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Wednesday kickaround

*Forward Brian Ching is close to returning to the field for the Houston Dynamo, boosting his chances for selection to U.S. World Cup training camp, which will begin May 16.

*The MLS players have ratified the collective bargaining agreement with the league, but surprisingly with several dissenters. The final approval count was 84 percent, meaning about 60 players voted against the plan. MLS's board of governors ratified the CBA about two weeks ago.

*MLS matches tonight:
Kansas City (2-2-1) at D.C. United (0-5), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Chivas USA (2-3-1) at New England (2-3-1), 7:30 p.m. (Direct Kick)
Dallas (0-1-4) at Houston (3-2-1), 9 p.m. (Direct Kick)
Los Angeles (5-0-1) at Colorado (3-2-1), 9:30 p.m. (Direct Kick)

*Anticipated attendance at RFK Stadium: between 8,000 and 10,000. I don't know the advance sales for the Revolution or Rapids home matches, but I can't imagine they are very promising either.

*Two more new soccer books to add to our vast reading collection:

"Africa United" by Steve Bloomfield (Harper Perennial): The story of modern-day Africa told through its soccer by a former correspondent for The Independent in England.

"More Than Just a Game: Soccer vs. Apartheid" by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close (Thomas Dunne Books): On Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held, the sport became a symbol of resistance against oppression through the Makana Football Association.

For Americans Abroad and the extensive TV listings.....

*Americans Abroad:
Tuesday
MF Maurice Edu 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 loss at Celtic
MF DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Rangers
Wednesday
MF Clint Dempsey and Fulham vs. Stoke City
D Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes at Marseille

*Soccer on TV:
Spain, Santander-Sevilla 2 p.m. DirecTV (Channel 456)
Spain, Osasuna-Coruna 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Italian Cup final, Roma-Inter Milan 2:45 p.m. GolTV
England, Spurs-Manchester City 3 p.m. ESPN2
England, Fulham-Stoke City 3 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus
Spain, Real Madrid-Mallorca 4 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Libertadores, Estudiantes-San Luis 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports Espanol
MLS, D.C. United-Kansas City 7 p.m. ESPN2
Friendly, Argentina-Haiti 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes
Libertadores, Corinthians-Flamengo 8:30 p.m. FSE

By Steve Goff  |  May 5, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , Books , D.C. United , MLS , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Brian Ching, D.C. United, MLS, World Cup  
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Comments

“There is a point with certain players [at] which you have to say, ‘Maybe this is it, maybe this is what we are going to get and maybe it's not as good as we think it is.’” — United president Kevin Payne

Tino I'm looking at you!

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | May 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

there's a baseball game tonight that starts at the same time as our game. So plan ahead if you are driving especially.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 5, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

8-10k sounds like a great turnout for a crap team. It will be interesting to see how many Atlanta fans go to tonight's game vs. the Nats.

The one thing the Nats have that DCU doesn't is dedicated fans from the teams they play. The Nats may have 20 dedicated fans but the teams they play can bring in the real numbers.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 5, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I would bet that every DCU player voted against it, so that they could end the season.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"On Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held"

did anyone see the "30 for 30" documentary called "the 16th man" about the springboks (sp?) south african rugby team (with a huge assist from nelson mandela) winning the 1995 rugby world cup last night? if not, seek it out. it was great...

Posted by: birdynumnum | May 5, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I actually wish that we were NOT going to be playing on national tv tonight.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 5, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

i forgot to mention that the "30 for 30" documentary series is on ESPN.

Posted by: birdynumnum | May 5, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The one thing the Nats have that DCU doesn't is dedicated fans from the teams they play. The Nats may have 20 dedicated fans but the teams they play can bring in the real numbers.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 5, 2010 9:49 AM

Why does everything have to be so competitive between DC sports fan bases? Pisses me off.

Seriously, there's nothing really to brag about when it comes to attendances for either the Nats or United at the moment. United might "expect" 8 to 10k tonight, but the number will probably be closer to 5k when it comes to bums on seats. The Nationals will have between 17k and 20k tonight - with about 15% of them Braves fans (let's not pretend the Braves are the Phillies). Big whoop.

