Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Vide The Obscure
Washington Post, August 27th, 2008 2:16PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

D.C. United's new holding midfielder Joe Vide wasn't supposed to be there. Not at D.C., who signed him up during an injury crisis after he was waived by San Jose, and not on the edge of the penalty area in a scoring position against the Colorado Rapids last weekend. But his left foot shot handed United the initiative and the go-ahead goal in a drab game, and gave him his first goal in three years of MLS play.

"I never would have thought I would score," Vide told Steven Goff two days later. "I know I'm not really a threat." After the game his father teased him that he'd actually mishit the ball. Vide is just relieved that the team signed him after a short, unhappy time at the Quakes where he admits he didn't play well. Coming to D.C., he said, "I knew there were no guarantees. I was just happy to be picked up and happy to be playing again."

So happy that he was prepared to stomach a $17,700 league minimum developmental salary when goalkeeper Louis Crayton joined United and knocked him off the senior roster. This in spite of the fact that Vide is 24 and has already spent a decade developing his game at German second division side 1860 Munich as a teenager, as a college player at the University of Virginia, and then at RB New York, who picked him up in the 2006 supplemental draft. D.C. coach Tom Soehn is also pleased at the bargain and the way he's working in tandem with the team's other holding midfielder, Clyde Simms. "They know when to cover for each other," said Soehn, "and they have the ability to read each other."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
High school vs. club debate rages in New Jersey    
High school vs. club has long been an issue on the boys side, culminating with the ...
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives