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Tuesday Kickaround

*Read the Kansas City Star's account of the Wizards' decision to dismiss Curt Onalfo and name former USA forward Peter Vermes, the club's technical director, as the interim coach.

*According to Chivas USA, goalkeeper Zach Thornton might be sidelined two to three weeks with a quadriceps strain suffered in the second half of the All-Star Game. He has played every minute of 17 league matches. Back-up Dan Kennedy (knee) is also sidelined, leaving Lance Parker as the only rostered option. More info here.

*The latest on the Freddy Adu-leaving-Benfica saga. Freddy says on Twitter: "No panic my friends. I am very calm right now and looking for the right solution. Always training hard and preparing for whatever or wherever." More later.....

*The USA roster for the World Cup qualifier at Mexico next week is tentatively scheduled to be released Thursday late this week. Training camp opens Sunday in Miami and the team will travel to Mexico City on Tuesday, the day before the match at Azteca. Expect all the usual suspects to be named to the squad of approximately 20 players: Howard, Guzan, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Spector, DeMerit, Bradley, Dempsey, Feilhaber, Clark, Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Davies. Will Holden make it? Cherundolo and Hejduk? What about Beasley? Azteca-tested Torres has gotta be there, right? The only suspension is Heaps. Not that he was under consideration for this game.

For the TV listings, continue to the jump of this thread.....

*Soccer on TV:
CONCACAF Champions League, Puerto Rico-Toronto 8 p.m. FSC
Copa Sundamerica, U de Chile-Cali 8 p.m. FSE
CONCACAF Champions League, Firpo-DCU 10 p.m. FSC
CONCACAF Champions League, Jalapa-Pachuca 10 p.m. Galavision

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2009; 9:31 AM ET
Categories:  MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Grossly OT -

I'm going to be staying at a hotel in downtown Norfolk next Sunday. Does anyone know if there's a pub within walking distance of the riverfront that will be showing (or I could convince to show) the DCU-RM game?

Posted by: MattinSW | August 4, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"No panic my friends. I am very calm right now and looking for the right solution. Always training hard and preparing for whatever or wherever."

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...except, of course, you know, when I am reading your twits.

Long live Queen Beatrix.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Posted by: fischy | August 4, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

there wont be any surprises on the USA roster and Beasley would be a surprise, therefore, he wont be there. Torres/Holden are the question marks for the last spot.

now I'm gonna go ahead and repost this here from the poll thread because I spent way too long typing it to not get some feedback!

-I waited long enough to say anything about this because I couldn't care less at first, but watching the Gals' games against Milan and Barça and seeing how they had to focus and up their game, it made me think back to the spat of friendlies the USMNT had last summer. That culminated in one of the best games I've ever seen the nats play (or ever seen, really) against Argentina. The theory behind those games was that players get better playing against the best - exactly the same reason we're happy when one of our guys gets signed to the EPL, Serie A, La Liga, etc.

These games are GOOD for our team, great even, as long as they're played when we don't have crazy fixture congestion. With more teams having scheduling flexibility, we need to start seeing the BEGINNING of the season loaded with games. Make that the busy time of year, it's not as hot anyway. Then we can have the CCL matches with rested players and also work aggressively to bring in more big friendlies (with much lower ticket prices). We could even play them at RFK in order to have the Barra and SE in full swing. Show the people who show up the kind of atmosphere they could (and should) get used to.

So in the end there are three points made: 1. We want to win trophies beyond all else; these friendlies raise the level our guys can reach by learning from the best, but if they're too tired to finish of the likes of Firpo, the scheduling needs to be looked at. 2. Atmosphere is the reason people get hooked on sports (unless they played it religiously); make sure the newbies who show up see what United fans bring to the table and they will want more. We can't win fans over at FedEx unless we somehow trounce RM and play like Barça in the process. 3. The organization needs to support its fan base; schedule two or three of these a year and keep the prices down, have special deals for season ticket holders, members of the supporters groups, etc. Treat the people who have invested way too much of their money in the team already or they'll become disillusioned, like many of us seem to be now.

I wish the FO guys would read this stuff, it really is a shame that we brainstorm what's best for the team all the time and it falls on deaf ears.

Posted by: TassieTiger | August 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Adu should also consider some of the Belgian teams in European competition -- Standard Liege, Anderlecht, Club Brugge, K.A.A. Ghent, S.V. Zulte Waregem. He would get consistent playing time but also be expected to produce.

