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Friday Afternoon Kickaround

Happy Friday to everyone!

Some quick news and notes from around the soccer world.

--- The Washington Freedom defeated the Chicago Red Stars, 2-0, on Thursday night behind second-half goals from Abby Wambach and Cat Whitehill in front of 2,511 fans at Maryland SoccerPlex and are now 2-0-2 after a five-game losing streak.

There are three games remaining in the WPS regular season and Washington has 25 points after 21 matches. They will be keeping an eye on Sky Blue FC (22 points, 19 games) for the final playoff spot.

--- The MLS Players Union released the latest salary numbers and some D.C. United newcomers are getting paid a pretty penny. The numbers are based on full-year salaries. Some highlights: United designated player Branko Boskovic is making $516,200, while forward Pablo Hernandez is pulling in $249,090.91.

Other big names...

New York's Thierry Henry is locked down at $5.6 million while Rafa Marquez is collecting $5.54 million. Chicago's Nery Castillo is making $1.788 million.

--- D.C. United hosted Gareth Evans, a Welsh central defender currently playing for Real Maryland in USL2, in training on Friday. The 23-year-old Evans has played with NEWI Cefn Druids and Wrexham in Wales. He had two short loan spells and has also played for the Austin Aztex of the USL, where he was released after the 2009 season.

--- Forgot to note this the other day but goalkeeper Andrew Quinn was back in training and has also will be volunteer coaching for Georgetown this fall.

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 20, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom , MLS  
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Comments

If I'm not mistaken, as mid-season acquisitions, all the DP's named are in fact being paid about half the amount indicated.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

SG-Glad you are back from vacation(hope it was good), and thanks for the coverage of the FREEDOM.The game last night was awesome. FREEDOM really came out strong in the 2nd half! Another shut-out for GK Harris, goals from Wambach and Whitehill and near goals from Huffman and Long. FREEDOM is hot and on their way to the playoffs.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I think you meant FREEDOM.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 20, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, PT.

Posted by: Kosh2 | August 20, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

FREEDOM» What a great Mel Gibson film. I actually just finished watching it.

Posted by: redskinsux | August 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Tolling for the aching ones
whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
An' for every hung-up person
in the whole wide universe
An' we gazed upon the chimes of FREEDOM flashing.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow!
Allsopp
Boskovic
Hernandez
Jakovic
Moreno
Perkins
& Talley
These guys are some the most overpaid players I have ever seen. NONE of them are even close to being worth what they are paid. All that $$$$ and 3 wins. Perkins makes $205,000 and is consistently being beaten our for the starting nod by a kid making less than 25% of his salary. Yeah, great moves there front office. I don't think the Onalfo is the only person that should be preparing his resume (i.e. KP & Co.)

Posted by: ftballr | August 20, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Evans has played with NEWI Cefn Druids and Wrexham in Wales...

those words are almost readable, therefore they are not Welsh.

Posted by: daggar | August 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow!
Allsopp
Boskovic
Hernandez
Jakovic
Moreno
Perkins
& Talley
These guys are some the most overpaid players I have ever seen. NONE of them are even close to being worth what they are paid. All that $$$$ and 3 wins. Perkins makes $205,000 and is consistently being beaten our for the starting nod by a kid making less than 25% of his salary. Yeah, great moves there front office. I don't think the Onalfo is the only person that should be preparing his resume (i.e. KP & Co.)

Posted by: ftballr | August 20, 2010 1:30 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

We now have quantifiable evidence, if not outright proof, of the measure of Kasper's performance. Numerical values are absolute, and the amounts that are contracted to be paid to these players denote in absolute terms Kasper's performance. This is all anyone, including Will, needs to know about this guy whom he has trusted with his money to build a successful soccer team.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I think every Welshman ever has been named "Gareth"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Vidic thing didn't pan out

;-)

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight . . . our Keeper is the second highest paid Keeper in the league - behind Keller?

Front Office - WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!!!???

I have never before been a fan of the "dump the FO" before, but after seeing these numbers I believe it's time to bring in a couple of people who can assess talent and, more important, assess the "talents" (1) ability to contribute within our system, and (2) value in the market at large.

Sheesh!

Thanks for listen.

Posted by: edmundburke247 | August 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

More coverage of the Freedom game
http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/460/12414

Posted by: sammy41 | August 20, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out how NY can possibly be under the salary cap (even factoring in the DP's policy).

The salaries for Boskovich, Hernandez and Perkins only illustrate how incompetent our FO is. It appears Chang is willing to spend some coin on this team - he's just getting terrible advice from Kasper and Payne.

