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Friday Kickaround

*D.C. United's first four trialists for the start of training camp are:

-- Lyle Adams, a former Wake Forest defender drafted by DCU in the second round of the 2009 draft. He opted to pursue European opportunities and ended up playing for second-division Austin.

-- Daniel Wasson, a midfielder who played 22 games for Colorado in 2006-07 before playing in Germany's lower divisions, most recently with Osnabruck.

-- Two-Boys Gumede, a South African-born midfielder-forward from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, who was not drafted. Imagine a roster with Two-Boys and Boyzzz!

-- Otto Loewy, a midfielder-defender from Winthrop University who was sidelined with a broken leg last year.

Other trialists are expected to join workouts in future weeks, possibly including Kentucky defender Barry Rice.

*DCU's preseason schedule is almost set. Starting yesterday, the club will spend two weeks in Washington for indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) workouts before shifting camp to Bradenton, Fla., for 16 days. It will return to D.C. for a week before heading to a warm destination (to be announced) for a week and then arriving in Charleston, S.C., for three matches March 13-20 at the Carolina Challenge Cup, which also features Real Salt Lake, Toronto and the host Battery.

*WPS spin in the aftermath of the year-old Los Angeles Sol ceasing operations: "While it's regrettable to lose the Los Angeles market as part of our WPS footprint, we are pleased to have two new teams coming into the league in 2010," Commissioner Tonya Antonucci said, referring to Atlanta and Philadelphia. The NFL survives without a team in Los Angeles; why not WPS? Still, the loss of the flagship franchise is a tremendous setback to the ambitious league.

The dispersal draft for the 19 Sol players under contract will be held next Thursday with the first-round order being Atlanta, Philadelphia, Gold Pride, Chicago, Boston, Sky Blue, Washington and St. Louis. The order is reversed in the second round, beginning with St. Louis and Washington. Top players available include superstar Marta (and her huge contract), U.S. national team midfielder Shannon Boxx, USA defender Stephanie Cox and Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc.

*England and Chelsea left back Ashley Cole is really fast.

By Steve Goff  |  January 29, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , England , Women  
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From http://fourfourtwo.com/news/england/47253/default.aspx - Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole was banned from driving for four months on Friday after being clocked at more than 100 miles an hour in a 50 mph zone in what he said was an attempt to escape pursuing photographers.
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Man, somebody must have been having a really bad hair day.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | January 29, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Will be interesting to see who's left by the time the Freedom get their 7th and 10th picks. In addition to the players mentioned, Miyama is a 25-year old WPS All-Star MF. Can't see her lasting til 7th though. Sol had a very strong 2010 draft, especially Nikki Washington.

Won't be surprised if Marta goes back to Sweden.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 29, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, if Boyzzz and Two-Boys start up top together at some point this season, we've GOT to have something ready. There's always "One Two-Boys Gumede, there's only one Two-Boys Gumede..."

Posted by: VercengetorixII | January 29, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I obviously don't know the details of the WPS economics, but assuming that attendance is a bigger means of income than TV for the young league, I don't think losing the Los Angeles team is going to kill the league. In many ways, Los Angeles is overextended in sports already, and the Sol was not a priority among fans. A smaller city that could regularly draw more fans and more city-wide attention might be better for the league, at this point. It will be interesting to see how Atlanta does with the first WPS-specific stadium (and most likely Marta).

Posted by: kingchros | January 29, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

it would seem to me that (the?) Gold Pride FC may have some difficulty now that they are isolated as the only team west of St Louis. not sure if it was smart for a young league to start with teams from coast to coast. maybe would have been better to start with clusters of teams in specific regions. hopefully they will be able to work through this.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 29, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Help me with the calendar math here... will DCU be in Bradenton on Feb 24? Will they head across Tampa Bay to see the USA v El Salvador match?

For that matter, could we see Castillo, Perkins, or Pontius playing in that game?

Posted by: bergamot | January 29, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

From http://fourfourtwo.com/news/england/47253/default.aspx - Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole was banned from driving for four months on Friday after being clocked at more than 100 miles an hour in a 50 mph zone in what he said was an attempt to escape pursuing photographers.
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Man, somebody must have been having a really bad hair day.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | January 29, 2010 10:15 AM |
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Or, maybe not. Somewhere in the EPL there is a player who has gone to unprecedented lengths to bury any reports of his infidelity -- apparently, a married player has been having an affair with the girlfriend of a teammate. And, maybe, someone in the press caught wind of it. A court there issued a suppression order so secret even the order wasn't supposed to be made public. Identity of the player is unknown. Meanwhile, some politicians are troubled by the press restriction protecting stars from embarrassment, which is based on European law, not English law.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1246931/Premier-League-star-wins-gagging-order-secret-affair-team-mates-girlfriend.html

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking of re-naming my sons "Boy One" and "Boy Two." That way they're sure to play for DC United when they grow up.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that all of the trialists are mids and defenders? Are we looking at a season with Jaime, Pontius, Tino and Boyzzz up top as our options, or are there other deals in the works? Have I forgotten a forward who hasn't been released?

Posted by: joemybro | January 29, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I did a little reading on our trialists -- Loewy was pretty good prospect. Adams, of course, was highly regarded at Wake and was at the Combine. Loewy went to a small school, but was also invited to the Combine. A really ill-timed leg fracture derailed that. With Adams, Loewy, Graye, Arzu, maybe Rice, and even N'Galula (DCU is listing him as a midfielder), ya gotta think the team will find at least one or two players that could really help the defense this year.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@joe -- 4 forwards, yes -- but not Tino. You're forgetting Danny Allsopp. My guess is they're still looking for another (upgrade over Boyzzz), but maybe they think they can get by with the quartet they have (and Tino as an emergency 5th striker).

