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Sunday kickaround

*For the second time in recent weeks, D.C. United has been linked with Quiarol Arzu, a 24-year-old Platense defender who started in the 2008 Olympics.

*With the training grounds buried by snow, D.C. United will conduct indoor workouts before heading to Bradenton, Fla., this week. The club will focus on strength training and conditioning, and might end up practicing on a field covered by a bubble at the University of Maryland. After watching two feet fall, do you think midfielder Christian Castillo of El Salvador is reconsidering his decision to play in Washington?

*FIFA has chosen the officiating trios for the World Cup, and the group includes referees from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uzbekistan, Seychelles, as well as Martin Hansson, who missed the infamous Thierry Henry handball. But no Americans made the cut.

On Hansson's inclusion, UEFA chief Michel Platini says: "He couldn't see the handball and it was not a question for the referee. We could see it quite clearly on television but we wouldn't if we had been in his position."

*American forward Kenny Cooper began his 1860 Munich loan to English second-tier Plymouth Argyle, playing 32 minutes in a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion.

*Sunil Gulati was re-elected as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation -- an unpaid position -- at the organization's annual meeting in New Orleans.

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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I guess it was too much to hope for that Jorge "I Hate America" Larrionda was left off the list. Now we have to hope we don't draw his crew.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 7, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking the same thing about Castillo. But I'd take this over a mudslide.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I believe you can't get officials from your confederation.

Posted by: mfrahm | February 7, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Castillo is probably just as amazed as we all are at the snow level, but I think it'll take all of about 3 seconds for him to be happy with where he is when he take the field in the home opener and witnesses what United's fans are all about. ES fans will be sure to be turning out in droves.

BTW Comcast still hasn't replaced our cable tv and internet while all of my neighbors with FIOS haven't missed a beat.I'm wondering how many thousands of customers Comcast is going to lose after this.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Reignking | February 7, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know where on the back line Arzu lines up? Is he the "veteran center back" everybody has been jonesing for? Or is he a potential outside back in case Namoff can't go or Wallace doesn't pan out?

Posted by: TheAMT | February 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I concur on Castillo.
He is getting an amazing amount of press coverage in the Spanish media in recent weeks. I know for sure, our attendance will be bigger at least 3k bigger than last year.
DC is getting some redemption with the ES community.

Castillo will not regret his choice, it will just take a summer in the city for him to stay.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 7, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

on a side note,
Martin Hansson will call all of the Messico matches.

FIFA is going to use him to squeeeze out all the money they can from the fans to keep the team in the cup.

Conspiracy theory.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

QuiarolArzu -- that would be killer in Scrabble if it were a word

I say Snowmaggedon is out, and in place, Snowtorious B.I.G.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

48 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Snow, Snowtorious.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why does DCU train at all in DC in mid winter? Why not go right to Florida? Money issues again?
And,more important, is DCU management actively looking for a quality center-mid?
Without a good acquisition at the #10 position we are TOAST.
P.S. Why is center mid called #10?

Posted by: lemovs1 | February 8, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Gulati gets four more years. Doesn't he have ultimate responsibility for a referree program that failed to produce officials for WC2010? This is an embarrassment for U.S. soccer. It's akin to the team failing to qualify. You're doing a heckova job, Sunil.

Posted by: runningcloud | February 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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