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DCU Update

Where in the world is Francis Doe?

United expected him to return from Liberian national team duty early in the week, then changed his ETA to Thursday because of passport and visa issues. (Apparently, the Liberian federation misplaced his documents and he had to scramble to replace them.) However, he was not at training this morning. With United's attack in good form, he has not been missed, but with Franco Niell's departure this week, United could use Doe on the bench for Sunday's game against the Galaxy.

Fear not: Word from club officials is that he is returning to Washington today and will be available for selection Sunday.

*You may have heard more rumblings in the Spanish-language media this week about Luciano Emilio pledging his allegiance to Honduras, where he played for many years, and joining the national team's World Cup qualifying effort. According to his agent, however, "As far as I know, those are all rumors, nothing more. ... They have been speculating about this since the beginning of the year."

*Santino Quaranta, on the club overcoming its poor start to the season: "It was almost a lost cause. We were in a lot of trouble early on. It's not hard to just turn the switch on and off in this league, and we've done that. We're not there yet, but we're on the right path and we're finding a way to win games, so that's always a positive."

*Ticket sales are around 33,000. Stadium capacity is 46,000+.

*DCU travel advice for fans attending Sunday's match:

"Fans are encouraged to arrive early; parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. on game day, and stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m. D.C. United asks drivers to allow extra time for travel as a Major League Baseball game will also be occuring nearby at 1:30 p.m."
"D.C. United recommends that fans utilize Metro. Before and after the game, Metro will have extra 6-car and 8-car trains available to place into service. Extra station managers and personnel at the Stadium-Armory Metrorail station will be available to assist customers."

By Steve Goff  |  June 27, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Beckham and Donovan are in for a rude awakening this Sunday!

Vamos United!!

Posted by: Smitty | June 27, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

As are baseball parkers as they confront the overflow from the DC United parkers on the other side of the stadium.

Posted by: seahawkdad | June 27, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to inform you Tino, but it may still be a lost cause...

since there is no real chance of winning the Shield - thanks to the wretched first 1/3 of the season - you guys have to win the Cup outright in order to earn any international tournament berths.

Without a Shield or a Cup, the only thing to show for this season will be a lot of VW shwag and a bunch of leftover 'NIELL' jerseys in Youth Medium.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Francis Doe is with me.

Posted by: Carmen Sandiego | June 27, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"Beckham and Donovan are in for a rude awakening"

Too true... I don't think either one ever expected to score 5 goals in a single (serious) competitive match, let alone simultaneously.

I feel for Zach, I really do.

Posted by: Grunthos | June 27, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I would rather have DC United concentrate on winning the domestic championship than spreading themselves too thin on these international cups they have no hope of winning. Not when they are in early-season form playing against Mexican teams in mid-season form.

Also, the supporters' sheild is nice but MLS cup is better.

Posted by: Bart | June 27, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"you guys have to win the Cup outright in order to earn any international tournament berths."

Huh????

U.S. Open Cup winner goes to Champions League. So does MLS Cup runner-up, I think. Supporters Shield is still very much in play, 8 points back of the Revs.

Posted by: Smart Guy | June 27, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Erick - You are forgetting top 4 finish=Superliga (I know, but it does invlove teams outside of MLS), USOC=CCL, MLS Cup runner up=CCL.

Posted by: LW | June 27, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Erick, you are hilarious.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | June 27, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Goff - do you know what time kickoff will be since the TV time slot is from noon - 230pm?

Posted by: cs | June 27, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Francis Doe is with me.

Posted by: Carmen Sandiego | June 27, 2008 12:33 PM
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I'm in there somewhere, too.

Posted by: Waldo | June 27, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

8 points back in June and we're out of it. OH MY GOD!!!!!! FIRE SOEHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: strago | June 27, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to inform you Tino, but it may still be a lost cause...

since there is no real chance of winning the Shield - thanks to the wretched first 1/3 of the season - you guys have to win the Cup outright in order to earn any international tournament berths.

Without a Shield or a Cup, the only thing to show for this season will be a lot of VW shwag and a bunch of leftover 'NIELL' jerseys in Youth Medium.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 12:31 PM

A little early to give up on the Shield isn't it? Less than halfway through the season and within 8 points of the top with a game in hand on New England (any defense at all three weeks ago at Foxboro and that difference would now be 5). Yes, we may not win the Shield, but it's way too early to throw in the towel. Bet you were one of those who wanted to throw Luchi over the side of the boat a few weeks ago.

Posted by: BillyBob | June 27, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm in there somewhere, too.

Posted by: Waldo | June 27, 2008 12:55 PM
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I'm not that kind of girl.

Posted by: Carmen Sandiego | June 27, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Carmen, don't forget about us ok.

