I crammed myself into a downtown bar last night to attend DC United’s meet the coach night which featured man-of-the-hour Curt Onalfo. Easily over 100 fans packed an undersized bar to get a mere glimpse, beer or handshake with Onalfo, owner Will Chang, GM Kevin Payne, new assistant coach Ben Olsen and forward Jaime Moreno. Here are a couple of nuggets I picked up last night:
- This may peeve KC fans but when asked what he thought of Kansas City, Onalfo shrugged and said, “Eh, it’s Kansas. It was a good first job.” He seems very happy to be out of KC and back where he and his family consider to be home.
- I spoke to DCU owner Will Chang who said that they hope to have a final “real” announcement of a new stadium sometime during the 2010 calendar year. As I have said 1 million times, I’ll believe it when I see it. That said, I asked how long he’s willing to stick it out without a stadium and he indicated that the team is not going anywhere. He also added, “Montreal is too cold for me.”
- I also asked Chang about the CBA negotiations and how fans are starting to get quite worried. He said in no uncertain terms to not worry and that the season would start on time.
- I also spoke to someone with links to a United player who told me that the Union has informed players to save their money and to not expect the season to start on time.
The mood and turnout amongst supporters was surprisingly high. People (and I) liked the Castillo signing but boy, people are very skeptical (and that’s being charitable) about the renewing of Fred’s option. My guess, is that they’re going to give him a shot at playing in a no. 10 role in place of Gomez, the position he played in Melbourne. We shall see.