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*In need of games, midfielder John DiRaimondo and defender Anthony Peters have been loaned by D.C. United to third-division Harrisburg for a USL2 match this weekend. They'll join the City Islanders in time for a grueling road trip to, um, an island: Bermuda.

*Americans abroad today:
D Carlos Bocanegra went 90 in Rennes' 3-2 loss to Bordeaux
(Down a man, Bordeaux goes ahead late on a goal by Yoann Gourcuff)
F Charlie Davies went 90 in Hammarby's 2-2 tie at GAIS
F Marcus Tracy (injured) didn't play in Aalborg's 1-1 tie with Brondby
(Aalborg won the Danish Cup semifinal series on away goals)

*USA forward Kamani Hill, 23, appears to be on the way to Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal after spending a few years with German club Wolfsburg. He is currently on trial with Vitoria.

*As expected, Toronto FC has promoted top assistant Chris Cummins to interim head coach following John Carver's departure last weekend. Nick Dasovic will also move up and become first assistant.

*In these difficult economic times, professional teams need to try different methods to attract fans. Take the WPS's Los Angeles Sol, for instance. The undefeated Sol says that, if it defeats Boston on May 10 at Home Depot Center, everyone in attendance will receive a free ticket to the June 3 home match against Chicago.

By Steve Goff  |  April 29, 2009; 4:47 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USL , Women  
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In need of games, midfielder John DiRaimondo and defender Anthony Peters have been loaned by D.C. United to USL2 Harrisburg.

I've always wondered why MLS doesn't do more of that.

Posted by: laur84 | April 29, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting news about the short term loan to Harrisburg. Is this is a new policy or have MLS teams always been able to make these deals? And does at apply to any teams or does there have to be some sort of pre-existing agreement / relationship?

I remember some DC players getting seasoning at Richmond a few years back.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 29, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

wouldn't it make more sense to give away a free ticket if they lose?

Posted by: fedssocr | April 29, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I remember DC taking players from Richmond a few years back...

LA Sol... have they thought that one all the way through(the free tickets not the name)?

Posted by: sitruc | April 29, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Guimaraes...actually bigger than Villarreal (52k v 40k).

Very nice stadium...

Posted by: Reignking | April 29, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yo, negative WPS vibes moriarity. The June 3 date is a Wednesday night (why did they do that?), and I guess there's also a possibility that it conflicts with NBA finals.

on the positive WPS side, consider

* LA/Boston home and away that's coming up will feature Marta vs. Kelly Smith, two of the best female players in the world

* Germany/Brazil womens friendly last week drew 45,000 in Frankfurt

Posted by: OWNTF | April 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If the turnout for the Boston match is very large, the Sol players will be instructed to score an own goal(s) if leading late in the game.

Lothar Mattheus says he's willing to give MLS another shot if he can get the same deal as DiRaimondo and Peters, and he'll even play an extra away game at Puerto Rico.

Reignking: are you intimating that Guimaraes should be invited to the All Star Game?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Good thinking, I-270 -- they won't have a conflict, since they are in 9th place and essentially out of Zooropa League consideration.

Posted by: Reignking | April 29, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

USL has some great vacation spots - Bermuda, Puerto Rico, etc.

MLS needs teams in places like this so we can go visit!

Posted by: Pedalada | April 29, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

fedssocr wrote:

wouldn't it make more sense to give away a free ticket if they lose?

That makes sense: have your home fans rooting against you so they can get a free ticket!

Logic: It hurts the brain.

Posted by: Figgy | April 29, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't think MLS teams have used a loaning system these past few years because the reserve league filled that function.

Posted by: JkR- | April 29, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

for a few years there, when MLS had a reserve division, there as less need to send players to lower level leagues for game.

prior to MLS starting the reserve league, the loans were a bit of a more-common occurrence. now, that MLS has cut costs by eliminating the reserve league this season, we may see some more short-term loans.

Posted by: tab5g1 | April 29, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

JkR- Ding, Ding, Ding!
I'm glad to see that United is implementing a system of loans. Good luck on the road boys, enjoy!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 29, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I believe Chris Seitz was "loaned" to Cleveland in the USL-1 earlier this year. It would make sense for MLS to establish a more formal relationship, sort of like the NHL has with minor leagues where some of the players are under contract to the NHL team and some are under contract with the minor league team. This is a more reasonable result than promotion/relegation which will never happen in the U.S.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 29, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Am I alone in hotly anticipating the CCL final tonight? I mean, I know Cruz Azul is doing terribly right now and Atlante more or less killed the tie by winning 2-0 at Estadio Azul, but still. The tournament has been chock full of bizarre incidents, dramatic late comebacks, and incomprehensible decisions by refs, players, and coaches. At worst, I predict someone punches someone else, all hell breaks loose, and Cruz Azul scores twice (in 2nd half injury time, as is the only acceptable method in this tournament). Extra time will see no less than 6 goals and 5 red cards. Cruz Azul will end up with a field player in goal for penalties, and he will save a spot kick from Atlante's keeper Vilar (who will have scored his 2nd goal of the tournament in extra time).

