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DCU-San Jose, the Aftermath

Dodgy first half, solid second half and, despite another Zach Wells blunder, United wins again. Most importantly, what did you think of the giant, VW-refurbished clock (made to look like a speedometer) on the south wall?

The video highlight package is available for viewing by clicking here.

PLAYER RATINGS: Wells 4; Namoff 7, Peralta 6, McTavish 7, Martinez 8; Fred 5, Simms 7, Gallardo 6, Burch 5; Moreno 7, Emilio 7. Subs: Cordeiro 6, Dyachenko 5, Mediate 6.

To read my match report, click here.

By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2008; 9:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Sweeeet Clock!

Posted by: qwerty | June 22, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

loved the clock

wells sucks
wells sucks
wells sucks

maritinez was a monster. also was very close to a second yellow

great overall ball control

mctavish saved another wells blunder

wells must go. he has had plenty of time to develop. he just doesnt get it. his hands suck too. he has no confidence.

Posted by: castroviejo | June 22, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for the number 4, having to be associated with Wells like it is. Poor guy (the number that is).

As for the clock, eh, whatever.

However I did notice they've changed the Dicks Sporting Goods/Gatorade "Is It In You?" boards. Now it's just a plain Gatorade board and the "Is It In You?" board seems to be down by the goal near La Norte.

Too bad.

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | June 22, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

A win's a win but I was hoping to see more improvement having had to miss a couple of games recently.

McTavish had a great save but quite a few errant passes as well.

In terms of bang for the buck, I think Martinez has been our best acquisition from last offseason - thus far.

Posted by: Kire | June 22, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder that Comcast SportsNet will play it back from the top at 11:00 p.m.

BTW, what was the outcome of the Freedom game?

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Wells sucks!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: chris | June 22, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I think your ratings are mainly too high. I give McTavish a 6 for his nice save but deduct 4 for giving the ball away to SJ pretty much every time he had it on his foot.

Wells gets 1 or 2.

Gallardo still looks out of sync with everyone else.

The new clock is very cool. VW just keeps adding more and more stuff to the stadium every week.

Posted by: Glenn | June 22, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW, what was the outcome of the Freedom game?

Posted by: tri-village | June 22, 2008 10:21 PM
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Don't know the final score, but at halftime it was 4-0 Freedom.

Posted by: emanon | June 22, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game in Section 133, Row B, and watched Wells the whole game so I ask you GOFF: how can you sleep at night being so generous? A 4 rating for Wells is scandalous!! He was no better than a 2. He is by far the worst goalkeeper in DC United history and that includes Jeff Causey.

Posted by: bristol | June 22, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't know the final score, but at halftime it was 4-0 Freedom.
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Freedom scored once more to make it 5-0.

I like the new clock.

The co-worker that I took to the game learned some new words after Zach's fumble.

Posted by: John | June 22, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Wells is an embarrassment to watch. Unless DCU finds a credible keeper this team has no reasonable shot at winning a tournament. Had they kept perkins the situation wpuld be entirely different.

Posted by: kjm | June 22, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I just checked the ratings again and you gave McTavish a 7? Were you watching the same game we were? I mean, I know he saved the second goal but his passes were errant, his runs were ill-timed, and his crosses were all over the place.

Posted by: bristol | June 22, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Wells reminds me of that backup Turkish keeper from the other day except the Turkish keeper redeemed himself a few times.

No chance of us winning any of the international comps with him between the pipes.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

the wells disaster is careening left and right til it ends our winning streak, FO! do something!!

Posted by: oh boy | June 22, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

In Steven's defense, Wells didn't play as badly in this match as he has in several others this season. He had two major gaffes and a few other bad plays, but he also actually made a couple of decent saves, and his distribution was quite good.

He's still a USL-2 keeper swimming in much deeper waters than he is capable of handling. But we need to reserve the 1's and 2's for the really awful matches.

