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A few more minutes with D.C. United's Kevin Payne

You've read D.C. United President Kevin Payne's comments about the club's search for a new stadium. You've seen his take on Real Madrid legend Raul. And you saw his assessment of United this year. Now, I'll share some leftover quotes from my conversation with the team boss:

On the club's search for roster help with a significant international signing: "We want to try to get the right person on the right kind of deal in the right position. This is a better time than in the winter, but the window isn't as long. We have been looking at bigger-name players. Whether that ends up happening, I don't know. ... It's safe to say that, if we can find a forward, that is the position we would try to fill."

On maintaining hope for a playoff push, despite the club's bottom-dwelling points total of 12 with 13 league matches remaining: "Obviously, we have dug ourselves a huge hole, but it's not insurmountable. Last year there was a three-way tie for the last playoff spot with 40 points. The odds are stacked against us, but it's not out of the question."

On first-year coach Curt Onalfo: "It's been tough for Curt. There have been a lot of things out of his control that have made his job very difficult. He gets our understanding. One of the things that I admire about Curt is that he is a pretty steady hand in times of trial like this. Curt has been through worse things in his life, and that gives him some perspective. He is as gutted as anybody about these results, but he really believes we can turn it around."

Much more.....

Although DCU expected a transitional season:

"We didn't expect this. We had a very good preseason, we were pleased with the way things were progressing, and then we had a combination of injuries. I don't want to use it as an excuse, but it's a reality. We had a lot of injuries, and we tended to have injuries concentrated in one part of the field. We have two left backs out at the same time for an extended period, two of the best left backs in the league. Our right back is out the entire season. That was part of the issue, and because of all the injuries, we struggled to get a consistent lineup on the field. It seemed like every game somebody was getting hurt early in the game and the coaches would have to burn a sub. Our goalkeeping early in the year was not what we were expecting. We have struggled a lot more than we thought to score goals. We created a number of chances in a many games and have not finished them. Curt has experimented with a lot of different combinations up there, and nothing has clicked."

Several signings have not worked out. Do you question your decision-making?

"Andy Najar has worked out well, Bill Hamid has worked out well, and we are still high on Jordan Graye. Stephen King has worked out well. We believe Pablo Hernandez and Branko Boskovic are going to be very good players. The jury is out on Danny Allsopp. [Disclaimer: Payne said this before Allsopp's hat trick Saturday.]
"If you look at the history of the league, the percentage on foreign players is probably well below 50 percent. You just never know. You try to do all the research in the world, you meet the players, you try to figure whether they are going to be able to handle things about our league that make it unique. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. You always question yourself. The kid from Man U [Floribert N'Galula], we had nothing invested in him. He was free, he trained with us, but we knew pretty early in preseason that he was not going to make it. The other guys, sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. Some of the recent acquisitions are going to prove to be very good for us."

On unsubstantiated reports that Najar has been approached for trial at Arsenal this winter:

"They can talk to him if they would like to get sued. But I don't think it will come to that because Ivan Gazidis [the former MLS deputy commissioner who is now Arsenal's chief executive] is a gentleman. We have no intention to have Andy Najar come to Arsenal for a trial. He's under contract and if anybody tries to talk to him, we are prepared to file a lawsuit. This is America. It's American contract law that applies here. Local law prevails. We have not been contacted. I am quite confident that if Arsenal wanted to talk to us about Andy Najar, Ivan would call me. This kid is very, very special."


By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United, Kevin Payne, MLS  
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Comments

ZZzzzzzzzzzzz. I'd get more insight out of a whoopee cushion.

Booooo KP. Boooooo.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne going all Mama Grizzly for Andy Najar! I like it! :D

KP's answers remind me of The Don's - lots of postives accentuated, not a ton of substance or new information given. Still, some statements are better than none at all, and I agree with him that our younger talent does show great promise. It's just unfortunate that a season like this is coming on the tail of '08 and '09. I think we might all be looking at the future through a slightly more positive lens if the descent had been a bit quicker.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | July 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Payne has for the last ten years had three things to do: find an ownership group with enough resources to move DCU forward, get a soccer specific stadium built, and continue to build the on field performance of the team from its early success. He has failed miserably at all three.

