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Friday Kickaround

Greetings from San Pedro Sula, where the USA team hotel is not surrounded by hostile Honduran supporters, fire alarms are not going off every hour, helicopters are not hovering, tanks do not block the alleys. Actually, it's rather quiet here. Yes, security is tight and vendors were hawking flags to motorists stuck in traffic, but the biggest commotion was probably the drive-thru lane at Pollo Campero a few blocks down Avenida Circunvalacion. No doubt, the mood will heat up later Friday as we move within 24 hours of kickoff.

The USA delegation arrived mid-afternoon Thursday and settled into the hotel. Coach Bob Bradley and some players will be available for interviews Friday afternoon. The squad will practice at Estadio Metropolitano Olimpico late in the day.

For the latest list of "English" locations that will show the USA-Honduras match Saturday, click here.

I met up Thursday night with Yankel Rosenthal, president of Marathon, the big club known in the country's second-biggest city. I'll share some of his thoughts about the intersection of sport and politics in a story that will appear in Saturday's print edition (available late Friday). How does a guy named Yankel Rosenthal end up running a Honduran team? Believe it or not, he was born and raised in San Pedro Sula. His grandfather immigrated here from Romania some 80 years ago when Jews were escaping Europe, found work skinning crocodiles, married a Salvadoran woman, took over an exporting business, and through the years, the family became involved in agriculture, sugar, media and soccer.

In other news.....

The USA under-17 squad will make final preparations for the World Cup in Nigeria by playing USL-2's Crystal Palace Baltimore next Saturday (Oct. 17) at 10:30 a.m. at Loyola University in Charm City. Admission is free. ... David Beckham back to Milan during MLS's offseason? ... Toronto midfielder Carl Robinson will miss the rest of the season with a facial injury. ... D.C. United is apparently finalizing a loan deal for goalkeeper Steve Cronin from the Portland Timbers, who were eliminated from the USL-1 playoffs last week. If the agreement is finalized, he would be available for the final two regular season matches and the Champions League finale.

By Steve Goff  |  October 9, 2009; 1:40 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , History , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Youth soccer  
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Comments

first... only in Hawaii.
Has anyone opened up a self serve frozen yogurt joint in DC yet?
Yogurt Mama is da bomb!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 9, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

What is it about those Timber goalkeepers?

Posted by: sitruc | October 9, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

How much is Perkins making in Europe?

I think it would have been cheaper to have paid to keep him then what it has cost us in finding his replacement.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 9, 2009 2:44 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Perkins is making DP+ money in Scandinavia.

Posted by: alecw81 | October 9, 2009 2:48 AM | Report abuse

What does DCU have to lose at this point in trying out new talent? Portland finished first in USL-1 this season and had a 24 game unbeaten streak - one of the longest of any team in U.S. history. Wouldn't it be nice to say the same thing about United one day! I can dream can't I?

Posted by: mchristinaw | October 9, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Steve Cronin is a decent keeper. Portland had a great run this year. He only LOOKED terrible because he played for Ruud Gullit and was getting shelled worse than London during the air raids.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | October 9, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Random question...

Anyone here heading to SA2010? Booked all your stuff yet?

Posted by: strago | October 9, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Our Fearless Leader gets the Nobel because "he gives us hope for a better future."

If that is the criteria, then why is Smilin Bob not in the running?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7vOPPXkqm4

Posted by: OWNTF | October 9, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

In this instance, it should be the "Avoidance of Conflict" prize. Ugh. Well, he's right up there with that champion of peace, Yasser Arafat.

Great job on that Marathon story, Steve. Looking forward to reading it. And it's why you are -- to steal a phrase from The Dad -- "da bomb!"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 9, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I like this decision by United. Cronin is a quality keeper with a good background, including some looks on the Nats. He, Wicks and Bill Hamid will push each other in training, as he will most likely not be content to simply ride the pine.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | October 9, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Portland finished first in USL-1 this season and had a 24 game unbeaten streak - one of the longest of any team in U.S. history. Wouldn't it be nice to say the same thing about United one day!"

United with a 24 game unbeaten streak in USL-1? It may happen sooner than you think.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | October 9, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Yankel Rosenthal is a fascinating story, irregardless.

