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D.C. United's Marc Burch sidelined again

D.C. United left back Marc Burch has apparently broken the same foot that sidelined him most of the MLS season.

"It looks like another four months," interim coach Ben Olsen told the Insider after training Friday. "We're all just finding this out. He is seeing a doctor today, but we are under the assumption that it is something bad."

Burch played all 120 minutes of the U.S. Open Cup semifinal Wednesday, and at some point, apparently fractured the sesamoid bone in his right foot -- the same ailment that required surgery in preseason and prevented him from playing in a league match until July 31.

More club news & notes to come.....

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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aaaarrgghhhhhh!!!

Posted by: Smitty68 | September 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Well this is no good.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't the United trainer stretch his feet bones out first?? Fire somebody!!

Posted by: JkR- | September 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rockotodd | September 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Not really a big blow. Zayner and Graye need to be the outside backs for the rest of the season anyways.

If Wallace comes back, I would be tempted to play him on the left side of the midfield. His work rate would be welcome at that spot. Flip Santino to the right side and put Najar up top with Pontius.

I would give ZERO minutes to Allstop, Christman and McTavish for the remainder of the season (probably a few more as well). Play the youngsters, get them time - anything else is a waste.

Posted by: Henchlow | September 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@#$%. Poor guy. Should have been a mainstay for this club by now, having paid some serious dues for the team (see, 2008 season). But you have to worry about his future here at this point.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

oops. it was supposed to say:
(insert joke about not being aware Marc Burch had a right foot to hurt)

Posted by: rockotodd | September 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

So the only "paying back" he'll be doing is to his doctor. Again.

Posted by: Section117 | September 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Must have been when he caught the Columbus player from behind when we were in one of our rare attacks.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | September 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Godfather_of_Goals, I feel the same way. He was a real find a few years ago, and has been sidelined by injury...

Posted by: Reignking | September 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The season is a bust...give the young ones a chance.

Somewhat OT, with all the rumor mongering going on over at BS, I half expect each day to bring some sort of big headline here on the Insider blog.

Posted by: DCB23 | September 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@DCB23,

Seems implausible to me that DCU would be running a steeply discounted season ticket promo in advance of an announcement like that.

Posted by: benonthehill | September 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

You mean, like McBride retiring? I'm guessing that will prompt an actual article.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is, "Good thing Burch is not a horse."

Posted by: soccerman | September 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Burch should have been cut at least a year ago.

He's a defensive liability, and his free-kicks aren't consistently accurate enough to warrant his continued presence on the roster.

I know Left Back is a hard position to fill with a quality player in MLS, but perhaps Ivan Guerrero is still around?

Posted by: alecw81 | September 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Burch only needs his right foot to stand up. Shouldn't be that big of an issue.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | September 3, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rockotodd | September 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

+1

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 3, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Poster VirginiaFan is Spot On. Burch & his
gang of thugs sustain injuries as a direct consequence to style of play/technical skills/defensive tactics. Constantly defending opponents from behind with pounding, grabbing, holding, forarming-elbowing, kicking, tripping from head to heal ARE altogether contrary to professional international futbol rules.
For many, many years in DCU's heavy favor,
MLS "YES-Man" referees and MLS executives
have slavishly kowtowed to one Kevin Payne-in-the-A**-FearMonger!!! It always IS the fault of someone else; blame the other, them. MOTTO: Don't respect the game. Don't
respect the referees. Never respect your
competition. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: Lehoi | September 4, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the FO didn't trade for a promising LB/RB prospect to help out with our defensive injuries.

Oh, wait...

Posted by: jason1551 | September 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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