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DCU, Freedom, U-20s

*Goalkeeper Bill Hamid's paperwork has been submitted and he underwent a physical today, the final steps in becoming D.C. United's first homegrown signing.

*According to the USSF's Referee Week in Review, United should have been awarded a penalty kick late in the 0-0 tie with Los Angeles last weekend. I've lost track of how many times this season an officiating decision cited by the USSF has cost DCU.

*The Insider has obtained the Washington Freedom's protected list ahead of WPS's expansion draft: Abby Wambach, Cat Whitehill, Ali Kreiger, Homare Sawa, Lisa De Vanna, Sonia Bompastor, Erin McLeod, Sarah Huffman, Becky Sauerbrunn and Allie Long. Surprisingly, Lori Lindsey, who was invited to USA national team training camp next month, was not protected. Atlanta and Philadelphia will select up to nine players apiece on Sept. 15. No current team can lose more than three players. After a team loses a player, it may add two to the protected list.

*Thomas Rongen has finalized his 21-man roster for the U-20 World Cup in Egypt, which begins Sept. 24 and has the Americans facing Germany, Cameroon and South Korea in group play.

GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (Central Florida), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Brian Perk (UCLA).
DEFENDERS: Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Sheanon Williams (unattached).
MIDFIELDERS: Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Brian Ownby (Virginia), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame), Michael Stephens (UCLA).
FORWARDS: Sam Garza (U of Denver), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville U.).

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2009; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS , USSF , Youth soccer  
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Comments

well, my count is four points against the Gals alone, those four points put us in third in the East, tied on points with the Gals for the fifth playoff spot. add the two from New England, and we're sitting at 35 points, solidly in third and looking at the fourth playoff spot. but, as the USSF notes, the refs got them wrong, and we turn three probable wins into three ties and we are looking from the outside in. we have those points, maybe we play starters on Wednesday and the result is different.

yes, bad decisions are part of life, but six points is a heck of a lot to drop.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

While our SI colleague OWNTF is fond of Allie Long, I don't see it. Freedom would be fine without her. I would have protected Lindsey. The rest of the list certainly makes sense.

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Knowing that they know they messed up doesn't change a thing.

Posted by: sitruc | August 28, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Heck of a lot to drop? I'd call it a Gauwddamin' hell of a lot!

Good news about Hamid!

Posted by: DadRyan | August 28, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't there two lost to Chivas because of a Galindo goal?

Posted by: Section117 | August 28, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Why Allie was protected is beyond me. Lori or Becca much better for the team. MUCH better.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | August 28, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

That rulling by the USSF addresses the hand ball in the box. What about the bogus offside call in the fist half on Emillio, or the foul against Emillio inside the 18 in the second half. We were given a tripple whammy.

Posted by: Jaywag86 | August 28, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The Chivas situation cost us, but I think Gomez may have been offsides too on his late goal. We can still count it though.

Jaywag86 there is no reason to bring that offsides up. The report is released to help ref's learn in situations. The USSF has already at nausea analyzed the terrible offsides calls that plague our league and really our region.

Anyone want to revive the MLS, Galaxy conspiracy theories?

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 28, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

don't understand why freddy is not playing in the U-20 cup? let him get some minutes somewhere at least, and maybe convince someone he is worth some playing time.

Posted by: joe_hill | August 28, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

That U20 roster begs the question: could FC Dallas win the U20 World Cup?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 28, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

It has been a while, but I thought I remembered an angle where Gomez was conclusively onside in that match, grubbsbl. I may be wrong though.

Posted by: sitruc | August 28, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I understand the report is to help referees learn. The clips in the report were all fairly complex situations that many may interpret wrong, including myself. The sad part is, the offside call and the missed foul were fairly obvious. Aparently, attention and focus by the referees, mentioned several times in the report, is lacking in this league.

Posted by: Jaywag86 | August 28, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I would have like to have seen Becca Moros protected instead of Allie Long. Maybe they let Lori Lindsey become a free agent which means she cannot be picked up in the expansion draft (or protected). If this is the case she could sign with any team she wanted, but I doubt she would sign with anyone other than the Freedom since she has been here since 2003 - I see the Freedom signing her after the draft

Posted by: soccerfan80 | August 28, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

To answer questions:

Freddy Adu cannot play, as he turned 20 last year, not this one.

And no, FC Dallas could not win the Cup. I'd question if they'd win their group.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 28, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"Freddy Adu cannot play, as he turned 20 last year, not this one."

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 28, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Wrong. He turned 20 on June 2, 2009. Maybe it would benefit him. But there's really nothing left for him to prove at the U-20 level.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | August 28, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Whoops

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Well, more than my normal state of confusion.

