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DCU, Goalie in Talks

[UPDATES at the bottom]

According to two sources close to the club, D.C. United is in negotiations with goalkeeper Louis Crayton, who has played for eight Swiss clubs over the last 11 years and made 36 Liberian national team appearances.

A deal "is not final yet," one source said.

United has been aggressively pursuing a goalie to compete with Zach Wells for the starting job. The club waived Peruvian Jose Carvallo last month. Rookie James Thorpe is the club's developmental goalie.

At Basel, Crayton, 30, has served as the back-up to captain Franco Costanzo (Argentina). Previously, he was the starter at Concordia Basel, a second division club loosely affiliated with FCB.

To review his bio and portfolio, click here.

According to this German transfer site, a deal is in place.

Through a middle man based in the States, a Swiss contact says Crayton is a "good goalkeeper. So steady and commands his box."

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2008; 8:39 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Bong Mines, Liberia...
The world's leader in resin exports.

Posted by: jgildea | August 7, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

We have a nominee for stupid post of the week (see above).

On topic, I wonder if this guy is any good. I also wonder where all the American goalkeeping talent has gone.

Posted by: Ron | August 7, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Eight clubs in 11 years? That's like Jeff Cunningham and Andrew Williams combined!

Posted by: Dave Lifton | August 7, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

You're right. His nationality surprises me. I wasn't expecting that. Don't know anything about him, but if he can speak Spanish and shows a psycho personality inside the 6 (like a good goalie should - his own defenders should be afraid of him), then I'm fine with it. Either Zach will step up - which I think he is already - or we get an experienced keeper ready to step in and solidify.

Vamos United!!

Posted by: MezzSouthGol | August 7, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Eight clubs in 11 years? That's like Jeff Cunningham and Andrew Williams combined!

Posted by: Dave Lifton | August 7, 2008 9:10 AM

Good Point. Let's hope he's not a Jeff George! Loads of talent, no respect or cooperation.

Posted by: MezzSouthGol | August 7, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he's a gem, but his last starting job was in the Swiss second division -- hardly a high point on anybody's resume. Another front-office screwup?

Posted by: Running Cloud | August 7, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ViIT0fgMnE

Some video action of Crayton and an interview.

Posted by: Andrew | August 7, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

So the USA exports good goalies and imports mediocre ones. At least Soehn has a veteran option should Wells falter.

Posted by: Andrew Terris | August 7, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

We have a nominee for stupid post of the week (see above).

Hey Ron,
Would that be for the week starting Monday or 7 days from today? I just want to know when I should check back to see if I won...
Thanks for policing internet message boards slugger.

Posted by: jgildea | August 7, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

reading the comments from that youtube link, the basel fans seem to think he should be the starter.

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

according to the swiss paper, tagesanzeiger the deal is done and the transfer is immediate.

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, well, fans go nuts when their team loses. Remember the "Jay Nolly Now!" threads?

Posted by: Bootsy | August 7, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Was he with the national team at the same time as Francis Doe? Was that our connection this guy walks up to Doe one day to ask about the league and Doe hooks himup with the national team? The front office watching Liberia games to keep track of Doe and liking what they see from him?

Posted by: bluemeanies | August 7, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

mmmmmmm Resin...
I actually thought your post was pretty funny jgildea.
Acosta GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOl.

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

reading the comments from that youtube link, the basel fans seem to think he should be the starter.

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 9:23 AM

Yes that is definitely encouraging. He had some pretty nice saves in those highlights too. Having said that, I expect him to be the type of goalie who has a lot of raw athletic ability but also very prone to mistakes. We'll see though ;)

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Great Dutch-Nigeria results for the group-leading Americans :)

Posted by: RK | August 7, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

raw talent for a 30 year old? i would expect that by the time one is thirty, the talent has been honed or there never was any.

link to the deal:

http://tagesanzeiger.ch/dyn/news/fussball/923981.html

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

raw talent for a 30 year old? i would expect that by the time one is thirty, the talent has been honed or there never was any.

link to the deal:

http://tagesanzeiger.ch/dyn/news/fussball/923981.html

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 9:41 AM

I meant a lot of athletic ability.

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

What the? Japan played at home today?

