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Gambians in L.A.; Change in Colorado?

*A pair of young Gambian players have arrived at Home Depot Center to begin informal, two-week workouts with the Galaxy, according to Patrick McCabe, an agent with strong ties to the African soccer market.

They are Ebrima Bojang, a 6-foot-3, 16-year-old striker, and Amadou Sanyang, a 17-year-old defensive midfielder who is captain of Gambia's current under-20 national team squad.

Because of their ages, don't expect them to end up in MLS this season. But if the Galaxy likes them, they could be back early next year for workouts.

*I've heard from two reliable sources that Colorado management is seriously considering a coaching change -- dropping Fernando Clavijo and promoting English assistant Gary Smith -- and that a move could be made in the coming days. The Rapids are 1-5-3 in their last nine matches. Clavijo's regular season record in four years with Colorado is 39-49-24.

By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2008; 1:21 PM ET
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If you want to get depressed, read some threads on the Colorado bigsoccer boards. That franchise is in a mess on multiple fronts.

Posted by: Ron | August 12, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that thread about the abuse that the supporters are going through would make me stay home. The Colorado FO just doesn't get it -- from the field to the fans.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'll believe Clavijo is gone when he shows up in front of the camera with a pink slip in hand, and not before. The guy should have been canned long ago.

Not, as the above posters note, that this will solve anything.

Posted by: Grunthos | August 12, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If you go to LA's website and watch its previous "LA Access/Inside LA/whatever" video program it goes through an interview with one of the Gambian trialists. Maybe they can bring him in and get rid of chubby ol' Pires. Fernando will be gone with another Colorado loss or tie.

Someone mentioned yesterday about striker depth for DC. They are right - Doe is out a few weeks with that toe infectious disease... and Moreno floats around plus has a continuing back problem (who knows when he is out). And that leaves us with Santino and RodD... yikes. If Emilio gets hurt... we are screwed... plain and simple.

Posted by: Anthony | August 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

any rumors of coaching/management changes at DCU? some of us fans are not feeling very optimistic about this team. some have even suggested they should just start rebuilding for next year right now. either way, it's clear that a major overhaul is needed, yet again.

Posted by: de | August 12, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Bojang is 16? doesn't that make him two years from MLS? unless he has residency or citizenship in the US he can't play abroad before 18, right?

Posted by: northzax | August 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like someone finally hacked into Clavijo's computer and deleted those pictures he was hanging on to...

Posted by: EdTheRed | August 12, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@northzax: I think that's a UEFA rule, not a FIFA rule.

Posted by: EdTheRed | August 12, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There’s no regret
If I had to do the same again
I would, my friend, Fernando..."

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 12, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Coaching change in Colorado? This just in ... Like, no duhhh.

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

>either way, it's clear that a major overhaul is needed, yet again.

No, it's not.

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

RK:
this team has no consistency and Soehn seems incapable of inspiring them to play well. they keep making the same mistakes over and over and over. they've been unable to win important games for the last couple of years. do you really want to watch see this again next year?

Posted by: de | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

If you go to LA's website and watch its previous "LA Access/Inside LA/whatever" video program it goes through an interview with one of the Gambian trialists. Maybe they can bring him in and get rid of chubby ol' Pires. Fernando will be gone with another Colorado loss or tie.

Someone mentioned yesterday about striker depth for DC. They are right - Doe is out a few weeks with that toe infectious disease... and Moreno floats around plus has a continuing back problem (who knows when he is out). And that leaves us with Santino and RodD... yikes. If Emilio gets hurt... we are screwed... plain and simple.
-----------------------------------------
thank you. :)
but seriously goff,
why dont we sign and fowards!
is it cap space?
or selfishness of VMAC and WChang?

Posted by: Spartan | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Colorado is a disaster. On and off the field...doesnt help their stadium is out in the middle of nowhere either.

