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Roster freeze deadline looms for MLS clubs

D.C. United have until Sept. 15 to make a move for Carlos Varela
Roster freeze looms

Ben Olsen DL

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NEW YORK – D.C. United manager Ben Olsen said on Monday’s edition of
ExtraTime Radio that Swiss league veteran Carlos Varela will be heading back to
DC as the club determines whether to work out a deal for the final two months of the MLS season.

“We’re still looking at [Varela],” Olsen said on ExtraTime Radio. “He went back for a personal
issue, [but] he’s coming back this week.

AUDIO: Ben Olsen on ExtraTime Radio

Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang at ExtraTime Radio
Ben Olsen on ExtraTime

Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang from MLS' ExtraTime Radio. The interview with Olsen begins 10 minutes in to the podcast. He discusses his role at D.C. United, the play of the team in Toronto and the play of Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez.

ExtraTime Radio airs LIVE every Monday and Thursday, from 3-4 pm ET, on MLSsoccer.com. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more

DC, James bask in rare dramatic victory

MLS' strugglers uplifted by defeat of playoff-seeking TFC
DC bask in dramatic win

Thirteen months ago, Julius James was traded from Houston to D.C. United and immediately flew to Toronto to join his new club. At the time, United were so shorthanded that he made his first appearance – a second-half substitution for Bryan Namoff in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC – before he’d even learned his teammates’ names.

James’ second return to BMO Field, the place where he began his MLS career before being shipped out to the Dynamo as a makeweight in the Dwayne De Rosario trade in December 2008, unfolded in far more compelling fashion on Saturday afternoon.

Preki blames fatigue, scheduling for loss

TFC drop crucial points as season heads into do-or-die stretch
Preki: Fatigue to blame

TORONTO – All season long, Preki hasn’t been one to make excuses to account for his team’s poor play.

That was until Saturday.

TFC’s exasperated coach sounded off in the postgame news conference, naming a litany of reasons to explain his team’s demoralizing 1-0 loss Saturday at home to D.C. United — the league's basement-dwellers — at a critical point in the season.

A crowded schedule, inopportune injuries, lack of fitness, underperforming players and even team and media officials unwilling to move kickoff times were all singled out as culprits.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 1 - Toronto FC 0

Quotes: DC at TFC

MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 1, TORONTO FC 0

Toronto complica su clasificación a la Liguilla

D.C. United llegó sin presión y volvió con 3 puntos en el bolsillo
Toronto se complica

Mista

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TORONTO.- Un equipo que llegó sin nada que ganar ni perder, en la última posición en la Conferencia Este y sólo con un poco de orgullo comenzó este sábado a cerrarle la puerta a la clasificación a Toronto FC, cuando D.C. United le ganó en su propia cancha y ante un público que esperaba un mejor papel del cuadro escarlata que nuevamente pareció un plantel carente de ideas y con un juego desordenado.

Highlights: D.C. United at Toronto FC

Saturday, September 11, 2010 - DC 1, Toronto 0
Highlights: DC 1, TFC 0

VIDEO: Julius James scores the match winner

Saturday, September 11, 2010 - DC 1, Toronto 0
James wins it

Julius James spins on a loose ball in the box and scores his first of the season.

MLS to hold moment of silence for 9/11

League to remember victims of terrorist attacks on Saturday
MLS to hold 9/11 silence

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer will join the rest of the nation this weekend in remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A moment of silence will be held before the national anthem at each of the MLS matches played this weekend.

The league canceled the remainder of the regular season in 2001 following the tragic events of Sept. 11 and MLS has paid homage to the victims of the attacks in each of the last nine years.

FIFA inspection team set to pen US report

USA may still withdraw from running for 2018 World Cup
FIFA complete inspection

NEW YORK – Mission accomplished.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati indicated as much on Friday after the conclusion of the three-day, five-city visit by FIFA’s World Cup inspection team.

“We were able to show FIFA the things they needed to see,” Gulati said in a conference call with reporters. “It’s impossible not to be impressed by some of the magnificent NFL stadiums on this trip.”

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