Another exciting edition of United Abroad! Actually, this one isn't that exciting (Warning: No Christian Gomez Highlights). But hey! D.C. United is coming off a win! Vamos United! And now... Links!
Liberia was without former DCU player Francis Doe for its world cup qualifying match vs Uganda, however, Doe's team was able to come away with a tie. The next qualifier (which Doe played in, contributing next to nothing) was a 0-2 loss to Senegal, both goals from Papiss Cisse. Cisse never played for DC United; in case you were wondering (don't you wish he did though?). Liberia's next qualifier will come in September when they face Angola, and as of now, it looks as if we won't be seeing Liberia or Franics Doe in Brazil in 2014. But hey, we might see Cisse...
Andy Najar? In DCU's locker-room? Oh, he didn't suit up? So he's not re-signing with the team? Sigh... Najar didn't suit up for our beloved DC United; he did however suit up for his national team (Honduras) in a loss to the USA. Despite the loss, Najar did give Tim Howard a scare late in the game when he fired a shot on target. "Timmay", was able to deflect it though.
BREAKING NEWS: Freddy Adu's career didn't turn out the way Pele expected it! More breaking news: the sky is blue!
One surprise to those that have been paying close attention to World Cup Qualifying play is the exceptional play and success of Montenegro. Even one of their players and DCU alum is surprised. Branko Boskovic was quoted saying, "If somebody had told me six years ago we would be in contention to qualify for the World Cup, I wouldn't have believed them." Boskovic's country is in first place of their group with 7 games played and 14 points, ahead of the likes of England and Ukraine who have just played six games. Unlike Doe and Liberia, we may see Bosko and his home team playing for the World Cup in 2014. Oh, and for the record, if someone told me six years ago that Montenegro would be in contention to qualify for the World Cup, I wouldn't have believed them, either.
In addition to Boskovic's Montenegro squad, another DCU Alum's team has a decent shot (well, a better shot than Liberia) at qualifying for the World Cup. That player is none other than Hamdi Salihi and his Albania squad. Albania currently stands in second place in their group (Group E) and are just four points behind the leading team, Switzerland. Salihi and Albania's next game is in September vs Slovenia. Salihi has started and played five of six qualifying games for his country, scoring once back in March.
With the transfer window just around the corner, it's that time of year where MLS teams make some moves so they can stretch their legs, increase their flexibility in other words. Having not played since May 25th, DCU's front office made Raphael Augusto the newest member of "United Abroad" by waiving him a couple weeks ago. Since being waived, Raphael's club (Fluminense) have loaned the 22 year old midfielder to the reigning Polish Champions, Legia Warsaw.
DCU legend Jaime Moreno has announced that it is time for him to move on from being the coach of DCU's U-23 academy team. In an interview with CSN Washington Moreno says, "Unfortunately it's my last year here with the U-23s," Moreno goes on to say that he is leaving to pursue his goal of being a head coach of an MLS team one day. I for one think that Moreno would be a great and successful head coach as he has been very good with the U-23's. Of course, he may not get to jump into the action right away as a head coach and may have to take an NCAA job first, or something similar to that, perhaps in the USL or NASL. Whatever the case may be, I'm on board for a team giving Moreno a shot at a head coaching job.
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