Refining the Roster: Knead the Dough?

Or is that "Need the Doe"? The FO must think so because forward Francis Doe's Neverending Loan To MLS has been rolled over into 2009. I've got to say, if Pontius pans out and if we land Walter Martinez, there's going to be a pretty decent battle for minutes up top (I know, I know, that's a lot of "ifs"). Heck, maybe Emilio will turn up for camp in shape if he realizes he might face pine-time. In any case, let's dutifully update the lists . . .

The Roster-In-Progress
1. (I) Crayton, GK
2. Wells, GK
3. Janicki, D
4. Namoff, D
5. Burch, D/M
6. Guerrero, D/M - he's got his green card, right?
7. McTavish, D/M
8. (I) Fred, M
9. (I) Gallardo, M
10. Simms, M
11. Vide, M
12. (I) Khumalo, M/F - he's been in the US a while, does he have a green card?
13. Pontius M/F - he signed a pre-draft deal, I'm assuming it's not developmental?
14. Quaranta, M/F
15. (I) Emilio, F
16. Moreno, F
17. (I) Doe, F - no way he's on a developmental deal right, even if he is technically on loan?
21. (D,GA,I?) Wallace, D/M - he's GenAd, and thus doesn't take a senior roster spot, but does anybody know if he's got a green card or dual nationality?

. . . leaving three senior roster spots and three developmental spots to fill. Our international count (maximum of eight, last I checked) is at least five but perhaps as high as seven. Now, on to the questionables . . .

1. (I) Mystery Foreign Defender, D - as promised by the FO
2. (I) Gonzalo Martinez, D - currently in limbo, one MLS club expressing interest?
3. Mediate, D/M - will he be able to earn a senior roster spot?
4. Olsen, M - will he be able to beat the injury bug?
5. Dyachenko, M/F - exploring Europe, but . . ?
6. Kirk, M/F - will he sign for less? did he graduate from GA?
7. (I) Walter Martinez, M/F - oft-rumored, still unsigned

And finally, we touch on the draftees and last year's developmental guys, all fighting for precious few spots . . .

1. (I?) Kocic, GK - will he require an international spot? Euro-options?
2. Thorpe, GK
3. (I?) Adams, D - I see he was born in Jamaica, any word on his nationality? Euro-options?
4. Carroll, D
5. (I) Koroma, D
6. Zaher, D
7. Miller, D/M
8. Thompson, M
9. Barklage, M/F
10. Cordeiro, M/F

Got any insight on any of those question marks above? Let me know in the comments.


  1. According to Ives, Wallace has dual nationality and is aiming for a US MNT call-up at some point in his career.

  2. Koromo, Carrol, and Cordiero were not on the pre-season roster listed at Behind the Badge and Martinez was. We also have Viera formerly of LA and recently returned from Norway. Also turns out Gallardo will be commuting to the games from Argentina and practicing at home. He also gets to take the summer off because it's too hot to play.

  3. @QJA - Thanks for that. I'll make the update in the next post, because . . .

    @Anonymous - Thanks, I just saw that in my RSS soup this morning. And I think you mean Veris, not Viera, though I wouldn't say no to Viera ;-)

  4. Guerrero has a green card, Wallace is dual nationality, Khumalo has a green card, Doe is senior roster(as you stated), Dyachenko is OUT, Kirk did graduate from GA and appears to not be on the initial preseason roster, Adams isn't an international, but is exploring Euro options... keep up the great work!

  5. Thanks for the info, Josh. I'll stir it all into the pot for the next "Refining the Roster" post.

  6. No problem. Also Goff just reported that DC has in one way or another parted ways with Kirk, Thompson, Cordiero, Carroll, and Koroma. It looks as though the next update will have many changes lol.

  7. It never rains but it pours, eh?