Capital Construction: DC alums offer cautionary tale

United being careful in development of exciting young players
Capital Construction

WASHINGTON — With their team’s once-routine participation in the
postseason now stalled for three years running, many D.C. United fans have
watched with interest as a number of their club’s former players occupy center
stage in the 2010 MLS Cup playoffs.

Nearly all of this year’s qualifiers have United alums on
their rosters but few have made a bigger impression than San Jose Earthquakes winger Bobby
Convey. One of the league’s original teenage prodigies, Convey was the youngest
player in MLS history when he joined DC a decade ago.

Donovan, Ferreira lead MLS Best XI

LA lead league with four Best XI selections; RSL have three
LD, Ferreira lead Best XI

The 2010 MLS Best XI was announced on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK — The LA Galaxy, who had the best record in Major League Soccer, unsurprisingly dominate the MLS Best XI announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.

The Supporters’ Shield winners boast four players—winger Landon Donovan, center back Omar Gonzalez, striker Edson Buddle, and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts—on the list of the top 11 players, as voted by the media and their peers.

Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario are the only players on the list who have ever been named to the Best XI before.

Commissioner Garber set for State of the League teleconference

Call with media to be streamed live on at 1:30pm ET
State of the League


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As part of the run up to MLS Cup 2010, MLS Commissioner Don Garber is set to conduct his annual "State of the League" teleconference call on Tuesday, November 16, at 1:30 pm ET.

Garber will take questions from media members and announce competition-related rule changes, such as the change to the home-grown player rule that Todd Durbin, executive vice-president of competition, labor and player relations for MLS, explained on Monday's edition of ExtraTime Radio podcast.

Zakuani, Bunbury among 25 MLSers called up

Najar declines Honduras; Zakuani picks Democratic Rep. of Congo
25 MLSers called up

Zakuani in 2009

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25 MLS players have been called up to international duty in this week's FIFA fixture date, though two will not report for their countries.

MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar declined an invitation from the Honduran national team, while New England Revolution and Gambia winger Kenny Mansally will not travel to Hebron due to a cancellation of the The Scorpions scheduled match against Palestine.

D.C. United, Allsopp part ways after one season

Australian forward scored three game-winning goals in 2010
DCU, Allsopp part ways

D.C. United announced Monday they have parted ways with forward Danny Allsopp after the Australian forward scored five goals in 23 league appearances with the club during his only season in Washington.

The club and Allsopp mutually agreed to terminate the forward’s contract. Allsopp made 18 starts for D.C. United and tied rookie Andy Najar for the team lead in goals, including three-game winning goals.

“We would like to thank Danny for his contributions to D.C. United and we wish him well in the future,” said United general manager Dave Kasper in a statement.

Moreno "still thinking about playing"

Former DC star enjoying coaching gig, but not about to retire
Moreno looking overseas

The sparkling playing career of Jaime Moreno might not be over even though his life as a coach is about to begin.

Thomas Rongen invited the former D.C. United star, who earned his USSF "B" coaching license in 1997, to assist at the American's U-20 training camp before the Torneo de Las Americas in late November.

The 36 year old was quick to tell that it's "just for the week" and that he doesn't want or expect the stint to turn into a full-time gig, but he's excited to help out his former manager.

United postseason training sessions helping James

T&T mainstay using 'lame-duck' sessions to help Soca Warriors
DC training helping James

Julius James

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many players find it difficult to get
excited about the postseason practices currently being conducted by D.C. United
and several other MLS sides not involved in the playoffs.

But these ‘lame-duck’ training sessions have real value for
Julius James and other Caribbean internationals who are still participating in
important matches for their countries. James is one of several MLS players
involved in the Digicel Caribbean Cup, the regional competition whose top four
finishers earn berths in next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Commentary: Bradley's roster choices brilliant

US coach did well to fill his team with young, untapped potential
Bradley's picks brilliant

Juan Agudelo

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When the United States Soccer Federation announced the national team would play a meaningless, midweek match in South Africa, questions arose as to who would make the 10,000-plus mile trek.

The travel would be hard on players getting playing time on clubs in Europe, and four Major League Soccer teams would still be challenging for MLS Cup. Those restrictions ruled out virtually the entire American starting lineup.

So what did Bradley do? He took chances. He went for youth and potential. Just as he should have.

D.C. United take cautious approach to Wallace rehab

Left back trying to avoid another setback to broken fibula
Wallace eyes return

WASHINGTON – D.C. United’s
expectations for Rodney Wallace this season could be measured by the sheer size
of the banner that bore his likeness on the east side of RFK Stadium, one of
several massive promotional signs nearly as tall as the building itself that
stared down at passing cars on East Capitol Street.

But his season lasted less than
1,000 minutes, thanks to a broken leg sustained against Real Salt Lake on June
5 and a rehabilitation setback two months later that kept him from
playing again in 2010.

Jaime Moreno to help out Rongen, US U-20s

Former DC star, Eskandarian will assist at Torneo de Las Americas
Moreno to assist Rongen

During his fantastic career, Bolivian international Jaime Moreno scored 133 regular-season goals in Major League Soccer.

He also managed to find time to secure his "B" Level coaching license, which will help him in his next venture. MLS' all-time leading scorer will join the United States U-20 squad as a "guest" assistant coach as the squad prepares for and plays in the Torneo de Las Americas from Nov. 21-28.

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