Thursday Training Notes
Giving those who logged big minutes in yesterday’s U.S. Open Cup victory time to regenerate their muscles, the rest of the squad took to the pitch to get some hard work in under the hot June sun. In preperation for Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Black-and-Red played 5v2, enjoyed possession and then scrimmaged to full-size nets.
Bill Hamid gets the nod
D.C. United Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been called up to the United States Men’s National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Hamid will report to San Diego, Calif., on July 1st, before facing Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica. Everyone at D.C. United is proud of our Homegrown shot-stopper and wishes him the best of luck with the National Team.
Open Cup Semifinals
With last night’s win in the books, DCU will face the Chicago Fire on August 7th at Toyota Park. The winner of the match will move onto the USOC Finals and face the winner of the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake Semifinal.
Joe Willis putting in the work
After a strong USOC showing, Joe Willis stayed after training with Goalkeeping Coach Preston Burpo to get in extra work one-on-one. The 24-year-old netminder stepped in for Hamid in early June, when Hamid was called into USMNT camp, and has earned three Open Cup victories for DCU this year.