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MSantoine
Post #16
Wednesday December 18, 2013 5:18pm

Joined Nov 2012
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With Pontius, DeLeon, EJ, Kitchen, & Hamid there is 5 people in the extended player pool (ie players who get call ups or at least have gone on record as saying they've had discussions with USSF). With the volatility of the Eastern Conference and lack of any true power houses (ie Pacific Northwest & LAG) there is no reason they can't make the playoffs. NERevs can certainly regress as lots of young teams do. Toronto seems to be a year away still. Same as Columbus. Other than NYRB, KC, & Houston, there arent any perennial power houses. No reason why DC cant compete with Montreal, NE, & Chicago for those last 2 playoff spots

tylercocinas
Post #17
Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:23pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,151
Well Espindola to DCU. Can't say that lineup isn't gonna be top 5 East.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #18
Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:37pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,652
Wow DC gets Espindola as well. Yep DC has just vaulted, on paper, into a top 5 East team.

If this team can mold together well then they should be a very fun team to watch next year.

DC fans should be very happy with their offseason acquisitions. And they still have the #1 draft pick.

stone88
Post #19
Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:58pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,532
Yehhh Booiii, we gonna kick ass next year!! Just gotta get the DF situated!

skangles
DC
Post #20
Wednesday December 18, 2013 9:49pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,449
Really excited by the move for EJ.

Think there's a chance that EJ tries to get DC to make a move for Adu? They're good friends that played together at Aris and Freddy spent arguably the best years of his career with DC United. It could be a nostalgic move that would spark fan interest but I cannot not see anybody offering Adu anything near what he thinks he's worth.

tylercocinas
Post #21
Wednesday December 18, 2013 10:47pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,151
Freddy would be slightly intriguing. Also adding to the dynamic is the fact that Benny was around during his first tenure, as was Bobby Boswell. Although he and EJ on the same team makes for an extremely combustible locker room. Both of those players think very highly of themselves ha.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #22
Wednesday December 18, 2013 10:53pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,652
I don't know where Adu would fit in at DC. His best position has always been as a withdrawn FWD/CAM, and I just don't see Olson giving Adu the reigns to United. But, I think it would be fun to see Adu and EJ playing together. And Adu would have to take a big paycut. Like EJ paycut, only making 100,000 a year.

I think it's a strong possibility Adu ends back up with an MLS team. Which team would take him is another matter. Maybe NY?

stone88
Post #23
Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:04pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,532
Really don't want Adu, you all saw what he was like at Philly.

cleancutimage
Post #24
Sunday November 1, 2015 9:55pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,344
Eddie Johnson officially retires. Another case of what could have been. He scored some timely goals but not enough. He also thought he was a lot better than what he was and going to Fulham exposed how far behind he was as a player. At least he gave it that chance.

Young players should take EJ's situation and learn from it. Stay humble, continue to work hard and understand that because you may be a big fish in a small pond there may be a big ocean that you could get lost in somewhere else.

skangles
DC
Post #25
Sunday November 1, 2015 10:00pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,449
I thought he retired at the start of the season and that's why DC United was granted financial relief from paying his DP salary.

cleancutimage
Post #26
Sunday November 1, 2015 10:04pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,344
Original post from skangles

I thought he retired at the start of the season and that's why DC United was granted financial relief from paying his DP salary.


I think he took some time away from the game especially since teams were not kicking down his door to sign him but he hung up the boots officially.

goods
Post #27
Sunday November 1, 2015 10:52pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 565
He had a heart ailment and that is why he did not play. He had a literal life and death decision regarding his playing career

TheTruth
Post #28
Monday November 2, 2015 1:55pm

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 954
Funny I thought he had already retired too. For me his legacy is. . . everyone pissing their pants after he scored 6 goals in his first 6 USMNT appearances; displaying a few flashes of explosiveness at 06 WC and apparently fooling a bunch of suitors; going to Fulham and for me, the most abrupt example I've ever seen of someone who seemed to all of the sudden forget how to kick a ball.

Anyway, not to kick him when he's down. He did some good things for USMNT. Good luck to him.

dolcem
Post #29
Monday November 2, 2015 3:00pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
Original post from TheTruth

Funny I thought he had already retired too. For me his legacy is. . . everyone pissing their pants after he scored 6 goals in his first 6 USMNT appearances; displaying a few flashes of explosiveness at 06 WC and apparently fooling a bunch of suitors; going to Fulham and for me, the most abrupt example I've ever seen of someone who seemed to all of the sudden forget how to kick a ball.

Anyway, not to kick him when he's down. He did some good things for USMNT. Good luck to him.


He has gone down in history as one of the worst Premier League players of all time.

It's not that he forgot how to kick a ball, he never learned how to kick one to begin with. He was big and really fast and that was it (he never developed any technique because on every team he played with, it was always "boot the ball over the top to Eddie!"). Especially in that era of the MLS, that was enough to make you a prolific goalscorer.

I'm sad to see him retire because I always rooted for him and hoped that his participation in the game would inspire some inner-city youth to play soccer. Although I don't think it did.
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