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Jakovic Sidelined

D.C. United central back Dejan Jakovic will be examined in Germany for a suspected bilateral sports hernia, the club announced.

He was not going to play Saturday at Dallas anyway because of a yellow card suspension, but an operation, which is almost certain, would sideline him two to three weeks.

His absence creates a major void in central defense for United, which has lost faith in Greg Janicki. Julius James played well last weekend at Dallas Chicago before sitting out Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final because he was cup-tied.

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
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That's our playoff hopes done then.

F%*)!!!

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | September 4, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Great. More fuel for the "it's-not-Soehn's-fault" crowd.

Posted by: UVAtoRFK | September 4, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

That's our playoff hopes done then.

F%*)!!!

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | September 4, 2009 6:54 PM

/thread and season

See everyone next March! Hope there's some very extensive and serious housecleaning done between now and then.

Posted by: jpeace121 | September 4, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Play James and Burch in the center and move Wallace out wide.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 4, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

crap.

James and McTavish at CB. Janicki scares me.

Posted by: delantero | September 4, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Drat.

Posted by: spidergoose | September 4, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

NattyBo1985 and jpeace121 - Does it make you guys feel better to write off the season? Did you guys get picked last in the neighborhood kickball games? I can't even enjoy reading Goff's posts anymore b/c so many of you cry about the coach, FO, injuries, how bad our team is, etc. Professional athletes and coaches don't quit, why do so many DC sports fans? If I tuned in today (or yesterday) for the first time, I would think DC United was in last place in the MLS standings. I just don't understand it - are we fans of the team? Why so much pessimism? Why give up at a time when the club needs us the most? I do not understand, I thought we had 3 weeks left to make the playoffs.

Posted by: sevnshvn | September 4, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why McTavish can't be the second center back. He was great when he was back there before. Is he on some kind of list too?????

Posted by: VirginiaFan | September 4, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It's not so much an "all is lost" thing for me as it is is a "for F sake, what next!?"

Posted by: DCB23 | September 4, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

sevnshvn, sure we have three weeks left to make the playoffs. The problem is our defending has been atrocious heretofore (not even mentioning our offense, or lack thereof) and now we just lost our first, and by far best, option at center back. Do you honestly expect things to get better now? If you do, awesome. I love the optimism. I'm just not seeing it.

You can call it pessimism or realism, but that's simply a matter of semantics.

Please don't attempt to question my level of support for this team because I'm honest about our chances. That is a myopic thing to do.

Posted by: jpeace121 | September 4, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

more bad news - but not DCU specific

US Soccer Hall of Fame to Shut Doors

http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slug=goal_soccer_hall_of&prov=goal&type=lgns

Posted by: emanon13 | September 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure he wasn't stepped on the other night?

Posted by: Section117 | September 4, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Burch should never, ever be in the middle.

Posted by: Reignking | September 4, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yup, just like I said, no play offs this year.

Our defense is going to sieve goals now. Book it. He's the best defender we have had since Nelsen.

Posted by: strago | September 4, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Fill in with James, Burch and McTavish while he is gone. I'd love to see Habaruiga get a shot in the middle, just not Avery John...

Posted by: BurchFan4 | September 4, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Incorrect, Namoff is our best defender. Jakovic is pretty good for the most part though.

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | September 4, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

How many new players has this management team brought in who have had to have that surgery? Gallardo last year? There's something to that, I'm sure.

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How many new players has this management team brought in who have had to have that surgery? Gallardo last year? There's something to that, I'm sure.

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How many players total? Seems odd that DCU has about 10 x the number of "Sports Hernia" surgery's as the rest of the MLS teams (or any teams) and that they all have to be done in the middle of the season when most players push it off until the off season. Also a bit strange they have to go to a German surgeon when you can have a sports hernia operation done by about 1,000 doctors in the DC area.

My guess is EPO, DCU is doping their players to get through the season. I'll bet this German doctor (name or location never provided) will show up in some cycling scandal in the near future.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 4, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"See everyone next March!"
"Please don't attempt to question my level of support for this team because I'm honest about our chances."
-jpeace121

This will be undoubtedly be another bump in the road for United. But I think we can find someone who can fill the role adequately-- AND STILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. Habuguira and Mctavish are the leading candidates.
I really think this a big chance for Mctavish to redeem himself. Mctavish hasn't seen much playing this year so he should see this a perfect opportunity to prove he deserves to be a starter.

