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Early Tuesday Kickaround

*The link to my Danny Allsopp story.

*Former D.C. United coach Tom Soehn has been hired as technical director by Vancouver, a 2011 MLS expansion club.

*Birthday wishes to DCU captain Jaime Moreno, who turns 36 on Tuesday. Seems like just yesterday he was playing for Bolivia in the 1994 World Cup. The club has produced this video tribute.

*Newly acquired DCU midfielder Christian Castillo will wear No. 12. Danny Szetela will switch to No. 8.

*Desmond Tutu will be honored by the U.S. Soccer Foundation on March 4 in Washington.

For Americans Abroad and TV listings.....


*Americans Abroad:
MFs Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley for Rangers vs. Hamilton in Scottish Cup
D Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes at Saint-Etienne
D Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday at Blackpool
F Mike Grella and Leeds vs. Carlisle in Johnstone's Paint Trophy
GK Dom Cervi and Celtic at Greenock Morton in Scottish Cup

*Soccer on TV:
Netherlands, Roda-PSV Eindhoven 1:55 p.m. ESPN Deportes
English Carling Cup, Manchester City-Manchester United 3 p.m. Setanta


By Steve Goff  |  January 19, 2010; 2:33 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , History , MLS , TV  
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Comments

On behalf of all the Australians in the area who are fans of United (because I've never spoken to another...other than maybe my sister), I welcome Danny to the team.

Now all we need are meat pies and Cascade or Boag's to be sold in the stadium...

Posted by: TassieTiger | January 19, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

I like Aussies...especially ones who score goals!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 19, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

MLS must be like NBC: Incompetence or underachievement earns you a promotion. Nolly and Moose can't happy: Soehn ran them off in 2007.

Posted by: lgm6986 | January 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Now all we need are meat pies and Cascade or Boag's to be sold in the stadium...

Posted by: TassieTiger | January 19, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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Mmmm...I'll take mine with mushy peas thank you very much.

Posted by: combedge | January 19, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

@lgm6986,

Take that back - it would be an honor to have Jack Donaghy run our club!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to pulling a slab of stubbies out of the esky and firing up the shrimp on the barbie!

Posted by: boda-united | January 19, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

MLS must be like NBC: Incompetence or underachievement earns you a promotion. Nolly and Moose can't happy: Soehn ran them off in 2007.

Posted by: lgm6986

Vancouver is a promotion?

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh Great and Powerful Goff, I have sacrificed a suckling pig in the hopes that you may take pity on a poor Fire fan in exile and find out what is going on with all these rumored signings. God of Soccer Writers, Hear My Plea!!!

Posted by: DDT5583 | January 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Maybe that explains the delay with the Boca to St. Etienne move. Rennes has been stalling with today's game on the schedule.

Posted by: fischy | January 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Ives reporting that Rennes has reached their "loan limit". I didn't know that existed. Apparently you can only loan out 7 players (a Ligue 1 limit, I guess).

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

He comes from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 19, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

@Reignking,

France has all kinds of crazy rules.

I'd love a Ligue UN fan to tell us all that MLS's allocation rules are second in craziness only to Ligue 1 restrictions on player movement, age limits, and access to former French republics in Africa and the islands.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 19, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Glad I didn't play as a French team in FM10, then. I started to, but it just seemed wacky.

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that RFK will now have Vegamite sandwiches available at concession stands from now on..

Posted by: ARickey | January 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

When I lived in Australia, the popular beers were Fosters and Resch's. Foster is still brewed, but I've never seen Resch's here. Is it still a going concern?

Posted by: b18bolo | January 19, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Resch? Isn't that something that you do after too many?

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Resch? Isn't that something that you do after too many . . . Posted by: Reignking

Vegemite sandwiches? yes.

Posted by: delantero | January 19, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Where's the dang Dempsey news already!?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ricardo Clark signs for 6 months with Eintracht Frankfurt; they have an option to extend 3 years. Nothing like a 6-month trial; hope he sees the pitch.

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Boda, out of respect for former DCU players, please leave Esky's stubbies alone.

Posted by: dccal | January 19, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Not real excited about the Allsop signing. If he's been signed as the primary option up top, then we're in for a long season.

Posted by: Matte | January 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Anybody have broadcast info for the US mens game on Saturday? I didn't see any info on ussoccer.com.

