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D.C. United, MLS news & notes

*D.C. United is in preliminary talks concerning a possible charity friendly against El Salvador's national team at RFK Stadium, club officials said. Several dates have been discussed. For whom would Christian Castillo play?

United is already close to finalizing a match with Spanish club Valencia in early August and pursuing one or two other friendlies.

*DCU injury update: Marc Burch (foot), Josh Wicks (shoulder), Bryan Namoff (post-concussion) and Clyde Simms (knee) are out and Devon McTavish (groin) is questionable for Saturday night's home opener against New England after missing the first match.

*Revolution injury update: Cory Gibbs (calf) is probable, Shalrie Joseph and Darrius Barnes are questionable with hip flexor ailments, and Mauricio Castro (suspension), Edgaras Jankauskas (calf), Matt Reis (shoulder/knee) and Taylor Twellman (post-concussion) are out.

*Last Thursday, Philadelphia Coach Peter Nowak started David Myrie on the backline. Today, Nowak released him.

*New York has signed assistant coach Richie Williams to a contract extension. He has been on the staff since 2006 and twice served as interim coach. This past offseason, DCU interviewed him for its head coaching job.

By Steve Goff  |  March 30, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

Good for Ritchie, he's paid his dues.
Myrnie was the guy doing all the kneeing in the back at the Seatle game. Hard to build a career onthat strategy.

Anyone else happen to notice that all the teams on the road last week lost. Bet that happens alot when its the first game of the season (OK, now go check all the records)

Posted by: Ruthie1 | March 30, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

DC United vs ELS = $$$$$
Castillo could play half and half.

Posted by: RM27 | March 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Steve Nicol will learn not to kill his players in practice so maybe he can put out a decent 11 some day.

Posted by: euroman | March 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the BM keeper just flinched on Vidic' header.

Still, Munich may take this one. 1-1 with five minutes left in regulation.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 30, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

How bout that for workrate? I don't really know who the heck Olic is, but I like him.


Rooney left the game at the end, hobbling on one foot with assistance from the trainer...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Talley had better prove he can play a little, or he's one of the most useless signings I've seen. Morsink had better stay healthy as well (I know he's not amazing, but guess what, we don't have any more central midfielders).

Overall, this had better be a fluke.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 30, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Rooney picks up an ankle injury :-O Early rumors on UK radio have him out 2-3 weeks, or more. We'll see in the morning - this will be big news over there, that's for sure.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Less focus on charity games and promotions and more focus on game day performance please. For being one game into the season, our injury list is absurd and our depth is even more laughable.

Posted by: dcbird | March 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Good thing Myrie has that guaranteed contract ;)

Posted by: Reignking | March 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

*Last Thursday, Philadelphia Coach Peter Nowak started David Myrie on the backline. Today, Nowak released him.

That's the Nowak we all know and love! What a hard-ass. I do like that about him. He may not be a "player's coach" but I think he's good at getting the most out of the guys.

Posted by: DrBeaker | March 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If Nowak was coach of DC United, half of our team would have been cut today. Oh wait… No… Because if Nowak was coach of DC United we probably would have been more prepared for our game and would not have gotten crushed…

@Ruthie1 Correction - The Rapids won on the road at Chivas on Friday night.

Man I was really hoping McTavish would be ready to start this weekend. Hopefully Julius James will play better now that we'll have Pena in the lineup.

Posted by: DCUMD | March 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Scholes and Rooney get Argy Bargy and their yellows didn't quite keep me out of the top spot in the table, but it was close...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 30, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Up 4 spots with the 2nd-highest score, with my captain + 5 others to play.

Posted by: Reignking | March 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Myrnie was the guy doing all the kneeing in the back at the Seatle game. Hard to build a career onthat strategy.

Posted by: Ruthie


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Stahl was the one doing all the kneeing. Myrie was the one that Zakuani was blowing by all game....

Posted by: SoundersMob | March 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Not true -- Myrie pulled Zakuani down once quite nicely ;)

Posted by: Reignking | March 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

You mean body checked him quite nicely? Because again, Zak blew right by him...

