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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Friday kickaround: MLS, D.C. United, Washington Freedom, NCAA tournaments, Mexican finals

By Steve Goff

*The list of players available in the first MLS re-entry draft is expected to be released at 5 p.m. today. D.C. United will have the first overall pick in Wednesday's process. Many high-profile veterans (out of contract or had options declined) will be in the mix, but they'll come with a high price tag. Selecting a player means agreeing to pay him at his current rate or above. For additional background, see my previous post this week.

*United announced that it declined to exercise the contract options on midfielders Carlos Varela and Brandon Barklage, and defenders Barry Rice and Juan Manuel Peña. Barklage and Rice are not eligible for the re-entry draft and, according to United General Manager Dave Kasper, are likely to be invited to training camp on trial. The club might try to renegotiate with Varela, who signed late in the season, but Peña, 38 next month, will not return. Neither are eligible for the re-entry draft.

*The Washington Freedom, which nearly folded after this second season in struggling Women's Professional Soccer, has a new majority owner: Dan Borislow, a communications entrepreneur and inventor of the magicJack internet telephone product. The Hendricks family, which founded the club 10 years ago, will retain a minority stake.

*The NCAA women's College Cup semifinals take place today in Cary, N.C., with unbeaten Stanford as the favorite to win the national title. Meantime, the first men's quarterfinal will be played tonight as fourth-seeded North Carolina hosts No. 5 Southern Methodist. The other matches, including No. 2 Maryland at home against No. 10 Michigan, are Saturday.

*Highlights from Santos Laguna's 3-2 victory over Monterrey in the first leg of the Mexican Apertura finals:

By Steve Goff  | December 3, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United, Freedom, MLS, Mexico  | Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, Mexico, college soccer  
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Comments

Three cheers for Dan Borislow!! Maybe now the Freedom can sign some players?!?!? Too late to keep Ashlyn Harris though. Boo to that.

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | December 3, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure Dan bought the team so his daughters can play on it.

Posted by: boda-united | December 3, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As the Bumble Bee Man from Channel Ocho likes to say, "Aayyy, que lastima!"

That means "what an awesome own goal by Duilio Davino!"

Should have watched the game last night as those highlights looked pretty good. Hopefully the return leg Sunday in Monterrey (on Telemundo will be as good). I believe, that unlike the earlier rounds of the Liguilla, the championship round has to have an outright winner. So higher seeded Monterrey can't claim the title with an aggregate tie - which was enough to let them advance from one of the earlier rounds.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 3, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I thought Varela looked worth keeping.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 3, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@boda-united: According to Wikipedia, Borislow has two children - a boy and a girl. So there's hope that he'll buy DC United too. take that with a grain of salth, though because Wiki states that he has "two dags."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many phone calls were made in Qatar today along the lines of, "Wait a minute -- we promised to do WHAT on that new stadia web site??!?!?!"

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear Rice is untouchable. I thought he showed some promise. Though I do wish the league and players had reached an agreement that would include even the young guys.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 3, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Is his son's name Jack?

Posted by: Reignking | December 3, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I wonder where the teams are going to train, too...I can see the US training in Germany and flying down for matches.

Posted by: Reignking | December 3, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ashlyn Harris is not the only Freedom player who has flown the coop:

http://boxscorenews.com/former-tar-heel-allie-long-signs-with-sky-blue-fc-p9352-68.htm

Since they don't seem to have a coach to replace Gabarra yet, who will be managing their participation in the expansion draft, college draft, etc.?

Posted by: universityandpark | December 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: universityandpark | December 3, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I also thought Varela looked pretty good.
His natural position is right mid, where Najar plays.

Maybe his salary is too high to justify for a player that would likely see limited minutes.

Posted by: 1footiefanforever | December 3, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@boda-united: According to Wikipedia, Borislow has two children - a boy and a girl. So there's hope that he'll buy DC United too. take that with a grain of salth, though because Wiki states that he has "two dags."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 10:42 AM

maybe the author of the post was a fan of the film Snatch.

Posted by: VTUnited | December 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Many thanks to the Hendricks family for putting their money to this use for so many years. John and Maureen had a daughter who was a youth player -- wish I could remember her name -- and their interest obviously came from that, but they did not have to commit so much of their family fortune to pro soccer, just as they did not have to spend so much to create the Soccerplex in Germantown.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | December 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Mr Borislow! Please get us a head coach and sign our unprotected players...Whitehill, Moros, Huffy,etc!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to the Hendricks family for putting their money to this use for so many years. John and Maureen had a daughter who was a youth player -- wish I could remember her name -- and their interest obviously came from that, but they did not have to commit so much of their family fortune to pro soccer, just as they did not have to spend so much to create the Soccerplex in Germantown.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | December 3, 2010 11:42 AM
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+1, with gusto.

A strong Amen to that. What Hendricks did was a great example of a private-public partnership, and the local government officials get a +1 for supporting Hendricks' efforts.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

+2. I like the Soccerplex so much that I forced my older son into soccer so that I can go there every weekend in the Fall and Spring. OK, son enjoys soccer, but that's just a bonus.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

... and with the first pick in the re-entry draft DC United selects ... Jaime Moreno.

Posted by: Matte | December 3, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Glad to know the identity of the Freedom's new investor. Now, we need to get a new GM and coach in here as we're losing players right and left. Ashlyn Harris, Allie Long. Not good!

Posted by: stwasm | December 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Barklage showed some real promise before his injury. But we really had to open up space, we don't have time or the money to keep promising detritus.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Qatar...

Posted by: bighungry | December 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Can Qatar send DCU a stadium?

Posted by: Reignking | December 3, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

... and with the first pick in the re-entry draft DC United selects ... Jaime Moreno.

Posted by: Matte | December 3, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

+1
An instant classic.

Posted by: dsheon1 | December 3, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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