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Eddie Johnson injury? DCU news, Baltimore update

*Forward Eddie Johnson, who was named to the U.S. World Cup preliminary roster Tuesday, left his Greek league playoff match just before halftime Wednesday. We're awaiting details. Early, unconfirmed indications point to a hamstring issue. Both Johnson and Freddy Adu started for Aris against AEK Athens. Live streaming video here.

*D.C. United's charity match against El Salvador next month might be in jeopardy after FIFA's decision to suspend the country's program from all competition. "That report is cause for concern and we have requested additional information from CONCACAF," a DCU spokesman said.

*Boyzzz Khumalo, United's South African midfielder, received his green card for permanent residency, meaning he will no longer count against MLS's foreign player limit and United has an additional international slot available on the roster for possible acquisitions this summer.

*On Monday, Baltimore organizers will announce that Inter Milan will play Manchester City on July 31 at M&T Bank Stadium.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , Greece , Italy , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, Eddie Johnson, El Salvador, Freddy Adu, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Soccer, World Cup  
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How coul dEJ pull a hammy? Is this a harbinger of his summer transfer to DC?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, EJ would just be one more ex-Wizard for United...

Posted by: TheAMT | May 12, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

If he can't make it to camp, does that open up one more slot?

Posted by: mik23 | May 12, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The United need to quit whining and be happy that the District allows them to continue to use RFK when it costs more to keep that old park open than the revenues brought in. If not for the threat of the Feds taking back ownership of the land the United would be homeless right now.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 11, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

As this idiot continues to claim, he is a United fan. If United gets this vitriol from a so called "fan" then they certainly don't need any enemies.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 12, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I guess that fan doesnt see that RFK is the hole in the pocket...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I am missing something here. it is a non-FIFA sanctioned, charity match.

Unless the Salvadorans are going to bail on it, just what the heck could Blatter, Warner and company say that could be cause for concern?

If ES decided to not make the trip, that is where I see a potential problem.

FIFA and CONCACAF are shady but what are they gonna do--suspend or fine DCU for hosting a non-sanctioned charity match?

BEsides when FIFA goes at a country like this the country usually stands down because FIFA is more powerful and carries more clout than a lot of countries in the UN. There will probably be abrazos and handshakes in the next week or two, saying "for the good of the sport--let's all just work together and put this behind us" and there will be a photo op and a caption or byline saying "cooler heads prevail".

Posted by: yankiboy | May 12, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Vicc, you are forgetting that Adu moved here when he was 7. There was no advantage of any kind to the family to pretend the child was younger than he really was. Indeed, the entire family's immigration status would have been nullified had it been discovered.

While many athletes from many places have falsified birthdays to get a competitive advantage, there is no logical reason to make that assumption about Adu unless you are just making the assumption that anyone from West Africa is automatically a liar. If that is the case, you have much bigger problems than worrying about soccer players.

Posted by: troy6 | May 12, 2010 11:28 AM


I use to agree with you Troy6 but 1 question stands out in this Freddy Adu age debate.... If in fact Adu started playing football @ the age of "13"(7 years ago) ,then why has his transition from 13 yr old boy to 20 yr old man not brought him any growth (height or weight)????

Plus your using his age to prove a point(by saying he moved here when he was 7) When his age is whats up for debate. because him moving to the U.S. @ the age of 10 or 11 and saying he was 7 seems like there is an advantage or should i say investment...


Im not a conspiracy theorist im just saying it happens(alot) ask Roger Milla(Cameroonian), Kanu(Nigerian), Finidi George(Nigerian) and Obefembi Martins("Martins’ date of birth on his passport stating 28 October 1984 while the website of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said he was born on 1 May 1978")


"You cant afford to be that Naive"

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Gambrills, why would you bring that garbage in here?:)

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully a green card will increase Boyzzz trade bait potential.

Posted by: Tweaked | May 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

World Cup head organizer Danny Jordaan has criticized Dunga for leaving Ronaldinho out of his top picks for Brazil's tournament roster, saying some coaches are "blinded" by a sense of power.

Jordaan said Wednesday that Ronaldinho is a "soccer genius" who had talents "enjoyed by few in the game, both past and present."

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully a green card will increase Boyzzz trade bait potential."

The last time that happened for us, we resigned the guy to a 3 month contract a couple weeks ago.

