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D.C. United roster updates

With the club in Mexico preparing for a friendly Wednesday night against Santos Laguna, the preseason roster continues to evolve.

Jamaican national team defender Jermaine Taylor has finally arrived on trial after being sidelined with a groin injury. Other newcomers include defender Daniel Woolard, who was recently released by Chicago, and Bolivian back Juan Manuel Peña, who at age 37, had supposedly retired after 14 years in Spain. He made 249 appearances in nine seasons with Valladolid before moving to Villarreal and Celta Vigo.

Peña and DCU captain Jaime Moreno, 36, were longtime teammates on the Bolivian national team, and both played in the 1994 World Cup. Yes, that was 16 years ago.

Crystal Palace Baltimore defender-midfielder Shintaro Harada was let go after being on trial for a week. Barry Rice, an undrafted defender from the University of Kentucky who began workouts last week, accompanied the team to Mexico.

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

do we really need someone who is 37? Minus well get El Diablo.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"might as well"

And it's just a trial.

Posted by: spidergoose | March 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard Rice fried some forwards the other day... and they were pretty steamed about it.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Barry "White" Rice -- yes!

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor

That's a YC for over-egging the Rice pudding.

Posted by: benonthehill | March 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Barry "White" Rice -- yes!

Posted by: edgeonyou |

That's like a bad puzzle on Wheel of Fortune when they are out of ideas.

Posted by: Reignking | March 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

If we sign Pena, will AARP become DC United's new sponsor?

Oh, and Barry "Shrimp-Fried" Rice!

Posted by: stwasm | March 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I just read that you can start voting for Adu for the all-star game. Who knew there were leagues outside of the US with that?

Posted by: Reignking | March 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If we sign Pena, will AARP become DC United's new sponsor?

Posted by: stwasm
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well if anybody could get us government subsidies, it would be AARP!

Posted by: troy6 | March 8, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

for a stadium, that is

Posted by: troy6 | March 8, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Although Pena is 37, he could easily pull a maldini. At Central defense, a player can play deep into their 30s-early 40s if they can still physically hold up. It isnt as hard to do as it is for a midfielder or forward.

Pena 'retired' because he didnt get any good offers he was happy with(from south america or even europe which he primarily wanted to stay in), many coming from bolivia which he refused to return to given our leagues bad condition and how they stiff players on salary for months.

If he is in still decent shape physically, he can be a good option to pair/guide jakovic how to defend and just be the best defender he can be. He spent close to 10 years playing with Valladolid, and with villarreal after taht, playing along side the south american all stars that made it to the final 4 of the champions league, being a starter for them during that time.

He will have stiff and young competition with Arzu and Taylor.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | March 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

older slower players that will probably not be around next season... exactly what we need. I've lost faith in management at DCU.

Posted by: TheDane1 | March 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Jaime needs somebody his own age to hang out with since we've got all these whippersnappers around now and we let Gomez go!

Also, I'd note that Blanco is 37, and I think just about any MLS team would be glad to have him (despite his status as the Ric Flair of the league). Let's give the guy a chance - heck, let's wait and see if we even sign him first.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | March 8, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor

That's a YC for over-egging the Rice pudding.

Posted by: benonthehill | March 8, 2010 12:29 PM
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[sheepishly accepted with head hanging low]

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Bolivian -- Your insight is appreciated. Just a slight correction -- Arzu's gone back home. Not much chance DC is interested in a deal. Taylor -- might be premature to suggest he's stiff competition for anyone.

@Dips -- Why do we need a 37-y.o. defender? You haven't really been paying attention, have you? United has been bringing in rejects from all across North America and even the world, hoping someone goofed and they can find someone better than the current batch of stiffs (I mean stiff competition) in camp. Someone who had a good career at such high levels could probably out-defend our current crop of defenders, even if he needs a walker to get around.

What the heck is a"minus well", anyway?

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

DC United, Once were a Championship
Now, sinking fast
How far will they go down?
Morsink

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Although Pena is 37, he could easily pull a maldini.

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If he takes the time to do a proper warmup and stretches all his muscles thoroughly he should be OK.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know of where Gomez is these days? Was he that out of shape/overpriced that nobody wants him? I always liked the guy.

Posted by: boda-united | March 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Off subject, but has anybody heard anything about T. Soehn? I have been out of the country and assume I missed where he ended up?

Posted by: patrick18 | March 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

With two points separating the top three EPL teams and Champions League action this week, news like this does not get me very excited for the new season.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | March 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@patrick -- Tommy took the technical director position with the Whitecaps. He'll be back in MLS in no time.

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@patrick -- vancouver whitecaps

Posted by: OWNTF | March 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

United, once champs
May aging Bolivians
Bring back the hardware

There you go, fischy, a haiku since you were getting close to it.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Actually, this is forward thinking moves by the DCU FO. There's a double-dip expansion draft coming up after this season. So, the front office is just stockpiling the roster with players that Portland and Vancouver would have no interest in.

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Fischy is easily the most annoying commenter in the history of this blog.

Posted by: chemweapon | March 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Better to smell fishy than smell like a chemweapon...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Annoying? Really? OK, I'll stop. Bye.

Posted by: fischy | March 8, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

For those knocking the Pena trial because of his age, let's not forget that Claudio Suarez came into MLS at 38 and had a good couple of seasons in 2006 and 2007 before injuries started taking their toll. It should also be noted that Suarez never played at as high a level as Pena has. I can think of much worse things than bringing in a veteran of La Liga (like, say, starting the season with McTavish as our #3 center back).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Fischy is easily the most annoying commenter in the history of this blog.

Posted by: chemweapon | March 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse
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Well he's certainly no higher than second now. Thanks for taking over top spot...

Posted by: JkR- | March 8, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Where is Christian Gomez???

Posted by: VirginiaFan | March 8, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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