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The Reserve Clause

See how many names you recognize from New York's 5-2 reserve division victory over D.C. United today in Montclair, N.J.:

D.C.: James Thorpe (GK) (John O'Hara* 75'), Pat Carroll, Greg Janicki*, Craig Thompson (Jonathan Burklo* 46'), Mike Zaher, Ryan Cordeiro, Jeff Carroll (Rod Dyachenko 43'), Quavas Kirk, Dane Murphy, Thabiso Khumalo*, Dwight Barnett* (Kenny Anaba* 63').

Substitutes Not Used: None

New York: Danny Cepero (GK), Hunter Freeman, Gordon Kljestan, John Gilkerson, Luke Sassano, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Hugh MacDonald* 54', Angel Rivillo* 75'), David Roth, Matthew Mbuta*, Danleigh Borman (Jeritt Thayer* 59'), Chris Megaloudis, John Wolyniec (Victor Kotynski* 71')

Substitutes Not Used: Bayard Elfvin*

*guest player

More match details at behindthebadge.com.

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2008; 1:51 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

"David Roth"

Ah, Diamond Dave, full of surpises as always. Glad he got the start.

Posted by: jeffresistor | August 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

all those guest players, and Rod still doesn't start? wow.

also, any news on which USL players DCU is considering?

Posted by: keithw | August 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Thabiso Khumalo? Wait, that guy owes me money.

Posted by: AM | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Bayard Elfvin has to be one of the greatest names in the history of sport.

Posted by: Kenobi | August 26, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

So, if someone plays in this Reserve Match, are they still limited on how long they can play in the next regular season match?

Posted by: TCompton | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Beyard Elfvin, like the kid picked last, doesn't even get into a reserve match.

why the heck do we bring in a guest goalkeeper to play? did Thorpe pick up a ding?

wasn't Mbuta on your list of USL players DCU was interested in, but NYRB was looking at?

I think reserve games are great, I really do, but are they actually worth anything with all these 'guest players' involved?

Posted by: northzax | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what I was thinking when I read the match report on Kyle's site.

Posted by: JMR | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

keithw- I think Rod is on the unofficial injury list as his ankle has been giving him trouble lately.

Glad to see Orlando Bloom... I mean, Jeff Carroll, out and about.

Posted by: n/a | August 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Thabisco any relation to Doctor Khumalo?

Posted by: Ron | August 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

TCompton: I think it has to do with how many minutes they played in their last regular season match, not the next one.
after a brief check of wikipedia, I learn you can play 120 minutes every 60 hours. that only counts the time before the reserve game, not after. you could play the entire match today and the entire match against the Red Bulls. since it was more than 60 hours from the last game, everyone was eligible.

Posted by: northzax | August 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

They should sign Tabasco...then DC United can get its own AND-1 sponsored reality show.

Posted by: Erick | August 26, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Any word on how the younger Carrolls are doing? Will we see any more first team action soon?

Posted by: viv | August 26, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Who are we?
Who are we?
Who are we?

;-)

Posted by: Kev | August 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that all-important adidas Reserve League that was going to make the difference between an MLS that's a laughingstock and a serious MLS...that's money well-spent right there. They're really developing players left and right in the reserve league, aren't they?

Posted by: Jason | August 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, it might be more successful if the 'reserves' weren't all playing first team minutes...

Posted by: JkR | August 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Thabisco any relation to Doctor Khumalo?

Posted by: Ron | August 26, 2008 2:15 PM

Maybe. Pretty sure Doctor only had one sibling, Dentist Khumalo.

Posted by: AM | August 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

David Roth? You did ask for a middle name, didn't you?

Posted by: Matt | August 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Not much worse than we've seen elsewhere inthe reserve league.

Until the MLS expands rosters to at least 35 players the reserve league will continue to be a joke. A bad joke.

22 senior players and 10-13 developmental.

But that's going to require cap increases, and that's without even factoring in raising the overall wages which is desperately needed at the lower/mid/entry level.

Posted by: Aljarov | August 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This should be a wake up call to MLS that they need to spend more money at the bottom of the roster.

...too bad it won't be.

