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Wednesday kickaround

*Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio is training in Honduras in hopes of joining a new club soon. He has resumed negotiations with D.C. United but also has an option in Mexico. United officials have said repeatedly that they have no plans to bring him back to the club and would trade his rights. In the Honduran outlet Diez, Emilio says he might end up with Philadelphia or Seattle, but I don't believe the Sounders are interested.

*Jamar Beasley, older brother of Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, is seeking a return to MLS after playing primarily in indoor leagues the past seven years. Beasley, 30, was with the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire between 1998 and 2001 before heading to lower-division clubs. He was training with Rangers last week. The Kansas City Wizards have spoken to him (among many players over the course of a season) but have not arranged a trial, a club spokesman said. Beasley played for Zoran Savic, now a Wizards assistant, with the indoor Kansas City Comets.

*The Insider told you a few weeks ago that Rangers is in negotiations to play D.C. United at RFK Stadium in July. Now the BBC is reporting that Rangers might play rival Celtic this summer in Foxborough, Mass.

*Herculez Gomez, who is on a scoring tear with Puebla in Mexico, talks about his U.S. World Cup chances.

*Would a return to MLS make sense for Stern John? The 44-goal scorer in 1998-99 with Columbus has three goals in eight appearances for Crystal Palace in England's second tier, including a late equalizer at Derby County on Saturday. John, 33, is out of contract this summer and has stated a desire to play in MLS again.

*The U.S. national team is close to finalizing the location of its domestic-based World Cup training camp in May. The campus of a prominent northeast university is the favorite.


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By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , MLS , Mexico , Scotland , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: DC United, Herculez Gomez, Kansas City Wizards, Luciano Emilio, New England Revolution, Soccer, World Cup  
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Yes, even Emilio back at this point. I'd even call up ol' Jimmy Floyd & see what he's up to.. DC needs something up top.

Posted by: beergorila | April 21, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Steven,

NE University campus??? Which one...we will take a rumor at this point.

Posted by: euroman | April 21, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

His last name is Beasley. Therefore, he must be in form, and ready to play in the world cup. Don't care when he last played, he's got to be better than this Bedoya guy.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I understand there is a 6-6, 245-pound target forward who will have some free time in September and a bit of October.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"DC needs something up top."

.. I didn't mean to insinuate "only".

Posted by: beergorila | April 21, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I saw Jamar play indoors a couple times over the last few years. We all know that indoor ain't outdoor. But dude looked strong. he looked like he was having fun.

I wanted to ask him why he didn't at least look for a second division club but I didn't want to look nosey.

I always just figured that he burnt out playing outdoos after his time in MLS. He played one season for the Indiannpolis Blast and that was it after they folded.

Why not give him a trial? Maybe he can make somebody's MLS roster. He darn sure can play in the USSF Second.

Posted by: yankiboy | April 21, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

id still rather have an older Beasley sibling than a younger "Fredinho" brother.

Posted by: VTUnited | April 21, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

If an MLS window closed on April 15th,. then how is Emilio going to make a move to Philly (coz he ain't going to Seattle).

If the Philly thing doesn't work out then it really lloks like he should have took his behind to Dallas when he had the chance instead of thumbing his nose at the hoops since he reportedly loves the US and MLS so much...

Otherwise, play for Olympia or Marathon or Real EspaƱa in Honduras or some other club in a legue that he thinks enough of to go play in.

Posted by: yankiboy | April 21, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: torrey151 | April 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Who on DC United was injured today?

Posted by: delantero | April 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@VTUnited

Yeah I agree totally a 30 year old has a much higher ceiling than an 18-19 year old.

Posted by: no_recess | April 21, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Who on DC United was injured today?

Posted by: delantero |

Ben Olsen got a papercut.

Posted by: Reignking | April 21, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@yankiboy -- As Goff has written, Emilio is out of contract. That makes him an international free agent. He also has a green card. Thus, he needs no international transfer certificate. So, there's no window for him, just like any other soccer player in this country looking for work. Dave van den Bergh, for example.

@torrey -- Interesting link. Of course, Boyzzz is under contract. He'd have to wait until the FIFA summer window. He's not likely to get a lot of playing time here...but, he's probably only another injury away from starting.

Stern John is available? I hope DCU doesn't seize on this as a way to get someone on the cheap. He might score a few times, but the team needs better. I like Najar's future, but we need a world-class CAM and striker. John ain't that. He could be another option up top, but if he's going to be effective here, we'd need to fill those other slots first. I'd be happy to see him sign somewhere else, if it means DC gets someone better.


Posted by: fischy | April 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Rangers is in negotiations or Rangers are in negotiations...??


I actually could see Emilio going to Seattle. Without Jacqua, they could use a target forward. Plus, there are those stories about Montero and CSKA Moscow -- possibly this summer.

