NEW YORK – Speculation has swirled furiously around the future of D.C. United’s Andy Najar, the 17-year-old winger who has taken MLS by storm in 2010.
Will he represent the US or Honduras? Will he answer a call-up to the Honduran Under-20 National Team? Will he be trialing with a European club this winter? Are his days in MLS numbered?
Heady questions for a player who only started playing organized soccer three years ago when he arrived to the United States from Honduras. MLSsoccer.com spoke to Chris Megaloudis of Long View Management to get the answers.
WASHINGTON — Major League Soccer’s detractors should take note of the situation presently facing Branko Boskovic.
Two weeks ago, D.C. United’s Designated Player flew back across the Atlantic for Montenegrin National Team duty and promptly played an important role in his country’s unblemished start to UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. He started alongside the likes of Italian Serie A star Mirko Vucinic in both of the small Balkan nation’s impressive victories over Wales and Bulgaria.
WASHINGTON – They may not be positioning themselves for the postseason, but D.C. United were nonetheless one of the league’s more active players in the final hours before Wednesday’s roster freeze.
Trialists Carlos Varela and Junior Carreiro were signed, while veteran defender Carey Talley was traded to New York in the final hours before the 5 p.m. ET deadline.
Join us on Saturday, September 25 prior to our match against the Houston Dynamo to bid on your favorite players' autographed jersey at the XI Annual United for D.C. In-Stadium Jersey Auction.
Jerseys from our starting eleven against Houston and a few other non-starters from United, will be auctioned off as part of the United for D.C. Day Celebration.
WASHINGTON — Most head coaches don’t begin interviews while drenched in sweat and gasping for air with hands on knees, but that was Ben Olsen’s state as he spoke to a member of the media after D.C. United’s Wednesday morning practice.
The former United midfielder had every reason to be winded. He took an active part in much of his team’s training session before joining the rest of the technical staff for their weekly small-sided game after practice.
Hearing him tell it, though, it wasn't the training that took its toll.
NEW YORK -- The New York Red Bulls have shored up their bench ahead of what
they hope to be a deep run in the MLS Cup playoffs, acquiring veteran MLS
defender Carey Talley from archrivals D.C. United for a conditional second round
pick in January’s SuperDraft.
The deal took place before the roster freeze deadline on
Wednesday, but was officially announced by the two clubs on Thursday morning.
AMSTERDAM – US National Team boss Bob Bradley has been signed up for another World Cup cycle, which of course means it's time for another round of entirely unsolicited advice.
Though there is a great big forthcoming slate of activities before that next chance at the big stage, let's focus on what needs to happen for greater success at that next World Cup in Brazil, which represents both the culmination and crunch time pinnacle of any four-year cycle.
D.C. United anunció el fichaje del mediocampista brasileño Junior Carreiro. El joven de 19 años ha estado entrenando con el conjunto capitalino la mayor parte del 2010 como jugador invitado. Carreiro estará disponible para jugar una vez se reciba su certificado de transferencia internacional.
“Junior es un jugador joven quien nos ha demostrado que tiene el potencial para ser un buen profesional”, dijo el Gerente General de United, Dave Kasper. “Tiene buenas cualidades ofensivas y puede jugar varias posiciones en el mediocampo. Nos entusiasma tenerlo en el equipo”.
WASHINGTON — The final stages of D.C. United’s season probably won’t include a late run to the playoffs. But individual players will certainly have opportunities to prove themselves and find a measure of redemption after so many months of struggle.
Last weekend, Julius James seized just such a chance, scoring a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC. He later described the goal as vindication after several coaches and GMs showed meager faith in his abilities over the past two years.
TORONTO – Nick Dasovic aspired to be a professional head coach. But it was unlikely that the opportunity would come this early, this way, he thought.
On Tuesday, Toronto FC cleaned house and dismissed head coach Preki and director of soccer Mo Johnson. Then, TFC named Dasovic interim head coach, entrusting him with the tough task of salvaging the club’s downward spiraling season.
The former Canadian international said yes and thank you, and is looking forward to the difficult task ahead.