Posted by: Grunthos | June 22, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The Replay is on now on Comcast.
this'll be my first time...
really watching the game today I mean.

Posted by: Dadryan | June 22, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I think Martinez, Namoff and perhaps Emilio were the only players who I felt stood out in this game. Namoff is just playing solid fundamental defense and Martinez was friggin' everywhere out there! He played like a bigger, meaner Fred today. Nice to see Emilio continue to play at his upped workrate.

I think Simms rating was too high; his touch and passing were dismal, even if he did score for the second game in a row. In fact, the entire midfield seemed pretty weak today. At the YFC autograph session after the game, I told Santino that they really missed him out there, especially in the first half, and he smiled and nodded his head. Very disorganized.

Posted by: JB | June 22, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh really? Wells deserves a 4? Well I suppose he did just only bobble the ball after having it fully in his grasp and then giving it to San Jose. I suppose he actually wasn't beaten on the second goal that was saved by McTavish. I suppose he didn't look out of his depth the whole match. His distribution was nothing special. So F- off

Posted by: bristol | June 22, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

If United can't get a shutout against San Jose, they'll never get one. Can't we trade for Seitz? How much does Carvallo or that Monaco keeper that trained with DC last week suck if they can't beat out Wells? Sign Kasey Keller!

Posted by: Mark | June 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Section 133, Row B must be the place to be. I've gotta move my seat there!

Wells got a piece of Guerrero's shot in the first half that glanced off the post. He was not at fault on the Salinas play; he forced him wide in a one-on-one situation, that's all he can really do, and then was fortunate McTavish covered the open net in time. Obviously, his blunder cost them a goal -- ONE goal. You make it sound as if he allowed five. (That day is coming, perhaps!)

McTavish was solid throughout the match -- he read the game well, anticipated, and made the excellent stop on Salinas.

Posted by: Goff | June 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Gee, bristol, that was kind of unnecessary. Nobody's suggesting Wells didn't play poorly, or that he deserves a starting job.

Posted by: Grunthos | June 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Bristol, drunk on a Sunday night. Geez, nice

Posted by: DCU UCD | June 22, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Wells has gotta go if we want to win anything this year but he wasn't that bad today. One terrible terrible mistake.

Posted by: Uncle Charlie | June 22, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"F-off" ??

Classy.

Clean it up, Mr. Bristol. Please.

Posted by: Goff | June 22, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne at half time was such a Dork!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wanted to say D---.
Missing Quaranta, neat to see Fred on the right and wanderin' around.
Burch really needs to get that right foot working or become a Striker!
How much worse than Dychenko could he be up there?
Marc Burch #1 target man in MLS!!!!!!!!!!!?
Peralta is kind of sketchy.
Martinez has more skills than most realize.
McTavish can attack too.
I like the fact that everyone in the back line has a goal now.
Something a little more legit from Peralta would make up for some of his ooofishness.
too bad for Burch that Martinez is so much better than him at this point.

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Oh man that build up to Martinez'z goal was sick!
Never mind goal of the week how bout' sequence of the week!\
Love the late replay, thanks comcast!!!;>

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The clock was the first thing I noticed when I made my way to my seat inside Estadio RFK. It took a second for it to grow on me, but by a few minutes into the match I liked it. I initially was mixed because I wasn't sure if it was a clock trying to look like an automobile meter or an automobile meter trying to look like a clock. I especially liked how the hands were visible against the background. Was the latest graphic put on top of the other coverings? Should players and fans worry about the clock falling off the wall from the extra weight and old concrete that can't support it?

Before the save, I didn't think McTavish was having a great game.

Posted by: sitruc | June 23, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeah...
McT's save was perty nice.
Looks like Zach owes him another couple cases!

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or are Telemundo's highlights just more fun to watch than the others?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | June 23, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Bristol,

Disagree with a rating all you want, but "F-off" is WAY uncalled for. Get a life.