Posted by: Matte | January 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Good for Tom Soehn. He did his best here for three years; too bad his best wasn't good enough here, but good luck to him in trying to get the Vancouver off to a good start

Posted by: DCUSince96 | January 19, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Goff says that Kelderman and Onalfo should be scouting this weekend. I wonder if it is safe to say that there will be no more signing announcements until after their scouting trip.

Posted by: no_recess | January 19, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@no recess -- Sounds like a safe bet...but....

Posted by: fischy | January 19, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@ Matte - game's on FSC. Pregame show at 8:30, kickoff at 9 PM.

Posted by: soccerman | January 19, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Matte,

From ussoccer.com:
U.S. Men vs. Honduras
The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Jan. 23, 2010 @ 6 p.m. PT
Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura

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

If MLS were like NBC, come the All Star Break, Payne would try to bring back Soehn in a part time role, setting the starting lineups and coaching the first 30, then having Onalfo take control from there, with no say as to who he's got left.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 19, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Looks like I'd better get back to this here blog. People are starting to steal my lyrics thunder...

- Joe Doc

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 19, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The amount of time it is taking to release his salary is not filling me with glee.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The amount of time it is taking to release his salary is not filling me with glee.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 19, 2010 2:03 PM

??? Does he owe you money? Do we ticket holders get a rebate if he's a good value??

Posted by: JkR- | January 19, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

So, all of this Philly draft talk got me to thinking... is it too early to start asking about where one can find tickets to the Philly opener vs our beloved DCU in April?

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Goff: In the future, is there any possibility of putting the times of the games (that are not on U.S. TV)? With the internet these days you can watch nearly any game, and it'd be nice to know the times of the various games without digging around the 'net.

Posted by: nairbsod | January 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There's a whole thread about the PHilly opener here:
http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1290040

What is the hold up with the Dempsey verdict?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the International Drainage Commission in Springfield had anything to do with us signing the new Aussie.

Lord help us if there's anything wrong with the bidet or if the water is draining clockwise.

Who knows, or maybe someone from DCU committed fraud and next summer just might commit some fraud in Orlando, Florida.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | January 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan- Thanks. Hope everyone on this board is planning to go.

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

rademaar, I'm just hoping the CBA gets hammered out and there is no delay to releasing the rest of the schedule. I'm hoping to make the trips to Philly and to Red Bull Arena. In a perfect world we might get another opportunity to see United play in the PU's new stadium in the Open Cup or perhaps the playoffs???:) Also crossing my fingers that DCU's away match at Seattle will somehow coincide with an already planned trip to the Pac NW in late July....

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What the?

Bocanegra starting against St. Etienne today.

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Stadium Authority approves feasability study for 17K-20K seat soccer stadium to lure DC United.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/blast/bal-soccer-stadium0119,0,1632848.story
The study still has to be approved by the MSA Board of estimates.

Posted by: maddi | January 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan- Hope that Seattle trip works out!

As for the CBA, you would think that the people negotiating the agreement aren't the same ones who are responsible for creating the schedule, so the league really doesn't have an excuse or a reason to not put out the rest of the schedule when they normally do in February. The start times can be adjusted later to accommodate TV (as I bet there will be a delay in announcing any TV schedules before a CBA is reached).

And I am DEFINITELY going to Red Bull Arena whenever we play them. I drove past that thing a few weeks ago and it would be considered spectacular for a team playing in the EPL, La Liga etc (at least from the outside- I understand that it only holds around 25k). It will really be a judgment call for soccer in the USA: the world's largest media market, spectacular new stadium right near a major metropolitan area w/ good public transit connections, and a world cup year- no excuses to not sell that thing out consistently and get people interested in the MLS in that area.

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

By the way, it is proposed to be in Westport, an area just south of M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens' stadium) which is in the process of beginning a $1+ billion renovation.

Posted by: maddi | January 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

no excuses to not sell that thing out consistently and get people interested in the MLS in that area.

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 4:14 PM

Well maybe besides the horrible product that the NYRB puts on the field. Should've thought about that...

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Stadium Authority approves feasability study for 17K-20K seat soccer stadium to lure DC United.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/blast/bal-soccer-stadium0119,0,1632848.story
The study still has to be approved by the MSA Board of estimates.

Posted by: maddi | January 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

For crying out loud...how many "feasability studies" on this subject do they need?

Posted by: Atlanta4MLS | January 19, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Bocanegra shuts out St Etienne. Too bad Rennes couldn't score.

