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United, Revs, RSL, Ouch

*DCU forward Jaime Moreno, who left Sunday's match at halftime with a sore back, says he is feeling a bit better today and should be ready to play in Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinal against New England at RFK.

*New goalkeeper Louis Crayton participated in workouts this morning and, as we've been telling you the last few days, is just awaiting paperwork to be finalized before he'll become eligible, possibly Saturday at Chicago.

*Thanks to awful traffic conditions late last night on the Jersey Turnpike (fallen tree during a storm) and I-95 in Delaware (toll plaza) and outside Baltimore (construction), DCU's team bus did not arrive back in the District until 2 a.m. Moreno, who had driven to the Meadowlands with his wife and one son in their car, got so disgusted with the back-ups, he called a friend in northern Maryland and got some sleep there. He then completed the trip this morning and headed straight to RFK for workouts.

*We told you last week that, once the Revs signed and traded Pat Noonan, they planned to pursue a Central American player. The target appears to be Costa Rican defender Gabriel Badilla, whom they initially targeted last winter. Read the Spanish-language story in Nacion.

*An update on our early-morning report that Real Salt Lake might end up signing Clint Mathis.....

The sides are close to a deal, according to his representative, but nothing has been finalized. Mathis arrived in Salt Lake City today for workouts. RSL would need to complete a trade with the Galaxy, which holds his MLS rights.

Finally, as a public service from the Insider, we ask you to please, please, please pay attention when you are sitting behind the goal:

By Steve Goff  |  August 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Wie sagt "whiplash" auf Deutsch?

Posted by: Mickey | August 11, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

And THAT is why you shouldn't have cheerleaders at soccer matches. (Joking - sort of.)

Posted by: James | August 11, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of RSL, just got back from Salt Lake. Stopped by their new is SWEET. It's next to the highway and not too far from downtown. Parking at the stadium is a bit limited (much like their current attendance), but there are strip malls nearby that will be used...think Rockville Pike. And best of all, down the street a new Chipotle is opening up soon!

Posted by: tim | August 11, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

That must be Vanney's niece. ;-)

Posted by: GoUnited | August 11, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Doink! Pow!

Posted by: John Madden | August 11, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tim. The steak quesadilla is now the leading candidate for lunch.

How does one pronounce Qdoba? Is it cue-doh-bah or kah-doh-bah?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 11, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse


best fast food eatery when compared to chipolte and baja fresh

Posted by: Anonymous | August 11, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The only good thing about Chipotle is that it serves the least appalling food in or near this nation's suburban office parks, where I seem to mostly have to work.

Hampton Inn & Suites + Chipotle = 80% of my life.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | August 11, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the German word for cheerleader is ... cheerleader. And I agree with James, reason number 5000 not to have them at soccer matches.

Posted by: merrybee | August 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Is there a possibility then that Crayton would be available for tomorrow's match if the paper work is done today or in the morning?

Posted by: td | August 11, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If Zack Wells was sitting there it would not have touched him.

Posted by: ML | August 11, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I thought kids weren't supposed to head the ball?

Posted by: RK | August 11, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse


if rod was there he would have missed it yet received a yellow for a stupid foul on the cheerleader.

Posted by: bobf | August 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

As punishment, United players skip practice and are forced to watch their loss to the Red Bulls 12 straight times.

Posted by: d | August 11, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes the trip back on the supporters bus was long and painful. The accident on the Bay Bridge seemed to contribute to that somewhat.Watching the Olympics on DirecTV was the saving grace.
I personally got home at about 230am.
The dreadful performance by the team made it that much more painful. I would have liked to have seen them try for more than 30 minutes. I left my house at 830am, got back at 230am.
18 hours for 30 minutes of effort??? Thanks guys. Thanks.

Posted by: marksman | August 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Any truth to the rumors that both Gullit and Lalas are out at LA??

Posted by: Red Devil | August 11, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

MAJOR NEWS OUT OF LA:,0,4926526.story

Lalas, Gullit Shown the Door

Posted by: hoyanick | August 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse;-Lalas-out-as-well

the AP is reporting that Gullit resigned and that Lalas is out.

Cobi Jones as interim coach.

Posted by: AP | August 11, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BuffloSoldier | August 11, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Gullit was a decent manager who was good for MLS. Said things that needed to be said.

A shame that he couldn't have stayed in his job, but apparently his family didn't like living in LA.

Posted by: Fan | August 11, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks folks.

RE: Gullit and Lalas

So much for the "SUPERCLUB," lol.

Posted by: Red Devil | August 11, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Where is your coverage of Lalas being fired by LA and Gulit resigning?

Can we ship Payne to LA?

Posted by: MissedChance | August 11, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

cobi's going to hold down the fort until they can persuade beckham to become player-coach-technical director for the superclub. la loves hyphenates.

Posted by: stairs | August 11, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just, wow.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 11, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice the the new interim GM for LA was Thomas Payne? Any relation?

Posted by: Jeremy | August 11, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Can we ship Payne to LA?


Posted by: TCompton | August 11, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Lalas and Guillit are OUT!

Posted by: Section 108 | August 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

How Ruud.

Posted by: Joe Doc | August 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

so, how did Crayton look in training? Is he sure to be the starter or will he just be there to "push" Wells?

Posted by: Glenn | August 11, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

traffic in DE on 95 is always a pain, even more so on Sundays and worst of all during the summer. The trick is to never go through the tolls. Get off in Newark and then get back on Elkton MD.

I left Philly yesterday in pouring rain and by the time I got to Wilmington, the sun was out.

Posted by: odessasteps | August 11, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Cheerleader = PWN3D.

Posted by: Geen | August 12, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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