Posted by: hoyanick1 | August 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I liked this note from the Chivas update;

At least Jorge Flores returned from U.S. Under-20 National Team duty unscathed. He scored three goals in three games on the trip to Argentina, but remember, according to Coach Preki, he's not an attacking player....

I guess the question with Flores is whether he has the size and physicality to score against the adults who play in MLS...

Posted by: fischy | August 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

@ Mattin
Try this. It lists one bar in Norfolk. They'll prolly want to watch World Team Tennis but maybe you can convince them. Good luck.

http://www.soccerbars.com/modules/soccerbars/bar_detail.php?id=947&name=Jack%20Quinn's

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 4, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

* Wouldn't it make more sense for the MNT to train at altitude?

* Onalfo for DCU next year?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Beas, we haven't heard one word about his future.

Posted by: Reignking | August 4, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

@ OWNTF
I believe it takes a full week to be completely acclimated to altitude. If you don't have an entire week, it's best to show up closer to start time.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 4, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

From Espn Soccernet - On the Move blog:

09.00 Hull City and Fulham look set to battle it out for the signature of Villarreal's £6m-rated USA international Jozy Altidore.

Posted by: spikeman | August 4, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

re full week -- haven't they had a full week? can't they call in like 10 days ahead of the game?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

* Onalfo for DCU next year?

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2009 10:01 AM

Now we can get rid of those pesky Olsen/Moreno/Etcheverry rumors that have been dogging the message boards in regards to Tommy's replacement. A viable MLS head coach is available now. He has ties to the area and to DC United. He's turned around a franchise. I wonder what he'd be able to do with a team on the brink of challenging Houston/Chicago/New England for the top flight of MLS.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | August 4, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

What makes you sure Heaps won't be included on this roster? He played so wonderfully in the Gold Cup. I believe he is the US Honda Men's National Player of the Year.

Posted by: no_recess | August 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

re: "These games are GOOD for our team, great even, as long as they're played when we don't have crazy fixture congestion. With more teams having scheduling flexibility, we need to start seeing the BEGINNING of the season loaded with games. Make that the busy time of year, it's not as hot anyway. "

DCU has been there, done that, most often with disastrous results for the main even, the MLS playoffs. These extra games *produce* fixture congestion and burn out the players, whether they be in the beginning or middle of the season.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 4, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@MattinSW, @9Nine9

That site must be old because Jack Quinn's has been closed for years. Your best bet is probably Baxter's on Granby St. down near the Scope. They have something like 70+ TVs and usually have college soccer and such on.

Posted by: BlackAndRed337 | August 4, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Onalfo would be more of the same: a yes man for the front office establishment, most of whom never played the game yet demand (not deserve) the respect of the players.

I know, I know. United has more trophies than any other team. That's true. But our consistency has been awful and when we're bad, we're putrid bad. When's the last time you heard of a player begging to leave another team and come play for DC?

Posted by: dsheon1 | August 4, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@TassieTiger --

I think you need to look a bit beyond the nose on your face.

Keep in mind, of the six U25 players who represent the current and future talent core of DC United, four were playing college ball three years ago or less.

You are drastically understating the benefit of the RM scrimmage to those players, as compared to the booby prize that is CCL group play. The two core U-25s who survived that last year (among the very few players on the DCU roster that did survive) were experienced pros. And it was still painful to watch them simply trying to remain upright between whistles.

You blame one game 5 miles from home for "fixture congestion", but not six games minimum, including three overseas - which combined will not pay the same dividends as facing the world's best even once? That doesn't make any sense.

You mentioned the Galaxy, and the fact LA is instantly a far better team (except for their GK situation) coming out of those friendlies. DC being younger at its core, the results might not be as immediately apparent, but the concept is the same.

It's fine to emphasize the marketing angle over the *building* a great young team angle, but honestly, the RM match is more important in both aspects than CCL group play will or would be.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 4, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Onalfo got canned because he can't get enough high quality players to come to KC. This will always be the problem with this franchise. Who wants to go to KC when DC, Seatle or LA are possibilities. There are always teams destined to ultimately be "middle of the pack" and by and large they are located in middle of the pack cities. Exceptions occur, but that is what they are, exception. Curt would do well here

Posted by: Ruthie1 | August 4, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@OWNTF and jayrockers,

No Onalfo - how about Alan Shearer - he's out of work!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

how do they "bum out the players"?

and I understand these games produce fixture congestion, that's why we should make the spring schedule heavy on MLS games and the summer schedule extremely light on the MLS side of things in order to have late july/early august be time for a couple of these friendlies. If there's adequate time after the games to practice and emulate the other players, it's a positive experience.