Posted by: redskinsux | September 4, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@sevnshvn

Thanks for the pep talk. I will never quit on one of my favorite teams again.

Posted by: no_recess | September 4, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Training staffs have definitely have something to do with. It's great that DCU has signed the first youth developed player into the first team and it's the first example again the rest of the MLS will have to follow our lead just we win trophies and some teams wins occasionally.
But recent acquisitions have been not too effective started by GM Kasper. In the preseason we heard how they were excited to see some players that would show up and if I am not mistaken one of which was directed towards N'Silu. And see what happened? Janicki, John, just to new a few. So we need to clean up the OF first.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | September 4, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Never mind it looks like this sports hernia craze was started in MLS by Leitch...

http://www.jagpt.com/docs/Could%20operation%20benefit%20McNabb.pdf

Still doesn't explain why we have to have these done in the middle of the season.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 4, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

McTavish & Habarugira! (with Julius James)

Also, fire Goodstein (Head Trainer)?

Posted by: B_A_ | September 4, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The season is over..I was saying fire Soehn since last year. Many on this board really attacked me for saying that. In the end, we get what we deserved...As Obama's spiritual adviser Rev. Wright says "The Chickens have come home to roost!"...

Posted by: alan19 | September 4, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

grubbsbl:

Yeah, that's what I'd do too. Janicki is a broken man, and McTavish struggled there last year without a vocal leader alongside him. James isn't that leader, so despite my misgivings about Burch as a center back, he's got to be the choice. Habarugira hasn't exactly inspired confidence in the CCL; even against Marathon, where he played alright, his decision making leaves him looking very raw. Marin toyed with him all game long for Toluca.

At left back, I'd much rather see Wallace over John. John gives the ball away too much and offers a less dynamic presence. Wallace can overlap, and we need that volume and speed of off-the-ball movement. John gives us more experience, and his actual defending is often derided blindly, but the turnovers and lack of desire to attack make Wallace the better fit on this team right now.

Southeasterner:

This is, to the best of my memory, the 5th sports hernia (McTavish, Peralta, Gallardo, Simms, Jakovic) in 2 years. However, the German doctor gets fit players back on the field in 2 weeks (see: Simms, very recently). The standard hernia procedure in the US takes 6-8 weeks to recover from. Trust me, I've had 2. Basically, it's a less invasive procedure with less cutting at the muscle walls, thus leaving less healing to be done.

As far as playing through them or pushing them off, it impacts your mobility, your core movements, and having those limited can hurt your confidence. Guys like Jakovic and Simms just aren't going to be the same players with a sports hernia. I don't think it's wise to push this kind of thing off for a long time; maybe one week, but the offseason is months away.

I have to disagree with your assertion that most players push the procedure off. The MLS injury list almost always features one or two guys somewhere in the league that just had sports hernia surgery. It happens throughout the season.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

@emanon: That's kind of sad news actually. I visited the Soccer Hall in 2001, since it was basically just down the freeway from Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall.

The exhibits and what not were nice but kind of sparse (especially compared to the more established baseball museum) but I definitely enjoyed the stay -- quite literally I've "been there, done that, bought the T-shirt."

Not sure that Oneonta, NY is the appropriate place for the facility though. Maybe a larger urban area, St. Louis perhaps?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Great. More fuel for the "it's-not-Soehn's-fault" crowd.

Posted by: UVAtoRFK |

No. No more excuses. Three seasons of mediocrity is enough

Or, to be harsher and to quote almost precisely:

Three generations with that imbecile is enough!

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 4, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"My guess is EPO, DCU is doping their players to get through the season. I'll bet this German doctor (name or location never provided) will show up in some cycling scandal in the near future."
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This is the most over-the-top ridiculous thing I've heard on this site where I've seen a lot of over-the-top ridiculous things.

Dr. Muschaweck is a world-renowned surgeon for sports hernia operations. Pretty much every professional team in the world sends their athletes to her to get the procedure done. She does a phenomenal job - witness Clyde Simms' recovery this summer.