Posted by: nico | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Is the thought that Gary Smith would be an interim coach through the end of the year, until they go after someone like John Spencer? Or is Smith the long term choice?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

As a Rapids supporter I am happy to hear that KSE might finally allow what should have happened last season after the depressing 5-0 loss to Seattle.

Hopefully they'll recognize the damage done to the fan base in the last 12 months of status quo. Unfortunately, I doubt KSE cares.

Posted by: Bonji | August 12, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a believer that coaches are to blame for everything, nor can they be held responsible for massive roster overhauls or injuries. Look at the patchwork defense that Soehn has had to put out there recently. It takes time for things to gel. It's convenient how we all forgot about the earlier run that DCU went on.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@nico:

The stadium is 9 miles from downtown and accessable by highway or surface streets. The lack of mass transit is both a cause and an effect of the attendance (as well as everything else that's happening). It is nicely situated on a proposed light rail line to DIA, so there is some light at the end of that tunnel.

Posted by: jimmyco | August 12, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bojang, a 6'3" striker who can dance, nice.

"He jumped so high, jumped so high
Then he lightly touched down."

Posted by: OWNTF | August 12, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

de,

Okay, lets overhaul all our players, just like the New York Red Bulls have been doing for 13 years. Continuity is crucial in becoming a good team and continuity is something the Red Bulls have never had.

Soehn hould get the rest of the year, and if we bomb in every tournament then it might be time to move a different direction.

Posted by: United fury | August 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

RE: Soehn hould get the rest of the year, and if we bomb in every tournament then it might be time to move a different direction.

Posted by: United fury | August 12, 2008 2:34 PM

Exactly. So far, bombs away. By the way, Ives is reporting Nowak as the top candidate for the Galaxy coaching job. I just threw up a little in my mouth. I'd send the Galaxy Soehn, Dyachenko, and all of next year's draft picks (which DCU are going to squander, anyway) to pay them not to even talk to Nowak....

Posted by: DWE4 | August 12, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

RK:
this team has no consistency and Soehn seems incapable of inspiring them to play well. they keep making the same mistakes over and over and over. they've been unable to win important games for the last couple of years. do you really want to watch see this again next year?

Posted by: de | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I'm sorry, but this is obtusely overboard. Do you think it was Soehn's idea to compete on mulitple fronts with Pat Carroll (or Jeff, or Lewis for that matter) and Marc Burch as central defender, while Rod Dyachenko runs the midfield?

Do you think Soehn is pleased to have Ben Olsen standing next to him rather than hustling about the midfield? Or to be sending Argentinian get well cards to Munich?

Soehn may not be Guus Hiddink but blaming him for a bad year is a little much.

IMHO

Posted by: JkR | August 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ed:

no, it's definately FIFA, maybe he's not a registered player with Gambia? if he is, he can't transfer to the US (unless his family is moving for non-football related reasons, like the Adus did)

the UEFA rule allows players to move inside EU countries at 16, not 18, given some restrictions.

Posted by: northzax | August 12, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

oh, meant to point out, see "FIFA Rules for the Status and Transfer of Players" cuil it.

Posted by: northzax | August 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Umm If you guys are going to keep posting lyrics from the 1970's, can't you do better than ABBA and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band? Please?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 12, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

No to overhauling the roster.

Sack Tommy, move to Maryland, clone Etcheverry.

What DC United doesn't need is 20 new names and faces next year. This team hasn't played healthy since June and only in fits and spurts before that. Are some guys getting too old? Yes. Are some guys not good enough for our expectations? Yes. Should we add a lot of new players for next year? No. Do we really need to focus on finding some younger and faster options at certain spots - most certainly.

But lets not dump the season and dump this team. As far as I see it, we are two wins away from one trophy and a guaranteed spot in Champions League.

We are still eligible to win the Champions League this year.

Oh - and just as in 2004 we may have to look at our shot to win MLS Cup by being the best at the end.

So, with 3 trophies still in our grasp, I'll keep some hope alive that we can scrap some performances out.


