Thursday Training Notes

Rochat joins United; Open Cup Fifth Round Pairings; The Tradition

On a cloudy Thursday morning, D.C. United began training with European Handball, getting the players focused on movement off the ball. Then, some of the squad enjoyed a small sided game, while some of the more attacking players moved to pattern play and crossing and finishing. The focus was on creating dangerous possession and getting numbers in the box.

Rochat Makes it Four (Canadians) 

D.C. United acquired Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender/midfielder Alain Rochat today in exchange for a 2015 2nd round SuperDraft pick. Rochat, a versatile defender who can play in the midfield, started his professional career in France, but quickly signed with Switzerland side Zürich, where he played for four seasons before joining Whitecaps FC. Rochat was on loan to Zürich from Vancouver for the 2010 season, but played in for the Canadian side from 2011-13. With the addition of Rochat, there are now four native Canadians with D.C. United.  

"He has a lot of experience," said John Thorrington, who spent two years with Rochat in Vancouver. "He’s a very gifted player, both with the ball and defending. I think if the coaches are bringing him here to help the team, then from what I know of Alain, he’ll certainly help us.”

Possible Open Cup Fifth Round Pairings

If D.C. United beats the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 12, the Black-and-Red will face the New York Red Bull or the New England Revolution. United will host either opponent at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

If D.C. faces the Red Bulls, the historic rivals will match up for the third time this year, having already faced each other once in March and once in April (0-1-1) with another regular season came to come in August. 

United is headed to New England this Saturday, June 8 to play the Revolution for this first time this season. In 2012 the Black-and-Red topped the Revs all three times the sides faced each other. 

The Tradition

The Brand the Brew Contest results are in, and Donald Wine II’s submission, “The Tradition” won over D.C. United players Dejan Jakovic, Chris Pontius and Ethan White. After hearing several other submissions, the three members of the Black-and-Red chose The Tradition.

WATCH: A surprise call from Chris Pontius

“I think that was the perfect name that will go inline with the town and fall inline with the team and its fans and everything that the franchise stands for,” said Wine when asked why he chose “The Tradition.”

Wine, a member of the Screaming Eagles, has been a DCU supporter since the beginning and explains why he is so passionate about United.

“They have earned my trust and earned my support,” said Wine, “and I’m going to go to the ends of the earth to see D.C. United win.”

D.C. United returns home to RFK on Saturday, June 15 when the team hosts Toronto FC. Buy tickets now