D.C. United returned to training after two days off following a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. The team warmed up, separated into veterans, youngsters and those who fell inbetween for a three team transition drill. Afterwards, those who logged big minutes in New York returned to the stadium for regeneration, while those remaining scrimmaged to full-size nets.
Pontius and Kemp practiced fully
It was last reported that midfielder Chris Pontius participated in passing drills, then headed for the sideline. Well, rejoice D.C. United fans. United’s longest-tenured player participated fully in training today and notched a goal to boot.
Taylor Kemp also took part in training today, participating in every drill. The defender was out with plantar fasciitis, but is working back toward full strength.
Andrew Dykstra named USL PRO First Team Goalkeeper
After finishing an interview with Dykstra looking back on the USL PRO season, USL PRO tweeted out its First Team list, which features Dykstra as the keeper! The 27-year-old goalie had no idea yet, so he came in, glanced over the list, gave an enthusiastic high five and a “Hell Yeah!” Congratulations Dykstra!
Kickers look back on a successful season
Several D.C. United players were loaned to USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers throughout the season. Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, defender Conor Shanosky and forward Michael Seaton spent the most time with the Kickers and took time today to reflect back on their regular season-championship year. Despite a loss in the semifinal round, all three agree it was a successful season as individuals and as an organization. Full story will be on dcunited.com later today.