Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

D.C. United, MLS news & notes

Greetings from RFK Stadium, where it is much too warm for April 6. After a day off and a reserve match, D.C. United resumed work this morning at the sweltering training grounds.

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins did not participate because of a stomach illness but Coach Curt Onalfo said he thinks Perkins will be ready for Saturday's match at Philadelphia. Defender Julius James had a similar problem at the end of preseason camp leading up to the season opener.

"We're hoping it's not to that extent," Onalfo said. "He has got either a stomach flu or food poisoning. He saw the doctor this morning, but we anticipate it is a 24-hour thing."

Second-choice keeper Bill Hamid, who was not in uniform this past Saturday because of a shoulder injury, is training again and "making progress," Onalfo said. Andrew Quinn, the No. 3 goalie, played 90 minutes in Monday's reserve match against second-division Crystal Palace Baltimore and "did a solid job" in the 5-2 victory, the coach added. For training purposes only, a keeper from third-division Real Maryland joined the squad today.

Brandon Barklage, Carey Talley and Christian Castillo left Saturday's match because of knee/leg ailments and appear to be on course to be available this weekend.

On the attacking front, Onalfo was encouraged by Australian forward Danny Allsopp's two-goal performance in the reserve match. Allsopp was set to enter in the second half Saturday against New England, but injuries altered Onalfo's plans. "He has been really sharp over the last two weeks [in training]. He is likely to see time this weekend."

Meantime, United is going to continue evaluating Junior Da Silva, the younger brother of former DCU midfielder Fred, who is now with Philadelphia. Junior scored an outstanding goal in the reserve match. "He has got a lot of talent but a lot to learn," Onalfo said. "Does he make sense to be a guy that we put some time in to be a developmental player? It's too early to make an assessment."

For a Luciano Emilio update and news from Toronto and New York.....

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

I asked Onalfo about the status of 2007 league MVP Luciano Emilio, whose MLS rights were retained by United after failed negotiations this winter. Emilio, who attended United's match Saturday, has been playing for Rio Branco in Brazil but wants to join an MLS club before the April 15 international window closes. United would receive compensation.

Onalfo paused for 10 seconds, checked his watch and said: "He is currently signed with another team. That's all I can say."

Something is up. Is a deal imminent? If so, Emilio would have to reach a contract deal with the league -- he would no longer earn close to the designated player salary he received last year -- and United would have to make a trade.

Meantime, Red Bulls Coach Hans Backe, who missed Saturday's match at Seattle because of illness, had gall bladder surgery and, according to The Score in Canada, defender Jim Brennan is retiring.

By Steve Goff  |  April 6, 2010; 1:49 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: DC United  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Tuesday kickaround
Next: Lionel Messi 4, Arsenal 1


Julius James is a liability on defense.
We need someone to step up.

Posted by: ussccr | April 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Philadelphia are the team most interested in Emilio... not to get ahead of myself, but if a deal were to happen quickly, is there any possibility of Emilio lining up against United this weekend?

Posted by: ricky_b | April 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Backe has a lot of gall missing that game.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

DC needs help big the personnel shortcomings were not worked out during pre-season is mindboggling. Anyone locate the MLS website yet? Some aspects of MLS operations are abysmal.

Posted by: juke2 | April 6, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

Can you please include ESPN360 listings in your daily tv lineups? Most people who have Comcast, Cox or Verizon FIOS get ESPN 360 as a free addition.


Posted by: jdickinson187 | April 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

juke2, the MLS website is now at and a lot (but not all) of the big issues have been worked out.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | April 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

very interesting news on Emilio. Wasn't Danny Allsopp supposed to be our new go-to striker? I certainly hope he starts filling that role, and soon.
and who's allergies are killing them today?

Posted by: nairbsod | April 6, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Julius James is a liability on defense.
We need someone to step up."

Posted by: ussccr

Still think Burch can't help this team? We need him and Namoff back ASAP!!!

Posted by: soccerman | April 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Burch and Wallace are basically the same right now defensively, but brings more to the attack (he's also younger and has more upside).

Burch only has that cannon on his left peg to keep him on the roster.

I'm intrigued by the phrase "would have to make a trade." Does this mean that we'd trade a player and the rights to Emilio for someone decent? Or does it just mean Toronto would be giving us something?

Interesting about Junior. Great work, Goff.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Even though I was one who thought it was probably good that Fred's time was over, I sort of want him back now. I feel almost certain that he would be better than Tino at central midfield, he's got history playing with Danny Allsopp from their time in Melbourne, and if we signed his brother he'd have family locally to help him through tough times like what he experienced last year. Can we trade Emilio's rights to Philly for Fred please?

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Emiliot to Philly for Fred. Castillo/Fred would be a good offensive pairing (horrible defensively though) but at least we would be able to be competative until the WC break. After WC, look to better the midfield with a DP signing

Posted by: Springfie1d | April 6, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So if Perkins hasn't recovered from his stomach bug, and Hamid's shoulder isn't 100%, we could have the Andrew (the mighty) Quinn as our primary keeper with (perhaps) a Real Maryland keeper as our backup. Hmmm... OK, I guess.

