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Greetings from RFK.....

*Midfielder Ben Olsen, sidelined for several weeks with a hamstring injury, is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's showdown with Chicago at RFK Stadium.

*DCU reserve defender Avery John played 90 minutes in Trinidad and Tobago's 3-2 loss to Costa Rica on Saturday and seems likely to be in uniform tomorrow night at Mexico. He is expected to return to Washington late in the week.

*DCU has submitted a bid to host its U.S. Open Cup round-of-16 match June 30 at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. A USL2 club, Real Maryland or Crystal Palace Baltimore, is the likely opponent. In today's first round, Real hosts the amateur Aegean Hawks and CPB visits PDL Ocean City (N.J.). The winners meet next week. The round-of-16 hosts throughout the tournament are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.

*According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Fire will meet the First Family, former Windy City residents, at the White House on Friday. The club arrives in Washington on Thursday. Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Mexico) and Gonzalo Segares (Costa Rica) will return from international duty for Saturday's match. Bakary Soumare is back from Mali, but must serve a one-game suspension, the club confirmed.

Much more later.....

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

Olsen needs to give it up. I totally respect the guy, but he's done. He needs to think about the long-term damage he may do to his body.

Posted by: EssEff | June 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

He has a common hamstring injury. He didn't reinjure his ankle.

Posted by: Steve Goff | June 9, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Any word on said family attending the game?

Posted by: Section117 | June 9, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

According to FIFA, Baky played the full 90 in a 2-0 home loss to Ghana in Bamako on Sunday. But they didn't have any subs listed at all for Mali when I looked so he could have started but not finished out the match.

Posted by: Modibo | June 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Sat is another freedom double header. (I think Goff is shunning the Freedom.) Too bad the womens game is at 430 on the WAGS rain out date. Not that there's been much rain this spring . . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 9, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Olsen still has few left in him. I made the mistake of saying the same thing during a home game at RFK, and guess who scores the winning goal. He has proved me wrong time and again with his effort on the field. His body may be rapidly getting older but i sense that he will be around 2 more years at least.

Posted by: g3impreza | June 9, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I wish the best for him.

Posted by: EssEff | June 9, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

*According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Fire will meet the First Family, former Windy City residents, at the White House on Friday.
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Very cool

Posted by: Kev29 | June 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The Freedom double header is also against the Chicago team (the Red Stars) and unlike the last double header the National Team players will be there. Chicago has Lindsey Tarpley, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe..plus Karen Carney (England) and Christiane (Brazil). Should be a great doubleheader.

Posted by: soccerfan80 | June 9, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

So I decided to stir some ---- on the Red Stars forum by asking whether they had also been invited to the White House... :-)

Posted by: seahawkdad | June 9, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Bakary has served his suspension...

Posted by: Reignking | June 9, 2009 11:05 AM

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Nope. Its even listed on the MLS main page.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | June 9, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

*According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Fire will meet the First Family, former Windy City residents, at the White House on Friday.
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Lose to FC Dallas at home and you get an invitation to the White House? Geez, I thought only the UEFA Cup rewarded mediocrity...

Posted by: IamAM | June 9, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait. Did Chicago win something? Why the White House trip? Is this just to set a precedent for having the Cubs visit because they will never, ever win the World Series?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one wondering if Blanco will hit the ground and roll around in pain when the Secret Service goes to pat him down?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | June 9, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

yeah I agree. Why is Obama meeting with all these teams that have won nothing (Bulls, Fire)? I am sorry but that just emboldens our enemies. Before they had to win a superbowl to get an invitation; now all they have to do is get on the roster of a mediocre team from Chicago.

Posted by: tundey | June 9, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

> Why is Obama meeting with all these teams that have won nothing (Bulls, Fire)?

he is just following james harrison's wishes.

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 9, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What the? How can Soumare's suspension not be over? That's really weird.

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The Houston Dynamo have acquired forward Cam Weaver from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Chris Wondolowski and a conditional pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, the team has announced.

Posted by: Reignking | June 9, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse


Olsen needs to give it up. I totally respect the guy, but he's done. He needs to think about the long-term damage he may do to his body.

Posted by: EssEff | June 9, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I disagree. As earlier stated its a common hamstring injury. Secondly, when he has played in the defensive midfield position he has brought a calmness and touch of class to the possession side of the game, while also bring his great work rate to disrupt the opposition attack. Oslen certainly makes our side better when he plays.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 9, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

bringing not bring

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 9, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

. . . and Olsen visibly irritates Blanco, which is cool . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | June 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Reignking:

It's actually the rare example of an arcane MLS rule staying alive all this time.

Back in the day, MLS played even more often on international dates than they do now. There would always be an increase in players reaching their yellow card limit (back when it was points-based) when these dates came up, and players would serve their suspension when they'd have been gone anyway. MLS then decreed that suspensions for players away on international duty only counted if the player missed a game he would otherwise have been available for.

I think this is the first time it's actually happened in a while.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Conde is listed as "OUT" as well. Not having those two big guys in the back will help us out since we wont have Emilio on Saturday.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | June 9, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one wondering if Blanco will hit the ground and roll around in pain when the Secret Service goes to pat him down?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | June 9, 2009 12:58 PM


This is Epic.

Posted by: JkR- | June 9, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If Blanco gives Obama a signed jersey and Best Buy ends up getting a government bail out there will be some splaining to do.

Posted by: csd1 | June 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well put csd1.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 9, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Chest: thanks for the succinct explanation. I figures something like that. And frankly, it's a good rule, otherwise a player who knew he was leaving for international duty wouldn't have the card situation holding him in check, it wouldn't penalize him at all, which would be an unfair bonus to national team players.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | June 9, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the first time it's actually happened in a while.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abus
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same deal with Wambach's recent suspension in WPS

Posted by: OWNTF | June 9, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Meh.

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 9, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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