- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2001

D.C. United coach Thomas Rongen confirmed yesterday that a German second division team has shown interest in acquiring United defender/midfielder Carey Talley.

Hannover 96, which stands in ninth place in the 18-team German second division, made contact with the league to request game tapes of Talley. The team continued to pursue the 24-year-old, who started all but one of the games he has played for United this season and has recorded a goal and an assist.

MLS, however, has been slow-moving in its response, according to Rongen.

"I think that that issue has been tabled from Hannover's point more than anybody else," Rongen said.

Rongen said United's front office already has had "a dialogue with the player" and the team will let the league deal with any transfer fees and other financial details if negotiations advance.

"I don't think that we've necessarily gotten to that point [yet]," Rongen said. "Hannover came in with a bid, showed some interest, and I think in the next week to 10 days we'll get a better idea."

"MLS ExtraTime" on ESPN2 reported Sunday that Hannover 96 also is interested in Los Angeles Galaxy defender Danny Califf, a former Maryland player.

If MLS accepts the offers, Talley and Califf would join U.S. national team defender Steve Cherundolo on the Hannover 96 roster. Hannover 96 then would have three foreign players, the maximum number allowed by Bundesliga rules.

"MLS ExtraTime" reporter Jeff Bradley, brother of Chicago Fire coach Bob Bradley, also sparked rumors Sunday that United is considering trading forward/midfielder Chris Albright to Los Angeles or Chicago.

Both Rongen and United president and general manager Kevin Payne denied these rumors yesterday.

"I don't know where that's coming from," Payne said. "We're not looking at moving anybody."

Said Rongen: "We're not actively shopping anybody at this particular point. We feel fairly happy where we're at. But if something comes along that makes sense, we need to look at it."

Albright, 21, has struggled this season, scoring just one goal and adding an assist, but he looks to be gaining confidence on the flank.

Note United will face the Hershey Wildcats of the A-League in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on July 11. The match will be played at Richmond City Stadium and will be the nightcap of a U.S. Open Cup third-round doubleheader. The first match, between two A-League squads, the Connecticut Wolves and the Richmond Kickers, will begin at 6 p.m.

Hershey advanced to the third round by beating the A-League Rochester (N.Y.) Rhinos on the road 1-0 on Monday.

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