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Adu-Johnson, Perkins, Draft, Hall, Rapids

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*USA forwards Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu are preparing to make their debuts this week for Greek club Aris, which plays Asteris Tripolis in a cup match Wednesday and Ioannina in a league game Sunday. Both have apparently been cleared to play after awaiting loan issues to be resolved.

*Following up on our exclusive report last night, goalkeeper Troy Perkins and his wife have been discussing a move back to the United States after two years in Norway, the Insider has learned. D.C. United, which is in the market for an experienced keeper, is aware of Perkins's desire to return to MLS but declined to comment on speculation that he could end up back in Washington.

*The MLS scouting combine wrapped up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning. Coaches and general managers will now begin the exodus to Philadelphia for the draft Thursday. The top four picks are likely to be forward Tony Mwanga (Oregon State), defender Ike Opara (Wake Forest), midfielder Tony Tchani (Virginia) and forward Teal Bunbury (Akron).

*The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame inductees will be announced Thursday. The buzz is that only two players received enough votes to gain entry this year. If that is the case, I am guessing it will be Preki and Earnie Stewart. That would leave out, among others, Joe-Max Moore, Robin Fraser, Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Valderrama and Shannon MacMillan.

*Representatives for the Colorado Rapids Supporters Association say that bleachers will be removed from the north end of Dick's Sporting Goods Park and replaced with tiered terraces for the three fan groups.

By Steve Goff  |  January 12, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , Greece , History , MLS  
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Comments

I also decline to comment...

Posted by: JkR- | January 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

D.C. United, which is in the market for an experienced keeper, is aware of Perkins's desire to return to MLS but declined to comment on speculation that he could end up back in Washington.
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The old Trojan Horse decoy . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | January 12, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that the Rapids FO is only removing the bleachers to make it easier for security to apprehend and toss fans for chanting offensive words like the name of the stadium.

Posted by: EdTheRed | January 12, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow three terraces. That's one terrace per Rapids fan.

Posted by: Ron16 | January 12, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

there are fan groups in Colorado? who knew.

Posted by: nairbsod | January 12, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

there are fans in Colorado? who knew.

Posted by: sec133row5 | January 12, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Uhm, here's to hoping for the best for Freddy and Eddie. Last stop before you get shipped back home boys... Make it count!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 12, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

re: Rapids fan decks--I'm unclear on this--will the tiered decks be sloped to allow for greater viewing, or will they be flat, step-style? If the latter, I can't imagine your most rabid fans would love having to cram in and crane their necks to see a bit of the action from the endline.

Posted by: Logan_Circle | January 12, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Troy is definitely worth looking into, and maybe maybe maybe we can get Opara to fall to number 7 a la Patrick Nyarko since he is planning to finish school and join his team in May upon graduation... one can dream..

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 12, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse


Waiting for Payne to rip on the Rapids' seating plan. After all, a real club with class would install a car dealership there..

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 12, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we could get those bleachers and install them opposite the car dealership?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

The fans of Colorado Rapids declined to comment...

Posted by: JkR- | January 12, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"and replaced with tiered terraces for the three fan groups"

Eurosnobs

Posted by: Kev29 | January 12, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I say Shannon MacMillan belongs in the Hall of Fame. She used to rip the stitching off the ball with her shots.

Posted by: GeneWells | January 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Colorado is mountainous. In the off-season they'll use the terraces to grow vegetables.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 12, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, welcome back I-270! Beyond that, I decline to comment...

Posted by: JkR- | January 12, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Ditto! Welcome back I-270.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | January 12, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The info about Adu and EJ got me to wondering whether Lucio Filomeno still played at Asteras Tripoli. Filomeno's wikipedia page says he's still in the Greek league but has moved on to PAOK - the other team in Thesalonika.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucio_Filomeno

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Poor Freddy. Hope he can find some playing time in Greece.

Anybody buying what this guy is selling re: Freddy's age?

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/06/1s6socpage/

Posted by: FrancoNiell | January 12, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Colorado is mountainous. In the off-season they'll use the terraces to grow vegetables.

Posted by: I-270Exit1
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The off-season is winter. Sounds to me like they are putting a bunch of vegetables there during the season, since no one with brain activity could be a Rapids fan.

Posted by: troy6 | January 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The birthers are diversifying into other areas, eh? For one thing, Adu left Ghana long before he would have been a candidate for international youth competition in that country, unless there is a U9 World Cup that I've never heard of.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 12, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Poor old Pompey. Twenty minutes in and they are already losing to Coventry. Again.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | January 12, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Egypt over Nigeria, 3-1.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 12, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I almost forgot my travel report.