Posted by: SoundersMob | March 30, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

if pena slots into the center, does that move talley out to the right? i'd rather see him play DM if he can and send morsink to the bench

Posted by: joe_hill | March 30, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Sure, if it makes you feel better.

Posted by: Reignking | March 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

UnitedDemon:

Talley played one game, with virtually no practice with DC, and I believe that's twice now that you've declared him "one of the most useless signings I've seen".

Are we really determining a player's merit on one 90 minute showing?

Reignking:

I held onto 3rd, and I've got 7 more to play, plus a 2 point sub coming in for Robben. The march up the table continues.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 30, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Philly fouls here's a good interview with Freddie from Seattle Times...

http://bit.ly/9Y4WQt

Posted by: SoundersMob | March 30, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Photos of Rooney's injury.

Posted by: Reignking | March 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

DCU injury update: Marc Burch (foot), Josh Wicks (shoulder), Bryan Namoff (post-concussion) and Clyde Simms (knee) are out and Devon McTavish (groin) is questionable for Saturday night's home opener against New England after missing the first match.
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Hopefully these guys will be healthy for the...Ummm in-seasion international friendlies!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 30, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Piotr is an awful coach who was incommunicative and intolerant of players who didn't measure up to his standards. None of the players could understand what he was saying with his thick accent. Soehn had to give most of the instructions. DCU won in 2004 largely due to veterans Stewart, Olsen, Moreno, Petke, and Gomez with spirited in-your-face leadership from Nellie. This team hasn't been the same since that group broke up.

Posted by: lgm6986 | March 30, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Does the Swede ever stop whining? In the game, on his blog, in the Seattle Times. Thank god they have the weekend off so he can get a break from having something to snivel about.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 30, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

That's the Nowak we all know and love! What a hard-ass. I do like that about him. He may not be a "player's coach" but I think he's good at getting the most out of the guys.

Posted by: DrBeaker

If he got the most out of his team last Friday I can't image how they will play if he has trouble motivating them.

Posted by: csd1 | March 30, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

What's the charity? United itself? Some caulk for the cracks in RFK?

Also, Nowak is a clown--he had a whole pre-season to evaluate Myrie, and a whole year's worth of Zakuani tapes to watch.

He's the one to blame.

Myrie is what he is--a guy who couldn't get a game for Chicago and probably shouldn't be in the league. But that's not his fault. It's Nowak's for signing him and starting him.

Posted by: StanShmenge | March 30, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

@Ruthie1 Correction - The Rapids won on the road at Chivas on Friday night.

RSL also won in San Jose...

Posted by: combedge | March 30, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

How do you see scores or game stats on the new MLS site?

I'm still living abroad and using a mac but maybe you can only access the site if you are in the US using Microsoft?

I'm not sure how you can play Fantasy league if you have no idea whats going on in the actual league.

Maybe Goff can expand his coverage to all of the MLS so those of us abroad actually know whats going on?

Posted by: Southeasterner | March 30, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, DadRyan, I guess playing New York is about the same as having the weekend off. Sort of like having the Sounders to gripe about so you don't have to focus on your own pathetic team.

Posted by: captainwierd | March 30, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh captain, if anyone cared what your crybaby players had to say they'd be reading the hot headed Swede's blog, GS, or BS, or whatever you nerds are checking out these days. Run along now, you're going to be late for cheerleading practice.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 30, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Captain weird-- um around these parts playing the red bulls is pretty much seen as having the weekend off...
Don't they have newspapers out in Seattle to post on rather than defending floppers on a DC/DCU site? Though to be fair, the Swedish underwear model isn't the real flopper, its that Montero guy...whoo wee, embarrassing!

Posted by: Irrlicht | March 30, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if this is old news, but Ives is reporting Szetela is on trial with the Union and Peter Nowak. Big Surprise.

Posted by: redskinsux | March 30, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The MLS rules committee is allowing Fredy Montero to use this Life Alert device in competition.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 30, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@Southeasterner -- I'm sure it has nothing to do with being abroad. MLS' new site is a clusterfrack.

