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Friday kickaround

*Richard Motzkin, Eddie Johnson's agent, tells the Insider that the U.S. forward "will be with the national team this weekend, where they will evaluate and monitor him." He will be sidelined "five to seven days probably." Johnson tweaked a hamstring in the Greek league playoffs Wednesday.

*Robbie Findley celebrated his U.S. national team call-up with a goal and Real Salt Lake extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.

*U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played a half in a 3-0 victory over fourth-tier Jerz in a Norwegian cup match and compatriot Alejandro Bedoya went 90 in Orebro's 0-0 draw with Goteborg in Swedish league play.

*Mexico defeated Angola, 1-0, in front of more than 70,000 at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

*David Beckham to join England's World Cup coaching staff?

*Thierry Henry is apparently close to becoming a New York Red Bull.

*The Insider told you last month that the Kansas City Wizards had taken interest in Jamar Beasley, older brother of U.S. national teamer DaMarcus Beasley. Now, the Wizards are finalizing a deal with Jamar, who has not played regularly in an outdoor league in years.

*While England is in South Africa, Paul Scholes will coach kids in Florida.

*In the lower divisions, Crystal Palace Baltimore surprised the Portland Timbers, 1-0, and Real Maryland defeated the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-2.

*The University of Maryland announced the 2010 schedule.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 14, 2010; 9:09 AM ET
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Saborio of RSL = Real deal

Ching > Findley

Attendance for MSL GoW = 13,000; attendance for D2 Palace B'more upset at Portland Timbers = 9,000

Posted by: OWNTF | May 14, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

If Paul Scholes is coaching in Florida, will Ryan Giggs coach my U8 team? We can pay him in snacks and juice boxes.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Montgomery Soccer drew 13,000? How are they fixed for stadiums?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 14, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Congratutlations to Jim, Pete, the Medds, the front office folks and of course the players on Baltimore's big win last night!

Portand Timbers is a really good team and PGE is a heck of a tough place to play.

The goal that made the difference was scored by the Cuban kid, Yaikel Perez (one of the guys who defected from the U-23 qualifying tournment a couple years back). He did well when he was playing in the Puerto Rico pro league. He looked good when he came on as a late substitute when Baltimore played Puerto Rico Islanders last mingth. Nice to see the kid performing well now that he is playing at a higher club level.

Jim & Pete are very good at discovering talent.

Very good win. Looks like we have momentum going now.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 14, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Why couldn't we have gone after Thierry Henry?

Posted by: stwasm | May 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Findley scores (about time).

I hope that things go a lot better this time for Jamar Beasley. Less hype, lower expectations, and I am guessing that he is better able to handle the current parameters now that he is older and more mature and not being proclaimed the Messiah of US soccer.

I have seen him playing indoor over the last few years. He looked happy and was always pleasant to talk to. He seems like he is in a real good place. If it works out Vermes will look like a smart guy. If it doesn't then Vermes won't be grilled over it.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 14, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

RSL seems like a team that, when on their game, can score 6 goals on anybody.


Anybody heard about whether or not ESPN will be broadcasting the World Cup on their mobile tv on cell phones? I know theyll have it on that Flo thing, but I don't want to buy that.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 14, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Jacob: check their schedule. It says what they are broadcasting on. MobileTV was one.

There was a game last night?

DCU couldn't go after Henry because Washington DC isn't New York City. Henry can go wherever he wants.

Posted by: Reignking | May 14, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Why couldn't we have gone after Thierry Henry?

Posted by: stwasm | May 14, 2010 9:33 AM

Because we're broke

Posted by: Kev29 | May 14, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps a more pertinent question is why the good teams can find Salou Ibrahim, Joel Lindpere and Alvaro Saborio while the not-as-good-teams find Franco Niell.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 14, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Here's our friend's analysis of the Freedom midfield.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

@OWNTF: What are you trying to infer with that question? That maybe our talent scouting isn't as good as it should be.

