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MLS, USA women, Freedom and Terps updates

*Awaiting Dallas' acquisition of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to be finalized. FCD first expressed interest in the veteran last week and negotiated a deal throught MLS. His previous club, Kansas City, had the right of first refusal, even though it had no intention of retaining him. Had the club not exercised that right, Hartman would have been available on waivers and the Wizards would not have been compensated. Because Hartman has value, they exercised the right and will receive -- I am guessing -- a conditional draft pick from Dallas.

[UPDATE: Trade is now official: Hartman for a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.]

*Philadelphia has acquired Colombian midfielder Roger Torres, 18, on loan from America Cali.

*Red Bulls forward Giorgi Chirgadze, an academy signing last fall, will have hip surgery and miss four to five months.

*Meet the mediator who will attempt to resolve the differences between MLS and the players' union.

Keep reading.....

*Pia Sundhage named a 24-player roster for two USA women's friendlies against Mexico. Meantime, as mentioned on the Insider's Twitter page earlier, the top-ranked Americans are planning to play No. 2 Germany on May 22 at a U.S. venue in the Midwest. The teams met in the Algarve Cup final last week, with the United States winning, 3-2. (The new FIFA rankings will come out Friday.)

*The Washington Freedom, which has opened training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., unveiled a 28-player preseason roster. By April 1, all WPS clubs must be down to 18 senior players and four developmentals.

*Maryland's Doug Rodkey, a starting midfielder who has battled injuries throughout his career, has been granted a sixth year by the NCAA.

By Steve Goff  |  March 8, 2010; 5:54 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , Freedom , MLS , Women  
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Thanks for the updates on the WPS - a league, we know, that will play this spring.

You say "Cohen" and I say "Cohan."
You say "Lohan" and I say "No, man."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 8, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

19 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 8, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I would feel better about the Freedom's chances this year if they had some young players called in to camp alongside vets
Whitehill and Wambach.

Posted by: b18bolo | March 8, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"19 days until United's first match." maybe, baby...

Posted by: dcarmy | March 8, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Thirty-two days until the Freedom's first match!

Posted by: stwasm | March 9, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

from CNNSI (since the embed probably didn't come through, the link is below):

FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham is interviewed by a reporter in this video. Cunningham proceeds to tell the reporter that his name is Freddy Adu. Then he pretends to be Adu for the entire interview. The reporter never catches on.

Posted by: troy6 | March 9, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it. I have fond memories of telling security guards I was Tony Hawk or Jason Lee when caught skating some off limits spot when I was a kid, but that's a whole different bag of gummy worms.

I'm not sure Dallas players mocking the press is the greatest of PR moves considering the club seems to be struggling to keep people interested?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 9, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Look at it this way, DadRyan, Dallas can't get any more ignored than they already are. Its not like *courting* the press has put more than seven or so people in their building for games.

Posted by: Ron16 | March 9, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

We can list the ways Jeffrey Cunningham is like Adu. I'll start:

Both won't be going to the World Cup

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

The start of the season may be in some doubt with the CBA negotiations ongoing but today is the first day an MLS team will play a meaningful game since last fall.

Columbus hosts Toluca in the ConcaChampions thingamajig on FSC tonight.

Don't expect too much:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

CL matches today -- set your Argy Bargy.

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

@Reignking: That was uncalled for, but funny.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 9, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

We can list the ways Jeffrey Cunningham is like Adu. I'll start:

Both won't be going to the World Cup

Posted by: Reignking


Both are over 30.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 9, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I-270: you make it sound like any of my comments are ever called for :)

Posted by: Reignking | March 9, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Cunningham is the 2d leading scorer in MLS history. Probably leading if you subtract PKs. It's like Karl Malone sitting down for an interview and saying he was Kwame Brown. K-W-A-M-E B-R-O-W-N.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 9, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Great bit by Cunningham but the reporter obviously did "catch on" since Cunningham tells him Adu is "the other guy" as the cameras start rolling.

Anyway, it'd be great to see Wambach or another Freedom player do the same thing (to tie these themes together).

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 9, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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