A few leftovers from Friday evening's 4-1 win over FC Dallas
After a night where there were plenty of good storylines, here are a few leftovers from Friday evening's 4-1 win over FC Dallas.
BACK IN THE KITCHEN
Before kickoff against Dallas, United midfielder Perry Kitchen adequately described his role in a pre-match interview with Kyle Martino of the NBC Sports Network.
Perry Kitchen returned to practice Wednesday after Monday's heartbreaking Olympic qualifying defeat
Operating on a short week ahead of Friday night's showdown with Dallas, D.C. United underwent a brief practice Wednesday morning. Here are a few notes from the light session, which ended in just over an hour.
Lance Rozeboom injured his knee in practice and will fly to D.C. for further evaluation
Some notes from the road as United prepares for the third match of its season on Saturday night.
United have plenty to work on during difficult road-trip to west coast
On Thursday, United held their final training session in Washington before departing on an ten-day road trip. With matches against Los Angeles and Vancouver looming, we take a look at three keys that will help the Black-and-Red maximize points on their long journey from RFK.
SET PIECE DEFENDING
Andy Najar speaks about his call-up to the Honduras U-23's
As preparations gear up for Sunday's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Head Coach Ben Olsen closed Wednesday's practice to the media. Nevertheless, here are a few storylines from around RFK as United ramp up for the defending champions.
With a key road-trip on the horizon, United must quickly move past Saturday's disappointment
With the reality of Major League Soccer's 34-match schedule, getting too caught up in a single result is an exercise in both futility and foolishness. And so, despite the disappointing nature of Saturday’s defeat, D.C. United forges ahead with plenty of opportunities left to erase the sour taste of opening night.
United's rookie class gears up ahead of their first professional match
Anyone who remembers last year's opening-night victory over Columbus can testify to the fact that there's just something special about season openers. The optimism of a fresh start combined with a first taste of competitive action usually makes for a memorable evening.
After hundreds of interviews, here are some of United's best soundbites from preseason
Over a preseason that took D.C. United through Florida, Arizona and South Carolina, there were plenty of opportunities for the Black-and-Red to give us some juicy soundbites. To that end, here are your top five quotes from the preseason.
#5 - "I drew that up. I told Andy to beat five guys and hit Hamdi for an open net. Yeah, I'm a genius." - Ben Olsen
D.C. United continued their final preparations for Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday
With just days left before the opener, every competitive advantage counts. To that end, United head coach Ben Olsen closed the final half-hour of Tuesday's training session as the Black-and-Red worked on set pieces.
"Last year we weren't good enough on set pieces, both for and against," Olsen said after practice. "We wanted that to be a focus this preseason and making sure that we don't give up silly goals on free kicks."
Orlando City SC midfielder Lewis Neal has joined the team on trial and will be in training all week. The Englishman began his career with Stoke City of the English Championship and has played for Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town. In all, he has made over 150 professional appearances in England and scored 17 goals. Last year in Orlando, he notched four goals and three assists in 21 matches.
Meanwhile, guest player Jose Burciaga, who was with the team during camps in Arizona and South Carolina, has been released from training.
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