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United News and Notes

The link to my feature story about Fred.

The link to my Christian Gomez trade story.

Other things you should know at the end of this long day:

*Gomez's contract is guaranteed this season. In 2010, United/MLS holds an option.

*The Rapids, I'm told, are going to be responsible for around half of Gomez's contract as it pertains to the salary cap.

*With Gomez in and Ivan Guerrero out, Fred will play on the left flank.

*Mike Graczyk, also acquired in the trade, will compete for one of the three goalkeeping roster spots, but from what I can tell, Louis Crayton, Milos Kocic and James Thorpe are the favorites. Evan Bush, a rookie from Akron, has left United camp and will begin workouts with the USL1's Puerto Rico Islanders. United and Kocic's reps will continue contract talks next week.

*Goalkeeper Zach Wells, who left United camp last week to reassess his future, is planning to formally retire soon.

*Kyle Veris, a 6-4 defender on trial, was sidelined after getting elbowed in the eye but will resume workouts later this week in Washington. He will probably accompany the team to Puerto Rico on Feb. 18 for the next serious stage of camp. Dutch midfielder Bob De Jong, 17, has returned home and might get another look from United in the summer. French forward Mawale Ange N'Silu, another trialist, will likely remain with the club for the next few weeks.

*In the aftermath of Brazilian defender Roger's abrupt departure, United is talking to several foreign defenders and expects to make an acquisition within two or three weeks.

*DCU-Columbus friendly, Tuesday morning at Bradenton.

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2009; 10:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

You da' man, Steve Goff.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the juice Steve. I know you've been busy, but will you be giving us any US updates before turning in?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

quiet day at usa camp. practice closed.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 9, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again Steve, the story on Fred was well worth the wait. I hope he finds great success on the field this year and brings great honor to his father's memory.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

*The Rapids, I'm told, are going to be responsible for around half of Gomez's contract as it pertains to the salary cap.

By Steve Goff | February 9, 2009; 10:59 PM ET

This is a huge bonus - maybe that's why many people on the previous thread thought the trade was lopsided.

Posted by: GoUnited | February 9, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know how Veris got elbowed in the face- who else is even close to his 6'4"??

Posted by: carmines757 | February 9, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I just want to know how Veris got elbowed in the face- who else is even close to his 6'4"??

Posted by: carmines757 | February 9, 2009 11:53 PM

Frank O'Neill?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Great work, Goff. It may have been a long day, but it looks like it was worth it: that's a ton of news in one post.

Posted by: Kenobi | February 10, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

The thing about this trade is they've brought Gomez back in, and cleared some cap room to make good use of those international slots. We'll just have to see what comes of it....

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like Lyle Adams's schedule just opened up a bit. FC Schaffhausen of the Swiss 2nd Division has decided tnot to offer him a contract and/or they were not able to agree to terms with him (my German stinks, so I'm not sure of exactly what happened). Either way, FCS's manager said of Adams, "It just did not fit at the current time." Wonder what's next for him. Malta? Lichtenstein?

http://beta.shn.ch/index.php?rub=news&page=detail&detail=237726

Posted by: throwin | February 10, 2009 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Nice piece on Fred, Steve.

And very nice placement...center of the first page, above the fold.

For those of you who usually don't, you really should grab yourself The Post today.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 10, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

Amazing work all around. I wish there were a better way for us to show you our gratitude!

Posted by: strago | February 10, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Nice Post article Steve. Even my wife read it with the prominent placement.

Is the scrimmage this morning at 10am? Hopefully the Twitter updates will keep us in the loop during the game.

Posted by: tcbannon | February 10, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Excellent work Steve.

Posted by: Section117 | February 10, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Does any one have a link for a twitter thread for the columbus game today?
Please post if you do.

Posted by: jjfooty | February 10, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section117 | February 10, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

why guerrero? man we had such a good eft flank & right flank...now we have only one flank with a selfish gomez attack..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 10, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

thanks sec 117

Posted by: jjfooty | February 10, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the stuff. The Fred story was great.

Is the De Jong news because he didn't impress or because of his age and he has to wait to sign in another country until he turns 18?

Posted by: beach3 | February 10, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"Thanks for the juice Steve...."

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2009 11:13 PM

Hey, who do you think Steve is, a trainer for the TX Rangers?

Posted by: 22206no1 | February 10, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Early morning, Late night, even on a travel day...thanks for all the great reporting, Mr. Insider. Looking forward to more today and tomorrow ahead of the US v. Mexico match!

Posted by: BaltoFan | February 10, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Somebody tell Lyle Adams, that some room recently opened up in DCU's back line.....

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

De Jong too young to sign.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 10, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

De Jong too young to sign.
Posted by: Steve Goff | February 10, 2009 9:40 AM
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Oh common....If he is good there is such thing as too young to sign. Look at Pato.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 10, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

@theWashDipsSince88: I've been troubled by the fact that Guerrero is looking at a year full of national team call ups since it dawned on me. His departure may be a blessing in disguise.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

You legally cannot sign outside of your own country until you are 18. This does not count youth teams.

Posted by: mattgs84 | February 10, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

De Jong is 17. They can't sign him. He's a young prospect. If he were extraordinarily talented, he wouldn't have been here in the first place. DCU might take another look at him in the summer.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 10, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Goal. DC United...Emilio, from Zaher...

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Great Caesar's Ghost!

Goal Crew in the 13th. Kocic though the ref had called offside, but he did not. Kocic put the ball down to set up a free kick, but

... Jason Garey just walked up and kicked into the open net. Oops. 1-1.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 10, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

That may be one of the more embarrassing goals...ever. Kocic definitely not having a good time of it...

Posted by: fischy | February 10, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@theWashDipsSince88: I've been troubled by the fact that Guerrero is looking at a year full of national team call ups since it dawned on me. His departure may be a blessing in disguise.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 10, 2009 10:02 AM
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I know that guerrero would be out but still there is more of a future for Guerrero in DC than Gomez. I think to be honest, DC just got played big time with the deal. A DP spot and Guerrero..plus a pick..? This just continues to fuel my belief that quite frankly there is more to the stadium drama than just fenty. I think we have really bad negociators. DC United's front office continues to hit it wrong, Just wanting to please fans rather than building a strong squad. Im not pleased with Gomez's return. He left for his selfish reasons and now he is back because he regrets it, well both DC and gomez regret it.

so eh?
we will see what happens, if he flops he flops, lesson learned.
if he doesnt and he gets a 5th star, i will admit that I was wrong.
DC better not give him DP money next year!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 10, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Thumbs up for the De Jong news hope this kid gets signed in the summer, we could use a dutch man

Posted by: fzuylen | February 10, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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