Both organizations need a lot of help when it comes to energizing this city right now. Though I would say the Nats are on the way up while United's in a death spiral - or worse - a Baltimore spiral.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

We talk a lot about the incompetence of the DCU front office. How about MLS and the lowlife executives who are making the broadcast decision?

Without getting into the production philosophy of FSC, whoever is responsible for KCW at DCU tonight on The Deuce ought to have his/her head examined.

Of course, no one would have known that both DCU and KCW would be two lousy teams that would be unlikely to produce an attractive soccer game on TV. That's not the point.

Anyone in his/her right mind would know that DCU at home on a Wednesday night, before the schools are out for the summer, in conflict with a pro sport event in the same market, would be a poor draw, unless its opponent were LA with Beckham, and will likely produce a terrible atmosphere for the broadcast, something that ESPN has greatly emphasized.

Add to that 3 other MLS games on the same night (what happened to ESPN's exclusive window?), and KCW-DCU will post worse ratings that test patterns.

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

If Ching can crawl, Bob will make him fly.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

If United is in a downward spiral the team got a mighty downward boost from the Nats and their hugely expensive and politically radioactive stadium deal.

Personally, I hope United is in a temporary decline. I'll be at RFK tonight enjoying the nice weather in an accessible if decrepit stadium.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 5, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Did the Lerners have to pay their stadium rent before they signed that kid Strasburg?

If not, then I hope I hear Nationals and Tommy John Surgery real soon...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

anyone else see the random article about DC's stadium from DCU's website...
http://www.dcunited.com/news/2010/05/dcs-search-for-new-home-continues-quietly


quietly?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | May 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The one thing the Nats have that DCU doesn't is dedicated fans from the teams they play. The Nats may have 20 dedicated fans but the teams they play can bring in the real numbers.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 5, 2010 9:49 AM

Why does everything have to be so competitive between DC sports fan bases? Pisses me off.

Posted by: Kev29

It's going to take a while for the Nats to build their own fan base. They don't have any 20-year-old-fans that were going to their games 15 years ago.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@Joel: I do think United is in a temporary decline. The club will be back. I remember the early 2000's... things looked pretty bleak. Then 2004 came along.

This bleakness has lasted long enough, though. It's all about accountability. Play hard, or get off the field. Coach well, or get off the field. Manage well, or get out of the office. Sell tickets well (the person who recently sold me three tix sounded bored and ungrateful) or find a new job.

The attitude at D.C. United needs a thorough cleansing. And if attitudes won't change, then the people need to change. Find winners. I don't care if the play is pretty or not -- get 11 winners on the field and let them play. That will go a long way to bringing the winning mentality back to a club that hasn't seen it in a long, long time.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 5, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Vamos United...

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | May 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Baltimore United - get used to it.

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@lgm6986 -- ESPN's exclusivity was the product of airing Thursday night games, not Wednesay night.

@Reignking -- It won't take the Nats long at all to build their own fan base. In fact, that will build very quickly, beginning next month, when DC gets it's first big media star athlete in his prime at least since Joe Theisman...maybe even the first ever, when Strasburg gets his call up. Add in Bryce Harper in a couple of years, to a team that will have a terrific core of young arms and young hitters, along with the long-time fan favorite Ryan Zimmerman -- if this city doesn't go bonkers for the Nats, I"ll be very surprised.

Frankly, this is the model that DC United should be following, instead of gladly overpaying to fill current holes by turning over potentially promising draft positions. It might be harder to do in soccer, as few draft-eligible players develop into the more talented players in the league...but, it's not impossible. Jack McInerney shows the makings of a lethal striker. I'd love to have seen him develop here, but maybe he's better off with Nowak.

Posted by: fischy | May 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I have turned very sour on DC Uniuted, but I have a feeling we can get a result tonight. Come on Lucigoal!

Posted by: alan19 | May 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

OK I'll try again since I was filtered out:

I can't believe that people are "complaining" about their home town soccer team being featured on a nationwide TV broadcast in HD in prime time.

Take a step back and a few deep breaths and think about that.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 5, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@fischy- I think Ovechkin would count as a media star athlete in his prime. Just sayin'...

