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DCU, Red Bulls, Galaxy, Rapids

*Of the six goalkeepers in D.C. United training camp, the four headed to Puerto Rico for workouts and Saturday's friendly against the Islanders are Louis Crayton, Milos Kocic, James Thorpe and trialist Nic Platter. Not on the list are Mike Graczyk, acquired in the Christian Gomez trade, and Bill Hamid, a DCU academy player who is still in high school. I am awaiting word on whether Graczyk remains in United's plans.

*Following up on our Red Bulls' player search item this morning, I am also hearing that the club is interested in a 22-year-old Honduran left back. Motagua's Emilio Izaguirre, a national team regular, fits the description, but I have not received confirmation that it is indeed him and I don't know how much substance there is to it.

*Talks are heating up again between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Honduran defender Osman Chavez, who belongs to Platense. A resolution could come by the end of the week.

*The Colorado Rapids have re-signed forward Omar Cummings and defender Ugo Ihemelo to new four-year contracts.


By Steve Goff  |  February 18, 2009; 1:32 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

Who are the foreign defenders that DCU is looking at? Why aren't we hearing similar rumors -- linking DCU w/ named players?

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Roger was their man. Didn't quite work out.
They are now desperate to find an experienced defender.
Might not happen until the summer window.
No names have surfaced.
If any do, I'll share. Promise.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 18, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate that. It's just it seems that KP had a couple of players in mind -- referred specifically to a young player with potential, and some snag. I'm wondering if the "snag" is the Galaxy's pursuit of Chavez...Or, maybe the Red Bulls' pursuit of Izaguirre...Are these "discovery" claims? We're outside that window now, no? It seems to me that KP was either deliberately misleading, or DC is desperately trying to sign a particular unnamed someone.

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Platter Serves Up Shut-out
Platter is a Dish
United Win, Served up on a Platter
Shu-dupay, Platter, Platter

Write that down.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SG, even if it's bad news. I had a feeling the team had been banking on Roger, rather than him being just the top of a promising list. I know Nelsens and Popes don't just grow on trees, but it seems to me that the club has either been careless or unlucky when it comes to this position for too long. Janicki, if he proves that the end of last season wasn't a fluke, could be a good find, but we still need a guy that holds it all together and have had that need for a long time.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 18, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

DCU is always trying to improve their roster -- it's a year-round process. I'd be surprised if they found anyone of significance before the summer, but who knows. As it stands, the starting central defense is Janicki, who spent most of last year in USL2, and McTavish, who has played a lot in midfield. The reason they brought in Roger was for leadership and experience. The search continues.

I assume the Galaxy has a discovery claim on Chavez, giving them exclusive MLS rights to negotiate with him and his club. Izaguirre is a left back. DCU doesn't need a left back.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 18, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Platter is known as El Disco in 'Sota. He must not escape that moniker. He requested a vote at the annual Supporters' Awards gathering and lost so he has to keep it.

Nick is an extremely nice guy, a real fan favorite that mingles with us from time to time. It would be sad to see him go, but great to see him get an opportunity he really deserves.

Posted by: JesseErdmann | February 18, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Chavez and Izaguirre are both good players. I am not sure Chavez is what LA needs though, he likes to roam and has an ability to move forward seems like LA need an defensive anchor. Not sure though since I am not an LA follower. Izaguirre seems to be a good fit for NY, a stable if predictable defender that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Posted by: nico78 | February 18, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

So we gave up Guerrero for a goalkeeper who can't even get out of training camp and make the roster?

Yikes.

Posted by: delantero | February 18, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nope, we gave up a useless DP slot (that was rumored to be going back to Colorado after this season anyway) and a second round pick for a goalkeeper who may or may not make the roster.

Guerrero was traded for Gomez, half of Gomez's salary, and an international slot.

All depends on how you look at it. And actually, because Gomez is coming back to us and the DP slot is going back to Colorado - you could argue that gave up Guerrero and a second round pick for half of Gomez's salary, a goalkeeper who may or may not make the roster, an international slot, and Chris Pontius (who was selected with the first rounder that we received for Gomez in the first place).

Posted by: combedge | February 18, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Re: Guerrero

Huh?

The trade was Gomez and half his salary cap number for Guerrero, a second-round pick and the DP slot, which DCU wasn't going to use anyway.

The young goalkeeper who has never played in MLS was tossed in. He was never an important part of the deal. And as I said, I'm still awaiting word on whether he remains in their plans or has already been sent away.


Posted by: Steve Goff | February 18, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Whatever it was, we got a dang good deal with that box of Cheerios.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 18, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I thought we also got an international slot?

Posted by: regularfan | February 18, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So we gave up Guerrero for a goalkeeper who can't even get out of training camp and make the roster?

Yikes.

Posted by: delantero

Do you ever have anything positive to say, or do you just make things up to whine about? It was obvious to everyone -- but you, I suppose -- that Graczyk was a throw-in that probably didn't have much of a chance, and was probably just brought in for competition for Kocic.

Posted by: Reignking | February 18, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought we also got an international slot?

Posted by: regularfan | February 18, 2009 3:58 PM

Which may go for Futty.

Posted by: fischy | February 18, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, DCU also received an int'l roster slot -- another minor component of the deal

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 18, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

A DP slot "is a ***ing valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."

Rod Blago

Posted by: OWNTF | February 18, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Well in, OWNTF.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 18, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You are so correct, Reignking, that a "throw in" throw away player is such a sound way to strengthen a club.

Great idea for United to keep taking players in trades that don't end up even making it out of two weeks of camp . .

And, yes, I realize the trade included the DP/int'l slot, etc, etc.

"It was obvious to everyone -- but you, I suppose -- that Graczyk was a throw-in that probably didn't have much of a chance, and was probably just brought in for competition for Kocic."

Posted by: Reignking

Posted by: delantero | February 18, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

JesseErdman:

Considering that a couple of us are trying to make sure Chris Pontius is known as Party Boy, I think we can help you out with El Disco if he makes the team. Since he has first choice for Minnesota last year, I'd imagine his odds aren't that bad of making it. Kocic, after all, is fresh out of college, takes a foreign slot (which would mean 2 of ours are used in goal, the one position in MLS you should be able to fill with Americans), and while his potential is apparently high he hasn't exactly lit up training camp.

nico78:

You're right about LA. They need pure, defense-first defenders. If you're familiar with the Caps, they need a Rod Langway rather than a Mike Green. I'd imagine Arena wants to mold him into something of a libero, with distribution out of the back being one of his main tasks.

OWNTF:

You're on a roll.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 18, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

So Im assuming Bill Hamid the academy keeper is the same keeper on the USA under 20s? Does he have a chance? How long has he been in preseason? The u20s do have a number of professional players domestic and abroad. Since this Colorado guy seems to not have worked out, this kid maybe a bright side for the future if they work on him. A plus for dc united for looking long term for once. It seems most of their picks and signings have been a "lets look for a championship trophy THIS seeason" type of ordeals when they should step back to the drawing boards and rebuild around Gomez, Namoff, and Moreno.

Posted by: realrap19 | February 19, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Party Boy and Disco... I'm down.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 19, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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