Posted by: Rockapella | June 27, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I would concede the Supporter's Shield this year if we could get over our Playoffs hoo-doo, even though I am pretty high on the SS as a competition. We can go back to winning the Shield the next two years after this.

But really, we are still in the thick of things. The Revs are strong, but they could struggle down the stretch. Their Gambians are going to struggle with the long pace of the season. Dube is already looking a bit jaded as it is (much like Cristman did last season from this point on) and unless they can get Twellman back firing on all cylinders ... their rather pedestrian defense (esp when Reis is not standing on his head) could be exposed a bit more.

DC is used to (now) compensating for cruddy defense, but the Revs have never been able to create goals out of ether.

The Fire really seem to be stuck in a rut, as well.

I hope DC makes a big run the last third of the season (much like in 2004) and peaks towards the end of the year with everyone terrified to play them.

Soehn's comments about Niell's replacement (not necessarily being a forward) are interesting too, in light of the rumors about the team searching for a Eurokeeper. I bet we could pick up a pretty decent player for $150,000 scratch.

That would leave us a bit thin at forward (unless Doe gets back and is pretty effective) or at least ensure Santino is stuck out on the wing for the rest of the season. Hopefully Jaime can handle the heavy work-load for the rest of the season (keeping my fingers crossed).

Posted by: Liverpool_SC | June 27, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Without a Shield or a Cup, the only thing to show for this season will be a lot of VW shwag and a bunch of leftover 'NIELL' jerseys in Youth Medium.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 12:31 PM

A little early to give up on the Shield isn't it? ..... Bet you were one of those who wanted to throw Luchi over the side of the boat a few weeks ago.

Posted by: BillyBob | June 27, 2008 1:02 PM
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He was, along with Payne, Soehn, Wells, Peralta, Martinez, Gallardo, Niell, Carvallo, Dyachenko, Mediate, the trainer, a security guard, two interns and the usher from Section 232.

;-)

Posted by: Throwin | June 27, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

BillyBob,

Yep, I wanted to ditch Luci like a shirt on fire. I would still toss him over the side, especially if someone was looking for pay for him. Way too streaky. Not nearly technical enough. Not creative enough. With Moreno on his last legs, we need a consisten physical striker, who can play with his back to goal, not take 5-6 touches in the 18 to set up his shot, and not squander sitters in the six.

We may be within striking distance (pun intended) of New England, but we have the most porous defense in the MLS. Our back line is solid enough, but goalkeeping is out weakpoint - and New England greatest strength.

There are 15 or so matches left. New England has shown itself to be much, much more consistent during last 3 years than DC. It is not a given that DC catches them. With 15 left to go, DC might win a bunch, but could lose a bunch to. With the sieve in the goal, DC has to literally outscore the opposition (how is that for a John Madden-ism?) to win. Emilio hit his dead-spot mid-season last year. In other words, it all rides on Emilio since we have a nearly one-dimensional attack.

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LW,

Yes, the top four go in, but with the 2007 setup, the used the MLS Cup Winner and RunnerUp. Per reports, they were only doing that for the inaugural season.

The CONCACAF Champions Cup is now defunct. This was the last year. The new format - CONCACAF Champions League - expands the field from 8 to 24, such that FOUR teams will come from North America. MLS Cup Winner and Runner Up are in, as are Supporter's Shield and Shield Runner-Up.

Moreover, the point was that the only sure way to guarantee any "result" for the season to get to the MLS Cup Final and/or finish no less than second on the league table. Far, far, far from certain at this point.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

DC United has only sold 33,000 tickets so far? Yikes, I'm sure they were hoping for a repeat sell out. 13,000 seats to go...

Posted by: Spence | June 27, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Spence,

Yes. Sad. Attendance has been lower this season...weekday games were always bad, but people have not been showing for weekend games. I was whining about this over the weekend.

I just checked the avg attendance stats:
2007: 20,967
2008: 18,651 (as of June 22, 2008)

Oh well, maybe this year I won't be sitting next to 4 middle-school girls wearing Beckham jersys. I can use the empty seats to rest my drink.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Re: Tix Sales. It's a tougher date to sell this year than last because the 4th of July is on Friday this year. Since a lot of folks (especially families) take the week including the Fourth for summer vacations, and many of those rentals/bookings run from Sat-Sat, it stands to reason that this has had a hand in impacting ticket sales for the game. It's not THE answer (other possibilities are the bloom is off the Beckham rose, fewer fans traveling from distance due to gas prices, the ticket prices themselves, boycotts until Zack Wells is exiled to the USISL, etc.), but as a vacation hotel manager, I can tell you it is a factor.

