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Friday Kickaround

Join me later for DCU training updates from RFK, but for now.....

*Reports from Paraguay say that 2002 MLS most valuable player Carlos Ruiz (82 goals in seven seasons) will sign with Olimpia. The 29-year-old Guatemalan forward was waived by Toronto after last season.

*More on the David Beckham situation from the BBC.

*Defender Leandro Cufre, a member of Argentina's 2006 World Cup squad who was involved in the postgame scrum with Germany after the quarterfinal game, moved from Monaco to Hertha Berlin this week, but a U.S.-based agency, Smash Soccer, says it nearly persuaded him to sign a two-year deal with MLS. The club pursuing him in the U.S. was not identified. Cufre, 30, has 17 caps.

*Rising star Felix Garcia is headed from PDL Laredo to MLS Houston.

*The NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins will be honored at halftime of tomorrow night's basketball game at Comcast Center in College Park. (The way things are going for the hoops team, the soccer event might be the highlight of the evening.) A celebration luncheon is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Heritage Hall. For information, call 301-314-7005.

*Soccer on TV today:
Germany, Hamburg-Bayern Munich 2:30 p.m. ET GolTV
UNCAF Cup semifinal, Costa Rica-El Salvador 6 p.m. Galavision
UNCAF Cup semifinal, Panama-Honduras 9 p.m. Galavision

*Buckeye Barometer
(Countdown to the USA-Mexico qualifier Feb. 11 in Columbus)
Today: 9-22 degrees, windy, chance of snow
Tomorrow: 27-31 degrees, mostly cloudy
Sunday: 27-41 degrees, partly cloudy

By Steve Goff  |  January 30, 2009; 9:27 AM ET
Categories:  Beckham , College Soccer , MLS , TV , USL  
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. . . a/k/a Mister Roger's Neighborhood . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | January 30, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

With Fred and Roger's, the third jersey will be a cardigan.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

uh oh....Becks injured again.

Posted by: fedssocr | January 30, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Roger's nickname should be "El Mister".

Posted by: Reignking | January 30, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I figured injury was coming sooner or later. Beckham is more fragile that he likes to admit.

I am curious as to Milan can have him 'registered' until June. What exactly does that mean? Is he on their books?

I think Garber has a great point regarding relative value. Beckham going for $4.5m is silly, considering Josy went for $10m. Granted, Josy was sold before the economy tanked, but Beckham is worth much more in terms of merchandising than Josy. Berlusconi was a media man - they know about generating hype and PR in order to sell shirts and tickets.

However, I can see Garber being a mealworm and bending over for Beckham. The MLS basically rolls over for him (witness his shameful treatment and disrespect of league referees).

What stinks for us is that if he does come back to MLS, it will most likely because he is too crocked to stay at Milan and we - once again - will have the displeasure of watching an injured, apathetic Beckham chez-loung his way arounnd the middle 1/3 of the pitch.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | January 30, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

With Fred and Roger's, the third jersey will be a cardigan.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2009 9:41 AM

Black and Red Argyle Cardigan? Now THAT would be Hella Tight!

Sounders could follow suit with their Flannel training jerseys...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 30, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, I don't think I can wait that long for DCU updates. The suspense is killing me!

Posted by: dculuva | January 30, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse


on Beckham?
Gayer than the volley ball scene in Top Gun.
-Liz Lemon http://www.uefa.com/multimediafiles/photo/footballeurope/footballeurope/79/62/09/796209_biglandscape.jpg

I do mean the photo and not the man, BTW.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 30, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

With Fred and Roger's, the third jersey will be a cardigan.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2009 9:41 AM

Back of the net!

Posted by: Kev29 | January 30, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Goff
I know that DC is going to launch a new website but do you have any insight into when the new site will be launched??

Posted by: SexyOffender | January 30, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Is Landon going to be available for todays Bayern game? Might be interesting to see...

Becks "injured", Gallardo "injured", it's funny how these superstars treat MLS when they want to leave.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | January 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

I'm not sure if this has been asked and answered recently, but what has Josh Gros been up to lately?

I might have missed it, but has he officially hung them up for good?

Posted by: swwj | January 30, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The MLS basically rolls over for him (witness his shameful treatment and disrespect of league referees).

Posted by: ErickSp8 | January 30, 2009 10:03 AM

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Yes, because all the other MLS players and front-office staff treat the officials with the utmost of respect and deference.

Becks can be a jerk to refs, but it's par for the course in MLS for dissent to go way over the line. He's not the only violator in that regard.

Posted by: beach3 | January 30, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Good to hear on El Pescadito going to Olimpia! They needed a player of his caliber up front to help them, they are a rich club, i wonder how much he will get paid? My guess 200ishk yearly. With that said, he is coming from a big team creating players like: Cardozo, J.C. Caceres(good central defender from boca), and the Monster goal scorer that is Roque Santa Cruz.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 30, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Bye dirty Diving Ruiz! Please don't come back.

Is DC practicing outside today?

Posted by: dcufan | January 30, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Your Buckeye Barometer is excellent. I wonder what contingency plans USSF has for the potential for "unplayable" conditions in Columbus on Feb. 11. I can't imagine that Crew Stadium has under the field heating like in the UK and Europe. Is that pitch going to be playable? I remember the qualifier vs Mexico in 2001, but that game was played a couple weeks later.

Posted by: sbg1 | January 30, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Olimpia, thats a good move..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 30, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Jay!

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/preview?id=252559&cc=5901

Soccernet reporting that Landy will be in the 18 for Bayern and will "start on the bench"

Posted by: Kev29 | January 30, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome that they're honoring the Maryland soccer team at a basketball game. Gary Williams...hates...HATES soccer! And Gary Williams has been there 20 years!!! Before anyone else was at Maryland...

Posted by: DrewROC | January 30, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

As I understand it, Becks has an opt-out after this season -- essentially a free transfer. So, MLS is not in the strongest bargaining spot here. They have some leverage, but not absolute leverage. It's probably smart business to sell his contract now -- especially if they can get $5 million -- but I imagine there are people who've bought tickets to Gals games that might feel differently.

Posted by: fischy | January 30, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ives is reporting on his blog that Jozy Altidore has been loaned out to Xerez, currently the top team in Spain's 2nd Div, for the remainder of the season.

http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2009/01/altidore-loan-deal-to-xerez-is-done.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 30, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Not so sure whether the Altidore loan is going down or not. This article from Marca (dated from this afternoon - presumably Spain time) says a Villarreal exec thinks it might not happen but I'm not sure whether it is more recent or not than Ives' item.

http://www.marca.com/2009/01/30/futbol/equipos/villarreal/1233318955.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ives has the most recent news. That being said, I'm wondering if we have heard nothing official because Villarreal is waiting on another move (Oliveira).

Posted by: Reignking | January 30, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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