Kurt Morsink

D.C. United

Monday Freedom Kicks: Happy and Merry!

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More on D.C. United's new signing, ranked logos, and a rumor. Maybe.

Hi, hope you're getting everything you want during the holiday season.

José Guillermo Ortiz, un pésimo negocio para Alajuelense (La Nacion): If you have some time and are up for translation, this article on D.C.

All signs pointing towards D.C. United acquiring Jose Guillermo Ortiz

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It looks like the Black-and-Red have bolstered an already potent attack

Jose Guillermo Ortiz, who was officially unveiled as a new signing by Costa Rican club CS Herediano today, is apparently going to be joining D.C. United on loan. The rumor has been going in Costa Rica for days, and just hours ago, Ortiz's agent Kurt Morsink said they were "very close" to a loan deal to an MLS club.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

Rumored D.C. United target Jorge Bazan might be on his way to Major League Soccer

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Peruvian winger Jorge Banzan, who was connected with D.C. United over the summer, is now rumored to be negotiating with an unnamed MLS club.

Remember Jorge Bazan? He is a young Peruvian winger who was "tempted" by a move to D.C. United over the summer, after Kurt Morsink had been on a scouting trip in Peru.

D.C. United signs Conor Doyle on a permanent deal from Derby County FC

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D.C. United announced today that they have signed forward Conor Doyle on a permanent deal from Derby County FC.

Conor Doyle will stay in the District of Columbia, with D.C. United announcing today that the team had secured him on a permanent deal from Derby County FC. Acquired on-loan from Derby County in July through a weighted lottery, Doyle scored two goals and added one assist in fourteen games for D.

Jorge Bazan is "tempted" by the prospect of moving to D.C. United

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Kurt Morsink must have been in Peru recently, with a second player linked to a move to D.C. United in the Peruvian press. As is the case with many news outlets, anyone about whom United has even talked about will likely be mentioned to be "close to moving" or "tempted." What is telling, rather than the specific names, is that both players that have been mentioned are wingers.

Rumor Roundup: Re-Entry Draft, Indonesian Tour, Fluminense, Andik, and More!

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Unfortunately, there are no big new rumors that have popped up over the last few days, such as the identity of those players that Ben Olsen, Kurt Morsink, Dave Kasper, and company are scouting in Argentina. However, I do have some updates and clarifications on some recent rumors, some of which look to be happening and some of which are fading away.

2012 MLS Playoffs: What's at Stake for D.C. United down the Stretch?

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The following internal D.C. United memo that is totally fake was emailed out to media members on Monday by the club's media relations team. It appears to have been inadvertently attached to the D.C. United vs. Chivas USA match recap.

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From: Kurt Morsink, Scouting Coordinator

To: Ben Olsen; Kevin Payne

Subject: 2012 MLS Playoffs

Great game on Sunday night.

United trades for Mike Chabala; Kurt Morsink retires

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D.C. United adds depth to their roster with their acquisition of veteran left-back Mike Chabala in a trade with the Portland Timbers this afternoon.

Duh… winning! Galaxy start three game road trip vs DC United

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That's an aspirational headline, not an outright prediction. But, having hedged my professional prognostication reputation with that disclaimer, let's just put it right out there: despite the rigors of cross-country travel and lurking parity, the Los Angeles Galaxy is the better team in each of the three match-ups that start tonight with the contest at RFK Stadium against DC United (then Toronto FC and Chicago Fire).

Chugga-Chugga...

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D.C. United announced today that the club has re-signed midfielder Kurt Morsink and acquired defender Daniel Woolard.
Choo-cho! The mediocrity train rolls on.


What Has Gone Wrong with DC United? : League Staple in the Cellar

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The question "What's going on in DC?" has become a recurring one among the fan circles of Major League Soccer. It's a question that seems to be important to any fan of the game in this country. Whether it be rabidly passionate supporters from the DC, Maryland and Virginia area or just general MLS enthusiasts .

Sam Pierron Then and Now

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Sam Pierron Then. (Click to enlarge if you can't see well.)
Sam Pierron Now will be traveling to every Kansas City Wizards away match in 2010 and blogging about the experience in a new blog set up on BigSoccer.com. Check it out, and lend your support if you can spare it. If you know Sam, you know that his blog will be excellent.

Roster Reset | Hamid Opening Doors?

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The boys are back from Florida, swapping in some new trialists for the recently dismissed. We won't have Three Boys or apparently a challenger for Wicks as the backup, and the search goes on for defensive help as Arzu is left in limbo while...

