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USA, D.C. United news & notes

*Ticket sales for the United States friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey have surpassed 50,000, organizers said.

*The U.S. under-20s won the Milk Cup, defeating host Northern Ireland, 3-0, in the final.

*Jemal Johnson, the New Jersey-born midfielder who has spent his career in England, might still end up on trial at D.C. United. Despite reports two weeks ago that he would likely be headed for Washington, there was no definitive news about his visit. However, Coach Curt Onalfo told the Insider that "we're still looking at that possibility. He may have an opportunity to try out with us."

*Serving as the United preview ahead of Saturday night's match at Real Salt Lake, I take a closer look at summer signing Branko Boskovic. A regular with the Montenegrin national team, Boskovic told the Insider that he has asked his federation not to recall him for the Aug. 11 home friendly against Northern Ireland. "It is better to stay here and prepare," he said. "To go there for four days for a friendly game is a long trip."

*Players who have recovered from injury and made the trip to Salt Lake: defenders Marc Burch, Dejan Jakovic and Devon McTavish, and forwards Adam Cristman and Chris Pontius. As backline cover, Barry Rice was a late call-up and is scheduled to join the squad in Utah tonight. Juan Manuel Peña (quadriceps) and Rodney Wallace (leg fracture) remain sidelined.

*Still no official word on whether DCU has offered a contract to Brazilian midfielder Junior Carreiro, Fred's younger brother.

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Brazil , D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , Youth soccer  | Tags: D.C. United, USA-Brazil  
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Comments

Great news on the injury front, for once...

Posted by: Reignking | July 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I hope we're not paying Pena very much money.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Boyzz's release had anything to do with the team thinking they might get Jemal Johnson? They should have about the same characteristics and Johnson should be significantly better.

I think he might be a good fit for the team if affordable. And my predictions are right nearly 50% of the time.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 30, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I always put milk in my coffee cup, now we can all put coffee in our Milk Cup!

MOOOO USA!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

this year the Milk Cup, next year the Silk Cup!!!

(we gotta rep for the lactose intolerant and / or the vegans out there)

Posted by: rightback | July 30, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Cool to see Branko's committed to the club.

If Rice ever gets to be a regular, he's gonna score some goals. Speaking of goals -- Janicki hit the game-winner against Montreal this week. I think he's found his niche.

Posted by: fischy | July 30, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 30, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not one for mixing politics with sports but North Korea absolutely positively must be banned by FIFA. If for no other reason than the safety of potential future plsyers and teams from North Korea. Disgraceful, depressing, and a blight on an otherwise marvelous World Cup.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 30, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Janicki hit the game-winner against Montreal this week. I think he's found his niche.

Posted by: fischy | July 30, 2010 6:43 PM
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Please clarify. Does this mean he scored for Montreal or for Vancouver?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | July 30, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

He scored for Vancouver. I wasn't being sarcastic think Janicki is a first-division talent, but he should be one of the best defenders in the second division.

Posted by: fischy | July 30, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

IT TAKES MORE public humiliation!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 30, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

FIFA better bank DPRK quick -- they already qualified for the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany

Posted by: rightback | July 30, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

DCU is so behind the times it is actually pretty sad. From Steve Davis's article about the potential for a 34 game season: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/steve_davis/07/30/mls.schedule/index.html

"Games in too many markets once were, essentially, long-term investments but short-term loss leaders. Burdened with bad leases in NFL stadiums and less well braced by sponsorship and TV revenue, match days were money pits in some places."

"The situation now is radically different; most clubs can cover operating costs and even make a buck with their home matches. It's mostly about owning rather than renting in facilities."

Uggghhh. Baltimore - here we come

Posted by: rightback | July 30, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg to Chicago.

Posted by: Reignking | July 30, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg's going to Chicago??? Yoicks....

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 30, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

So no Chinese actors were welcoming the NK soccer club home? I guess the real actors are running the country.

Posted by: paulkp | July 30, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg's gonna want those TPS reports.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 31, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't one of his issues in Seattle that he wanted an extension? Are the Fire willing to do that?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 31, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

@ 270

I would be greeeeaat if you could come in at about 9:00am this Saturday.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 31, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

@ 270

It wouls grreeeeaat if you could come in at about 9:00am on Saturday.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 31, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Sigh...

You guys really should try to exhibit a bit more flair in your posts.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | July 31, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Everyone's favorite Italian seems to be begging for a transfer to Inter. If he didn't piss off Villareal's coach before, he has now.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 31, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Re Davis's article:

"The shifting market demographics (the target audience is now more urban and Hispanic and somewhat less family oriented in many markets) mean midweek contests aren't the attendance drain they may have been before. Still, all things considered, weekend dates remain preferable."


Two questions:
1. If the target audience is as described, how does a new stadium in western Northern Virginia fit that priority?

2. If mid week games are going to occur more often, how would DCU deal with the absolute traffic nightmare of its fans trying to get there from the eastern portions of the region?

Posted by: mightymax | July 31, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

IF DCU were to move to Loudon I think they know they will lose a lot of their current fanbase from the east. They would expect to make up for it with more fans who live out in those western suburbs and exurbs.

I had always just assumed next year would be 34 matches because it just makes too much sense to do that. How the heck would you make a 30 game schudule with 18 teams? That would be a nightmare. 34 games, single table and all that is just the most sensible thing to do. We have a de facto single table now. Why MLS resists making it official is beyond me.

As for what happens when Montreal joins, I figured we would just go to a 36 game schedule at that point. Every credible league in the world plays a square home and away schedule. We should too.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 31, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I did my duty and clicked on the Branko article. Curious to see how much he's getting paid -- I'd been assuming he's on the "bargain" DP end of the spectrum, but maybe not, from Goff's wording.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 31, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

""Much is expected of Boskovic, 30, whose designated player contract is one of the largest in club history.""

Gallardo was what . . 2-3 million? Emilio was in the 500,000 range . . . so I'm guessing somewhere close to 650,000 for Branko?

If he's closer to Gallardo, then Emilio, I'm expecting a lot. If he can become our Barros-Schletto . . I'm all in.

Posted by: delantero | July 31, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Loudon or a site like it (ie Germantown) would be a option of last resort. I'm certain they don't want to go outside the Beltway and I also am of the opinion that they would choose Baltimore over a very distant DC suburb. They're better business models.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 31, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's great that Bosko would prefer to stay here than represent his country. That shows dedication, and for a guy who just arrived, that's something you really like to see. Well done! Let's hope he can start making a big impact on the field.

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 31, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, it's great that Bosko would prefer to stay here than represent his country. That shows dedication, and for a guy who just arrived, that's something you really like to see. Well done! Let's hope he can start making a big impact on the field.

Posted by: kdiff813 | July 31, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Colorado sure has a beautiful stadium. Unfortunately it appears it is less than 10 percent full for their snoozefest vs Dallas.

Posted by: Ron16 | July 31, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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