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Keller, Cory, Clint, Crystal and Cuscatlan (North)

*No surprise: USA goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who turns 39 this fall, has finally made the leap to MLS and will play for expansion Seattle next year. RSL tried to acquire him a few years ago, but Keller was not ready to leave Europe.

*USA defender Cory Gibbs, back in MLS after a few injury-riddled seasons in Europe, has been claimed by Colorado. Los Angeles had the first crack in the allocation process, but passed.

*Clint Mathis's agent has confirmed Insider reports that the 31-year-old midfielder-forward signed with RSL today, which means Los Angeles will receive a 2010 third- or fourth-round draft pick from Real depending on how many games Mathis plays next season. He will wear jersey No. 84. His international pass is all that stands between him and the active roster for Saturday's game at Houston.

*Crystal Palace Baltimore, a second-year club that reached the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals last month, will open the USL2 playoffs at 7:30 tonight against the Harrisburg City Islanders at UMBC Stadium. Palace (11-8-1) is the No. 4 seed, Harrisburg (7-3-10) is No. 5. The winner will play at top-seeded Charlotte (13-2-5) in Saturday's semifinals. Western Mass. (6), Cleveland (3) and Richmond (2) are in the other bracket.

*If you ever wanted to know what it is like to see a match at San Salvador's Estadio Cuscatlan (minus the rowdy supporters' section known as "Vietnam"), drop by RFK tomorrow night at 8 p.m. for the El Salvador-Trinidad & Tobago friendly. The Salvadorans will be at nearly full strength; the Soca Warriors will be missing their Euro-based crew. El Salvador goes to Costa Rica next week for a World Cup qualifier, while T&T, which is in the USA's group, visits Cuba.

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2008; 3:51 PM ET
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Is CP Baltimore likely to move up to USL-1? How does promotion work in that league?

Posted by: JkR | August 13, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

What's Keller going to do in the meantime? Get loaned to DCU?

Posted by: RK | August 13, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If MLS were to allow loans (and if Keller were actually under a current contract with Seattle and not one that goes into effect at the start of '09), I'd imagine both DC and LA would be interested in trying to work out a loan for Kasey Keller.

Posted by: Rimando | August 13, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

O yes another chance to see the Blue and White at RFK! I wish El Salvador all the luck in the world and I hope they have a good trainer cause Trinidad and Tobago are known for their hard fouls and wreckless challanges! Try to go back home without injuries Guanacos!

Posted by: dcchilidog | August 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Out of curiosity do you ever travel with the national team or DC United to Central America?

Posted by: Curious George | August 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Cory Gibbs, back in MLS after a few injury-riddled seasons in Europe, has been claimed by Colorado. Los Angeles had the first crack in the allocation process, but passed."

I know they're about the dumbest club in MLS, but what the hell are they thinking?? Is there a rule that says LA is not allowed to defend?

Posted by: Kev | August 13, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

does the allocation order get reshuffled based on the standings at the end of each season? or is DC ever going to come to the bottom of the allocation list?

Posted by: pat | August 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

kev - LA passed on Gibbs so they could use their allocation on Eddie Lewis, who is also coming back to MLS

Posted by: pat | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

What's Keller going to do in the meantime? Get loaned to DCU?

Posted by: RK | August 13, 2008 4:12 PM

And the "Why doesn't Keller play for United?" question STILL won't go away! :-D

Posted by: Kev | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It would not surprise me in the slightest since he is signing with the League, not SeaSou, if KK is put in the goalkeeper pool in MLS, and LAG asks to use him, after Steve Cronin gets 'injured' in practice.

I can't imagine he would go 10 months without a competitive game.

Posted by: AM | August 13, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

LA passed on Gibbs so they could use their allocation on Eddie Lewis, who is also coming back to MLS

Posted by: pat | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM

Interesting - I'd still take Gibbs. Injuries and all.

Posted by: Kev | August 13, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I have to think that LA's decision was based on salary and not being able to fit Gibbs under the cap. But really, he shouldn't be able to ask for much having not played in what, 2 years? And he has come crawling back to MLS for a second time. Oh well, I like LA making bone head decisions, its fun to watch Donovan struggle.

Posted by: Josh | August 13, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Is CP Baltimore likely to move up to USL-1? How does promotion work in that league?

Posted by: JkR | August 13, 2008 4:10 PM
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As you know, there is no promotion/relegation in US Pro Soccer so

Or like we like to say in the hood/barrio:
We don't got USL1 money.

CPB isn't going to the USL until the ownership gets USL1 type money and decides to sink even more money into the franchise.

USL2 is a great fit for the franchise.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 13, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

There's no official promotion between leagues in the USL. Basically, if you want to play in a particular league and meet whatever requirements you just pay whatever the increased fee is and viola, you're at that level. Most teams that play in USL-2 do so to avoid expensive road trips to lonely Minnesota and the Pacific Northwest. Oh, and Puerto Rico. If I remember correctly, Bermuda actually has to subsidize travel for the other teams to come there.

