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D.C. United news & notes

*Midfielder-forward Chris Pontius' hamstring issue is similar to the problem that former D.C. United captain Ryan Nelsen had with Blackburn Rovers in 2006. Nelsen ended up having surgery in Finland in August of that year and didn't return until January 2007. United has yet to announce a course of action for Pontius, but surgery and a long rehab seem likely.

*DCU midfielder Branko Boskovic started in Montenegro's 1-0 victory at Bulgaria, the country's second triumph in five days to start its European Championship qualifying campaign. Montenegro will host Switzerland on Oct. 8 and visit England on Oct. 12. He would miss United's league match vs. the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 9.

*Defender Dejan Jakovic started for Canada in a 2-1 win over Honduras in a friendly in Montreal.

*Midfielder Conor Shanosky, signed from the youth academy last month, played 79 minutes in the U.S. under-20 team's 5-0 loss to Paraguay in Peru.

*Defender Juan Manuel Peña, who was on the game-day roster Saturday after a long layoff, has been sidelined again after aggravating a quadriceps injury. He has made just nine league starts.

*United is being cautious about goalkeeper Bill Hamid's sore shoulder, an ailment that has bothered him much of the season. Might we see Troy Perkins in the lineup Saturday at Toronto FC?

*Midfielder Carlos Varela, on trial for the past two weeks, has returned to Europe to "attend to personal matters." Translation: He has agreed to a contract and needs to get paperwork squared away in order to join United for the remainder of the season. The MLS roster deadline is next Wednesday. Varela, an outside midfielder who turns 33 next week, has spent his career in Switzerland.

By Steve Goff  |  September 8, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

Can we blow it up already! I'm tired of signing old guys and watching guys who can't go more than 45 (Moreno, Allsopp, Pena, Talley and Boskovic) dominating the ball and how this team plays. Kasper has to go, he's a moron and the face of this team needs to change. I rather lose with young guys that have a future then old guys that had a great past somewhere else.

Posted by: emjay613 | September 8, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Juan Manuel Pena is the poster child for this abysmal season. Reactive player signing by front office who doesn't fit in to whatever whacky system DCU is trying to play & never gets on the field due to injury-lack of fitness.
I'm sure his contract will be extended at seasons end for another five yrs., & he will get a raise...
Ben Olssen & Jaime Moreno do deserve this train wreck of a season...

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen & Jaime Moreno do NOT deserve this train wreck of a season...

Posted by: Zipfutbol | September 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this is getting old real fast. The worst MLS team ever is losing more players to injury? I think they need to just give up on the season, play the younger guys to give them experience and start cutting the old guys now. IMO, the front office should start making moves right now toward 'rebuilding' for next year (maybe sign someone who is younger than 33?) - this season is done and everybody knows it. Despite what they say I think most of the players have given up already. Time to move on.

Posted by: gasdorian | September 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Boskovic and Jankovic finally fell what it's like to win a match.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If Nelsen had the same problem at Blackburn then that shows that Blackburn has lousy trainers and their FO needs to be fired!!!

Also, 33 isn't too bad. Schelotto's 37. Let's save the vitriol until he . . . goes out and plays well for this national team while doing squat for us (referring to Boskovic, not Jakovic).

Posted by: fallschurch1 | September 8, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

... in the U.S. under-20 team's 5-0 loss to Paraguay in Peru.
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Ugh.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 8, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I assume Rongen still coaches the under 20s? The result makes sense in that scenario.

Posted by: Hoost | September 8, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Fire Rongen because he failed to cap Najar!!!!!!

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

OT because we need to change the topic whenever it's DC United.

Sydney Leroux named to the training camp roster for the China friendlies on 10/02 and 10/06. Sarah Huffmann and Abby Wambach are the only Freedom players called up - y'know, cuz Gabarra traded the other national teamers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

In all seriousness, has our FO realized the statistical relationship to old guys and muscle injuries? It seems they haven't.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 8, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

How does changing the topic to the Freedom help moral? Haha

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Pontius and Burch are old?

