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Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, Jaime Moreno, MLS, Americans abroad, Carlos Bocanegra injury, WPS, Maryland Terrapins

Apologies for the lack of blogging in recent days. I am working on Jaime Moreno material ahead of his D.C. United farewell match Saturday, as well as another soccer-concussion story, this one with a fascinating twist. I'm also easing back into my college basketball duties. (I cover George Mason and American universities each winter -- training camps have opened.)

*United defender Jed Zayner, who injured both ankles on separate incidents Saturday at Chicago, will miss the season finale with a sprained right ankle. After the match against the Fire and before a complete prognosis was made, interim coach Ben Olsen said he believed it was a severe sprain, adding: "I'm not a doctor, but I do know ankles." (Those who followed Olsen's injury-bitten career will find the humor in that comment.)

*Moreno tells the Insider that his 15-year-old son James is tentatively scheduled to train with English club West Ham for 10 days next month. The goal is an invitation to join the youth academy. James was born in England when his father played for Middlesbrough, which has also shown interest in the teenager.

*Is United owner Will Chang going to witness Moreno's farewell? It might depend on the baseball playoffs. Chang is a principal partner with the San Francisco Giants, who lead the Philadelphia Phillies 2 games to 1 in the National League Championship Series. If the Giants win the next two at home, his weekend would be open. Otherwise, Game 6 is Saturday in Philly.

*In MLS tonight, the San Jose Earthquakes can jump ahead of the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference by defeating last-place Chivas USA (10 p.m. ET, Direct Kick). The Goats are preparing to bid farewell to defender Jonathan Bornstein, who will join Mexican club Tigres.

For much more.....

*Americans abroad:
D Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 2-0 loss at Real Madrid
F Conor Doyle in 18, didn't play in Derby's 3-2 win at Doncaster
MF Jermaine Jones and Schalke vs. Hapoel Tel Aviv
MF Maurice Edu and Rangers vs. Valencia
MF Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus vs. Fyn
MF Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro at GAIS

*USA captain Carlos Bocanegra will be sidelined about three weeks after injuring his neck during a French league match over the weekend.

*With the WPS expansion draft approaching, the seven clubs will reveal their protected lists late this afternoon.

*The third-ranked University of Maryland men's team (10-2-1) won its sixth straight match, defeating Colgate, 2-0, in a nonconference meeting in College Park. "It wasn't a great night for us," Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "But we got much better in the second half and we found a way to win." The Terrapins will host ACC rival Wake Forest on Saturday night.

By Steve Goff  | October 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Women  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS  
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Good morning from Heathrow. Just passing through, but to judge by the local papers, England has officially exploded over the news that Wayne Rooney is leaving Man U. Alex Ferguson has about him the tone of a man whose son has just been sentenced to prison. Amazing stuff. I can't decide if this makes me love Man U more or hate Man U more. We have always had an ambivalent relationship -- you know, watch every Man U game and root for the other side.

Posted by: dccal | October 20, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

If Will comes to DC, the only question is will he bring a broom with him.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 20, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Will Chang must attend the United game Saturday, not only for the very real reason on it being Moreno's last match, but also to show support and appreciation for United supporters after this past (and lost) season. Not showing up would be an unfortunate snub.

Posted by: 22206no1 | October 20, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

So Moreno Junior is looking for an academy team? Gee, I wonder why they aren't considering DCU....


Posted by: troy6 | October 20, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Jed's ankle had that insta-supa-swell thing going on after the second injury. Those suck. Hope he heals up soon so he can really enjoy the offseason.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 20, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

@troy6, you know as soon as i read the story i thought the same thing. WOW!!!

Posted by: bk2erth | October 20, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Will's other team will be playing this weekend. Go Phillies!

Still, he should be here for Moreno's farewell game. 22206no1 is spot on.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 20, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't James at DC's academy? An invitation to train in an English academy is a fantastic break. Plus, he was born in England, so he doesn't have any work permit issues, and West Ham's academy has developed a couple of decent players over the years; Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Micheal Carrick....

Maybe someday we can look back proudly and say DC's academy developed the great Andy Najar, but just not yet.

Posted by: FulhamDC | October 20, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

David with a good showing against Goliath in College Park last night.

Gee, I wonder if Philly will protect Lori Lindsey. More seriously, I wonder who makes the decisions for the Freedom.

Will Chang will go where the money is. If there's a conflict between snoozeball and DCU, it's not even a close call.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 20, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Still question why some US players insist at being on certain euro teams when they never are in the 18. What good is it if you never get playing time?

Posted by: nairbsod | October 20, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Good for James. Let's be honest, West Ham still has a better ring to it than DCU when comparing youth resumés so I'm not gonna hold it against anybody.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 20, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Good for James. Let's be honest, West Ham still has a better ring to it than DCU when comparing youth resumés so I'm not gonna hold it against anybody.

I do want to be the first to ask what his American citizenship status is, though... ;)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 20, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"Will Chang must attend the United game Saturday, not only for the very real reason on it being Moreno's last match, but also to show support and appreciation for United supporters after this past (and lost) season. Not showing up would be an unfortunate snub."


If any one of us were Chang, we would do the same thing he is doing. He is a SF guy and a baseball guy first and foremost, and DCU is not facing an elimination game for a trip to the World Series.

That said, kindly stop pretending there is any one thing Chang can do to redeem himself as owner of DCU, short of securing a deep-pocketed European buyer for the once-proud franchise he laid low. His tenure has been a total failure, and he does not have the wherewithal or inclination to change that.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 20, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope Mr. Chang does show up, but if he doesn't we all know where we stand on his priority chart.

Posted by: patrick18 | October 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I hope Chang stays as far away as possible. He showed up earlier this year and walked through the tail gate wearing shorts and bad shoes. He was kinda creepy looking and he scared my daughters.

Posted by: FulhamDC | October 20, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow--I can't believe the Chang bashing.

1. This guy was part of a team that stepped up when we basically we are ward of the league. We've seen what happens to those teams. And then when other partners cashed out, Chang stayed in. Again, we've seen owners/investors bail on us in the past.

2. The easy thing would be for Chang to move the team. Plenty of owners have done that or made it obvious they were intending to do that.

3. He's an owner in two teams. One is in the playoffs, the other isn't. He lives in San Francisco. While it would be nice if he showed up here, I don't expect that. And if, for instance, Ted Leonsis were to buy DCU and there was a conflict between a Caps playoff game and a DCU regular match, I know where his heart would be. It's just being petty to bash him for this.

4. Frankly, the guy you saw wearing shorts and bad shoes scaring your daughters was probably me! : )

Posted by: JoeW1 | October 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

What JoeW1 said (well, #s 1-3).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 20, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I would worry about all the other DCU fans showing up on Saturday. It would be a terrible embarassment to have Jaime Moreno's farewell celebrated by a sparsely populated RFK.

Posted by: DCB23 | October 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

here's a twist...DC United has the only academy related to a first division professional team in a metropolitan area with 8.5 million people

The London Metropolitan area has 7.5 million people and 5 teams in the premiership, 3 in the championship, and 4 more in league 1.

Maybe it is harder to make the DCU Academy team.

Posted by: teo_68 | October 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Actually, the city of London has 7.5 million people and the London metro area has about 12.5-14 million depending on whose numbers you use.

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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