Thursday training notes

DeRo, Hamid and Jakovic return, friendly preparation, and going to Disney World

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D.C. United had its final training session at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., today in preparation for a friendly with Malmo FF of Sweden. While the session was spirited knowing that the team will head home for a few days tomorrow, there was also an extra bit of urgency ahead of a looming test against the European side.

The Black-and-Red's pre-match training was no different than usual, except for one minor adjustment: they players could only use their heads and hands in the warm-up game. The drill was designed to get the guys working on movement and runs, as well as reinforce the coaching staff’s philosophy.
While preseason just began for United, Bill Hamid and his fellow Americans were called into U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) training camp weeks ago. Culminating on Wednesday night with a friendly, Hamid and the USMNT took on Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic’s Canada. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but all three are happy to be reunited with their teammates in Florida.
Malmo FF is widely regarded as Sweden’s biggest club. After being founded in 1910, Malmo has won 16 Swedish Championship and 14 Swedish Cups. The club is mostly comprised of Swedish nationals, including its star player, Jiloan Hamad, a young No. 10 who has logged close to 7,000 minutes and has tallied 14 goals for the club since 2009.
While many have enjoyed the warm Florida sun, some are itching for some time at home in the nation’s capital. D.C. United returns to the District tomorrow after its game against Malmo, but the homestay won’t last too long as the team departs just six days later for an extended trip to Orlando. There, at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic, the team will face off against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Sporting Kansas City, the Montreal Impact and the Philadelphia Union over the course of 17 days.