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D.C. United's Dejan Jakovic out 4-6 weeks

D.C. United's dire injury situation worsened late today as the club announced that central defender Dejan Jakovic will be sidelined four to six weeks with a fractured clavicle. Earlier in the day, forward-midfielder Chris Pontius was ruled out for four to six weeks as well with a hamstring strain.

Meantime, midfielder Clyde Simms and defender Juan Manuel Peña are gradually recovering from hamstring injuries, and defenders Marc Burch (foot) and Bryan Namoff (post-concussion) remain sidelined.

Jakovic was injured April 10 in Philadelphia when he was kicked by teammate Julius James. They were pursuing a bouncing ball, and with Alejandro Moreno pressuring Jakovic from behind, Jakovic lowered his head to make contact when James' high kick struck him in the upper body and head. After being treated, he remained in the match.

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By Steve Goff  |  April 19, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Alejandro Moreno, Bryan Namoff, Chris Pontius, Clyde Simms, D.C. United, Dejan Jakovic, Juan Manuel Peña, MLS, Marc Burch, soccer  
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Posted by: Pete803 | April 19, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

When it rains, it pours.

Also, someone in The Big Lebowski thread tried to compare Will Chang to Peter Angelos. I mean, really?

If nothing more, atleast Chang goes to games for the team he owns. I don't even think Angelos knows where OPACY is since he hasn't been there in lord knows how long.

Chang is Angelos. hahahahahahaha

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 19, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

DC UNITED IS HORRIBLE HONESTLY, there coach is the worst, and please when we end up playing AC MIALN if we continue to play the way we are it will make the leauge look bad.

Posted by: springfield7200 | April 19, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I think we have found our new Zzzzzzzzzzz......

Posted by: marcool | April 19, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Any expectations I still had of a surprise, quick turnaround have been nuked into oblivion. Ah well, at least I'm not a fair-weather fan. !Vamos United!

Posted by: VABRfan | April 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

the barra needs a song entitled "4-6 weeks"

Posted by: SexyOffender | April 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it is fair to say that this DCU team is no longer contending for worst team of the league this year (that's a given now), but rather worst team in MLS EVER.

Did anyone know Jakovic was injured, much less suffering a fractured clavicle? People, he didn't even play this weekend and he's out with a serious injury? WTF???

Posted by: jofij | April 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

In retrospect, a strike wouldn't have been so bad.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 19, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

That sucks. Still not giving up on United for the season, nor Onalfo. I will instead remain very displeased with the front office. This late signings, wait until summer, hope players suddenly learn new positions mismanaging has gotten tiresome. The central midfield and right back were known issues for months and months. That the only players signed were unwanted MLS veterans is sad.

Posted by: Dancy1 | April 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Sung to the tune of Sloop John B

Four to six weeks
Four to six weeeeeks
Team's so broke up
for four to six weeks.

Watch how United fail
See all our our rivals score
We're so bad on the road
and we're worse at home

Wait, we don't have a home
Don't even have a hoooome
Team's so broke up
And we don't have a home

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | April 19, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Time for hernia surgery in Germany!

What happened to Olsen? Why not make him our trainer and get these pu**ies into shape.

I remember when Benny played a game shortly after getting shot 3 times in a shoot out when he defeated a notorious gang, afterwards he was hit by a Greyhound bus walking across the street on the way to RFK and then Talon sucker punched him in the gut on his way to the locker room. In that game he still managed to score three goals and kept Landy Cakes begging for mercy.

In al honesty this team needs an "Olsen" someone to unite the players and get them motivated again. When moral is down to DCU levels the smallest injury will keep players on the bench.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 19, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually Coach Ben Olsen would have been among the "coaching staff" and "all of the above" whom the majority of responders blame for the current situation.

Does Coach Olsen get a pass? If he's not as accountable as the rest then why is he there?

Posted by: OWNTF | April 19, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

That's six automatic team in the MLS could compete with that amount of serious injuries.
And...only Pontius played on Saturday.
The "who's to blame poll" should have had a category named injuries.
Let's just pack it in for every game in the next six weeks...and hope for 0-0 draws.

Posted by: matthewjfyoungs | April 19, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

oh...and that's the ENTIRE starting back four....

Posted by: matthewjfyoungs | April 19, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Will Chang has a comment:

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!
You sulfurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' th' world,
Crack nature’s molds, all germens spill at once
That make ingrateful man!

I'm not a superstitious man, but this organization needs deep cleansing.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Says Dave Kaspar: This is not an 0-4 team.

Posted by: DWE4 | April 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Can we move down to USL 2 for the time being?

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | April 19, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

D.C United!!!!!

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | April 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Must be the trainers.

Posted by: delantero | April 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

This sucks, well at least Graye and some of the young guys will get some playing time. Outside of the hamstring injuries it's just dumb luck (or the D.C. sports curse)

Posted by: ihillvt | April 19, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"Vamos" (cut that) "Regrese" United

Anyone left?