I hope Tenorio continues Goff's regular listing of weekend matches on tv - it's a great reference.

Posted by: grognard66 | August 20, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

What concerns me more than some of these salaries Kasper brokered is that someone claimed I am "closer to reality." If I am reality what does that mean for everyone else! That is what scares me!

Okay, seriously though. We are over paying a bunch of journeymen and then wonder why we are in last place.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

You guys gotta remember that what GOG mentions is true last time I checked. No way these mid season transfer window guys are getting all that dough.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Gotta say I supported the Perkins deal at the time it was made, after the disaster that was last year between the pipes.

In retrospect I miss Crayton.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

While I think that the Perkins that showed back up in Washington is grossly over-paid, I don't place that blame on the FO. The Perkins who left was grossly underpaid and I believe there were cries for the FO to pay him more to keep him. No one could have foreseen Perkins under performing the way he has since he returned.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | August 20, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

SG-Glad you are back from vacation...

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 20, 2010 12:50 PM
_________________________________________

This post was clearly identified as coming from Tenorio, not Goff.

With regard to the Freedom match, it should be noted that they did it without Bompastor, who is apparently away on national team duty. They're definitely in the hunt for fourth place, but third place, which would give us one more trip to the 'Plex, would be quite a stretch.

Did anyone watch the Webcast? Did it provide any insights that those of us who were at the game would have missed?

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

OVERPAID:
allsopp
boskovic
burch
hernandez
mctavish
moreno
morsink
perkins
talley
wallace
UNDERPAID:
hamid
king
najar
ABOUT RIGHT:
cristman
graye
jakovic
james
pontius
tino
quinn
simms
GUYS WHO HAVEN'T PLAYED ENOUGH TO SAY:
barklage
pena
rice
shanosky
zayner

Nearly half our roster is overpaid, based on what we've seen them produce this year. Yeah, I'd have to say that's a stern indictment of DK.

Posted by: Matte | August 20, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

In the big picture, none of these guys is overpaid.

One thing to take away is how miniscule DCU's payroll was, especially before the new signings.

Have-nots in DC. Who'da thunk it.


OT: Ridiculous goal by Müeller

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I to supported the Perkins deal when it happened. I wonder though if some of his play last season in Europe showed this was his trend, and if so, why our scouting department didn't identify this and pass on him.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it the FreedomS?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 20, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think WPS is gonna fold after this season? Or at least contract? No way it can be sustainable with 2,500 in attendance.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | August 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

2500 = Thursday night during prime vacation month, and also Maryland high school soccer is in the middle of two-a-days.

Which is not to say the league might not fold, but I don't think last night is representative. The Freedoms have been light, but not that light.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Octopus? What a croc.

Posted by: Reignking | August 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

WPS seems to me to be on the ropes. 2500 might be a tad low for the Freedom, but that is about as well as the Gold Pride, supposedly the leagues marquee team draws on a good day.

The league's excuses are getting a bit worn. At first this season attendance ostensibly was bad because school was not out yet. After that, it was all the hot weather. Now, it is "prime vacation season". Any day now it's going to be "competition from college football".

It ain't lookin' good.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 20, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Finally some News..I've been waiting to read this stuff. I'm sick of Paul the Octupus. Goff...we need more updates from DCU practices especially if someone is smacking tino around. I'd like to see Olsen step in and grab perkins, Mactavish and Allsop by the ear and smack them around a bit.

Posted by: godpere | August 20, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to hear if the WPS brass issue any guidance after the season on the viability of the League. I have to say, it's not cheap to go see the Freedom. When Marta was in town, I figured it would be exponentially more entertaining to see her than Portsmouth, so I went to Germantown for the match. It cost $10 to park and $20 for the cheapest seat in the place. Parking skews my cost because I was there by myself, but WPS ain't cheap! Freddom games at RFK cost less that that.

Posted by: DWE4 | August 20, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Schelotto for $140k? How did Columbus get away with that one?

Interesting that Carroll is also making $140k...what I wouldn't give to see him back in a DCU jersey.

Talk about value for the money and the Crew have it.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 20, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

1. Boskovic isn't overpaid. The reality is: if you're going to sign someone who is 30 or under from a serious euro league and he's more than just a sub or chronically injured player, you're going to pay $300-800k. Now, we may conclude that we can get a better player as a DP--that jury is still out. But Branko isn't overpaid.

2. I think the issue with Perkins is not that he's overpaid. It's that DCU seems to be the place that goalkeepers come to have their games fall apart. I really thought that Zach Wells was a smart acquisition--he's had some big games, had the physical tools, had been a reserve on a good Houston team behind maybe the best keeper in the league and was a financial bargain. And instead he imploded--was just wretched. Perkins--goes from a NT player and valued foreign player to--forget the salary--a player with poor judgment, little confidence and an inability to make a difference. He is playing like someone who has no big game experience and few games in goal. Even if he was paid $75k you still wouldn't find him to be a bargain.