As for Wells, yeah, he's got to go. I can't imagine this is news to the FO. I'm sure they are looking in every nook-and-cranny trying to find someone (or at least I hope they are).

Posted by: KR in DC | June 23, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Let's get Brian Edwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Start him!!!!!!!!!!!
FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VAmos United!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Screw Toronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

One last encore post!
Emilio shook SJ!
What a win guys.
I will go evict Wells from Olsen's basement!
Holler Ben!
I'll do it cheap!
75 bucks an hour.
It'll take a minimum of 2 but no more than 4!
Stay at home dad will evict worthless goalie for a months worth of groceries...

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I remember back when we acquired Wells I heard people saying: "what is Houston thinking, their goalkeeper (Pat Onstad) is so old and they are trading away their goalkeeper of the future". Obviously, Dom Kinnear knew what he was doing when he dealt Wells to DC. Can we get Perkins back please? I know the DCU franchise undervalues keepers but we let go the best keeper in our history last fall for not much of anything (less than 1/2 of Gallardo's 2008 salary)

Posted by: diego r. | June 23, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I remember way back when, which was actually about three months ago. I said, right here, that Wells wasn't very good, that he'll make a nice reaction save and then give up the worst goal you have ever seen. Some surprisingly large number of people cited the fact that Wells was in camp (along with three other younger MLS starting keepers) and therefore in the national team pool and a top MLS goalkeeper, and that was evidence that I was wrong.

Well, guess what? I was right. There's scant pleasure in it, because I like Wells and feel for the guy, but he's a weak link on a good team. Soehn needs a plan b.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | June 23, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

MJ, you've been right all along.
Wells is a joke; Fred played worse than my daughter this weekend, and Martinez deserved a 9 rating on the Goff scale, despite his poor tackling. If we can't even get a goal in the first half against the worst team in MLS, what does that say for us?? And once again Soehn, taking Jaime out in a 2-1 game shows you need to be put in that Volkswagen holding pen with Wells and Dyachenko where you can't hurt anyone with your pathetic decision making. Have mercy on us LA; we're only 1/2 notch above the MLS cellar dwellers.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:27 AM | Report abuse

I have been calling for Wells to go as much as anyone, but the fact is the ball had to get fished out of his net only one time yesterday. You don't rate a keeper a 1 or a 2 who only gave up one goal. He *almost* gave up several more, but the fact is he didn't. If 3 or 4 of those near misses go in, then yes, you rate him a 2.

Perkins is gone, and he is not coming back. The question is who *can* we bring in who is good enough to be a starter in MLS and get us some shutouts.

Posted by: Ron | June 23, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

came to read the comments for some insights and I get lots of drunken rants. nice.

Posted by: downtown | June 23, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I would have DEFINITELY saved that ball. Sign me!

Posted by: Hope Solo | June 23, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I think Wells is just not very good. At least right now. Sure he made some saves yesterday but that goal is an embarrassment.

However, I remember that a few weeks ago we were all calling for Emilio's head. And now he's scoring. Martinez and Peralta sucked earlier on too. So maybe there's hope for Wells. But he needs a good backup to push him.

Posted by: Bart | June 23, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Haven't been able to make it to Estadio RFK for a few matches and I'm loving all the VW signage! The clock is awesome!!!

I'm not a big fan of Wells, he seems to lack any confidence in pressure situations, and doesn't seem to be able to direct traffic in his own box. Not to mention just some silly mistakes.

Martinez is definitly growing on me, the man is a beast!

Posted by: beltwayrob | June 23, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I remember back when we acquired Wells I heard people saying: "what is Houston thinking, their goalkeeper (Pat Onstad) is so old and they are trading away their goalkeeper of the future". Obviously, Dom Kinnear knew what he was doing when he dealt Wells to DC.

Posted by: diego r. | June 23, 2008 1:10 AM
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You'd have to admit that Wells is much better than the current Dynamo backup. That guy is really bad and cost the Dynamo a at least six points in the games I watched.

