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A few minutes with D.C. United's Dave Kasper

First, you should know that D.C. United midfielder-forward Chris Pontius will be sidelined several weeks with a hamstring injury suffered in the first half of Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire. He is the third starter in four matches to go off with a hamstring ailment.

I will post Q&As with Coach Curt Onalfo and goalkeeper Troy Perkins later today, but first I chat with General Manager Dave Kasper, whose role overseeing personnel decisions has made him the target of the supporters' ire during this winless start.

Kasper: These are tough times, but we're going to get through them. It's early in the season. We know we are 0-4; we're not an 0-4 team. We've got to battle and get that first result and get confidence in ourselves and get this thing moving in the right direction.

You obviously expected better results after a promising preseason. What has gone wrong?

Kasper: We have got to get some injured guys back; that's a starting point. It's tough to miss the guys we are missing right now. Second is, if you look at the last three games, the game is there late in the game, and whether we are pushing, lack of concentration, not mentally tough, things we are addressing with the team, we have got to do better.

Do you think you have the right personnel to turn it around or do you feel like you are going to have to make some moves soon?

We are always looking to get better. We will look to strengthen the side, but at the same time, we believe in the players who are here. We've got to get some injured players back and we have got to get more out of the players that we have.

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Do you have space under the salary cap to make some moves?

We have some cap space, yes, to be able to add players.

But under the new collective bargaining agreement, there are more guaranteed contracts, so even if you were release certain players, they would still impact your salary cap, right?

Correct.

What percentage of your roster has guaranteed contracts?

The majority is guaranteed.

Club owner Will Chang has said there are players under consideration for possible signing this year that would require designated player contracts. Does that remain the case?

That is accurate. The next transfer window is in July; that's the first time to go out and get international players, so we have players that we have had our eyes on, continue to track and something that we will spend a lot of time with in the next several months.

Three times in four games, you have lost starters in the first half to hamstring injuries. Is it a coincidence or is there an issue with preparations?

We have had a history of hamstrings. I think last year the workload and number of games we played certainly contributed to soft-tissue injuries. This year, Clyde [Simms] coming back from a knee injury, I think it's a one-off thing. Juan [Manuel] Pena not having the benefit of a full preseason, in his second game does his hamstring, so I don't see a correlation there. Chris Pontius is one that we have to spend some time figuring it out. He has had lingering hamstring issues the last year. He hasn't been able to train all out this year. He has had that lingering pain. We have been working with him.

Do you second-guess the decision to play him early in the season?

He injured it with the national team [early this year], came back, and we were very conscious of it. We've been very cautious with him and strengthening him and making sure he is right. Even going into this past Saturday's game, he felt great. Early in the week, he had an issue, but then the last two days of training, he said he felt great. That is one we have to figure out.

Are you happy with the job Onalfo is doing?

I think Curt has done a good job. He has been hamstrung with missing big pieces. Any time you take away five starters from an MLS team, it could possibly affect the outcome. That is a big part of our issue right now. With that said, we are asking guys to step up. It's an opportunity to compete and earn a regular spot on this team.

Are you surprised how much trouble Perkins has had, given his experience and the expectations in his return to the club?

Troy is putting a lot of pressure on himself. I don't know whether it was the trade and what we gave away to get him, but I think he is putting pressure on himself. We told him last week that we didn't sign him to win the MLS Cup in the first month here. He is here long term -- he is a long-term piece that we added back to strength our side and we need him to go out and be Troy Perkins. ... Maybe he is overthinking it. He just needs to go and be the guy that he has been at this club, the guy that he was the last couple seasons in Europe and do his job.

The supporters are angry about the start to the season. What is your message to them?

I know the fans are angry, and we are angry. We are going to continue to work hard. This team needs a result to get some confidence. We're working 24/7 to fix it. We're going to continue to doing that until we get it right.


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By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Chris Pontius, Collective bargaining, Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Dave Kasper, MLS, Major League Soccer, Salary cap, Troy Perkins, soccer  
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Comments

Seriously? Another hamstring injury? Really? *Really?* *REALLY?!*

Honestly, how many hamstring injuries before someone on the training staff decides to go take a couple of refresher courses?

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 19, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Are you happy with the job Onalfo is doing?

I think Curt has done a good job. He has been hamstrung with missing big pieces.
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Leave the puns to 270, son.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't really sound like he's angry.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

oh, and THANKS GOFF!!!!!

Posted by: nairbsod | April 19, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Phoenix Suns training staff, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | April 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This team needs a BIG signing, I feel like we've been left behind in MLS as far as big names goes, and I don't count Gallardo. I hope they're serious when talking about the July transfer window.