Ridiculous.

Posted by: spidergoose | September 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm a glutton for punishment I guess, but I like these odds more than any I've seen all year. ;-)

Was Gallardo's surgery bi-lateral or waaatever? Going by how quickly Simms came back this year I'm not too worried about Jakovic not making it back in time to play in some meaningful games. Some new bucks will have an opportunity to maybe eek out an existence in this last stretch. I think all of those things are inspirational challenges to lay at the feet of some "nobodies".
Look no further than the Sounders for a real showing of character from guys coming up from out of the depths to come up big. LeToux, Levesque, Alonso...

Who on DCU is ready to earn a place on the roster next season? Who wants to qualify for the next round of Champion's League?
Who's ready to put it all on the line any time they're called upon?
I wanna know.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 4, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Habarugira hasn't exactly inspired confidence in the CCL; even against Marathon, where he played alright, his decision making leaves him looking very raw. Marin toyed with him all game long for Toluca.

Chest_Rockwell

Perhaps ummmm.....because he is raw!!! Let's see 20 years old and just signed w/ the team=finished product? His first game for DC was an away game in a Central American county playing along side another new signing, that's how every new player should be introduced. He was thrown to the wolves and then gets blamed for getting bit.

Such stunning insight/player analysis is starting to make me think Chest_Rockwell=DC United Coaching staff member.

Posted by: SoehntheExit | September 4, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Is DC United doing something wrong? You don't read about most other teams having this many players getting sports hernias. Maybe someone should review their training regimens.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | September 4, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I think you can add Namoff to the list of "sports hernias repaired in Germany."
BTW, on the play when Le Toux muscled Jacovic off the ball I thought Devan looked a bit slow and wondered if he was injured. It happened directly in front of me.

Posted by: b18bolo | September 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I had never even heard of this injury before last year, and since then DC has had roughly 7000 players go down with it. I've been resisting the calls to fire the coach, the management, the trainers, and so on, but my will is finally broken. Fire everybody. Soehn, the front office, the doctors, anybody with a pulse. This team is frustrating enough when it's healthy. World-beaters one minute, the 3 Stooges a minute later. I have no hope left.

Thank goodness college football is starting and my school should have a good season. It'll be nice to actually _enjoy_ watching a team play for once.

Posted by: ashleybone | September 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

See everyone next March! Hope there's some very extensive and serious housecleaning done between now and then.

Posted by: jpeace121 | September 4, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

We've done that for two straight offseasons, and what have the results been? Why not let the current talent develop? Who exactly (besides the coaching staff) would you propose replacing? Janicki, certainly. John's too old to play the game anymore. Emilio and Fred will either re-negotiate for substantially less, or they'll be gone. Burch is always a liability, but good luck finding someone better; LBs seem to be a weakness for a lot of MLS teams.

We don't need a massive overhaul. We need a new coaching staff and a few additions that will make an impact (new DP, perhaps? And certainly a new No. 1 keeper after Wicks' recent disgraces).

Posted by: kdiff813 | September 4, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly my language isn't suitable for this blog so my feelings can't be seen here.

Posted by: sitruc | September 4, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

b18bolo, you're right. Jakovic was trying to pop out of his skin to stop Letoux getting by him and then ended up prone. Are people really questioning guys going straight to Germany for surgery? Who knows if Jako hadn't been carrying something for some time? Take the free pass with the game suspension, why not? Especially with so many other guys coming into the team, and all this poop hittin' the fan about formations...Champion's League is going to give some guys some opportunities. I hope McTavish can make some sort of positive impact. How bout' Billly Hamid? He's good to go in Champion's League. Couldn't be worse than Thorpe's outing last year could it?

Posted by: DadRyan | September 4, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I do not care what you say. This hernia thing is out of hand and unusual. I have never heard of anything like this rash of hernias that DCU is dealing with.

Posted by: fischy | September 4, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

. . . this rash of hernias . . .

Posted by: fischy | September 4, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

There's an image I didn't want to think about.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 4, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

There goes Canada's chances for World Cup Quali-- oh wait. Never mind.

Posted by: dsheon1 | September 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the most over-the-top ridiculous thing I've heard on this site where I've seen a lot of over-the-top ridiculous things.

