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D.C. United News & Notes

*Besides the two Euro-based trialists mentioned earlier on the Insider, D.C. United is also looking at college players who might compete for a developmental slot or receive a training camp invitation in the future.

Commenting on the broader player search, Coach Tom Soehn said: "Some will be on trial, some won't. We want to make sure we add depth in the spots we feel we need it, but also add the correct person that is a fit for the chemistry we have. We have so many games coming up, we want to make sure we have cover in a lot of spots, guys who can play right away."

Both Jean-Francois Bell and David Habarugira are available on free transfer and are not subject to the MLS allocation order because they are neither USA national team players nor returning to MLS after being sold. (United submitted discovery claims on both players.) On the allocation list, Dallas is first, DCU is second. The buzz is that DaMarcus Beasley and Stern John might end up returning to the league this summer (neither, though, seems likely for DCU).

*Forwards Jaime Moreno (hamstring) and Luciano Emilio (knee) have returned to full-time training and are aiming to play at least a portion of Saturday's match against Colorado at RFK.

*Firpo has accepted CONCACAF's invitation to replace fellow Salvadoran club Chalatenango in the Champions League and will face DCU in the two-leg preliminary stage, starting July 28 at RFK Stadium.

*Ticket sales for the Real Madrid friendly at FedEx Field have reached 43,000.

*Midfielder Ben Olsen, on Saturday's match: "We are ready to start getting some wins here. The ties are still haunting us and Colorado is still haunting us, so hopefully we can fix two situations in one game."

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
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Comments

Apropos of nothing (sorry!) - I just got tickets to the Quarterfinals at the Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday. It says 5:00 pm, but 8:00 wasn't an option. Think these tickets are valid for both matches? Thanks!

Posted by: BossT | July 14, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a doubleheader -- second game begins within minutes of the first game's conclusion. Two matches for one admission.

Posted by: Steve Goff | July 14, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Re: DMB and Stern John:


Wonder what their salary's would be in MLS?

Posted by: JkR- | July 14, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope the DC front office plans to work a substantial trade with teams who need the allocation for Stern John or DMB. But unless Stern's already got a deal in place with somebody else, why not take him? It's not like United's forwards have been terribly healthy or consistent this year.

Posted by: Kenobi | July 14, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

43k is really weak for Real Madrid. Anything less than 60k should be seen as a disappointment.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | July 14, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree about John -- seems like he'd be a significant upgrade over some of our strikers.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The Madrid game isn't for another 3 1/2 weeks. I'm sure they'll sell thousands more tickets, picking up as the date gets closer.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey SG, here's a vid of when Firpo faced DC in 1996 at RFK : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--t_wDT637g

Posted by: ESFan21 | July 14, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

BTW -- the Trinidadian press and some English outlets are reporting that John is either being offered a trial or a deal with Crystal Palace FC. Perhaps he's in the area for a trial right now?

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

At first, I was going to mock the fact that DCU wouldn't get DMB, but depending on cost, I'd love to see him revive his career with DCU.

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Steve!

Posted by: BossT | July 14, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@Reignking -- I guess Bradley would be pleased to see him learn to play left back...?

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike O'Meara show is officially canceled.

An era in Washington has ended.

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping Jaime's hammy has healed wholly.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 14, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Try saying that 5 times fast.....

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

@reignking:

From DCRTV.com:

It's Official: JFK To Do Sports Flip Monday, O'Meara Gone - 7/14 - DCRTV hears that CBS Radio will make the official announcement today that guy talker WJFK will become "Sportsradio 106.7 The Fan" at 6 AM on Monday, 7/20. As DCRTV has told you, CBS suits are meeting with advertisers at noon today at the Verizon Center. As expected, the Junkies, now the Sports Junkies, will remain in morning drive. And, as we've reported, Mike Wise will be paired with Bill Rohland in middays, with Chad Dukes and Lavar Arrington doing afternoon drive. There will be a website at 1067thefandc.com. And, as we've reported, the Wizards will air on JFK this fall, with Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor calling the games. Plus, as we've hinted, JFK will be carrying Westwood One's NFL "Primetime" package of Thursday, Sunday, and Monday games, plus the playoffs and the Super Bowl. That package had aired on Redskins owner Dan Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980. We also get confirmation that longtime afternooner Mike O'Meara is a gonner. His show is in reruns this week. We hear that O'Meara will do a farewell segment, but not a full live show, on Friday, 7/17.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 14, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It's a doubleheader -- second game begins within minutes of the first game's conclusion. Two matches for one admission.

Posted by: Steve Goff | July 14, 2009 1:02 PM
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Actually, there is an allowance for extra time and penalties in there. They have to wait until 2000 hours to start the second match, regardless of the outcome of the opener, because of the almighty TV dollar.

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 14, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Yup, joedoc. From the press release.

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there is an allowance for extra time and penalties in there. They have to wait until 2000 hours to start the second match, regardless of the outcome of the opener, because of the almighty TV dollar.

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 14, 2009 1:35 PM |
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Well, TV dollars and the expectations of those tuning in at 8:00, as well as those who set the DVR/TiVo

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Unless there is college baseball on, fisch.

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Neither Stern John nor Damarcus Beasley make good additions to DCU. John is an older player who is in decline, Beasley is coming off what looks like a chronic injury. We're already faced with making very difficult decisions about Moreno and Olsen, possibly Gomez too. Adding either of these recognizable names will saddle us next year with older or broken down players.

DC should be looking for 26-27 year old players with a clean bill of health. Not guys in their Indian Summers and or figuring out how to change their style to compensate for an chronic condition that will last through the rest of their career.

And we should be supporting new players. Pontius, Wallace, Barklage(pre-injury) Jacobson, all have shown good potential that would be halted if we don't replace our misfiring strikers with a guy who'll be at DC for 3 years or so.

Posted by: gooner71 | July 14, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I must have missed something, why is Firpo replacing the other team?

Posted by: pecanturtle | July 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Chalatenango is broke and had to sell their slot in the Primera division for cash.

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I realize that DCU is looking for improvement in the back, hence the foreign flavor of invitees. However, I attended the Palace v Palace game last night and I think that Harada from Baltimore would be an improvement over Burch and is certainly miles ahead of Avery John. In the first half he was one of the best players on the field. In the second half I saw him miss a slide tackle and he got out jumped on a goal by a guy almost a foot taller than him. He played center back but has the wheel to play outside. Reminded me of A.J. Delagarza in stature. Anyone else care to comment on his performance? It could be an anomoly since I'd never seem him play before. He would certainly cost less and be worth more than John.

Posted by: rtm1 | July 14, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

hey muh name is john i'm a good soccer player and i wud like to play for your so hit me up

Posted by: ridnelex | July 15, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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