Posted by: Pete803 | April 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Steve.
Not happy with the results of course, but appreciate everything Soccer Insider brings to the table.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Guy is/was/will ever be a tool. Got to go.

Posted by: Matte | April 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Curt Onalfo has a "a very scientific approach to our training" that has resulted in the "fewest injuries of any team in MLS over the last three years".

- from the Curt Onalfo online chat, which is now nowhere to be found on dcunited.com

Posted by: DCUMD | April 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Needs more horse placenta.

Posted by: addick | April 19, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@Kasper,

"We know we are 0-4; we're not an 0-4 team."

DCU is one fluke goal (that should have been disallowed) away from having a negative goal differential that equals the next TWO worst in the league. I think that makes us an 0-4 team.

"[Onalfo] has been hamstrung with missing big pieces."

Nice pun. Was that supposed to be funny? Did Kasper mean the big missing pieces that management failed to supply?

"We're working 24/7 to fix it. We're going to continue to doing that until we get it right."

Yah whatever. Was he talking about the roster or the stadium? Does it matter? ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Posted by: benonthehill | April 19, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

He has to go. This is a results business.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I don’t see Kasper taking one bit of responsibility for our 0-4 start in this interview.

He’s blaming injuries? We knew about Namoff’s injury before the season. We had to be able to anticipate that Pena would have a couple injuries this season at his age. Injuries are a poor excuse for our record.

Are the Red Bulls and Wizards dramatically better than last year because they have had fewer injuries? No. They are better because they signed talented players to fill their needs.

Posted by: DCUMD | April 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Did you ask him how *much* salary cap space is available, and he just didn't want to answer?

Posted by: benonthehill | April 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What exactly makes him think they are not an 0-4 team? Is it the 0-4 record? The horrible defense? The loss to an expansion club? The total lack of attack and scoring prowess? Allowing one of the all-time greats head to Miami FC? He's right, they not an 0-4 team, they're more like an 0-8 team....

Cristian Ronaldo is abducted by aliens:

http://tiny.cc/72i9k

Posted by: dwreck1971 | April 19, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Kasper validated his bona fides as what is perceived as by other MLS executives and players: a used car salesman.

Working 24/7 to fix it? He's sleeping at RFK? He's up all night at home? Don't think so.

It's either that or he's the biggest idiot in sports: What was he thinking using the word "hamstrung" in his description of Curt.

As Pete Townsend wrote in "Tommy:"

"What is happening in his head? Ooo-ooo, I wish I knew. I wish I knew."

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 19, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

how about asking him when the front office will be held accountable for the last three years of horrible failures?

Posted by: fedssocr | April 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Arrrrrhhhh! This does nothing but infuriate me. What a joke of a GM. He's created the Detroit Lions of MLS and he wants to talk about the games were there late. We have like 15 shots on goal the whole season. What has he been watching? Fire Kasper, Payne and Onalfo NOW!

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | April 19, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Injuries are not the issue. Quality is the issue. Not sure if anyone on DC (healthy or not) would get on the field for Seattle.

I mean Kasper makes it sound like Namoff's injury is all that is holding this team back. Are you serious? This team is awful across the board.

Posted by: srfinger | April 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

In years past we've had bad starts, but there were pieces in place that felt like it was just a matter of time before we turned things around (even if we didn't). Right now every loss has felt deserved, and every loss could have been worse than it was.

I agree that it's a different defense with Namoff, Pena and Simms back from injuries, but it's hard to argue that we're not an 0-4 team. Before the season it looked like we had the D sorted, and I worried about where the goals would come from. But it seems like we're leaking from all sides of the boat now.

Posted by: eadc | April 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I already got the tics so I guess I'll keep showin up. And I'll never stop being a supporter, but the enjoyment of the overall game day experience hovers somewhere around...not fun. not entertaining. not worth shelling out $ if I hadn't already done so for the season.

Posted by: DCB23 | April 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's been said already, but it's worth reinforcing the point.

The fact that Kasper refuses to believe that this team is a bottom of the table team, and absolutely deserves to be a bottom of the table team, is indicative of greater problems. Sure, you expect him to be lemonade and brownies and all, but to say that we don't deserve to be 0-4 means he's either a BSer extraordinare or clinically insane.

We're 0-4. And we damn well deserve every one of those losses. Wake up and smell the brew, Kasper.

And this doesn't even address the hamstrung comment. That's just flat out beyond the pale.

Posted by: jpeace121 | April 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Very informative exchange -- first time I have heard that Pontius was injured in USA camp.

