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D.C. United News & Notes

Christian Gomez, the 2006 MLS most valuable player whose return to D.C. United last season didn't meet expectations, is not in the club's plans, General Manager Dave Kasper said.

United did not exercise the option on the 35-year-old playmaker's contract, but until today, had said that he remained under consideration.

"Right now, he's not in our plans," Kasper said. "We told him we are moving in a different direction. I think he's disappointed; he wanted to return. Is it possible we might circle back? It's possible, but we told him to explore all his options."

More on Gomez later. For more club news, please keep reading this thread.....

*Defender Bryan Namoff did not train with the club on the opening day of camp this morning at RFK Stadium's artificial turf practice field. He continues to recover from a concussion.

*As expected, captain Jaime Moreno has re-signed with the club and will enter a 15th MLS season.

*Australian forward Danny Allsopp has not arrived yet because of visa issues.

*Salvadoran midfielder Christian Castillo in in town and had wisdom teeth removed last week.

*Goalkeeper Josh Wicks is rehabbing on the West Coast and is still at least six weeks from returning to all-out training.

*A fifth trialist is in camp: Nigel White, a left back from American University who pursued European opportunities last year.

*Dejan Jakovic, who played for Canada last night, is expected to join camp Wednesday.


By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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Comments

Wisdom teeth are so dumb.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

A bird landed on my shoulder and told me Stern John was offered to DCU for $300K/year but the club expressed zero interest.

Posted by: grabowcp | February 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

With Gomez gone, who is the projected starting attacking midfielder?

Posted by: niknakdcu | February 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

With Gomez gone, who is the projected starting attacking midfielder?

Posted by: niknakdcu

Steve Ralston?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

With Gomez gone, who is the projected starting attacking midfielder?

Posted by: niknakdcu

Fred...wait, n/m

Posted by: Springfie1d | February 1, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it Ralston will sign with NASL AC St. Louis today. (Press conference 1PM central according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.)

I still think DC has a need there. Hopefully they will get something sorted.

Posted by: rhorto01 | February 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Other than Moreno and maybe Castillo, who probably makes some decent coin in Mexico, will United be paying anyone more than $200k this season?

Posted by: Kev29 | February 1, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Other than Moreno and maybe Castillo, who probably makes some decent coin in Mexico, will United be paying anyone more than $200k this season?

Posted by: Kev29 | February 1, 2010 12:34 PM
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Perkins. Perhaps Allsopp? Payne. Possibly Kasper. Per chance, VP Hicks?

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What is Q's status?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 1, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Perkins. Perhaps Allsopp? Payne. Possibly Kasper. Per chance, VP Hicks?

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 12:40 PM

Forgot about Troy and :-D

Posted by: Kev29 | February 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29, Perkins is $200k or a bit above, supposedly. Not sure what Jakovic is making, maybe somewhere around Simms, who was in the $150s last year?

Posted by: benonthehill | February 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I could see them making another splash (still need quality on the offensive end) but whether they can find anyone worth making a splash for with that money remains to be seen. So far, none of the trialists available sound offensive.

It could be that the intent is to play a 4-4-2 with two defensive midfielders and more attack minded wing men (ala Castillo and Quaranta, with Boyzzz as backup). Still, this would run the risk of being too rigid. We still don't look like a team that can reach for another gear, especially if that gear is an aging Jaime.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What is Q's status?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 1, 2010 12:41 PM
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Good question. We need a status update. Is anyone here Q's Facebook friend?

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Based on nothing more than my gut feeling...I am feeling better and better about this season.

Posted by: DCB23 | February 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

On a serious note -- Gracias, Cristian, por tu corazon y tu talenta. Espero que te vemos con United en la futura, en algun capacidad.

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Harry Redknapp on Sky now talking about a possible loan to Celtic for Robbie Keane.

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Buena suerte Christian!

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 1, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Christian Gomez is not in the club's plans
>>
Barra needs a drummer . .

Posted by: delantero | February 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Christian Gomez is not in the club's plans
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Barra needs a drummer . .

Posted by: delantero | February 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So, who is DC going to sign then? If Kasper has now commented publicly about Gomez not returning, I would imagine he has someone lined up? Right? or am I giving the FO too much credit. We better not get burned, again.

Posted by: strago | February 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Szetela at Attacking Mid? Some folks think it's his best position. He's young, and showed at least some willingness to track back and try to win the ball last season in his limited minutes.

