D.C. United, F.C. Internazionale to hold joint training session July 31

Practice to take place 5-6 p.m., will be open to the public

D.C. United has announced that it will hold a joint, open training session with sister club F.C. Internazionale from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at RFK Stadium. The practice will be open to the public, with special opportunities to meet players and get autographs, available for D.C. United Season Ticket Holders.

Inter is preparing for Europa League competition and the 2014-15 Serie A campaign. The storied Italian club’s roster for its 2014 U.S. tour includes playmaker Mateo Kovacic, who represented Croatia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, veteran Serbian centerback Nemanja Vidic and Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi.

D.C. United reached the midway point of the 2014 MLS season in first place in the Eastern Conference. Argentinian forward Fabián Espíndola (7 goals, 8 assists) is one of three players among league leaders in both scoring and assists. U.S. national team goalkeeper Bill Hamid and centerback Bobby Boswell lead a defense that is among the league best in goals allowed per game.

Inter has selected Washington, D.C., as the training base for participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup. The club will play three matches in Group A, which also includes Real Madrid, Manchester United and Roma:

  • July 26 vs. Real Madrid at California Memorial Stadium, in Berkeley, Calif.
  • July 29 vs. Manchester United at FedExField in Landover, Md. 
  • Aug. 2 vs. Roma at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

Group B includes Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan and Olympiacos. A final between group winners will take place on Aug. 4 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.

D.C. United and F.C. Internazionale announced a collaboration agreement in December 2013. The clubs share the common link of Erick Thohir, who became President of F.C. Internazionale on November 15, 2013. Thohir and Jason Levien joined Will Chang as co-owners of D.C. United on July 10, 2012.