Posted by: londonboy | April 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

off-topic but SI has a good Q&A with Garber. Does anyone else read "Baltimore United" in this (when he references mid-atlantic states):

" If D.C. United continues to have issues finding a stadium plan in D.C., what are you going to do?
Garber: We are going to continue to fight the fight as hard as we can to get D.C. an appropriate facility. To think that what was and probably is one of the most valuable brands in MLS and arguably one of the most recognizable sports teams in the Mid-Atlantic states, to have them in the situation where they are now is inexcusable and unacceptable. We have teams that are starting as expansion teams and a few years later are moving in to brand-new buildings. So I continue to talk with [United honchos] Will Chang and Kevin Payne and try to work with them to figure out a solution beyond just continuing to play at RFK."

Read More:

Posted by: nairbsod | April 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, I'm beginning to get depressed.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is over until we decide it is! Some folks haven't given Onalfo a chance since day one. The guy took over a train wreck, it's gonna take some time to turn things around. It's MLS for christ sakes, a team only needs to put a run together starting in late July to have a shot at the MLS cup, look at RSL. I believe they had 1 more point then DC last season.

Hell at least the team has a coach now that tries to put players in their natural positions, w/ the exception of Q but that was corrected quickly. If come the end of July and the situation is the same then the "sky is falling" chants can begin. Until then can the the "worst team in MLS ever" drama BS. My money is on this team making the playoffs. Vamos United.

Posted by: Lot8Date | April 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

@Lot8Date: And when did the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor? Luv the spirit, but there is not enough alcohol in the world to get me to where you are right now.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This is fvcked.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 19, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'll be the guy in Section 231 with a bag over his head. Stop by and say hello.

Posted by: Hoost | April 19, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

28 to 42 days days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | April 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just wow. The season is young and all, but with this many key players out with injuries for so much longer, I can't see how we have any hope of playoffs.

I also don't really see what the point of signing a DP at this point would be, other than to try and maintain fan interest.

But what I really don't get is the "Fire Onalfo!" bandwagon. I mean, before season started it was pretty obvious that the roster was fairly weak. Add all the injuries and the results are hardly surprising. The game comes down to the players, and our 11 just don't measure up -- not a whole lot Onalfo can do about that except try and stay positive.

Personally, I place the bulk of the blame for this poo poo season on the front office. They're the ones in charge of building the roster.

Posted by: edgeonyou | April 19, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

So what happens if we run out of players? Does MLS have a "red light" rule?

Posted by: tcbannon | April 19, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

This sucks! For their own good DCU needs to be relegated. At least the Caps won tonight. Rock the Red!

Posted by: croftonpost | April 19, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

4-6 weeks? Must be the mildest clavicle break in medical history.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | April 19, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

So what happens if we run out of players? Does MLS have a "red light" rule?

Posted by: tcbannon | April 19, 2010 10:27 PM


The team should be OK. A team can avoid a forfeit if it can field 7 players. Plus we can play one of the guys with a hamstring injury in goal as they may not need to run as much as the field players.

No need to worry.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 19, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

has anyone else noticed that the 7 worst players in mfls belong to DC United? Pontius, Jakovic, James, Castillo (all -8 points), Quaranta (-10), Wallace (-13), and Morsink (-14).

maybe our guys are playing fantasy golf instead.

Posted by: hungrypug | April 19, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

We need to cut the head off a live chicken. Pollito beware.

Posted by: LookingDangerous | April 19, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Kasper has to go; this is a results business.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 20, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Kasper has to go; this is a results business.

How about: Kasper has to go get some more players; this is a results business and the result of having only ten men available to play will be even more excruciating.

Posted by: daggar | April 20, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Bad news for my impending open tryout:

Whilst hustling through the warehouse to chane the radio from the Justin Beiber song, I pulled up lame. The training staff says it's a strained hamstring and that I'll be out 4-6 weeks.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 20, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

D.Ceased United! Ugh!

Posted by: stwasm | April 20, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Goff: If you're going to gratuitously slam the Orioles for their poor attendance last Monday night, you better be prepared to do the same for last night's Nats' gate.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 20, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I blame q100, Jacob. And Usher.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the Revolution play on Patriot Day?

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

DC must now focus on having a better record than the 2009 red bulls.

Posted by: rusone | April 20, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I'd say that DCU should park the bus, but there is no one to drive it right now.

Posted by: Reignking | April 20, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 20, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

This team is bad but the "worst team ever" talk is way premature. Even getting Clyde Simms back and relegating Morsink to the bench would go a long way to improving things. That said, I would play the best 11 players in every game, and by best 11 players I mean ones that care the most and playing the hardest. If people like Perkins need to go sit on the bench for a few games then so be it.

Even the Redskins won some games last year.

Viva United!

Posted by: diego_r | April 20, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

At what point does the 12th man actually take to the pitch?

Barra Brava FC, be on alert...

Posted by: -rke- | April 20, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood

Don't stop him. He's on a roll.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 20, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I hear McLean Youth Soccer has some hot prospects.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | April 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I predict that D.C. United WILL NOT LOSE this weekend.

(Sure, they aren't playing this weekend, but you have to find at least one bright spot).

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | April 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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