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D.C. United, Holden, Cabanas, Blatter, Palace

Busy with college basketball but I can tell you that.....

*D.C. United Coach Curt Onalfo and Dave Kasper are scheduled to return to Washington tonight/tomorrow morning after attending several matches and seeing 10-12 teams in Argentina and Uruguay the past week. An Uruguayan report indicated that DCU was particularly interested in Wanderers midfielder Matias Corujo, 23, and although Onalfo told the Insider that "he was presented to us," the impression I'm getting is that the club is not pursuing him.

"This is a process and a long-term project," Onalfo said. "We have to continue to look. It's important to have options and to strengthen our contacts here. Whether we find someone from this specific trip remains to be seen. There could be someone we sign next month, six months from now or in 12 months. It was a productive trip."

Meantime, another club official was scouting in Costa Rica recently.

*Bolton has completed the signing of USA midfielder Stuart Holden, who is signed through the end of the English season. He is not in uniform today against Burnley. Americans in the Premier League now include Howard, Friedel, Guzan, Hahnemann, Donovan, Dempsey, Spector, Altidore and Holden.

*The latest news on the Salvador Cabanas shooting in Mexico.

*Sepp Blatter, foot in mouth? Again?

*With the London mothership in financial trouble, second-division Crystal Palace Baltimore has issued the following statement: "We want to assure our supporters that this situation does not affect Crystal Palace Baltimore's operation or finances. However, we are very close to the staff and ownership there, and we're pulling for them to get a favorable resolution. Times are tough and Crystal Palace has been a great partner over the years. We really hope for a positive outcome."

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , FIFA , Mexico , USA World Cup bid , USL  
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For a moment, I thought the headline read "Cabanas Better Place"

Glad I read that incorrectly.

Nine Americans in EPL, about half of them goalkeepers. That's about right.

Posted by: joedoc1 | January 26, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg says on his website that he will be returning to the States to start training with Seattle because "based on the latest news I've heard from both sides, there won't be a lockout or strike on Feb 1."

Posted by: VercengetorixII | January 26, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

It's safe to assume that literally everything Sepp Blatter says falls into the "foot in mouth" category. It would be fair to call him a scourge on the game.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say, why even use question marks. Blatter is embarrassingly unethical.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 26, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

@joedoc1, I read it that way too.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 26, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I figured "better place" was a definitive development on a new stadium in the District.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg obviously hasn't been talking to our trolls.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | January 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

am i wrong to think that the exodus of USMNT players to Europe and Donovan's comments about extending his stay @Everton don't bode well for the negotiations between MLS and the player's union?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It's official, to score a goal in England today, you have to have an interesting name...

Barnsley 1 - 0 Leicester City (Hugo Colace 77')
Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Fulham (David Bentley 60')
Doncaster Rovers 0 - 3 Middlesbrough (Leroy Lita 66')
Walsall 1 - 2 Norwich City (Cody McDonald 85')
Macclesfield Town 2 - 2 Morecambe (Reneil Sappleton 83')
Dagenham & Redbridge 0 - 3 Notts County (Abu Ogogo 85')
Brentford 1 - 1 Southampton (Leon Legge 83')
Doncaster Rovers 1 - 3 Middlesbrough (Jordon Mutch 83')
Exeter City 2 - 2 Carlisle United (Ryan Harley 90')
Hayes & Yeading 2 - 3 Forest Green Rovers (Reece Styche 87')
Exeter City 2 - 3 Carlisle United (Richard Offiong 90')

Posted by: Kev29 | January 26, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"The remark has caused uproar, especially in Australia and to an extent in the USA, "......

I love this line. I guess Aussies have caught the football bug -- more so than the USA. Blatter's remarks were probably back page tabloid news there, while here they evinced a few negative comments on the couple of internet blogsites that actually even noticed...

Still, I gotta hope that the big dollar signs in the USA will sway FIFA. Anyone who ever thought that FIFA would skip over Europe for 3 straight Cups has a screw loose, even if some in FIFA want to pretend this is an open process. THe real contest, as far as the USSF is concerned, is for 2022.

I've come to think that the reason they're being announced at the same time is actually a cute dodge to keep other regions happy when the 2018 is awarded to Europe. Maybe, FIFA hopes no one will notice that this will make it 3 out of the last 6 Cup finals with European hosts. Also, it sets the table to award the 2026 or 2030 Cup to another European host.

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Sepp Blatter should change his first name to "Fool." I suggest that FIFA replace him with Joe Biden. That would put an end to these slips of the tongue.