Posted by: WorldCup | April 6, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahaha at people wanting fred back. Not so happy anymore about losing him for perkins i see? ;)

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | April 6, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@WorldCup .... my thoughts exactly.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 6, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Reignking | April 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It's just something to consider, and it's not as though I wasn't completely upfront - I wanted him out, and after last season's performance it was a fairly rational stance, I'd say. At this point, it's looking like it may have been a mistake, especially since we need someone centrally to help coordinate the attack (because Tino, bless his heart, can't do it), and between the three factors I listed above, it is a move that might make sense.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

French players, Gaul bladder. This is a theme, ne c'est pas?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 6, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm still fine with losing Fred and acquiring Castillo. A lot of the passes I saw Castillo get on Saturday forced him to stop or backtrack to get the ball. Now that big tough DP #10 we're adding in the summer just has to send Castillo better passes.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Discounted tickets for Freedom home games available through SAM. Use the discount code at the top of the page.

Disclaimer: I haven't tried this, so I don't know how big the discounts are.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Talk about heated contention in the Argy Bargy fantasy league! If Bendtner scores again Chest is gonna run away with this thing! LOL.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Messi is too old to play in MLS.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Messi now has 28 goals in the last 4 games.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Lets not get any 5'7" guys either, that Messi guy couldn't handle the physicality here either. Seriously though, i'd take any of them, but there are others i'd rather have.
Posted by: Brian76 | April 6, 2010 11:50 AM

Officially the stupidest thing I've seen in a while.

Posted by: rademaar | April 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Andy Gray might be the best color analyst in ALL of sports broadcasting. He's very candid and explains exactly what is happening at that moment. He proved during the most recent Euro Cup and I hope he's part espn/abc for this summer's world cup. I love Ray Hudson, but Gray is simply the best.

But can someone explain why it seems like FSC and most american/english broadcaster display bias toward Arsenal and other EPL clubs...It's a little tired.

Posted by: boricuabopper | April 6, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If you didn't captain Messi is Argy Bargy...

Posted by: Reignking | April 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't this set the table for Saturday's showdown?

Posted by: Reignking | April 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Keep away. Wow.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Messi is my Captain in the Argy Bargy league.

I still feel we received more value in the trade for Perkins, but would also welcome Fred back to United simply for the depth he would provide in midfield. Also be interesting to see if his little brother is more talented than Fred.

Posted by: alecw81 | April 6, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Messi just scored another five goals by telekinesis.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

All hail the King

Posted by: Kev29 | April 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have Almunia captained? LOL

Posted by: DadRyan | April 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Darn, all but one team in front of me (one that isn't active) has Messi as captain.

Posted by: Reignking | April 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Messi tinkers down the centre and into the area. He skates past Eboue, then moves left to evade Vermaelen, before hammering a shot at goal. Almunia saves well, but Messi simply picks up the rebound and slips the ball beneath the desperate keeper's body and into the net. I've not seen a hambone like this for a long time.

Posted by: Reignking | April 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Check Messi's boots for foreign substances: stickum, pine tar, Bose-Einstein Condensate.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 6, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse


60 points with 5 more still to play (Carrasso, Ciani, Vidic, Robben, and Scholes). Not a bad day at the office.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Messi is clearly doping.

Posted by: delantero | April 6, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Geez rademaar, gotta love it when someone can't detect sarcasm. (especially when immediately followed up with the phrase "seriously though")

So obviously i've regained thanks to all you guys!

Stupid work internet connection wouldn't refresh and i had no idea if it posted or not, i ususally get an error message restricting me from posting something twice in a row. Anyway, the whistle has blown at work, time to head home.

Posted by: Brian76 | April 6, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@Brian76: computer problems? You need to get yourself one of these:

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@Brian76- got the sarcasm, just trying to make a point.

Posted by: rademaar | April 6, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

and not about adding talent to MLS...

Posted by: rademaar | April 6, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes Mr. Rockwell, I know damn well who's in your team now. Freaking Bendtner!?! You're batting %1000 with the goals scored today. Nice work...

Posted by: DadRyan | April 6, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

ahh, I may have come OUT of the woodwork with Argy Bargy ... Nani, Valencia, Robben .. how about a 5-4 game tomorrow fellas!

Posted by: inzzo79 | April 6, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Honestly with CO's coaching Junior may be better off learning from someone else. From what I've seen of his coaching in KC and two games with DC Onalfo could not teach a class of 1st graders.

Posted by: degerron | April 6, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Getting rid of a 40 goal scorer might have been a mistake. Emilio will come back to score on us!

As for Perkins, let him sit...6 goals conceded in 2 games? He looks just as bad as he did the year he left.

Posted by: alan19 | April 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company