Posted by: RK | August 7, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Personally i was more impressed last night with "El Pando" Ramirez! He had bolivia seeing stars, and his distribution and defense was increbile!!! Him instead of simms would be awsome!! But he is pretty old at 30 already. But IMO and every guatemalan in the stadium, was the man of the match.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Ram%C3%ADrez

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | August 7, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so here's a few things after delving a bit deeper:

-He scored 4 goals with FC Zug 94 HOW?!?!
-I'm glad english is the official language of Liberia, so there is no language barrier
-He's been a backup for a loong time
-Maybe doe and crayton can keep their passports and papers safe between them also

I guess my only real question is, what is his pay going to be?? Especially for a 'competing' keeper. Wells could be mad enough to keep his current form if crayton gets more than Zach's 53,000.

Posted by: Ricky | August 7, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Goff, any idea what kind of salary Crayton will be signed for, and what kind of moves might be made to make space for him on the roster? We're full right now, right?

Posted by: jpeace121 | August 7, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"Steady and commands his box..." sounds like an improvement already.

Posted by: Troy G | August 7, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

new post says he's worth 300,000

I dont think we have that money in our salary space

Posted by: ricky | August 7, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a decent back-up keeper for MLS money. Plus the Doe/Liberian connection is a smart call by the front office, but they might want to have a couple extra passports printed up.

Posted by: Diablo a gogo | August 7, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

So its not Ollie Khan??? Bummer...

Posted by: Alan | August 7, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

One question Goff. WIll this guy be available to start Sunday? I watched the youtube interview and his first 3 saves make Wells look like a moron. If he still has it then get him here now.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

US beats Japan 1-0. Top of our group!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

new post says he's worth 300,000

I dont think we have that money in our salary space

Posted by: ricky | August 7, 2008 9:53 AM

I thought that was the transfer price?

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

A quality backup keeper is a vital element to a quality side. Even if he just keeps Wells sharp it's a win-win. We all know how hard it is to move to a starting role in the box with the same club.

Posted by: Chas | August 7, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Raw talent for a 30 year old? i would expect that by the time one is thirty, the talent has been honed or there never was any."

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I'd normally agree, but goalkeepers are on a different depreciation schedule. They don't hit their peak until till their mid-thirties.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

First, it's hard to judge a GK based on a few highlight films. But my impression of him was the opposite of he's athletic and 'raw talent'. My impression is that he tends to not come off his line. He appears aggressive though when he does come out. So unlike a lot of raw keepers, he seems to be relatively calm, doesn't get flustered and is decisive. Again, that's only on a few video clips. And frankly, for a 30 year old who's seen some international matches (and African international matches are nothing to sneeze about) and a lot of Euro club practices, he should be the opposite of raw. He should be solid, decent if not good positioning, good organizer. I suspect he's bounced around for so long because he isn't a brilliant GK who will stand on his head to win a match but because he's a good solid veteran. And frankly, if that's what he is, than that's what we need: a reliable guy who organizes, doesn't make silly mistakes or lose us matches.

Also, with 30+ caps, you'd think that DCU will have had seen lots of film of this guy.

Posted by: JoeW | August 7, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

No idea what this guy would do. United games going forward everyone of them would be critical to win if we need to grap any trophies.
Red Bulls have broken their hearts last night so they wouldn't recover to win against us. Revs got more confidence so we must show our best.

Posted by: td | August 7, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Upon this news, I'm sure Zach Wells said "whew...it's some no-name, just like Carvallo was (and is)"...

Posted by: RK | August 7, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I am somewhat hesitant about bringing in another goalkeeper who has been a back up for awhile, but having a viable alternative to (or replacement for) Wells is a must.

If better options are not possible, then let's roll the dice on Crayton.

Posted by: noptov52 | August 7, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

anyone else notice the VW logos on his shirt sleeves? maybe VW gave us some info on this guy. DAS AUTO!!!

Posted by: steve-o | August 7, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I think Red Bull New York will come out swinging. Had they beat Barcelona, over confidence would have been a risk, but losing 6-2 will light a fire. Each one of their players is fighting for a contract at this point.

The best thing about this keeper is that it keeps pressure on Wells. Wells knows that the club is going to want to see him in a game soon. Wells needs to make sure that Soehn & Co. have a hard time making the decision.

Posted by: TCompton | August 7, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I was a little surprised that NYRB played Angel the full 90 and pushed their defense so hard.
Rojas looked good for them in the middle.

Posted by: jgildea | August 7, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

anyone else notice the VW logos on his shirt sleeves? maybe VW gave us some info on this guy. DAS AUTO!!!