Posted by: rademaar | May 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

fisch: that depends on your definition of fan. It is extremely difficult to switch allegiances from one team to another. I grew up in Philly -- there's no way I would switch. The Nats won't have any true fans until kids grow up with them.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Guzan will have to start packing his bags as Friedel has no intentions of retiring anytime soon:

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ap-astonvilla-friedel

Posted by: Charisma_Man | May 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Dadryan.

I'd be happy to get you a ticket to tonight's match.

let me know.

you know the address

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | May 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday DadRyan!!!!!!

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | May 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@Charisma_Man,

Arsenal are in the market for a keeper!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan's Cinco de Mayo birthday?!? Feliz Cumpleaños!

Fiesta!

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Did the Lerners have to pay their stadium rent before they signed that kid Strasburg?

If not, then I hope I hear Nationals and Tommy John Surgery real soon...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood
------------------------------------------
I don't know if they are paying the rent on their unfinished stadium yet.

But though you are goofin aorund, Ole VBB-that last bit was harsh, man.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan's birthday?!?!

Why the heck is that not pre-printed on my Hallmark Calendar?!?!

Big Ups Daddy Mack!

Posted by: yankiboy | May 5, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan's Cinco de Mayo birthday?!? Feliz Cumpleaños!
Fiesta!
Posted by: Kev29
=========

The only party where they smoke the piñata.

May DC United give you a win.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in Philly -- there's no way I would switch. The Nats won't have any true fans until kids grow up with them.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 12:01 PM

You make a good point with the switching. Transplants seem to be able to pick up on the Caps and United much easier because, chances are, they're allegiances to a domestic soccer or hockey team are not quite as defined. I know plenty of Ohioans who are committed Browns, Reds, Indians, etc fans who love the Caps and United.

The thing going in the Nats favor is that they can offer a fine night out for the neutral as well. When competitive, they'll make a good second team for people from AL cities. And there are some die hard fans out there, but many of them are over 50 and grew up with the Senators (like my father) - unfortunately that's a pretty weak demographic.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@VirginiaBlueBlood

Almunia and Fabianski are substandard goalkeepers. Don't know why they haven't looked for better gk's since Lehmann left.
Wouldn't surprise me if Guzan ended up there.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | May 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The Man City-Spurs match is at Man City, not Tottenham as implied by the TV listing.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | May 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"dcunited Free 2010 #DCU schedule magnets to the first 10,000 fans tonight. Here it is: http://twitpic.com/1laigr
18 minutes ago "


I bet the first 3,000 to the next home game get one, too.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I tend to think that dadryan wouldn't fall prey to the marketing drivel that has brought Cinco de Mayo to the US.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@Charisma_Man,

Crazy Lens was almost substandard, too. He could make the ridiculous, impossible save. Then he would punt the ball into his own net.

His "on-field transgression" for Stuttgart was icing on the cake of his career!

@Yankiboy,

Harsh, I will agree with. My vitriol for all things Washington Nationals stems from the fact that the Wizards, Caps, and Redskins have never been a problem for DCU - but the Nationals were from the day it was announced.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

but the Nationals were from the day it was announced.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 1:06 PM

Well, tough sh*t. The following MLS cities have Major League Baseball teams - some with publicly financed baseball stadiums...

New York
Philadelphia
Boston
LA
Chicago
Kansas City
Toronto
Dallas
Houston
Denver
Seattle

Almost all of them have soccer specific stadiums - with three more coming. Don't blame baseball for being more powerful than MLS.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Happy birthday, DudeRyan! In your honor, I'm pumping up the tires on my kid's bikes tonight.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 5, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29,

DCU's stadium issues are more widespread than the Nationals. I'm cognizant of that.

However - baseball is the one sport I loathe more than any other. I have disliked the idea of baseball here for more than just the connection between the smash and grab that MLB/The Lerners did on the public coffers of the District.