Y'all really ought to stop ragging on the Bulls. They've got a terrific coach who knows what he's doing. They've added great young players and brought in foreign players who are at the top-level, by MLS standards. When they made the Cup 2 years ago, it was an utter fluke, but this year's team is better than that team.

As for Rooney -- what a devastating 10 seconds that was for ManUtd. Rooney pulls out of a challenge and the guy steps on Rooney's left foot, causing him to jump up and land awkwardly on his left foot and turn his ankle. Then, the Bayern player slots it through to Gomes, who coughs it up to Evra, who returns the favor to Olic...and it's the winning goal. Like something you'd see in a Hollywood film, if they made soccer movies.

Yeah, Myrie was pretty awful in that game. No doubt, he'll be invited to start at right back for DCU on Saturday....

Posted by: fischy | March 30, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Oops. I got my feet mixed up -- or, rather I got Rooney's feet mixed up. Dude stepped on his left and Rooney turned the right.

Posted by: fischy | March 30, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, flopping is why we may not have Ljungberg this weekend. But us Sounders fans come here because this blog so often is composed as much of United fans whining about our players as it is about the pathetic United. But, when ya'll got what you got, no wonder you show so rave green with envy.

Posted by: captainwierd | March 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

9 or 10 shot people shot. Not trying to start something, but it's not all that far from the Poplar Point and Barry Farms proposed stadium sites... I guess its hard it find a buildable lot that isn't close to some incident in the city....

Posted by: fischy | March 30, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone in the FO is erading this, here's another option for central defense, in case the team is feeling shaky about the current crop or, in case there are injuries:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/764086/ce/uk/?cc=5901&ver=us

One of Australia's starting centerbacks -- admittedly he's 34 years old, but how many World Cup caliber players do we have? -- has been cut loose by his Greek club, reportedly due to an off-field incident. Dude needs a place to play if he's going to be in shape for the Cup. What about a short-term signing? Maybe he can play one of the outside positions?

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

@PoopyMcPoop and DadRyan: Road Trip! And the real reason the crowd gets quiet. "Losing at home making you sick? Bring your prescription to the MedPot stand at Gate 3. Don't worry, if you don't have a prescription, our doctors in Canada will fax one."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I think DC, especially since we are not in any CCL, SuperLiga, etc, is going to do more friendlies like this to help balance the budget. I wouldnt be surprised to see another one sometime later this year.

Posted by: strago | March 31, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

@lgm6986 and all other Nowak haters:

Yeah Nowak was awful. He turned around a franchise that could not win after one year and won an MLS Cup. We have done so much better without him.

Get a clue. You don't have to be the media's darling and loved by the fans in order to be a good coach. He turned DCU around and we haven't been the same since. If he was a moron or an awful coach the USSF would not have hired him as the Olympic coach for 2008.

Posted by: no_recess | March 31, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Y'all really ought to stop ragging on the Bulls. They've got a terrific coach who knows what he's doing. They've added great young players and brought in foreign players who are at the top-level, by MLS standards. When they made the Cup 2 years ago, it was an utter fluke, but this year's team is better than that team.

Posted by: fischy | March 30, 2010 10:03 PM
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C'mon, these are most DC United fans: it's our job, neigh, our duty to spew venom on the Red Bulls. Doesn't matter who's the coach, doesn't matter who are the players - they will always be the epitome of suck on our collective view. It's been 15 years, get used to it.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | March 31, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

@Fischy
That may be a good option, but do we really need a guy thats going to do something stupid off the field?

Actually, who cares, he knows how to defend. Snatch and RUN!!!

Posted by: SexyOffender | March 31, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

it's our job, neigh, our duty...
Posted by: schmuckatelli
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Unbridled disdain for NYRB.
Saddle up gang, let's pick on NYRB.
Let's stirrup some trouble.

(C'mon BaRRD, help me out here)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry schmuckatelli. I know you posted that before your first cup of coffee, but I just can't help myself.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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