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D.C. United news & notes

*Defender Jed Zayner, acquired from the Columbus Crew along with a 2011 fourth-round draft choice in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick, will join D.C. United in Massachusetts and be included on the game-day roster against the New England Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick).

"I talked to him last night," interim coach Ben Olsen said of Zayner, 25, who was in Philadelphia on Thursday for the Crew's 2-1 victory over the Union but did not play. "Initially, he is going to give us very good depth. He is going to come in here and hopefully compete. He plays primarily on the right but can play on the left as well."

*Trade talks never truly end until the roster deadline in September, but at the moment, United is not in any other serious discussions, General Manager Dave Kasper said. No major foreign signings are imminent either, though the club is hoping to bring in England-based midfielder Jemal Johnson for a trial starting Tuesday. The international signing period closes Aug. 15.

*Defender Dejan Jakovic needs another week to recuperate from a hamstring injury and will not travel to New England. Meantime, the Revolution has several personnel issues.

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Comments

2012 second round pick.. Great.

Posted by: KHSpartan | August 6, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Ugh. Another wasted draft pick. We need to start keeping our 1st and 2nd rounders.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 6, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Zayner has a rep as a GREAT clubhouse and team guy--a wonderful teammate. As a player--I really can't say.

Frankly, a #2 (for what is almost the equivalent of a #1 pick since we're likely going to be the bottom team in MLS this year) seems overpayment to me but you really have to reserve judgment until you see how the guy fits in. Marc Burch and Jaime Moreno are two great examples of where I thought DCU overpaid to get them and boy was I wrong. So....we'll see.

Posted by: JoeW1 | August 6, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

So the season is officially over for us. Well, I guess it is just confirming what I already knew so I'm not any more disappointed than I was before I heard that the team was not going to try to sign any good players this year.

Anyone remember that "rebuilding" year we had two years ago?

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | August 6, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I like the pick up. Reading the Crew boards they say hes a good player and that they got the bad end of the deal. A 2nd round draft pick vs a 4th I dont see there being a huge diffrence.

With Namoff gone, it give us a good player that might be starting ahead of Graye and can even play on the left if need be. I would leave Graye on the right which he plays 10x better on the right than he does on the left.

Posted by: francisco_11 | August 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Again,

WTF is the DCU Front Office doing. We again trade away a high draft pick for someone else's failed experiment.

Then we are looking at someone who can't make it in the 3rd division of English Football.

Given the way MLS is improving does the FO really believe that bench warmers and castoffs from the lowest divisions of English Football are the path to a competative team.

Whatever they are paying Kasper and the FO Scouting/Evaluating Team is way too much.

Posted by: dcufan531 | August 6, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

didnt they give up next year's 2nd for King? are they going to protect these guys in the expansion draft?

Posted by: VTUnited | August 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that folks continue to bristle about draft picks. Pontius and Wallace were a rare exception, but in reality those guys have had a diminished impact this season. Hopefully they are kept and become part of a solid foundation of players for next season.

Give me the laundry list of all the amazing players everyone thinks will come out of the next draft and then I might start worrying. It's rare that players come in and excel in their first season, let alone stick around unless they've signed a GA contract.
Not sweating it.

Does every team risk losing 2 players in the expansion draft this year? Will someone be reunited with Tommy in Vancouver next season?

All that being said, have an Aloha Friday everyone!

Posted by: DadRyan | August 6, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Zayner must really understand DCU "tradition" and "playing for the shirt"

Posted by: nairbsod | August 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Benny! Benny!

Benny and the Jed.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

@JoeW1,

But we gave up a 2012 pick. And since this is our third consecutive rebuilding year, clearly we are going to take the table by storm in 2011. So that 2nd round pick is really like a 3rd rounder.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 6, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

OT: Fenty's goin' DOWN.

http://ow.ly/2m5HD

Article seems to overlook the fact that the failure to keep his promises for a United stadium is the central issue of this campaign. Maybe it's better for us to fly under the radar.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Is Clyde Simms still injured? Or will he be available?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 6, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

MLS draft is crap anyway. Unless you have one of the top 5 picks, none of those guys amount to much.

Posted by: tundey | August 6, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

MLS draft is crap anyway. Unless you have one of the top 5 picks, none of those guys amount to much.

Posted by: tundey

yeah, but a 2nd round pick is still valuable ammunition to use for a trade up in the draft, or allocation order.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 6, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

yeah, but a 2nd round pick is still valuable ammunition to use for a trade up in the draft, or allocation order.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 6, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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Only if you include Fred and $$$. Oh wait, we gave up a first rounder for that allocation spot?!

But seriously, the MLS SUPERdraft is a crap shoot. Only about five or six players from beyond the second round each year end up making it in MLS. And of those, only a few could be considered to truly be stars or even staples of MLS (Altidore, Bornstein, Findley, Hesmer, etc.).

