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D.C. United news & notes: Andy Najar, Rodney Wallace, Barry Rice, assistant coaches, trialists, no TV for Colorado match

I had a nice chat with D.C. United star-in-the-making Andy Najar today at RFK Stadium and will put together a story for Saturday's print editions (available Friday) about his breakout season, offseason plans and future endeavors. For now, you should know that.....

*Defender-midfielder Rodney Wallace, out since early June with a broken leg, will not play again this season. The club had planned for him to return late in the year, but "the bone hasn't healed as fast as we thought it would," General Manager Dave Kasper said. "Everything is good structurally. He should, probably by December, start to feel good and in January start to get ready for training camp."

*Defender Barry Rice continues to have concussion symptoms stemming from a blow to the head at Chivas USA in late August and is undergoing additional testing. Rice has had other concussions over the years, Kasper said.

*With Rice out indefinitely, Juan Manuel Peña still recovering from a quadriceps injury and Dejan Jakovic and Julius James heading for international duty next week, United has few options in central defense for the Oct. 9 home match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Devon McTavish, an outside back, and Clyde Simms, a defensive midfielder, are the top candidates. James will also miss this Saturday's game at Colorado on a yellow card suspension.

For more.....

*With interim coach Ben Olsen suspended this weekend, who will be in charge on the bench? Assistants Kris Kelderman, Mark Simpson or Chad Ashton? "There will be a group, they'll figure it out," said Olsen, who will watch from a private box at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. "They have been on the sidelines more than I have."

Forward Yang Men (China) and Hungary-based defender Kenny Owusu (Ghana), both 19, have completed trials and are under consideration for an invitation to 2011 training camp.

*There will not be any standard TV coverage for Saturday's match (9 p.m. ET kickoff). The only access is through the MLS Direct Kick package online and via cable and satellite providers.

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
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What a mess. Maybe Colorado will agree that they can move the goals up to the 18s, and play 9v9.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 30, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Past the "who cares" point of the season for United. Other than Najar and Hamid (and MAYBE Quaranta) EVERYBODY else on the United roster should be expendable after the season (including Boskovic). Unfortunately one can't simply completely blow up a roster and start over at once but ultimately that will have to happen. Even with injuries aside, United is the least talented team in MLS and upgrades are needed at virtually every position, especially in the front and back lines. In the meantime they should ONLY look to keep high motor/high character guys like Clyde Simms and Rodney Wallace and really concentrate on their youth system in the offseason. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine a gleaming diamond in the rough like Najar NOT jumping for greener pastures sooner than later. He must be getting very close attention in Mexico and Europe right now.

Sad days for United. Hopefully the franchise won't financially collapse and move before a new stadium is built. They've really suffered in the pocketbook being in RFK and it's brought the proud initial flagship franchise of Major League Soccer to its knees. Don't see any quick solutions on the horizon but if United doesn't get a deal and/or improve on the field and gate in the next few years soccer in DC will probably be history.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | September 30, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Past the "who cares" point of the season for United. Other than Najar and Hamid (and MAYBE Quaranta) EVERYBODY else on the United roster should be expendable after the season (including Boskovic). Unfortunately one can't simply completely blow up a roster and start over at once but ultimately that will have to happen. Even with injuries aside, United is the least talented team in MLS and upgrades are needed at virtually every position, especially in the front and back lines. In the meantime they should ONLY look to keep high motor/high character guys like Clyde Simms and Rodney Wallace and really concentrate on their youth system in the offseason. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine a gleaming diamond in the rough like Najar NOT jumping for greener pastures sooner than later. He must be getting very close attention in Mexico and Europe right now.

Sad days for United. Hopefully the franchise won't financially collapse and move before a new stadium is built. They've really suffered in the pocketbook being in RFK and it's brought the proud initial flagship franchise of Major League Soccer to its knees. Don't see any quick solutions on the horizon but if United doesn't get a deal and/or improve on the field and gate in the next few years major league professional soccer in DC will probably be history.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | September 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Working all day and into the evening at a particular Oktoberfest in Arlington on Saturday. I should be wrapping it up by 9, and perhaps the bar itself has DK, my neighbor does... I get a feeling I'll be too wiped out to watch anyway... we'll see.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan: Kitty O'Shea's in Courthouse should have the game on.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | September 30, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

DC Utd should look at Jonathan Fana Frias of the PR Islanders. He's on loan to them from W Connection (Trinidad). He looked pretty good making passes and create things out of nothing but unfortunately the others weren't able to connect because he was beyond their level. Sorta like when Jaime plays, not everybody has good intuition of what to do, where to run, etc... Dude is a real soccer player.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | September 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Not to rub in how bad things are in DC, in KC, that stadium is lookin niiiiice...

http://webcams.insightkc.com/kcwizards/

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 30, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Despite all the doom and gloom, I'm feeling like I need to go to the last home game on the 23rd and conduct a proper tailgate. Haven't really gotten down this year at the matches I went to due to them being weeknight affairs or early matches with the kiddo in tow.

I should be off by 4 that Saturday and there is an excellent chance I could bring along a 1/6th barrel or two depending on the response... I'm not making any concrete plans, really crappy weather could temper my enthusiasm, but it would be cool to come down a little early grill some grub and drink some beers and perhaps give our halloween costumes a test run?;)

Posted by: DadRyan | September 30, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@nvamikeyo
No James or Jakovic who are being called up by national teams? No Boskovic? Who I watched perform when I was over in Eastern Europe and is a good player with decent people around him

wtv, maybe i'm just dumb.. like those national team managers

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | September 30, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Is the 23d going to be Jaime Day?

