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Another possible D.C. United friendly?

According to a report in Bolivian online news source La Razón, the Bolivian national team has scheduled a friendly against D.C. United on August 11 in Washington. The match up would play on the obvious connection of longtime Bolivian national players Jaime Moreno and Juan Manuel Peña. A spokesman for United did not confirm this report.

D.C. edged El Salvador 1-0 in a June friendly at RFK and is slated to host Football League Championship side Portsmouth on Saturday, July 24 at RFK.

United plays host to Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy -- the top team in the Western Conference -- Sunday at home. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

By Matt Brooks  |  July 16, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  Bolivia , D.C. United  | Tags: Bolivia, D.C. United, Friendlies, RFK Stadium  
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Goff it is great to have you back!

Posted by: no_recess | July 16, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So Superliga and the CCL and all of those other games they used to play were bad and made their players tired and cost them playoff spots but mulitple friendlies doesn't wear on the players?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | July 16, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"is slated to host English Premier League side Portsmouth on Saturday"

Pompey were relegated to The Championship this past spring.

Wherefore art thou Goffer?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Portsmouth is not in the Premier League.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

but according to DCU's advertising puffery Portsmouth is a "legendary" English team.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Matt.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So Superliga and the CCL and all of those other games they used to play were bad and made their players tired and cost them playoff spots but mulitple friendlies doesn't wear on the players?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | July 16, 2010 1:20 PM |

The thing is they "give" us 5 "free" games with our season tickets so they have to come up with 5 games. At least with friendlies presumably we can control the timing to make it less onerous on the guys.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | July 16, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Portsmouth is not in the Premier League.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 16, 2010 2:08 PM |

Poor old Pompey. They are facing another points reduction. Next year we'll be saying Portsmouth is not in the Championship.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | July 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Sure, they are a legend. First Premiership team to go into administation. That's a legendary accomplishment.

Posted by: Reignking | July 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Can Pompey even afford the airfare to get here?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

There are more parallels between the "legendary" clubs Portsmouth and DC United than I care to think about . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | July 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

DC really needs to start marketing itself to other teams. We need to get Boca up here. Its sad that we play sub-par national teams while teams like Portland are playing Manchester City.


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 16, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

We had Boca here. It was about the worst DC United game I've ever attended that they didn't lose.

Posted by: writered21 | July 16, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

There was an excellent article on the state of Bolivian football in the June issue of When Saturday Comes. The article is not available on the magazine's web site, but I will attempt to summarize. Basically the national team has fallen to the lowest ranking of any South American side despite home altitude advantage. The 1994 Cup was the pinnacle and nothing much has happened since then for the national team. Club sides have not fared well recently in Libertadores (Bolivar was the last team to escape the group stage when it made the quarterfinals in 2000). The writer argues this is due to decades of ignoring youth development in favor of reliance on aging veterans and naturalized foreigners. Supposedly the same people have been running things for a long time and now there are calls for state intervention. Venezuela is cited as a good example of how grassroots investment can yield a stronger national team. Of note to DCU fans, Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to announce a new role for Marco Etcheverry in turning around Bolivian fortunes.

Posted by: Pedalada | July 16, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Bolivia is the only national squad in history to go through two World Cups without scoring a goal. It wasn't that long ago that D.C. Ur-lousy complained that all the extra games were detracting from their ability to be successful within MLS. Now it looks like they're accomplishing the exact same thing with friendlies. About the only thing all these friendlies prove is that opponents don't seem to mind playing the worst team in MLS. D.C. United is Exhibit A in why so many people hate soccer.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | July 17, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

The inclusion of the additional games in the season tickets packages for these meaningless exhibitions is a sales ploy that KP instituted in 1996 designed to bump up the price of the season ticket package.

The cash up front from the sale of the various season ticket packages is the life blood of all sports teams, but especially vital for MLS teams, which unlike other sports teams (college and pro) do not have a reliable broadcast revenue stream. It serves to confirm the operation's budget for the year and allows equity for other expenditures.

Maximizing that up-front cash is a very high priority and the underlying reason for throwing these exhibitions into the package. It's not unlike the NFL teams whose season ticket package now includes 10 games, 8 regular season and 2 preseason.

Wear and tear on the players is secondary to grabbing that cash.

Posted by: mightymax | July 17, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me hofbrauhausde but Erwin Platini Sanchez scored against Spain in the 1994 World Cup for Bolivia.

Posted by: CHICO13 | July 17, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of friendlies, why on earth is MLS using a broadcast slot on ESPN to broadcast a friendly involving one of its teams? This is baffling.

There are sports executives working for MLS who are probably drawing nice salaries and who have used their supposed expertise to decide that it is more in MLS's interest to present a meaningless game between one of its teams and an EPL side than it is to show, oh, I don't know, say, NY v. Columbus? Only a game for first place in its Eastern Conference.

It's hard not to believe what I once heard KP say: what is behind a lot of Garber's policy-making is his desire to make sure that he gets good tickets to Champions League matches.

Posted by: mightymax | July 17, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Counter-point: "fixture congestion" was an excuse to cover for an undermanned, uninspired, aging, poorly conditioned, skill-deficient team, with numerous limited roster spots wasted by very same FO proffering the "fixture congestion". I seem to recall, in fact, the coach and some players ultimately admitting it was all b******t.

I'm not totally convinced one way or the other, but take a long look at the last three seasons before you parrot one side or the other.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 17, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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