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By Steve Goff  |  November 4, 2008; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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I think Tommy needs a chance to coach a healthy team. He should stay.

Posted by: grego1 | November 4, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

On soapbox

Soccer fans are very knowledgeable about countries and customs outside of the US, so I don't really have to remind you how lucky we are to live in a country where there is no civil unrest at election time and where the losing candidate is neither exiled nor imprisoned.

If you are eligible, please vote. Whomever your choose, your vote will be a vote for a civil democracy.

Off soapbox

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 4, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Here's the poll I wanted to see:

Who deserves another "term"?
Tom Soehn
Juan Carlos Osorio
George Bush

Posted by: Modibo | November 4, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

Where's the referendum for bond financing for the Stadium at Poplar Point?!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | November 4, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what it says about the readers of this blog that there are more votes for president than the two soccer questions.

Tommy coached a healthy team at the beginning of the season and he was dreadful. Time to switch.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 4, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Tommy couldn't motivate these guys. He needs to go. If he stays and things don't change at the beginning of next season, then he should go then. The FO should have someone in mind if they need to let Tommy go early next season.

Posted by: kris77 | November 4, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Tommy couldn't motivate these guys. He needs to go. If he stays and things don't change at the beginning of next season, then he should go then. The FO should have someone in mind if they need to let Tommy go early next season.

Posted by: kris77 | November 4, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Soehn must've had alot of his family participate in the voting process today.


Goff, do these ballots have a paper trail?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 4, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Tom Soehn with a 57% approval rating? A bit surprising.

Posted by: DCUMD | November 4, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but count me in the 43% on Soehn right now. Yes, he's had injured players, and yes, the roster lacks depth. But at the end of the day the manager is responsible for bringing about results. Every manager faces handicaps during the course of a long season. The good ones find a way to keep their team moving forward in spite of all the obstacles. On this test Soehn has failed and proven himself to be at best a mediocre manager. DC United can do better. Much better.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | November 4, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Soehn does NOT deserve another term, he is gutless no direction allowing all kinds of shananagans (Allowing Gallina to go vacation in Argentina, players not conditioning during practice = injuries) It will BE a disaster if he comes back. We need new blood. I
still remember B. Olsen's comment after Nowak Left

" The practices are not as rigid ”

Definition

rig·id
1.not bending or easily moved into a different shape or position
2.applied or carried out strictly, with no allowances or exceptions
3.inflexibly adhered to
4.unchanging in behavior, opinions, or attitudes

and I know Sir Goff can Attest to that comment.

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | November 4, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Soehn to get another chance, but I think it should be limited. Give him a shot at getting the season off on the right track, but if the team's not performing up to expectations by say, May 15th? Send Tommy packing.

Posted by: Kenobi | November 4, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Soehn and Kasper both have to go. They offloaded players in whom they lost confidence, players with a proven record of success, and brought in the ones that we all saw on the field throughout the season. This was their mess, built from the beginning, and injuries are no excuse. They built the team they wanted with full advance knowledge of how mnay games they were committed to and they are responsible for that outcome, bringing in players with history of injuries, e .g., Gallardo, whom Kasper was forced to move on after Veron decided he wanted nothing to do with DC. Kasper was driven by the need to kiss up to the Argentina agent network that he had invested so heavily in over the years.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 4, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Would love to keep Tommy. A great guy, and he knows soccer. But his apparent inability to motivate concerns me. Peter had the energy and drive -- we need someone who can light that fire again.

El Presidente? Doing your best Hugo/Che impersonation, Mr. Goff?

Actually, I think that's how I will address Mr. Obama after his win. And I'll need to get "comrade" in their, somewhere.

I'm actually surprised McCain has drawn as much support here as he has. I thought I was the lone right winger here.

Sulking in Haymarket...

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 4, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Joedoc, you are not alone. I, too, am concerned about the obamanation we are about to endure.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | November 4, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Where is the vote for the special one?

Be champions!

MR Caretaker (aka postgolb due to The Post's new special sign-in/monitoring rules).

Posted by: postgolb | November 4, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised McCain has drawn as much support here as he has.

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 4, 2008 12:42 PM
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Sarah Palin drove the fear of Obama into soccer fans by associating him with Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 4, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I voted to give Tommy another year. The first (roughly) third of the season, he had healthy players but most of them were new. Took time to gel.

The middle third of the season, he had healthy players who finally gelled. They won a lot of games.

The final third of the season he had a huge rash of injuries and a ridiculously overloaded calendar.

Of course the only votes that count in this decision are Chang's and Payne's. I could be wrong but I have a hunch they will keep Tommy on for another year.

Like it or not people, this team is not likely to change much. The hope is people will get healthy, shore up the backline a bit and see what happens.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@ Beckster: I feel less sure of how to vote on Soehn vs. McCain/Obama because I've never been to a DCU practice or otherwise been able to see how the vibe feels between him and the players.

I agree with Ron16, unless the vibe is like Capt. Bligh/Fletcher Christian.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | November 4, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kasper, I agree he made a hash of the offseason. But during the season he did secure the services of Guerrero, Khumalo and Janicki. That doesn't absolve him of all the blame for this off-season but it least shows he learned something and made adjustments. The same cannot be said for Soehn.

I simply cannot fathom the notion that this organization would think there is no better choice than Soehn out there. If he stays on next season, 2008 will look like a glorious run in comparison to 2009.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | November 4, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh boo-hoo, go cry me a river about McCain. Atleast your candidate was on the ballot. I had to write mine in and and seriously doubt it'll even get counted.

And no, I did not write-in Chief Clancy Wiggum.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 4, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kasper
"""But during the season he did secure the services of Guerrero, Khumalo and Janicki""

---AND Doe, Vide, Crayton, and Thompson.

Hard to believe Soehn has that much support here, but if he does stay . . . he has to change his approach to the team in so many ways.

Re: Joe Doc and "Comrade."

I'm pretty sure Warren Buffett, an Obama supporter, is a capitalist.

And Colin Powell, recent Obama endorser was, the last I checked, both a Capitalist and a moderate Republican.

And if you look at the way Obama has worked in the past (i.e. Harvard Law Review), he'll likely be much more moderate than the GOP propaganda they've been throwing around and the Red Faithful have been mindlessly regurgitating.

Posted by: delantero | November 4, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show the liberal bias of socer fans :)

Soehn needs to go, the sooner the better.

Posted by: owendylan | November 4, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to pile on, but all the Dems who watched the Bush's STEAL the election 8 years ago have had a lot more to sulk about than anyone should be today. Hopefully we won't have any hanging chads, or any other such nonsense. Mcain would be 4 more years of GARBAGE. How can anyone who picked Palin as his running mate not be an idiot anyway. Dude blew it right there.
Viva La Obama!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 4, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

So, here I am making comments on a soccer blog on the end of an election night. I voted for change today because I know that's what we need as a country. I voted for change because I am tired of being a citizen of a country that is no longer seen as one of the greatest in the world. Sound familiar? You decide... Should Tommy stay? I love our players. The new ones & the old ones. I still believe that you are only as good as your weakest link. I also believe that you can't get anywhere if your leader is less motivated than you are. It sucks being one of the only ones "swimming up stream." It drags you down... So, I would love to give Tommy another try, but how do we know he is going to pull out all the stops and live up to being a great coach? We don't know. But I would hope his bosses would hold him accountable for his results (& theirs) this year and put together an action plan to do much better next year. If he does keep his job, I say we be supportive and hope he sees what held us back and overcome it next year. D.C. United are champions. We always have been. Let's remember that and act like it.

Posted by: jeanhermanson1 | November 5, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

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