Posted by: JoeW1 | August 20, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

branko is overpaid in terms of what he has done for us. He has done exactly NOTHING for us, meaning even if he were paid $1 per year, he would be overpaid.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 20, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think WPS is gonna fold after this season? Or at least contract? No way it can be sustainable with 2,500 in attendance.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | August 20, 2010 4:16 PM
__________________________________________

That was 2,500 for one match, a weeknight match that was a last-minute adjustment to the schedule. Average attendance, for the Freedom and for the league as a whole, is closer to 4,000. Incidentally, this is higher than for most teams in the second and third tiers of men's soccer in this country. Interestingly, few people are wondering whether those leagues are about to fold.

Antonucci has already said that the future of WPS may well feature individual teams dropping out and being replaced by teams from other cities from time to time, which is pretty much what we see in the lower echelons of men's pro soccer.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It cost $10 to park and $20 for the cheapest seat in the place. Parking skews my cost because I was there by myself, but WPS ain't cheap! Freddom games at RFK cost less that that.

Posted by: DWE4 | August 20, 2010 5:21 PM
__________________________________________

My sentiments exactly. If it weren't fot the $5 craft brews...

Posted by: universityandpark | August 20, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

""1. Boskovic isn't overpaid. The reality is: if you're going to sign someone who is 30 or under from a serious euro league and he's more than just a sub or chronically injured player, you're going to pay $300-800k. Now, we may conclude that we can get a better player as a DP--that jury is still out.""

Posted by: JoeW1 2204

""Schelotto for $140k? How did Columbus get away with that one?""

Posted by: Southeasterner 2014

Uh, the jury came back with the verdict . . right on about 2 hours ago!

I'm willing to give Branko some slack though.

Posted by: delantero | August 21, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Perkins’s run of brilliance in '06 when he made the First 11 in the '06 MLS/Chelsea friendly was short-lived. Kasper plucked him from Cape Cod, and the decision was made that Nicky was expendable. As such, Kasper has a vested professional interest in Perkins and has had to live by his decision to maintain him until the push-back from Soehn in 2007 became so great that he would have been banished regardless of the offer to play in Europe. The decision was made to do that towards the end of '07 and had DCU had a reliable back-up (Jay Nolly was all they had to back up Troy), Troy might have been benched. He cost DCU the Chivas Guadalajara game in CONCACAF, and the magic was gone.

Troy's chance to go to Europe saved Kasper the difficulty of having to repudiate his own judgment, which essentially left DCU without the only GK to win a ring for DCU since 1999, who is still in his prime and has another ring to show for his efforts.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 21, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Remember seeing last year that the WPS wanted 5k a game, they're not quite there this year, but I remember the commisioner saying corporate sponsors were up this season.


Arsenal up 5-0 on Blackpool in the 64th. Walcott with a hatter.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 21, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

wonder how the Xbox challenge thing is goin on at RFK right now...

Posted by: DadRyan | August 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I won the challenge!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The West Ham coach is a dead ringer for the "Grinch who Stole Christmas".

Posted by: Ron16 | August 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Poopy you're Jordan Graye?
So I wonder if Jordan gets the top prize or it was given to the runner up?

Posted by: DadRyan | August 21, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Strange match in Toronto. One own goal, a bad handball in the box for a PK and a mental lapse by Frei. But then you had a beautiful goal by Marquez and a goal by DeRo that should have been 1 of 3 for the match.

I'll give NY credit for having a great squad but this was far from a great performance. The back line still looks suspect (not quite as much as TFC ) and they struggled to contain DeRo.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 21, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Dallas doesn't draw flies. I don't care what their official attendance figures are. NO ONE goes to their games. Are there even 17 people at PHP tonite? The crowd in Columbus is pathetic, but beyer than Dallas. It looks like it is a tiny bit rainy but wow, they are a top club and it is a sea of yellow bleachers.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 21, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Look at PHP and you see what will be DCU in a stdaium in western Northern Virginia. Look at TFC and you will see Baltimore United.

Baltimore United: Unleash the Balmer.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 21, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: benonthehill | August 21, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Fenty apology tour gathering steam.

Yo Adrian, got any plans for 2pm tomorrow?

Posted by: benonthehill | August 21, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Other big names? As in Hernandez and Boskovic are big names? Let the other clubs fear the dearth of goals and assists!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 22, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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