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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/19/2011

D.C. United news & notes

By Steve Goff

Greetings from RFK Stadium, where players are beginning to trickle back into town ahead of the reporting date for training camp Thursday. The club will spend time, mostly indoors, in the Washington area (RFK Stadium, George Mason, University of Maryland) before departing for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 31.

United will play two exhibitions in Florida, vs. the Canadian under-20 national team and an opponent to be determined. When camp moves to Oxnard, Calif., DCU will face the fourth-tier Ventura County Fusion, UC Santa Barbara (Chris Pontius's former team) and Chivas USA (probably at one of the Home Depot Center auxiliary fields).

Midfielder Dax McCarty won't join the club right away because of U.S. national team commitments and forward Joseph Ngwenya will be a few days late because of moving issues.

Much more.....

Although MLS rosters have expanded to a maximum of 30, clubs are not required to fill every slot. United might be in that situation initially.

The DCU trialists are forward Abe Thompson (MLS veteran from the D.C. area); goalkeepers Chase Harrison (who was with the club late last season) and Joe Willis (third-round draft pick from Denver); midfielder Brandon Barklage (ACL surgery the past two seasons); defender Chris Korb (second-round pick from Akron); and forward Blake Brettschneider (supplemental pick from South Carolina).

I will have a full roster breakdown on the blog Thursday. For the print edition and Web site, I'm putting together a feature story about goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who has transformed himself (physically and mentally) this winter. He had some interesting things to say about his maturation process and the goalkeeping competition.

Congratulations to Coach Ben Olsen and his wife Megan on the birth of their second child. Details to come.

By Steve Goff  | January 19, 2011; 12:57 PM ET
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All credit to family style propagation, well done the Olsen's...

Posted by: JkR- | January 19, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Can the newest Olsen play left back?

Posted by: Jooseppi | January 19, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the updates. Too bad the team isn't already together to play some outdoor soccer in today's beautiful weather - because it will get crappy again almost immediately.

The shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Tucson brought back memories of Salvador Cabanas, the Paraguayan striker who played for Club America and was shot in the head about a year ago.

Mexican authorities have finally arrested their main suspect (although he claims his bodyguard was the triggerman).

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the new Dick's Sporting Goods commercial.

And I thought La Barbie was pegged for that one...

Posted by: Reignking | January 19, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Congratulations to Coach Ben Olsen and his wife Megan on the birth of their second child. Details to come." I heard it was a boy, Dawson, who popped out in a David Beckham shirt.

Posted by: stancollins | January 19, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope Brandon Barklage remakes the team. Scott Gallagher continues to produces top talent for US soccer and I believe if he stays healthy he can become a serviceable player.

Also, Gooch is player Left Back today against Herculez. Twente are up 3-0 at half. I haven't watched any of the game so I can't comment on his performance.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 19, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Gooch had a goal in their last preseason match and went 90.

Thanks for sharing the links Joel, it's a damn shame that Cabanas had his career cut so short. He certainly was a baller for such a pudgy dude.

And Olsen with another kid! Congrats. Can't wait to hear what cute name you picked this time around. &BTW my daughter is almost at the point where she doesn't need to be reminded that her and Ben Olsen himself share the same birthday! :)

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm pulling for Barklage - he's had more than his share of bad luck and looked good when given the chance. I still remember a nifty bit of footwork with the ball on the left touchline that was of Jaime Moreno quality.

And good luck to Abe. We need attackers.

Posted by: b18bolo | January 19, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It's becoming increasingly clear that when it comes to offense, the only guy on DCU that is scoring is...Ben Olsen?

Posted by: Section117 | January 19, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse


I think the "La Barbie" you mention was a more senior Mexican drug kingpin (arrested in the past year) and had sheltered Balderas - the Cabanas shooting suspect.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

OT, but more bad news for the freedom/Magic Jack FC and maybe the WPS. It seems that Magic Jack is not paying some bills.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 19, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

OT, but more bad news for the freedom/Magic Jack FC and maybe the WPS. It seems that Magic Jack is not paying some bills.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 19, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Details to come" is a pretty strange name for a kid.

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 19, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Olsens!

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 19, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

As the father of two kids (one of whom is a few months old) I can say that this isn't my most productive year of work on the professional front. I don't get much sleep and therefore am not performing at 100%. It's gotta be very hard to start a new job like Olsen has and also be an engaged dad. In addition to strikers that put the ball in the net, United needs Mrs. Olsen to be on top of her game, too. Of course, with Olsen's salary, he can afford a live-in nanny and so shouldn't feel bad about working late.

Posted by: WorldCup | January 19, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Worldcup, I think your estimates of Ben's salary are too high, or the cost of a live in too low.... :)

Lots of people have kids and go to work, quite effectively...

Posted by: JkR- | January 19, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't Zach Wells be the live-in nanny?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 19, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Oooh! Crunching tackle from Joel_M_Lane...but referee is waving off appeals for the foul.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 19, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You sound in need of a strong ale Chest. Check that, all of you do..

Posted by: DadRyan | January 19, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

OT, but more bad news for the freedom/Magic Jack FC and maybe the WPS. It seems that Magic Jack is not paying some bills.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 19, 2011 3:25 PM

I fail to see the connection to the Freedom or WPS. This is the equivalent of you or me disputing an item on a credit card statement.

Posted by: universityandpark | January 20, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

The connection is pretty obvious to me. If Magic Jack is forced to pay fines or back fees to this small county in WVA that sets a precedence for other coummunities to seek the same. This sudden monetary hit to the company could be potentialy quite large, which could lead to the folding of the team. The lose of yet another team would also be a bad thing for WPS, which is already in a very financially precarious position. Will this scenario going to play out, maybe not, but you cant say that this is completely out of the realm of possibility.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 20, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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