In Curt’s World (Part 1). My rant against Curt Onalfo

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From past commentaries most everyone who actually reads what I write knows that I am not a fan of Wizards coach Curt Onalfo. Adding fuel to the fire was the pathetic display that team showed last Saturday in a 2-0 loss vs. a 10 man Columbus Crew. After last Saturday's performance, KC has 1 win in their last 7 games (2 of those non wins came against teams with 10 players for almost 1/3 of the game).

Jimmy Conrad

McCarty, Nyassi among those chosen in 2010 Expansion Draft

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The 2010 season may be only be a few days dead, but the 2011 season has already kicked off with the Expansion Draft.Â

The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers added ten players to their initial MLS rosters on Wednesday as their clubs began to take shape for the 2011 season.

Interview catchup (Conrad, Morsink and Myers)

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Been really busy lately and did not get a few interviews posted like I should have. Sorry about that the delay...First up is Jimmy Conrad, I talked to him right after he got back to Kansas City from his time with the National Team. He talks about being in Honduras when the US qualified for the World Cup, the last qualifier with Costa Rica and his chances on being on the World Cup squad.

KC-HOU Pregame. Hoping to give Houston a problem

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On this 4th of July weekend Houston comes into KC hoping to improve on their goalless effort from last weekend against one of the worst defenses in the league (LA's), while KC, tries to make it 2 wins in a row in the league after a horrible Superliga performance.

KC will be missing defensive leader and captain Jimmy Conrad, as well as midfielders Davy Arnaud and Roger Espinoza due to Gold Cup call ups, while Kevin Souter will not be available due to injury.

Kevin Souter

Former Wizards Update

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I missed this update yesterday, lost track of the days in my head. Two of the Wizards players that they waived last week have landed on their feet, as Kevin Souter was picked up by Seattle, and Kurt Morsink has followed Curt Onalfo to DC and appears set to earn a contract with them. Mean while another former Wizard is looking for a new team as Abe Thompson was waived by Real Salt Lake.

Souter, Morsink, Pizarro and Horwath released

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Kevin Souter and Kurt Morsink have been waived, Nelson Pizarro and Alex Horwath were released from training camp roster.Kevin "Soapy" Souter was the great "open tryout story" when he joined the team after the 2008 open tryouts. The Scottish International went on to start 5 games with 8 total appearances.

More Roster Movement for KC

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Along with the acquisition of Luis Gil today, KC has made more roster moves. Two trialists are gone from camp, and two rostered players are also gone as there are less and less players from the 2009 Wizards. First, Kurt Morsink and Kevin Souter are gone from the Wizards. Neither one is much of a surprise as both appeared to be on their way out as KC brought in more players, specifically Souter who takes up an international spot that the Wizards appear to be using fully this season.

Superliga/US Cup here we come

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The Wizards have a busy schedule coming up next in the next few weeks: they play Sunday in St. Louis (still mad about that) vs. Atlas; Wednesday in New England; and Sunday vs. Santos Laguna at the CAB. If all goes well and the Wizards were to win this tournament, they could be looking at a nice purse (close to $ 1 Million or so they say) and with the added bonus of giving some Reserve players some playing time while allowing some of the older starters a few days off.

Reserves Beat Brass Again

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The Swope Park Rangers won again today, defeating the KC Brass 6-0 today. The lineup today was made up of all the players that didn't start yesterday against the Crew along with a few guest players. Here's the way the Rangers lined up to start the game:
Pardo
Leathers - Josh White - McKenzie - Marquess
Morsink
Harrington - Zusi - Souter
Thompson - Kraus

Both teams started off the game fairly even, with the game going back and forth.

Kansas City Wizards

Goodbye to 4 Wizards

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Kevin Hartman, Claudio Lopez, Kurt Morsink, and Kevin Souter all aren't going to be back for KC this season. I haven't done my regular stat tribute to Hartman so I'm combining his with Lopez, Morsink, and Souter.

While in KC, Hartman set 3 league records for saves in a career (1235), consecutive games played (112), and consecutive minutes (10,080).

Wizards Waive Two, Cut Two, Add One

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As you might have seen last night from Mike or Thad, a couple of 2009 Wizards have departed and a couple of training camp invitees have left camp. We have also added another international defender to the tryout mix. Midfielders Kurt Morsink and Kevin Souter have been waived, while Nelson Pizarro and Alex Horwath have been cut from the preseason roster.

The Two Tales of Captain KC

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Jimmy Conrad had a night to remember, and at the same time a night to forget. At the end the Wizards kept their hopes alive with a come from behind win against Dallas that puts them 7 points behind the last playoff spot with 5 games left.

