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Wayne Rooney Turns Down Loan Move To Premier League

D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney isn’t interested in a return to Europe on loan this winter, saying he’s committed to D.C. United and that playing for another side would only serve as a distraction from his latest project.

Rooney has been brilliant for D.C. since joining the club from Everton in mid-summer, helping to lift the team from the bottom of the Eastern Conference table into the playoffs.

United have picked up 39 points and won 12 times since Rooney’s arrival, with the former Manchester United and England captain scoring 12 goals in the process.

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Wayne Rooney To Sign For DC United On July 10

Former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is expected to complete a move to D.C. United in early July.

Rooney currently has one year left on his contract at Everton, but the Premier League side will not stand in the way of Rooney moving to Major League Soccer.

Manchester United and England’s record goalscorer agreed a deal in principle last month but he cannot sign for DC United until the US mid-season transfer window opens on 10 July.

Provided there are no unexpected developments, Rooney will make his debut on 14 July, the day before the World Cup final, when DC United open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field stadium against Vancouver.

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Revs Win Over DC United Shows MLS Cup Mettle

Revs Coach Jay HeapNew England Revolution’s 2-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday night at Gillette Stadium might have been their most impressive win of the season. Yes it lacked the offensive fireworks that marked the clubs previous thumping’s of Seattle and Philadelphia, but in winning, Jay Heaps side showed a grit and determination that we had not seen this season.

DC boss Ben Olsen had set up his side to stop New England’s free flowing attack and the first 45 minutes reflected that, as the Revs midfielders struggled to find any room while United were content to sit back and wait for a counter attack opportunity.

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New England Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win

Not sure what Jay Heaps said at half-time, but after putting in their worst 45 minutes of the season the New England Revolution came from a goal down to beat D.C. United 2-1. Diego Fagundez with his 11th goal of the season and Lee Nguyen from the penalty spot got the goals that NE needed. A Scott Caldwell own goal had put DC United ahead in the 11th minute.

With the win, the Revs moved up to 5th place in the east and into the last playoff spot.

For most of the game it looked like New England would once again drop points to one of Major League Soccer’s worst teams.

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Soccer Outdraws Baseball

At least in the F.C. area. The Washington Post has some interesting data that show more people watch D.C. United games on television that watch the Washington Nationals baseball team.

From the post:

Nielsen Media Research numbers, the Nats are drawing an average rating of 0.39 in the Washington Designated Market Area, which consists of approximately 2.3 million households. A 0.39 rating corresponds to about 9,000 households.

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DCU Advances to CONCACAF Semifinal

In yesterday’s CONCACAF Champions Cup tournament game between DC United and Jamaica’s Harbour View, the MLS Supporters’ Shield winners pulled off the rare feat of scoring three goals in approximately 300 seconds. And Americans say soccer doesn’t have enough scoring…

After a disappointing draw in the opening round, United looked to be in trouble when it failed to score in the first twenty minutes of the second leg. However, in the 26th minute, a Devon McTavish goal off a Marcelo Gallardo free kick put DCU ahead for the duration.

But the fireworks really didn’t start popping for DC until the second half.

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LA Galaxy Fans Ask: “Et Tu, Alexi Lalas?”

I am not an executive with a soccer club. Heck, I have no management experience at all. Yet, sometimes I have to think I could do a better job than some of the people managing teams in the MLS. Exhibit A? Alexi Lalas.

Seriously, Galaxy fans have to be wondering what Lalas is thinking these days. On Friday, Lalas traded midfielder Quavas Kirk to DC United in exchange for defender Greg Vanney.

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D.C. United 2008 Season Preview

D.C. United

2007 Record: 16-7-7 (1st in East)

Coach: Tom Soehn (2nd Year)

Key Players: Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen

Key Pickups: Marcelo Gallardo (from Paris St.-Germain)

Key Losses: Christian Gomez (to Colorado), Troy Perkins (to Valerenga I.F.)

2008 Outlook: Excellent

In 2007, Supporters’ Shield winner D.C. United achieved the rare feat of giving up the fewest goals of any team in their division, while simultaneously scoring more goals than any team in their division (or in the league for that matter). The scary thing for division opponents now is that United looks to be even better in ’08.

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D.C. United’s South American Revolution

2006 and 2007 Supporters’ Shield winner D.C. United has been busy making moves over the last week to ensure it can compete for a third straight trophy in 2008. After having two South American league MVPs in the last two seasons, United appears to be wisely continuing the trend of acquiring South American talent.

The Black and Red’s most interesting pickup is Marcelo Gallardo, a thirty-two year-old attacking midfielder. Gallardo, who played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups for Argentina, has been signed as MLS’ 6th Designated Player.

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Eastern Conference Moves

Even though the big news in the MLS recently was on the Superdraft there were three moves made near draft day by three teams in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United acquires forward Fronco Neill on a one-year loan.

Franco was brought in on loan from Argentinos Junior to add some offense to D.C. United. And is expected to join the team for the beginning of the preseason. Neil will be added to the roster of D.C. United when he obtains his work visa and all the international transfer papers are complete. Since making his debut in the 2004-2005 season Neill has scored 10 goals in 60 games. D.C. United led the Eastern Conference in goals last year with 56 and with Neill now in the fold they add another dangerous forward to their already formidable front line.