Posted by: Tommie | June 23, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else in the crowd catch Martinez late in the game get a drink from some guys cup? It happened near the DC box and on the loud side sideline. I believe while waiting for a throw in or substitute. A couple of people sitting around me were laughing about it, wondering just what he had to drink!

Posted by: JonInVB | June 23, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I thought McTavish deserved the 7. He made a nice slide tackle to win a ball that looked hard to win. Maybe I missed bad plays the other posters saw. Just going on what I did see from my seat, I thought a 7 was fair.

Posted by: FC | June 23, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Fred was completely uninvolved in the play. They were marking him tight and it was a compressed match in the first half - so it's understandable to some degree. But he simply didn't produce. That, and Burch having a poor first half, resulted in Soehn moving him from left, to right, to middie, and back again. Did anyone see his behavior when he got subbed out?? Unlike classy Moreno, Fred walked out towards the Earthquakes bench, did not shake hands with Mediate, almost refused to shake hands with the coaching staff, was stopped by the assistant coach, then begrudgingly slapped hands with Soehn, never made eye contact with anyone, walked to the end of the bench, kicked something, and sat down. There were little kids sitting there at the end of the bench watching the whole thing. My son's team mate said, unprompted, "What a poor sport." There's being frustrated and then there's just being a cry baby.

Posted by: SoccerRulz | June 23, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I reserved my comments as I did not watch the game (I don't get Telefutura). So based on what I saw from the highlights - I must remind you they were only highlights so I do admit that I missed quite a bit - I feel safe to make at least one conclusion:

Wells is a terrible goal keeper.

Moving forward, good result for the team, a positive to take us into the LA game (who managed to blow a 2 goal lead, and tie a home game at 3s with the cow-kissers).

There is much work to be done and luckily we have some season left to do it, but it all should start with replacing Wells as the number 1.

VAMOS UNITED!!

Posted by: Kosh | June 23, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The scary question is how many goals will Becks, Donovan and Buddle rack up against Wells next Sunday?

The only way DC is going to win that match is if we outscore them...which will probably require more than three goals.

Do you have Martinez mark Donovan for the full game?

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 23, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

San Jose Literally put 11 men behind the ball it was like watching any game with Rangers in it during there UEFA cup run. During the build up I swear they had 9 in the box. Getting three goals against a team playing that negative seems about right to me. As positive as im trying to be Wells does a great job of inspiring little to no confidence in his goal keeping abilities.

Posted by: Hrfan | June 23, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

anyone have a picture of the new clock??

Posted by: someone | June 23, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The only way DC is going to win that match is if we outscore them...

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 23, 2008 8:50 AM

This is the kind of cogent analysis I come to this board for.

Posted by: Terp | June 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I would think that Martinez will be all over Beckham on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to that match-up.

I've been pretty happy with gallardo this year, but I think it's kind of strange that the guy is so terrible at taking corners. Has he hit a single good one all year? We're better off with Moreno taking them. On the whole, I think we're getting to the point in the season where we need to start getting more out of Gallardo than 'a couple of clever passes, a couple of bad give-aways, and one audacious shot that would have been awesome if it had gone in' per game. I think he's capable of much more and I hope we start to see it.