However, this year is really showing that the demands of the schedule are not comensurate with the levels of pay and are certainly not in any shape rewarding to teams for their performances. Other MLS teams would probably be as equally exposed with the amount of games we've played.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | August 12, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Steve Davis has a nice analysis piece on the LAG situation on MLSnet:

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080811&content_id=179592&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

I also saw pieces in the British online media today about yesterday's housecleaning -- the Beeb, the Guardian, the Mirror, the Sun just to name a few. Most of those were just wire reports.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 12, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@de: The nice thing about rumors is, if you don't hear any to your liking, you can always start some.

For those who like to deal in reality, The reality is, barring catastrophe (i.e., getting blown out the next 8 games in a row by 6 goals or more), no one in the DCU FO is going anywhere before the end of the season, if then. They are going to get this new goalkeeper in, and maybe one other player, hope our regulars get healthy, and roll the dice in the MLS playoffs.

The USOC would be icing on the cake, but we are sadly not likely to win tonight, we still have too many top guys out, and we are travel-weary. NE wins tonight 3-1 and we are out of the USOC.

Our hope is we get people healthy, and get another hot streak going into the playoffs. The hope is fainter than I would like, but that is pretty much our prospects for this season.

Posted by: Ron | August 12, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Post card from USWNT to Abby Wambach

you know I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel sad when your sad
I feel glad when you're glad
If you only knew what I'm going through
I just can't smile

you asked for that one, 270!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Glad I'm not old enough to know that music.

Posted by: RK | August 12, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Me too

Posted by: Hannah Montana | August 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@I-270, Exit 1: I'm simply upholding my responsibility to plant songs in the minds of Soccer Insiders everywhere.

That way, when you wake up tomorrow morning singing "Fernando," you'll know whom to thank...

Really, no need to thank me. It's a public service.

"Billy, don't be a hero
Don't be a fool with your life
Billy, don't be a hero
Come back and make me your wife..."

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 12, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Okay, someone set up some huge speaker stacks (like at an outdoor rock concert) and bombard Joe Doc with the "Mamma Mia" soundtrack, eh?

:)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I have a few short words the Bretheren of the Telephone Order of the K-Tel - 1970's Soft Rock Chapter.

We had joy.
We had fun.
We had seasons in the sun.

Now who'll wake up in a cold sweat?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 12, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Umm If you guys are going to keep posting lyrics from the 1970's, can't you do better than ABBA and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band? Please?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 12, 2008 2:53 PM
..........................................

The only alternative to a reference to the Jerry Jeff Walker song would be a reference to a Shirley Temple movie. Do you really think that would be preferable?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

We had joy.
We had fun.
We had seasons in the sun.

Now who'll wake up in a cold sweat?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 12, 2008 3:56 PM

But the stars we could reach, were just starfish on the beach.

Posted by: Jacques Brel is alive and well... | August 12, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Its better to look good than to coach good. I Don Fernando Looks Marvilous!

Fernando who's marvilous?

Billy Crystal for the Rapids!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZl3gGV4H6c

Posted by: lprevolution | August 12, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Steve you should be going to United's practice for sacking rumors not from some source at Colorado......Sack Soehn and Kasper...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.

I had to post this. I rewatched Resevoir Dogs a few days ago & this is still in my head.

Posted by: song219 | August 12, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Why would the fire Clavijo now but not after 2007? Or 2006? Could it be that Clavijo's contract is up after the year so they're not making a big payout to shoo him away? That and they have Gary Smith in place to be the interim head coach, the Gary Smith that Jeff Plush brought in to be an asst. coach without consulting Clavijo? And could the timing be right because awhile back they moved John Murhphy into a new position where he wasn't associated with the current coaching staff + wouldn't need to be axed?

Posted by: Allen | August 12, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Goff, please close the thread before someone quotes Bread . . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | August 12, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Who draws the crowd, who plays so loud
Baby it's the guitar man...

:D

Posted by: you asked for it! | August 12, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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