Yesterday Steve Goff updates DCU's contract situation. In short: Rimando - signed. Ben Olsen - Gonna be signed. Kovalenko and Filomeno - Only back if they agree to less money. Various fans over at BigSoccer are up in arms about Rimando's getting a new contract year. Maradawga even takes a shot at the poor kid. Frankly, I disagree with them all. Rimando is a good keeper who deserves a starting role on most teams. Yes, he's flawed, but most of the keepers in MLS are flawed right now. Signing him settles the GK situation for DC, but also preserves DC's ability to trade him later if they so choose. Rimando is someone who can start for DC, but also can provide you value if you do decide to make a shot at a trade. Olsen still has production left in him. Not resigning Kovalenko makes sense as well. I love the guy, hell, I gave him one of my seasonal awards, but DCU is all too familiar with the salary crunch. If Kovalenko doesn't come back, I'll be sad to see him go, but he is a bit pricey. Ditto with Filomeno. There's value there, just not at the prices DC is paying.
Also, the Tide Online reports that DCU may be close to signing two Nigerian players, one of whom is 41 years old. (Note: Formatting is awful, but readable if you have FireFox and turn the style sheet off). Some quick research revealed that this article got the name of the agent for these players wrong, his real name is Chief Akinyemi Tajudeen. The DCenters has sent him an email for his comments on what these players bring to DCU, and we'll let you know if he gets back to the DCenters. I'm not holding my breath.