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Matchnight: United at San Jose

It's been a thrilling soccer-filled day for most, and I'm sure many of you saw Germany's 4-0 thrashing of Argentina and a (somewhat surprisingly?) thrilling Paraguay-Spain game that featured missed penalties, shots off posts and plenty more, with David Villa's clinking, clanging shot in the 83rd minute giving Spain the 1-0 win.

Now, however, it's back to MLS (for tonight from 10-midnight at least) as United looks to pick up some points on the road with a game against San Jose, which has not won in league play since May 22.

United fielded a mix of starters and reserves midweek in a 2-0 U.S. Open Cup win over the Richmond Kickers, and it will be interesting to see if that has any impact on the lineup or on United's fitness.

Julius James said after the Richmond game that he had some hamstring issues and was running at 90-percent on Wednesday, so we'll see if that changes the lineup at all tonight.

I'm not in San Jose, but you should be able to get the starting lineup about one hour before kickoff on D.C. United's twitter feed:

D.C. United at San Jose Earthquakes

When: 10:00 PM
TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/87.7 FM La Nueva

As usual this is your place for pregame, in-game and post game commentary.

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 3, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Vamos Estados Unidos!...
uh... I mean Vamos United!
:)

Posted by: DadRyan | July 3, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

D.C. United's starting 11 vs San Jose Earthquakes: Perkins (c); Graye-Pena-Jakovic-McTavish, Pontius-Simms-King-Najar; Cristman-Quaranta

Available subs: Allsopp, Moreno, Khumalo, Morsink, James, Rice, Hamid

Posted by: emanon13 | July 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Jermaine Jones is playing for United tonight? WTF!?

Oh, Julius James. Kay.

Posted by: Palin-McCain2012 | July 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Bronko Nagurski will save us!

Posted by: benonthehill | July 3, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

watching the CSN feed from the midwest.
Interesting.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 3, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Troy Perkins is having a ridiculously bad night. He's late on...everything.

Posted by: fischy | July 3, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Perkins was playing Hide and Seek on that goal there...

Posted by: alan19 | July 3, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

A very rough start. United looked worse in the first 30 minutes than they did against Real Madrid, but they finally found a rhythm. Now, if they can only find a goal.

Andres Cantor in a GEICO commercial. Best thing I've seen during this game,from a United standpoint.

Posted by: fischy | July 3, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Convey got beat,
nice goal!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 3, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

paging someone from us soccer: please cap najar (get him the roy wegerle type citizenship one way or another)

Posted by: birdynumnum | July 3, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a URL for a livefeed of the DC United match?

Posted by: bartapest1 | July 3, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

paging someone from us soccer: please cap najar (get him the roy wegerle type citizenship one way or another)

Posted by: birdynumnum | July 3, 2010 11:21 PM
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The story about Najar that ran in the Post a week or two ago made it clear that he is leaning strongly toward representing Honduras. Further, there is the practical consideration that even if someone found him a Yank for a wife (probably the fastest route to U.S. citizenship), he'd have to wait several years, during which time the Honduras MNT will have plenty of opportunities to, say, get him involved in the campaign to qualify for Brasil '14.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 3, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before, but it bears QWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW[---P;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;/
]repeating: If Pontius ever learns to get his shots on target, he'll be a really dangerous player.

Posted by: fischy | July 3, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry -- cat walking on the laptop....

Posted by: fischy | July 3, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

DCU needs to get a young Gambian.

Posted by: fischy | July 3, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

So who's going to Red Bull Arena next weekend?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 4, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, aside from Najar, Moreno, and a great Stephen King assist... damn.

Also, I wanted to physically reach through the screen and stretch out the field. No other league and no other sport in the nation could get away with different sized fields per franchise. This "it fits their playing style" BS is ridiculous. It would fit DC's playing style to have a brick wall in front of our goal, but alas.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

[N]o other sport in the nation could get away with different sized fields per franchise.
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Baseball, anyone?

Posted by: universityandpark | July 4, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

@ universityandpark

You're right.

However, for a sport that prizes fluidity and uninterrupted play, this connection is not one the league should allow or accept.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I don't know that they have any choice, at least in the short term.

Speaking of which, what is the status of the planned San Jose SSS?

Posted by: universityandpark | July 4, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

re: "Speaking of which, what is the status of the planned San Jose SSS?"

