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Monday Kickaround

*Soccer on TV
England, Aston Villa-Hull City 3 p.m. Setanta
Euro Champions League, Arsenal-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. ESPN2

*D.C. United's second U.S. Open Cup play-in game is set: Wed., May 20 against New York at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

*United players on loan: John DiRaimondo played 25 minutes and Anthony Peters two minutes (assist) in Harrisburg's 2-1 USL2 loss at Bermuda.

*Latin American reports say Salvadoran forward Ronald Cerritos, 34, is on trial with United. The club says he might periodically train with it to stay in shape for possible El Salvador national team service. Cerritos played 10 years in MLS, including parts of two seasons with DCU, before moving to the USL.

*Defender Gonzalo Peralta, loaned out by DCU over the winter with no plans of returning, is not having the best time with Argentine club Union de Santa Fe. A news report says he has not received all of his regular salary from the financially troubled second-division club, one of his checks bounced and he can't pay school bills.

*Real Maryland (1-1) dropped a 2-1 USL2 decision at Pittsburgh. Former DCUer Jeff Carroll had the assist for Real, which will host Crystal Palace Baltimore (2-1-1) this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Rockville.

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 9:43 AM ET
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United , TV , U.S. Open Cup , USL  
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That's a tough situation for Peralta to be in. Hopefully things work out for him.

Posted by: sitruc | May 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"loans benefit United because players who otherwise would probably not appear in league games will see competitive action."

at least two minutes worth

Posted by: OWNTF | May 4, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

FC Dallas is terrible. I wonder how much longer Schellas will get to keep slicing oranges for halftime?

The Hunts are clueless when it comes to the on-field product.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 4, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone confirm that FSC is going to replay the DCU/Dallas match at 3pm? I've got the green light to come over to a neighbor's place and watch the replay, as I missed the action over the weekend.
I also hope Peralta's situation gets resolved.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 4, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

DCU looked good this past weekend. Spreading out the ball from wing to wing. Hopefully this type of play will continue. If so, i see the team going far this year. FSC usually replays the games from the weekend at least twice throughout the week.
It was good to see Moreno in-form this past weekend as well. However when he was subbed off, the team failed to maintain the same level of play. I dont think cerittos is going to do anything for DCU. However he does have speed up top which i believe we are lacking. Hopefully he can still run like he used to. GO BARCA.

Posted by: g3impreza | May 4, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse


Ask and you shall receive. Hope LilRyan enjoyed her birthday party.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | May 4, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Why is Cerritos on trial with United.
He didn't show much at Real Maryland (I realize that the talent they surrounded him around was very bad because it was their first season and that he would do better on this year's RM).

He had a nice goal with Carolina Railhawks.

Besides that, seriously? What am I missing???

Posted by: yankiboy | May 4, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Perralt should have taken the paycut and stayed here when he had the chance? Didn't United offer to let him stay for a significant paycut?

I hope the guy gets paid... That's rough...

Posted by: yankiboy | May 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Goff...wouldn't you have better sources than the Latin American papers? I'm guessing that they have lost something in translation. Perhaps he was training in DC -- but with Real Maryland?

Posted by: Reignking | May 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Thanks BlackandRedRedDevil, and yes LilRyan had an excellent birthday celebration, hopefully she'll dive deep into her new coloring books and let daddy watch the replay this afternoon...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 4, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I saw a couple familiar handles on "the Don's" blog. I'm not sure if everyone who might comment on such a thing has seen this?...

Posted by: DadRyan | May 4, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse


Go back and read the paragraph about Cerritos again. Just because the Latin American media says something doesn't mean it's true.

Posted by: Kenobi | May 4, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Cerritos is on trial with a team like MOCOSO United (Montgomery County - South), the Salvadoran press saw "United" and ran with it before fact-checking?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 4, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing DiRaimondo and Peters didn't get much time because they're basically 2 strangers that showed up looking for a game. It's hard to just throw guys into your lineup. In retrospect, this should not have been a surprise (though I admit I was also disappointed to see that they didn't get much in the way of actual time). As the season goes on, I'm sure they'll get more chances.

I wonder how the USL is handling these kinds of loans. DiRaimondo and Peters have both appeared for Harrisburg on loan; can they be loaned to any other USL-2 club? With Real Maryland and Crystal Palace Baltimore, there are probably enough games to get our reserves real minutes.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 4, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Goff...wouldn't you have better sources than the Latin American papers?"

"Why is Cerritos on trial with United. ... What am I missing???"

Didn't Steve cover that?

"The club says he might periodically train with it to stay in shape for possible El Salvador national team service."

Posted by: spidergoose | May 4, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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