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D.C. United Update

*Santino Quaranta and Fred, projected to start on the midfield flanks this season, stretched on the side during today's workouts at RFK Stadium and seem certain to miss Sunday's opener at Los Angeles. Both suffered hamstring injuries in the Carolina Challenge Cup opener 10 days ago.

*No. 1 goalkeeper Louis Crayton (hip flexor) participated in workouts and seems likely to be available against the Galaxy. If he is unavailable, newly acquired Josh Wicks would presumably get the starting call over rookie Milos Kocic because of his pro experience, albeit limited.

*Veteran midfielder Domenic Mediate remains with the team but without a contract. Trialist defender Mamadou "Futty" Danso didn't practice.

*Los Angeles injury report.....
Out: D Todd Dunivant (ankle), D Leonard Griffin (abdominal strain).
Questionable: F Edson Buddle (quadriceps), GK Donovan Ricketts (groin).
Probable: F Alan Gordon (hamstring), MF-D Eddie Lewis (hamstring), MF Stefan Miglioranzi (knee).

Reminder: Sunday's match will be shown live at 3 p.m. ET on both Comcast SportsNet and Telefutura.

Back soon with comments from coach and players.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2009; 12:23 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Not that I wish something bad to Crayton (who even as number 2 was a fanfavourite here in Basel, Switzerland)

Please let Wicks play against the G's - it would certainly make the 3 pts for a start much more likely...

Posted by: Ben7LA | March 17, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Really curious as to what the situation with Mediate is.

Posted by: mikeycuffs | March 17, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hope Wicks does end up playing, mainly because I have LandyCakes on my fantasy team this week. Can you say "Hattrick"? :)

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 17, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Any info about Mediate would be great. Why is Peralta still on our roster and MLS's roster?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | March 17, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Who is the 2nd string keeper for LA? He must be really good ;)

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

At least we don't have to worry about being the victim of the annual Edson Buddle hat trick.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I believe Peralta is technically on loan.

Posted by: LWPA | March 17, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Here we go with the injuries again. Maybe Peralta is being kept on the payroll to give theriputic massages.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 17, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think the long off season is detrimental to the league in a similar way to the NFL. Not to draw comparisons to the sports and level of contact, etc, but with so many injuries constantly occurring at the start of the season, you have to wonder why these professional athletes can't return to their job fit and prepared. I realize D.C. has been 'hit by the injury bug' last year and they can linger, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by: inzzo79 | March 17, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

5 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 17, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

how many of the Comcast games will be in HD? Call me ridiculously spoiled, but I can't stand regular-feed games on tv...

Posted by: beergorila | March 17, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know a good adware/spyware/spam-free site that lists MLS odds? I read somewhere that Drew Carey said the Sounders were favored.

Posted by: jleppig | March 17, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

SG, how is Namoff doing?

If Tino and Fred are both out, it seems highly likely that we'll get to see Party Boy from the start out on the left. On the right, it'll be Olsen or Khumalo. Then again, maybe Soehn liked that 3412 enough to try that instead. That would see Wallace a more likely starter on the left, and McTavish or Khumalo on the right.

I'm leaning towards 442. We should be able to outplay LA's midfield without needing a numerical advantage, and negating LA's wide play would cut their attacking options down to "hope Donovan does something by himself". That's not a terrible option for LA, of course, but no team wants to roll the dice on one player winning a game singlehanded.

At the other end, I think Moreno, Gomez, and Emilio should be licking their chops at the potential center back pairing of Gonzalez and Sanneh. Gonzalez is faster than he's given credit for, but his first 2 or 3 steps are glacial and both Emilio and Moreno thrive on that extra space. Sanneh is just slow period, and our on-the-ground style of play cancels their obvious aerial advantage. On the wings, I'd imagine Party Boy will have the energy to deal with Franklin (who in the PPC looked out of place at right back, despite the number of times he was said to be out of position in the middle last year), while LA's left back spot is still up for grabs. DeLaGarza, Miglioranzi, or Lewis could all end up back there; none are a natural fit.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 17, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

beergorila, I feel the same way when I watch FSC...if they are two random teams I don't know much about, I'm even less interested if it isn't HD.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me for having gotten a bit out of touch lately, but... which United player has earned the moniker "Party Boy"?

Posted by: danboleo | March 17, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Chris Pontius. I think he shares his name with someone from Jackass.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A friend who was on vacation in Tempe Az last weekend (really to play golf and catch the Angels baseball games) also went to the Fire-Galaxy game, and said that beyond the game itself being dreadful, Eddie Lewis was walking with a limp and Buddle wasn't even there as far as he could tell. He doesn't think that Lewis will be ready by Sunday, which will hurt the Gal's team speed even more...

Posted by: throwin | March 17, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Drew is crazy. Whatever odds he's giving you, as long as he's betting on the Sounders, take it.

I'm pretty sure they won't be a rollover, but an expansion team is never going to light it up in the first season. I takes time.

Posted by: Matte | March 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Drew Carey is part-owner of hte Sounder. He'd better say that they are favored. In context, he said that LA looks more like an expansion team than Seattle, because LA is rebuilding it's roster. Now logical, but he's a comedian.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

NoT logical

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse


Thanks, I know that was a little unpleasant for you.


Lewis not playing actually boosts LA's overall speed. He's as slow as molasses.


If it's just on that game, I'd take the Sounders. NY's defense is poor, Celades and Carlos Johnson won't get their paperwork in time, and there are a lot of guys with low soccer IQ that will be starting for them. I don't think Seattle will be by any means a contender, but I think NY is there for the taking Thursday.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 17, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited for the Sounders, I am...I think they will be a great addition...but that defense is going to be awful. Only Keller will keep them in games.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm leaning towards 442.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 17, 2009 1:28 PM

I agree. Wait, we're talking about the number of goals we'll concede this season, right?

Posted by: Kev29 | March 17, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

So, does anyone have a favorite site for odds? I'd like to see what the "professional" statisticians have, if anything, on these games.

Posted by: jleppig | March 17, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess its just me, but I've never felt that Keller is all that and a bag of chips. Never have. I think hes solid, but not a game changer, at least not anymore.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 17, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@jleppig: try

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 17, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@SportzNut21: No MLS...that was the problem when I did a general search. Seems like no one bets on MLS. Doesn't surprise me. I was just curious. Thanks.

Posted by: jleppig | March 17, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@jleppig, I found MLS -- but it's roundabout:

Click Sportsbook
Click Spring Training Odds


you'll see Soccer in the Betting Lines black bar towards the top of the page
Click Soccer; you'll see a complete list.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 17, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

There's line for EVERYTHING. Even MLS games

Posted by: Kev29 | March 17, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Wallace showed well in Charleston. Wouldn't be surprised to see him starting on the left... Who knows though. If Namoff is ready to go who are the starting three in the back? That is if they do play in the 3-5-2... Would it be Namoff-Janicki-Burch? Don't think Jakovic played in the center at all in Charleston did he?
Drew Carey is a D-Bag. I'm sure he's gonna do great things for the Sounders but that doesn't mean I can't think he's a big GIANT dork.
I hope it snows on Thursday night... Now that would look pretty cool..It has been snowing this week in Seattle BTW...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Very excited to see Montero vs Angel. Should be action packed eh?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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