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Friday Kickaround

*Go with Flo: D.C. United adds former Man U prospect.

*We're anticipating an official announcement soon concerning the story that the Insider broke on draft day: New England to send midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson to Colorado for goalkeeper Preston Burpo and defender Cory Gibbs. The Revs need Burpo to fill in for Matt Reis (shoulder surgery) and Gibbs to bolster a backline that lost Jay Heaps (retirement) and Chris Albright (trade). [UPDATE: The trade is now official. The Revs also received a third-round draft pick and allocation money.]

*The Red Bulls will make their Harrison debut against Santos of Brazil.

*The African Cup quarterfinals are set.

*Ghana (and Chelsea) will be without Michael Essien.

*The United States rolls at the CONCACAF women's U-20s.

*Americans Abroad:
D Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes at Saumur in French Cup
F Herculez Gomez and Puebla at Tecos
F Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt vs. Greuther Fuerth

By Steve Goff  |  January 22, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Africa , Americans Abroad , Brazil , D.C. United , MLS , Women  
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Hope to see C. Nairn in a Freedom jersey soon.

The Dunn kid who's starting for the U-20s is still in high school, on her way to UNC.

Paul Gardner hates everything DC United has done this off-season.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 22, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

That's a heck of picture you've got of Gomez with the N'Galula article.

Posted by: lowryts | January 22, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The photo caption identifies the player as Christian Gomez, does it not? If a recent photo of N'Galula were available, I'm sure the layout folks would've used it.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 22, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I think he's commenting more on Christian's odd expression of rage and passion than its lack of sync with the primary subject of the article (N'Galula).

On that note, I wonder if United is waiting to see what the final salary cap is once the CBA is finalized before committing a high salary to Gomez. If we get enough cap space or an expanded roster, we could probably keep him on even without a severe reduction in salary.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | January 22, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Saumur! I spent part of my honeymoon there in the small town on the Loire.

I love the French Cup for having these small teams. Last year, it was some small town in the south (Rodez) that upset PSG.

L'Olympique de Saumur Football Club is a French association football club founded in 2000. They are based in Saumur, Pays de la Loire and are currently playing in the Championnat de France Amateurs 2 Group G, the fifth tier of the French football league system.

Stadium capacity: 1100

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for red bull arena to be complete. It tops my list of US stadiums to visit.

Posted by: Swhowerton | January 22, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Vercengetorixll, according to THE PowerTroller no CBA will be finalized, the clubs are locking out the players, and the Chicago Fire are folding...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 22, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

from much earlier post:
that's a good line, pal. props to you.
Posted by: troy6 | January 21, 2010 4:58

It was another way to say chill out. Why so militant?
Posted by: TwinCity
I thought what you wrote was funny. It was a compliment. Sheesh.

Posted by: troy6 | January 22, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Iron Fist of troy6!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 22, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, that was fun. Reading about Saumur has forced me to virtually travel to there and Rennes. I love Google maps...

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Real Madrid buys Sergio Canales, but he will be loaned back to Racing. How nice of them...

Van Nistlerooy to Hamburg.

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

me too, RK, but I'd rather linger in Saumur than Rennes.

Posted by: troy6 | January 22, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Seems like United is tossing darts at a board blindfolded, in regard to their talent acquisition so far this off season. No salary info on these guys yet, but I wouldn't peg any of them as being sure things with large wage packages. I hope this doesn't mean we've decided NOT to spend any of that copious cap space that Goff was talking about a few days ago.

Still waiting for the big splash.

Posted by: Matte | January 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Matte: not excited about Castillo?

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I think we're just seeing where Goff's mind is right now... in Argentina, where the club is looking for a cheaper, younger version of Gomez.

Also... yay, Chelsea suffers!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

On what planet is it ok to grope someone's genitals for a television "prank"? I mean, if some male Italian "journalist" felt up Sonia Bompastor wouldn't there be criminal charges involved?

You can level criticism at Becks, but between getting in scuffles with fans in the US and this garbage in Italy you can't blame him for having bodyguards, etc.