Starting 11?

Moreno Pontius
Castillo Szetela Quaranta
Simms
Wallace Jakovic James Namoff
Perkins

Could go to a 3-5-2, put Burch in at LB, James to bench, Wallace to DMid with Simms. Or keep Wallace at LB, James to Bench, McTavish to DMid with Simms.

Posted by: joemybro | February 1, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

With the statement about Gomez, you have to figure that the club expects to sign a different attacking mid quite soon.

54 days until United's first 2010 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 1, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Are we seriously considering making the playoffs? Okay, how about winning one more game than last year?

Front office you s*&%

Posted by: TheDane1 | February 1, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta said on one of the dcunited.com videos that he's suppose to start training again w/ the team in a week or two.

Posted by: TCompton | February 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, if we had won one more game last year, we would've made the playoffs.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | February 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, if we had won one more game last year, we would've made the playoffs.
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Two years in a row?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

As for Gomez, $321,250.00 is a lot of money to pay a guy who looks to be well beyond his best years. This is looking more and more like a team you are going to have a hard time calling "old" unless of course they do sign Ralston...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm endorsing my vote of confidence in Szetela starting with Simms in the middle, whether it's a flat 4 across or if he is the A-mid.... he is still a kid and just needs minutes to develop instead of transfering everywhere based upon his potential....

Posted by: BurchFan4 | February 1, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

If you think signing Gomez is what gets DCU into the playoffs, I've got land in Poplar Point to sell you.

Posted by: Reignking | February 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Moreno at 36 or Alsopp at 31 starting up top? Gotta figure that under most circumstances Moreno will be coming off the bench to help preserve a lead or create an equalizer.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | February 1, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Well that was a short post. ;)

Posted by: -rke- | February 1, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Only one guy(in most situations)will most likely be over 30 in DCU's starting lineup. That's usually a sign of good things for the future. Hell, I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm rather pleased in the direction United is taking towards acquiring players and evaluating talent. In a couple years when Pontius, Wallace, Jakovic, Castillo, James, Szetela, and Santino start to hit their true prime years, watch out. :)

Posted by: Unitedfury | February 1, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Very sorry to see Gomez go. I think his send-off to the Vapids was a mortal blow. Too bad -- he deserved better (and could have given better) in his final years at DCU.

As for replacement, I'm not sure Szetela is the answer. Still thinking we're due for a South American playmaker (DP?).

Posted by: -rke- | February 1, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

joemybro:

DC has said they expect Allsopp to be a regular starter. They've also endorsed Pontius being a full-time forward. Thus, I'd be surprised if Moreno was starting in game 1. As for the rest of your lineup, I think it's the best available team given the current roster. I'd swap Jakovic and James, since Jakovic was never started to the left last year, and list the midfield flat across (since Szetela would not be playing as far up the field as Gomez or other prototypical attacking midfielders would).

Onalfo is pretty committed to a 442, so talk of anything with a back three seems like it won't be necessary.

***

It's a shame to see Gomez's time here essentially get split in half: Salad days (2004-2007) and sentenced to Colorado gulag/43rd minute substitutions/unwanted (2008-2010). He deserved better than that. Still, I completely understand the team moving on at this juncture. It doesn't fill me with joy, but it is the sensible thing to do.

Obviously the best Gomez moment is him drumming at Giants Stadium, but other standouts would have to include his floated header against New England in the 2004 EC final, and his ridiculous sombrero-and-volley against LA in 2006.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 1, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

A recovering from knee injury Ralston, a Gomez, or door number three?

Posted by: delantero | February 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | February 1, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I honestly wouldn't expect United to sign a new CAM, and I don't see the need for it either. Let's see what they can do with a flat midfield with one CM being attack-minded (Tino, Szetela, Barklage), and the other defense-minded (Simms, Wallace...)

---------Pontius---Moreno----------
Castillo--Szetela--Simms---Quaranta
Wallace--Jakovic---James-----Namoff*
--------------Perkins--------------

*Likely Vaughn to start the year.

Posted by: alecw81 | February 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

With Onalfo's history in KC, is anyone really surprised there is not an attacking midfielder in camp?

As much as he wants to claim he is an offensive minded coach, this year is going to be about getting 11 men behind the ball and hope for a counter attack. Not my favorite style of play, but one that can work in a competitive league.