Posted by: steve-o | August 7, 2008 10:24 AM

I'm guessing thats what happened here since we know they already set-up the now dead Wolfsburg transfer...

Posted by: Chris | August 7, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

TC, maybe NY will be extra motivated, but it may be cancelled out by tired legs.

Crayton look at least as good as Wells. Just don't throw him out on turf for his first game.

Posted by: Ron | August 7, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice that site has Benny worth 1,000,000€ ? Third most behind Gallardo and Emilio, I love Benny and all but I doubt he has much transfer worth.

Posted by: Rocko | August 7, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Bong Mines post was funny too. Their motto: Use Our Product and Save Trees

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 7, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Slightly OT, but anybody notice that GolTV News showed *video* highlights of the women's US-Norway match last night? Neither FSC nor ESPN showed them, so I'm wondering: is GolTV owned by NBC, or do they just not care?

Posted by: Juan-John | August 7, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

it's really ashame united cant get a hand on Chris Seitz... he's good talent being wasted at RSL.

Posted by: john | August 7, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

speaking of goltv, can everyone please send angry msgs to dishnetwork demanding that they add them back to channel lineup..no bundesliga, la liga, futbol mundial...:(

Posted by: mizage | August 7, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I am somewhat hesitant about bringing in another goalkeeper who has been a back up for awhile, but having a viable alternative to (or replacement for) Wells is a must.

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The Swiss TV guy calls him the best number 2 in the Swiss League, who would be starting for most other sides. Wells will be riding the pine.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | August 7, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

On topic, I wonder if this guy is any good. I also wonder where all the American goalkeeping talent has gone.

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Europe

Posted by: Tim | August 7, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Bong Mines? Didn't they play the 9:30 Club back in '97? I think Poison opened for them.

I am pretty surprised -- perhaps disappointed is a better word -- that we have to look to the country of watches and army knives for a goalkeeper. If we can produce anything, we can produce guys that can catch a ball. Alas... I guess experience is an important element for United's FO. Crayton certainly brings that.

Is it lunch time yet? I'm hungry for fajitas...

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 7, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Im hopeful Crayton will work out...

Posted by: LN Hunter | August 7, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

According to that website, a deal is finalized.
According to that website, Jose Carvallo still plays for DC United.
According to that website, Francis Doe's middle name is "Grandpa".
Hmmm.

Posted by: bob | August 7, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

hmmm... i am excited yet sceptical about this guy. 30yo a which is still young in goalie years. also i dont know what his full potential is. we shall see though.


p.s.
did anyone know there is a olympic soccer channel in hd on comcast. they have all of the games on today

Posted by: fisty | August 7, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

That German transfer site has his market value at 300,000 Euros (or $460,000) - seems a bit inflated.

Posted by: Oliver | August 7, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey fisty what channel is that on the dial?

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He has a facebook tribute calling him the "legend of Basel" and he is apparently a character. Singing and dancing in the middle of interviews being commonplace. Get he and Emilio together for a duet. Stat!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Great Dutch-Nigeria results for the group-leading Americans :)

Posted by: RK | August 7, 2008 9:38 AM

Actually, it was the worst possible result (assuming they both beat Japan). If one of them had won, then we could draw our next two games and move forward. Now, assuming that both Nigeria and Netherlands beat Japan, we will have to beat one of them to progress.

Posted by: Greg | August 7, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Crayton is a very good keeper and a perfect team player! In Basle everybody was very happy with him and he had some really great saves (even international games). Lois Crayton is a very good import. Please give him a kind welcome!

Posted by: FC Basel fan | August 7, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

...look to the country of watches and army knives for a goalkeeper.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 7, 2008 11:20 AM
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Maybe he's multi-functional, like one of those knives.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 7, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

anyone else notice the VW logos on his shirt sleeves? maybe VW gave us some info on this guy. DAS AUTO!!!

Posted by: steve-o | August 7, 2008 10:24 AM

A sponsor as well as a scouting system.
Is there anything Das Auto can't do?

Posted by: 136 | August 7, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Most of that YouTube interview was in Librerian but it's nice to know Louie Crayton speaks good English. That way he can communicate with Jaime and Jaime can then translate for Peralta.