If so. Stop right there!!! Back away from the keyboard.

Onalfo, doing his best Vinny Cerrato impersonation told Ivan Carter the other day on WPL that they have a plan.

Enough with the negativity, already.
Just BLEAVE!

Posted by: yankiboy | May 14, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

We couldn't get Thierry Henry but maybe after last night we can get LeBron James!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 14, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

OWNTF:

To echo that point, another player in last night's game was Lovel Palmer, who played against us for Harbour View on multiple occasions. We got a first-hand look at him before anyone else in MLS...and he's playing for Houston. Meanwhile, we start Morsink in central midfield.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 14, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@jacob, the ESPN commercial last night featuring folks watching the World Cup at work, on their phones, computers, etc. on the sly would lead me to believe you'll be able to watch it everywhere.

I'm still hoping that the games will be archived daily on ESPN3 so the non DVR having types will be able to watch replays at their leisure.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 14, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Henry has talked at length about how he loves NYC. There's no doubt he's going anywhere other than NYRB.

A couple years ago he organized a charity game in Manhattan with Reyna and Steve Nash - it was half NBA players and half soccer players. A couple thousand people showed up on a day's notice, and it was pretty incredible.

Posted by: joe_hill | May 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Who is going to provide service for Henry? Who has been providing service to JP Angel? With the Cosmos, Chinaglia had Bogisevic and the Kaizer; both super playmakers and Giorgio took advantage of them to the fullest. Bring back Valderama/Etcheverry who could deliver, not like the current MLS wannabe so-called playmakers.

Posted by: juke2 | May 14, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

how would you guys like to see Brazils Diego in a DCU kit?

http://www.mls-rumors.net/8537/2010/05/incoming-juventus-brazilian-midfielder-diego-interested-in-coming-to-mls/

according to the website he is interested in coming to MLS, after failing to make the World Cup Squad.

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | May 14, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

seriously wiz-skins07???

you link to MLS rumors? :eyes roll:

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | May 14, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

wiz-skins, it is mls-rumors so I won't take itoo seriously but hey if he does, my five year old daughter will be thrilled. She LOVES Diego. After she realized there there are more guys named Diego than just the animated animal rescuer (Papi, that is NOT Diego!" with an attitude, no less)

Great thing that On Demand has Bundasliga highlights available and that they show the same goal over and over again. Ans she liked the green of the uni.

I won't hold my breath that he is gonna come here and I'll wait to tell my daughter...

Posted by: yankiboy | May 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

OWNTF poses the more pertinent question. If press reports are to be believed, DCU did go after Henry. They were never going to win that. He wanted to play for the NY/NJ side. Plus, Red Bull must have deeper pockets than Will Chang.

I'd like to see United bring in a player who has established himself internationally. There are few Henrys in the world, but there are plenty of other really good players. That'll put some fannies in the seats, and maybe a few goals, too.

It won't be enough, though, to make a winner out of DCU. Saborio's success should be no surprise to anyone. There are other players like him in CONCACAF -- maybe not the sure thing Saborio was, but good risks. I applaud DCU for trying with Castillo, but they shouldn't be dissuaded by his failure.

Go after Zelaya, perhaps Bolanos. Maybe another, fairly unknown Salvadorean striker, Rusvel Saravia -- He may not have a national team cap, but he scores goals...he's more likely to score than Castillo.

If they're willing to spread the net further -- Georgie Welcome could be a strong signing. Maybe, the on=again, off-again efforts to sign Peri Martinez should be "on" again. Perhaps, San Luis could be persuaded to part with the peripatetic Blas Perez. He's good in the Mexican League, but I think he'd be even better in the more physical MLS.

Other possibilities -- Panama's talented young striker combo -- problem children Gabriel Torres and Edwin Aguilar, both now in Colombia. Fabrice Noel looked good for Haiti, in the Gold Cup. Maybe, take a chance on Jamaica's Roland Dean. If they need a proven commodity, then -- Heaven help us -- there's always Guevara, or even Ruiz.