If there is someone to blame for the malaise around our beloved team it is Kevin Payne. His sanctimonious pronouncements of absolution for the performance of his underlings are comical. He is the failure -- he hired and retained Kaspar, and he brought in Soehn and then Onalfo. Actually Curt has done a pretty good job of organizing the miserably ill equipped roster he was handed.

Posted by: Liverbird | July 28, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

KP is one of a kind.

Sueing Arsenal just if they even approach the idea of talking to Najar. Not too defensive are we?

As for Onalfo, I've witnessed first-hand the pain on his face during the press conferences. I too feel bad for him. Not quite ready to roll out the litany of excuses that KP always seems to say in defense of the job done so far, but I do feel for him.

KP really turns questions around in his favor doesn't he? Ask him about seemingly bad moves he makes and he rebutts with good moves (or at least he thinks) that have worked out.

That dude is a piece of work. Good luck getting rid of him anytime soon. He's bunkered in like New England in an MLS Cup..

Posted by: ARickey | July 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

All I read there were excuses. Nothing more to see here.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | July 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Kevin has completed the transformation into a chickenhawk.

Posted by: beach3 | July 28, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Glad KP is not a player. He'd spend 90 minutes running around the field kicking every player square in the nootz, then call a press conference to complain about how rough the game was.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 28, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I've now read it twice and I see absolutely nothing worth getting exercised about.

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The fact that DCU will soon be the only team in the league without a modern stadium solution is enough for me to say that it's time for a change at the top. If we had any semblance of a plan, players would actually consider coming here. Right now, our pitch is "great schools, nice public transit and beautiful hiking trails!"

Posted by: Logan_Circle | July 28, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

COOOKIE....
nom nom nom nom

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

who are these "best left backs in the league" of which he speaks?

Posted by: fedssocr | July 28, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

dude, don't ask. just keep nodding.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

What annoys me is that Payne seems to blame this year's struggles on injury, not the mediocre squad he put together. Keep thinking it is all injuries Payne and we will finish last next year.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"We have two left backs out at the same time for an extended period, two of the best left backs in the league."


Ummm, one of these is fact, the other is... How you say, ludicrous.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

As long as Payne is around, DC United will continue to suffer, falter and fail...

Posted by: LCR-54 | July 28, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

where's Kasper's responsibility in all this? He's the one who brought us all these players who are not good enough or are injury-prone. How does he manage to skate through this analysis? KP has failed on the stadium and investor group fronts; Kasper has failed on the technical front. Isn't it his job to succeed at that? Isn't that what he gets paid for? He preaches that this is results business. Well, the results are what they are. How is he not held responsible for those results?

Posted by: lgm6986 | July 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

lgm%#@* - Tell me again what you like about DC United?

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"We have two left backs out at the same time for an extended period, two of the best left backs in the league."

Wow, that tells you something about his ability to evaluate talent.

Burch is one footed. Wallace is good, but one of the best in the league? One wonders why we had one of the worst GAA in the league with such quality in the back.

Posted by: delantero | July 28, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, do you want him to throw his players under the bus to a reporter?

Do you expect a mother to call her child 'ugly and not very smart'?

"Steve Goff's Whiner's Insider"

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I think most people want him to take a little more responsibility

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, do you want him to throw his players under the bus to a reporter?

Do you expect a mother to call her child 'ugly and not very smart'?

"Steve Goff's Whiner's Insider"

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse


Do you expect fans in last place with the least goals scored, and most goals conceded to tell Payne he is doing a good job and that his name will grace the US soccer halls of fame soon?

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Do you expect fans in last place with the least goals scored, and most goals conceded to tell Payne he is doing a good job and that his name will grace the US soccer halls of fame soon?

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 3:04 PM


Nope. Just trying to break up the whining.

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

You know what would change the tune of this supporters base and this blog - if in the next 6-9 months, a signed, sealed, and ground broken stadium deal somewhere in DC near a Metro line manifested itself.