Posted by: TassieTiger | August 4, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Latest tweet from Mr. Adu.
"love the support from everyone including the great Benfica fans. THANK YOU"

He's on the way out.

Posted by: Fisty409 | August 4, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What makes anyone think that Curt Onalfo is a better coach than Tom Soehn? KC has never finished a season with a positive goal differential with Onalfo as head coach. The Wizards have two forwards who used to be regulars on their respective national teams, yet they are among one of the worst offensive teams in the league with just 20 goals scored.

@Jay: He turned around a franchise? I guess he turned them from terrible, to average, to terrible again. KC is in 6th place in the Eastern Conference (ahead of only NYRB).

@Ruthie: Read the article. Onalfo didn't get fired "because he can't get enough high quality players to come to KC". According to the team president, he got fired because the team has not seen any progression or consistency. Is that something we want in DC?

I guess if all it takes to get fired is to lose a match 6-0, then all the Soehn haters are going to start recommending that we throw the match tonight?

Posted by: DCUMD | August 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The CCL, like it or not, is our highest level of meaningful competition. It's been expressed time and time again by a large number of the core fans that trophies are the most important thing. If you have time to learn from the big friendlies they help player development and COULD grow the fan base (the RM game certainly will not since we probably wont compete well and the atmosphere will decidedly not be pro-United). The CCL is the only way the club could end up in meaningful competition against top sides from all over the world in the Club World Cup and the only way that DC (and MLS for that matter) can become more significant on a global scale.

There's absolutely no way we should ditch the CCL for friendlies. All I'm saying is plan things out better so the friendlies help us achieve the things that the most storied team in MLS should.

Posted by: TassieTiger | August 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

tassietiger, you wanted a comment so I will give you one.

You present an interesting point when saying that playing against the best competition raises your own level of play. Therefore, we should schedule more international friendlies. To counter that argument, there is an old saying that you play to a teams level. We will always raise our play against top competition and lower it against FC Dallas. I can't really see how playing three games a year is going to cause a drastic improvement in our, or any, teams play.

Your real selling point is having the game at RFK. Possibly getting 45k at RFk would be a phenomenal atmosphere. It also would have the potential to bring in more fans for other DC games. I like your point here. Yet, the skeptic in me believes that much of the 55k+ are going to be wearing Real Madrid shirt and will most likely be a demographic of families whose kids play youth soccer and the kids say things like, "the MLS is terrible I wont watch it." As most of us know on this blog the current fan base which really goes wild for soccer is 18-34 yr old males.

I do wish the league would be more helpful to MLS teams in the CCL. Our fixture list should be weighted towards the front part of the league. Though the real problem with the MLS in the CCL is the lack of a real squad. Pay needs to improve to allow team competing in these competitions to bring in better players and have a truly deep squads.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Torres won't be there, unless he and Bradley somehow manage to kiss and make up. If he's not, expect a statement from him in the next week or so, saying he needs to "rest" or "focus his efforts on his club team" or something.

What did Torres do, talk back/smack to Bradley after the game he played so poorly in?

Posted by: Juan-John | August 4, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Onalfo got canned because he can't get enough high quality players to come to KC. This will always be the problem with this franchise.
Posted by: Ruthie1 | August 4, 2009 10:35 AM
============

He went to Kansas City on a Fridee.
On Saturdee he learned a thing or two.
Up to then he didn't have an idee.
Of what modern soccer was comin' to.

He counted many DPs goin' to other teams.
Almost every time he took a walk.
And then he put his ear to a bell telephone,
And Robb Heineman started into talk.
"Get lost! Get lost!"

Everything's gone to crap in Kansas City.
They've gone about as far as they can go.
They went a built a stadium for 20,000 fans.
But only 50 will come to see the show.

(Apologies to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Fernando Clavijo is available, and he used to coach a terrible franchise too. Maybe we should hire him.

Posted by: DCUMD | August 4, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The franchise made a mistake in not bringing back Bruce Arena...

Posted by: alan19 | August 4, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Nicely done, DCUMD.