Posted by: fischy | May 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

1) I don't think Diego will actually come to MLS. For every five stars that say they are considering, only one actually files any paperwork, and even he isn't a sure thing just yet.

2) IF he did come, I would certainly welcome him to DC, but it would take a lot to see him play in DC. LA still don't have a Beckham, remember? Especially if he manages to escape completely, as he seems to be attempting (see pointless coaching gig).

As for Findley, showed yet again that he has the speed to outrun most defenses. But when faced with a fan-tastic one-one situation, he choked big time. Didn't even choose the right corner. Doesn't matter how fast he is, we need guys who can finish.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 14, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Haven't seen an MLS Rumors link in a while....

I agree with who ever said RSL look like they can score 6 when playing their best.

Even though it pains me to say this, I am glad Henry is coming. Yes it is the Red Bulls but I just want to see talent in the league. At least we have Bill Hamid. He can get some practice making saves against former top European talent before he is sold in the future.....

Posted by: grubbsbl | May 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

If Diego won't come to MLS, maybe we can get baby jaguar.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@JacobfromAtlanta-ish

Don't know if you use a laptop at work but if you do, buy one of those USB TV sticks with ATSC tuner that can pick up the local Univision affiliate over the air. The local Univision channel here (14.1) went HD, so you will be able to watch most games in full 1080i (ESPN is 720p) on your laptop for free!

This thing is pretty useful when you are traveling so you will not be at the mercy of the hotel's tv offerings. I was able to watch the last Copa America on Univision/Telefutura this way while away from home.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | May 14, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Why couldn't we have gone after Thierry Henry?

Posted by: stwasm

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Yeah, I've been dreaming about the Morsinik to Henry combo for years!

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Robbie Findley celebrated his U.S. national team call-up with a goal (courtesy of bad marking) and about a half-dozen terrible touches that wasted or pre-empted good scoring opportunities."

/fixed

not to be overly harsh on the guy, but man do I not want to see him doing what he did last night for the USMNT. it became clear to me that Bradley probably brought him in because, in Davies' absence, he's the the only real speed we could throw up top at someone. but speed is really all he offers. the shot he took when he was in 1v1 against Onstad was particularly horrific.

Saborio on the other hand, looked quite good.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 14, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Baby jaguar would tear up the MLS, literally. What animals could Diego save at RFK?

Posted by: zrd47 | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

to the other discussion of scouting, etc. Saborio scored against the USMNT in qualifying last year. but Cristian Castillo scored twice against the US. so why does Saborio look so good in MLS and Castillo look so bad? is that on the coaches? or is it because DCU doesn't have the talent playing centrally to unleash Castillo on the wing? do any of the smarter/more tactically minded folks around here have any thoughts on that?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | May 14, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If Diego won't come to MLS, maybe we can get baby jaguar.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 10:53 AM

Or maybe Boots woulds be a better fit?

Posted by: boda-united | May 14, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Nah. Boots is prone to turnovers when Swiper is around.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Nah. Boots is prone to turnovers when Swiper is around.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 11:25 AM

Plus, American soccer fans would just change his name to Cleats.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 14, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

DCU couldn't go after Henry because Washington DC isn't New York City. Henry can go wherever he wants.
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The pinkies play in New York City? News to me. That RB stadium is to Manhattan what Clichy-sous-Bois is to Place d'Etoile...a frigging dump a LONG ways from anything nice. But maybe Henry likes Harley dealerships and paint warehouses.

Posted by: HerrGrumpus | May 14, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

We got a first-hand look at him before anyone else in MLS...and he's playing for Houston. Meanwhile, we start Morsink in central midfield. Posted by: Chest_Rockwell

As well as Seattle's Alonso in the USOC final at RFK.

But we have to go to Argentina for a Niell, Peralta, etc, etc, when we have players staring us in the face!!