I'd wager it would erase all thoughts of heartache from 2005 forward overnight and give everyone a pass for a year after the thing opened.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

JkR, he kinda threw Allsopp under the bus didn't he?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"We didn't expect this." - well, almost every single DC United fan saw this season coming. How you had high hopes for this season is beyond ridiculous.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | July 28, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The only time KP ever takes responsibility is for success. So fun to watch that '96 end of season video where he claims responsibility for deciding to let 6 players go after a month and turn the franchise around. If that was his idea, why hasn't it happened now? I think Bruce Arena may have something to do with that decision. To JacobfromAtlanta's point, KP needs to do more than take a little responsibility. If Will Chang can't see through the facade and get rid of this guy, our "tradition" will move from one of winning trophies to one of playing golf every October.

Posted by: dsheon1 | July 28, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

JkR, he kinda threw Allsopp under the bus didn't he?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 3:09 PM

Yes he did, and I was a bit surprised that he did so. I assume that's because of his salary, but that's speculation. If I was going to choose somebody to call out (and I generally wouldn't) it would have been Santino...

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Do you expect fans in last place with the least goals scored, and most goals conceded to tell Payne he is doing a good job and that his name will grace the US soccer halls of fame soon?

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 3:04 PM


Nope. Just trying to break up the whining.

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse


Touche.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

BigBubba, where does he say he had high hopes? And which fans predicted 0-7 to start?

I thought they'd be rubbish until the summer transfer, but still, something like 3-4 games under .500.

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

So, who's renewing their season tickets?

Posted by: stwasm | July 28, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I like what he says about Najar. Najar is one of the few watchable things about this team right now.

Posted by: Ron16 | July 28, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

You know what would change the tune of this supporters base and this blog - if in the next 6-9 months, a signed, sealed, and ground broken stadium deal somewhere in DC near a Metro line manifested itself.

I'd wager it would erase all thoughts of heartache from 2005 forward overnight and give everyone a pass for a year after the thing opened.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 28, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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

Amen. I frankly could care less right now if he is evaluating any personnel. I would prefer to see him spending virtually every waking second of his time on getting the SSS deal done. VBB couldn't be anymore right.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | July 28, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

U-20s tied 1-1 against Denmark in the Milk Cup

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I like Kevin Payne. I think he's incredible smart and passionate about DC United and US Soccer, but I think it's time for new leadership at DC United.

Posted by: TCompton | July 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Milk Cup? Udderly ridiculous.

Did someone say "lgm6986"?!

"You see the world through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man I can tell
You've got it all in the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat
And your head needs a rest..."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Dear KP:

I have three words of wisdom to offer.

Stadium
Stadium
Stadium

If you need to find local investors to help the political push, then do it. Get creative - but something needs to give soon or the team will become a [FILL IN THE BLANK].

Posted by: edmundburke247 | July 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry (don't you cry no more)

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

[air guitar]

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@Logan_Circle
"The fact that DCU will soon be the only team in the league without a modern stadium"

No, it won't be. The team will be moved. There won't be a DC United. We don't draw to RFK (our lowest attendance ever?) for two reasons: the stadium is a dump and the team stinks. There is no justification for keeping this franchise in the league without a stadium.

Bottom line: you want to be an MLS franchise, you build a stadium. Other cities will. We won't. MLS wants stadiums to showcase the league, and the owners need them to make money.

I wish Kevin Payne would focus on that fact rather than getting all rightous about preparing his Arsenal lawsuit.

Posted by: rcdwriting | July 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Question on Andy Najar. Does talking to his agent equal talking to HIM? Or would any contact regarding Najar HAVE to come through the DCU front office first?

Posted by: Ron16 | July 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fuad Ibrahim in the 78th to put the Americans up 2-1. Keeper got a weak punch on the corner, Ibrahim chested it down, hit it on the half volley from the far post, maybe just outside the corner of the six, maybe a little further off the endline. Tough to tell with the camera angle.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Gale (I'm going to consider him the first American who should go by his first name since no one will ever try to spell Assousamondegh or however it is) has been awesome.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Denmark equalizes. Walked out and missed it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Denmark ties it up. Or was that an owngoal?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Perry Kitchens own goal

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap US scores again!

