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Argentine Trialist With DCU

According to two trusted sources, Argentine right-side midfielder Emiliano Diaz, 25, will begin a trial with DCU in the near future. Diaz played at San Lorenzo for his father, former Argentine World Cup striker Ramon Angel Diaz, who coached River Plate for many years and is now in charge of Club America in Mexico.

For more on the Diaz family dynamic at San Lorenzo, read this May 28 story.

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 9:01 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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On the podium way out west, thinking that this sounds like a tasty development!
Yee Haw!

Posted by: dadryan | July 15, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

We could seiously use the help, after this game and the last.

Posted by: kix | July 15, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Hope he knows how to tackle.

Posted by: silentbob | July 15, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

?Como se dice "Michael Bradley"? :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 15, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

how tall is he?

Posted by: person | July 15, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

We need center defenders...burch is horrible he was WAAAAY out of position on two of the goals....terrible

Posted by: bobf | July 15, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

he was out of position because he isn't a centerback

Posted by: burch isn't a CB | July 15, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Right....calm down people. The D was mostly injured. The MF - mostly injured. The forwards? Doe? Really? And Q hurt also.
Useless tournament, forgettable games, broken down team.
USOC awaits.

Posted by: marksman | July 15, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

New Coke > Prohibition > "Burch at CB" experiment

Posted by: silentbob | July 15, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure a right midfielder is our most important need right now. We have (when healthy) Olsen, Fred, Quaranta, and Thompson. Though none of these guys can cross (which was especially evident tonight), they're good enough for MLS.

Posted by: Glaucon | July 15, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

For Trade: Fred, Dyachenko, Wells

Looking for: Goalie, Central Defender, Sack of Beans or best offer.

Posted by: noptov52 | July 15, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

get excited people. check out his espn profile - he's over 500 feet tall!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope he can cross!
We need Burch to be in the midfield, hes usless in the defense, this whole experement with him as a back is over. We need Defense depth and options. A winger that can cross, and fred in a more comfortable position.
Oh and a Goalkeeper!

Posted by: Fisty | July 15, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I found him listed at 1.68m. That's 5'-5"!!!! He's another Niell. NNNOOOOOOOO!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Weren't we chasing Dan Gargan? what happened with that?

Posted by: andrew | July 15, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Houston looks solid against Chivas. They are missing starters, but DANG do they look like they can hang.

Posted by: Kosh | July 15, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I don't think Burch has looked very good when used in the midfield. The only place he's been effective is at left back.

Maybe they should try Gonzalo Martinez in the midfield. Something along the lines of:

Emilio Moreno

Martinez Fred/Quaranta

Burch McTavish Peralta Namoff


Posted by: noptov52 | July 15, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Superliga is essentially over except for 1 more tailgate. Whatever.

I'm not going to worry. Next game that matters next Tuesday.

Posted by: JSF | July 15, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

DC is good out rather than in. A much needed rest for the team especially with no looks like being in the all-star team either. Oh well, Champions here we come!!!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 15, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

DC officially sucks now. The team that Houston beat by 4-0 beat us by 3-2 and two really easy goals. Terrible defense. The third goal I think was Wells fault, he was too off position again. The first two goals thye were totally defense fault.
I thought Thomson was playing good. He really does have so much hussle but the other players didn't pass the ball to him. And guess what the first was came from him. Yet the coah sub him. Some times I really think couch doesn't really know too much. I don't believe Tino was completely recovered yet the coach brought him and at the end he had some bad tackle and felt the pain.
Not bring let me talk about D'Chenkco. He didn't bring anything tonight. Next Saturday game is meaningless and if Houston holds draw tonight United might as well let Houston win so at least an MLS team is in the final. Can't match fixed though.

Posted by: td | July 15, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

*Sigh* I remember the "good old days" when all the mouth-breathers were confined to BigSoccer.

Fred is playing through a nagging injury, placing blame on him is asinine.

As others have said, Burch is not a CB, he's playing there because Peralta isn't 100% either. I'd rather have had Martinez at CB and Burch at LB, but that's Tommy's call.

To say we aren't thin at RM is to say that we actually have a healthy RM with any experience on the roster.

Ben is out for another 2 months at best.
Quaranta is NOT a Right Mid. Period. He needs to be playing up top or in the middle.

Fred is not a wide midfielder either. He's been playing out of position on the left, and would still be out of position on the right. Witness his inevitable migration to a central role in every match.

Thompson is young, raw, and will likely be a reserve player in the event we sign this new Argentine, Tino comes back, or Mediate comes back.

It's readily apparent that this team, while talented, is nowhere near complete.

We lack a quality, veteran goalkeeper, 2 quality starting CBs, a right and lift wing-midfielder with the ability to actually cross the ball, and a 2nd striker up top to take some of the attention away from Emilio.

Till some of those glaring holes are fixed, I'd actually like to see a 4-3-1-2.


Yes, I know this leaves Moreno and Tino on the bench. Moreno is no longer a 90 minute player, and hasn't been for 2 years.

I thought about sticking Martinez at CB and leaving Peralta on the bench, but I think Martinez might be able to initiate some more attacks from a LCM position. If Martinez were to play CB in this lineup, I'd drop Fred back to LCM, and start Tino up top with Emilio, leaving Moreno to come on for Gallardo, Tino, or Emilio.

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 15, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Can we get Javier Zanetti or Demichelis know...players that people have actually heard of.

Zanetti is near the end of his career too so he wouldn't bet THAT expensive

Posted by: Ameobi | July 15, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

What is the deal with trial anyway? If you have to do trial he is not that goo anyway.