Posted by: stairs | June 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

We were fortunate to come away with a misleadingly comfortable two-goal win, but we do need to remember it was not assured until late when Emilio got the third goal--and that was after SJ was reduced to 10 men. We got the win which is all that matters but we almost could have settled for a draw and how frustrating would that have been after our long road back to contention in the playoff race this past month or so? You could chalk-up the lackluster first half to perhaps looking past the worst team in the league to LA next wkend (though really how much talent separates any one team in MLS from another, we're all just an injury or two from looking like SJ). Some of our guys do show up on a regular basis (in recent weeks at least) like Simms, Namoff, Martinez, McTavish, Moreno, Gallardo and Emilio; but if Fred doesn't have it, Quaranta is suspended, then our weak reserves come into play and they are mostly marginal, fill-in type players who may never end up being regular quality in future. So Fred can't take a day off as he did yesterday without us almost paying for it. Wells is a given now so everyone else has got to play up to their potential or surpass it. The defense really needs to play cohesively as though there is a complete novice in goal; they can't make dicey tackles, get caught upfield without cover, be slow to get back, allow marginal players to out-quick them easily down the field. As bad as Wells individual decision-making is, the defense cannot afford to risk putting him in one-on-one situations. We made it very easy for SJ to get down field into our third and in dangerous positions. LA will do much better with thoses chances. Also, our best defense from now on will be to maintain as much offensive possession as possible. We havde the players who can hold the ball, especially Gallardo and Moreno and our resurgence has mostly been due to our playing up to our capabilities in utilizing our ball skills. So lets correct our lapses before the Gals come to town and go into Superiga on a roll having demolished the pretenders from LA and their over-hyped offense.

PS, Cronin is, at least statistically, as bad as Wells so we need to take advantage.

Posted by: cuzco03 | June 23, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I just don't understand what is wrong with Wells. I can't recall a United GK playing this badly this consistently. (Let's be honest, Perkins had some bad games along the way, but he always bounced back.)

I don't want to pile on Wells, but this is getting bizarre. He is the best option available right now? Really??

Posted by: jva | June 23, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

They changed the clock? How will anyone know that RFK is hosting the MLS Cup Final in 2007?

:-)

Posted by: Rob | June 23, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know the extent of Riley's "injury," or was he just too embarrassed to walk off the pitch on his own power?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 23, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Although there are more recent threads, I thought I'd comment here. I think Goff is right about McTavish -- he looked good today. He might have made a mistake or two, but he contributed mightily. I'm not sure about Wells. I wonder if he couldn't have done better on those breakaways -- however, he did force the players wide, and SJ didn't get any goals out them. And he did make the one save, getting a piece of the ball on tough shot. Fred, however, did not merit anything close to a 5. He was by far the worst player for DC yesterday -- however, Goff's later posts indicate that Fred says he felt dizzy. Perhaps that explains why he seemed so off -- not just off his game, but off in terms of timing on every ball that came his way. I did notice, as was noted above, that Fred did not seem thrilled to be taken out, so I'm left wondering about all of that.

I also think Gallardo played a very good game -- his passes were the past I've seen from him -- just one seemingly errant pass through that Cordeiro might have reached if he'd started his run sooner. Gallardo should be ranked well above Simms, Moreno and Namoff in the ratings. Emilio should also be ranked higher than them -- his moves with the ball were quicker and more productive than I have seen this year -- one goal and one shopt that hit the post.

Martinez' goal was fantastic, and he played well all game, except for two mindless fouls. I'd say Martinez, Emilio and Gallardo were the best players on the field yesterday, and the ratings should show that.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | June 23, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Mediate was dizzy, not Fred

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I like Gallardo and think he is a good player. However, when are we going to see the "I make more money than the rest of the team combined" good? In their prime Etch and Jaime dominated a games. Can Gallardo? There are a lot of much cheaper players out there that can pass the ball around the pitch. Is this money wasted? He counts $400K against salary cap right? Let's get 2 more Martinez types for that money. Or a decent goalie. For me, this DP thing isn't working.

Posted by: Randy | June 23, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of cogent analysis I come to this board for.

Posted by: Terp | June 23, 2008 9:37 AM

Taking quotes out of context. You must work for the Washington Times or any politicians campaign staff.

Posted by: Southeasterner | June 23, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Steven,

I think your rating for the team on Sunday's game are way high. This team played poorly throughout most of the match against the worst team in MLS.

Not only did Wells give up the howler he was clearly beaten 2 other times, where the defense bailed him out clearing off the line and a poor first touch and end line took the ball out of play on the other occasion.

Almost giving up 3 goals aginst a San Jose team that has not scored in weeks is terrible.

