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Honduran Candidate?

Another Honduran has been linked with a possible move to D.C. United this winter: Motagua midfielder Marvin Sanchez defender Osman Chavez. He appeared in four qualifiers this year. Expect a million more names to surface in the coming weeks. It's that time of year.

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2008; 1:36 PM ET
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Seems like Sanchez is just using United's "offer" to leverage Motagua...Since United seems intent on making offers to every decent Honduran player, they should press on with those efforts...

Posted by: fischy | December 13, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I wish that we would start hearing rumors of bringing in defenders. While McTavish, Peralta, and Namoff are good defenders, we need more quality for competition. Hopefully, Burch will get more consistent as an outside back ... he's definitely no center back.

Posted by: futboler | December 13, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

We should be practical and just sign whichever players look best in the Barcelona - Real Madrid matchup in a few hours.

We can use all the money we save from renegotiating Rod Dyachenko's contract...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 13, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of money and MLS -- I wonder if MLS' NYC dreams have been scuttled by the Madoff Ponzi scheme. It seems the Mets' ownership -- the Wilpons -- invested billions from their hedge fund with Madoff.

Posted by: fischy | December 13, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

C Ronaldo just went down on a challenge. Instead of appealing for a free kick, he offered a handshake to the Tottenham defender.

I am incredulous. Did the above happen on anyone else's TV or just mine?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 13, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

He is up for an award so i think he wants a clean slate from here on.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 13, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: Shawn Mitchell (Dispatch) reports that the Sounders have their way cleared to sign Sigi Schmid as their coach -- the Crew is set to receive allocation money and an undisclosed amount of cash in exchange for not enforcing a non-compete clause in Schmid's contract.

The Sounders were cleared of tampering charges by the league office, as well.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 13, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Im all for acquire talented foriegn players and seems like for United, central america is the hot spot for players this offseason scouting.....but i really wish they'd scout in Bolivia more aggresively as well. Granted i have my bias as being Bolivian but also as a day-one DC fan and i feel like we have a long standing legacy of Bolivian representatives on DC United and i just have a gut feelin that this coming up season could very well be Jaime's final, sadly enough. There are some top prospects in the Bolivian national team like Juan-Carlos Arce, Jhasmany Campos, and Didi Torrico to name a few. Im just sayin it'd be nice to keep the tradition alive well past Jaime's departure. :)

Posted by: DjB55 | December 13, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse


My Spanish is pretty awful, but I think that last bit links Osman Chavez, who is apparently an outside back from Platense, to DCU. It seems to say that Platense has offers from DC and Motagua, and that Chavez would prefer Motagua but will do whatever the club wants.

His Wikipedia page says he was loaned to Motagua this past year but did not stay beyond that because Motagua wouldn't meet Platense's asking price.


I have found it odd that we haven't seen more Bolivians rumored to be United targets. I figure Moreno and Etcheverry both have some connections, particularly at Taihuichi, but all the rumors from abroad seem to be from Argentina or the Honduran league. I know next to nothing about the talent in Bolivia, but I would be surprised if there wasn't someone of MLS quality that wanted to come here and could be had for a reasonable price.

Perhaps with Etcheverry now coaching at Aucas, we might see a link of some kind to Ecuadorean talent? Anything that boosts DCU's scouting network is a good development.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 13, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse


My Spanish is pretty awful, but I think that last bit links Osman Chavez, who is apparently an outside back from Platense, to DCU. It seems to say that Platense has offers from DC and Motagua, and that Chavez would prefer Motagua but will do whatever the club wants.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 13, 2008 6:44 PM

Chest, you're right, But, I swear when clicked the link this morning, it did not. That whole section about the offer on the table -- that was about Sanchez, not Chavez. That's why I wrote first post that it seems Sanchez is using United for leverage. Since Goff linked to the article, it has been hugely edited, including attributing that bit to Chavez, now.. I guess we'll have to wait and see whether it's Sanchez of Chavez.

Posted by: fischy | December 13, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

99 days to the first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | December 13, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I read the article about Sigi, good for him, bad for the Crew, and good for DC United.

In regard DC United, in the same article there was talk that MLS gives teams that do not make the playoffs allocation money. This year, I haven't hear anything with regard to allocation money and DC United, will DC United be getting some?

Posted by: Barracudas | December 14, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse


That's bizarre. Do you think the press there would make a switch like that at the behest of the clubs/players involved? Or maybe the reporter realized a mistake?

Obviously all rumors at this point are to be looked at skeptically (especially when articles linking players to DCU change overnight), but I'd be especially skeptical here. Central American defenders have had a pretty poor record in MLS. Segares is the only current exception, and before him it was...Milton Reyes? Am I forgetting anyone?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 14, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The problem with united in recent years with s.a. players has been that they think that they can bring a star player from the argentine 2nd division. In a country like Argentina is almost imposible to find good players period, imagine star players, almost impossible. If they were star players they'd be in the top flight division. look, is simple, look for a player that can make a difference, a star player in the first division,wether a forward, center back, outside midfielder what you need to have, hell you can see most of them on tv on fox sports wen they give the argi league games. Scout them, and make a d.p. offer, we can have two d.p. spots, if possible have one or two other s.a. or c.a. players of perhaps lesser quality but still above average and fill the rest with young talented Americans, allways thinking that if you have an average interntl. player, you might as well have an average young American player.

Posted by: luisallen88 | December 15, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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