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*The Insider is hearing that Philadelphia Union, which joins MLS next year, has approached former D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros about a front office job. Gros, 26, was a starter from 2004 through 2007 but forced to retire because of head injuries. He subsequently pursued a civil engineering career in the Washington area and, this year, also became an assistant coach for the PDL's Northern Virginia Royals. Gros, who grew up in the Harrisburg area, played for Union Coach Peter Nowak at DCU and assisted him at times with the U.S. under-23 squad.

*The Bumbling Bulls continue their freefall with a 4-0 loss at New England, dropping their road record in league play to 0-6-1 with zero goals scored and 12 yielded. San Jose and Real Salt Lake are also winless on the road, but at least they've scored. How long will the Proprietors of Awful Energy Drinks allow the Osorio Era to continue? On an evening of milestones for the Revs, Taylor Twellman scored his 100th career regular season goal (in just 174 matches), Jay Heaps made his 300th appearance (contributing a goal and an assist) and Matt Reis registered his 50th career shutout. New England is 7-0-5 in its past 12 regular season games against the Bumbling Bulls -- then again, isn't everyone?

*Tens of hundreds turned out to watch FC Dallas earn a 2-2 tie with San Jose on Kenny Cooper's late goal. No, despite the absence of fans within view of the TV cameras, Pizza Hut Park did not close the sections along the east sideline. Announced attendance was 5,724.

*Red Card Watch: DCU's Luciano Emilio on Thursday and Chad Marshall, Nate Jaqua and Robbie Russell on Saturday.

*With two goals at Kansas City, reigning MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto of Columbus moved into a tie with Conor Casey for the league lead with eight. Not bad for a 36-year-old.

*Dallas is unbeaten in four straight, Houston is on a 6-0-2 roll, Colorado is 2-0-4 in its past six outings, and after five straight ties, Los Angeles won at Toronto to stretch its unbeaten run to 10 in league play (2-0-8).

*Omar Cummings's late equalizer for Colorado at RSL:

By Steve Goff  |  June 8, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Twellman is going to break Jaime's scoring record eventually. But that is mainly due to the MLS/New England refusing to sell him. Now that he has been injured for a large part of the season I don't see any good offers rolling in during the transfer window. I guess it is good for the MLS but it sucks for Twellman who is going to make a tenth of the paycheck here that he would have in Europe.

Posted by: bighungry | June 8, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse


I'd say it's mainly because he keeps scoring goals! Maybe eventually 1 of them will be for an MLS cup winning side.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 8, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Tens of hundreds of Pizza Hut customers spent the weekend praying to the porcelain god, too. "Pizza Hut - Home of the Gut Grenade."

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 8, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Ah the Philly Onions trying to build a successful team from DCs vault of success.
They're probably going to sign el diablo as the midfielders coach next.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | June 8, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse


"I love this team. I've been here my whole career and I want to stay here the rest of my career." - Twellman

Posted by: bwidell | June 8, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Philadelphia Union - keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Posted by: The_Dude_Abides1 | June 8, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Osorio won't finish the week, thank God. They're not a terrible team at all, but they have an incoherent offense and a defense that can't focus. A lot of it, though not all of it, is due to players who have been thoroughly befuddled by Osorio's coaching genius and tactical confusion.

Long, long, long odds against the playoffs, but at least Richie Williams would simplify things and get some points. I hope he gets the job: he did a great job as interim manager between MoJo and Arena.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | June 8, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Whatever was the deal with Emilio? Was it a straight red, or a second yellow, or? Was he still pissed at Quaranta for snaking his goal? Was he disappointed he got subbed out?

Nice shot by Cummings as well! Boo Yaah Shaka!

Posted by: DadRyan | June 8, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Breaking news. Philadelphia Union has announce its new jersey sponsor.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Tens of hundreds"

Too funny. Dallas may want to close off the camera side stands, like New England, to give the illusion of attendance.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The Philly Funyons. I love it.

MLS Fantasy tip: If New York has a road match, start the opposing keeper as your captain.

Posted by: DCUMD | June 8, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Freedom-Sol match report from WPS website.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I'll give some very minor credit to Dallas' attendance. Those far side seats are "terribly" empty largely because the fans would be staring into the Texas sun. The near side stands are only "mostly" empty. The few fans there saw some good goals. Dallas reject Arturo Alvarez scored a golazo for the Quakes in the late stages. Then, with their safe 1-goal lead in the final minutes, San Jose decided to push its defenders upfield so Kenny Cooper could have plenty of space to get open on a counterattack and tie it up for Dallas with a goal near the 90 minute mark.

Like others, I want to hear what Emilio and his teammates are thinking...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 8, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

@dwidell you obviously missed his statements last year in January when it was either Derby or Fulham made an offer for him. He was pissed because of the money. Whatever party line statements he is making now are irrelevant.