The team was completely flat for much of the game. Wells and Paralta were poor, although Paralta did come up a bit part way through the second half. I remember counting that we could not possess the ball to past midfield on 9 consequtive tries at which I stopped bothering to count. The number of balls being given away out from the back and outside midfield was ridiculous.

No Steve this was a victory made out of a couple of individual momement of great play amid a sea of inept, disinterested play. The ratings should reflect play throughout the game.

Had we been playing someone with an offensive the outcome would have been embarrasing.

Posted by: Nick | June 23, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@KOSH
Do you not get comcast?
They showed the game live yesterday and also showed an encore at 11 pm.

Posted by: Dadryan | June 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

randy- in gallardo"s defense, the defenders in mls have gotten much better than they were even 3-4 yrs. ago. the overall play in the league is quicker and better coached than it was. just saying.

Posted by: frank from sf | June 23, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I know Wells is not an MLS quality keeper, but how many times did United's mids and defenders, with a lead no less, overplay the ball rather than mark a man. Wells should have easily had the save on the cross leading to the goal, but Cordeiro trying to play the ball rather than the man, without recognition that Martinez was not behind him, sprung Johnson free down the sidelines for the cross. Once again on the Salinas run the backline (Martinez, McTavish, etc.) allowed him to run free. Wells was not at fault on that one - all he could do was get him wide and hope his backs covered the goal. I realize those of you who don't watch many games, or have your senses temporarily dulled by brew, see everything as a GK breakdown. Try watching what happens before that - we don't have a lockdown defense when we have a lead.

Posted by: BillyBob | June 23, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I would have DEFINITELY saved that ball. Sign me!

Posted by: Hope Solo | June 23, 2008 7:43 AM
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But unlike HS, I'm available. Sign ME!

Posted by: Briana Scurry | June 23, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I also think some credit should go to Mediate. He was having a strong game with some good crosses and runs after coming on in the second half. Here's hoping he's all right.

Posted by: Brava Rookie | June 23, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

BillyBob: ain't no drunks here. Wells is a third rate goalkeeper who should be send to Richmond. I was a touted goalkeeper in my days and have watched the greatest keepers on this soil (Hubert Berkenmeier being the greatest). Please don't show any simpathy for Wells. For there are people like me that are twice his age that could do a better job in net, right now, without any practice). They guy is an embarrassment and is a cancer formed from the in-breading of this awful front office and coaching staff we have been cursed with since Bruce was here. The US is inundated with great goalkeepers. It hurts us fans to see our beloved United tarnished by stupid front office decisions, and then letting the cancer fester due to the almighty DC United loyalty pact, forged by Bruce and continuing till this very day.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The almighty DC loyalty pact? Am I missing something cause that makes no sense to me.

Letting Perkins go was dumb, but maybe he didn't want to be here? I don't remember if his feelings on the matter were made public, but I bet he wanted to try europe and that was a major factor in the decision.

Finding a replacement of his caliber is obviously not as easy as you suggest. Although I must admit I'm intrigued at the thought of you personally, without practice, or meds, stepping in to take the reins until something better comes along.

Posted by: uranderson | June 23, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Billy Bob more than the anonymous former "touted" goalkeeper.

Wells was awful on the goal but that play was possible because Cordeiro overcommitted and took himself out of the play near the sideline.

McTavish showed great hustle and determination in getting back to block Salinas' angled shot. But it may have been McT's failure to recognize Salinas' initial run that allowed Salinas to get in and round Wells (who had to come off his line at that point).

We can't afford to hire Iker Casillas or Gianluigi Buffon. Heck, we can't really compete with Norway on monetary terms. One keeper whose caught my eye and might be cheap is Belize Nat'l keeper Shane Orio. He's about the only pro on that team plying his trade with Puntarenas in the Costa Rican league.

He just let in 9 goals over 2 games against Mexico but probably saved twice as many.

Posted by: garbaggio | June 23, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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