I can't imagine how pissed off his wife must be at the loon who grabbed him.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

You know you're in England when this is deemed funny:

"Two Andy Gorams, there's only two Andy Gorams"

Celtic fans on Andy Goram after it was revealed the keeper was diagnosed with schizophrenia

For all the conservative/corporate oppression that rules our politics (witness yesterday's Sup.Ct. decision), I'd like to think we're a bit more respectful of mental illness than that -- but it makes The Independent's Funniest Football Chants

On the other hand, #9 is pretty witty. I assume sung to the tune of "That's Amore":

"When you're sat in row Z, and the ball hits your head, that's Zamora, that's Zamora"

Fulham fans on goal-shy Bobby Zamora

Posted by: fischy | January 22, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

More kickaround fodder:

Germany head coach Joachim Low has confirmed that veteran midfielder Torsten Frings will not be part of his squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

There's no stopping Team USA now....unless Thierry Henry takes a hands-on approach.

Posted by: fischy | January 22, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@troy6--my apologies. I thought you were being sarcastic. I am ready to move on from my (apparently) ill-conceived discussion starter from yesterday.

Posted by: TwinCity | January 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Dad Ryan: You can bank on it, the lockout is coming. Better be nice to me now if you still want the inside info while the lockout is in progress.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | January 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

A deal with the devil?

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, I see someones school must be closed today because of the ice...

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | January 22, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

c'mon fischy, isn't a decision upholding freedom of speech (for labor unions as wells as corporations) as "liberal" as it gets? or does the 1st Amendment only apply to pornography and Nazi marches?

Posted by: OWNTF | January 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Anyone remember when some guy with the username "AlarmClock" - or something like that - accurately predicted the demise of the Poplar Point development (to include United stadium) project...citing personal insider knowledge?

I'm not saying that the PowerBoater has such personal insider knowledge...but, I suppose it's not beyond the realm of the possible.

Posted by: combedge | January 22, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the end result, but I have to agree with the Supreme Court's decision.

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

The Amendments of the Constitution apply to people and people only unless clearly delineated (e.g. the press). Freedom of Speech is for people and the Constitution applies to people and government.

Posted by: bs2004 | January 22, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Corporations is.....people!!!!!

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

NIce to you PowerBoater!?!
You can go screw yourself dude. You've done nothing on this site except piss people off with your CONSTANT disrespect to DC United, and the club's supporters.

I have a hard time believing anyone claiming to have "inside sources" who doesn't even know THE name of THE club they are talking about.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 22, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Not to turn this into a political debate -- but corporations are not real legal persons. By a legal fiction, they are granted a form of personhood -- they can be sued in court -- to insulate their investors. It doesn't follow that they should have all the rights of real person. A corporation's existence is regulated by law. Same can be said for its management and its powers. It's illogical to claim they must have unfettered free speech rights. If Congress realizes that limits must be set on their political expenditures to protect political debate and the independence of legislators, the Congress should have that power.

Posted by: fischy | January 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

If PBoater is wrong about his lockout prediction, I'm going to post the prediction more than whoever-it-is recycles Fenty's stadium promise.

If PBoater is right -- he should start his own blog. Right to free speech and all.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | January 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Good post fischy. My concern is that this concentrates the enormous resources of the corporation into the political machinations of the very few who control those purse strings.

Posted by: JkR- | January 22, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

JkR: as if this isn't happening now ;) This is just another issue that clogs up our system.

I have a prediction. I have some inside sources that DCU won't be building a stadium.

Posted by: Reignking | January 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As others note today, tell managment we want them to go down to South America, find us a young Gomez and put up the bucks they have from the Real game and cap space. The DCU fans deserve that much.

Posted by: lemovs1 | January 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse


That is a lot harder than it sounds and one player is not going to make the team. It seems most people have not learned from 2008.

Posted by: Unitedfury | January 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You know you're in England when this is deemed funny:

"Two Andy Gorams, there's only two Andy Gorams"

Celtic fans on Andy Goram after it was revealed the keeper was diagnosed with schizophrenia

It also makes no sense, considering that schizophrenia does not entail multiple personality disorder.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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