An offseason search for forward reinforcements led D.C. United to an unexpected target: Charlie Davies.
The fan favorite and US international has been on a long road to recovery from a horrific car accident in October 2009. Davies is now in the midst of a weeklong trial in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., aiming to prove that he is ready to contribute in MLS on a possible season-long loan.
A loan agreement is already in place with Davies’ French club Sochaux, and the trial period is a chance for head coach Ben Olsen to evaluate the 24-year-old before finalizing the deal.
D.C. United's Andy Najar told FutbolMLS.com's podcast Tiro Libre last week that he has made up his mind as to whether he’ll don the white and blue of Honduras or the red, white and blue of the United States.
NEW YORK – Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, also known as
"The Special One," says that he dreams of one day managing an MLS club.
In an interview with former Italian national team player
Christian Panucci for Sky Italia, Mourinho is quoted as saying: "My idea is to stay at the top of European soccer for the next 10 to 15 years. After that I would like to have a completely different experience in the United States – the New York Red Bulls or Los Angeles Galaxy, a home in Manhattan or a home in Malibu. That’s the idea I have.”
One of several new faces in D.C. United’s preseason camp is actually a familiar one. Goalkeeper Steve Cronin, who made three appearances while on loan with DC near the end of the 2009, is back after being traded from the Portland Timbers during the offseason.
As he gets through the day-in, day-out grind of the preseason in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cronin acknowledged that his previous stint with DC was helpful.
We’re not saying that Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit broke training last night, but, well, if he’s a little bleary-eyed on the pitch this morning, maybe Vancouver brass can simply look the other way.
DeMerit’s beloved Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV yesterday, capping off an epic ‘Tweet-down’ between the Whitecaps defender and Chivas USA midfielder Ben Zemanski, a staunch Steelers fan.
Training camp is only two weeks old for Dejan Jakovic and the rest of D.C. United, but the 25-year-old defender will break camp for a few days and head to Greece to meet up with the Canadian national team.
The Canucks will clash with the Pirate Ship on Feb. 9 in Larissa, Greece. For Jakovic, getting named to the 18-man roster was exciting.
“It’s always an honor to represent your country,” he told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a great game.”
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced on Friday plans to unveil the 2011 MLS regular season schedule next Thursday, Feb. 10.
“Assembling the schedule begins after MLS Cup and involves several interdependent factors including competitive fairness, international competitions, stadium availability, broadcast windows, and club preferences,” the league said in a statement released Friday. “The 18 home openers were announced Dec. 20, and we have waited until the entire schedule is complete before making it public.”
Washington is a town built on big talk and big promises, and but there's always an expectation that no matter who’s running the show, the people will get what they want it they simply make enough noise.
And soccer fans in Washington want Charlie Davies. American soccer fans want Charlie Davies. They want the Charlie Davies of 2008, or maybe even the Charlie Davies of 2011. Just as long as the kid who everyone's been openly adoring for two years shows up and does his thing the way we expect him to. The way we think he can.
More importantly – the way we hope he can.