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Monday Kickaround

*Awaiting the prognosis on four D.C. United players injured in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake at the Carolina Challenge Cup. The initial word was that Louis Crayton's leg injury was minor but that Fred and Santino Quaranta ailments needed further evaluation. All three were scheduled to have MRI tests. Defender Bryan Namoff underwent X-rays for a possible rib injury. United will play Toronto on Wednesday night.

*The Washington Freedom has also been hit by a preseason injury: Sarah Huffman, a 24-year-old midfielder from the University of Virginia, suffered a knee injury in training late last week and will miss the entire season.

*After settling for a 0-0 tie with Honduras last night in Tobago, the USA under-20 men's team will probably need a victory or draw tomorrow against El Salvador to advance to the U-20 World Cup in Egypt this fall. Entering the final matchday, the Americans have four points, Jamaica three, Honduras two and El Salvador one. In the Honduras game, the USA was outshot 11-3 and had a 11-2 disadvantage in corner kicks.

*Former DCU bust Marcelo Gallardo scored twice in the second half of River Plate's 3-1 victory over Arsenal de Sarandi yesterday. The match included four red cards.

By Steve Goff  |  March 9, 2009; 10:52 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , USSF , Women  
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well that's a good start to the season.

Posted by: gode | March 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow. That's alot of injuries for one "friendly".

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | March 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Early season injuries are not a good sign, even minor ones.

Glad to see Gallardo has fully recovered from all of his ailments. The DC water must have not agreed with him...

Posted by: therealfootball | March 9, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

No more injuries. Please.

Posted by: Matte | March 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The Carolina Challenge Cup should be moved to Research Triangle because UNC-CH and Duke have good hospitals.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

HEY! Don't see MUSC short, I-270! (In fact, they are a Battery sponsor.)

Injuries + Gallardo doing well just makes me nauseous.

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what is really make of all these injuries with United! Gallardo's form scoring makes me mad. We can't really call it a bust since he was injured which apparently sounds de ja vu again. I hope I am wrong.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you could ask if Ben Olsen is still walking after going 63 minutes? Thanks Goff.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it "Former DCU player Marcello Gallardo, or "DCU bust Marcello Gallardo?" He used to be a DCU player, but he still is and always will be a DCU bust.

Posted by: argo0 | March 9, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I just pulled a quad opening this post. It's contagious.

Rib injuries are fun. They only hurt when you have to breathe. Hang in there, Bryan.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It is only preseason - but DC has two weeks until the start of the season vs LA. I am more worried about the big guys in the back - two red cards in a friendly testing out our new huge backs isnt a good sign. Was anyone there at the game and can tell me how the Defense was at least for the first half before red cards dampered play??

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | March 9, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

What's really sad is that Gallardo can score 2 goals and look great now for River, but I can guarantee you that if he were still on DC United's roster, he would be sitting out right now claiming injury. In fact he would probably still be in Argentina with his "specialist".

Don't let his good form fool you because I don't think we would have ever seen those kind of performances if we had kept him here.

Posted by: DCUMD | March 9, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Anthony...well, that's good news. Only two weeks until the start of the season! :)

How quickly you forget, DCUMD; DC was a far, far better team with a healthy Gallardo playing. Of course, the problem is that he isn't healthy enough, but you have to acknowledge that he is a very good player when out there.

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Seriously - if I wanted to root for team with soft hamstrings, quads, and league form - I'd pull for Liverpool.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | March 9, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like DCUTD picked up where they left off. Well the bright spot seems to be that there are actually central defenders playing defense and not converted forwards/midfielders etc, but the team is still slow and doesn't have one decent crosser of the ball in the bunch.

Posted by: SoehntheExit | March 9, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Peters played midfield and forward in college BTW...
I'd read that Jakovic's red card was questionable... I think he was the last defender and clipped dude, drawing the red.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 9, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"I'd read that Jakovic's red card was questionable... I think he was the last defender and clipped dude, drawing the red."

Did he deny a clear goal-scoring opportunity with his dfk foul? If he was the last defender and he chopped someone who had clear chance to score a goal, then by the guidelines to referees, that's a red, nothing questionable about it.

But someone was way out on the wing, or a mile from goal with defenders closing, then that's probably just a yellow.

Anyone know the facts?

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | March 9, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good question MJ. Just repeating what I read. Kyle's twitter, he called it questionable on match night, but in the match report on Behind The Badge it kinda sounded like it wasn't all that questionable after all.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 9, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the cards, frankly, for two reasons: first, these were young defenders playing their first game against an mls team, mistakes will happen. Second, the refs always hand out more cards in the preseason, there's nothing at stake so it's easier to send a player off.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 9, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

On the injuries--we need to wait until we get more information. Soehn said prior to heading to Carolina (Behind the Badge?) that there were a couple of frontline players who were healthy but at the first sign of a problem they were coming off--so the team didn't risk anything this close to the season. We don't know but I'm betting that's the case with Fred, Quaranta and Crayton.

As for the result, it's disappointing but RSL under Kreis has become a hard-working team, they're treating preseason like regular season, we went down a man in the 35th minute. In that kind of situation, you likely lose and lose badly. That's not to make excuses, just a reality check.

I think DCU's focus this preseason has been "it's a long season, let's take our time, we don't play any games that really count until the weekend of the 22nd.

As for the ejection on Jakovic, it was for a late challenge on Wengert on the left wing. What I was told (ie: second hand) was that it wasn't studs-up or dangerous, he wasn't the last man back, he didn't deny an obvious goal scoring ability, it was clearly a foul and he clearly came in late.

Posted by: JoeW1 | March 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

MLS pre-season results don't have much to do with the regular season, even in the stretch run after roster finalization. You'll go nuts trying to project results in games that don't count. NY, fielding a team of scrubs and trialists, got beat by a US U-17 B-team, then they went down to Argentina and looked good with their first team + going 2-1-1 against Primera DivisiĆ³n teams fielding a bunch of starters.

We've all been through enough pre-seasons to know better than to fret about early or insignficant results. If your team is struggling on May 1, then be worried.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | March 9, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why good crossers are evidently so hard to come by (for us, anyway). It's a fundamental skill!

Posted by: carmines757 | March 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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