The Honduran press are all over Andy Najar. In fact, the word is that a pack of journalists are headed to D.C. this weekend to get some face-to-face time with the 17-year-old midfielder.

In the meantime, they continue to fret over his international future, which Najar himself has avoided talking about even though there is clearly interest from both his native country and the United States, the latter which he is currently ineligible to play for due to his resident alien status. On Monday, the Honduran sports daily Diez ran a full-page cover picture of Najar with the [translated] headline: "The gringos are close to taking away our gem," with the subheadline reading: "The new little star of Honduran soccer and D.C. United is debating between playing for Honduras or the United States. 'I have to think about it hard,' he told Diez."

And by the way, don't buy for a second any rumor of a Najar trial with Arsenal.

Meantime, United has also been linked with American-born English midfielder Jemal Johnson, who has been given permission by his current club, Milton-Keynes Dons of English League One (third tier) to go on trial in Washington. Johnson, 25, was born in New Jersey but moved to England when he was five. A former Blackburn academy product, Johnson was loaned to Stockport County this spring after two and a half seasons with the Dons. D.C. has not responded to a call seeking confirmation.