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D.C. United, Danny Allsopp part ways

By Steve Goff

As expected, D.C. United and Australian forward Danny Allsopp have agreed to terminate his contract after one season in MLS. Allsopp, 32, shared the club lead in league goals with five but didn't materialize into the scoring threat that United envisioned. He seemed frustrated by inconsistent playing time (18 starts), and after the season finale at RFK Stadium three weeks ago, declined to be interviewed about his future.

Among players who were with the team all season, his $217,500 in guaranteed compensation was the highest on United's payroll. (Mid-season acquisitions Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez earned more on a monthly basis.) Allsopp seems likely to return to Australia. In 15 pro seasons, he has played for 11 clubs, including Manchester City and Hull City.

By Steve Goff  | November 15, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Sorry it didn't work out, Danny. Good luck down under. Thanx for scoring the 5 you did, we'd have looked even worse without those ;-)
May your next team have a clue in the final 3rd. May ours figure that out as well....

Posted by: dcufan | November 15, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Good move on both parts. It just wasn't a good fit.

Posted by: jake77 | November 15, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I seem to remember reading posts either here or on BS when his arrival was announced saying that he wouldn't be a good fit for United because of his reliance on crosses from the wings. I guess BS/SI has better scout teams than United does.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | November 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I guess BS/SI has better scout teams than United does.
Posted by: CrippledKeeper
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I think this is true, but the BS/SI scouting office has a very small budget and no authority to make deals.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

reposted from previous post

OT, but did anyone else attend the DCU/Fan Liasion event at RFK on Saturday afternoon? They invited maybe 15-25 folks -- that's a GUESS-- (we could bring our kids) and they took us straight down in the locker room (offering beverages from the Player's fridge - just gatorade, canned shakes, water, sodas, etc.- no beer). Tino, Andy, Adam, Troy, Jordan, Kurt and a couple more of the guys were just milling around, so we could talk to them (get pix, autograph's, etc.) and check out their lockers, etc. Pretty cool to be down there where it all happens. We had hors' d euvres in the team lounge and then Kurt Morsink and a couple of the players took the kids out to the field to train. Meanwhile, K.P. came out an talked to everyone about how we need to get back to some grass-root efforts to help spread the word around to the different area soccer clubs (especially at the Youth level) to try and re-connect with part of the fan base which he feels "we have gotten away from". He was very positive about the supporter' clubs and all that we bring to the Club. He also promised that D.C. United will be better and that we will be fighting for Silverware in the near future. After K.P., Benny got up and talked from the First Team's prospective. He is excited and seems motivated to help do what he can to move D.C.U forward. Andy then came up and said about four sentences in Spanish which were then translated to English (something about being happy to be here and excited about the future). There was supposed to be a questions and answer period, but it was never offered, therefore I didn't get to ask about two things that I am very interested in; Coaching search and; stadium search (I know zzzzzzzzz...).

Anyway, it was pretty cool. I appreciate the fact that they are reaching out to the Fans and community to try and "right this ship". They were very blunt about the failures of this past season. I am optimistic and am looking forward to next season. I, for one, will continue to support my team and will re-new my season tickets (as soon as I have the money).

Vamos United!!!

Smitty68
MFiddy
Season ticket holder since 1997

Posted by: Smitty68 | November 15, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, worth a shot...

Posted by: Reignking | November 15, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Crikey.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | November 15, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to him.


OT: We're going to lose out to Qatar, and I'm going to lose my religion over it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 15, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Danny. That resume now up to about 60 pages?

Posted by: DCB23 | November 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Well Qatar has plenty of $$$ to spend on getting the votes of the right people. And to build new stadia. It will make for a very compact tournament without a whole lot of travel needed to get between cities which may be attractive to a lot of people.

Posted by: fedssocr | November 15, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi. No, just Oy.

Posted by: DrBeaker | November 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse


The Revolution is doubling down on DCU's 17 yr. old sensation, Andy Najar. The Revs have signed their first Homegrown Player -- a 15-yr. old boy originally from Uruguay: Diego Fagundez.

I'm guessing he'll play with the Revs' reserves for awhile -- good thing that MLS is going back to a reserve league. Still, it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get a shot with the senior side.

5...4..3..2..1...Begin the speculation about which national team he will pick...

Posted by: fischy | November 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anything in the news about the US bid losing out to Qatar. what are you guys talking about?