Posted by: Reignking | August 4, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

when will jermaine jones be available?
and what about cooper in the supersub role, i would rather see him coming off the bench than conor casey.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 4, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I hope Torres is selected and plays. Not only is he "Azteca tested" he also knows the Mexican style inside and out. Not that we should try to beat them at their own game, so to speak, but I would think he would be an asset.

Posted by: WorldCup | August 4, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

WTF does that have to do with Seattle, DCUMD?

Posted by: sitruc | August 4, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Jones is out for the time being with a fracture to his shin, so he's a definite out for Azteca. I imagine we won't see him till the October qualifiers, after everything is certain. Bradley isn't much for rocking the boat.

Posted by: ZidVicious | August 4, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Why do we want Kurt Onalfo? When has DC ever played all 11 players behind the ball, at home, for 90 minutes against LA on national television?

DCUMD you brought a smile to my face with that one.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to belabor the point about KC being a middle of the pack team/city but the winning percent record there since the league started in 1996 is .495. The best any one has done is .502. The odds were against Onalfo and they will be against all who follow him. Fact is, KC shouldn't have a franchise, unless it is a USL1 franchise. They certainly don't add any prestige to the MLS

Posted by: Ruthie1 | August 4, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, KC is building a stadium. If they can turn a profit, then the argument that they shouldn't have a franchise becomes unsupportable.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I like the idea of one of these friendlies once every other year.

I wish Onalfo the best, I guess.

I really like Flores as a winger.

I really like this barbeque sandwich I'm eating for lunch.

I vaguely like DC's chances tonight.

I do not at all like Toronto's.

I guess that's it.

See you guys around 10, after softball work, perfect timing.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 4, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

3. The organization needs to support its fan base; schedule two or three of these a year and keep the prices down, have special deals for season ticket holders, members of the supporters groups, etc. Treat the people who have invested way too much of their money in the team already or they'll become disillusioned, like many of us seem to be now. (From TassieTiger)
____________________________________________________

Hear, hear! Although they did offer pre-sale discount prices to season ticket holders, these are the same prices available to large groups, as well. As I mentioned in a post in a previous thread, I believe they have priced themselves out for many fans, especially those that already spend quite a bit on regular DCU games.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | August 4, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

If the extra revenue lands them a Veron instead of a Franco Niell (or an Emilio, for that matter), will you stop complaining?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 4, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

If you buy $100 worth of crud at the Redskins store, you get tickets to the Madrid game.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

These are the 20 I'd invite to camp:

Howard, Guzan, Perkins, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Spector, DeMerit, Pearce, Hejduk, Bradley, Dempsey, Feilhaber, Clark, Holden, Torres, Rogers, Donovan, Ching, Altidore, Davies.

I also like Marshall and Goodson, but we're pretty deep in central defense...less so outside.

Posted by: soccerman | August 4, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Soccerman, I would take out Rogers. Besides Grenada I wasn't thoroughly impressed with his play. In fact I thought it was just average. I still think he is a few yrs away -if he keeps improving- from bringing something to the national team. In reality, I saw nothing more than what a fast Beasley brought to the table. Rogers just looks to take large touches beyond defenders and out pace them.

I would probably put in Beckerman. Not that he would play, but I think he deserves the call up. Except for that minor point, I would accept your roster. In reality, we will probably see that roster except Casey for Rogers by BB.

I am going out on a limb and I am going to say both Toronto and DC are going to go through tonight. I just have a good feeling about it.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I still don't get the "Torres plays no defense" argument. He started in central midfield last year for the Mexican team who just barely missed out on winning the league championship. IF he was that bad, where was the evidence? Against Costa Rica, everything fell apart, but if you really think he was the man to blame as Bradley seems to believe, Open your eyes and stop fantasizing about Gattuso and Essien on a beach somewhere.

Defensive midfielders let others do their job. What happens when teams actually DEFEND our counterattacks. We'll be sunk.

Have you forgotten Reyna? Do you think that two Armas or Mastroeni type players could have gotten us anywhere by themselves? We need more creativity in the midfield, I personally think that we will one day play a 4-3-3, as we don't have any true wingers, but do have single dangerous strikers. In the middle, Bradley DM, with Torres and Feilhaber being the fluid CM AM combo.

Look at our U-20's as well. We have attacking midfielders, let's use them, for peet's sake! The bucket formation can runneth over when it comes to defense, let's develop fluid offense and let the defense/goalie do what they have always done.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Lordy, the fire Tommy in the middle of the season crowd needs to be a little realistic.

