United will hear in Sept. about possible new stadium in Baltimore

By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

D.C. United is awaiting the results of the economic feasibility study being conducted by the Maryland Stadium Authority in regard to a possible project in Baltimore near the Ravens football and Orioles baseball facilities. United President Kevin Payne expects the final report to be released in September.

"I won't categorize [the stadium effort], but in Maryland, there is a clearer, tried-and-true process," Payne said Saturday. "It's potentially a fairly clean deal because there is a developer, there is available land and there's the Maryland Stadium Authority. Once the economic report comes out, then the city and the state will decide if ultimately that is something they want to move forward with."

Baltimore is the only site in Maryland under consideration at the moment, Payne said.

As for Washington: "We are quietly having some conversations in D.C. with developers and others. We will see if there are any real possibilities here," Payne said, adding that Poplar Point, the club's first choice for a new facility to replace RFK Stadium, "is a fairly confused situation right now" because of issues with the transfer of land from federal to city hands.

And Virginia? "We still have had a few conversations with the developer," Payne said "It's a little more difficult to do things like this in Virginia because it's harder to finance. Effectively, the public entities will not get involved."

Decision looms on Junior

United will decide this week whether to offer a contract to Brazilian midfielder Junior Carreiro, an 18-year-old right wing who has been training with the club for several months. He is the younger brother of Fred, the former United attacker now with the Philadelphia Union.

Judging from General Manager Dave Kasper's comments about Junior, an offer is in the works. "He is a good long-term prospect," he said. "In the last two months, coaches have spent a lot of time with him becoming more of a two-way player, but he has good attacking qualities, good vision, he's a good passer, strikes the ball well. He is someone we would see more down the line and not coming in and making an immediate impact."

United has a roster slot available following Christian Castillo's departure. It could also place midfielder Brandon Barklage on the season-ending injured list, Kasper said. Junior played the second half of United's 4-0 victory over Portsmouth on Saturday.

Injury update

Defenders Marc Burch (foot) and Dejan Jakovic (hamstring) are scheduled to resume full workouts this week. Midfielder-forward Chris Pontius (foot) might be available for Saturday's match at Real Salt Lake. Defender Juan Manuel Peña (quadriceps) is still at least a week away. . . .

The highly acclaimed soccer documentary "Pelada" will be shown Tuesday night at the Avalon Theatre in Northwest Washington. United assistant coach Ben Olsen will introduce the film. Other D.C. players, as well as director-producer Ryan White, are scheduled to attend. Twenty percent of proceeds go to the club's charitable arm, United for D.C. . . .

The roster for the U.S. national team's friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10 at the new Meadowlands stadium is tentatively scheduled to be announced early next week.

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