Zayner was a second rounder a few years ago and (based on the comments of Columbus fans) it seems like he is a quality right-sided fullback. Not a bad deal...and you get a fourth rounder.

Posted by: combedge | August 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Given the lack of quality in the college game, it's no surprise that few players who get drafted out of school do well in MLS.

If somebody wants to make soccer their career, skip the college game. Otherwise, there's a chance you'll devolve as a player.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Colleges may be better off with PDL teams, like BYU. But then, how would it look if the LA Galaxy is beaten in the USOC by Frostburg State?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 6, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Again,

WTF is the DCU Front Office doing. We again trade away a high draft pick for someone else's failed experiment.

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

Kasper is really Vinny Cerratto in disguise.

Vinny in disguise
that's what you are....

Posted by: Gambrills4 | August 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

No major foreign signings are imminent either
******

So much for my new Raul shirt.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | August 6, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

What do we have to trade to get that German hernia doctor and a hamstring specialist?

Posted by: benonthehill | August 6, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

So much for my new Raul shirt.
Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil
==========

Hang it next to your Veron shirt, your Shevchenko shirt, and all those other shirts of rumored foreign signings.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 6, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Colleges may be better off with PDL teams, like BYU. But then, how would it look if the LA Galaxy is beaten in the USOC by Frostburg State?
Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 6, 2010 2:18 PM

How would it look? To me, at least, it would look as though professional competitive soccer has caught on in the states... I love the idea of universities and colleges being in the PDL... The college game, as it is, is a few steps shy from soccer moms and orange slices. colleges and uni's need to forgo college play and play real soccer against real competition.

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | August 6, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

after reading his scathing review of DCU's current situation over at si.com, I'm wondering if Steve Davis is a regular poster on this blog...

Posted by: VTUnited | August 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@ DadRyan

It's easy to scoff at individual drafts, and how they aren't rich with talent, but the truth is many teams are doing better than us chiefly because they know how to do the draft, and they know how to trade their picks effectively. We are the jokers of this process, we are the steal. Boswell, Carroll, Addlery, hell, we even dealt Quaranta to LA, and he had a multi-goal game against us! Kovalenko has continued to be on winning teams. The front office is not smart, and does not see the forest from the trees, we pay too much for drivel.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Um, there was a reason that DCU traded Q.

Posted by: Reignking | August 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Pontius and Wallace were a rare exception, but in reality those guys have had a diminished impact this season."

That's an understatement! Their 2nd year was a disaster, really. Although United put way too much hope into them in the first place. They should have still been looked upon as hard working, talented role players, but not game changers that would have produced 10 plus goals and assists . . . same for Tino and Castillo for that matter.

Good luck to Ben, maybe an Open Cup and taking some points in our remaining games--so we don't finish with the lowest point total ever (!)--is all we have . .

Posted by: delantero | August 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Stuck at decrepit RFK and anchored to all those long-faded ideals, the club has since been lapped by the field. More or less, every team that has a stadium has a better scene going these days. Even in venues with flagging attendance, the daily training situation is far superior to what United players see every morning. That's the here and now, no matter what an organization in denial wants to believe."

Steve Davis www.Cnnsi.com

This sums up perfectly my sentiments for months that some here have completely disagreed with me about. Amen Steve

DC United, starring in "That 90's Show"

Posted by: Gambrills4 | August 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Re: the Davis article...OUCH.

His gratuitous backhanded dismissal of our "glory years ('96-99) had me uttering a more than a few swear words under my breath, but quite frankly, the rest of his comments are spot on.

The truth really hurts, unless you lack the guts to hear it (ahem, Messrs. Change, Payn and Kastper).

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | August 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry bad typos...Chang, Payne, Kasper

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | August 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@ Reignking- No kidding!

He's the least example, however the fact still remains that other clubs have used our players and our stupidity to hurt us, and LA even got some use out of Santino before he went completely off the deep end. Clearly, we're not choosing the right players or are not able to get the most out of the ones who do have talent, and the international market is always going to be hit and miss. We need to be winners in the system that we have, and clearly we are not.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 6, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

OT: Fenty's goin' DOWN.

http://ow.ly/2m5HD

Article seems to overlook the fact that the failure to keep his promises for a United stadium is the central issue of this campaign. Maybe it's better for us to fly under the radar.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 6, 2010 12:46 PM
===================================

You wouldn't be talking about this would you?

"Thank you Kevin for this D.C. United jersey and congratulations on your terrific season," Fenty said. "It is great to see over 20,000 fans here at RFK supporting D.C. United. It is my hope that your fans will soon be coming to your brand new soccer stadium at Poplar Point in Anacostia. World class fans, and a world class team like D.C. United, deserve a world class stadium. And I am going to make it a priority to help you build that stadium. Thank you -- congratulations and good luck to the Black-and-Red!"