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Back in the lead on a scrappy goal after a cross bounced in the six. Cant tell who scored but we're up 3-2 in the 89th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

3 extra minutes

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

3-2 win. That, good sirs and madaams, is the latest proof of my belief that there is indeed an American Style of Play, and it's plenty good enough for me.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Exactly - the day Goff officially can retire the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz and there are Black and Red hard hats and a delivery date - everything that's bad from Gomez's spitting Red Card against the fire, Ben Olsen's lost season, our season of Argentine trolls and brutish defenders, the start of 2010...all gets washed away in the Anacostia.

But if the ZZZZZZZZzzzzz gets retired and the team leaves the market, does the Insider move to ESPN.com or SI.com?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 28, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Payne is what I feel
During Spring Summer and Fall
Send Him Packing NOW

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | July 28, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

jk8 - OK, he didn't have high hopes. He was content to expect a slightly less than .500 club. And guess what, he still missed the mark.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | July 28, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I think a stadium is coming... and it's going to be in Baltimore.

I'd give it 90% odds.

I think the only main question is whether they'll keep the name and records or start a "new" club there (aka San Jose to Houston).

Posted by: diego_r | July 28, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

KP from a few posts ago: "I won't categorize [the stadium effort], but in Maryland, there is a clearer, tried-and-true process," he said. "It's potentially a fairly clean deal because there is a developer, there is available land and there's the Maryland Stadium Authority. Once the economic report comes out, then the city and the state will decide if ultimately that is something they want to move forward with."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2010/07/dc_united_stadium_update_freds.html

Posted by: diego_r | July 28, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Again..the FO saying they were good to go at the beginning of the year and just had some bad injury luck.

NEWFLASH...you are supposed to be prepared for that! Every team deals with injuries. But when we are less than 1 deep at every position, it's not too hard to foresee the season we are having. Why is it that all the fans knew we weren't prepared but Onalfo and the FO kept proclaiming how happy they were with our squad?

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | July 28, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone agree with Payne that we need a forward first and foremost? I say a playmaking midfielder.

Posted by: paulkp | July 28, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I also think that KP was superb when he was in Kasper's job many moons ago, but he was bumped to his level of incompetence, apparently.

Now it sounds like he has had a stroke and needs to parrot company lines.

Posted by: paulkp | July 28, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that all the fans knew we weren't prepared but Onalfo and the FO kept proclaiming how happy they were with our squad?

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | July 28, 2010 6:30 PM |

******************

What were they supposed to say, "We're unlikely to be good, probably won't win a game..."

Posted by: JkR- | July 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Beat up 1-0 in the 24th off a perfect strike similar to Tshabalaba for South Africa in the WC opener. 2 minutes after Aya Miyama had a goal disallowed on a free kick from 22 yards out for a dangerous play after the ref conferred with the AR and they ruled it was an indirect play. Beat controlling play and possession, just looking like they want it more.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly stated, Liverbird.

Posted by: stig1 | July 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I think the pendulum has swung a bit too far the other way on the injury issue. The MLS salary structure is such that if you suffer a few big injuries, your season could really be done, because there's no room to pay for quality backups across the field. Think about what we didn't know going into the preseason:

= Burch out for a long time (I don't recall when his injury occurred, but the surgery was in March).
= Namoff forced to retire due to concussion.
= Wallace broken leg, out for for 6 weeks.
= Jakovic out 4-6 weeks with broken clavicle in April

And that's just the defense! (Is it even worth listing Pena's hamstring?) Face it, with a good D (which we should have had except for injuries), every game is winnable (cf. Switzerland 1, Spain 0). And it's hard to know, but I'd guess the inability to work with a set group of starters was at least partially to blame for Perkins very shaky start to the season.