Posted by: Section117 | May 12, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

El Salvador zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Anyway DC hates soccer and Baltimore loves soccer, so why not save your bread for Saturday 7/31 in Baltimore? That's gonna be a good time. If enough folks turn out, maybe it helps the odds of United staying in the Middle Atlantic.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

When Zambian player Collins Mbesuma was playing in Zambia and South Africa, he was known in Zambia to have 3 younger sisters. When he started scoring lots of goals and Portsmouth signed him, he all of a sudden had 3 older sisters instead! haha

Posted by: GraciasRiquelme | May 12, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people persist with all these unfounded Freddy Adu rumors. What are the signs that he's really older than he claims? He hasn't acted more matured than his official age. He hasn't produced on the field more than his official age. In fact, everything Adu has done is proof of his young age and immaturity. Sure some youth players from Africa (and other parts of the world) have been caught lying about their ages. But Adu came her at age 7 when there wasn't even an hint of him playing at the young levels. So why would his parents lie about him being 7 if he was older? So he can repeat second grade? Give me a break!

LeBron was a beast of a man even when he was in high school. How come no one is questioning his age? And he acts like an immature jerk.

Posted by: tundey

1st-it happens all the time. If you followed European Futbol you would know that


2nd-His parents would lie about his age so his poor family can reap the benefits of his sub-mediocre contract in 7 to 10 years later wich is about 2 or 3 million american dollars (its called an investment something else you obviously know nothing about)

He is the same height and weight @ age 20(24) as he was 7 years ago @ age 13(17)....

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

It's not Jordaan's business to meddle in or comment on roster selection.

Maybe Dunga knows what he's doing, and like Bob Bradley, chooses his side based on who he thinks are best, and not based on players' Q factors and Nike endorsement deals.

Maybe in some places the reality is still more important than the image. Here's hoping anyway.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

There is an advantage to lying about Adu's age.

He wouldn't be so popular or hyped if everyone knew how old he really was.

People thought he was gonna be great because he played great for his young age.

But it's okay. I don't expect much from him anyway.

Posted by: Vicc | May 12, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

LeBron was a beast of a man even when he was in high school. How come no one is questioning his age? And he acts like an immature jerk.

Posted by: tundey

And as for King James... if he acted "immature" then why would we question his age? Wouldn't acting immature give the impression that he is younger???

the only thing immature is your post. (C'mon now THINK!)

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It's not Jordaan's business to meddle in or comment on roster selection.
Posted by: OWNTF
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He should have posted his comments, under a pseudonym, on a soccer blog.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey GOmelly, can you tell if I know anything about investments or not, with your Invest-O-Tector?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey GOmelly, can you tell if I know anything about investments or not, with your Invest-O-Tector?

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 12, 2010 2:07 PM

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Boooo! zzzz

Posted by: GOmellyDOTcom | May 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

There is an advantage to lying about Adu's age.

He wouldn't be so popular or hyped if everyone knew how old he really was.

-----------------------------------------

But at age 7, when we have the data point, there was no advantage. There was no indication then that he would someday be a professional. And lying at that point -- when facing a formal investigation -- would have jeopardized his immigration status.

I agree that falsification of birthdates happens all the time. It is just unlikely in the Adu case because his family had nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Posted by: troy6 | May 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Whoa. All of you who kicked up the "Fredy's Real Age Conrtoversy" have trended the subject right to the front page of my yahoo homepage (along with an article by Martin Rogers).

When Soccer Insiders make a fuss, the world stands still and listens. Tell me that ain't clout.

http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/timing-is-everything--fbintl,ro-freddyadu051110.html

Posted by: yankiboy | May 12, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

No break in Terry's foot - he might even play in the Cup Final on Saturday...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/football/world_cup_2010/8678195.stm

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Fulham!!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Forlan very close scoring, very nervy start from Fulham.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It should say: close to scoring.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Tuned in just in time to see someone score... Is Dempsey on the bench?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you can claim the El Salvador match is "unsanctioned". Any time a team crosses borders like this to play it is under the auspices of the national federations involved. Furthermore to get referees assigned to the match it has to be "sanctioned" in some form. Unless they are just going to get 3 guys out of the stands to call the game.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Goal to Atletico. Forlan with the goal, may have been offside.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Goal!! Davies for Fulham.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Well in, Charlie!

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

See BB you should've picked him!

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Tuned in just in time to see someone score... Is Dempsey on the bench?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 3:19 PM

Yep

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

All tied at 1 at the half. Goals by Davies and Forlan.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 12, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey coming on shortly

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey's on

First American to take the pitch in a major European final.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Dempsey being the first American -- didn't Harkesy play in an FA Cup final when he was with Sheffied Wednesday?

