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Sunday Kickaround

*The Insider was first to tell you Thursday that the New England Revolution was preparing to trade midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson to the Colorado Rapids for goalkeeper Preston Burpo and defender Cory Gibbs. The latest buzz is that there were issues involving Gibbs' contract as well as a delay until Monday for his medical exam to be performed by the Revs.

*I'm getting positive vibes about the negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between MLS and the players' union. Might we see a tentative agreement before the expiration of the current deal at the end of this month? A work stoppage in preseason, which for many teams is scheduled to begin in two weeks, wouldn't be catastrophic, but any delay to the start of the league schedule in late March would be a public relations setback for the league and sport in this country.

*Michael Orozco, the U.S. defender with Mexican club San Luis, might be on his way to Philadelphia Union in MLS, according to several Spanish-language media reports. Union Coach Peter Nowak did not immediately respond to an Insider inquiry about the possible move.

*Former D.C. United midfielder Bryan Arguez, who was searching for a new club in Europe and trained with Flamengo after cutting ties with Hertha Berlin, has signed with Traffic Sports, a group that has arranged for him to play for Estoril in Portugal's second division, where he will join another Traffic client, American forward Tony Taylor. Arguez remains affiliated with U.S.-based Long View management.

*Brian Rowland, a goalkeeper for second-division Crystal Palace Baltimore, is the leading candidate to become an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, the Insider has learned. Terrapins Coach Sasho Cirovski already filled one vacancy by hiring former FC Dallas midfielder Michael Dello-Russo. The two slots became available when Russell Payne accepted the top job at Army and Rob Vartughian became a Philadelphia assistant in MLS.

*Of the combined 129 players chosen in the MLS and WPS drafts, the University of North Carolina led the way with nine selected, followed by UCLA (eight) and Wake Forest (seven).

*CONCACAF is preparing to announce that its under-20 women's championship, which starts Wednesday in Guatemala, will be available for live or taped viewing on its Web site.

*Unrelated to soccer, but I thought you might want to take a bite out of my college basketball story about hot dog hooliganism.

By Steve Goff  |  January 17, 2010; 10:44 AM ET
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Good news about the CBA Goff. I think just about everyone recognizes how big of a year this is going to be for soccer worldwide, and MLS will be wise to cash in on the spike in interest this summer.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't they need to use an allocation to get Orozco? They should be at the back of the line now as they traded their allocation to DC.

Posted by: joe_hill | January 17, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"MLS will be wise to cash in on the spike"man

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 11:00 AM

I sure hope so. ;)

Posted by: spikeman | January 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Burpo's a nice guy. Stumbled into the British Bulldog in Denver, CO to watch the closed circuit Honduras/US match this past fall. Lo and behold he was hanging out with some Rapid's players. He seemed miffed that Pickens edged him out in CO. But the Revs get a good keeper.

Posted by: delantero | January 17, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

61 "Delay in match Clint Dempsey (Fulham) because of an injury."

62 "Substitution, Fulham. Erik Nevland forward replaces Clint Dempsey because of an injury"

Uh oh. Anyone see this?

Posted by: delantero | January 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

So much about other clubs, so little about DC United. Is this because they are just very closed mouthed, or could it be because they just don't have anything to say?

Since I know our Gofferino is very, very good at what he does, I fear the latter.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey walked off the field under his own power. Positive sign.

1st half he had a wonder bicycle thunder off the crossbar. Commentator noted that the bar was still vibrating 30 seconds later.

Posted by: RetiredShark | January 17, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I actually think Orozco's move is a positive move. Hear, he will get minutes, and help bolster a league that is beginning to thrive on young talent.

I'm disappointed that Arguez is out of play. We could use a young creative option with scoring capabilities. I hope his move to the Portuguese second division isn't a permanent stay, or Traffic are getting paid too much. (And I don't care what the salary is).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 17, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Anyone seen Freddy or EJ this morning? Couldn't find any streams for the Aris game in the usual places. Found the Panathinakos game but none for Aris.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | January 17, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Reports from the tunnel are that it is a knee injury for Dempsey.",19764,11065_3235118,00.html

Posted by: emanon13 | January 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

another report: "Clint Dempsey was forced from the field of play after suffering an injury to his right knee. Erik Nevland came on for the injured American in attack."

Posted by: emanon13 | January 17, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"Dempsey walked off the field under his own power. Positive sign."

Chris Armas walked off the field after his ACL tear in a friendly prior to the '06 Cup. In other words, I wouldn't say he's out of the woods.

Posted by: delantero | January 17, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. Philly looks loaded with young talent. They look even better than Seattle was last year. MLS needs to raise the salary cap or DCU needs to spend more creatively to compete.