Posted by: joe_hill | November 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Reasons not to select Qatar:
1. The temperature. Seriously, who would stage a summer tournament in the freakin' desert (for the sake of my argument, let's pretend that soccer is not played during the summer in the US).
2. The fan experience. Is Qatar prepared to invite the world and then execute fans who get on the wrong side of sharia law?
2. Alcohol-free zone. What's a WC without beer and a beer sponsor? Besides, alcohol loosens the purse strings and drunk people buy more FIFA-licensed tchotchkes.
3. Modesty. Do you want to see burkas in the quadrennial "Babes of the World Cup photos?" I thought not. Besides, it is a scientifically proven fact that skimpy clothing loosens purse strings. You don't think that the burgers at Hooters are worth their prices, do you?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Besta luck down under, Danny.

Posted by: Juan-John | November 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

on top of what I-270 said, doesn't China supposedly want to host 2026. FIFA won't have 2 Asian WCs in row. It seems logical to think that FIFA would much rather target the relatively untapped market in China than the middle Eastern or Austrailian markets.

Posted by: VTUnited | November 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

A manpower shortage in a non-soccer career may explain DC United's poor performance in the last few years.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me these "reasons not to select Qatar" is supposed to be some poor attempt at a joke and not the uninformed ramblings of some one who doesn't know anything about Qatar.

Posted by: fedssocr | November 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Joe, here's an article. Please excuse it being on a funkmaster flex website. It just happened to be the first link I found.

http://www.inflexwetrust.com/2010/11/13/soccer-u-s-world-cup-bid-in-doubt-surging-support-for-qatar-threatens-u-s-bid/

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | November 15, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@fedsoccr: Both are correct. If you want well-researched opinions, go to Fox News.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

i've just spent 15 minutes searching for odds on the winners of the 2018/2022 WC bids to no avail. i thought the internet would be awash in this sort of thing, but i came up empty. anyone have a source for recently updated odds?

i think the US still has to be considered the favorite for a lot of reasons, but i'd be dumb to underestimate the possibility of rigging/influencing/whatever where FIFA is concerned. i guess we'll find out in 17 days.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Danny. Good luck to both sides as they try to figure it out next year.

Posted by: Kosh2 | November 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm sure a country of 1.6MM people can stage a world cup. And I'm sure those stadiums won't become white elephants.

Posted by: Reignking | November 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

RK - they plan to dismantle the upper decks of the stadiums afterward and send them to developing nations who lack proper "football infrastructure". they also say they will all be climate controlled and make use of solar power.

http://www.qatar2022bid.com/stadiums

it's a page worth visiting just to check out the renderings. there's some architects drooling at the possibilities and open pocketbooks of these stadiums. i have to admit, they look at lot cooler than the new Giants stadium or that monstrosity outside of Dallas (no, not Pizza Hut Park).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@ dimesmakesdollars - Holy smokes, Batman!!! Those are nice, really nice. On the smallish side but if they can find sponsors to make up the difference, then I can see how this goes to Qatar. Hate to say it, but it's a toss-up right now.

Thanks for the education, dimes.

Posted by: Kosh2 | November 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I saw the stadiums, very nice...but the dismantling idea just sounds far-fetched and pointless.

Posted by: Reignking | November 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@RK - agreed. far-fetched would seem to describe the whole Qatar enterprise. but seeing that FIFA seemingly suffers from delusions of grandeur on a good day, i can see how the Qatar bid flatters to deceive and hits all the right notes. ironically, it may be China that helps rescue (bail out?) the US's bid. that and the mild absurdity of Qatar getting automatic qualification.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

We can strengthen our bid if we propose to have stadiums that float in the sky and, after the cup, can be sent to third-world countries without the need for disassembly.

OTOH, I'm buying stock in Lego, just in case Qatar wins.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

5 goals in 18 starts is really great for United, I'd guess he offered to pay back his salary with interest to go play for a real soccer team. Hope the trauma of 2010 in DC doesn't put you in therapy Danny, good luck.

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I saw a quote from the AFC Pres announcing/stating that "the Qatar bid will have the most votes for the first round for 2022"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

he should have never been signed, especially for that salary. it was a desperate move by a desperate team. go have a vegemite sandwich

Posted by: owendylan | November 15, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

5 goals in 18 tries isn't great if you consider how many times received the ball and lost it, not able to beat even a single defender. All his goals were created by someone else. He was usually not in good position to make plays too. You need more than that up front. Certainly wasn't all his fault, but the highest-paid guy on the team need to take responsibility.

Posted by: ericruenes | November 15, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

One dud down, about 18 to go.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 16, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

All the best, Danny; it wasn't your fault.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 16, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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