Wednesday notes

11 April 1:55 pm

Wednesday notes

By Sebastian Salazar

A few storylines from around RFK as United players earn a day off

United's players were given a rare day off on Wednesday as the team prepares for Saturday's road trip to New England.  Here are a few storylines from around RFK as the club prepares for Friday's departure to Boston.

WOOLARD STILL WORKING

Despite the fact that United’s players were given the day off, Daniel Woolard was spotted early Wednesday morning in D.C.’s locker room.  The young defender has played extremely well of late, and will be the cover feature on the club’s Matchday program April 18.

United's players were given a rare day off on Wednesday as the team prepares for Saturday's road trip to New England.  Here are a few storylines from around RFK as the club prepares for Friday's departure to Boston.

WOOLARD STILL WORKING

Despite the fact that United’s players were given the dayoff, Daniel Woolard was spotted early Wednesday morning in D.C.’s lockerroom.  The young defender hasplayed extremely well of late, and will be the cover feature on the club’sMatchday program April 18.

Below is an excerpt from the article on Woolard, whichchronicles his amazing journey from seldom-recruited high school back to MLSstarter:

"After the last game of our season, I'm thinking I'm fine withmy career being over," Woolard admitted of his attitude followingMidwestern State's elimination from the 2006 NCAA Division II Tournament.  "I was thinking morerealistic.  I had to finish mydegree and start thinking about what I wanted to do in the working world.”

Woolard is tied for third on United in minutes played so farthis season, trailing only Robbie Russell and Dwayne De Rosario.

COMPETITION EVERYWHERE

With Bill Hamid’s return to practice earlier this week,United now has two proven goalkeepers to choose from in the coming weeks.  Though Ben Olsen wouldn't discussspecifics after Tuesday’s training session, D.C.'s coach did acknowledge a heightened competition for multiple spots in his starting eleven. 

Later Tuesday afternoon, Joe Willis stopped by the CapitalSoccer Show studios for an interview and spoke briefly on Hamid’s return andthe current goalkeeping situation.

“He's a great goalie," Willis said of his teammate.  "As an athlete you always want to play.  It’s always upsetting to sit on the bench, but I trust thecoaches’ decisions.

I feel capable of playing and I also have confidence in Bill.”

HOLIDAY HEROES

On Monday, a foursome of United representatives made their way to the WhiteHouse Easter Egg Roll. Robbie Russell, Stephen King and Chris Pontius joined head coach BenOlsen in celebrating the 134th installment of the annual tradition.

“How many times do you get to say you went to the White Houseand play with kids out on the lawn?” Pontius told MLSsoccer.com. “We’rebasically just getting them moving, keeping them occupied. We’re just trying tomake it fun for the kids.”

Though D.C.'s attendees had the shortest commute, the Black-and-Red weren’t the only MLS side represented at 1600Pennsylvania Avenue.  Members ofthe Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls were also in attendance,including former D.C. midfielder Brian Carroll.