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United Waives Miller

One game into the MLS season, D.C. United has waived reserve right back Ryan Miller, who was on a developmental contract. He had been with the club since mid-September of last year and appeared in three CONCACAF Champions League matches. No explanations were given and no roster replacement was named. I'm told he was let go last week, but the announcement wasn't made until today.

By Steve Goff  |  March 25, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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How many spots are open?

Posted by: sitruc | March 25, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's an odd move -- I guess not as odd, if it was really made before the injuries in LA. Considering they also announced they have no room for Mediate, it's a bit perplexing...unless there's already someone lined up for that slot.

Posted by: fischy | March 25, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Gallardo!;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | March 25, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Just when they had the marketing campaign ready to kick off:

From this time on, let this hour of everyday be known as Miller Time!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 25, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I assume Ryan wanted to be released to find a better paying job, but the timing is a bit odd to say the least.
Maybe we should call back some of the other developmental guys we let go to keep Miller.
fischy, Mediate is ineligible for that roster spot, so the two have nothing to do with each other.

Posted by: dcufan | March 25, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

We probably will regret this.

Not that we lost a gem, but that we didn't have another body on the bench.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 25, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Can Wicks be dropped down to a developmental slot and we sign Mediate!

the Dominic Mediate fan club

Posted by: diego_r | March 25, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

or, maybe we should sign Kelly Miller? He was a pretty good left winger

Posted by: diego_r | March 25, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is so we can bring the Dutch kid who was on trial here who was only 17 before? He would fit into a developmental slot and there was talk of bringing him back after he turned 18.

Posted by: amwehl | March 25, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse


If Mediate was still around, they could demote a senior player to make room. I would assume that's what fischy was alluding to.


This is pretty strange, but also not particularly important. Miller is a decent enough player, but it's not like finding an equivalent will be that hard. The only idea that pops into my head would be that they want to make room for Danso. McTavish and Janicki both getting hurt in one fell swoop leaves us with Jakovic and Peters as the only actual center backs on the roster. After them, we're looking at shifting Burch or Namoff into the middle, and we all know how that went (also, with Miller gone and McTavish hurt, Namoff would have no reasonable replacement).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 25, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad DCU cannot sign the outside back they drafted (forgot his name). He went to Europe, couldn't get an offer, and I believe, he signed with a USL team.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | March 25, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Ibrahim Koroma?

Posted by: B_A_ | March 25, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ronnie O'Brien, IMHO one of the ten best players in MLS, is sitting at home in San Jose. He's 30. I say drop another senior player and sign Ronnie. Play him on the wing and let Santino and/or Fred play more inside, where they are better. And don't let that old saw "he's locker room poison" deter you. Check out the Earthquake boards: they love this guy, who always gave 100% I'd even entertain dropping Emilio for him. Jaime, Pontius, Santino, Doe, D'Ange - we've got forwards to cover for the absence.

Posted by: b18bolo | March 25, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad DCU cannot sign the outside back they drafted (forgot his name). He went to Europe, couldn't get an offer, and I believe, he signed with a USL team.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | March 25, 2009 7:03 PM


We picked Lyle Adams and he signed for the Austin Aztex

Posted by: Josh8 | March 25, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

ROB is home in Dallas but yes he would be a great pickup but he must be paid $200K so other moves would have to be made. He's happy being retired so if DCU trys to low-ball him like the Quakes tried he'll just stay home.

Posted by: euroman | March 25, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@ Chest -- Actually, I was just being stupid. However, there are a few players who are age-eligible for developmental slots. Of course, that entails a non-guaranteed contract. So, I don't know how many players are actually eligible for developmental slots. I doubt anyone with a guaranteed contract and a senior slot is going to willingly drop down. Still, it would be interesting to know. Would N'Silu agree to a developmental deal? Pontius? Jacobson?

Are we going to see the return of Futty Danso?

Posted by: fischy | March 25, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually, as I think about it, there are relevant provisions in the Union CBA. Some of the players may be playing under "semi-guaranteed" contracts, which don't become guaranteed until July 1. Those may be changeable to developmental deals, though I have no idea which players might have such contracts.

Posted by: fischy | March 25, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they saw what they like from the Sueno tryouts, and making a place on the roster for the winner?

Posted by: Charisma_Man | March 25, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

What an odd career -- you go from playing on the road in CONCACAF to getting cut quickly.

Posted by: Reignking | March 25, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

As other have noted, I think that it is Futty Time for that last roster spot.

Posted by: PhillyMLS | March 25, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Euroman: Of course other moves would have to be made to pick up O'Brien. For one thing, we don't have a senior roster spot -that's why Dom was dropped. So we have to let someone go, preferably someone making close to $200k if not more. Personally, I would jetison Emilio and his DP dollars, sign ROB and play him at right wing, and let Santino play forward with Jaime, Pontius, Doe and N'Silu.

Posted by: b18bolo | March 25, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know more about the Lyle Adams situation - is this a replay of Jay Needham?

Posted by: Pedalada | March 25, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I guess I could take a stab at the "Adams situation". Adams hoped for a spot in Europe, but got no offers. I'm sure he didn't want to come here, get a meager developmental wage and rot on the bench -- especially since he wasn't even guaranteed a roster spot.

At this point, it does look like a replay of the Needham case -- but Adams doesn't have a European spot waiting for him as of yet. Yeah, DCU has some injuries and could use Adams right now. But, would he play for United, or just give the team a decent back-up? United owns his MLS rights, so it's probably in United's longer-term interest that he'll get some playing time in the USL. Maybe we'll see him in a United kit this summer, or next year...or, maybe not.

Posted by: fischy | March 26, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

this is a little off topic but I think it might be a sign of the current disastrous situation of "the most storied franchise in MLS history." I looked at tonight, the official store of Major League Soccer, and on the DCU page the lead item is a 2007 jersey. Now, I know we are trying to emulate 2007 but this strikes me of living in the past.

Even more embarrassing, the #1 DCU piece of merchandise is a DCU ID Bracelet for $128.87 discounted from $239.99. I have a hard time believing that anyone has ever bought at DCU ID Bracelet.

Posted by: churtmah | March 26, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

BTW -- on the stadium -- if you go to DCU's "New Stadium Project" link, their FAQs have been "amended". The team is supporting the amendment that tables the bond issuance while a new study is commissioned.

They say: "We are encouraged that the MSA expects we still can maintain our planned opening for the beginning of the 2012 season, assuming the Legislature agrees that the Stadium is a good investment during next years session."

So, don't expect any big stadium progress announcements this year. The team has scaled down their expectations and is hoping the Legislature votes to approve the new study during this year's session.

Posted by: fischy | March 26, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Just returned from 2 weeks abroad and read about the injuries on defense. Sayyyy,didn't Tommy Soehn used to play fullback? Solves two problems with one stroke,no?

Posted by: bechtoldpk | March 26, 2009 4:47 AM | Report abuse

this is a little off topic but I think it might be a sign of the current disastrous situation of "the most storied franchise in MLS history."
Posted by: churtmah | March 26, 2009 12:25 AM
After one game - a draw on the road, no less - I'd hardly call DCU's situation, "Disasterous." If they follow that draw with a losing streak, then start to worry. It's premature to run up the white flag one game in, don't you think?

Posted by: schmuckatelli | March 26, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing DC would sign Mediate if a senior was dropped to developmental... but chances are likely he'd be cut or traded for a new centerback.

Posted by: Zenyatta1 | March 26, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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