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D.C. United news & notes

*Spanish midfielder Carlos Varela's trial will continue next week, interim coach Ben Olsen said. Because of travel, a mid-week match and game preparations, the coaching staff hasn't had proper opportunity to continue evaluating the Swiss league veteran who will turn 33 on Sept. 15 -- which, coincidentally, is the MLS roster deadline.

Why consider signing a player this late in a lost season?

"Numbers, an extra body that can help us in the stretch," Olsen said. "Just because we are out of competitions doesn't mean we are not going to try to continue winning games."

*Defender Juan Manuel Peña, who hasn't appeared in a league match since July 3, has recovered from a quadriceps injury and might be included on the game-day roster Saturday night against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.

*Midfielder Branko Boskovic (Montenegro) and defender Dejan Jakovic (Canada) are away on international duty and will miss Saturday's league match. Montenegro is hosting Wales today in a 2012 European Championship qualifier; Canada will play Peru on Saturday in Toronto.

*Rookie Andrew Quinn, the third-string goalkeeper, is back at regular training after rehabbing a major knee injury.

*Highlight of today's light workout: Olsen's one-timer from 18 yards into the upper left corner.

"Yeah, I've still got it," he said. "If the field was 20 by 20 [yards], I would still be an all-star."

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Comments

Thank God for Benny. He's got some things to learn, but this was a good move.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Was Juan Manuel Pena really ever on the team? Clean house DCU.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

So Saturday will be a re-play of Wednesday -- except we'll be missing Jakovic, and Columbus will presumably have a better keeper (that guy Weds was not their #1, was he??) Aack. In any case, Vamos United.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | September 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

sounds about right fallschurch1. was Hesmer hurt the other night? I didn't understand why Columbus would play their entire starting lineup, except for the keeper.

Posted by: VTUnited | September 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

re: "Just because we are out of competitions doesn't mean we are not going to try to continue winning games."

A laudable intention; I only take issue with the use of the word, "continue".

Posted by: Ron16 | September 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Montenegro 1 - 0 Wales.

The M's are all over Wales, our own Branko figuring prominently in attack with 2 shots, although not the goal. 30th min...

Posted by: JkR- | September 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"I got that move"

Posted by: Kev29 | September 3, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

John Arne Riise to MLS in 2010? Maybe he'll end up in a waterfront city, like Baltimore.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Verela, shake hands with Pena. You too will have a lot in common (age) and will get to know each other quite well (time together on the sidelines training on your own while you heal from your age-induced hammy).

Please. are we TRYING to add to the injury total?

Posted by: lgm6986 | September 3, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Gruenebaum is the Crew's #2 keeper; he also started the ill-fated CCL match against Santos Laguna, down in Mexico.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | September 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Bosko off at 73'. He played quite well, looks wiped.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Branko off at 73' with what appeared to be a good showing. Still 1 - nil Mont.

Posted by: JkR- | September 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

@Godfather_of_Goals,

Definitely faded in the 2nd half.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Rossi not in the 18.

Posted by: Reignking | September 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he'll end up in a waterfront city, like Baltimore.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 |

You obviously haven't been reading about the big announcement coming on the 13th that everyone's talking about on Big Soccer...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been on BigSoccer in a long time... I don't miss it much either.

Posted by: alecw81 | September 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Big announcement? Ryan Harrison wins the US Open?

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Just catching up on my SI after a road trip.

Goff: "DCU has become a second-class organization: the results, the decision-making, the stadium, the fan experience. New York and Los Angeles, with their deep-pocketed investors, are miles ahead on most fronts."

Ouch.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Big Soccer has some merits. Helped me find United matches on the tube in Raleigh, meet up with folks in Charleston, and it provides a platform for trolling Sounders and Red Bull fans...

Posted by: DadRyan | September 3, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

An American just scored for Norway...

Posted by: Reignking | September 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I prefer BigSoccer to here: the fans drive the discussion topics, and there's more control over what you see and don't see. Because it's more popular, there's a lot more nonsense there; but there's a lot more good stuff too, and ignore lists etc. let you screen out a lot of the nonsense. And then there's quoting, back-referencing, etc. The software here seems prehistoric at times.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | September 3, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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