Posted by: OWNTF | September 30, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"maybe i'm just dumb...

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop"


YOU'RE A STOLEN LAPTOP!

Posted by: nairbsod | September 30, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@ JacobfromAtlanta-ish

I was in KC this summer and stopped by the stadium and yes it's going to be niiice!!

It's tucked into a small space giving it a real intimate feel. Could be loud and give the Wizards a bit of a home field advantage. And it's across the street from my favorite BBQ joint in KC, Arthur Bryants.

Posted by: timmy6 | September 30, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

DC has a lot of injuries and absences and your idea of consoling comments is to talk about another team's new stadium and a BBQ joint. I'm not talking to you for the rest of the day.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Jozy looking very frisky here in the first few minutes.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 30, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's some good news: Jozy looks great in the first few minutes.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. Didn't show up for a few minutes.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 30, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

There's a Hooters within walking distance from the Stadium too.

Posted by: timmy6 | September 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'd nominate Rand-al-Thor for the Freedom coach, but I don't know how he would interview himself for Potomac Soccer Wire.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 30, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Was Jozy that missed the open net from 2 inches out before Rossi scored?

Posted by: rockotodd | September 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

D.C. United, Johns Hopkins join forces with Red Card Cancer

Fundraising initiative set to benefit Kimmel Cancer Center research


Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2010) - D.C. United and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center today announced the formation of Red Card Cancer, a fundraising initiative for cancer research at the world-class institute. Through the partnership, soccer fans from throughout the region are able to gather in support of the work of researchers at Johns Hopkins who are developing new tests and treatments for cancer.

* * *

Beginning in October and throughout the 2011 MLS campaign, United will be actively promoting Red Card Cancer at games, select public appearances and with cooperation from additional partnerships within the youth soccer community. The club’s 501(c)3 charity, United for D.C., will be providing 100% of funds collected for the this cause to support the work of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers in their goal to beat cancer. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and contributors will be given a receipt for U.S. tax purpose.


The club's 501(c)3 charity supporting a hospital based in Baltimore. Is this indicative of where United's future lies or another example of Payne & Co. covering all the bases in the interminable search for a stadium.

Posted by: marquezsucks | September 30, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@marquezsucks: Thanks for that info.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 30, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

KC's stadium looks positively tiny. Will it seat more than 10K?

Posted by: fedssocr | September 30, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No Freddy but El Pescadito Ruiz scored for Aris

Posted by: PeteO1 | September 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@fedssocr - 18,500 for soccer.

http://www.kcwizards.com/fact-sheet

favorite tidbit:

• Field dimensions: 75 yards x 120 yards, larger than every field in the English Premier League

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | September 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm just hoping they're taking the head coach search seriously and that once hired, they'll ask him what type of players he needs. Bill Parcells once stated "It's about building a team, not assembling talent." I think the same holds true here. I don't think a GM and Pres should make decisions with a coach's input...

Posted by: ericruenes | September 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm just hoping they're taking the head coach search seriously and that once hired, they'll ask him what type of players he needs. Bill Parcells once stated "It's about building a team, not assembling talent." I think the same holds true here. I don't think a GM and Pres should make decisions with a coach's input...

Posted by: ericruenes | September 30, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The club's 501(c)3 charity supporting a hospital based in Baltimore. Is this indicative of where United's future lies or another example of Payne & Co. covering all the bases in the interminable search for a stadium.

Posted by: marquezsucks | September 30, 2010 3:48 PM
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Of course, Johns Hopkins is engaged in a mega-project building a campus in the Shady Grove area of Rockville...which is still a feasible location for a stadium. Metro. Intersection of I-270 and the ICC (which may someday be extended to Virginia).

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

... and the ICC (which may someday be extended to Virginia).
Posted by: fischy
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 30, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else see Pablo Hernandez play for Valencia yesterday?

Pretty boring game with few scoring opportunities but El Cheecharito came off the bench to score a nice one for the only goal with about 5 minutes left and Man U got a rare road victory in Spain.

Poppa Cheech musta been proud.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 30, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@nvamikeyo wrote: "Other than Najar and Hamid (and MAYBE Quaranta) should be expendable after the season"

Really? I'd add at least Wallace, Pontius, Jakovic, and Simms to that list.

Posted by: edgeonyou | September 30, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@I-270 -- Hey, I said "may and someday!!

The outer beltway has been in the plans for 50 years or more. They finally got the ICC section built, for better or worse. Someday they will need another Potomac crossing -- if only because the American Legion Bridge can't last forever....and then there's the Purple Line, which might not always end in Bethesda.

Probably not in most of our lifetimes, but...never is a long time...

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

@Joel -- I did see Pablo Hernandez look pretty good for Valencia. You think maybe Kasper and Payne thought that was the guy they were getting?

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

And kudos to all those who thought DC was making a mistake bringing in a 37-year old defender...

You guys win.

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Has a rookie ever been his team's MVP before? Surely Najar will have to win that award for this team.

Posted by: fedssocr | September 30, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Yang Men,
There's a place you can go. I said,
Yang Men,
When you're short on your dough.
You can stay there,
And I'm sure you will find
MLS pays you just real fine.

Posted by: dccal | September 30, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Im sure Mo "the terp" Edu was toronto's MVP his rookie season.

Posted by: pino149 | September 30, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Well doe dccal.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 1, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Well done.

(stupid fingers)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 1, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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