Go Wizards, Caps, Skins (Can't root for Terps - the whole UVA thing)!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Since people want to pick apart what I wrote, I'll respond. Ovechkin is an amazing talent, and sort of a local sensation. On the other hand, he's a hockey player, which makes him only slightly more noticed than any local soccer "stars". Plus, he's Russian. He's not a big media star here, even if you read and hear about him a lot. The Caps put 20,000 or so in their arena, right? I doubt you can find 20,000 people in this area who would recognize Ovechkin if they saw him on the street. Ryan Zimmerman is probably the most recognizable athlete here...or maybe Donovan McNabb. Strasburg will be at a whole 'nother level.

As for switching allegiances -- it is hard. I'll never give up the Giants for the Redskins. However, I found it very easy to become a Nats fan, even though they're in the same division as my once beloved Mutts. For one thing, the Mets never played the Washington Nationals, so I never rooted against them. For another, I can go to a baseball game and get in for $10 bucks, if I want, unlike the Redskins. I was very excited by baseball coming to the District. I even went to Philly for the Nats' first game, and I've been to plenty of games since. I'm sure I'm not alone, even among transplants.

Lastly, for those dissing the Lerners, y'all are busy inventing stuff. The Nats' withheld rent per their contract, because the stadium wasn't finished when the first season started there. They paid into an escrow, which was released when the city finished on all the deliverables. They've paid their rent faithfully ever since.

Happy Birthday Dad. I'll buy you a beer, if you tell me where to meet you....

Posted by: fischy | May 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

i wouldnt know ryan zimmerman (or strasburg for that matter) if he was walking down the street carrying a baseball bat. i think i would probably recognize the best hockey player in the world. though thats probably because of the missing teeth and broken english. Gilbert and CP are also significatnly more recognizeable than any of the Nats.

Posted by: VTUnited | May 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Two mysteries concerning Brad Guzan:

1. Why is he apparently content to ride pine when Freidel has two more years to go?

2. Why is he considered the concensus #2 keeper on the USMNT when he doesn't play and Marcus Hahnemann is playing lights out?

Posted by: b18bolo | May 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Two mysteries concerning Brad Guzan:

1. Why is he apparently content to ride pine when Freidel has two more years to go?

2. Why is he considered the concensus #2 keeper on the USMNT when he doesn't play and Marcus Hahnemann is playing lights out?

Posted by: b18bolo | May 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@charisma_man "Almunia and Fabianski are substandard goalkeepers. Don't know why they haven't looked for better gk's since Lehmann left.
Wouldn't surprise me if Guzan ended up there."

This is why I signed Guzan in my PES 2010 master league campaign.

Posted by: me_ahogo | May 5, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, I love going to Braves games, too, because they are cheap, but I certainly cheer against them since they are in the Phillies division.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

You folks writing about the Caps and Nats need to start your diatribes with "OT."

OT

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

You folks writing about the Caps and Nats need to start your diatribes with "OT."

OT

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Are all the matches on ESPN3 done without commentators?

Posted by: rockotodd | May 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

DCU fans on the bright side only 326 days until the first game next season.

Posted by: csd1 | May 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey starting today.
Bocanegra not even in the 18.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

rockotodd: not usually

BTW for all of you in mfls get your lineups done...

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

And that's what Rennes get for not playing Bocanegra.

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Very entertaining game between City and Spurs. Both teams with decent chances and close calls.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching this Roma Inter cup final? Priceless football. Lots of passion and cheap s***, but classic nonetheless.

Posted by: EssEff | May 5, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

fischy: with all due respect, you are sugar coating the past in connection with the Nats and the rent issue. first off, it wasn't really about the money, it was the image of a billionaire refusing to pay rent on what looked like a fully functioning stadium that killed any chance of a DCU stadium at that time. the Nats somehow managed to play 29 games in their unfinished stadium without issue before the rent problem came to light (the case was filed, by the way, by the Lerners, who claimed $100,000 a day in damages for the 'unfinished' stadium.) oh, and what was unfinished? the corporate offices. so for the trouble of driving 2.1 miles from the rent-free RFK to Nationals Park, the Lerners wanted $100,000 a DAY. for a month, and counting. that's what turned people off, that PR move.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

but the Nationals were from the day it was announced.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 5, 2010 1:06 PM

Well, tough sh*t. The following MLS cities have Major League Baseball teams - some with publicly financed baseball stadiums...