I don't know whether a tie in Holland v Nigeria helps or hurts the US chances of advancing to the quarterfinals (it can't hurt us that USA is currently in 1st place) but the Dutch may have suffered a few losses in their scoreless draw:

Roy Makaay left the game at halftime with some kind of ankle injury (seriousness still unknown) and Evander Sno was redcarded for fouling a late sub from the Columbus Crew! (Ekpo)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/olympics/wires/08/07/2080.ap.as.oly.soc.netherlands.nigeria/

Posted by: garbaggio | August 7, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Could we please stop using the word "goalie"? That's in hockey or 5 year olds talking about futbol. It's GOALKEEPER or KEEPER. Jeez.

Posted by: Pet peeve | August 7, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@Garbaggio:

Peralta speaks perfect english. It's martinez who doesn't

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The problem is you can occasionally hear the word "goalie" during coach and player interviews in none other than the DCU and other MLS locker rooms. I don't like the use of "goalie" in a soccer context, either, but in the US the term is ocasionally used in soccer circles. That is not likely to change.

Posted by: Ron | August 7, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Why must some soccer fans insist that we call things by their "proper" term. It's just what the english use.

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"That German transfer site has his market value at 300,000 Euros (or $460,000) - seems a bit inflated."

More importantly, what is Crayton's transfer value in Football Manager?

Posted by: silentbob | August 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@Garbaggio

Are you talking about the YouTube interview linked earlier in this thread? Every word Crayton says in that interview is in English. The voiceover, including the translation of his answers, is (Swiss) German.

"Liberian" is not a language, that I'm aware :)

Posted by: Howdy | August 7, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

What happened to that Orange Traffic Cone we were going after before? Did the city of DC ask for too much money for it? I thought it would have been a huge upgrade from Wells

http://mlsrumorsrumors.blogspot.com/2008/07/incoming-otc-to-dc.html

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 7, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

cuz SOCCER(football) fans are either snobs or nerds. or a combination of the two.
The whole nil thing is stupid, we are not in England.
Go UHHHHmerica!

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

garbaggio - that interview was in german....swiss german mind you, but german none the less. Oh and Liberians speak english (it was an American freedmen colony)

Posted by: Skyler | August 7, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Can I call him a goaltender? Jeez you guys worry about the stupidest crap.
Open the Liberian pipeline! ;-)

Posted by: Lonnie | August 7, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"goalie" is also a slang term for the wacky tobacky. bong mines and goalie?

things getting a little wacky on the Insider today

Posted by: steve-o | August 7, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

how is it that we have a strong tie with Portland?
are we trying to create the Liverpool-Celtic-St. Pauli effect in MLS

lol

any still, ima bring my St. Louis United banner

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 7, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"That German transfer site has his market value at 300,000 Euros (or $460,000) - seems a bit inflated."

More importantly, what is Crayton's transfer value in Football Manager?

Posted by: silentbob


No idea, but I sold Carvallo for 4 mil to Lima :)

Posted by: RK | August 7, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Portland already has an established supporters group culture (something we would like to see more of) and, if I remember correctly, that is why they are being vouched for by The Barra.
There are also Timbers' Army members who have sat with the Barra in the past when in DC.

Posted by: jgildea | August 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually to award an MLS team to a well established fan base or supporters group like Portland would be a great idea rather unkown place.

Posted by: td | August 7, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

dadryan,

So are you a nerd or a snob? I consider myself an avid or rabid soccer fan and i consider myself neither a nerd or a snob.

Posted by: Troy G | August 7, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Troy,

If you don't accept the fact that at this point soccer is still the "anti-sport sport" to many people, you're kidding yourself. Case in point - the idiots sitting in front of me at the US - Arg game who were way up in the upper deck behind the goal while the US was attacking the #1 team in the world and still managed to not stand up a single time and grumbled "sit down!" the entire game.

I'm not saying some of us aren't nerds or snobs, but a lot quite obviously are.

Posted by: Skyler | August 7, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

that's the thing about nerds and snobs, they rarely realize what the rest of the rest of the world thinks about them.
I would say I am way more nerd than snob when it comes to soccer, but I'd probably be called a snob when it comes to say... urban cycling habits.
Check out BSNYC's blog to catch my drift.
I was just saying that all the hair splitting is awfully nerdy, and if we really need to macho it up by acting like jocks when someone calls us nerds, then I would call that pretty snobby...
Goalie, Goalkeeper, Crazy Mofo, scapegoat, what is it I'm supposed to call the dude between the pipes again?
PORTLAND 2011!