Posted by: Kyle | August 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"Substitutes Not Used: None"

Sorry for the stickball reference but can't resist...

Willie Mays Hayes: What the hell league you been playing in?
Rick Vaughn: California Penal...
Willie Mays Hayes: Never heard of it. How'd you end up playing there?
Rick Vaughn: Stole a car.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Is Gordon Kljestan related to Sacha? And if so, how did he get the normal first name?

Bayard Elfvin's sittin' on a bale of hay
He ain't good lookin' but he sure can play.
There's Zaher, Mike and you can't forget
That Ubiparipovic is gettin' soakin' wet.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@keithw: Re Rod - WOW!

@Goff:

Goff, What is the deal with Rod? Is he hurt or is the team using him as a tackling dummy for the rest of the year? Have they given up on him?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | August 26, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Per the Examiner, DCU considering the following USL2 players:

1. Stanley Nyazamba - M - Richmond (Zimbabwe native was 2008 USL2 Rookie of the Year - currently training with DCU)

2. Pat Healey - Crystal Palace USA - M (Towson U. prodcut)

3. Mattew Mbata - Crystal Palace USA - M (Cameroon native was in DCU preseason camp for a few days)

All are attacking (Nyazamba and healey) or outside (Mbata) midfielders.

Posted by: Oliver | August 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I've seen Mbuta play alot in the last two years for Crystal Palace. At least 18 or so.

Matthew Mbuta can play. He is would make a good reserve for DCU. He has a good attitude, runs like crazy, switches gears really well and has some skills. He gave the sorry squad of Energy Drink FC Reserves a headache when my Palace boys put them out of their USOC misery a month or so ago.

Healy, I've seen about 9 times. Decent player. He could be an MLS reserve. He is as good as some of the DCU reserves that we have had before.

Stanley Nyazamba-I only saw dude play once this year and he didn't rock my world but my peoples in Richmond say that he has the potential to be a breakthrough type player and feel that he could contribute.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

how the hell they manged to lose 5-2 to New York? No wonder why these players get paid 13k.

Posted by: td | August 26, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Thabiso Khumalo, aka Boyzzz, was the best high school player to ever come out of Kentucky. He moved to Kentucky as an exchange student in the late 90's finishing up his last three years and was absolutely amazing. He had a good solid career at Lindsey Wilson, here in KY winning a NAIA national championship before moving on to Coastal Carolina were he had a solid career. Professionally he's been up and down with signs of inconsistency, first with the Fire, and in the USL with Charleston and Wilmington. Recently he's managed to play well for Pittsburgh. Boyzzz has loads of talent but just hasn't seemed to put it all together. He could be useful for some MLS clubs . I just don't know if he's cut out for DCU. I wish him luck though.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Thabiso Khumalo, aka Boyzzz, was the best high school player to ever come out of Kentucky. He moved to Kentucky as an exchange student in the late 90's finishing up his last three years and was absolutely amazing. He had a good solid career at Lindsey Wilson, here in KY winning a NAIA national championship before moving on to Coastal Carolina were he had a solid career. Professionally he's been up and down with signs of inconsistency, first with the Fire, and in the USL with Charleston and Wilmington. Recently he's managed to play well for Pittsburgh. Boyzzz has loads of talent but just hasn't seemed to put it all together. He could be useful for some MLS clubs . I just don't know if he's cut out for DCU. I wish him luck though.

Posted by: Michael Vann | August 26, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Thabiso Khumalo, aka Boyzzz, was the best high school player to ever come out of Kentucky. He moved to Kentucky as an exchange student in the late 90's finishing up his last three years and was absolutely amazing. He had a good solid career at Lindsey Wilson, here in KY winning a NAIA national championship before moving on to Coastal Carolina were he had a solid career. Professionally he's been up and down with signs of inconsistency, first with the Fire, and in the USL with Charleston and Wilmington. Recently he's managed to play well for Pittsburgh. Boyzzz has loads of talent but just hasn't seemed to put it all together. He could be useful for some MLS clubs . I just don't know if he's cut out for DCU. I wish him luck though.

Posted by: Michael Vann | August 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

John O'Hara (Ireland) is a former George Mason goalkeeper.

