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Monday notes

16 April 3:31 pm

Monday notes

By Sebastian Salazar

D.C. forward Josh Wolff has played alongside Montreal's coach and its captain

Less than 48 hours removed from a road win against New England, D.C. United’s players were back at work early Monday morning.  Though Mondays are usually off days for the Black-and-Red, Ben Olsen and his crew must prepare for a quick turnaround with Wednesday night’s clash against Montreal looming.  Here are a few notes from around RFK. 

INJURY UPDATE

Less than 48 hours removed from a road win against NewEngland, D.C. United’s players were back at work early Monday morning.  Though Mondays are usually off days forthe Black-and-Red, Ben Olsen and his crew must prepare for a quick turnaroundwith Wednesday night’s clash against Montreal looming.  Here are a few notes from around RFK. 

INJURY UPDATE

While United’s central defense has taken some hits over thelast week, there was one hopeful sign at Monday’s training session.  Ethan White worked separately on someconditioning and ball-work exercises, showing signs of tangible improvement in hissurgically repaired right knee. White underwent surgery on March 13 and was expected to miss around sixweeks.

Also working off to the side was fellow central defenderEmiliano Dudar, who strained his left hamstring late last week.  The Argentine was jogging on Monday andhis condition is improving although it is still unclear whether he’ll beavailable against the Impact. 

Dejan Jakovic, who came off injured in the 60thminute against New England, did not practice.

FAMILIAR FOE

Though there isn’t much videotape on Montreal, D.C. willhave some intimate knowledge of the Impact when the expansion side visits RFKon Wednesday.  In addition toplaying alongside Montreal coach Jesse Marsch for five seasons in Chicago, Unitedforward Josh Wolff played with Impact captain Davy Arnaud during his two stintsin Kansas City.  After training,Wolff was quick to point out Arnaud’s imprint on the Impact.

“He’s the captain and I think they live and breathe by hisexample,” Wolff said Monday of his former teammate.  “They fight, and they get around the ball a lot.  It is something that we are going toneed to be aware of.”

Wolff and Arnaud played together from 2003 to 2006 and againfrom 2008 to 2010.  In fact, thepair tallied their first goals for Kansas City on the same day as both playersscored in a 2-1 win over the then New York MetroStars on June 8, 2003. 

TALON AT THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

United's lovable mascot Talon participated in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday as part of the Events DC float.