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DCU's Traveling Party

United conducted workouts this morning here at RFK and then headed to the airport for a flight to Mexico City and tomorrow night's Champions League match against Cruz Azul.

Because of injuries, suspensions and players recovering from injury, the club will have only 15 players in uniform:

GOALKEEPERS: Louis Crayton, James Thorpe.
DEFENDERS: Pat Carroll, Mike Zaher, Marc Burch, Devon McTavish, Gonzalo Martinez, Bryan Namoff.
MIDFIELDERS: Ryan Miller, Craig Thompson, Ryan Cordeiro, Quavas Kirk, Clyde Simms.
FORWARDS: Thabiso Khumalo, Francis Doe.

Moreno, Fred, Emilio, Guerrero, Quaranta, Janicki and Peralta did not travel and are preparing for Sunday. Vide, Dyachenko and Wells would have made the trip, but are serving yellow card suspensions. Coach Tom Soehn is banned from the sideline for his red card at Saprissa, but will be somewhere in the stadium. Chad Ashton is in charge on the bench. Mark Simpson stayed behind to oversee workouts for the players who remained in town.

Also on the flight is injured MF Ben Olsen. Why?

"They need some entertainment," he joked. "Tommy asked if I wanted to go. Obviously, he is not on the bench. I think the choice came down, if Chad got kicked out tomorrow, it would be either me or [team administrator Francisco Tobar] running things. I think I edged him out by a hair."

Did you watch any MLS games this weekend?

"Unfortunately, I watched the Kansas City game. It was a disappointing result for us, but there is still a good chance that if we take care of everything, we will be in. It's a good vibe right now with the team. We have gotten back to fighting for each other and appreciating the opportunity we have. It all started with the young guys in a lot of ways. They showed some really gutsy performances. Sometimes that is all it takes to spark some others."

For comments from Soehn, jump below.....

Soehn, on tomorrow's game: "This is just as important to make sure we keep our mentality the right way."

On the roster: "We have guys suspended and guys hurt. We are treating it like a lot of our other games. Unfortunately, we only have 15 guys."

On concerns about player recovery in time for Sunday: "We have time. It's a Tuesday game following by a Sunday game, so we'll be fine."

On the weekend MLS games: "I didn't expect any results in our favor because that is the way our season has gone, but [New York and Kansas City were] at home. It is going to take teams winning on the road to determine who gets there, and as it should because you have to be able to win on the road. We will know our fate going into Sunday's game, which is an advantage to some sort, but we still have to rely on someone else, unfortunately. It will be two hard games for New York and Kansas City."

Okay, folks, any lineup suggestions for tomorrow night?

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
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I'm curious about Martinez...he traveled to Costa Rica without a majority of the other starters and he didn't start against NE if I remember correctly. Is he out of the starting 11?

Posted by: BK | October 20, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Namoff, Carroll, Martinez, Zaher
Miller, Thompson, Cordeiro, Kirk
Khumalo, Doe

Rest Simms, Crayton, Burch , McTavish.
I'd rest Kirk and Doe, but you run out of players. Where is Dyachenko when we could a body, oh that's right yellow card accumulation.

Can we ask the other team for players? :)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if Benny becomes a player-coach, can the FO allocate all or most of his salary to his coaching role, freeing up some roster salary cap space?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 20, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

And the grooming of Ben Olsen to be a future DC United head coach begins...

Posted by: Colm | October 20, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Why has Cordeiro seemed to lose minutes as the season has gone on? Is there a story there?

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | October 20, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy Benny. Start learning.

Posted by: strago | October 20, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And the grooming of Ben Olsen to be a future DC United head coach begins...

Posted by: Colm | October 20, 2008 1:00 PM

That started the instant he came back from the first round of injuries and took on the grizzled veteran role. This is just the next logical step.

Posted by: Kenobi | October 20, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

how about Etchevery as coach with Olsen as the assistant, or vise versa. i am sure etch is friends with some great talent young talent that is.

Posted by: dc fan | October 20, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

What a midfield...lambs sent to slaughter.

Posted by: Wow | October 20, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse


Martinez hasn't been first choice in 2 weeks. He's been making mental errors, and right now I'd say he's our 6th best defender (behind, in no particular order, Namoff, McTavish, Janicki, Peralta, and Burch). He looks either mentally exhausted or just disinterested, and has for almost 2 months.

The only things I'm sure we should do with the lineup tomorrow is to rest Namoff and Simms. This might require Pat Carroll playing defensive midfield, or maybe Miller (he seems to have the characteristics to do the job, but I'm not sure if he's ever played there).

Does anyone else want to see Ashton intentionally get himself thrown out so Olsen takes charge?

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 20, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I must have missed something, did Miller get some minutes @ Saprissa? I didn't really catch that match until the tail end.

Posted by: dadryan | October 20, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Miller started

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

behind, in no particular order, Namoff, McTavish, Janicki, Peralta, and Burch

Actually...I'd say in that particular order.

Posted by: DE | October 20, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Well that line-up will truly need the inspiration and enthusiam of Bennie as "Wow" so aptly described the lambs to the slaughter.....

Posted by: Beckster | October 20, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a thin lineup. The young guys have been playing well especially Doe and Khumalo but playing at 7000 ft in the DF is going to be difficult. You have to assume too that the three subs will be used. This may not be pretty but for the young guys its another opportunity to keep their jobs next season.

Posted by: sbg | October 20, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Damn! I wanted to see Dyachenko!

Posted by: Hedbal | October 20, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

...the grooming of Ben Olsen.

That is a thread all to itself.

Posted by: Sal Magli | October 20, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe next year DCU's website will have all it's stats on it. I tried finding any sign of Miller playing at all on there. I admit I only saw the very tail end of the game and Rod's equalizer. One of the only games I elected not to watch this year and ended up finding a live thread anyway.
So where is his natural position?

Posted by: dadryan | October 20, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse


That's right, a 4-3-3 with Crayton at Sweeper :-)

For real though, pair Carrol up with McTavish in central defense, but keep the rest the same. It's not as if this game matters, and Boyzzz and Cordeiro could be a handful on the wings, especially if they're able to hit Doe and Martinez with some decent crosses.

Posted by: AlecW81 | October 20, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to this. Gives the young guys a chance while resting others.

Posted by: Krista | October 20, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Getting these young guys experience will be massive for our club. And then next season when they get on the field with Gallardo, we will be something to watch. Just wait for those 8 games he plays next season for us and we will be tremendous.

Posted by: Dave K | October 20, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"I think I edged him out by a hair". Get it... a hair. That Olsen boy is so witty.

Posted by: Amanda | October 20, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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