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 6, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

""His gratuitous backhanded dismissal of our "glory years ('96-99) had me uttering a more than a few swear words under my breath, but quite frankly, the rest of his comments are spot on. "" Posted by: cmjhawk86

I supposed we gamed the system when we beat Vasco de Gama, eh Steve?

I guess Arena gamed them with PK shootout wins, but to discount the quality of those teams . . . Etcheverry and Co. is sad


"here's what the D.C. United body of work over 10 years will look like: One MLS championship but five years of failure to qualify for the playoffs. Five!"


So the Supporters Shields in 2006-7, the Open Cup, solid play in Copa Sudamericana and Champion's League merits not a nod or a wink, Steve?

But, yeah, ok the rest I agree with!

Posted by: delantero | August 6, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I am sure we overpaid for this scrub...

Posted by: alan19 | August 6, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

If the players on the DC squad would add 25% of Olsen's committment and passion, the rebound will be immediately evident.

Posted by: juke2 | August 6, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

DC fans, what current player has half the consistency, match after match, since Marco Etcheverry or Moreno in his prime...name one such player and i'll eat crow.

Posted by: juke2 | August 6, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Again,

WTF is the DCU Front Office doing. We again trade away a high draft pick for someone else's failed experiment.

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

Kasper is really Vinny Cerratto in disguise.

Vinny in disguise
that's what you are....

----------------------------------------

With glasses! They'll (United) leave (van) in the night, They'll leave in the night

Posted by: croftonpost | August 6, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Latest Adu rumor, to the Galaxy.

Posted by: Reignking | August 6, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

juke2,

Christian Gomez and Emilio cerca 2007.

Posted by: Unitedfury | August 6, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I'd say Josh Gros and Bryan Namoff were rocks and played hard for United every game, both of whom should still be playing and starting every week if it weren't for freak concussions. And I think some fans forget that...this team would look at lot different with Namoff roaming the right side and Gros running his a$$ off on the left all game long.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | August 6, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Juke 2: The most consistently good DCU player since the glory years of Etch and the young Moreno has been Bryan Namoff. In fact, I would say he has been the best player at his position than any other since he became a regular. What I mean is that he has played his position, right back (usually), better than anyone else has played his position, be it forward, midfielder, etc. His absence is costing us big time.

Posted by: b18bolo | August 6, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I must disagree with everyone. IMO, the best player to wear the black and red since the early days was Ryan Nelson. It's no coincidence he was here in '04.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 6, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Adu to the Arena? I'll call it the Resurrection. Adu will sink or swim with Bruce and it'll be the end or a re-birth for his career.

Posted by: delantero | August 7, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

All that being said, have an Aloha Friday everyone!
Posted by: DadRyan | August 6, 2010

I did. Now it's Saturday. The Revs and DC at RFK. Make it an Aloha/Zen Saturday . . Curt RIP, hello Benny!

Posted by: delantero | August 7, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

delantero,

One minor correction. The match is at Gillette not RFK. Vamos United!

Posted by: croftonpost | August 7, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Right! Benny's beard vs the Revs . . . at Gilette

Posted by: delantero | August 7, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Like others, I generally agree with Steve Davis' opinion. But I find it lacking specifics.

He writes, without citations, "Even the media has been taken in by it all, perennially speaking of D.C. United as some empire in decay."

And then "To some degree, United was Major League Soccer's first big winner because club leaders figured out how to game a vulnerable system before others..."

How did United "game the system?" If anything, the system gamed United by forcing trades of key players due to the ridiculously low salary cap.

Overall though, he's right and kudos to him for using the word "anathema.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 7, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

We win tonight! Vamos United

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | August 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Ehhhh, it ain't Wednesday.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

That Steve Davis article should be a must read for all United fans, starting with Will Chang.

I seriously doubt however that Bradley would want to have to deal with the self-inflated egos here.

Here's what would be better. Fire Payne and Kasper, and move Bradley to President of United. Keep Olsen as coach. Bring Onalfo back in as technical director (hell we're paying him anyway).

Don't just think outside of the box. Burn the box.

Posted by: dsheon1 | August 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Kasper would have to be removed in order to have any chance of luring Bob. Bob was done in already by a clueless numbnutz (Lalas) once before; he'd never put himself under a GM like Kasper.

Ideally, to get Bob not only to come to DC but also to make a full-hearted commitment, the earth should be scorched (including KP's dispatch) and he should be given total technical-side power and allowed a completely free hand to rebuild entirely. Maybe he keeps Olsen; the kid has a promising future, but he offloads K-Dog, Simmo, Fatty Chaddy and likely brings in Jesse Marsch and maybe Sorber.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I have seen a game from Toronto before now this season. I like the new upper deck in the end zone. Looks much better than that open plaza. And why does their brand new grass look a million times better than our "mature" grass???

This Santos guy is a real crybaby.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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