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Morning Kickaround

*Joe Vide took an unconventional path to MLS and D.C. United's starting lineup.

*Cuauhtemoc Blanco says the Fire wants him to play two more years.

*While MLS teams fell, Cruz Azul rolled to a 6-0 victory in its Champions League opener, all but assuring passage to a group that includes DCU.

*Boca star Martin Palermo sidelined for up to eight months.

*Beenhakker to Boruc: Grow up, lad.

*Join my live online chat on this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. Submit questions, follow it in progress and read the full transcript at this link.

Let's lighten the mood with an amusing video clip from French prankster Remi Gaillard:

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2008; 8:48 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS , World  
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Posted by: 135 | August 27, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Blanco in MLS for another 2 years!!! Yeah right that old man doesnt have two more years in him to play here in mls!! Well i hope not!!

Posted by: 135 | August 27, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

cool video!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Steve: FYI, today's Post print edition stated that your chat would be tomorrow (i.e. Thursday) at 1:00 pm.

Posted by: Ombudsman | August 27, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see the gendarmes are into donuts too. . . or is it baguettes?

Posted by: delantero | August 27, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

That was one angry pizza dude.

Posted by: JDO | August 27, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Ah, nice to see the traditional French short-sleeve shirt and tie combo...

Posted by: RK | August 27, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

So our lovely group of death is shaping up to be Saprissa, Cruz Azul, DC United and . . . either Metapan (El Salvador) or Marathon (Honduras).

Let's hope for Marathon as I'd hate to have another away game at RFK.

Posted by: delantero | August 27, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

That video ROOOOCKED! Awsome footage, made my day, that guy Remi is a legend in my book!

As for Vide, I am happy is playing well, he deserves to play!

Posted by: Felix | August 27, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm also happy Vide is playing well, but being forced to take a 50% pay cut because the team signs a goalkeeper?

That's a screwed up system.

Posted by: JDO | August 27, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Be sure to look up the rest of Remi Gaillard's videos on youtube the man is CRAZY!!!

Posted by: felix | August 27, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Vide seems like a good guy, can't someone please sign him to a small endorsement deal? he's a good looking guy, can't UnderArmor give him a $50k gig to lok pretty? or would that violate the Addidas deal? something to soften the blow of that pay cut...

Posted by: northzax | August 27, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Is Remi under cont4ract? Can we sign him up for set pieces?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 27, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

How is club can look for more rosters when they had to down grade Vide to make room for the new goal keeper? 33k to 17k what a heart breaking thing.

Posted by: td | August 27, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Why wasn't Remi at that Free Kick Masters event in Houston a few months back? That guy is awesome.

Posted by: George H | August 27, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

That's too bad about El Loco Palermo injuring his knee. I got to see the Boca Juniors intra-squad scrimmage at the SoccerPlex in July during their training time in Germantown, and I was looking forward to seeing him play this season. Proxima vez.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | August 27, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

blanco--for two more years...that sucks.

Posted by: bobf | August 27, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

The Style section of Tuesday's Post ran an article by Paul Farhi about the Gnats' anemic radio following. Does anyone know how many people listed to Saturday night's game from RFK on essentially the same stations that carry Gnats games?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Make that listened, not listed.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

The Jeff, hate to say this but the numbers were probably not even as good as baseball.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

while I am sure the nats get more listeners than DCU on a weekly basis (of course, that's four-five games vs one) the point is that baseball has traditionally been a radio sport, there is this romantic notion that people grew up listening to the radio (I know growing up in Toledo I listend to Cubs games late at night). plus, of course, given the slow, pastoral nature of baseball, it makes total sense for radio. you can fade in and out, and still get the sense of what's going on. Soccer? honestly, not so much.

of course, there is no real nostalgia for the Nats, since a: they stink, and b: there is no history. no one under the age of 60 grew up listening to baseball games in DC.

Posted by: northzax | August 27, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

To: JDO - screwed up system indeed: how can we expect somebody stay motivated with salary of $17,700? (Vide). If MLS wants to attract and retain talent, the salaries should not be that embarrassingly low.

Goff, any info on the level of pay in the 2nd and 3rd divisions of European leagues? Thanks

Posted by: Tolik | August 27, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to think that DC United would get good numbers on 1500 AM to start off with because it will take some time for potential listeners of the stronger signal to tune in during our matches (as opposed to 1050 AM, which has a relatively weak signal).

Posted by: Bill in Md. | August 27, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Interesting, blanco says he wants to own a 3rd division team and throw his name in it lol.

And he says he wants to retire after the WC of 2010 which he hopes he will be apart of the roster, and that he hopes he is still fit by then and that mexico qualifies overall.

You guys think he'd still make it on that roster as a 37 yr old??

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | August 27, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this guy Remi may just be better on "set pieces" (I use this term loosely in this case!) than Beckham...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The Jeff, hate to say this but the numbers were probably not even as good as baseball.

Posted by: Ron | August 27, 2008 11:24 AM

According to Steinbog, United is more than holding its own with regard to TV viewership. There is no reason that could not be true of radio listenership, except for the fact, as noted by others above, that United doesn't have regular access to more powerful radio stations.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel these guys should be making more money as well, but stop feeling sorry for Vide... If his parents let him(had the dough) go to Germany @ 14 and then turned around and pushed him to go to college, I really doubt Vide's that hard up for money. McTavish survived on less, as did lots of other guys and I'm not saying all of them are Trustifarians but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them are.
Everyone makes sacrifices to chase their dreams, but I would wager that the well endowed suffer less.
I swore Tenorio got the low down on United's long term plans for Vide anyway... what's the hub-bub?

Posted by: dadryan | August 27, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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