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D.C. United Preseason Roster

Between the signings, trialists, draft, trade, rejected contracts and injuries, D.C. United's list of personnel for the first phase of training camp can be quite confusing. So here's where things stand at the moment:

GOALKEEPERS: Troy Perkins, Milos Kocic, Josh Wicks, Bill Hamid.
DEFENDERS: Julius James, Marc Burch, Dejan Jakovic, Lawson Vaughn, Devon McTavish, Bryan Namoff, Lyle Adams, Jordan Graye, Nigel White.
MIDFIELDERS: Floribert N'Galula, John DiRaimondo, Danny Szetela, Christian Castillo, Clyde Simms, Tiyi Shipalane, Rodney Wallace, Brandon Barklage, Santino Quaranta, Two-Boys Gumede, Otto Loewy, Daniel Wasson.
FORWARDS: Danny Allsopp, Chris Pontius, Boyzzz Khumalo, Jaime Moreno.

Wicks is on the West Coast rehabbing a shoulder injury and won't be available for at least six weeks. ... Namoff remains out with a head injury, his return date uncertain. ... Jakovic is expected to rejoin the club Wednesday after playing for Canada on Sunday. ... Quaranta (foot surgery) is probably three weeks from participating in full workouts. ... Allsopp is awaiting a visa. ... Vaughn, Adams, Graye, White, Barklage, DiRaimondo, Gumede, Loewy and Wasson are attempting to earn contracts.

Not all trialists are certain to travel with the club to Bradenton, Fla., next week for the second phase of camp. At least two additional young trialists will begin workouts in Bradenton.

To the best of my knowledge, no significant signings are imminent.

Under the current terms of the expiring collective bargaining agreement, clubs are permitted a maximum of 20 senior players and four developmental players (age 25 or younger this season, which would include Hamid and possibly Barklage, DiRaimondo, Graye or other trialists).

By Steve Goff  |  February 2, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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I guess it is obvious we have too many GKs and not enough forwards. Which of the GKs will get the axe and when? I vote for Wicks, any day now.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Two Boys? How many roster spaces would he take?

Posted by: regularfan | February 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Two Boys? How many roster spaces would he take?

Posted by: regularfan | February 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Two Posts? How much cyberspace will that take?

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Two Posts? How much cyberspace will that take?

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Glaring weakness are still depth in the back and up top. I certainly hope a few more signings are imminent.

Posted by: Atlanta4MLS | February 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Well if you are keeping score at home you know this is a pretty weak roster by league standards. I don't see anything here that makes me think this team will be any better than last season and are unlikely to make the playoffs.

Posted by: euroman | February 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh this is really a weak lineup. Especially at forward. None of these guys, with the exception of Jaime, have proven themselves (in MLS).

Posted by: tundey | February 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Not the most exciting line up but it is what it is.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Sky, falling, etc.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | February 2, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Tom Soehn is probably thanking his lucky stars to not have to be stuck with this roster and the lofty expectations of DC's Front Office anymore.

I'm sorry, just don't see this roster being very competitive. I surely hope there is some plan for the forward position at the very least.

Posted by: DCU_VW | February 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

62'Josmer Altidore (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing. 62'Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

46'Josmer Altidore (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
46'Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).
46'John Terry (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted by: delantero | February 2, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I think Wicks should go. Pontius really gotta step it up this year.

Posted by: DCB23 | February 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Danny Butterfield just scored a hat-trick for Crystal Palace in 5 minutes.

Prior to this evening, he scored one goal in 6 years!

Posted by: Kev29 | February 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

By my count, last season DCU was in acceptable shape at these positions:

RB, CB (1), DM, RM, maybe LM, and depth wasn't bad by MLS standards

Needing upgrade at:

GK, CB (1), LB, CAM, F (2), coach

As I see it here's how things stand now:

GK: upgraded

RB: downgraded pending Namoff's recovery

CB (2): 1 unchanged, 1 possibly upgraded

LB: unchanged unless Wallace plays LB and improves on Burch

RM: likely unchanged

DM: unchanged

CAM: downgraded

LM: upgrade (and the Castillo acquisition may upgrade LB if Wallace moves there)

F (2): at best unchanged, likely 1 downgraded

Depth: seems downgraded with essentially trialists + Castillo replacing Olsen, Gomez and Fred

Coach: TBD

Pre-season grade for the front office off-season: C-


Posted by: benonthehill | February 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Two good matches in a row for Jozy.

Posted by: Reignking | February 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

F*ck off Fat Frank
F*ck off Terry
F*ck off Chelsea


Posted by: Kev29 | February 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Altidore will score a goal this season.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

No significant signings imminent, but what about other trialists? You've mentioned interest in Arzu and Rice. What are the chances we see them? Any other scuttlebutt, at all?

Posted by: fischy | February 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I believe the roster is actually stronger than last year in that all of our young players are one year improved, many older players have been jettisoned, and we're confident in our GK.

Goff, I called the communications department of DCU and they were unwilling to tell me anything about friendlies/scrimmages in Bradenton. Do you think they'll be open to the public this year?

Posted by: DaninFL | February 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see them trade Wicks for some allocation money or maybe some really nice new cones.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

" Pontius really gotta step it up this year."

Yeah, cuz he did so poorly for a rookie no one was really excited about prior to the draft...