@dimesmakedollars Agreed but he should be scoring them in England.

Posted by: bighungry | June 8, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me, but I find it hard to feel sorry for Twellman. He signed a contract. Play it out and move on a free transfer. I'm not completely lacking in sympathy for a player who cannot take advantage of a new opportunity, but why should the Revs or any other team let a player go for less than they think he is worth?

Posted by: troy6 | June 8, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Ok... So it's abusive language that earned Emilio his red. Still confused at what actually happened.... Anyone?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 8, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

troy: normally I would agree with you, but things seem to work a little differently in the sports world, and especially soccer.

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Now I expect Philly to make a run at Pennsylvania natives Ben Olsen and Bobby Convey. Why stop with Gros?

Posted by: b18bolo | June 8, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

He got subbed out, went to the bench, sat down and hit/flung/punched a six-pack crate thing of water bottles out on the field.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 8, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Which of the following stars are you most looking forward to seeing at the forthcoming FIFA Confederations Cup?


* 1) Kaka (BRA)
* 2) Fernando Torres (ESP)
* 3) Amr Zaki (EGY)
* 4) Andrea Pirlo (ITA)
* 5) Landon Donovan (USA)

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Donovan's moving up. He was under 4% when I voted last week. I guess he gained some votes with the weekend's performance...

Onwards and upwards...

An announced crowd of 5724 -- that's pretty good for an Open Cup match....

If sun's a problem, they need to invest in a stadium redesign that creates a sun shield.

Posted by: fischy | June 8, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Convey I don't doubt. But Olsen is the heart and soul of DC United. He's not going anywhere.

RE: the poll: I'm more excited about Conor Casey than Landon, and I'm not that excited about Casey either.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | June 8, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Denilson, once the world's most expensive footballer, failed to make his club debut in Vietnam amid speculation that he might be injured.

The ex-Brazil international signed last week to play for the mid-table Haiphong Cement Football Club in the topflight V-League. He had been expected to play top-ranked Danang on home turf on the weekend, but he was not even on the list of substitutes.

"Nearly 30,000 fans packed the Lach Tray stadium eager to see the Brazilian star make his debut," Ngo Duy Ho, deputy director of sports department of the northern port city, said by telephone. "They were hugely disappointed."

Posted by: Reignking | June 8, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

joedoc1, just curious, why the slam against Pizza Hut? Did they mess up your takeout order or something?

Aside from that, it would appear that improving Dallas attendance is a lost cause. They are going to draw 5 or 6 thousand hard code socer fans and that is likely all they will ever draw.

Tens of ones have posted on this board saying that attendance does not matter, as long as the club controls the stadium revenue. I hope its true, but I doubt it.

Posted by: Ron16 | June 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Denilson, disappointing eager fans around the world

Posted by: carmines757 | June 8, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

sorry, that's "hard core soccer fans"

Posted by: Ron16 | June 8, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Where's Monday Kickaround? If we don't get another thread soon, we'll start to argue whether Bornstein should have run right-left-right-left-right or left-right-left-right-left on Hounduras' goal.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, "Honduras"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Vietnamese manager to Denilson:


Posted by: OWNTF | June 8, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

MJ- It's an interesting thought about Olsen though. DC left Olsen exposed in the Seattle expansion draft because they figured no one would take a guy who was injured for all but 15 minutes that season. But if they leave him exposed again, could he possibly be a target for Nowak this time around?

Posted by: DCUMD | June 8, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Where is Goff's usual inside scoop on Emilio's red card? Twellman and Denilson are interesting, but c'mon!

Posted by: srose13 | June 8, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Would Nowak use one of Philly's expansion picks to grab Olsen? Is there a doctor in Philly who can magically restore Olsen's ankles to how they were a decade ago?

Posted by: fischy | June 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Off topic; but as I still am sick of praise being handed out to Donovan for yet another penalty kick; does anyone have stats on who the leading USMNT scorer is (career wise) for goals that did not come from penalties?

My bet would go to Mcbride, or maybe some of the guys who played in the early harkes/ramos era when the US never got a penalty awarded.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 8, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"out to Donovan for yet another penalty kick"

You have to admit that that was one pressure packed penalty kick. He misses that one and I see the team going into deep depression and the Honduran fans turning it up . .

Posted by: delantero | June 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

He got subbed out, went to the bench, sat down and hit/flung/punched a six-pack crate thing of water bottles out on the field.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 8, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Right, I got that. Well that's kind of what I got from what the boys said they saw, but how is such an act described as abusive language? Goff! Did you see what happened, and what did Luci's team mates and coach have to say? Nothing? Not worth mentioning?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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