More importantly, it answers just about every question a fan could have about who is running this franchise and why this franchise is getting creamed.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | April 19, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"We know we are 0-4; we're not an 0-4 team"

Wrong, Dave. Simply wrong.

You are exactly the team your record says you are or you would not be that record.

You have not been the victim of horrible officiating or even come close to having any game this season affected by anything less than your teams play. Every team suffers injuries.

You have scored TWO goals in four games. No goals at home. You have almost as many cards as you do shots on goal. Your team is no longer even capable of beating an expansion team in their third game.

It's time for you and Mr. Payne to take a good look at yourselves and the team you put together. Ask yourself if you really think you can win with this team. Then ask yourself again and try to keep a straight face.

Posted by: JPO2200 | April 19, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Any time you take away five starters from an MLS team, it could possibly affect the outcome."

You have to be kidding me. What *five* starting players were we missing at the _start_ of the season? Namoff, Simms, Burch; that's THREE.

benonthehill is right; the "missing pieces" that Onalfo doesn't have (a solid leader for the defense; a striker who can actually put the ball in the back of the net; a midfield attacker who can coordinate the offense; plus a physio staff that can keep the players from being injured every time they step on the field) are KASPAR'S responsibility, and he's fallen face down on the job, like a Stooge or a Marx Brother on a building site.

Frankly, I think the beginning of the season demonstrates my darkest suspicion: the front office is trying to break the city's lease on the team so they can move them out of Cleveland. Oh, wait, that was a different comedy of errors...

I think the roster needs some new blood, but I have no confidence at all that this head office will provide it. I'm all for giving Onalfo more time to show what he can do, but I think the dismal last two years and the failure to achieve meaningful, positive change coming into 2010 signal the need to replace heads a little higher than Curt's.

Posted by: janspoor | April 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I clicked on this and expected to see some responsibility taken. Silly me.

Posted by: Section117 | April 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was all Tom Soehn's fault?

Posted by: Reignking | April 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Setting aside the sheer stupidity of what he said, the fact that he said anything is in and of itself massive stupidity.

If he is so bill-headed that he insisted on opening his mouth, it's hard to believe the DCU PR staff didn't coach him at least to the extent that his full foot wasn't devoured.

Doug Hicks's staff is expert at containing this sort of wondering off the reservation.

All he needed to say, if anything, is something like, "We're all very disappointed with how the season is going; we're working very hard to correct it. We know the fans are angry, and we thank them for their support and ask for their patience while we sort this out."

Instead, he made a dog's lunch out of it.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Not impressed.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 19, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"I think Curt has done a good job."

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaha. Thanks for the laugh.


"We know we are 0-4; we're not an 0-4 team."

Sorry, KP, but you are what your record says you are, and right now we're 0-4.


Seems like KP said a whole lot of nothing in this little interview. Can't wait to see what "coach" Onalfo says later on.........

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 19, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Kasper & Payne need to go. They've lost interest.... Injuries? What about the awful line up?! Don't you guys take any responsibility for the AWFUL LINE UP. We've got to wait until July. What about the AWFUL LINE UP you have left the team with?!

Posted by: lovinliberty | April 19, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Dog's lunch, I love that!

Posted by: Ruthie1 | April 19, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Fire Kasper. Ever since he took over the GM role after the 2004 season, we've been getting terrible, Non-MLS caliber players with the exception of Fred and Emilio in their first years. Now it sucks!!!!

Posted by: godpere | April 19, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

We changed the coach, and then we changed the players. When do we change the executives (Kasper and Payne) who are the one constant in the slippage of DC United over the past years? How about the personnel men accepting responsability for over the years bringing in players busts like Gallardo and coaches in over their heads?

Posted by: Verdeball | April 19, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately we are not at the bottom of the bell-curve yet - we will have a season of MLS records, all negatives. At an exciting time, when we have a close rival (Philly)starting, a higher standard of ability in the league and for DC, a season where we do not have fixture clutter....we do not have a team. Agree with pretty much everything said...I don't get the feeling of urgency from this interview, and I fear the "set-up" for a team move. I remain a loyal DCU fan, but with expectations so low its sad. 0-4 is not the end of the world, but its so hard to see through the anger and frustration any change coming soon.

Posted by: londonboy | April 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Dogs lunch...given what one of my dogs insists on eating (making cleaning her run much easier), that fits perfectly.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 19, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"we're not an 0-4 team."

it's true: lots of teams have bad starts. we, of course, look like 0-32 team: bad, bad, bad, with no end in sight.

Posted by: hungrypug | April 19, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse


Photo from Senor Goff's interview with Dave Kasper:

http://www.pikeynet.com/myloftextension/site/05/minister.jpg

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | April 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I know Onalfo is his current coach and all, but Kasper is just CYA when it comes to hiring that terrible coach.