Camp just started, there's plenty of time to figure things out. Relax.
As someone already pointed out, we didn't sign Jakovic until just before the season started.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

a poor outlook indeed

Posted by: TheDane1 | February 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

That's entirely too thin up top to be a credible threat this year.

Posted by: gooner71 | February 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

If we can use our DP slot on a south american playmaking midfielder I think we have enough talent but possibly not enough depth yet to win a championship. Supporters shields are nice but its time to bring the cup back home to DC.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

from Goff's salary update last year, we've cleared the following major guaranteed salaries:

Fred $257,000
Luciano Emilio $759,000
Christian Gomez $430,000
Ben Olsen $225,000

assuming Perkins is coming in around $200k and the cap hit of Emilio was ~$450k (forget what the actual DP limit was), we're still looking at over $1mil of available cap space to get some impact players.

People have mentioned that Chang would want to save $$$ in light of losing money on the team, but non-DP salaries are paid by the league, no? I don't see any reason we wouldn't want to go out and use that cap space on a couple solid players.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Namoff/McTavish - Jakovic - Burch

Simms - Wallace

Tino - South American - Castillo
to be named later

Pontius - Allsopp

12th man: Jaime

What do you all think?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 2, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The idea of not replacing Gomez with another #10 is interesting, and I want to believe in Quaranta and Szetela, and Castillo obviously seems up to it; but I can't help but think of Spinal Tap at the zoo after Nigel had left, and St. Hubbins announces that it's the "new future" of Spinal Tap, or however he put it, and they'd be fine without Nigel Tufnel . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | February 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

petey you're gonna get torched for putting Burch in there...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Is Loewy playing midfield? I thought that he was primarily a central defender.

Posted by: J_S_F | February 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

i don't care what DC Us front office says, we need a playmaker!!!! Central Midfielder, the sooner we sign someone, the better because it ain't 2004 when we had a chance to imporve ourselves with Gomez as a mid season acquisition. The league is much tighter now and we need to get going right away.

I assume Allsop, Pontius and Jaime will initially share the load up top. I'm assuming Quaranta is the RW and Castillo at LW with Simms as a Defensive MId. I guess if they give Szatela a shot at CM, it might actually work out, who knows at this point. Defense looks like Wallace and Jackovic so far. I assume they like Julius James at least as the other CB.

I hope they keep Barklage - he has some promise, hope he recovers from his injury well.

Posted by: godpere | February 2, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Update: Barklage's option was exercised; he is under contract.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse




Namoff/McTavish - Jakovic - Burch

Simms - Wallace

Tino - South American - Castillo
to be named later

Pontius - Allsopp

12th man: Jaime

What do you all think?

Posted by:

Posted by: godpere | February 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Futbol Lunes Noche.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

YES...YES...Barklage is Back...Thank You Goff for the quick reporting. Forget the expensive south American acquisition, just put Barklage in CM and smack Simms and Szetela around so one of them plays the other CM position.

Posted by: godpere | February 2, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Without a good DP CAM to replace the old Gomez we are toast. And we could use another forward.
And what makes some of you think Quananta is a consistent MLS right mid? And did I see someone list Burch at LB? Were you watching him give up goals like a sieve last season? We sure have a lot of cap space and a lot of major holes to fill.

Posted by: lemovs1 | February 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

DC United. The Farewell Season.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 2, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Who's got a corkscrew? It would be a shame to leave all this WHINE uncorked...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I mean it would be a shame to keep it all bottled up...:)
Didn't anyone see John DiRimaindo's wonder goal in training? He can be our #10!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I see the need for help going forward, either another Real striker or a playmaker to sub on,

but it is a mistake to put all our hopes and dreams on one unknown playmaker unwanted in all the other leagues. Christian Gomez was great for us for a few seasons, but players who fit in like him are rare, and always fading. We need to remake the team. Great #10's aren't a must to go far in the playoffs, a strong organization is. Calm down.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Agree that a top shelf CAM would be nice, but you can play that game forever. DCU's FO's got a checkered past playing it.

I see a group capable of forging a new identity, and with more good attacking options than people seem to realize.

Castillo and a healthy Quaranta could be a scary pair of wings by MLS standards, which will open things up for the strikers. WIth those two and Pontius up top, our attack is already much quicker. Meanwhile Allsop's got well over 100 pro goals, which has to mean something.

Defense is thin without Namoff. Worst case, we may see the three across the back again, with James on the right and Wallace or Simms at DM/stopper, stuffing the opponent's strong side. Worked to a T last season (when Tommy was out sick and DC shut out LA), and would not be the end of the world.

Anyway, it's pointless to predict. Looking forward to seeing what this group can do.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is Jaime always mentioned as a forward. Given his age and abilities I see him as our CAM. He has mad skills, great vision and intelligence. Maybe he is the reason they aren't looking. He's played there before and always did very well.

I say, Jaime as CAM with Allsop and Pontius up front.

Posted by: RRP1 | February 2, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

We should look at Brandon Manzonelli. It's not like we have anything to lose at this point.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | February 2, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Harkes was over-egging the pudding with Wynalda's wife in '98!

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 2, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Hate to admit it, but that's an awfully weak roster. Looks like another painful, losing season unless some new additions are introduced.

Posted by: grognard66 | February 3, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

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