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Simms is back

December 9, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the good news that Clyde Simms had re-signed with DC United. It’s good to see homegrown talent like him succeeding and being rewarded for it.

How concerned should we be that Bryan Namoff still hasn’t re-upped?

Categories: DC United · Soccer

Ives tackles another big question

December 8, 2008 · No Comments

This time, can MLS teams consistently win with two DPs? (more…)

Categories: DC United · MLS · Soccer

A note on sourcing

December 5, 2008 · 4 Comments

I know that in the past MLS Rumors has been 100% wrong about items, but that’s why they’re called rumors, folks. I link to them sometimes when I want to spur a discussion. Note that on the post below, I didn’t begin to wonder if the Gallardo rumor was true. I just wanted to spur a discussion.

When I link to something, I don’t inherently view it as an endorsement of the story or its source’s accuracy. Like any smart reader of American soccer news, I take MLS Rumors’ materials with a very big grain of salt.

That said, I suspect that I was allowing my own view on Gallardo (he’s buried deep in my doghouse right now) to color my decision to post that link. But hey, it’s a blog. “Coloring” is allowed here.

Categories: DC United · MLS · Media · Soccer

A big, big question

December 4, 2008 · 10 Comments

From MLS Rumors:

Our friends of MLS en told us that Marcelo Gallardo could be coming back to Argentina if Daniel Lalin gets elected as the new president of Racing Club de Avellaneda.

Daniel Lalin has publicly said that he wants to bring two of the “Argentinean stars” back to the league and Marcelo “Muñeco” Gallardo would be one of them. The other one would be Mario Pavone (forward, Betis).

Elections will take place December 21st.

So, if an Argentine team comes knocking for Gallardo, should DC United listen?

Categories: DC United · Soccer · Transfer Rumors

A Few Thoughts

November 18, 2008 · No Comments

The Red Bulls survived vs. RSL, advancing to the MLS Cup Final.

The Red Bulls survived vs. RSL, advancing to the MLS Cup Final.

Ed here.

Thought I’d go over a few things tonight while Aaron is off in Denver.

First - I’d love to post a full breakdown of how the Red Bulls beat Real Salt Lake, 1-0, in the MLS Western Conference Final on Saturday night, but the truth of the matter is I only saw about the last 15 minutes of the match. I attended the Capitals game in New Jersey on Saturday night, and I don’t regret the choice, even if the final result wasn’t to my liking. God bless that nice Alex Ovechkin for at least getting Washington a point.

In the limited bit of the MLS match that I saw, it was RSL barraging the New York goal with shots, only to find themselves unable to finish. All that seemed to be missing was having Kanu on the field in an RSL uniform so he could miss the net completely from a yard out. It had to be a superbly frustrating loss for Salt Lake, but you gotta finish.

It is what it is, and New York have won the West. Maybe next year, San Jose can win the East. The Red Bulls have earned a trip to the MLS Cup Final for the first time, against the Columbus Crew - who of course have never been there, either. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · DC United · International Soccer · MLS · Soccer · Sports

Columbus doesn’t blow it and Houston does. Who’da thunk it?

November 10, 2008 · 3 Comments

It a strange, wild, little league we follow, isn’t it? The two-time defending champions go down to a team that only a few weeks ago were odds on to not make the playoffs and the league’s greatest postseason choking dog completes its business against KC despite all the traditional Crew postseason meltdown signs being in place (crap weather, tiny crowd, etc.)

Btw, I believe this now means that not one MLS team that competed in the Champions Cup, Superliga, or Champions League advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. Pretty amazing indication of how those games can disrupt a league season, isn’t it?

Also, we’ll find out next week if Danny Cepero just had his Jim Carey moment, or if he really is as good as he appeared in Houston. The jury is still out with me.

Categories: DC United · Soccer

Random Stuff for a Friday …

November 7, 2008 · No Comments

DC Uniteds Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

DC United's Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

… Ed here.

Hope everyone enjoyed the podcast with FSC’s Christopher Sullivan. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do - he provided a great breakdown of this weekend’s playoff action.

Moreno’s Surgery: DC United forward Jaime Moreno underwent knee surgery Wednesday. According to Soccernet, “Moreno had an articular cartilage cleaned and a meniscal defect removed during the procedure performed Wednesday. The club said the Bolivian striker will be ready for full participation in next year’s preseason.”

There were multiple points this season where I questioned Moreno’s effort - as it didn’t seem he was as willing to fight for possession, was losing possession to easily, and was not making runs when other players were in attacking position. Hopefully this is the result of him not being 100%, and we’ll see better next year if he is to remain a key part of this team. (more…)

Categories: DC United · International Soccer · MLS · Soccer · Sports · Television

WaPo - Soehn is back

November 6, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Goff’er has the exclusive:

Tom Soehn will return for a third season as head coach of D.C. United in 2009, the Insider learned today.

According to sources familiar with the process, Soehn was told by club management this morning that the option on his contract will be exercised.

Neither Soehn nor his agent, New York-based Ron Waxman, could be reached to comment. Club officials did not have immediate comment, but were apparently preparing a formal statement.

One player, who requested anonymity, said he had heard that a decision had been made, adding Soehn “deserved to come back. He went through a lot.”


Categories: DC United · Soccer

Fighting Talker Podcast #5 is on the air

November 4, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ed and Aaron return with an old-school Fighting Talker podcast. Today the guys discuss DC United’s end of season and offseason to come, the MLS playoffs, Arsenal, Hull and even some horse racing.

Categories: Arsenal · DC United · MLS · Podcasts · Politics · Soccer · Sports

Roundup of postseason thoughts

October 28, 2008 · 2 Comments


But can anybody look at this past season and feel optimistic about the future (apart from Mike Martin, that is)? This team needs a rethinking of its approach towards building the team, looking, for once, at the other perennialy successful MLS franchises and copying their approaches. MLS requires size, speed and physicality, and United has long ignored those traits in looking for players.


Categories: DC United · Soccer