I thought I heard about conflicts with Philly signing Orozco because he is a USMNT player and therefore would have to go through the allocation process rather than Philly signing him on a discovery claim? Anyone care to clear this up? Goff?

And Cory Gibbs would be a good acquisition for the Revs. As a displaced United fan living in NE, I know more about the Revs than your average DCU fan. They need CBs, and Cory Gibbs is a former USMNT talent who had some injury struggles but seems to be past them now. Also, he's a Brown alum, and I think he'd probably like the chance to play so close to his old stomping grounds. Brown is 25 minutes from Foxboro.

Posted by: kdiff813 | January 17, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

So far Philly Union looks a lot better than DC United.

Posted by: alan19 | January 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on injured forward Clint Dempsey: "The initial prognosis for Clint is not good. It looks like cruciate knee ligament damage and if it is it will keep him out for a while."


Posted by: JkR- | January 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

hold on a sec, none of the draft picks that philly choose have proved themselves at all. yeah United still needs to add to its roster, but really no one on that philly team really scares me at this point. Seriously there best player is Danny Califf, everyone else is an average mls player. And what will A. Moreno do without schelloto? I don't mean to sound confident but if we played today, I would love our chances.

Posted by: Norteno4life | January 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

This Dempsey news does not sound good. At all.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 17, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Possible optimism over the MLS CBA? After everything that's been said (which I'll grant wasn't much but none of it was positive), you'll understand if I say I'll believe that when the deal gets signed.

Posted by: Soccer_Jeff | January 17, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with a lockout, so long as the parties agree to defer it to a date closer to the start of the World Cup.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 17, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Im throwing a bacon double cheeseburger...

and the Union maybe loaded with young talent but I dont see them gelling. They technically dont have a veteran for it might be a wild ride for them..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

correction they do have veterans but not the ones who lead teams..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 17, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Dempsey news has made me lose my appetite. Here's hoping the "out for awhile" quote from Hodgson just means a few weeks.

I'm not buying the Philly hype. I think a lot of our soccer press tends to immediately assume all expansion teams are doing brilliantly (even San Jose 2.0 was getting talked up as a playoff team at this stage in their infancy). I didn't think their draft was astonishing, and I don't see anyone on their roster who definitely worries me. Their best asset isn't even an individual player; it's Nowak.

Think of it this way: Fred is, at the moment, an almost certain starter for them. The same Fred that hasn't been a good MLS player in 2 years.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It looks like a possible PCL for Dempsey

Not good for Fulham or the US Nats.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 17, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Any idea goff, which side initiated the compromise?? Really curious if management relented on the issue about mls owned contracts or if the players caved?

Posted by: strago | January 17, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

69 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 17, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Their best asset isn't even an individual player; it's Nowak.

Don't underestimate that though.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I too am confused as to how PU could be at the top of the allocation list after trading their first pick away?

Hope Dempsey is ok, and whatever it is I guess better now than 4 weeks from now. LIfe will go on. How are Charlie Davies and Onyewu doing these days?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean pick, I guess I mean first crack? Dibbs? First shot at player coming back to MLS...

Totally Off Topic: but can't help saying it's a PLEASURE watching The Cowboys get bounced out of the playoffs! Yeeee haaaaawww!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Thats because they aren't...RedBulls currently sit at the top of the allocation order. Keep in mind the reports of Orozco coming to MLS are coming from the Mexican media, so take that for what it is.

As for the Dempsey injury....oy vey.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | January 17, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the highlights of AC Milan v Siena. Ronaldhino is back. The man is a freak. He'd be frustrating to have as a teammate, cuz he will try impossible shots just to see if he can pull them off. And then you realize, inst and amongst all the crap he tossed up, he also scored a hat trick. Wow. He is back to being unstoppable 1v1, and almost unstoppable 1v2 (see his third goal).

Posted by: glfrazier | January 17, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Goff, I find your lack of Dempsey coverage disturbing.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

There's no way Philadelphia has, at this point, anywhere near the talent on their roster that Seattle had last season. But they still haven't made the major foreign signings or gotten the allocation players or even a DP if they want to get one.

But last season Seattle acquired Keller, Montero, Hurtado and Ljungberg - Philly would need to do very well to match that haul.

The Union have many promising prospects and quite a few useful players with some MLS experience - but most as role players. Currently their best player is probably someone like Alejandro Moreno or Fred or untried Chris Seitz. They don't have anyone yet that will keep opposing teams up late at night trying to figure out how to deal with.

Here's the current roster which does not yet include Orozco but has all their draft picks from both the expansion draft and Superdraft (some may never sign or be offered contracts):

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 17, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

UD, I think Goff is busy with this B-Ball Hoopla. He's doing a fine job considering what the paper is paying him to do right now. It'll come. Can't see what anyone else would know at this point considering they say they aren't scanning Dempsey's knee till tomorrow.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 17, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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