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USA, DCU, SJ and Toronto

Greetings from Columbus. Actually Obetz, where the Crew's training facility is located.

The USA team has arrived for a closed workout. Everyone is here except Landon Donovan and Jose Francisco Torres. Both are expected to arrive tonight.

Temperature near 50, not much snow on the ground, overcast.

More from the USA boys later.....

Meantime in MLS.....

Final details are being worked out in the Christian Gomez deal between D.C. United and Colorado. Possible announcement by the end of business today.

Star goalkeeper Joe Cannon and the San Jose Earthquakes have reached agreement on a new contract. He will sign today or tomorrow. "Joe is very happy to be staying in San Jose to continue to try to build something terrific," said his New York-based agent, Ron Waxman.

Toronto announced a loan agreement to acquire Argentine forward Pablo Vitti, 23, who has been with a Ukrainian club via Independiente. Vitti scored against TFC for Independiente in a friendly at BMO Field last summer.

By Steve Goff  |  February 9, 2009; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Good Work, Goff!

Posted by: redskinsux | February 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Ugh... that flight from Munich to Columbus has got to suck. I hope Donovan can recover from that trip in time. At least the game isn't in LA.

Posted by: TCompton | February 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

No matter how you feel about the Gomez deal, it's at least good that it's going to be completed quickly. DC needs to get Gomez into camp and into shape as fast as possible.

TFC signs another forward, yet they've done nothing about their problems defensively. Did they watch LA and DC last year and think that was a good idea?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Steve thanks for keeping the blood thirsty DCU fans in the know!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone imagine life without Goff? I just shuddered...

Posted by: BurchFan4 | February 9, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Please stop the exected wind and rainstorm Wednesday night. Thanks.

Posted by: dsheon | February 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse


donovan might be the bestest the usa has (eyes roll) but he is still a wanker....

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | February 9, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Temperature near 50, not much snow on the ground, overcast."

For all but the US fans in attendance, this is a horrible forecast. If we do not get 3 points from this match, I will hold the City of Columbus, the State of Ohio, and the entire Mid-west region responsible - you too Minnesota, don't try to hind behind Wisconsin, I see you.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Curious to know about the status of the playing surface at Crew Stadium. With it being mid-winter, and the grass blend being a fescue, (I believe)it goes dormant in the winter. Unless they have managed to get that gress growing in the last few days, I imagine footing may be a problem. Any insights?

Posted by: sbg1 | February 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Fescue, huh? That's a new one for me.... Who said every post on the internet is from no-nothing boobs, all heat and no light?

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

And it's official:

Gomez is back in black (and red).

Posted by: EdTheRed | February 9, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Why stop there? Ship them Emilio, Fred, and Simms, too. And Talon.


Posted by: Hoost | February 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"In exchange, United sent Colorado Ivan Guerrero, its second Designated Player roster spot, and a 2010 SuperDraft second round pick and salary cap considerations."

Thus ends the debate on whether or not Guerrero can play LB. I hope to read a story from Steve with quotes and salary numbers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 9, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Light 'em up, BH4G.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 9, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

We gave away to much. Guerrero, a second-round pick AND a DP SPOT for an aging veteran who couldn't make it on the field for Colorado?

PATHETIC. If we don't win a lot of games this year I think you are going to see fans demanding a thorough cleaning of the DC United front office.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | February 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to lose Guerrero in this deal. Not sure why DCU is interested in yet another young, untested 'keeper, in Gracyk. I don't understand why we also included a high draft pick, and, I don't understand why we're helping them out with "salary cap considerations" (allocation?). Seems like DCU got taken to the cleaners -- giving up even more than Colorado gave up for Gomez when he was a year younger and only a year removed from MVP season.

Other than that...Welcome Home Gomito.

Posted by: fischy | February 9, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

TFC is gonna give teams fits this year. They won't stop anybody, but they are gonna score tons of goals.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 9, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen any good write-ups on Mexico in english? All I've seen so far is talk about the US, not much on the status of the Mexican starters.

Posted by: silverrey | February 9, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Screw Mexico! USA! USA! USA!
Saw them running around on brown grass in Columbus on some Spanish speaking channels last night. I often turn on their late night sports casts just to see goals;-) I also saw them have a big group hug... Couldn't understand a word though.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 9, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The fact that they were on brown grass explain the group hug and they were talkn about ordering pizza.. Wait a minute. What are we taking about now?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 9, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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