I still have a suspicion they might be saving some real cap room for the transfer period after the World Cup, in case the current group of strikers doesn't cut it.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the jokes that will follow.

I think WPS should be a little more considerate of Marta, because she's clearly the best on the planet. I don't see her being happy with hopping cities. She should receive the same special attention as Donovan, at least.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 29, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Bolton have added Wilshire on loan from Arsenal -- a very crowded midfield for Holden to crack.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

And going the other way:

"Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has told L'Equipe that he might consider a move to the MLS in the future but at the moment 'there is nothing concrete with New York'".

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Can United get Marta? Really, can we?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 29, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

how do you evaluate a trialist when there's only 4 of them in camp? don't you at least need enough guys for a 6-a-side scrimmage or something?

Posted by: joe_hill | January 29, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The LA Sol DEAD?!?! That team got the WPS equiovalent of the LA Galaxy prima donna treatment. You gotta be freakin' kidding me.

Marta is a beast but who is going to find the ca$h to pay her. Boxxy could be in my midfield any day of the week and the Canuck Leblanc plays as well as anyone who the Freedom have signed (but hopefully Scurry can stay healthy and show that she has a couple good seasons left in her before she retires.

LA Sol folding is a complete show! The value of the league just dropped a bit. I can't remember the WUSA losing a franchise after only the first season. What an absolute debacle...

Posted by: yankiboy | January 29, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Um, the trialists are in camp with the rest of the team.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 29, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

nevermind - it sounded at first to me that they were the only 4 in camp, but rereading it sounds like it's just that the other trialist hasn't joined yet.

Posted by: joe_hill | January 29, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Can the Freedom make a trade to move up in this draft? If they can, doing so to get Boxx is a great idea.

Forget about Marta, as amazing as she is, she doesn't fulfill the Freedom's greatest need and her pricetag is too high.

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | January 29, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Can Marta play for DC UNITED?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 29, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I heard she's like Fred with longer hair.

Posted by: PEddy | January 29, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Cole was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo. An over-priced vehicle, but does it have repair issues?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Two-Boys" sounds like a name you would give a child based on a misread ultrasound.

Posted by: tailwagger | January 29, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Can Marta play for DC UNITED? "

"I heard she's like Fred with longer hair."

"Cole was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo. An over-priced vehicle, but does it have repair issues?"

""Two-Boys" sounds like a name you would give a child based on a misread ultrasound."


This is a great thread....

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking of re-naming my sons "Boy One" and "Boy Two." That way they're sure to play for DC United when they grow up.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Will they play their college soccer at Boyzzzzz State?

Posted by: SportzNut21 | January 29, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Cole was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo. An over-priced vehicle, but does it have repair issues?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 12:40 PM
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Man, does it ever. Plus, you can't have an English-speaking local mechanic working on it. The Gallardo must be serviced in its original factory home. It's a real pain to own abroad.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Will they play their college soccer at Boyzzzzz State?"


And the birdie putt goes skittering off the green into the sand trap. Yellow card to you, sir.

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Cole was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo. An over-priced vehicle, but does it have repair issues?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 12:40 PM
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Man, does it ever. Plus, you can't have an English-speaking local mechanic working on it. The Gallardo must be serviced in its original factory home. It's a real pain to own abroad.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 12:58 PM

kinda like having to go to argentina for rehab...

Posted by: VTUnited | January 29, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Apropos of telly, does anybody know (or at least have a good rumor) when and if DirecTV and/or Comcast will pick up Fox Soccer Plus. I signed up for DirecTv partly to get Setanta and know look what happened!

Posted by: sofiaboy | January 29, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Ooops.. So who was the skipper in the brothel?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I love it when folks explain my punchlines...

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Cole was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo. An over-priced vehicle, but does it have repair issues?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 29, 2010 12:40 PM
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Man, does it ever. Plus, you can't have an English-speaking local mechanic working on it. The Gallardo must be serviced in its original factory home. It's a real pain to own abroad.

Posted by: fischy | January 29, 2010 12:58 PM

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Slight correction: There are some specialists in Germany with the expertise to service the Gallardo, but yes, the complete overhaul must be done in its country of origin.

Posted by: BaltoFan | January 29, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Ok, now we're over-egging the comic analogy pudding.

Fischy's original line stands...

Posted by: JkR- | January 29, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves, Wasson had some decent technical skills, as well as the ability to fill in as a left back. I'd be surprised if he didn't at least stick around for a large chunk of camp.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 29, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

100 MPH in a 50 MPH zone, doesn't seem that extreme. Haven't any of you driven on the Beltway non-rush time?

Posted by: J_S_F | January 29, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I serious: Can United sign Marta? Can a woman play in the MLS?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 29, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Can a woman play in the MLS?"

No, we're afraid she'd kiss her knuckles before taking a PK.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | January 29, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Once, twice, three times a post...

Posted by: Reignking | January 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

There are 2 very good reasons why Marta will never crack MLS: Size and Speed.

Maybe a slower, less physical mens league, but honestly, as good as she is, she'd get chewed up in the PDL.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 29, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@Goff: How's Tino doing? In camp? Running? Sup?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought that an earlier post said:"DCU in Bradenton in late January", so I drove there on Friday to the IMG gate but the lady said" there is no DCU and they won't come soon". Well, I got to see lots of soccer on adjacent fields. Coach Peter

Posted by: bechtoldpk | January 31, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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