Anyways, the clip of United vs the Gals doesn't show the push on Emilio's chest, but a simple cleared ball out of the box. Was that the correct clip? If so, where's the infraction? If not, maybe the USSF needs to reevaluate the USSF?

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

yes, bad decisions are part of life, but six points is a heck of a lot to drop.
Posted by: joshuaostevens

Yup. 4 points here, 2 points there and all of a sudden our firesoehn crowd and United bites, what's the point crowd have less to groan about.

I'm just wondering when Murhpy's Law will take effect and we'll get something our way.

Either that or Soehn has to kick some dirt at a linesman after a poor call and get a red. It won't change a call, but would make me feel better.

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

""the kicker (No. 10) feints immediately prior to contacting the ball. This action is acceptable behavior and should not be considered unsporting behavior.""

And this rule goes against United, even though it didn't change the result. I find it comical that this clearly prolonged feint is acceptable. Oh, well.

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Good to see two Notre Dame student-athletes going to the U-20 World Cup!

We are ND!

Posted by: billindmd | August 28, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

No mention of the offside call or the push on Emilio though. I know it's a dead horse now, but 3 blown calls - each of which would have given us a win. Just funny to me they chose to speak on the least glaring of the 3.

Posted by: beergorila | August 28, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

What MLS and USSF should allow us to do is have a fan kick the penalties that were ruled a penalty. Have a goalie from the MLS pool take the job to protect the goal. And for every goal the fan makes it will be awarded to the team as a point for goal. Since the fans are the ones who get screwd at the end.

yea that will happen. Whats done is done, lets move on.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 28, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Well, more than my normal state of confusion.

Anyways, the clip of United vs the Gals doesn't show the push on Emilio's chest, but a simple cleared ball out of the box. Was that the correct clip? If so, where's the infraction? If not, maybe the USSF needs to reevaluate the USSF?

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2009 8:12 PM
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On the play in the video the defender in the middle of the penalty area knocked the ball down with his arm. It is a bit tough to see from that far away camera angle.

But I agree the shove on Luci was an even more egregious PK miss.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 28, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Re Freedom: not surprised that Long was protected before Lindsey. She is long in the tooth professionally and has no upside. Long, who was often dreadful last season, was a rookie and allegedly has an "upside", so the decision sort of makes sense. However, I still think Long is the Freedom's Rod Dyachenko.

As to the ref's calls, just look at the Portland-Charleston game tonight. Ryan Pore completely faked a head butt and suckered a red card against Charleston from a ref who looks like he was part of the "Sling Blade" casting call. MLS refs are bad, but USL and WPS ones are even worse, if that is possible.

Posted by: griffin1108 | August 28, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Since the fans are the ones who get screwd at the end."

If United fails to make the playoffs b/c of one point like last year, there will be more than fans that get scr#wed.

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Delantero: exactly. Those calls go our way and Soehn's a genius, not. Goat. But yes, a wee bit of fire and anger goes a long way. Right, Mr. Riggleman?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 28, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

On the specific example of the LA game, I can't escape the overwhelming thought that DC, no matter what happened out of their control, had to take 3 points. That was a game we had to win.

I really hope no one in the locker room is stewing over the bad calls in that game. They should be stewing over the fact that the game was there to be won, and we didn't win it. Period. Anything less, and we'll be spending a whole lot more time griping about calls while other teams play meaningful games.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 28, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Chest also has a good point. Both LA games should have been won, despite the calls.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 28, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

But then, when does seƱor Chesty not have a point?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 28, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

i like YNTs to see who looks like the next big star...that kid Gale is one of the best young players I've ever seen. in a tournament with US, Germany, Portugal, and Finland, he was the most talented player there. keep an eye on him in this tournament.

Posted by: troy6 | August 28, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

The U-20 roster is shocking. 10 out of 21 players in college still, neither of the italians, No Freddy? No Jozy? Heaven forbid we let those two players play against players their own age. This whole team should be pro with the exceptions of Opara, Perk, and Taylor. The point of attending any FIFA tournament should be to win. The good news, Rongen should finally be let go.

Posted by: Dipssince78 | August 28, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly why they chose that play, beergorila.

Posted by: sitruc | August 28, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

folks, the U-20s are basically meaningless. all the really good 20-yo players are already in season with their professional clubs, this is basically a tournament of scrubs and the odd developing pro. the U-17s are much more meaningful for player development in the future. it's as meaningful as the Olympics. fun, but meaningless.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | August 28, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

@Dipssince78

Jozy shouldn't play because he needs to play with his club team and be available for WCQs. What I can't believe is that the NCAA doesnt honor FIFA U20 international fixture dates. They'll never be taken seriously internationally as long as they do that.

