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Ex-DCU Players to Real Maryland

Former D.C. United developmental players Jeff Carroll, Pat Carroll and Ryan Cordeiro have signed with USL2 club Real Maryland, Real GM David Noyes confirmed. Real opens the season April 25 against Bermuda at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

By Steve Goff  |  April 14, 2009; 4:23 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , USL  
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They couldn't cut it for DC, but they'll improve. Good to see them continuing.

Posted by: Konoha7 | April 14, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff.

Speaking of which... Chelsea-Liverpool today was a classic. Watch it if you can.

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 14, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Anybody heard whether United is planning on creating an alliance with a USL team like Real Maryland? I know there was talk of it at one time.

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 14, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for that "d'oh moment" when they get "called up" to the Rapids.

Posted by: sitruc | April 14, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Conservation of Carrolls: At any moment in time, there must be one professional soccer team in the United States with two of the Carroll brothers on its roster.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 14, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

oh man, they won't even get a chance to play against Mediate.

Posted by: godpere | April 14, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Nor against Addlery

Posted by: carmines757 | April 14, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Based on Real's early returns, they could use this kind of "star power" help. It's also a really smart move to appeal to United fans who might want to check them out. Cordeiro's best moments were on the Soccerplex field.

Posted by: fischy | April 14, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good move on Real Marylands part. All 3 were good players, at that level they should do well.

I predict Cordeiro will find his niche uptop.

He looked lost playing on the left wing, like a child that lost his mommy.

GL to all 3!

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | April 14, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Are these guys not good enough to play in USL1?

Or are they:
1) Sissy momma's boys who are afraid to leave home in order to play on a USL1 team?

2) Have day jobs in the DC area that they would have to quit in order to make a move to a distant USL1 team, making the move economically nonviable?

Posted by: WorldCup | April 14, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Guess they won't line up against Dyachenko, who had an assist in his first match for USL-1 Minnesota Thunder (they lost to the Carolina Railhawks).

Posted by: b18bolo | April 14, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"Are these guys not good enough to play in USL1?"

Pretty much. Both younger Carrolls were trialing with the Austin Aztex earlier this spring, and were apparently released. I know Jeff played some in a friendly against the Dynamo, but I'm not sure how much either really played. Good local guys, glad they caught on somewhere.

Posted by: Josh8 | April 14, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

>>Remind him not to come to kids games in NOVA . . . "same spirit of unity alive . . ">>>

NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. President Barack Obama wrote a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter supporting the American bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

“As a child, I played soccer on a dirt road in Jakarta, and the game brought the children of my neighborhood together,” Obama said, according to excerpts released Tuesday by the U.S. Soccer Federation. “As a father, I saw that same spirit of unity alive on the fields and sidelines of my own daughters’ soccer games in Chicago.”

Posted by: delantero | April 14, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama, you're such a politician.

That said, thank god he is.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Cordeiro could contribute on a USL-1 club. He might not be able to start at a higher-end team, but he'd be a useful sub at worst.

I think Pat Carroll will find that USL-2 is about where he fits in. I've actually seen Jeff Carroll against USL-2 competition, in the debacle of a loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders. Carroll (playing right midfield in a 352) was one of the only players who didn't have an utter disaster on the day. If it wasn't for starting the "Sports!" chant, and a friend finding a good pizza-and-beer deal nearby, it would have been a complete loss. Back on topic, Jeff Carroll could be a strong USL-2 player and maybe crack USL-1.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 15, 2009 3:37 AM | Report abuse

As far as Pat goes, at one point, Crystal Palace Baltimore thought that they were going to sign him.

They even printed his name on the programs they distributed for the friendly with Red Bull last month.

Posted by: yankiboy | April 15, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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