Posted by: arlington4united | July 15, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

"HaHa making money in the US is easy, no one even cares about how I play just that I have had a good career"

Posted by: Gallardo | July 15, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

"Lucky ----, I wish I was from Argentina"

Posted by: David Beckham | July 15, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Reyna | July 15, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

i hope i can trade my tickets on saturday for another gamewe wont wim 5-0

Posted by: chris D | July 16, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks United for breaking my heart

Posted by: United mi corazon | July 16, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

we must beat houston 3-0 and atlante must lose to the gallinas and we are in

Posted by: dc fan | July 16, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

just finished watching Boswell as the rock in the center of a Houston defense that did much better against Chivas then United did on Saturday. This after watching our central defenders flounder around once again. Remind me why we dumpted him. Oh yea...Wells.

Posted by: congguy | July 16, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I know this has nothing to do with the above - and I also know it's sophmoric - but I believe that Stevie Nicol is trying to get back at DC United and the other MLS postseason forces that be by selecting the seldom-playing Juan Pablo Angel (3 goals) and Christian Gomez (3 goals) over Luciano Emilio (10 goals).

additionally, I think that Pablo Mastroeni is one of the most over-hyped MLS players in its history. Pablo is regularly selected for national team duty and all-star teams but what has he and his teams ever produced? not very much....

Posted by: diego r. | July 16, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Till some of those glaring holes are fixed, I'd actually like to see a 4-3-1-2.


Yes, I know this leaves Moreno and Tino on the bench. Moreno is no longer a 90 minute player, and hasn't been for 2 years.

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 15, 2008 11:31 PM

Try again in the morning

Posted by: GoUnited | July 16, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Although I feel like Emilio should be there I cant argue Gomez being ther, not to sure what he is thinking about when he selects angel, he is a great player but this year he has been out alot. Emilio should be ther istead of him.

Gomez, Boswell, perkins, olsen boy I miss those guys

Posted by: Dc Fan | July 16, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Pablo's team havent produced much, however you cant argue that he is overhyped, he is a rock for Colorado when he is on the field and plays with his hear for the US. He is not the most talented player but he is to colorado what Olsen is to UNited, except he has also done it for the US team.

Posted by: dc fan | July 16, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone crying over the SuperLiga? Man Superliga is worthless, forget the US-Mexico rivalry thats more national team than club team fire. This tournament just puts a strain on the fitness of the team. Everyone worries about winning but forgets that there are more important tourneys to worry about than this piece of junk. Everyone allways forgets why DC doesnt fair in the latter of the year, why cause they are tired, fatigued, and overplayed!!!
Half the team is injured and ya'll expect for DC to win against a Mexican side that sports younger faster players. Of course they are going to blast right past a defense made out of scratch. You see it from the highlights they were beaten one on one.
Please just dont worry about it ya'll are putting to much into it. DC should rest, we are gonna bump into another mexican side later this year and this one will count!

and one more thing, 75% of the Superliga winnings for the MLS side goes to Becks salary, 10% Garber, and 15% the team that won.

If we are true Hinchas, ultras and barra bravas then we turn our backs on the tournament!

GET AT ME!!!!!!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 16, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Adding a RM would essentially be like adding a striker at the same time because it would free Q up to return to his natural position up front. If this guy is even half decent, it's a good move. Gives us another option in an already depleted midfield and lets us add depth up front.

Our defense (the backs, not Wells) are fine. Martinez and Namoff on the wings are as strong as any in the league. Peralta, while not great, is servicable as is McT. But lets face it, the speed and precision we saw from our opponents front line in the past 2 games is not anything that we're going to see in MLS, so things in the back aren't as bad as they seem.

Although it would have been nice to do better in the Superliga the fact of the matter is we allowed some of our injured guys sometime to heal (Gallardo, Peralta) and we got some minutes out of some of reserves to see what they are made of. We tried guys in different positions to see how they fared. All of this in what is essentially a meaningless tournament. Who would us have rather exposed a questionable Peralta to more injuries in this tourney? Who would have rather us experiment guys in different positions in the US Open Cup or a league match? Fact is, Tommy is coming out of this tourney with more knowledge about what will and won't work, and who on his bench can and can't play. All of this without losing any points in the league or without sacraficing the US Open Cup. Not bad, I'd say.

Posted by: Take a deep breath | July 16, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

1) the Reyna Situation, everyone knew he was going to be a white elephant. Why the hell he was ever signed in the first place by NY is beyond me.

2) DC is a frustrating team to watch on the attack. No speed, they hold the ball too long and let the opposing teams get into defensive position, and get countered WAY too easily.

3) Anyone who says Superliga is a waste of time is nuts. These Mexican teams are in it to win it and getting this kind of competition against teams that are full of depth and every position is worth it. We at least get to see that MLS is...

4) out of depth and in need of depth. MLS owners can pat themselves on the back signing whoever but the second those stars are injured your team takes a massive hit. DCU is a limping dog at the moment, its not fun to watch.

Posted by: Felix | July 16, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

To thewashdips... Superliga is nothing but a measuring stick and nothing more. It can turn into something bigger and it certainly is giving MLS teams experience.

Posted by: Felix | July 16, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I've heard on XM Deportivo that Diaz isn't a very good player and that when Ramon Angel Diaz tried to bring him to Mexico as part of his contract with America, that most teams shunned him away.
Hopefully he'll learn to play and give DC some dividends.

Posted by: rjmera | July 16, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"get excited people. check out his espn profile - he's over 500 feet tall!!"

I must admit I laughed right out loud at that. Thank god for ESPN.

@AlecW81, excellent analysis my man.

Posted by: Matte | July 16, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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