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USA, DCU, MLS

*In their annual Scandinavian challenge, the USA national team will play its first competitive match of 2009 on Jan. 24 against Sweden at Home Depot Center. Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. ET with coverage on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. The match will come a couple weeks into a USA training camp at HDC and 18 days before the Americans begin the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

*The buzz in MLS circles is that D.C. United has decided to exercise the option on backup goalkeeper Zach Wells's contract, but is also apparently planning to bring in another keeper, perhaps someone from the college draft, to compete with Wells in spring training for the No. 2 slot behind starter Louis Crayton. Rookie James Thorpe , the developmental goalie this season, seems likely to be invited to training camp. I am awaiting confirmation of the Wells decision, but if he should make the final roster, he would probably earn slightly more than the $52,000 he received this season. [UPDATE: The club confirmed tonight that it has exercised the option to retain Wells.]

*The Red Bulls received a scare near the end of training when goalkeeper Danny Cepero and forward Juan Pablo Angel collided in front of the net. Both were on the turf for a moment before rejoining the session. Afterward, Angel had ice wrapped around his arm but he said it was not serious.

*Columbus midfielder Robbie Rogers, a Southern California native, on the request for tickets from family and friends: "I keep getting them. I've stopped answering my e-mails. It's been crazy."

Back later with highlights from The Commish Don Garber's news conference.....

By Steve Goff  |  November 21, 2008; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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If DCU is looking for a college player to possibly compete with Wells for the #2 spot, there's a good one right road at George Mason. Sean Kelley. I might be a little bias having seen him grow up as a player coaching against him in the high school and club ranks in Lexington, KY. But the kid is good. Scary good. A junior he's started every game in his career and has 24 shutouts, 9 this season. The way he's developing it is very possible a pro career is on the horizon. Andrulis has no doubt pushed him in the right direction. Kelley might be a little raw and it could be a gamble for DCU but the kid has potential.

Posted by: MichaelVann7 | November 21, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

DC United needs to look for a keeper to take over the #1 spot. Crayton is not the answer and at his salary, DC United is getting far less for the value.

Posted by: Verrazzano | November 21, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Wells costs a lot of money. Let's use it elsewhere. I would like to see DC get some young US talent and develop them rather than going for the high price South American players.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 21, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

mv: doesn't he have another year of NCAA eligibility? Who leaves school early for MLS?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | November 21, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I've only seen Mason once this season (tonight), but wasn't that impressed by their keeper. Yeah, he saved a PK, but he moved early and it was one of the weakest penalty shots I'v ever seen(if you don't count the other PK in the match...).

Posted by: sitruc | November 21, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

mv: doesn't he have another year of NCAA eligibility? Who leaves school early for MLS?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | November 21, 2008 9:50 PM

Generation Adidas

Posted by: sitruc | November 21, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Seems like a lot of cap room for a backup goalkeeper. Crayton isn't perfect, but he's the better of the two; I would rather have a young bargain-basment backup and spend more on a defense so he won't have to face so many shots.

Posted by: granadoskerry | November 22, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

mv: doesn't he have another year of NCAA eligibility? Who leaves school early for MLS?
Posted by: joshuaostevens | November 21, 2008 9:50 PM

Generation Adidas
Posted by: sitruc | November 21, 2008 11:10 PM
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It goes far beyond Generation Adidas. Ben Olsen left Virginia early. Maryland has lost a fair number of players over the years, inclduing Taylor Twellman, who left with two years of eligibility remaining.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 22, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Olsen came through on Project 40, the predecessor to Generation Adidas. Twellman went to Europe.

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Wells got a raise? How? Can you imagine that performance review? "You made a lot of crucial mistakes, your coworkers lost all faith in you, and then we brought in another person to do your job. In spite of that, here's more money."

I was thinking he would only be retained if he signed for the minimum. There's got to be someone in the USL that's better and that $52K would be a raise for.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Chest_Rockwell: Jay Nolly?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | November 22, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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