The night started with the Wizards trying to win their first game at home since June 12th (yes, a 3 month drought, including Superliga).

Practice Interviews 8/19/09

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During the Chicago game, Abe Thompson stopped by the Cauldron in the second half. So I had to ask about his experiences with the Wizards most rabid fans. I also talked with Morsink and I got a little help from a guest interviewer...

Better Effort, Better Play; Same Offense, Same Result

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A different Wizards team came out to play on Sunday afternoon against a Chicago Fire team that was missing 4 of its starters. Although Peter Vermes' hand/work is starting to show, it wasn't enough to get the Wizards out of the winless streak and scoring drought that has plagued them for months already.

Wizards Defeat Brass

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The Wizards once again defeated Kansas City's PDL team, the Brass today at the Swope Park training complex 7-1. KC started their first game under Peter Vermes with what could potentially be a starting lineup against Chicago a week from Sunday.
Hartman
Watson - Conrad - Hohlbein - Besler
Hirsig
Harrington - Jewsbury - Gomez
Zoltan - Wolff

Adam Cristman apparently missed the game due to being sick, while Davy Arnaud, Claudio Lopez, and Roger Espinoza are recovering from minor injuries.

Sunday After Stats (Thursday Edition)

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Stats from last night's SuperLiga game between KC and New England.

The own goal by Darrius Barnes was the 700th goal in all competitions for the Wizards.

The 6th straight game that the Wizards have played a game where a red card has been issued.

For the third straight game against the Revolution, the Wizards have gotten an own goal.

Reserves Crushed Demize

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Yesterday, our KCW Reserves/Swope Park Rangers crushed the Springfield Demize of the PDL 11-0. Wizards goals scored by: Thompson (5), Zusi (2), Wolff, Kraus, Leathers and Morsink. Boris Pardo was in goal for the full 90, recording the shutout. For a full rundown of the game, visit Down the Byline or go back and read through the Wizards Twitter feed at www.

Reserves Destroy Demize

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The Swope Park Rangers, the Wizards reserves, completely destroyed Springfield's PDL team, the Demize, today at the Swope Park training complex 11-0. The Rangers today were made up of all the players that didn't play in LA Saturday, along with Graham Zusi and Abe Thompson, who appeared as subs on Saturday.

KC-LA Recap. Wizards let another 2 points get away in a tie that could have been a loss but should have been a win.

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You have to feel for Bruce Arena. He has taken over the mess that is the LA Galaxy, tried to bring on new blood while mixing in veterans to serve as teacher and it's these veterans that keep putting LA in a hole they have to dig themselves out of. Last Saturday night was no exception, when Greg Berhalter, the experienced LA defender let Claudio Lopez passed him and was forced to commit a foul that denied a goal scoring opportunity and earned him a red card.

Off to Utah. KC-RSL (Pre-Game)

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It off to the West to meet the up and down Real Salt Lake who it seems expended all it's ammunition in a 6-0 defeat of New England in April and now is on a slide, having scored only 3 goals in 4 games. It's going to be a tough visit for the Wizards who have struggled to score and don't seem to have found consistency from the ever changing starting 11 that Curt Onalfo sends out.

The Rest

Former Sporting KC Wizards Update

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Time for another former Sporting KC update. The Mexican league has kicked back off, so Herculez Gomez is back in action. Will John's time with the Missouri Comets also appears to be over now as well. Nelson Pizarro is still out there, he's been brought on to the San Diego Sockers from the San Diego Fusion.

Kurt Morsink Off-Season Work

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In addition to staying in shape for the 2010 season, Costa Rican midfielder Kurt Morsink took some time to do some good in his birth nation. Kurt took back some soccer equipment and donated it to footie fans in need. Due to video capture issues, this is a silent movie, but you get the gist:

Field Goal Fun

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Some of the boys, including former high school place kicker Kerry Zavagnin, imitated Ryan Succop today at the Chiefs' indoor facility. Looks like Kurt Morsink would make a decent American football kicker:

Training Over, Embassy Next

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This morning, those that played the fewest minutes in last night's game trained for about 60 minutes at American University in D.C. They went through some passing, individual defense drills then played a small-sided game with goalkeepers and concluded with a finishing drill. Kurt Morsink, as the last to finish a cross, then had to summer salt to the halfline as the rest of his teammates cheered.

No Call Up for Morsink

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In the middle of April I mentioned how Kurt Morsink was rumored to be among the players called up for the upcoming friendly between Costa Rica and Venezuela on May 13th in Venezuela. Yesterday the roster for that game was named, and unfortunately, Morsink was not on the list. The roster instead is made up of players from the Costa Rican league.