/MLS joke

Seriously, though, I wonder how losing these players might affect the colleges in question?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 28, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't there two lost to Chivas because of a Galindo goal?

Posted by: Section117 | August 28, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse
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The Chivas situation cost us, but I think Gomez may have been offsides too on his late goal. We can still count it though.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 28, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse
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Nope, Gomez was completely onsides on that goal.

Posted by: StewartDC8 | August 28, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

They didn't protect Jill Gibeau?

Posted by: godpere | August 28, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Do the men treat stuff like the women regarding college enrollment and international tournaments?

Posted by: sitruc | August 29, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

This is from Guiseppe Rossi's twitter:

"had some good sushi tonite...now ready for bed...maybe play a bit of psp to put me to sleep...night y'all"

This is probably a stupid question but, is psp a band or something? Or is he doing drugs?

Posted by: spikeman | August 29, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

My bad. I had a brain fart. He was probably talking about playstation portable. Sorry

Posted by: spikeman | August 29, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

lol @ spikeman confusing psp with pcp?

jk, sometimes brain farts are hilarious. just the other day i made myself a bowl of cereal and then put it in the fridge and stood there. then i was like "wait, i made that for now."

Posted by: StewartDC8 | August 29, 2009 1:30 AM | Report abuse

On the specific example of the LA game, I can't escape the overwhelming thought that DC, no matter what happened out of their control, had to take 3 points. That was a game we had to win.

I really hope no one in the locker room is stewing over the bad calls in that game. They should be stewing over the fact that the game was there to be won, and we didn't win it. Period. Anything less, and we'll be spending a whole lot more time griping about calls while other teams play meaningful games.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 28, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Spot on Chest. You can't expect help from the officials and whining is for losers. If they convert their opportunities then this blog would be addressing why the score wasn't more lopsided.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 29, 2009 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Bad calls are a fact of life, especially in this league. Rather than focus on the points that refs took from us, I think it would be more constructive to question why the coaching staff isn't directing the team to go into each match thinking they must win by 2 goals. That psychology would overcome bad calls.
Instead, the team appears coached to accept a one goal lead, or think that one more goal is enough.

Posted by: dsheon1 | August 29, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | August 29, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

ha!

"I would like to try an experience in the United States, [former French international] Youri Djorkaeff has convinced me."

Posted by: Reignking | August 29, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

America's team just lost to Chelsea 3-0.

Posted by: sitruc | August 29, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

You guys are also forgetting the terrible PK call against New England when Taylor Twellman fell on his ass after being barely touched by Namoff.

By my count, we have lost 7 points to bad officiating decisions. I'm not one to self promote, but check it out here for video links and commentary:
http://dcumd.blogspot.com/2009/08/officials-strike-again.html

Posted by: DCUMD | August 29, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm a crew fan, but i'm going to be in DC on wed. for business and i want to see the game. Would i be able to buy tickets at RFK that night and if so roughly whats the price, wheres a good place to sit and how much is parking?

I would really appreciate an answer

Posted by: Sk397 | August 29, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

@Sk397:
Unlike in Columbus, we don't sit.

Posted by: dsheon1 | August 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Sk397 - you will be able to buy tickets at the gate. You may want to come down to Lot 8, drink a beer or two, and buy tickets from either the Screaming Eagles or the Barra (if you want to sit on the "loud side", the side you see when watching on TV).

Parking is typically $15. Day-of-the-match tickets range from $12-22, I think. Beer and hot dogs are $2. Bring friends!

Posted by: hoyanick1 | August 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

hoyanick1,

thank you very much

Posted by: Sk397 | August 29, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see what this Diskerud kid is capable of. We need central midfielders with some attacking flair.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 29, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sk397: And if you rather take Metro (because it is much easier) catch the Blue or Orange Line and get off at Stadium Armory and follow the crowed. Thanks for coming.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | August 29, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Where are folks watching the game tonight? I'm thinking about Union Jack's in Ballston... Closest place to home.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

So Goff,
Any idea whether this Hamid kid is signing a developmental deal, or a senior deal?

My guess would be developmental, which means either Allen or DiRai will be gone.

Cutting N'Silu would do no good, because Habarugira already took his roster spot while he's on the 6-game DL. But the team is definitely going to have some decisions to make when N'Silu comes off the DL prior to the match on 9/27, and Khumalo on 10/17.

Posted by: DCUMD | August 29, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

DiRai is gone to Richmond.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | August 29, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Hamburgesa won't be playing tonight.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

They didn't protect Jill Gibeau?