Dr. Muschaweck is a world-renowned surgeon for sports hernia operations. Pretty much every professional team in the world sends their athletes to her to get the procedure done. She does a phenomenal job - witness Clyde Simms' recovery this summer.

Ridiculous.

Posted by: spidergoose | September 4, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

For the record if you read two posts below my original post I said never mind and provided a link to the article about Dr. Mustbeawreck.

Either way the article does point out how this "sports hernia" is a somewhat new thing. Somehow players managed to play since the game was created without sports hernia surgery, but now everyone needs them? Really? Even the NFL is doubting that this is really something that needs to (or can be) treated. The article even makes it clear that its not really a hernia at all.

How many NBA, NHL, NFL, Tennis, Rugby, soccer etc... players do you know who had to have sports hernia surgery when you were growing up? I can't think of one.

Posted by: Southeasterner | September 5, 2009 2:32 AM | Report abuse

@ Southeasterner

For the record, your article is actually highly flattering of Muschaweck. It also rebuts almost all of the points you tried to make from it. article in quotes:

"Somehow players managed to play since the game was created without sports hernia surgery, but now everyone needs them?"
Makes a pretty good case that they've been undiagnosed and causing problems for years (see discussions of Baldinger and Razov). We can only guess about non contemporary athletes, but I would guess that the average playing career is lengthening thanks to physical training and medical advances, of which this is one.

"Even the NFL is doubting that this is really something that needs to (or can be) treated."
Simply not in the article. Try again.

"The article even makes it clear that its not really a hernia at all."
Nope. Doesn't do that either. Definitely a hernia. A sports hernia, to be exact.

Southeasterner: "I can't think of one."
'Anecdote' is not synonymous with 'data'. Sorry.

Also, the antecedent of your "never mind" was unclear, and you see even to have rescinded it, given your latest post, unless you were just backing off your claims regarding EPO. Which would be good, cuz that's ridiculous.

Why are all the crazies out today?

Posted by: vivzig | September 5, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

vivzig,

So you can't name a single player from your youth who had a sports hernia operation?

Thank you thats all I needed to know.

Vivzig- Nope. Doesn't do that either. Definitely a hernia. A sports hernia, to be exact.

Quick check - "A true sports hernia is not a hernia at all. It is called athletic pubalgia and is torn muscle from the pubis."

I'm not doubting that Dr. Mustbeawreck isn't the greatest sports hernia surgeon ever to live but I am doubting the need to have the surgery done immediately. If people managed to play through it all of these years what's the rush now? There are plenty of examples of English and Spanish players pushing the surgery off until the off season.

Also thanks for the "crazies" remark, coming from you I'll consider it a complement.


Posted by: Southeasterner | September 5, 2009 6:13 AM | Report abuse

"So you can't name a single player from your youth who had a sports hernia operation?

Thank you thats all I needed to know. "
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...no, but then off the top of my head I can't recall any specific players who needed ACL surgery when I was a kid, either.

Posted by: spidergoose | September 5, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

This is awful news. Does United get some sort of frequent customer discount with the German surgeon?

I think our most likely lineup at this point will be Namoff-James-Burch-John. A lot of you have been clamoring for Wallace at LB but I'm not sure if I'd give him his first start there at a time when we don't have our leader in Jakovic on the field to help guide him.

Posted by: DCUMD | September 5, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Is G.R. Cannon still available?

Posted by: Senor_Funk | September 5, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

And yet I cannot say #$^* outloud on this blog.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 5, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of these damn hernias. With the way NYRB have fallen to a pitiful level of non-competitiveness, I think hernias are our new greatest rival

Posted by: carmines757 | September 5, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons for the rash of DCU hernia surgeries, in addition to the greater number of matches, is the coaches' training routine. Soehn, following the example started by his predecessor, the Little General, works the daylights out of these guys in training. The training field at the RFL auxiliary field is rock-hard, and the wear and tear is too much for a competetnt training staff, much less this one.

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

There's got to be some sort of common-link for all these injuries. I don't know if it's the field, the training, improper/excessive/inadequate stretching, or what. Either way, it needs to be solved asap.

Posted by: alecw81 | September 5, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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