As he does from time to time, Steve Goff is playing mind games with all of us. And who am I to deny his call to "do the math"?
USA GK Diego Restrepo (America Cali, Tachira) will train this week at U of Virginia ahead of preseason with #MLS club. U do the math— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 15, 2013
Diego Restrepo is a goalkeeper who, upon graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010, went to play with América de Cali in Colombia and then moved on to Deportivo Táchira in Venezuela. After getting limited playing time at both clubs, he seems to be back in the United States in an attempt to catch on with an MLS team.
Goff's "U do the math" is what has me wondering, however, if one of D.C. United's keepers may soon be bound for another club. Andrew Dykstra has a European Union passport and so would not have to get a work permit to play, but I do not know if Restrepo would be coming to Washington to be the third keeper. Joe Willis has been training with Sunderland and West Brom, but I do not see any way that he would get a work permit to play in England. And Bill Hamid is in national team camp right now, which usually precludes any type of move. Perhaps Restrepo is coming to United just to battle for a position, or perhaps one of United's keepers is going on a surprise transfer. Or maybe he's bound somewhere in MLS completely.
Andy Najar received praise from the coach of RSC Anderlecht after his performance in their friendly against Heracles this past weekend. John van den Brom said that Najar took to Anderlecht so well he thought Najar has always played for them. There are also reports out of Honduras that Anderlecht is preparing a $6 million offer for Najar, but take that with a heavy dose of Honduran media skepticism.
Finally, the possible Branko Boskovic move back to Rapid Vienna is still moving along at a snail's pace. The latest news out of Austria is that the team has concerns over Boskovic's fitness, which should amuse both sides of the Bodkin debate. The article goes on to state that Boskovic's departure from Rapid in 2010 was somewhat acrimonious; the team thinks that he asked for 900,000 Euros per year in salary, while Boskovic denies that claim. Rapid's training camp starts on January 23, so we should have more news about Bodkin's fate by then.
And I'm sure there will be a real post about this soon, but it was announced as I was writing this post that Onstad will be leaving to join Kevin Payne and Ryan Nelsen in Toronto. Best wishes up north!