integrity in reporting and not just his expediency. The second part of it, him normally being first comes from the fact that he's been in this business and serious about soccer for a long time while others are still new to the game.

And the sniping at others normally comes not as sour grapes but more along the lines of commenters coming after him for why he didn't have it on their first or everyone is talking about it so why aren't you reporting it Steven.

Steven is good at what he does and this blog I'm sure more than makes his colleagues at WaPo very happy for its ability to generate revenue for the company.

Man - if we all got to critique and direct the future of everyone's jobs - this country would have imploded faster than it already is.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | May 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

MARTIN PALERMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Seems unlikely that some up and comer like Palacios or even a star still in his peak, like Riquelme, would waste themselves in MLS, but an aged star like "El Loco" (Palermo) would seem at least a more logical possibility..... With 24 goals in 22 games last year, what team couldn't use him?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bayern's defending was atrocious....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"i thought blogs were the place to be dumb and childish."

they certainly can be.

it's not a competition to be the dumbest and most-childish though.

and dumb and childish posts certainly aren't a way to increase page hits and readership, i would not think. or maybe i'm wrong.

if you're getting paid to run a blog, i think a bit more is expected of you (by all parties, and rightfully so, imo).

Posted by: web logger | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

By the way -- DirtyHarry's comment about spending the VW money -- there may be something to that. One can imagine that, before committing to forking over milliones de dolares, VW wanted some assurance that DCU would bring in a name player.

VW would want to be associated with a sure winner, and would want to increase visibility -- but, more than anything else, they'd want to generate t-shirt and jersey sales, with a star's name on the back and that VW on front. That's why these big sponsorship deals get done.

So, maybe it is Riquelme....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@ Fisch Fry: Now the Galaxy know what they can look forward to

Posted by: Ze Roberto | May 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

We did not just spent money on Gallardo to get Riquelme (not that Riquelme isnt a beast)

Posted by: Darth Hater | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Bring on Martin Palermo. He can put the little dye spot back in his hair; Jaime can join him by dying his bronze again, and suddenly we'll have an aerial attack for the first time in 10 years. Oh wait, I forgot that Gallardo can't cross balls over the first defender....oh, but wait, there's a guy with a golden left foot called on the team named Burch....oh wait, he's on the bench....genius!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Now my purchase of a Jetta last summer was a good call! (Keeping fingers crossed)

With all potentially exciting news surely the D.C. Government isn't far off from giving us Poplar Point... Right?!?!? :-/

Posted by: beltwayrob | May 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So what are blogs supposed to be? Is there a body out there that governs the "blogging standards?" Personally I come out here to get some great info delivered with integrity and a professional yet friendly touch. I also get to flap poetic with my DC buddies (and Mastodon) all in good nature. But it seems some people expect this place to be as dry as The Economist or WSJ. Why because it's Wa Po? Can't we be allowed the liberties of "first posters club" silliness here and there? Who died as a result of that anyway? Live a little people, sheesh!

How uptight can you be to have the childish joys of another burn you to the core? Live life my friends...LIVE LIFE!!

Posted by: Kosh | May 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Gallardo has been OK, but not withstanding that touch-in by McTavish, his free kicks have been highly ineffective. Riquelme is one of the best in the world. I think they could complement each other nicely. Gallardo's looking pretty good out on the wing.

I realize this is the rankest speculation...I'm just sayin' that I think that cold work. So would Palermo, given that DCU would probably have to sell Emilio to get under the cap. If Benny is headed to the DL, would DCU get some cap room?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Kosh,
Don't be dissin' the economist, biatch.. it's far from dry!

Posted by: mizage | May 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@mizage
Word...I don't know why I said The Economist either. That's good fun information reading.

Perhaps I should have said something along the lines of "Service Oriented Architecture reading dry." :)

Posted by: Kosh | May 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Gallardo + Riquelme will never happen. And I doubt in general that Kasper would come away with any players from Boca or River. Outside of Gallardo, thats never really been our thing. More likely that we'll hear some new rumors about some players from second-tier Argentinian clubs.

Posted by: DCUMD | May 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Head on! Apply directly to the forehead! Head on! Apply directly to the forehead! Head on! Apply directly tot he forehead!

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Kasper told me that we are back in the race to bring in Palermo...
It has been a long courtship similar to the one for Emilio.

Posted by: jgildea | May 1, 2008 1:44 PM

Hope he checked with Gallardo first to see if he ever could pass to him! Or else we might have another Jaime/Freddy situation on our hands.

Posted by: JMR | May 1, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

If Kasper can't ink an Argie, maybe he could link us up with a team so we could do some winter training in the Southern Hemisphere, where it would be toasty. I was expecting at least that from the Brazilian lashup with Athletico Minero(sp).

Posted by: Hedbal | May 1, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Pour ceux peuvent lire le français, regarder-ça:

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Guyot

Basically says Guyot was a center and left back for 13 seasons at Nantes. He's been the director of their center for development since 2005.

Posted by: Andrew | May 1, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping he'd been director for a lot longer than that. In the old days, the youth system at Nantes turned out some very, very good players; but I haven't heard much about it in recent years.

Posted by: Bootsy | May 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

ESPN commentator keeps saying DCU 4 nil win over RSL last week. hahaha

Posted by: td | May 1, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Nantes is gorgeous and the people are friendly. Just thought I'd mention that after the bad impressions given by the idiots of St. Germain des Pres

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 1, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know Goff's record vs. Ives?

Posted by: Alan | May 1, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know Goff's record vs. Ives?

Posted by: Alan | May 1, 2008 9:29 PM
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vs? I think they compliment each other nicely.

Course, as a local and DCU supporter - Goff gets more looks (hits) from me....

Posted by: PotomacBoater | May 1, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

News report saying that VW is the DC United jersey sponsor:

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2008/04/28/daily54.html

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | May 1, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

To I-270 -- Actually, I had a rather unpleasant encounter in Nantes. Went there during the '98 Cup for the last US game (boy, the Sampson days were special, huh?). My best friend and I were on a local light rail train from the stadium into town. My friend is black, and was decked out in a very American looking outfit. Anyway, this old French guy -- crusty local type -- starts talking about him and laughing it up with people around him -- in French, so my friend wouldn't know. However, the insulting, anti-American and probably racist tone was rather obvious to me, even with the little French I know.

So, while there may be fine people in Nantes, there are despicable ones, too.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | May 2, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Fisch Fry, you do realize you could change the name of the town in that story to Huntsville, Alabama or Boston, Massachusetts and get the same outcome, right?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | May 2, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Go to Brazil and bring us Ronaldo.

Posted by: Please | May 2, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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