Posted by: ThunderRoad2 | May 12, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Dempsey being the first American -- didn't Harkesy play in an FA Cup final when he was with Sheffied Wednesday?

Posted by: ThunderRoad2 | May 12, 2010 4:01 PM

Yep - European competition, not English domestic cup.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Danny Murphy has been awful today.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Salma Hayek looks pretty hot in that burgundy colored dress.

I guess that wasn't too soccer related but I did see the picture on the main Washington Post homepage on my way over here.

Bone scan?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bone Scan for sure...;D

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Sundhage calls in her 22 for camp to precede May 22 friendly clash of #1 and #2 womens teams in the world --

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2010/05/Sundhage-Names-22-Players-to-US-WNT-Roster-for-Clash-with-Germany-in-Cleveland.aspx

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Goal from Forlan in the 115'. He made the scousers cry and now he's making the cottagers cry.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

May 22

Champions League final 2:30 Fox

US/Deutschland women 6:00 ESPN2

Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

That's a shame for Clint and Fulham, but what a run.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 12, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Atletico 2-1 Fulham FT.

Not much from Dempsey or Nevland when they came in. Danny Murphy was just awful all throughout the whole game.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 12, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: torrey151 | May 12, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Were the goal line refs in the Europa League all season or was that for the final only? First Europa match I've watched.

Posted by: peridigm | May 12, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree that falsification of birthdates happens all the time. It is just unlikely in the Adu case because his family had nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Exactly. I know people do all sorts of idiotic things, but I have to believe there are no more than a handful of people stupid enough to lie to US Immigration after winning the green card lottery. Add that to the fact that there's no actual evidence that he's older than his claimed age, and the only reasonable conclusion is that he is 20 years old.

Nor should we be surprised that he's not an international superstar at 20 just because Nike told us he would be at 13. Look at how hard it is to predict the success of athletes in professional team sports, even when they have a three or four year body of college work to look at. GMs in all the major sports in the US whiff on high draft picks all the time.

Adu's a 20 year-old who is starting to come in to his own a little bit in the Greek league. I doubt he'll ever be world-class, but I think (and hope) he'll be a decent option for the US in 2014 and 2018.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 12, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

GOmellyDOTcom -

Idiopathic precocious puberty.

Posted by: mason08 | May 12, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Freddy lied about his age so that he could join the Army and fight the Nazis. He's a patriot.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Sundhage calls in her 22 for camp to precede May 22 friendly clash of #1 and #2 womens teams in the world --
Posted by: OWNTF | May 12, 2010 5:05 PM | ===============

No Kai.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I feel as though I've asked this more than once before, but what has happened to her? Natasha Kai, I mean.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 12, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I feel as though I've asked this more than once before, but what has happened to her? Natasha Kai, I mean.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 12, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

did anyone catch this story of lying about one's age to get a do-over high school basketball career? kinda reminds me of that drew barrymore movie. which, um, I didn't see.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/highschool/news/story?id=5182279

Posted by: hungrypug | May 12, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The Drew Barrymore movie is Never Been Kissed and I know that because my wife made we watch it.

Nice deja vu post JacobfromEtlanna-ish

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

1st leg of Pachuca-Toluca Mexican league semifinals just started on Telefutura.

#18 Gringo Torres starting at his normal leftish holding/distributing midfield role.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Answered my own question with a little surfing. Kai has a... wait for it... wait for it... hamstring injury.

Attention DHHS, please investigate the rash of hamstring injuries among US soccer players. I am available to be detailed for this project in the WPS area.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

#18 Gringo Torres starting at his normal leftish holding/distributing midfield role.
Posted by: Joel_M_Lane
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Pull off Torres before he pulls a hammy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

yankiboy: Because the opponent is an international team the game has to be sanctioned by the USSF and since the USSF is a member of FIFA they have to abide by FIFA's decision or face repercussions. Part of the gate, and I forget exactly how much and I'm too lazy right now to look it up, goes to the USSF and some of it goes to FIFA as well. This is why the game is potentially in jeopardy even if it's a chraity game. It may not be a FIFA A match but any match between two international opponents needs to be blessed by FIFA

Posted by: owendylan | May 12, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

RFK is the pits and for whatever uncomplimentary reason the DC Council is unable to look forward and make things happen for the district as well as for DC United.

Posted by: juke2 | May 13, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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