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

* The feasibility of a stadium in Balto is not the same as feasibility in PG County or Anacostia or wherever.

* Hello Joe Doc!

Posted by: OWNTF | January 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

JkR-

My biggest concern is that we got rid of aging parts to acquire some new talent. It's FINE to get a striker like Allsopp, provided they didn't spend too much and ruin any chance of getting either a central midfielder or a defender. We're not out of the woods yet.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 19, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

...I am DEFINITELY going to Red Bull Arena whenever we play them. I drove past that thing a few weeks ago and it would be considered spectacular for a team playing in the EPL, La Liga etc (at least from the outside- I understand that it only holds around 25k). It will really be a judgment call for soccer in the USA: the world's largest media market, spectacular new stadium right near a major metropolitan area w/ good public transit connections, and a world cup year- no excuses to not sell that thing out consistently and get people interested in the MLS in that area.

Posted by: rademaar | January 19, 2010 4:14 PM

************************

Good to know the new stadium is looking but, as an aside, quite a few EPL teams play in stadiums that size or smaller. In the opening weeks of the season - when most stadiums were at capacity - Fulham, Hull City, Bolton, Birmingham, Burnley, Wigan and Portsmouth all drew home crowds raging from 25K+ down to the high teens.

Of course, the big guys like Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool pack in a whole lot more.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, I omitted my source for the EPL crowd sizes:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/fixtures?league=eng.1&date=20090804&cc=5901

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

On a more somber note: The collapse of the building which housed Haiti's soccer federation and, apparently, the Olympic federation as well. Several Olympic athletes killed, along with at least 30 employees/members of the soccer federation. Untold numbers still lay buried. Unknown how many soccer players may have been in the building.

The Haitian team looked pretty good during the Gold Cup, and came within a minute or two of beating the USA...before Holden's brilliant equalizer.

Posted by: fischy | January 19, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fischy | January 19, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Stadium Authority approves feasability study for 17K-20K seat soccer stadium to lure DC United.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/blast/bal-soccer-stadium0119,0,1632848.story
The study still has to be approved by the MSA Board of estimates.

Posted by: maddi

For crying out loud...how many "feasability studies" on this subject do they need?

Posted by: Atlanta4MLS
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Uh, I think just one. The one they just approved...which is $100K more than DC has spent on DCU.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | January 19, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Australian footballer, you say? Oh wait...

Now, if this signing means they're going to start serving Four 'n Twenties at RFK, then y'all are in for a treat, those things are yum-o stadium food. And the beer? Tooheys or Victoria Bitter.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | January 19, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Good news on the Dempsey front from the fulham website. Maybe he won't miss the World Cup after all!!

http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/January/DempseyInjuryUpdate.aspx

Posted by: sailjody | January 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

JkR-

My biggest concern is that we got rid of aging parts to acquire some new talent. It's FINE to get a striker like Allsopp, provided they didn't spend too much and ruin any chance of getting either a central midfielder or a defender. We're not out of the woods yet.

Posted by: UnitedDemon

We're not, um, in the woods yet, either.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I just heard that Dempsey is not going to require surgery. Like my french cousin would say: Qu'est-ce qu'un b√Ętard chanceux!

Posted by: fedster | January 19, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: icehippo | January 19, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

OT --

new Freedom jersey for 2010 (pinstripes) . . . and no skorts this year

http://www.shopwps.com/departments-jerseys-washington-freedom-wps-2010-home-soccer-jersey.html

Posted by: OWNTF | January 19, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Shoot, what will I do with my Clearance sale skort?

Meh, I'll wear it to the opener in Philly...

Posted by: JkR- | January 19, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Reignking,

If you think that Allsop is the last piece of the puzzle, I'm slightly amazed. Unless our goal is limited to besting the dregs of MLS.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 19, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

67 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 19, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, could we get a Insider Loyalists tailgate on in PHilly?
No pressure, but really, who's down?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 20, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Good for Tom in B.C. We are a tough croud here in D.C. Too bad the ones that know what they are talking about supported tom and the ones that are always so negative have never touched a soocer ball in their life and are only a D.C. fan because their kid oould not make the local baseball team. Like father, like son. Now we have Onalfo, great. Would take 10 soehns before one Onalfo. Let next year talk.
A former D.C. fan.....PHILLY27@DCSUCKS.COM

Posted by: markt6 | January 20, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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