Posted by: delantero | May 14, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@DadyRyan

Looking at the schedule on ESPN.com it seems that all games will be aired on ESPN3 as well. Can't remember the last time I saw a game on there that wasn't archived afterwards, so I think its a safe assumption they will be available.

Posted by: dkwatts86 | May 14, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Yo, don't sleep on Tico the squirrel's futbalin' skills...

I was just saying the other day how much better OZ Alonso would look in Black and Red than that martian barf scum they wear in Seattle...;)

Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 14, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'd be getting worried if I was a Mexico fan right now. More worried than I am as a US fan, even.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 14, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The pinkies play in New York City? News to me. That RB stadium is to Manhattan what Clichy-sous-Bois is to Place d'Etoile...a frigging dump a LONG ways from anything nice. But maybe Henry likes Harley dealerships and paint warehouses.

Posted by: HerrGrumpus | May 14, 2010 11:32 AM

Henry is definitely a cool city kind of guy. He lived in Hampstead while with Arsenal, instead of some ridiculous faux country manor in the sticks. I'm sure he won't mind having to train and play in Jersey. He'll probably buy some ridiculously awesome place in Tribeca recommended by Jay-Z and drive his $300,000 car to training each morning. Good luck with the Holland Tunnel, Titi.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 14, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Why is that Boo?
Mexico is undoubtedly building chemistry that most teams especially the US haven't had much of a chance at in the last 6 months. They're also getting used to playing together in front of huge crowds. There may be a little bit of a fatigue factor, but I'm more scared of Mexico hitting their stride as the World Cup starts.

Then again, they could get shelled by SA in the opener right?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 14, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

HerrGrumpus: it takes *20 minutes* to get to Red Bull Arena from lower Manhattan by PATH. Obviously Henry won't be taking the PATH train; but it's not like it's going to take an extra hour, either. It's not *that* far away from where he wants to live.

Henry didn't live in Finsbury Park when he was playing at Highbury, either.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | May 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure that Henry can handle anything that comes his way . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | May 14, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

We couldn't get Thierry Henry but maybe after last night we can get LeBron James!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 14, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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ROFLMAO!!!! Goooooooooooooooollllll!!!!

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | May 14, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

DC United needs a marquee player like Henry. Right now, the marquee has been playing "Nightmare on Elm Street" all season.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | May 14, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, has anyone told Mr. Henry that they actually call hand balls here?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | May 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that Henry can handle anything that comes his way . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | May 14, 2010 11:57 AM
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[polite golf clap]

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

To be fair to the FO, I would note that we have indeed attempted to bring up players that were staring us in the face from lower division teams: Tiyi Shipalane, Boyzzz, Castillo, Janicki. It's just that none of them have been superlative. I don't know if it's bad luck, bad choices, or both.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | May 14, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps a more pertinent question is why the good teams can find Salou Ibrahim, Joel Lindpere and Alvaro Saborio while the not-as-good-teams find Franco Niell.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 14, 2010 9:49 AM |


To echo that point, another player in last night's game was Lovel Palmer, who played against us for Harbour View on multiple occasions. We got a first-hand look at him before anyone else in MLS...and he's playing for Houston. Meanwhile, we start we start Morsink in central midfield.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 14, 2010 10:08 AM

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The answer to the issues raised by these excellent posts may be found with Kasper. Under his watch, DCU fans have been left with the likes of all those Argies (and one who obviously had a spasm of lucidity and changed his mind about coming here, leaving a large bag of money on the table), instead of players who have proven to be strong positives for other teams.

Kasper has a personal stake in his relationship with a player agency in Argentina and it has produced the results that it has for the club over the years. In the interest of this relationship he has passed on opportunities to actually improve the team by looking outside of that sphere.

Until or unless he is replaced, he will be the one that is trusted to make the next set of moves to make this club good enough to get out of the dumper it is in now and save this season.

Is that what DCU fans want?