San Jose and league officials announced that, due to stubbornly high bay area real estate prices, San Jose plans to build their SSS on the Langston Golf course land in Washington DC.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Posted by: Ron16 | July 4, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

The United's game result isn't anywhere to be found in the Post this morning. I understand that a lot of soccer fans are more interested in the World Cup but I care more about the local team and expect to be able to wake up in the morning and read about what happened out on the west coast. I can't imagine that the Post baseball, football, basketball, or hockey writers would allow something like this to occur on their beats, what is wrong with the soccer coverage?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 4, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

It might be because the game was so late last night and it was past the time to get the results into the print edition...

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

The United result was there, I missed, in the words of Manute Bol, "my bad".

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | July 4, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I know several of the players tried their hardest and worked quite well last night. But several of them seem to be lacking the passion and tradition that Kevin Payne so loves to wrap the team's marketing around. To put a more accurate marketing label on this teams performance in San Jose, I'd say "Nearly Adequate."

Can someone tell me how it is that Kasper is promoted to General Manager? Did I miss the Post story on this development? Not that it's controversial or anything, given our unique ability to trade talent that we go out and buy back (a sign that we made a first mistake, and then a second when the player (aka Perkins) fails to show up for the match.

Why is there no accountability for the management of this team? Didn't we get a letter a year and a half ago saying that was going to change?

Getting dangerously close here to no longer believing the management deserves my season ticket money.

Posted by: dsheon1 | July 4, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

alan19 wrote: "it might be because the game was so late last night and it was past the time to get the results into the print edition..."

Might be. But that doesn't explain why the Post futball page still is missing any inkling that DCU played at Columbus eight days ago -- as well as last night's match.

Posted by: runningcloud | July 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of which, what is the status of the planned San Jose SSS?
Posted by: universityandpark

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Aiming for a possible 2012 opening

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Earthquakes_Stadium

Posted by: emanon13 | July 4, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

In terms of Najar, I'm not quite ready to write him off as a potential USNT-er. Sure, prior to the WC he said he wanted to play for Honduras and has had conversations with the Honduran U20 team. But never underestimate the ability of the Honduran FA to screw things up. This is the organization that nearly had the Honduran Olympic team (the one with Suazo, et. al. ) waiting at the airport to find out if they were going to get tickets. The one that nearly had the team sit out competition b/c they welched on the bonuses. The one that kicked Guevara off the NT "for life" when, speaking for the team, he approached the FA about payments for the players. The Honduran FA is to Concacaf what the Cameroon FA is to Africa football. Yeah, there are a lot of corrupt FA's in Africa but Cameroon has got to be at the top of the list in terms of incompetence, favoritism, payola and outsiders dictating what happens. Ditto with Honduras.

Posted by: JoeW1 | July 4, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Once Najar realizes that Honduras will struggle just to make the final 32 at the World Cup, let alone competing to win it, he'll choose the U.S.

The exposure players like Najar receive from this tournament makes them millions. Why would he risk losing that by playing for a nation that has only 2 Cup appearances in 80 years?

Posted by: delantero | July 4, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The crazy Cup finishes seem to have moved on to the Tour de France.

Never seen anything like it.

Posted by: delantero | July 4, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

OT: My brother and I are going to the Brazil friendly at New Meadowlands, and are sticking around afterwards to go to NYRB-TFC the next night. Just bought my tickets, and I want to know what you guys think of the arena this weekend, presuming some of you are making the trip. Thanks.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I just finished watching the game after having dozed off before halftime last night.

DC was horrible until Najar's goal. But the goal was awesome and worth the wait. Steven King did very well in receiving Jaime's thruball moving toward goal a few steps then turning and shielding the ball from 2 defenders to pick out Najar's run at the far post for the jumping volley. Nice sequence of possession passing before the goal, too.

Best DC goal so far this year in what has been a poor season.

After the goal the game got better. Jaime played the distributing midfielder role well and rarely made it up to the front line of attack.

Onalfo made a weird sub at the end when DC had momentum and he brought off Quaranta (who was playing well and had just come close to scoring) for Allsopp in stoppage time. It killed DC's momentum and gave San Jose a chance to win in the 3rd or 4th minute of the 2 minutes of allotted stoppage time.

We're not going to make the playoffs but a tie on the road is a good result for a team starting a bunch of MLS backup caliber players.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 4, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm mentally switching gears to tonight's Freedom match. (Physically, I've gotten as far as McLean, on my way to the 'Plex.) A few words from the commish:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/sports/soccer/04seconds.html

Posted by: universityandpark | July 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night cheering with a few dozen DCU supporters, including some Burch and Pontius family members. The pitch at Buck Shaw is ridiculous, but you do feel close to the game. It was a perfect evening in San Jose.