Is DCU short-handed right now? Yep. Could a good coach at least find a way to keep the score down and play for a low-scoring win or draw? Also yep.

When you compare Onalfo to, say Nicol, well, it's not even a comparison. Look what Nicol has done in New England for years while having injured players throughout his lineup.

Onalfo is a putrid coach, plain and simple.

Posted by: scott47a | April 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Major injuries? Are you kidding? No knows if Namoff ever comes back and the FO knew the problem existed before the end of last season. Burch a major loss? Wow. Dave if you think Burch is a linchpin of a championship club, you are more clueless than I ever thought possible. The only major injury is Simms and, quite frankly, his replacement, Morsink, has shown more heart and bite than most of the posers running around in DCU kits.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 19, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

SG: Do you think you have the right personnel to turn it around...?

DK: ...[W]e believe in the players who are here. We've got to get some injured players back and we have got to get more out of the players that we have.

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This comment is so interesting to me because we have speculated each week on this blog how to cobble together a 4-man midfield from this roster, and the concensus seems to be that the team (especially with Morsink as a starter) is AT LEAST one man short.

*) Barklage is a nice player, but I don't think the other 15 MLS teams are tripping over themselves to get him on their team to start.
*) Was the plan REALLY to place so much faith in 17-year-old Najar?
*) Did the front office think this was going to be Boyzzz's break-out campaign?
*) Who, in Kaspar's fantasies, was going to score 10-15 goals? Jaime again?
*) Morsink: not good enough for KC's 24-man roster but the automatic back-up to Simms (who has historically avoided injuries)?
*) What if Tino actually is better on the wing? Then what?

Sad state of affairs. And yes, to echo other posts above, this is absolutely an 0-4 team--at least until the end of Game 5.

Posted by: DWE4 | April 19, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

At some point (and I think we're well past it) you have to hold Kasper responsible for the team roster. This year being the worst of the lot. We got rid of a lot in the off-season and we didn't upgrade in the process. MLS is just a tougher league now and you're not going to squeak by without a quality roster.

Onalfo may or may not be the coach we need but I haven't read anything that suggests he's got the final (let alone any) say on the roster.

Posted by: robb10 | April 19, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Like dying incestuous monarchies, DCU needs a blood transfusion of talent, front office thinking, and coaching to ward off the genetic weakness that has rendered this franchise an afterthought. Hamstrung my butt! The whold DNA of this franchise has been compromised.
Kasper, DCU is an 0-4 team - it never had a chance in any of its games, and there is noone to fear on this squad. DCU fans will look back at this point with fondness - its only going to get worse. Shameful incompetence all around.

Posted by: dcpsycho | April 19, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Here is the questions I'd like to see Kasper answer.

You went into the season saying Santino could be your creative force in the middle.

Three games in the team has given up on that strategy.

And there is no creativity on this team in the final third.

Thus every team we play will just let us have some toothless possession and then the good teams will just score goals in bunches and the bad teams will get enough randomn chances throughout the game (especially as we start pressing toward the end of the game) to score 1 or 2 goals.

So Mr. Kasper, what are you doing to get us some creative mid-field help RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!

This cannot wait until July unless you are punting on this season.

You either have to make a trade in the league or find an international who is out of contract so you can sign them right now.

Mr. Kasper, you answer can't seriously be Andy Najar, right? (No disrespect to Najar who looks like a very promising prospect).

You know what would be perfect right now - Christian Gomez with Najar serving as the understudy (ready to come in at the 60 minute mark of most games). That's a workable solution although I guess CG is signed with Miami...

Regardless, this team has to make a move right now.

If it's a trade within the league I would tell other teams that literally every single one of our players (except for Jamie) is available in the right situation. I only hold out Jaime out of respect and if he was willing to go (say maybe he was being traded to a contender and wanted that last shot) I'd give him that chance.

This team SUCKS as it is currently constituted.

There is no creativity - not even on free kicks. Guess what other team, every free kick we have Santino is going to try and kick it as hard as he can as low as he can. Maybe it will eventually work...

Kasper's personnel strategy was Tino in the middle. That plans seems to have been thrown out the window (for good reason). What is Plan B?

Posted by: QuietSide | April 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I know it's a little off topic, but the poor performance of the team highlighted the poor management of the stadium. $15 dollars for parking this year? For what? The lazy cops at Gate 8 and a lack of signage left me driving in circles and across the overpass and back before finding the entrance to another Gate. I've had season tickets for years until now so I didn't think about it much. The way the stadium treats it's major tenants and a team playing worse than second division teams I've seen, I'm glad I didn't renew. Maybe half-way through the season I'll take a chance on this abysmal situation at RFK again. Otherwise I’ll see if they turn it around on TV. Oh yeah, where the hell is the television coverage???!!!!