Posted by: Section117 | October 9, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Schmuckatelli,

You forgot Milos. One of the 4 won't be around next year. Since Bill is GA (I think), I would think he would be in for next year. But Cronin, Wicks and Kocic, I'd think one would be gone.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | October 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Does Cronin jump ahead of Kocic to be the starter for these last two games? Or are they bringing him in to be the backup? He's got a lot more pro experience than Milos.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 9, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes: escape the nazis, skin alligators, become a sugar tycoon. Reminds me of my family. The Honduran dream is alive and well!

Posted by: jsm91 | October 9, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Cronin did look great for the Timbers this season. We could do worse for two regular season matches and our final CCL match.

After the way dude looked this season think Cronin will make it back to an MLS Roster permantly next year. Maybe even as a number 1.

Posted by: yankiboy | October 9, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see Crystal Palace Baltimore's Pete Medd & Jim Cherneski continuing to build professional relationships.

I am looking forard to trying to catch the scrimmage with the US Baby Nats (or is it no longer socially acceptable to call them that anymore)???

I would only guess that they must be thrilled that Mayor Dixon has already jilted them with her hopes of Baltimore United...

Posted by: yankiboy | October 9, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

How much is Perkins making in Europe?

I think it would have been cheaper to have paid to keep him then what it has cost us in finding his replacement.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 9, 2009 2:44 AM |

This blog used to be searchable. I can't get it to go past June -- I guess because of all the pieces relating to Troy. I seem to remember that he signed a deal for $800k -- which would be larger than any deal out current players have, including our current DP.

Posted by: fischy | October 9, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"Portland finished first in USL-1 this season and had a 24 game unbeaten streak - one of the longest of any team in U.S. history. Wouldn't it be nice to say the same thing about United one day!"

United with a 24 game unbeaten streak in USL-1? It may happen sooner than you think.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | October 9, 2009 9:11 AM
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Pay the man, Shirley.

I'm wondering how United can get a loan deal for Cronin. I thought the deadline passed for roster moves. Are we getting the Galaxy treatment -- some special exemption/exception that no one knew about for a team in DC that loses its starting goalie and only has one eligible goalie who isn't even any good?

I only saw highlights of Cronin this year -- so, of course he looked good. That said, he's got a good pedigree. It's kinda surprising that the former U17 #1 wound up in the USL. Of course, this would be just a loan deal. Those who are putting Cronin in DC's training camp are jumping the gun. I hope he gets a chance to play. so we can get a look at him...but I wouldn't read too much into it. He might even prefer to remain with Portland, where he would be magically transformed into being an MLS goalie in another year.

Posted by: fischy | October 9, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

What is the purpose of the reserve keeper pool if a team can pick up keepers on loan after the roster freeze?

Posted by: hoyanick1 | October 9, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

10/21/07: "From what I have been able to piece together ... The transfer fee paid by Valerenga to D.C. United/MLS for goalkeeper Troy Perkins was, indeed, close to $750,000 and that Perkins will more than double his salary (which should put him in the range of $200,000"

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2007/12/perkins_details_and_freddy_ale.html

Posted by: emanon13 | October 9, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Since Hamid can't play MLS games, how is Cronin eligible? I thought the MLS transfer window closed?

Posted by: Charisma_Man | October 9, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

eamaon13 -- Thanks for finding that. It should be noted that players sometimes do also receive a percentage of the transfer. No idea if Troy did get some of that. More importantly, he wanted to be inside the European system. A deal that was $200k to him annually was almost a million dollars to the team in just that first year. Once he's on the inside, he can get a higher percentage in the next deal. So, DCU would probably have had to beat the Norwegian offer by a comfortable margin to get Troy to stay.

Posted by: fischy | October 9, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"First you get the sugar, then you get the power... then... you get the women..."

H. Simpson

Posted by: IamAM | October 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

Tony Montana

Posted by: Charisma_Man | October 9, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Surprsed Goff has not mentioned this upcoming mini festival of football film:

http://www.kickingandscreening.com/index.html

Posted by: sofiaboy | October 9, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Random question...

Anyone here heading to SA2010? Booked all your stuff yet?

Posted by: strago | October 9, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Got tickets and flights, but still working on hotels. Booked a safari too! Have you done anything?

Posted by: jermWV | October 9, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

how many more galaxy reject keepers do we need?

Posted by: tpm26 | October 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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