If you think any of the above can be ruled out, you haven't been watching the CCL, aka the world's most unreasonable soccer tournament.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 29, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@Chest -- I believe you are alone in anticipating -- hotly or otherwise -- a CCL final tonight. I'm pretty sure it was postponed due to flu.

Posted by: fischy | April 29, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The CCL final is currently scheduled for May 12.

Posted by: fischy | April 29, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse



Stupid swine flu. After last night's sports drama overload (I didn't come down from the adrenaline rush of the last 5 minutes of the Caps game until around 1am, and after that was the Hurricanes doing the NHL Game 7 equivalent to our comeback against NY), I was ready for more shocking twists.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 29, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I remember DC taking players from Richmond a few years back...

Yeah, I think there was this guy, Clyde Simms...

Posted by: jdickinson187 | April 29, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Dude, Chest! You had me flippin channels dog! I'm watching the Daily show peacefully, and seeing if anything new has popped up and you start talking about the beautiful pageantry of the CCL!
Heart attack.... Stupid pig flu...

Posted by: DadRyan | April 29, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

On another front, I was reading an article about how Martin O'Neil is backing Scotland teams such as Rangers and Celtic joining the Premier League.

In this respect, could the US and MLS be at the forefront on having a multi-national pro soccer league.

If you think about it, it makes absolutely no sense for each country in Europe to have their own professional league. This seems to be a byproduct of some outdate nationalist and protectionist past. A multi-country regional league would make extra sense for mid to low range countries to pool resources (ie: a Scandinavian league of Norway, Sweden and Denmark) and a Benelux league. I would like to see Rosenberg, Helsingborg, FC Kobenhavn and Aalborg in the same league.

If Cardiff can be in the championship and Toronto FC in MLS then I think other leagues need to become more forward-thinking in their structures.

Posted by: diego_r | April 30, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Player rankings posted very late last night on the last Freedom thread. With relegation bound Athletica (a little joke) coming to town, maybe we will see some new faces. Mama Mia is also supposed to in town.

Posted by: postgolb | April 30, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse


That might be the first use of the phrase "The beautiful pageantry of the CCL" in history. It will also likely be the last.


Such a league was proposed a few years back. Basically, the giants of Scandinavia, along with Belgium and possibly the Netherlands (can't remember if they were in or not) were going to have a league that ran concurrently with their domestic seasons. It never got off the ground, obviously, but there were at least real discussions about it.


NY beat San Jose to be our opponent for the USOC qualifying final. I predict the following questions will become prevalent:

1. Is this game on TV?
2. Is this game on radio?
3. Who is (insert player name)?

I wonder when the coin toss for home field is. I also why there isn't a more logical system in place than a coin toss, but that kind of questioning is just going to upset me.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 30, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

very pleased for Kamani Hill. at least Guimaraes is actually paying its players, unlike Boavista, but he'll have a fight for playing time there. I doubt he'll get jerked around the way Adu was at Benfica. Guimaraes has a good stadium, good fans (when they aren't trashing things; they are kind of like the U. of Maryland), and is a nice town, if perhaps a little quiet. they have a pretty strong group of strikers there, although each of them are a little selfish, to the detriment of the team.

Posted by: troy6 | April 30, 2009 3:52 AM | Report abuse

A few years back there was major discussions about European transnational super league for all the major clubs (Manu, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munic, Ajex, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, etc., etc). where they would leave their national leagues. It might have been great for the big clubs but dreadful for the leagues who lose there best teams and the tv revenue. Eventually, the Champions league was beefed up and this sort of of addressed this desire. With the election of Platini the big clubs finally agreed to drop the idea (which they continue to threaten) and I think they might have disbanded their association, which had permanent staff. While this is clearly a different thing then the top clubs from Scotland joining the EPL, it does sort of move in that direction and would probably have serious financial implications for the SPL. I, for one, likes the tradition of the national league and the local derbies, etc. That said, Scotland is not really an independent country, nor has it been in hundreds of years. I have always found the fact that they have their own football league to be sort of of odd. Heck, for that matter that they, Northern Ireland and Wales field there own world cup squads is sort of odd (and why Ryan Giggs has never competed in a World Cup). (I write this with a deep affinity of Wales and and there independent cultural and linguistic tradition). For the Olympics they all compete under the Union Jack. But for Rugby and Cricket they do field there separate teams. Go figure.

Posted by: nyjer1 | April 30, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Chest would you prefer a Roe Sham Boe? Might make more sense in these trying economic times...
Comcast is dropping the May 9th match vs. Toronto, Comcast will supposedly pick up another game. Would anyone want DCU's Open Cup qualifier televised?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 30, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"In this respect, could the US and MLS be at the forefront on having a multi-national pro soccer league."

This comes up every once in a while and someone points out that Monaco plays in the French league (it must be my turn) and then a few more point out examples of leagues without borders (Cardiff and Swansea as mentioned above).

Celtic and Rangers in the EPL would be interesting. It would be more money for them (if they stay up). But if they go down, would it be to the lower Scottish league or English? Would they also give up guaranteed spots in the CL and the Europaleague.

Actually the whole idea of four football federations in a country the size of the UK is a bit silly. I understand it's historic and traditional and people don't like to part with their cherished history and tradition, but it's silly nevertheless.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 30, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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