Or I could be wrong and we'll see a stand out South American announced as our new number 10 this week... :-)

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 1, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Or I could be wrong and we'll see a stand out South American announced as our new number 10 this week... :-)

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 1, 2010 3:02 PM
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Hope you're wrong.

Posted by: Curious99 | February 1, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

what did onalfo run in KC? I mean i know he was a 4-4-2 guy but i didnt pay enough attention. Did he run the double pivot like bradley is trying or was it more of a flat 4. I'm assuming no diamond. Anyway, like most people have said he'll run a 4-4-2 and apparently no attacking mid position so the team looks like

---------------------Allsop----------
---------Pontius---------------------
Castillo---------------------Quaranta
----------Simms------Szetela---------
Wallace---James------Jakovic---Namoff
---------------Perkins---------------

Off the bench: Moreno up top, Boyzz for the wings, and Burch for LB are probably the only definites.

Floribert for D mid? Or do they see him as a potential CB? Where does Barkledge fit in if there's no attacking mid position, at the wing? We're still pretty shallow and still no great centerback option. I still don't see why they couldn't sign Gomez for a late game offensive sub unless they just can't afford him (i.e. he's not willing to take a large pay cut). But i can see focusing on defense first!!!

Posted by: Brian76 | February 1, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised so many have a slow old Moreno as a starter.

Well I guess that's all we got.

Here's to hoping for a good season :-(

Posted by: francisco_11 | February 1, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@Chest -- There's a logical flaw in your analysis. The statements about using Pontius up top as a full-time striker really came before Allsopp was signed. So, you're putting too much into that. I expect Moreno to get a significant amount of playing time, including a number of starts. He'll play as much as his health and fitness allow. Unless Pontius turns a raging success up top, we might see him switched back into midfield at times, too.

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

A recovering from knee injury Ralston, a Gomez, or door number three?

Posted by: delantero


Gotta be door number 3 or nothing. Ralston did sign with AC St. Louis as player/assistant

Posted by: rhorto01 | February 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I said it last year and I'll say it again, I think Barklage should be moulded into a central midfielder. He has great field vision, good touch, and just need to add the defensive bite, which I think he is capable of.

Whether this happens or not, he is an asset when healthy.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@Brian -- based on the fact that DCU has a draft pick and four trialists for defense, I'd guess they do see N'Galula in the midfield. They also list him that way on the roster (and, for the first time, no longer list Gomez). I wouldn't expect to see him a lot before the Open Cup, anyway. Barklage is best as a winger, but I'd be surprised if he didn't start the season on the injured list. Boyzzz is listed as a forward, while Shipilane takes his place on the wing. DiRaimondo also backs up the defensive midfield.

I do expect DCU to add someone in the midfield -- perhaps someone who could handle the AM duties, but also be comfortable as a reserve if the team brings in a DP after the World Cup.

One last thought: As Fenty's poll numbers continue to slide, are the chances of a SSS in DC getting better?

Posted by: fischy | February 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Gnarls Barklage

Posted by: OWNTF | February 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Surprised to see so many people thinking Barklage is going to be a major contributor this year. He hardly played last year and is coming off a serious injury. He might not even make the team.

Posted by: Senor_Funk | February 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone watch the videos on DC United dot com or what!?! Happen to catch interviews with Tino, Brandon, Troy, etc. when they were getting their physicals last week?

Barklage was quoted as saying he's got full release to resume training. Tino said he's very close...

@OWNTF: I like the nick name. :)

Posted by: DadRyan | February 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Every year whoever makes the player decisions for DC United fails to deliver.
In my humble opinion, it is a mistake to let Christian Gomez go. He is one of the few players who plays with heart.
It takes heart to play this sport.

It is more of a mistake to keep Jaime Moreno, who should have retired several years ago.

Posted by: 189AROD | February 1, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Will Change tweeted "just did an interview with Steven Goff...check it out."
http://twitter.com/willchangdcu

Posted by: rockotodd | February 1, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I understand Chang is carrying a heavy financial load, but without a genuine new starting center-mid you can kiss this season goodbye.
Quaranta, soph Danny and an unproven but potentially good Castilio in the mid field? Forget about the playoffs. We need mananagment to step up and invest in a proven center mid for the team. Then the fans will invest in DCU.
Getting Perkins was great, some of the other acquisitions are promising, but the mid field is the backbone. Without one or two more mids, wait till next year.

Posted by: lemovs1 | February 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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