A core group of players, the coach and front office have played poorly and made some bad decisions EN MASSE . . . Quakes (who throttled Seattle 4-0, so obviously aren't the doormat we were hoping for), Firpo (resting starters?), and Wicks/Namoff/Quaranta/Team's play against Houston.

Either way, this team is in the thick of a very competitive season and league. We are capable of beating anyone when we're in form . . and to abandon ship right now would lead to implosion, no playoffs, no Open Cup, no chance at an MLS Cup run.


Posted by: delantero | August 4, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but if DCU misses the playoffs two years in a row, Coach Tom will be dis-Soehned

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Once we get a 1-0 lead, 4-5-1, and bunker Bob!, This formation won't get beat.

Howard,

Hejduk/Spector, Onyewu, DeMerit, Bocanegra

Bradley, Clark,
Dempsey Feilhaber Donovan

Ching or Davies

Posted by: delantero | August 4, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

dis-Soehned

Nice.

Would agree that if Tommy doesn't get any hardware, or wins the Open Cup but fails to make or go far in the playoffs, it'd be time for debate. The CCL this year? I don't think we have the legs so why bother? Use it to get players back in the game/rotation.

I know this sentiment ticks off the Cups at all Costs crowd, but it's been 5 years without an MLS Cup, and this year it's more important for me.

Posted by: delantero | August 4, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

groan

Posted by: nairbsod | August 4, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Bunker, Bob! is a really, really stupid idea. We need to keep them from having a rythmn, if and when we go up.

Does anybody think that we will win a final, or any major match the other team has prepared for?

We beat Spain not only because we played defense, but because we scored in the second half.

Or do you really want to be an anti-football team? Damn. That isn't progress, and anyone who wants it should be ashamed.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 4, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

MattinSW---Baxter's might be an option on Granby Street, but I don't think it opens until 5 pm. If not, go further down Granby towards the water and go to AJ Gators, which is a sports bar...If you are staying at a hotel near the waterfront, you could also go to Jillians or Hooters both of which are inside of the Waterside complex.

Posted by: JPO2200 | August 4, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

One has to argue that Soehn has done worse that Curt in the past 2 years, yet Soehn has better talent and still remains in charge of united.

Posted by: Norteno4life | August 4, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the fire Sohen talk either. Last time I checked Sohen brought DC a trophy, and has put DC in another final. Firing Sohen now, as Delantero has stated, would cause our season to imploded. I also agree, and have written this many times before, when DC is in form they can beat anybody in the league.

Right now its a fine line between missing the playoffs and winning the MLS Cup. Firing Sohen now is the most ludicrous idea ever. Give the guy till the end of the season and reassess things then.

If you don't like winning trophies go be a Colorado or Dallas fans, they can use some bandwagon support out there in no mans land.

Is it odd if I where my Etcheverry shirt and watch the game tonight alone in my basement?

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

>I don't understand the fire Sohen talk either.

Kids are still out of school.

Posted by: Reignking | August 4, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

From the Guardian:

Liverpool finally agree to sell Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/aug/04/liverpool-sell-xabi-alonso-real-madrid

Posted by: addick | August 4, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Bunker, Bob! is a really, really stupid idea."

A 4-5-1 with Dempsey, Donovan playing more advanced on the flanks and Davies up top will give you that threat on the counter.

Mexico isn't anywhere nearly as talented as Spain or Brasil, but the heat, the altitude, and the crowd will dictate a lot. The last thing in the world you want to do is go after Mexico for 90 minutes with a 4-3-3 or even play high pressure 4-4-2. Our players will wilt.

If we are able to hold a 1-0 lead late by stifling all of their play with solid defense takes away the crowd and will get us points.

Late counters with speed will lead to 2-0.


Posted by: delantero | August 4, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a North and Central American night....

Where's Goff? Is he staging juntas down south?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | August 4, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

addick beat me to it, Alonso is going to RM.

BBC also has a line in their transfer-gossip about Jozy and Hull or Fulham, and refers to the Daily Star. Can't find any other details on the Daily Star site though.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 4, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

now how did Juan Carlos Osorio outlast Curt Onalfo? That's a travesty

Posted by: diego_r | August 4, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

If Curt Onalfo was any good, Seattle would have already hired him by now.

