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Woolard responds to Burch

05 April 2:31 pm

Woolard responds to Burch

By Sebastian Salazar

Former D.C. defender Marc Burch took a shot at Daniel Woolard earlier this week

In advance of Saturday night's match against Seattle, D.C. United took their training inside RFK on Thursday.  Afterwards, we caught up on a few of storylines from the week.

MAN OF FEW WORDS

Former D.C. defender Marc Burch provided plenty of locker room material with his quotes earlier this week.  Perhaps most noteworthy was Burch’s assertion that he is better than United’s current left back.

In advance of Saturday night's match against Seattle, D.C. United took their training inside RFK on Thursday.  Afterwards, we caught up on a few of storylines from the week.

MAN OF FEW WORDS

Former D.C. defender Marc Burch provided plenty of locker roommaterial with his quotes earlier this week.  Perhaps most noteworthy was Burch’s assertion that he isbetter than United’s current left back.

It would seem to be a thinly veiled shot at Daniel Woolard, who nowoccupies the left back spot in the Black-and-Red defense.  Offered the chance to respond on Thursday, the quiet defender had little to say.

“It is what it is,” said Woolard.  “I’m just trying to go out there and win the game for our fansand get three points.”

Unwilling to bite on the first question, the 27-year-old wasgiven yet another opportunity to engage in Burch’s war of words when asked if hewas surprised by his former teammates’ comments.

“No comment,” Woolardadded with a wry smile and a laugh.

MUSICAL CHAIRS

After not playing since the first half of United’s 3-1 lossto Los Angeles on March 18, Dejan Jakovic should get an opportunity to play thisSaturday.  Though BrandonMcDonald’s absence is far from ideal, this serves as yet another reminder why adding depth was atop D.C.’s offseason improvement list.  After Thursday’s training session, Jakovic acknowledged thatcommunication would be key when he steps in for McDonald against Seattle.

“I have a chance to come in and help the team get anotherwin, that’s the way I’m looking atit,” said the Canadian International. “We have to make sure we are on the same page.  We’ve had a bunch of different lineups, so justcommunication and being on the same page is important.”

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VISIT

After learning of a local youth soccer player undergoingtreatment at Children’s Hospital in D.C., United midfielder Kurt Morsinkdecided to pay the youngster a visit late last week.

While professional athletes often give their time forsimilar causes, Morsink noted that he was particularly impacted by this trip.  After practiceThursday, the 27-year-old shared his experience.

“It just changed the way I view life,” Morsink explained.  “It makes us realizehow lucky we are and how we have to go out of our way to be even better rolemodels.  That on the field stuff isgreat, but if we can be good people as well that’s more important.  As D.C. United players we take pride inbeing good on the field and off the field as well.”