Some clarification about the roster situation …

By now you’ve probably heard the news that goalkeeper Doug Warren was added to the season-ending injury list yesterday after suffering a right elbow injury in training a few weeks ago.

To clear up any confusion and to answer some questions we’ve received about how this move affects our roster, we thought we would devote a little space to explain the reasoning behind this decision.

Since we are past the league’s roster freeze date, at this time we CANNOT replace Doug Warren on our roster with ANY player, whether it be another goalkeeper or a field player.

Of course the question this then raises is, “Why add him to the season-ending injury list at all?” The answer is actually straightforward.

With now just two goalkeepers on our active roster, if either Matt Reis or Brad Knighton were to be injured, there are mechanisms in place through the league for us to add a SECOND goalkeeper in that case. So, for clarification, the only roster change that could be made for the rest of the season would be to add a second goalkeeper IF and ONLY IF Matt Reis or Brad Knighton were to be injured.

Had we not added Doug to the season-ending injury list and Matt or Brad were to be injured, we would not be able to add another goalkeeper and would be left with just one … hence, the reasoning behind making this move.

Had it been a field player that was added to the season-ending injury list, we would be, as the saying goes, up the creek without a paddle. In that case, there would be no mechanism to replace that player in any way. Only in the case of being left with one healthy goalkeeper can a team add a player after the roster freeze, and that additional player must be a goalkeeper.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion and answers the questions we’ve been receiving about the reasoning behind this roster move.

7 Responses to Some clarification about the roster situation …

  1. Matt says:

    Boy, those MLS rules are just clear as day!

    Seriously, sometimes I think MLS rules were written in the middle of an intense drinking game.

  2. Marcos says:

    So, does his slary come off the books/cap? If you had to sign another player/GK, would there be room under the cap?

  3. revseye says:

    As of now, nothing changes as far as the roster is concerned. The only change is that Doug Warren is unavailable the rest of the season.

  4. bwidell says:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi have been called into the Gambia U20 camp and that they will miss this weekend’s match?

    http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/2008/10/8/u-20-move-to-camp-with-20-players

  5. supahrevs says:

    bwidell,

    You’re half right in that Kenny and Sainey will miss this weekend’s match while representing Gambia, but the pair has actually been called into the full national team for a World Cup Qualifier in Senegal on Saturday. They’re both expected to be back early next week and should be available for the D.C. match on Oct. 16.

    You may recall that Kenny missed five games earlier this season while with the Gambia National Team for a set of WC qualifiers, so this marks his second call-up with the senior squad. As for Sainey, this is his first foray into the full international scene, as all of his prior experience is with the U-20 team.

  6. Matt says:

    I don’t think that’s precisely how the saying goes. ;)

  7. prairie says:

    Had it been a field player that was added to the season-ending injury list, we would be, as the saying goes, up the creek without a paddle.

    You don’t say.

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