Monday notes

14 May 2:00 pm

Monday notes

By Sebastian Salazar

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. 

While acknowledging his team's health concerns, Olsen ruled out one intriguing possibility for bolstering D.C.'s roster.

With injuries mounting after a challengingthree-match road trip, Ben Olsen gave most of his starters the day off fromfull training on Monday in anticipation of another stretch where United willplay twice in four days.  EmilianoDudar, Marcelo Saragosa and Nick DeLeon all worked off to the side and Olsensaid evaluations will be made tomorrow on the trio of potential returnees. 

While acknowledging his team's health concerns,Olsen ruled out one intriguing possibility for bolstering D.C.'s roster.

When someone jokingly asked if he could sign himself to the team. D.C.'s second yearcoach admitted, "I would love to. I've been trying to talk uppermanagement into that for two and a half years now."

A more realistic option would be to call backConor Shanosky, who has played in both midfield and central defense while onloan with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.  The loan was a full year deal, but if needed, Olsen saidShanosky could be recalled.

"If it got out of hand to the point wherewe needed bodies," Olsen said of a potential mid-season move for theformer United Academy product. "But I'm trying not to, because Conor is in a good rhythm overthere and he's really getting invaluable experience that is crucial for hisdevelopment." 

With Perry Kitchen's injury against Houston, aShanosky call-up might become a necessity should the central midfield spotsuffer any more injuries in the coming weeks.  After training Monday, there was no update as to theseverity of the damage to Kitchen's right knee while the club awaited theresults of an MRI.

Also of note, Dejan Jakovic continued his full participation intraining as the Canadian international recovers from an ankle sprain.  Jakovic said he was "not a hundredpercent fit" but that his injured left foot "feels a lotbetter."

Wednesday's contest against Colorado will be the first of a welcome three-game homestand for the Black-and-Red.  Toronto FC will visit RFK on Saturday followed by New England a week later.  Kickoff against the Rapids is schedule for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.