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Saturday kickaround

*In what was scheduled to be his final appearance on loan for Everton, Landon Donovan came on in the 67th minute of Everton's 2-2 tie at Birmingham City. Donovan, whose situation might change if the MLS players go on strike, had a few nice touches but no scoring opportunities.

*D.C. United cut trialists Daniel Wasson, a midfielder, and Jermaine Taylor, a Jamaican national team central defender. Andy Najar, a youth academy midfielder, has rejoined the club for the Carolina Challenge Cup, which begins today in Charleston, S.C.

*The Washington Freedom opened the WPS preseason with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars.

*Kasey Keller discusses the MLS labor impasse.

*In a boost to its attack, MLS champion Real Salt Lake has acquired Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio on loan from Swiss club Sion. He might make his debut tonight against DCU in Charleston. Saborio, 27, has been with Tigres, Saprissa and Bristol City and scored 22 goals in 55 caps for the Ticos, including this rocket against the USA in a qualifier last summer:

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Costa Rica , D.C. United , Freedom , MLS  
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Surely Saborio and Collins John are higher quality at a MUCH BETTER AGE than Alstopp. What's up with the front office?

Posted by: dukestreetkid | March 13, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Saborio had a discovery claim put on him by RSL first and I'm pretty sure Chicago put a claim on John. Not to mention I'm not sure if a guy who hasn't scored in practically two years can be considered "quality" regardless of the fact he once played in the EPL.

Posted by: Unitedfury | March 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

SURELY you're not as sure as you surely seem to think you are.

One does have to wonder about the FO, though; it's never a good idea to p*ss off a Jamaican.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | March 13, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Pena might have made an impression.

As for Saborio, always good to get talent from the neighbors.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 13, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for dredging up some bad memories. What pathetic defending on that goal.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 13, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting discussion of NASL-era labor troubles (link courtesy of Soccer America):

Posted by: universityandpark | March 13, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

14 days until United's first league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Barring a work stoppage, looks like DCU is hosting FC Dallas some time in April, for the US Open Cup.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 13, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds like Pena might have made an impression."-UnitedDemon

Maybe it's more likely Arzu or Rice are the ones making an impression. Pena's awful old...
I'll honestly be very surprised if Pena ends up with a contract.

Posted by: sockey1 | March 13, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful looking day in Charleston!
Here's a link to TFC TV's live feed:

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It's probably all been said before, but...

The article re the NASL strike misses several points. First, it takes two to disagree. Work stoppages are not caused solely by the employees. Second, healthy enterprises usually are based on the realization that management and employees have at least some interests in common. An enterprise that can show a profit only be treating its employees poorly is not likely to succeed over the long run. Alienating employees will eventually destroy almost any organization. Moreover, gaining a reputation for treating employees badly has its own disadvantages. It is too easy to equate the health of professional soccer in the US with the profitability of the various teams. It is also true that the long term health of professional soccer depends on attracting good young athletes to the sport. This is not likely to happen if the vast majority of professional players feel that they are being badly treated.

Posted by: Jphubba | March 13, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Who'd have guessed Olave would get a yellow card? Pena did start BTW.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Boy, its 75 and sunny here in Cocoa Beach today, I'll go home for a few days, then go to that down in Charleston? Sometimes life is just gooood.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 13, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

DCU wins 2-1. RSL penalty in the 40th, goals by Moreno in the 77th and 80th for United. First on a bit of a blunder by Rimando, who got stuck in no man's land, and the second on a corner.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 13, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Sign Najar.

Posted by: dcarmy | March 13, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"and the second on a corner"

Two goals of corners in two games. Was Moreno's a header like Party Boys in Mexico?

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if the game can be watched anywhere on replay?

Posted by: redskinsux | March 13, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Another example of how the front office isn't doing its job. Yesterday, I scoured the sites (DCU, BTB, even TFC) for any hint that there would be a live feed for the DCU game today. If I'd known there would be a feed, I would have really enjoyed watching it.

Here's an example of a front office that has its stuff together:

Saputo is expecting to announce his expansion into MLS, and he expects the Quebec gov't is going to chip in $25 million to cover stadium expansion and practice facility. Bravo!

Posted by: fischy | March 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

fischy, we talked about TFC TV's feeds here in a couple different threads. They did the same thing last year, and the news about these feeds isn't new. It is a little bit surprising United wouldn't mention it, until it was a little late, not to mention Goff didn't mention it here, but offered up a link on his Twitter...

@redskinsux, it doesn't appear that there is an archive for these matches on TFC TV. Just don't forget there will be another couple matches streaming on Wednesday. Toronto packed up their gear last year and didn't provide a feed for the last match of the Tournament. I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened this year.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 14, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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