Posted by: fischy | April 21, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the National Team train in Colorado to get used to the altitude. The venues in South Africa are pretty high above sea level.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | April 21, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

NE university? I'm guessing Bob's alma mater Princeton - 50m above sea level.

Posted by: EssEff | April 21, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"We need a world-class CAM and striker."

At this point I'd settle for an MLS-class CAM and striker.

Posted by: benonthehill | April 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't the National Team train in Colorado to get used to the altitude. Posted by: CACuzcatlan"

They travel two weeks or more before the 1st game. Should be plenty of time. Plus, a little self blood transfusion to boost their O2 carrying capacity .. .

Posted by: delantero | April 21, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't the National Team train in Colorado to get used to the altitude. The venues in South Africa are pretty high above sea level."

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | April 21, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Good point. We know they are going to South Africa early to have some scrimmages and get acclimatized, but I would think time at the Olympic Training Center couldn't hurt. Or maybe that is expensive. It leads to (begs?) the question: what are the criteria for selecting training grounds? Does someone pay USSF to come train in a town in anticipation of publicity and tourist revenue? Are there incentives like meal vouchers or free bus service? Maybe their team flight to Africa leaves from the Northeast. Anyone know?

Posted by: WorldCup | April 21, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

fischy -- good point on the contract thing. I just wonder if this is the beginning of the unraveling.

Posted by: torrey151 | April 21, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't there been research done which concludes there's no real point in spending a lot of time trying to acclimatize to altitude? Maybe Bradley and co will be satisfied with the training and Oz friendly once they get to South Africa.

NE university... UConn? Or yeah, maybe Princeton.

Posted by: Kev29 | April 21, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev29 | April 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Before the game at Azteca we all discussed this and were told it's got to be one of two things: Give yourself 12-14 days or no time at all, getting there the night before the first game. Since the long flight there the day before a game against England isn't the best idea, the two weeks beforehand they'll be spending there sounds good enough to me.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

NE university... UConn?
Posted by: Kev29

He said "prominent" :)

Posted by: Reignking | April 21, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

@Kev -- The research shows 10-14 days are needed, at a minimum to get used to altitude. Otherwise, you're better spending less than 24 hours. I think the USA will have the 2 weeks they need.

Posted by: fischy | April 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm......

----------Emilio--------John---------
----------------Moreno---------------
--Pontius-----------------Quaranta---
----------------Simms----------------
Wallace----Pena------Jakovic---Namoff


could happen come summertime

Posted by: invncbl | April 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

He said "prominent" :)

Posted by: Reignking | April 21, 2010 1:23 PM

For basketball?

@fischy - yeah, that's what I was thinking of (though I didn't quite get the gist of it). Thanks

Posted by: Kev29 | April 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why Seattle needs a third kit. They barely ever wear their second one.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | April 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone calling for Jamar Beasley for DC United hasn't been watching MLS very long. Dude is 30, was completely ineffective (and often flat terrible) when he played in the league, and clearly hasn't been lighting up any other leagues since. Come on guys, we're not that desperate...

Posted by: gocaps2 | April 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure why Seattle needs a third kit. They barely ever wear their second one.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | April 21, 2010 1:41 PM"

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY .... MONEY!

Posted by: nairbsod | April 21, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow - when I saw Beasley I just skimmed past it thinking it was DeMarcus. Jamar?? I thought he gave up the game years ago!!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 21, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess 14 days is enough to acclimate, but considering we will play all of our group games at altitude it seems to make more sense to spend the entire training period at higher elevations so it becomes a part of life from day one of training camp for our guys. Trying to save money is a stupid reason to hold camp in the NE as opposed to somewhere that would best prepare them for the conditions they will face. This is after all the World Cup we're talking about.

If they were really smart they would play both of their home soil friendlies at altitude as well, but I can at least understand that quality opponents/money through attendance plays a role in that.

Posted by: rademaar | April 21, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

potential campus for training (my guesses):
-Princeton
-UConn
-Yale
-Rutgers
-Maryland
-Villanova


Posted by: yvesmontand | April 21, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Not sure why Seattle needs a third kit. They barely ever wear their second one.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | April 21, 2010 1:41 PM"

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY .... MONEY!

Posted by: nairbsod | April 21, 2010 2:00 PM
====================

And we can't have that...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 21, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

@gocaps2 0-4..............2 goals for...........11 goals against........we are desperate!

Posted by: sacole13 | April 21, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Looks like another dumb 4-5-1 from Dowie.

Posted by: Reignking | April 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor: Don't get me wrong. I'm all for it. Just answering the question of why.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 21, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Screw research. My own experience tells me I'll be less winded doing similar things on the 2nd day at altitude than on the 1st day.

But South Africa doesn't have enough altitude to make it that big of a factor. If I recall the venues around Jo'burg are similar to Denver in altitude and the teams will all have a fair amount of training in country beforehand.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 21, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm with ya, Nairbsod. Didn't mean any harm. Just being snarky 'cause it's raining outside.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 21, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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