In terms of expectations, we had every reason to believe Tino would have a very solid year (which he hasn't), that Pontius would continue to improve (instead, he picked the classic DCU 4-6 week hamstring), and that Castillo would be a big pickup (he flopped, but since Najar was a huge surprise, we can call that a wash).

We always knew the forward position would be suspect, and it has been. Similarly, we knew there was no CAM and that lack would be a problem.

So, I was expecting a roughly .500 season, and hoped for slightly better. I think the injuries do largely account for the vast dropoff from that expectation.

Posted by: edgeonyou | July 28, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

****crickets***. Sounds like an amateur.

Posted by: wordup1 | July 28, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Freedom equalize by #17 in the 40th, after a decent stretch of possession. In the 45th Washington is awarded a penalty, which Bompastor puts over the bar, with Solo's hand right under it. 1-1 at the half, Beat looking the better side, with a pretty good crowd on hand.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

edgeonyou: It was very simple. Look at how we did last season. Look at last year's roster. Look at the roster we had as-of Feb 1 or March 1 -- a clear, ridiculously obvious, incredibly mindblowingly totally obvious downgrade from last season's. The reasonable expectation at the start of this season was that we wouldn't do as well as last season -- and last season was bad. That's the conclusion most people I know had drawn about United before the first ball had been kicked this season.

Well, guess what? We're worse than last season. People may not have expected us to be *this* bad; but lots of people expected us to be significantly worse than last season.

Nearly everything that comes out of KP's mouth now is just maddening. Liverbird's analysis had it right: KP has had three tasks these last 10 years, and he's comprehensively failed at all three. But not once, not ever, has he taken any responsibility at all for any of it -- indeed, for anything. Except success. He'll take responsibility for things that go right; but he never, ever, EVER takes responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 28, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

JkR:

What I like about DCU is the team, the hard-working players, past and present; the tradition; the standard of excellence that was set by this organization on many levels that made it into something that we all love to write about about on Goff's blog.

What I dislike about DCU are the things that I have been complaining, whining, if you will, about since the management of this team on the technical side got away from all that. Since Piotr left and Kasper got more comfortable with his hold on power, this team has been managed by prevaricating hypocrites that don't even the the sack to look in the mirror and recognize their roles in this terrible demise. Then they go out when asked direct and fair questions by the best soccer reporter in this country and do nothing but spin and deflect. Their version of the truth is a relative concept to be deployed only when convenient.

Those are my likes and dislikes. I'm sorry if that annoys you or anyone else, but there is really not a whole lot more to say.

Posted by: mightymax | July 29, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Memo:

To:KP

Subject:Stadium

It's all about getting the SSS deal done right now. Make it so.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 29, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Mightymax, amen.

Posted by: AmishJim | July 29, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

"I dont' want to sound like I am making excuses, but . . . ."

Posted by: KRIKET | July 29, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

What KP will never say but should: "We realized at the end of last season that we had become too dependent on older, foreign players. We decided that we needed to get better value for money -- by looking more at American players and lower paid foreigners. We have invested much more time, effort, and money in scouting in the US, for the draft, but also for other players -- on other MLS teams, in the USL and, frankly, for the next Jay Demerit --players that other teams have overlooked. We also decided that we needed to get better at developing the younger players on the roster. We knew that this transition would be painful and could take several years, but we believe that in the end we will have a much stronger team and franchise. We just hope that the fans will be patient while we adjust to the way MLS has evolved."

Posted by: Jphubba | July 29, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

What KP will never say but should: "We realized at the end of last season that we had become too dependent on older, foreign players. We decided that we needed to get better value for money -- by looking more at American players and lower paid foreigners. We have invested much more time, effort, and money in scouting in the US, for the draft, but also for other players -- on other MLS teams, in the USL and, frankly, for the next Jay Demerit --players that other teams have overlooked. We also decided that we needed to get better at developing the younger players on the roster. We knew that this transition would be painful and could take several years, but we believe that in the end we will have a much stronger team and franchise. We just hope that the fans will be patient while we adjust to the way MLS has evolved."

Posted by: Jphubba | July 29, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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