Thursday Training Notes
Coming off a 3-1 win last night against the Philadelphia Union in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup, D.C. United trained hard to prepare for Toronto FC. The Black-and-Red warmed up with agilities and 5v2. After a few possession drills, United finished training with a scrimmage to full size goals in a tight space, allowing for lots of shots and goals.
Open Cup Victories and Updates
Last night, D.C. United advanced in the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Captain Dwayne De Rosario was the hat trick hero, finding the net in the 24th, 75th and 85th minutes. DCU now sets its Open Cup sights on New England, who beat the New York Red Bulls 4-2. United will take on New England in the Fifth Round of USOC at the Maryland SoccerPlex on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET. If D.C. United advances again, there will be a coin toss to see which match’s winner DCU will be playing in the next round.
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Three Hundred for D.C. (and other stats from last night)
Last night’s victory marked D.C. United’s 300th win across all competitions. On March 9, United beat Real Salt Lake in its home opener but has been searching for number 300 ever since. The Black-and-Red’s victory over the Richmond Kickers technically counts as a tie in which United advanced via tiebreaker. Another exciting statistic from last night’s win is that De Rosario’s hat trick made him the third D.C. United player to net a hat trick in Open Cup play.
Pontius, White, Riley Out – Porter Questionable
Midfielder Chris Pontius will miss Saturday’s match against Toronto FC with a concussion. The talented midfielder exited last night’s Open Cup match after going down in the 42nd minute. Center back Ethan White will also sit out of Saturday’s match with a left hip flexor strain. James Riley will also be on the injured list for Saturday with a left adductor strain. Additionally, joining defender Dejan Jakovic as questionable this weekend is midfielder Kyle Porter, who strained his left calf this week.