Posted by: DCUMD | August 4, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

dear Mr. Goff: could you please offer Freddy some tutoring for his writing?

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hey beautiful people wassup? tell all your friends to tell their friends whoever to follow me. I wanna get alot of followers. Lets get it

2:52 PM Jul 14th from web

Posted by: diego_r | August 4, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@grubbsbl, Etch shirt, alone in the basement? Not weird at all if you ask me. May not be as scenic as watching at say, Union Jacks, but you are trying to watch the game right?;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | August 4, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

hahaha DCUMD your up 2 to 1 on the funnies over Reignking today. I feel like I-270 said something funny to but he posted it to long ago. Where is JoeDoc to cap it off with a burn notice joke?

Delantero's 4-5-1 in Azteca is fine if Altidore is in the starting XI and not Ching. Keep Davies till the 60th minute when the Mexican legs tire.

I also don't understand the blame Torres or he can't defend argument. I think that can only be answered by saying Bob Bradley was playing favorites and blamed Torres, because someone had to be blamed, to protect his little pets.

If Beasley makes the roster I will personally figure out BB's home address and write him an angry letter. (I am too old to throw eggs.)

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

That's more like it, DCUMD.

Posted by: sitruc | August 4, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk has a quad strain. Didn't play last weekend. Unlikely to play this weekend. Maybe he'd be good to go by the 12th, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Posted by: DouginCMH | August 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@grubbsbi: Joe Doc is in Miami posting bail for Jeffrey Donovan on the DUI charge.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

TassieTiger:

I agree that friendlies cluttering our schedule are a problem, but when it's just one game I don't think we can use it to explain away failure against an obviously inferior team like Firpo. As for RFK vs. Fedex, I'm sure we'd all prefer the game at RFK. However, imagine a scenario in which DCU wants $60 for your normal seat at RFK. No one's paying that kind of money to watch anything at our beloved, shabby home.

As for loading the spring with games, look at the standings right now. We've played more games than virtually anyone (aside from NY, another club trying to get into the CCL). We've already got a front-loaded schedule in terms of MLS games. We're already twenty games into a thirty game league schedule. I don't know if it could be any more front-loaded.

As for your closing remark, I again have to disagree. If DCU was run by public opinion, we'd be the NY Red Bulls. I don't imagine we have anyone that has run an MLS club posting here. I hope the club reads what we think to get how the fans are feeling, but if they're making on-field or administrative decisions based on even the best posts here, we're in trouble.

dsheon1:

Szetela did specify DCU as his preference before the allocation process. That counts, right?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Latest tweet from Mr. Adu.
"love the support from everyone including the great Benfica fans. THANK YOU"

He's on the way out.

Posted by: Fisty409
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actually, he always has been extremely popular with benfica fans. they don't care about internal club politics or budgetary problems; they just notice 6 goals in 350 minutes of playing time, by far the best on the team.

and I'm with OWNTF (as usual) in that the camp should have been for a week at altitude, still showing up in DF the day before. silly to train at sea level.

Posted by: troy6 | August 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"However, imagine a scenario in which DCU wants $60 for your normal seat at RFK. No one's paying that kind of money to watch anything at our beloved, shabby home."

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 4, 2009 3:48 PM |

Chest-

I don't think that would matter. Playing Real Madrid on a beautiful pitch is all that counts. I actually think that this is for the yuppies so they can watch the game in the VP rooms.

Regardless, I think it ultimately hurts United to play at Fedex instead of RFK.

Posted by: redskinsux | August 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@grubbsbi: Joe Doc is in Miami posting bail for Jeffrey Donovan on the DUI charge.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2009 3:43 PM |

Did Joe Doc ever get bailed out of that prison in San Jose?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Where did the KC Star get that picture of Vermes from the DMV?

Posted by: owendylan | August 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Did Joe Doc ever get bailed out of that prison in San Jose?
Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish
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The police lost the evidence. In other words, they didn't have the balls to charge him.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

KC Wizards coaching dilemma: you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t. KC will continue to wallow in mediocrity and they won't be able to get a marquee coach because, let's face it. it's freakin kansas city!

Posted by: getanewnumber10 | August 4, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

To be taken seriously as a league u have to compete well against the likes of ccl competition. until mls teams start winning these international competitions the mls will be considered a joke. a tie against el salvador at home is disgraceful.

Posted by: castroviejo | August 4, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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