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Fred Out for Regular Season

The hits just keep on coming for D.C. United.

Brazilian midfielder Fred has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will miss the final three matches of the regular season.

Which means, for this Sunday's game at Houston, DCU will be without Fred, Gallardo, Emilio (hamstring) and Moreno, unless Jaime's suspension is overturned by MLS.

[UPDATE]

Moreno's appeal was denied. He will not play again until Oct. 16 against New England at RFK.


By Steve Goff  |  October 7, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

It doesn't even matter if DC makes the playoffs. It would be a quick exit anyways...

Posted by: FC Morton | October 7, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Last...

Which sounds like where we're going.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 7, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be funny if now that all our big money guys are down and out, our low money guys rally and DCU makes the playoffs.

Posted by: Tweaked | October 7, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be funnier if Tommy Soehn were fired the day before we qualified for the playoffs?

Posted by: bristol | October 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

2008 US Open Cup Champions!!!!!!

Posted by: BK | October 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Have doctors invented hamstring replacement surgery yet?

Posted by: RK | October 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh My God!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What's the medical staff at DC United like?

If MLS is going to keep making us play these bonebreaking schedules we should probably lay out for a few more PT people since we can't sign more players.

Posted by: Colm | October 7, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Is Tommy in shape to play?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 7, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

DCU will be just fine, as long as Houston scores an own goal or two...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 7, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhh Yeaaaaahhhhh...
The good news is I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance.

Posted by: dadryan | October 7, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Bobby Boucher came back at halftime, and the Mud Dogs won the Bourbon Bowl?!?!

Will anyone still argue that United actually possess a competent, qualified, training staff?

Posted by: AlecW81 | October 7, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I, will wear a bag over my head at the next home match.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | October 7, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Always look on the bright side of life
Do do, do do do do do do
Always look on the bright side of life
Do do, do do do do do do"

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 7, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

no surprise there with respect to the suspension. Has one of those appeals ever been upheld? Seems like MLS has set a precedent and nothing short of the referee coming out and saying he made a mistake will make a difference.

Posted by: Glenn | October 7, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

lulz

Posted by: Thora | October 7, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Can we expose Gallardo to the expansion draft? Furthermore, what would we have to give Seattle for them to take him.

Posted by: noptov52 | October 7, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Can we expose Gallardo to the expansion draft? Furthermore, what would we have to give Seattle for them to take him.

Posted by: noptov52 | October 7, 2008 5:35 PM


About 80% of his salary.

Man, we have never, ever had a season like this.

Posted by: JMR | October 7, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

What % of the salary cap is injured or out:
Gallardo
Moreno
Emilio
Fred
Olsen

If memory serves, that's about $1.3MM of a $2.1MM cap. Leaves us to play 2x the games of others going down the stretch with about 40% of the "value" of our roster. 47 games in a season with an 18 man roster is too much

Posted by: soyinocente | October 7, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Can we expose Gallardo to the expansion draft? Furthermore, what would we have to give Seattle for them to take him.

Posted by: noptov52 | October 7, 2008 5:35 PM

Maybe Jim Zorn and Shawn Springs?

Posted by: dadryan | October 7, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be funnier if Tommy Soehn were fired the day before we qualified for the playoffs?

Posted by: bristol | October 7, 2008 4:54 PM

What'd be funnier is Soehn being fired the day after the team is officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Posted by: FireTomSoehn.com | October 7, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

DPs are exempt from expansion drafts. Gallardo will be here next year unless he wants to be sold or someone comes in with an offer the club accepts.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 7, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

So if Moreno's out for this weekend, why NOT send him down to San Jose with the young'uns?

Posted by: Juan-John | October 7, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

At this point I wouldn't want them to make the playoffs without such key players. It would be embarrasing and depressing. Best to just pack it up and dream about a 2009 season with Benny, Fred, Emilo, a new coach and a new defense.

Posted by: Beckster | October 7, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The nights DC is on are quickly becoming laundry nights.

Posted by: Fido | October 7, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Alright, I'm putting on my cleats to play. Anybody with me?

Posted by: Marco Etcheverry | October 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Diablo! Let's whoop some ass!!!

Posted by: John Harkes | October 7, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm in...oh wait, wrong United.

Posted by: Wayne Rooney | October 7, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

At this point I wouldn't want them to make the playoffs without such key players. It would be embarrasing and depressing. Best to just pack it up and dream about a 2009 season with Benny, Fred, Emilo, a new coach and a new defense.

Posted by: Beckster | October 7, 2008 6:31 PM

A new defense minus Namoff. He hasn't had a great year, but he can't do it all by himself.