Posted by: Reignking | September 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

So I mentioned this in a previous thread as a joke, but the more I think about it the more I like the idea. I am completely ignorant about how any of it would work, but is it possible for the fans to purchase the team? Clearly we are all fed up with the FO and the fact that Chang isn't really here. Is this even an option? If 10,000 people throw in $500 each that's $5 million. Oh, and if so, I nominate Chest Rockwell to run the team.

Posted by: CYork1 | September 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I am as despondent about the DC United situation as anyone, but given the current state of affairs at this club, I guess we should be thankful we can get anyone with a modicum of talent to sign with us. As I have alluded to in previous posts, its very difficult to stop a collapse once it gains momentum and DC United is certainly in that mode. Here is hoping it doesn't get so bad that selling the club and moving to Baltimore or wherever is the only way out.
Mr. Goff, thank you and the WP for sticking with your blog even though participation seems to be flagging. I know the Post is watching its resources pretty closely.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | September 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

So the specialist for hamstring surgery is in Finland, and the specialist for groin surgery is in Germany. I see an opportunity for American surgeons to do a brisk business with DC United soccer players if they can poach the surgery secrets from the Europeans. Come on, "We're No. 1" aren't we?

Posted by: b18bolo | September 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We're #1 in Tommy John surgeries.

Posted by: Reignking | September 8, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This pile of injuries is insane. Pontius has basically had a lost season. Get him under the knife ASAP so he can start rehabbing. Wallace has been lost for most of the year too with no return timetable. I guess it wouldn't make sense for him to play any more this year anyway. Get him healthy for next year. Those were our two good rookies last year.

Let's just hope nothing bad happens to Najar between now and the end of the year.

Posted by: fedssocr | September 8, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

injuries all go away...after the big announcement.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

injuries all go away...after the big announcement.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The team is definitely preparing for next season already. Anyone who might have surgery is going under the knife now so they'll have plenty of time to rehab before next season. The rest of this season is clearly a throw-away. Sad for Jaime.

But I'll be there with the fam rooting for the Black and Red next weekend at the HDC! (Although my younger son may be rooting for the Gals - he's been living on the left coast for too long...)

Posted by: wichne | September 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Injuries new and old - Hamid has had a shoulder problem for 3 years now...when is that going to be done with???

Posted by: soccerfan | September 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

But I'll be there with the fam rooting for the Black and Red next weekend at the HDC! (Although my younger son may be rooting for the Gals - he's been living on the left coast for too long...)
Posted by: wichne
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I used to like that kid.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Ruthie1, the last I heard, and if I recall correctly, the Redskips WP blog is the biggest WP sport blog by unique pageview count. Soccer Insider I believe is second, and outpulls all other WP sport blogs combined. Been a while since Goff has mentioned the blog hits, so anyone with more current info pls correct me if I am wrong.

Posted by: Ron16 | September 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Man you know things are bad when DCU is actually worse than the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Natinals.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Injuries new and old - Hamid has had a shoulder problem for 3 years now...when is that going to be done with???

Posted by: soccerfan | September 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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Where'd you get this information from? That Hamid has been hurting for years in the academy is news to me - unless you meant another player.

Posted by: Josh86 | September 8, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Went snorkling about 10 days ago at Goff's Caye (pronounced "key") off Belize.
Here's the link:
http://www.belizeonline.com/country/districts/offshore-cayes-and-atolls/goffs-caye

Did not find a stadium or any new DP's or FO personnel...but unlike United this season I was able to keep my head above water.

Posted by: soccerman | September 8, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Sydney Leroux named to the training camp roster for the China friendlies on 10/02 and 10/06. Sarah Huffmann and Abby Wambach are the only Freedom players called up - y'know, cuz Gabarra traded the other national teamers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 8, 2010 12:08 PM
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While we're on the subject:

Briana Scurry announced her retirement today, as expected.

The other day Germany blew out Mexico 9-0 in the U17 WWC. Why is Mexico there and not the USA? Because the geniuses at CONCACAF placed the Yanks and Canada in the same qualifying group, ensuring that only one would advance.

Posted by: universityandpark | September 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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