Man United v. Wigan was a blast. 5-0, with goals from 5 different players. If only they had saved some of it for the FA Cup defeat to Leeds. Other than the fun of being at a 5 goal thriller, not much to report.

Portsmouth v. Coventry was a dire and dull match. From our seats we could not see the clock, which was probably a good thing since I swear it stopped for entire periods during the second half.

The excitement came after the match. A group of about 75 fans staged a protest outside the executive offices. Mostly singing, chanting, and that damn cow bell ringing for about half an hour. We were across the entrance in the Players' Lounge and had a great vantage point. The directors were led through the changing room and hurried out through the catering exit. As more and more players came in the catering staff had to keep making runs for more beer, escorted by security guards. Imagine risking life and limb for Corona Lights. Okay, it wasn't a seige, and it wasn't all that dramatic, but it was on TV and we will be able to tell our grandchildren (well, if we had children we'd be able to) that we were part of the assault on Fortress Fratton.

And England was very, very cold.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | January 12, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

There have been internet rumors about Adu's "real" age, for years. The evidence is always that he hasn't grown since he signed his first professional contract. Sometimes, the blog posts refer to teammates who saw him in locker rooms, and did not believe his body was a young as his announced age. It figures that the internet whispers would eventually be given some credence by a paid sportswriter.

Is there any way to know, for sure? Nope. There are all kinds of reasons why his mother might have represented his age when he first came here -- few of which would have anything to do with soccer. On the other hand, maybe he did each his physical maturity at a young age. So, he hasn't added any weight since he was 14? I wonder if DaMarcus Beasley has, either. As for questions about his growth as a player, unless he's a lot older (5 or 6 years older) than his birth certificate claims, he should still be very much in the early years of his career, with years before he should hit his peak.

I doubt we'll ever be able to say decisively, unless he's still playing when his supposedly bogus birth certificate ("football") age is 36, or even 40.

Posted by: fischy | January 12, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Oops -- Corrections:

Sometimes, the blog posts refer to teammates who saw him in locker rooms, and did not believe his body was AS young as his announced age. It figures that the internet whispers would eventually be given some credence by a paid sportswriter.

Is there any way to know, for sure? Nope. There are all kinds of reasons why his mother might have MISrepresented his age when he first came here -- few of which would have anything to do with soccer.

Posted by: fischy | January 12, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Anybody buying what this guy is selling re: Freddy's age?

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jan/06/1s6socpage/

Posted by: FrancoNiell
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Without having read the link, I don't buy any slander about Adu being older than he claims. He immigrated at age 7. At that point there was no benefit whatsoever to lying. Indeed, lying would have jeopardized his family's immigration status.

Posted by: troy6 | January 12, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

If anything, Adu's public behavior with DC United would confirm his claimed age, as it was what one might have expected of a 15-year old, not an older more mature person.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 12, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

There used to be pretty active fan groups in Colo; but for some reason the owners banished them to the far corner of the stadium, which was really stupid. So, any effort by the ownership to actually recognize the fan base is a great step. We can't all be DC and Seattle, although, on the fan group front it's something to strive for....

Now if we could just get Zidane to move to Vail...

Posted by: hacksaw | January 12, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Staggering that the Adu story was green-lighted by an actual, paid editor. In 2010, any sportswriter who brings that story idea in should be fired. There's plenty of out of work journalists with a better idea of relevance who would be glad to take that beat.

Stay classy, San Diego....

Posted by: JkR- | January 12, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

DC United is "aware of Perkins's desire to return to MLS". But were they aware of it prior to Goff's report this morning? Or were they aware of it because Troy's agent contacted them weeks (or months) ago?

Posted by: DCUMD | January 12, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Rapids have enough supporters to have more than one group? That in itself is news ;)

Posted by: nico78 | January 12, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

One time after dinner with the inlaws up in g-burg, we were driving past the Dicks Sporting Goods there, when mom-in-law, utters "That's a big Dicks," unaware of how her statement could be taken the rest of us.

The car remained silent for quite a few moments as I giggled like a school-girl on the inside.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 12, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL Poopy! I wouldn't have been able to contain such laughter especially if my mother in law said that!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 12, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

To be fair to the people still coming out to see the Rapids, that organization has seemingly set out to make sure their crowds stay small and disinterested. Security there is supposed to have an awful relationship with the fans, the team has been notoriously mediocre, and they've made massive changes to their team colors several times.

Other than getting a stadium built, the Rapids have basically shown how not to run your MLS team both on and off the field.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 12, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

74 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 12, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Update on Troy Perkins from Norway report (via @dcuasn on Twitter): http://ow.ly/VXOL

The article has quotes from Perkins saying that he intends to leave Valerenga for personal reasons. It might be a bit premature to say that he will wind up at DC United, but it definitely looks like he is returning to MLS.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 13, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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