Anywho, several of the newer teams are rumored to be using USL-2 as their training wheels where they can get their business all set up and some attendance before making the leap. Similarly, the Austin Aztex will be playing in USL-1 next season, but used this season in PDL as a mostly amature side to work out the kinks. So, perhaps sometime in the near future CP-Baltimore and Real Maryland will be playing with the slightly bigger boys in USL-1.

Posted by: JJE | August 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Is CP Baltimore likely to move up to USL-1? How does promotion work in that league?

Posted by: JkR | August 13, 2008 4:10 PM

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No promotion/relegation in USL. ... And there's a reason they play the games, but ... USL2 title will go to Charlotte or Richmond. If someone sneaks through, probably Cleveland City or Harrisburg.

Posted by: Troy | August 13, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Apologies to hardcore United fans, but when Seattle visits RFK next year, I'll give a shout-out to Kasey Keller for all of his great performances with the national team.

Posted by: Portero Vallecano | August 13, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Out of curiosity do you ever travel with the national team or DC United to Central America?

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Not with United, but the national team regularly the last 10 years for qualifiers: Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, T&T.....

Posted by: Goff | August 13, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

kev - LA passed on Gibbs so they could use their allocation on Eddie Lewis, who is also coming back to MLS

Posted by: pat | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM
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Has the Lewis deal been finalized/announced?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 13, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

any news about eddie lewis?

Posted by: Einar | August 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

My godfather has told me a story about "Vietnam." As a word of warning, don't eat the panes con pavo, or any food for that matter, from vendors in that area.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | August 13, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

An interesting unrelated bit of news: Oguchi Onyewu did not play for Standard Liege in their Champions League qualifying match against Liverpool today. As most of you know, if Gooch had played, he would have been cup-tied to Standard.

As most of you also know, Gooch is also expected to be transferred before the European window closes at the end of this month. So, the possibility must exist that Gooch will be transferred to team that expects to play in the CL this season. Thoughts?

Posted by: John | August 13, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Apologies to hardcore United fans, but when Seattle visits RFK next year, I'll give a shout-out to Kasey Keller for all of his great performances with the national team.

Posted by: Portero Vallecano | August 13, 2008 4:34 PM

Me too! And no need to apologize for giving the opposing keeper a cheer, that's soccer courtesy. I think many MLS fans could do better by treating opposing players with a bit more respect.

Posted by: Kev | August 13, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Gooch was suspended for the game.

Posted by: RK | August 13, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Me too! And no need to apologize for giving the opposing keeper a cheer, that's soccer courtesy. I think many MLS fans could do better by treating opposing players with a bit more respect.

Posted by: Kev

F U!

Posted by: RK | August 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Out of curiosity do you ever travel with the national team or DC United to Central America?

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Not with United, but the national team regularly the last 10 years for qualifiers: Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, T&T.....


Posted by: Goff | August 13, 2008 4:35 PM

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Who has the best atmosphere or worst if you are the opponent like U.S.A?

Posted by: Curios George pt. 2 | August 13, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

:-)

Posted by: Kev | August 13, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Mathis will wear 84...

Does that represent his age, or just the number of times he's changed teams?

Posted by: Joe S. | August 13, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the estimated attendance for the ES-T&T game tomorrow night?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

What I want to know is, is Keller going to be Seattle's DP, or do they maybe have someone else in mind to spend Micro$oft's sponsorship caysh on?

Posted by: SportzNut21` | August 13, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I knew Keller would be going to Seattle, who's next? Arena or Henry?

Posted by: dadryan | August 13, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Also interesting is that the voice of the Sonics, Collabro will be on the mic... He's an awesome announcer, don't know of any soccer expierence on the guy but he's got a great voice...

Posted by: dadryan | August 13, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

84? Is Mathis going to be a wide receiver?

Posted by: Hedbal | August 13, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone thought to send Marc Fisher tickets to tomorrow night's game at Estadio RFK?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 13, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Any reports on Onyewu? He wasn't on the roster for the Liverpool match...

Posted by: anonymous | August 13, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Clint Mathis, a/k/a Ocho Cuatro...

Posted by: C. Johnson | August 13, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone thought to send Marc Fisher tickets to tomorrow night's game at Estadio RFK?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 13, 2008 7:10 PM
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Stop imagining things. There is no game tomorrow night. A DC soccer stadium will accommodate only 15 events all year. RFK has already met its quota.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 13, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Will Seattle then lose their top allocation position for Keller?

Posted by: Jeff | August 13, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I am going to be at RFK tomorrow!!

Posted by: Elvis | August 13, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

good for Palace, taking down the dreaded Islanders!

Posted by: northzax | August 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that Mexico, followed by El Salvador, or maybe Guatemala would be the hardest to play in. Right, Goff?

Posted by: Amanda | August 14, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Keller made the "leap" to MLS? You mean he got sacked and its the only place that will take him.

Posted by: Hank | August 14, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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