Thursday Training Notes
D.C. United hit the training field today with a focus on creating opportunities in the attacking third. After warming up, the Black-and-Red worked on passing patterns, focusing on speed of play and clean touches. Then, the team moved onto 4v3 situations going to goal. Finally, the squad enjoyed a crossing and finishing drill before returning inside for treatments and recovery.
Sainey Nyassi on Trial
Sainey Nyassi, a winger recently released by the New England Revolution, is on trial as of yesterday in D.C. After playing in the First Division in Gambia, Nyassi was signed by the New England Revolution in 2007 and actually made his MLS debut against D.C. Untied on September 9, 2007. Nyassi has also represented Gambia on several occasions, and his twin brother, Sanna, features for the Montreal Impact.
United’s Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb, as well as the Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff and Ben Zemanski all played under Portland Head Coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron at some point in their college careers. Kitchen, Korb, Nagbe and Nanchoff all played on the College Cup-winning team in 2010, and each started the national championship game. The Zips defeated Nick DeLeon’s University of Louisville 1-0.
Possible USOC Fourth-Round Pairings
If D.C. United beats the Richmond Kickers on Tuesday, May 28, the Black-and-Red will play either the USL PDL side Ocean City Nor’easters or the Philadelphia Union on June 12 at the Maryland Soccer Plex. If United moves on to play the Union, it will be the fourth time the I-95 rivals face each other this year, including two preseason and one regular season game.