Jaime really did turn the game around, and it was his perfect ball through to King that set up Najar. A lovely sequence. Graye was not so hot on defense, but he did make a couple nice runs up the left toward the end of the second half, which opened up the center. And sorry, defense-bashers, I think the criticism of Jakovic and Pena is way overstated. They are a very good pairing. One of San Jose's biggest assets is Brandon McDonald's throw-in, which he can deliver to the center of the area with ease. That makes for a lot of dangerous set-piece type defending once you've settled for clearing the ball. We did OK.

Our biggest problem now is not in the back, nor our possession attack. It's finishing. We either need to improve, or we need more chances so that we can bungle them at the same rate and still score two goals over 90 minutes.

I would have posted this sooner, but hey, it's California, dudes.

Posted by: dccal | July 4, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Given our horrific start (and horrific last season), I don't see how anybody can be anything but thrilled, both with the extension of our unbeaten streak (are we at nine now?) and with Onalfo (you can't judge him on the first games--it is how he pulls the team together over time that counts). I, for one, am an enthusiastic 1/2 season ticket holder who is looking forward to the rest of this summer. Go DCU!

Posted by: glfrazier | July 4, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"both with the extension of our unbeaten streak (are we at nine now?)" --glfrazier

Didn't DC lose to Columbus 2-0 last week?

Posted by: redskinsux | July 4, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"both with the extension of our unbeaten streak (are we at nine now?)" --glfrazier

Didn't DC lose to Columbus 2-0 last week?

Posted by: redskinsux | July 4, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Posted by: dsheon1 | July 4, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I just stopped in at the Germantown Greene Turtle, on my way back from the 'Plex. I question the 5:00 p.m. kickoff time. First, it was too bloody hot. (The match was a nondescript scoreless draw, natch.) Second, the postgame fireworks display was supposed to be a draw (in a different sense of the word). However, because of the early game, people will have to wait around for two hours, listening to musical sideshows, waiting for dusk to arrive, so I don't know how successful that will be.

Surprisingly, there was no one at the entrance to the parking lot seeking to separate patrons from ten clams. I don't know whether they waived parking fees for just this occasion, or whether it is permanent (I hope).

The beer garden had both Flying Dog and Dogfish Head pale ales for five bucks a pop. Both brewskis were favorably reviewed in the NYT a few days ago:

http://events.nytimes.com/2010/06/30/dining/reviews/30wine.html

I still think the SG is not as effective as it could be, operating from the NE corner. (With the hot sun bearing down on that side, they were especially isolated.) The SE corner has a better chance of getting the beer garden (i.e., the adults) involved.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 4, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

We played Columbus last week? Where was I? Definitely tree-forest-nobody-to-hear. Still, the point remains, we're a lot better now than we were when the season openned.

Posted by: glfrazier | July 4, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Just one thought about the game. Why is Santino still taking all the free kicks and corners? Regardless of what Dave Johnson says, he is NOT a "dead ball specialist". His free kicks and corners are HORRIBLE !!

Posted by: patrick18 | July 5, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Patrick,

A few minutes apart in the 1st half, Pontius and Jakovic got open for well-placed corner kicks from Quaranta. Their weak headers were not due to any kind of "horrible" delivery.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Tino's corners are not awesome, but they're not horrible. His free kicks are...unique. I've never seen anyone who tries to go under the wall with every kcik. At some point, defenders will stop jumpin and this tactic will utterly fail. Also, ever tie he does this he hits a wicked blast, but right at the keeper. Makes for a showy kick -- and he's come close to scoring a couple of times -- but always a save. Hopefully, Boskovic can do better...or the next signing.

Posted by: fischy | July 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Re: Buck Shaw:
It's not soccer, period. It's like a futsal game with WAY too many players.

Re: Payne:
Has been GM for years, FO since the 90s. Career highlights include signing such legends as Muñequita, Havanegila, Janicki, and Boise, and blaming Latin fans for the dismal game day experience. Shunted over to stadium search duty in the wake of those coups. Dude just has the Midas touch.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Slightly OT: I saw the USOC match Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders at sold out PGE Park. It was rocking with the Timbers Army singing non-stop, easily besting the SE and BB combined.The team still needs 5-8 MLS type players but the rest is in place for next year. Having seen about 90% of all DCU games since '96 on tv or in person, our admirable fan support has nothing on the NW.Just wait and see; good for MLS

Posted by: bechtoldpk | July 6, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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