Posted by: swwj | August 26, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@td:
"how the hell they manged to lose 5-2 to New York? No wonder why these players get paid 13k."

1) Most of these were guest players unused to playing together. This was little more than doing 20 laps around the field.

2) With all due respect, you need to let go of your preconceptions about NY. They are becoming a strong team. Their new additions have beefed up their spine. I wouldn't surprised to see them blow us out of the water this weekend, esp. given our injury situation.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | August 26, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@td:
"how the hell they manged to lose 5-2 to New York? No wonder why these players get paid 13k."

1) Most of these were guest players unused to playing together. This was little more than doing 20 laps around the field.

2) With all due respect, you need to let go of your preconceptions about NY. They are becoming a strong team. Their new additions have beefed up their spine. I wouldn't surprised to see them blow us out of the water this weekend, esp. given our injury situation.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | August 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

umm, at least 24. A couple I might know something about. About 10 I might be able to pick out of a crowd.

Typical MLS reserve match. The starters are, at the least, former standout college players. The subs probably a mix including random guys willing to sit the bench. Considering most of these guys are a year or two out of college, the standard (at games start) should be at least better than any NCAA game outside of top 25 matchups. Probably better than most of those.

We probably take our reserve division as seriously as England takes there's, which is not saying much.

Posted by: undrafted | August 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

umm, at least 24. A couple I might know something about. About 10 I might be able to pick out of a crowd.

Typical MLS reserve match. The starters are, at the least, former standout college players. The subs probably a mix including random guys willing to sit the bench. Considering most of these guys are a year or two out of college, the standard (at games start) should be at least better than any NCAA game outside of top 25 matchups. Probably better than most of those.

We probably take our reserve division as seriously as England takes there's, which is not saying much.

Posted by: undrafted | August 26, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Rod who?? Isn't he serving an eternal suspension for red car accumulations for imitating a soccer player?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Healey is on trial with the Fire for the Mexican bound friendly. DCU should give Kante a trial. He's a solid defender.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Bayard Elfvin has to be one of the greatest names in the history of sport.

___________

Right up there with former German League standout Harry Kock.

Posted by: flipper | August 26, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Boyzzz Khumalo was first-team All-USL2 at Pittsburgh this season.

Posted by: Troy | August 26, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Boyzzz Khumalo was first-team All-USL2 at Pittsburgh this season.

Posted by: Troy | August 26, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Boyzzz Khumalo was first-team All-USL2 at Pittsburgh this season.

Posted by: Troy | August 26, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

How did John O'Hara look?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 26, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

How did John O'Hara look?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

How did John O'Hara look?

Posted by: What'sWrong | August 26, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Should John Wolyniec even be playing in a reserve game?

Posted by: kris | August 26, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Uh, kris? Wolyniec can't get playing time for the first team, who has outscored opponents 9-1 in the last three games. That's what reserve games are for, not running out a half dozen drinking buddies of the trainer.

But are you saying you want to trade for him? I'm not sure you have anything we would want.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 26, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess maybe I was just confused as to why someone with his experience would be playing a reserve match. I didn't realize he hadn't been playing much for the first team. And, no, I'm not saying we would want to trade anything with ny. I was just curious as to why he was playing. thanks for your comment though.

Posted by: kris | August 27, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

bayard elfvin used to play for the Portland Timbers in USL1. Was a very solid keeper and we were surprised that he wasn't invited back this season. Hope he sticks and gets a job in NY for his sake.

Posted by: Timbers | August 27, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

No problem, kris. He's now #4 on the depth chart at his position, behind Angel, Magee, and a revitalized Richards playing in a new position. But really, he's probably the only cover for Angel as a target man.

He's not the most skilled player, but against the right team on the right day, he can be a difficult guy to defend. Very much an opportunistic striker, a poor man's Lineker.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 27, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

John O'Hara NOW!


Someone had to. ;-)

Posted by: Postmaster | August 27, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"He's not the most skilled player"

Allow me to revise my comment:

He may be one of the least skilled players in league history. But he did score one of the most amazing goals in league history.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 27, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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