17-year-old impressed D.C.'s first-teamers during recent training stint
Colin Martin playing with D.C. United Reserves
Equal parts excited and anxious, Collin Martin sat alone at a corner locker in D.C. United’s busy dressing room last week. For the first few days, the latest academy product to be called up to first team training kept to himself - until the Black-and-Red’s captain broke the ice.
United's injury list dwindles as players take advantage of rest
A few notes from around RFK ahead of Tuesday's fourth-round Open Cup match against the Philadelphia Union:
Tuesday’s contest will be D.C. United’s first this year at the Maryland Soccerplex. The suburban facility seats 3,200 fans but fits closer to 5,000 at full capacity. Though playing away from home usually ruffles some coaching feathers, Ben Olsen seemed pleased to be heading north.
Nine hours after returning to RFK, D.C. United went back to work early Wednesday
After a grueling extra time win over Richmond in U.S. Open Cup Tuesday night, D.C. United’s players returned to Washington shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Less than nine hours later they were back at RFK, some participating in regenerative exercises while others took part in a light training session.
A few leftovers from Open Cup plus some training nuggets:
Chris Pontius hopes to return to action Saturday against New England
With temperatures approaching 80 degrees and few clouds in the sky, D.C. United endured one of their hottest training sessions of the year on Thursday. Here are a few notes from practice:
PONTIUS EYES RETURN
Nick DeLeon continues to improve and DeRo picks a few of his favorite goals
As his team continues preparations for Saturday's critical Eastern Conference showdown against New England, Ben Olsen closed practice to the media on Wednesday morning. Here are a few notes from after the session.
Monday's training saw some hopeful signs for those on D.C.'s injury list
With injuries mounting after a challenging three-match road trip, Ben Olsen gave most of his starters the day off from full training on Monday in anticipation of another stretch where United will play twice in four days. Emiliano Dudar, Marcelo Saragosa and Nick DeLeon all worked off to the side and Olsen said evaluations will be made tomorrow on the trio of potential returnees.
The Black-and-Red endured some trying travel during recent road trip
After a week long trip that took them from D.C. to San Jose to Toronto and back to Washington, United's players were clearly glad to be back at home on Tuesday. Here are a few notes from the Black-and-Red's first home training session since April.
An update on D.C.'s loanees plus a look at Daniel Woolard's recent offensive explosion
After seeing his defensive unit give up five goals in D.C.'s mid-week defeat at San Jose, Daniel Woolard wasn't very keen on discussing his individual offensive exploits late Wednesday night.
"We weren't very good defensively tonight and that hurt us," Woolard answered matter-of-factly via telephone from the visitors’ locker room at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Houston coach Dominic Kinnear already has an eye on the Eastern Conference table
D.C. United held a closed training session Friday morning as the club made final preparations for Saturday's match against the Houston Dynamo. A few notes from around RFK:
NEVER TOO EARLY
While it's easy to brush off a late April match as 'just another game', D.C. United fans should be cautious about underestimating the importance of Saturday's encounter with Houston.
D.C. captain Dwayne De Rosario shares hometown with Caps' hero Ward
Dwayne De Rosario and Joel Ward
When Capitals' Right Wing Joel Ward scored nearly three minutes into overtime to seal Washington's Game 7 win over Boston, most of D.C. exploded in celebration. United captain Dwayne De Rosario - who attended two of the three first-round playoff games at Verizon Center - was no different.