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Could we please stop using the word "goalie"? That's in hockey or 5 year olds talking about futbol. It's GOALKEEPER or KEEPER. Jeez.

Posted by: Pet peeve | August 7, 2008 12:19 PM
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"Keeper" refers to wicketkeeper. So don't use that either.

My pet peeve is a pretentious idiot who doesn't understand context. We are posting to SOCCER INSIDER. Everyone here knows what the writer means whether (s)he uses keeper, goalie, GK, field, pitch, soccer, or football.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 7, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

its great we are getting a librarian as the new goalkeep....

United will definitly be well read now.......

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

how is it that we have a strong tie with Portland?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 7, 2008 12:46 PM

Because that will be our new home after RFK is torn down and the team is forced to move. I believe Goff is already looking for a new home in OR?

Posted by: bye bye DCU | August 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Oregon. People from Bong Mines like it there.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

wow, more speculation on DCU's move to Portland...
OWNTF will like this one:Portland will be nice, you'll see...

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty surprised -- perhaps disappointed is a better word -- that we have to look to the country of watches and army knives for a goalkeeper.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 7, 2008 11:20 AM

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Can I get me one of those Liberian watches? Preferably one without Charles Taylor's picture on it please!

Posted by: edgeonyou | August 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"Through a middle man based in the States, a Swiss contact says Crayton is a "good goalkeeper. So steady and commands his box."

On the contrary - several game reports have consistently said that Crayton's weakness is handling crosses - which makes some sense given that he is not 6' (Nick Rimando revisited ???).

Posted by: Clint Baumstark | August 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I-270 you've had me hitting the Bong Mines, and cracking up all day.

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

So we now have acquired a player from the Colorado School of Mines (Craig Thompson) and a player who hails from Bong Mines (Louis Crayton).

Posted by: Coal Miner's Daughter | August 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I-270 you've had me hitting the Bong Mines, and cracking up all day.

Posted by: dadryan | August 7, 2008 1:30 PM

Same here ;)

Posted by: GoUnited | August 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

People taste like chicken.

Posted by: Charles Taylor | August 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

People taste like chicken.

Posted by: Charles Taylor
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how di body? oh, you're on trial in the Hague. how's the family? oh, your son's in jail in miami. how Foday? oh he's dead, i'm sorry couldn't happen to a nicer guy. well hope everything else is well. at least you still have your wealth. oh, all your assets have been frozen. eek, not doing so well are you.

Posted by: Tejan Kabbah | August 7, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I didn't read all the comments so I'm not sure if this has been mentioned but they should go after Kasey Keller - any reason why they wouldn't? I'm not sure any team would pay him mega bucks.....

Posted by: Fairfax | August 7, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do we need a Librarian GK?

Check his stats, he's never been a starter, anywhere. I hope he's coming cheap.

Posted by: DCYoo | August 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I didn't read all the comments so I'm not sure if this has been mentioned but they should go after Kasey Keller - any reason why they wouldn't? I'm not sure any team would pay him mega bucks.....

Posted by: Fairfax | August 7, 2008 2:10 PM

Kasey can still make 10 times any MLS payday by staying in Europe. Kasey doesn't sell tickets, or jerseys, or any promise of being around for more than a year, so making him a DP doesn't make much sense.

Posted by: JkR | August 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a "goalie", and anyone who knows anything about the game knows that.

Posted by: hope solo | August 7, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Wells has been better lately, but there's still lots of room for improvement (especially since Saturday was the first time in a month that it wasn't very easy to just march straight up the middle against us). We know Crayton will get his opportunity to be first-choice...hopefully he takes it, or Wells steps up his game to keep his spot.

As for speculation about our connection to Crayton, try this on for size: We played Basel a few years back in the preseason, and caught a beating (4-0 or 4-1, if memory serves). I'm guessing Kasper made some contacts on the day. That seems more reasonable to me than Doe showing up and saying "Hey, I know a guy..."

Now, where's that center back?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 7, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey. I know a guy. His name is Gas Coin, or something like that.

Posted by: Ray Hudson | August 7, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Liberia is the only other country in the world besides the U.S. with their capital named after an US President (Monrovia). I personally (but I am a bit of a history fanatic) think that the historical US - Liberia connections alone are worth enough to give this guy a chance.

Posted by: diego r. | August 8, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

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