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DCU Ownership, Olsen, USA Friendlies

*Will Chang now controls 100 percent of D.C. United after purchasing the very small remaining share held by a group led by Brian Davis and Christian Laettner , former Duke basketball players who are involved in real estate development these days. The company name (MacFarlane-Chang, LLC) still includes former partner Victor MacFarlane, but that will change at some point.

*"As of now, I'm committed to playing another year," Ben Olsen says during his online chat today.

*The U.S. Soccer Federation continues to pursue a second friendly in Europe next month, but there is a chance it won't happen. Don't expect any news this week. The Americans are scheduled to play at World Cup-bound Denmark on Nov. 18 in Aarhus and are seeking a match four days earlier. Both dates are set aside for international fixtures.

*While Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones's shin injury will prevent him from making his USA debut next month, don't be surprised if Mexican-based left back Edgar Castillo is included on the roster for the Denmark game. Castillo, 23, is from New Mexico with Mexican ancestry and has represented El Tri but switched affiliation last month.

By Steve Goff  |  October 21, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Goff,

do you see the ownership news as signs of relocation???

Posted by: homanwb | October 21, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Castillo in there, even though he has worn a tri jersey. Hopefully this guy is good and would give some hispanic (americans who think there mexican) fans someone to cheer for on our team. The more fans we can get the better, we know our team is pretty good considering our home field disadvantage. Would be nice for us to one day give our players the support they deserve. Then again could you imagine how players like harkes and jones felt when there was only a couple of hundred us fans? Us soccer, Us fans, Us players have come a long way.....

Posted by: Norteno4life | October 21, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the USMNT friendly update, or lack thereof. Too bad USSF can't schedule Croatia, Czech, Serbia, Slovakia or even Sweden - none of which have friendlies scheduled yet on Nov 14th, according to FIFA.

Posted by: chamberi | October 21, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

BaRRD, just to save you some time

Hello Ben
Whats your favorite European club and why? Also, who was your favorite player growing up?

Thanks

From Shane Otten - 7:14 pm


I grew up a Man U fan, so Ryan Giggs was my favorite.

From Ben Olsen - 1:22 pm

Posted by: OWNTF | October 21, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

chamberi:

Playing Sweden again is kind of pointless. The others you mentioned, however, would all be very good opponents for us to put ourselves to the test. Hopefully the USSF can put something together.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 21, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

do you see the ownership news as signs of relocation???

Posted by: homanwb | October 21, 2009 4:37 PM

Why would Chang buying out guys with like a 2% stake in the club matter when it comes to relocation? They were useless and surprised they were involved this long.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 21, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope Olsen retires. I have no doubt that he can still be a force on the field and instill a lot of desire and willpower into his teammates. Just not too many time over a 30 to 40 game schedule.

Was there a news item in recent days about Thierry Henry coming to play for the DeadBulls after next year's World Cup? It was mentioned a couple nights ago on Contacto Deportivo but I forgot to bring it up here. They said it was fairly certain to happen.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 21, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Olson should become a player/coach or just our head coach.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | October 21, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

How did Blue Devil Ventures possibly building a stadium for Crystal Palace in Baltimore not become a story here on the insider?

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | October 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Aarhus is a very, very, very fine house.

Posted by: delantero | October 21, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Aarhus...in the middle of Aar Street, Aarhus...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 21, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought MLS owned 51% of all the teams...so that Chang owns 49%... Or does MLS own 100% of the team and Chang owns 100% of the right to operate the team. I guess it's all semantics -- he seems like the kind of guy we'd want as an owner.

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 21, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Little factoid I learned about Ryan Giggs today: his father was half Sierra Leonian, so he could have chosen to represent in Africa instead of Wales!

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 21, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

From Chang's perspective, it's buy low sell high. Hopefully we won't get any worse as a team and we'll put more butts in seats, have a better TV deal, get more money for advertising sales because the brand is worth more....
....but one other point. Does this mean once and for all that we can end the reports that Kevin Payne has a small ownership stake in the team?

Posted by: dsheon1 | October 21, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

How did Blue Devil Ventures possibly building a stadium for Crystal Palace in Baltimore not become a story here on the insider?

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | October 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Considering Christian Laettner is one of the investors in it I find it very surprising. It looks like he dropped his DCU investment in favor of one that will actually lead to a new stadium development in his lifetime. At least he's faithful to soccer.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 21, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Ben = Son's of Ben material

Posted by: Hoost | October 21, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Aarhus is a very, very, very fine house.

Posted by: delantero | October 21, 2009 6:59 PM

With two Danes in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy 'cause of you... Barack.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 21, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@Joel -- It was just a recycled gossip item. The same speculation about Henry that's floated around the 'net for the last couple of years - either linked with Seattle or New York. Nobody knows anything about where Henry will be after this season (and World Cup, assuming France gets in) -- and that probably includes Henry.

Posted by: fischy | October 21, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Brace in 8 minutes tonight for W Connection's new Mexican-American...

Posted by: Reignking | October 21, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

@ Hoost: in your dreams!

Posted by: kris77 | October 21, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

San Juan Jabloteh FC had to play a rescheduled domestic league match against Joe Public yesterday (Tues.) and then turn around two days later to play Marathon in CONCACAF Champions League. Not good for DC United, since we need Jabloteh to at least draw with Marathon!

Posted by: billindmd | October 21, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Reignking,

Cap him now!

Posted by: B_A_ | October 22, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

100% ownership for Chang . . . get rid of Payne

Posted by: LCR-54 | October 22, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, OWNTF.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | October 22, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

finally the blue devil curse has been lifted!

Posted by: joshuaostevens | October 22, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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