I want to see this starting line-up next year:

----------Crayton/New keeper--------------
Namoff----McT--------NewCB--------Guerrero
-----------------Simms--------------------
Olsen-----------------------------Fred----
----------------NewAM---------------------
---------Moreno--------Emilio-------------

No overhaul. Just a couple new players.

As for coaches these are my favorite choices:

Paul Mariner
Colin Clarke
Mauricio Cienfuegos
Peter Nowak
Dave Sarachan


Posted by: United fury | October 7, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

A question for Mr. Goff.

What time of the day tomorrow will United be announcing that Emilio is out for the rest of the year?

Might as well make it three in a row.

Posted by: A Rickey | October 7, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

As the French say, "merde"

Posted by: 22206 | October 7, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

@United Fury

Dave Sarachan is probably a reasonable choice....

As for a new AM -- that depends on whether Gallardo wants to stay...Otherwise, that looks decent -- although it might be a little optimistic regarding our beloved Benny. It's a very, very old lineup, but decent enough for one year.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 7, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I've written off this season as a mild success. We won our first "real" trophy for the first time in 4 years, plus we qualified for the 2009/10 Champions League.

What we failed to do--make the playoffs & compete for MLS Cup--I believe, was due to a serious of unfortunate events (albeit partially brought about by Club management's attempt to redesign its team).

Injuries have decimated our season, highlighted by the absence of Emilio, Gallardo, and Fred. But the silver lining of this is that United has the opportunity to give young players it normally would not see play serious minutes and in tough situations (like Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico). These opportunities and lessons are the best way for United to address the issues it's had with quality depth.

Posted by: TCompton | October 7, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@TCompton: Good post. Anyone else stoked they went to the Open Cup final? I could almost pretend that was the end of the "season".
;-)

Posted by: dadryan | October 7, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Is Tommy in shape to play?
Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 7, 2008 5:09 PM

Yeah, he deserves to be in goal at Sapprisa

Posted by: Anonymous | October 7, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Remember what I was telling you guys earlier -- ten players and a goalie? Well, guys, now it's ten RESERVE players and a goalie.

Now...who wants a one-day contract?

Posted by: Tom Soehn | October 7, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Like someone said, bonebraking schedule, bro, really how boneheaded can mls officials be? in big leagues, for ex. england, top clubs are playing in three tourneys; the premiership, the FA cup and/or the champions or UEFA; that's three, three!!!!!!! MLS are you reading this? how can you make your top clubs play four even five tourneys in a year? let's see, Houston and DC played the CCC, MLS reg season, USOC, the stupidliga, and the Champions league, you do the math, with a restricted roster due to the salary cap,a non FIFA MLS regular season calendar, the ballon has got to burst somewhere.

Posted by: hinchadedc | October 8, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe DCU should recruit the Dynamo trainer and conditioning coach. Houston has played the same schedule as DCU and they are on top in the West.

Posted by: Randy | October 8, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

What a joke. Such a crushing string of bad luck. I'm just glad we're walking away from this miserable year with the US Open Cup. It's better than nothing.

Posted by: Reston, Va. | October 8, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Picked a helluva time to quit drinking. :/

Posted by: DirtyHarry | October 8, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

@Randy

Very much agree with conditioning coach comment. DCU had some quality soccer in the busy pre-season, then slump, then slow return to form, then too many injuries.

It fits the pattern of bad conditioning in the pre-season and mistakes during the season. Happened to many teams over the years (Europe), and this was always one of the after-the-fact explanations.

Even the last Gallardo injury was explanied (I think properly) exactly the same way: he was not physically ready yet.

Posted by: Tolik | October 8, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

dc united is in lockstep with the world's stock market..it just keeps getting worse. if one turns one around, the other will as well! 2009 or 2010!!!

Posted by: mizage | October 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, not only does houston have a better training and conditionin staff, they have better talent scouts too, another reason why Houston has been able to sustain all the tourneys without any major injury list, the guys they bring in, Ashe, cameron, Wondolowsky, seem to do the job as well as the starters, last night's win in the Champion's was without Ching, Kamara, Onstad, and Dero as a sub late in the 2nd half, at this point I'm not sure if we have no talent or that our coaching/training staff are to much of a bonohead to figure out what talent really is.

Posted by: hinchadedc | October 8, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

For Houston Game:

-------------Crayton-------------
Namoff--Peralta--Martinez--MacTavish
Quaranta---Simms---Vide---Burch
------Dyachenko---Khumalo-------

Straight up 4-4-2

Posted by: GoUnited | October 8, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Whoops forgot about guerrero. Put him in burch's place

Posted by: GoUnited | October 8, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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