Posted by: Throwin | June 27, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

can the US cap Emilio?

Posted by: Hey? | June 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I just checked the avg attendance stats:
2007: 20,967
2008: 18,651 (as of June 22, 2008)
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A crowd of over 40,000 on Sunday would pull the 2008 number level with the 2007 number, wouldn't it? Friday-Saturday advance sales plus walkups should produce such a result.

Posted by: tri-village | June 27, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

can the US cap Emilio?
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He would be eligible for citizenship some years down the road. He would also be well into his thirties.

Posted by: tri-village | June 27, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

[O]ther possibilities are the bloom is off the Beckham rose...
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Here's an item from the local hospitality industry:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/27/AR2008062700237.html

Posted by: tri-village | June 27, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Erick - I admire your persistence. In the face of math, recent history, and overwhelming opinion on this thread, you hold to your stance. The only consistency NE has shown is the failure to win the big one...they've had massive ups and downs this season already. I'll take my chances with our "one-dimentional attack" over any other team in the East, and our "pourous" (but improving) defense over whatever it is the LA Gals are putting out on the back line. It is what it is my friend...but based on past full season histories, DCU still has a fair shot at the Shield.

Posted by: BillyBob | June 27, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

BillyBob,

I may be stubborn, but I know how to research. Let's talk d recent history...

New England:
Reis is consistently one of the best keepers in MLS.

2002 1st place (East) MLS Final
2003 2nd place (East) MLS Semifinals
2004 4th place (East) MLS Semifinals
2005 1st place (East) MLS Final
2006 2nd place (East) MLS Final
2007 2nd place (East) MLS Final

So they don't win the Cup. True. But they get there, which is a distinct improvement over DC, which aside from 2004, falls like a bad souffle in the MLS postseason:

2002 5th place (East) Missed playoffs
2003 4th place (East) 1st round
2004 2nd place (East) MLS Cup Winner
2005 2nd place (East) 1st round
2006 1st place (East) MLS Semifinals
2007 1st place (East) 1st round

Now the Math:
This season, NE has given up 17 goals in 15 regular season games. DC has given up 25 goals in 14 games. DC has scored less than it has let in (24 vs 25) and that is still buoyed up by a few recent lopsided victories. NE at least has managed to outscore opposition over the season (21 vs 17). Interestingly, the two team have essentially the same number of shots - DC 167, NE 169 - with DC's game in hand, it shows they shoot more and miss more.

Complaints about my "One-dimensional attack?" (MLS Regular Season stats) Emilio has 8 goals - or, 1/3 of the team's entire production. If you had Moreno's 5 goals, you get 13 or over 1/2 the team's total production form those two guys. So perhaps it is a "two-pronged salad fork attack." But considering 3 of Moreno's goals are PKs, it is not a strech to say the attack rests of Emilio's shoulders (just as it did last year - recall when he hit his drought, DC was dying on the vine).

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

im gonna be at the la/dc game sunday and was wondering if theyll be showing the euro final afterward on tvs there

Posted by: steve | June 27, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Erick - OK, so your telling us that that the Luchi/Jaime connection has nearly as many goals as all Revs, and more than their three leading scorers (yes, I have time on my hands this afternoon and can work the internets). Not sure I see your point...I don't care how many prongs they have...it's the results, whether by 2 or 10 players.

Sorry I haven't acknowleged that Reis is a better keeper than what DCU has. Thought that was obvious. In case you're wondering, the sun will set in the west this evening as well.

Let's review the consistent and almighty Revs season so far:

Blown out twice by the Fire (home and away) with 7 goals given up (yeah, Reis is a stud!). At least we won one.

Two ties with the sorry Red Bulls

Like DCU, an embarassing loss to RSL

Finally - who won the Shield the last two years?

I'm not saying it won't turn out the way you're saying it will, but I'm seeing the glass as half-full while you're spilling the water out and breaking the glass. Just a matter of perspective.

Posted by: BillyBob | June 27, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I think you can safely assume that not only are they not going to show the Euros on tv in RFK, they will expect you to be out of the stadium by 3:00

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Would someone at Comcast PLEASE give BillyBob and Erick a TV show?! It would be a damn mot more entertaining than Fox Footy Foolishness.

Maybe you guys can yell at each other via YouTube as a start.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 27, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

we need a consisten physical striker ... and not squander sitters in the six.

Posted by: Erick | June 27, 2008 1:54 PM

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Let us all know when you find the person who never misses their good chances. They're so readily available, right?

Posted by: Brian | June 27, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

If you compare where we are this year and where we were last year in terms of average attendance, then I believe we are a few percentage points ahead. I could be wrong though.

Posted by: Dave | June 28, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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