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

HerrGrumpus: it takes *20 minutes* to get to Red Bull Arena from lower Manhattan by PATH. Obviously Henry won't be taking the PATH train; but it's not like it's going to take an extra hour, either. It's not *that* far away from where he wants to live.

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I'm guessing you haven't tried to negotiate the Lincoln and Holland Tunnel entrances. It can take an hour to move two city blocks.

As for Boyzz and Janicki -- it's not like they were really scouted. Kasper probably called up his old mates at Pittsburgh and begged them to send him their best. Tiyi played the game of his life against DC, and the clamor forced the team to go after him. As for Castillo -- there's a player they actually scouted for nearly a year, despite denials of internet rumors. Given that, we should expect him to be really good. He's not -- at least, not yet.

Posted by: fischy | May 14, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The pinkies play in New York City? News to me. That RB stadium is to Manhattan what Clichy-sous-Bois is to Place d'Etoile...a frigging dump a LONG ways from anything nice. But maybe Henry likes Harley dealerships and paint warehouses.

Envy is the most powerful emotion.

You're wrong on distances, and you ignore the fact that there isn't a train to Clichy-sous-Bois. Twenty minutes from WTC PATH to Harrison. You can't get from 33rd Street and southward to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field (or the new Meadowlands) faster than you can get from south of Midtown to Red Bull Arena.

As far as "a frigging dump a LONG ways from anything nice": while there ain't much built between Harrison's PATH station and Red Bull Arena, five minutes' walk south of the stadium takes you over the bridge and on Ferry Street in the Ironbound, where there are plenty of bars and fantastic Portuguese eats. I had roast suckling pig after my visit to RBA

Nobody is complaining about the brick-strewn lots west of the stadium when amazing food and great bars are practically next door.

But maybe you were hoping there would be a TGI Fridays or a Chili's connected to the stadium. Sorry to disappoint you, rube.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | May 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan Because they're barely scraping by against African teams that are on par with South Africa in what are basically home games for Mexico. They're dominating possession, but barely creating any chances. Both goals in the last two games came off botched defensive plays. They're not going to hold the ball nearly that much against either France or Uruguay, so they really need the three points against SA. At least we have the luxury of just needing to keep it respectable in our first match.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough Boo, I just hope our guys can get focused and make the most of our three friendlies. I'm chomping at the bit for May 29th to get here.

Hey! Who's going to Philly!?!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 14, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Why couldn't we have gone after Thierry Henry?

Posted by: stwasm | May 14, 2010 9:33 AM

Because we're broke

Posted by: Kev29 | May 14, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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............and right now who would want to come here? DCU's record stinks and their building is crumbling. The city can be used as a selling point but the team and building...............no way baby.

With Jamar in KC, do you guys think his brother follow him there?

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

ooops....will follow.....

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's our friend's analysis of the Freedom midfield.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 14, 2010 10:02 AM
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Thanks for the link. What I want to know is whether Sawa-san and the sheila will be back from WWCQ duty by Sunday.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@Gambrills -- It's always possible -- perhaps that's why KC signed Jafar. Beasley will have to go through the allocation draft. KC doesn't have the top pick.

Posted by: fischy | May 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I still would've picked Adu over EJ.. Salt Lake by the way has been playing some great attacking soccer. I've been watching a couple quarterfinal Copa Libertadores matches and you could easily slot RSL vs Houston as one of those marquee match-ups. I didn't realize how scrappy (MLS style)those teams down there could play but once they string those passes together its a thing of beauty! (ex. Cruzeiro vs. Sau Paulo, Estudiantes vs. Internacional) Capello inviting Beckham in any role is absolutely the right thing to do. Beckham's hard work up to his injury has been recognized and now rewarded. Not sure still how I feel about Mexico friendlies in the US (fine fine I admitt it I'm jealous at how many supporters always show up). DCU don't give up on Castillo yet and Go Maryland!

Posted by: dcurob | May 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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