Posted by: martyb1 | April 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@robb10 said "At some point...you have to hold Kasper responsible."
No I don't. I have to hold Will Chang responsible for retaining Kasper. And Payne.
Will brother, you bought a really nice used car. Too bad they forgot to tell you the engine was left out.
We love ya though and if you'd just come clean on this whole debacle and fire the FO we'll be there for you and build a franchise worthy of the word Tradition on its back.

Posted by: dsheon1 | April 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

$15 to park this year? Great googly moogly!!!

Unlike years past, where if you won your last 3 games you could get into the playoffs. In all seriousness, United could be out of the race before June 1st...

Posted by: eldiablo | April 19, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

It's not that I'm angry. I just don't feel very supportive right now.

- supporter

Posted by: TCompton | April 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Most of you are being absolutely unrealistic about what you would like to hear Kasper say. Do you really expect him (or any GM) to say "Yeah, it turns out this team sucks, we have no talent, and it's my fault."?

Come on! Even though I believe it, you believe it and he may even believe HE CAN'T SAY THAT OUT LOUD. Even if he were willing to throw himself under the bus he can't do it to the coach and players, especially just four games in to the season.

Get real.

Besides, at 0-4 there is NOTHING he could say that would most of us feel better (short announcing dramatic new signings).

I'm not happy with Kasper either, but I take no issue with anything he said in this non-news-breaking interview.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | April 19, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Needs more horse placenta."

Posted by: addick

At this point I believe we must be up to elephant placenta, or maybe blue whale placenta level...and it should be applied directly to the (tiny) brains in the front office.

Posted by: soccerman | April 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

A scene from the Blues Brothers, changed a bit to fit this situation

DC Fans to Kasper -- You miserable slug! You think you can talk your way out of this? You betrayed us.


Kasper -- No I didn't. Honest... I ran out of gas. I, I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. IT ISN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD

Posted by: torrey151 | April 19, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

From the Owners' letter to the fans, 11/7/2008 (it's a good read):

"Kevin Payne remains president and is directly responsible for the business operations of D.C. United and as stated above will report directly to us. Kevin will also assist in the oversight of the team operations, provide his advice and be part of the decision-making process on player selection and other aspects of that area of our business. However, the primary responsibility and accountability will be with General Manager Dave Kasper, who will also report directly to us."

"... we are in a very competitive business, and we have high standards for ourselves. Our job is to ensure we achieve those standards by setting clear expectations and ensuring that we hold everyone accountable for these agreed upon goals and objectives. If these are not met to our satisfaction, we will take what ever action is necessary to achieve those goals."

http://www.dcunited.com/blog/2008/11/a-letter-from-victor-macfarlane-and-will-chang

Posted by: beergorila | April 19, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Apparently not only is Pontius out for 4-6 weeks, but Jakovic, too. http://www.dcunited.com/blog/2010/04/pontius-jakovic-both-sidelined-4-6-weeks

And the hits just keep on coming...

Posted by: HarkesyRules | April 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

a few minutes with dave kasper is a total waste of everybody's time: his, yours, ours. kasper should have been fired years ago, and until majority ownership wises up and fires this louse, along with payne and everybody wlse involved with personnel, this franchise is going nowhere --- stop wasting our time with front office interviews

Posted by: bestmick1 | April 19, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The MLS model features a roster with maybe 15-18 players who can compete and 6-9 warm bodies -- the equivalent of an NFL practice squad. With this sort of MLS roster, compensating for injuries to starters is very difficult.
DCU has taken the model that much further, in past years, by devoting big bucks to a few players -- most of whom are no longer around. DCU has also invested serious playing time in older players, especially Moreno, making the development of younger players that much more difficult.
And finally DCU has been particularly weak in identifying good young players within the US -- the draft class of Pontius, Wallace and Barklage being the principal exception,
So now DCU has an amazing weak roster. Signing two or three high priced foreigners might represent an improvement, but even then the depth will not be there as will the young, cheaper players capable of developing into starters.

Posted by: Jphubba | April 19, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Q: "The supporters are angry about the start to the season. What is your message to them?"

A: "I know the fans are angry, and we are angry. We are going to continue to work hard. This team needs a result to get some confidence. We're working 24/7 to fix it. We're going to continue to doing that until we get it right."

Call in the Red Mist. He works 25/8.

http://www.facebook.com/redmist#!/redmist?v=box_3

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | April 19, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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