Posted by: Section304 | January 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Nine Americans in EPL, about half of them goalkeepers. That's about right.

Posted by: joedoc1

I was driving around at lunchtime, and listening to the Wolves-Liverpool replay on XM. Someone emailed the broadcast asking why American goalies are so good. I didn't get to hear their answer - they said they'd talk about it at halftime -- but the answer is obvious to me.

It's not a relative thing in that our goalies are better than our field players, because we're not good at using our feet. It's that the other sports we grow up with here that produces top-flight soccer goalies. Practice makes perfect. If all you do is play soccer goalie, you'll never be all you can be, because there aren't enough chances in a game. Our ball sports give so many more chances to become adept at defending against passed balls or trying to catch flighted balls. Even playing volleyball may be one of the best things a goalie can do to develop his soccer skills.

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Fischy is correct, 2018 was always going to Europe. I am confidant USA will get 2022. We have the biggest stadiums, and will get FIFA the most money. And FIFA loves money. Ill be 34, probably in my 12th yr of Ph.D study, and will take out massive student loans to fund my trip across American to watch soccer games.

Finally glad Bolton signed Holden. I predict he does well, and his improvement will keep Altidore out of the starting lineup come the World Cup. Dempsey will move up top with Davies. Our, Holden could play centrally, just slightly behind Davies.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW -- "10-12 teams"? Did Onalfo lose track of how many teams they saw, or was he being strangely coy?

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

overactive blatter syndrome, verbal incontinence

Posted by: OWNTF | January 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

:Busy with college basketball but I can tell you that....:

Posted by: redskinsux | January 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse


I would say only in that the players are going to have to be willing to accept the League's olive branch rather than flexing their muscle.

I would say that the comments coming from Freddie Ljunberg indicate that things are progressing behind closed doors.

The European exodus of players really has no bearing on the Players Union's strength other than to highlight that if one is not satisfied with MLS, there are other leagues out there. To me, this whole CBA has been more of an issue of MLS and its players trying to decide how to grow past its modest beginnings. Create an environment that looks at a 16 and soon to be 18/19 team league with a good base of advertisers, television partners, fan base, capital assets and revenue generation instead of a 10 team fledgling that bought TV time for its matches (infomercials), had only 3 committed owners, and rented every field. It's not the BPL/La Liga/Mexican Primera/Serie A/Bundesliga/Ligue 1 - but it's surely not Single A baseball anymore.

Really I get the feeling is that the league is dealing with scenarios that reward players and invest in the product on the field but try to hold off the idea of transfer fees intraleague and balance the wishes of big market teams/owners and small market/hands off owners.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 26, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Sepp Blatter should change his first name to "Fool."
Posted by: Section304

Hey, I'm offended.

TMF Muse |
Registered Fool since 1999

Posted by: -rke- | January 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Does Holden need a work permit? Or since he was born in Scotland does he need one?

Posted by: SexyOffender | January 26, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

So it sounds like they're not picking up anyone any time soon. Which, in turn, means that DCU is going to go into the season with that huge, enormous, gaping honking Grand Canyon-sized hole in the middle of the midfield.


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 26, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Holden does not need a work permit, because he has a Scottish passport.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 26, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

@Sexy -- Holden's got a UK passport, I believe. In any case, he doesn't need a work permit. However, there is a process for international transfers -- papers need to be approved by FIFA. You may recall that this delayed Szetela's return to the USA last season.

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

RE: Crystal Palace Baltimore - I guess this is my punishment for relocating from Chicago. I never liked CP's approach to branding their Baltimore team anyways, which seems essentially to consist of sending them whatever extras the UK side wasn't using and allowing no independent identity.

Maybe this means John Waters will finally be allowed to shoot a promo for the team. Or design the uniforms!

Posted by: Modibo | January 26, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Onalfo's comments are pretty pathetic. They went to S. America with basically no plan. One player was presented to them? DCU needed at least one MF from this trip and not to mention a defender. Hopefully they won't be stupid enough to waste money on re-signing Gomez, but hey this is the team that gave up a middle round draft pick, a MF, and an allocation spot for an slightly above average keeper.

Posted by: no_recess | January 26, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Does John Waters want to shoot a promo for the club? I started having some crazy Desperate Living flashback dude...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@no_recess Don't read too much into those comments. I wouldn't expect DC to tip its hand yet. Its never been United's policy to talk about potential signings before they happen. I'm sure there's plenty of players they are looking at.

Posted by: DCUMD | January 26, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to see former DCU GK Louis Crayton on trial with the Wizards...

Posted by: BurchFan4 | January 26, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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