Tuesday Training Notes
On a gorgeous July day in Seattle, D.C. United took in its second training session from the Pacific Northwest to prepare for tomorrow’s match against Seattle Sounders FC (10 p.m. ET; CSN). The team kept it light, having played two competitive games last week, and made sure to spend extra time loosening up some heavy legs.
West Coast Swing
With two matches this week in Seattle and Denver, respectively, the Black-and-Red will remain out west for an entire week. After taking on Sounders FC tomorrow, United will face the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, who will have played the New York Red Bulls just three days prior on the 4th of July. Dating back to June 22, United will have competed in five games in 16 days when this trip is all said and done.
De Rosario, DeLeon Out for Seattle
United traveled to the state of Washington without captain Dwayne De Rosario and midfielder Nick DeLeon. DeLeon remains sidelined from a right ankle sprain he picked up in the Black-and-Red’s 3-1 quarterfinal win against the New England Revolution in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on 6/26. De Rosario re-aggravated his hip flexor in the team’s 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on 6/29.
Lots of Question Marks for Sounders FC
Seattle Sounders FC is planning around a few key injuries as well, with midfielder Osvaldo Alonso ruled out for tomorrow’s clash. Although Lamar Neagle (hip flexor) and DeAndre Yedlin (separated shoulder) are not on the official injury report, Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times has reported that the possibility of one or both entering the field tomorrow is still unknown.
Additionally, Seattle is in talks to possibly bring back Honduran international Mario Martinez, a player on loan whose contract ended this past Sunday.