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D.C. United Winding Down

I will be back shortly for a Q&A with Ben Olsen and am also working on a long story for tomorrow's print edition, but for now, a few items to share:

*Jaime Moreno said that, in addition to surgery on his ailing left knee, he will need to undergo a procedure in Germany for an abdominal/hernia problem.

*Bryan Namoff has a deep thigh contusion and will certainly not play tomorrow against Marathon.

*The club will call in a goalkeeper from the MLS player pool -- there are a few available -- to back up Zach Wells. Louis Crayton and James Thorpe are out with red card suspensions. Sorry, Quavas.

*Former DCUer Stephen deRoux stopped by to say hello.

*Devon McTavish, on tomorrow's match: "I think we actually have a lot to play for. Obviously a disappointing season without even making the playoffs, failing in SuperLiga and CONCACAF is done too, it's a good opportunity to come out in the final home game and try to put on a show for the fans, try to come out and get a result and spoil Marathon's CONCACAF dreams. The season is done, but we need to prove to our fans that we can still play."

*Tom Soehn: "We're going to go in with the intention to win. Unfortunately, it is only a spoiler role, but it is still important to finish off the season strong. The last performance was good -- the result wasn't good -- but we have to look at next year at this point and make sure we build off our last game. We owe it to our fans and ourselves and the organization to make sure we represent ourselves well."

*Asked if he has discussed his future with club management, Soehn said: "No. There is a lot to look at. Nobody is safe. Obviously it is very disappointing we didn't make the playoffs. There were a lot of things that didn't go our way this year, which were out of our control, but there are still a lot of things in our control. It's disappointing we had to push it to the last game to make it. I thought it started to come together at the end, but it was a little too late. It shouldn't have to come down to the last game to qualify."

By Steve Goff  |  October 28, 2008; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Translation: TS expects tp be fired.

I am not so sure he will be fired. Its possible he may get one more year.

Posted by: Ron16 | October 28, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe DeRoux is trying to make a comeback. We need his speed.

Posted by: TheJim1 | October 28, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I wonder if DC United is getting a frequent-customer discount at that hernia specialist in Germany.

Posted by: Ron16 | October 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe DeRoux is making a comeback. We need his speed.

Posted by: TheJim1 | October 28, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I wonder if DC United is getting a frequent-customer discount at that hernia specialist in Germany.

Posted by: Ron16 | October 28, 2008 12:54 PM

Buy two get one free.

Posted by: TheJim1 | October 28, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Can Moreno just replace every bone in his body so he can play forever? That would be sweet!

Posted by: kris77 | October 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

So right now, two outta the four U.S. teams are set for the next iteration of the CCL tournament: Columbus and DCU.

As the USOC winners, where does DCU start? Would it get a bye like it did this time, or would it have to start competing earlier, like the Revs?

Posted by: Juan-John | October 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

*Jaime Moreno said that, in addition to surgery on his ailing left knee, he will need to undergo a procedure in Germany for an abdominal/hernia problem.
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Glad he waited until Oktoberfest is over.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 28, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John,

DCU will start in the home-and-home preliminary qualifying like Chivas USA and the Revs did this year. Keep your fingers crossed we get a favorable draw!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

FIRED T.SOEHN and get rid of Emilio, Peralta, Gonzalez, Dyastinko, Mediate, and Gallardo

Posted by: koolcaio | October 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Can we fast-track Jaime for anti-aging treatment? The The Methuselah Foundation is just around the corner in Lorton...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methuselah_Mouse_Prize

Posted by: jealousmuse | October 28, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@VBB: Ok, makes sense, thx.

But what if Columbus wins the MLS Cup? How would that change things, if at all?

Posted by: Juan-John | October 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Moreno is done...Goff said it himself..great career but he cant keep up.

anywho, why Martinez? He has done pretty good, well much better than the rest of the D. And he even scored a goal!

I would like to see Robby D. booted out!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John,

I think all it would do is add another team from the table in MLS.

MLS 1 - Group Stage - Supporters' Shield Winner

MLS 2 - Group Stage - MLS Cup Winner

MLS 3 - Prelim - US Open Cup Winner

MLS 4 - Prelim - MLS Cup Finalist.

So in the event that the Crew lift the cup, I assume that finalist gets boosted to an automatic group stage spot and then it would be the next highest in the table that didn't make the MLS Cup Final to be in the Prelims.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 28, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

No one is safe. Not even Talon. I heard Pollito is itching to take over mascot duties.

Posted by: Hoost | October 28, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Soehn is showing how dishonest he is with his self-serving, disengenuous comment that there are things that can't be controlled. Of all of the DCU coaches he is no less of a control freak as any of them. He has always looked to control everything, right down to the seating on the team flights. He is now trying to cover his well-worn butt by claiming that there are things he can't control, like injuries. He can control that element: don't play so many games; develop a roster that is deep and talented (Houston does it); don't sign well-aged Argentinian midfielders with a history of injuries just because you and you GM-boss have been cozying up with the Argentina agent network or because your president is hot to have a DP so he can look good at league meetings along side of NY, LA and Chicago.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

On the plus side DC United is now sponsored by the largest company in the world.

http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2008/10/28/bug-crushes-exxon/trackback

Posted by: mattgs84 | October 28, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Where and when did Goff say Moreno is done?

Posted by: CHICO13 | October 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Gomez. He's wasting away in Colorado!!! He deserves better!

Posted by: GoCrew | October 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, hard to see how a player who is the only one in the league to register at least 10 goals and 10 assists is done.

Viva la Bomba Jaime Moreno!

Posted by: billindmd | October 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

To clarify VirginiaBlueBlood, The USOC takes the USA4 slot in CCL. So if the USA1 (MLS Cup) and USA2 (supporters Shield) are held by the same team, that team will take the highest slot, USA1. the holder of USA3 (MLS Cup runner up) will move into the USA2 slot, while USA4 moves to USA3 and then the highest placed team in the table that has not already qualified takes the USA4.

Posted by: bfv999 | October 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

That vote of confidence statement should be forthcoming any minute now from the front office. This would surely cement Soehn's future with the club.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | October 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"Tommy, you're doing a heck of a job."

Posted by: live1 | October 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

MLS player pool? Where the heck was that when we had 9 guys out on injuries?

Posted by: LaBarraBlonde | October 28, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

It's really astounding that Kasper can be quoted as he was in Goff's article about what went wrong as if he will be the evaluator and not the evaluated. He has to get his fair shame of the blame of this disaster just as his buddy Soehn must do. Kasper was seen standing next to Neill (not much taller, it appeared) at the press conference annoucing what was arguably the worst MLS signing of the year He signs off on all of the personnel moves, so unless the sanctuary of being firmly up Payne's butt provides the right amount of shelter, he should go down too.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 28, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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