New York
Philadelphia
Boston
LA
Chicago
Kansas City
Toronto
Dallas
Houston
Denver
Seattle

Almost all of them have soccer specific stadiums - with three more coming. Don't blame baseball for being more powerful than MLS.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

True, but in every one of those cities, the baseball team was there first. And those MLS teams were never forced to share a stadium with an upstart MLB franchise while their brand new $800 million in public money stadium was being built (football, yes, but again those football teams were there first, and those MLS teams were guests).

To make matters worse, this horrible stadium deal that MLB forced upon the district, soured the city on the idea of a SSS for DC United, and hence the behind the back yanking of Poplar Point.

To make matters even worse than that, the D.C. Sports Commission doesn't even care enough about RFK, DC United or its fans to freakin' to keep the stadium that they do still manage in decent shape. The Lerner's refuse to pay rent because some amenities were not finished in their new stadium, while DC United continues to pay ridiculous rent for a building that should be free (or condemned and imploded).

Yeah, us DC United fans are supposed to just fall in love with the Nationals and forget about the fact that both they, and MLB, basically screwed the team we love.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | May 5, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Cmon Mallorcans :)

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Taking my dad, whose visiting from out of town, to the game tonight. Come on United, don't bum us out!

Posted by: JRandomReader | May 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

To make matters worse, this horrible stadium deal that MLB forced upon the district, soured the city on the idea of a SSS for DC United, and hence the behind the back yanking of Poplar Point.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | May 5, 2010 4:14 PM

This is where you went wrong. Fenty did not pull the plug on Poplar Point because the Nationals deal was bad - he killed it because he didn't like the deal for the entire property that MacFarlane proposed. If anything it had more to do with Fenty's politics than what came before his tenure.

If you want to be angry with Fenty, the Council, Prince George's County, the economy, the Washington Convention And Sports Authority, Kevin Payne, Victor MacFarlane - so be it. But blaming MLB for getting theirs is just sour grapes.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Ha! You guys have warmed my cold black(and red) heart.

@bonghits, muchos gracias, but I'm headed out to the inflatable pool and some ice cold beers in the backyard. I'll probably stumble back into the house to catch the game. Maybe the culos can win one for me today!

Vamos United!

Hey it's Boy's Day in Japan, get out your carp windsocks yo!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Spurs go to the Champions League next year.

As for the Massives? LOLOL

Posted by: RedDevil1 | May 5, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The blue end of North London will have some festive kabobs tonight.

Spurs'll probably screw it up and go out in the qualifying round to some Danish team on away goals, but I am enjoying it for the moment.

Posted by: IamAM | May 5, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does everything have to be so competitive between DC sports fan bases? Pisses me off.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

My favorite post in months. Spot on!

=======================================

Fischy,

You're all wet with respect to Ovechkin. The WP recently ran a poll on DC's most recognizable athlete and Ovechkin won going away. Further, while there is no doubt that hockey is #4 on the totem pole nationally, there is also no doubt that right now the Capitals are #2 on the totem pole in this area. Last week's hockey game marked the first time in CSN history that their programming (Caps vs Canadiens) was the #1 program in the DC area (to include ABC, Fox, CBS, etc). Lastly, the season long TV ratings standings are as follows:
1)Redskins
2)Capitals
3)Wizards
4)Nationals
5)United
with the Nationals and United both a very distant 4th and 5th. There is no doubt that people recognize Ovechkin in this area and I seriously doubt that Strasburg will ever be more recognizable although he may be just as recognizable.

Posted by: croftonpost | May 5, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh well. CR9 with a hat trick through 72...

Posted by: Reignking | May 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The one thing the Nats have that DCU doesn't is dedicated fans from the teams they play. The Nats may have 20 dedicated fans but the teams they play can bring in the real numbers.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 5, 2010 9:49 AM

Why does everything have to be so competitive between DC sports fan bases? Pisses me off.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 5, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey its nothing against the Nats or MLB its an issue with MLS not being strong enough to bring in these type of fans. Go to a Cubs vs. Nats game and a Fire vs. United game and let me know how many away jerseys you see.

I'm just saying it would be nice to have that away supporters bump in MLS as it would also help the atmosphere at RFK.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 5, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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