Posted by: godpere | August 28, 2009 11:34 PM

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Nor Briana Scurry!?

Seriously, I'm going to be peeved if Lindsey (who just got a NT callup) or Moros is playing for another team next year. There may be other players with somewhat more potential, but these two have been at the heart of the team for years (Lori since 2003, Becca since 2007).

Posted by: kevinwparker | August 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't car if he is a legend but take him off the freaking field Ryan Giggs. He is not up to quality any more and Carry and Fletcher sucked.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | August 29, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I think that the accumulation of bad luck on the referee front requires drastic action. Tom needs to exhibit some sham rage. Run onto the field, throw a chair, go berserk. Embarrass somebody. If he gets fined, we'll pass the hat. If he gets suspended for a game or two, I'm sure Chad can cover. Honestly, this year has done more to sap my enthusiasm for DC United than ever before. Even the scrubs don't look like they're trying.

Posted by: bdwooton | August 29, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

DiRaimando is just on loan tonight.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 29, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

According to The Daily Mail, the Cosmos are a step closer to rebirth.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-1209787/CHARLES-SALE-Former-Tottenham-director-Paul-Kemsley-planning-rebirth-New-York-Cosmos.html

Apparently, the buyer of the brand hopes to one day enter MSL -- what they would do in Maryland youth soccer I cannot imagine.

Posted by: fischy | August 29, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

booo! will Platini suspend Rooney two matches for his dive to get a PK?

Posted by: fedssocr | August 29, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Robben = good.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 29, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

booo! will Platini suspend Rooney two matches for his dive to get a PK?

That was a penalty, and if you think it was a dive it was nowhere near as criminal as Eduardo's dive or Eboue's in tonight's match.

That was an awful performance from both teams. Nick Webster really needs to see the game in order to talk about it.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | August 29, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Nick Webster = muppet

Posted by: StewartDC8 | August 29, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Milan = SHAMBLES!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 29, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Almunia on Rooney = penalty
Fletcher on Arshavin, in the first half = penalty

Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, only one was called. I guess the thing to take away from it is shambolic officiating is not confined to CONCACAF.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 29, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Kicker SM reports that Michael Bradley has been struck from the roster of Borussia Moenchengladbach by the coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!@!@!@!@@!@@!

Posted by: bechtoldpk | August 29, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Can't find a live feed of the Sounders/TFC match. Any help?

Posted by: DadRyan | August 29, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

DR: you still thinking union jacks? I'm just down the street and might head by for a pint...

Posted by: troy6 | August 29, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

look at the replay. Rooney is already falling down before Almunia gets anywhere near him

Posted by: fedssocr | August 29, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This works, DadRyan.

Posted by: sitruc | August 29, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@troy6, it's lookin' that way. I didn't have any trouble watching the Houston/DCU game there a few weeks ago. I'll wear my Olsen jersey in case you want to say hey.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

thanks sitruc.

just called union jack's and they've got $4 "UK pints" till 9. Not the worst price for Guinness...

Posted by: DadRyan | August 29, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Rooney incident was not a penalty because his touch when contact was made sent the ball into an unplayable position. Almunia made contact - but Rooney wasn't doing anything after that touch.

Arshavin was fouled in the box, but scored 25 seconds later which canceled it out. The Diaby OG - well there was no questioning what happened there - oof!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 29, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

TFC looks good, aggressive. Why do we never look that way? On the road they are running circles around Seattle.

Posted by: DCB23 | August 29, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Have you been watching the second half, DCB23?

Posted by: sitruc | August 29, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I'm going to be peeved if Lindsey (who just got a NT callup) or Moros is playing for another team next year.
Posted by: kevinwparker
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I like Moros too and will also be peeved if she's let go.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 29, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

They didn't protect Jill Gibeau?

Posted by: godpere | August 28, 2009 11:34 PM
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Fine, but you need to specify which player you would remove from the protected list to make room for Gilbeau.

I'm surprised that no one has commented on the decision to protect Huffman (unless I overlooked something). Because of injury, we didn't get to see what she could do. Are there people out there who are familiar with her (say, from her UVa years) who can comment on her?

In the distaff Euros, Finland and the Netherlands are through to the quarters, but of course the hosts (Finland) drew a relatively easy group.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 29, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone recommend a soccer-friendly watering hole in or near Leesburg, where I expect to find myself on Sunday? Thanks.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

CSN has picked up the WPS ASG, and will be simulcasting with FSC:

http://comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/tv_listings?showdate=1251604800

Posted by: universityandpark | August 29, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Anyone agree Washington Freedom need a new coaching staff?????? Really bad news.

Posted by: justkidkingback | September 1, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

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