D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On substituting Lewis Neal for Branko Boskovic:
On a short four days’ rest, D.C. United begins its busy August schedule at the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, Aug. 3, at BBVA Compass Stadium. The standard South Texas heat should be in full effect, and the opportunity is ripe for United to capture its first victory in Dynamo territory.
In a joint open training session at RFK Stadium with Inter Milan, D.C. United participated in its final practice before its upcoming road trip to Houston to face the Dynamo on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium (8 p.m. EST, Comcast SportsNet). Starters from Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Toronto F.C. had a lighter training session from the rest of the team, focusing primarily on dynamic stretching. Additionally, Chris Pontius and new signee Kofi Opare participated in their first practice this season.
The month of August will test D.C. United. Aiming to build on its four-game winning streak, the Black-and-Red faces a jam-packed schedule with seven games in 29 days.
“It’s always tough when you go into a stretch of a ton of games,” said Assistant Coach Chad Ashton. “But it will create opportunities for different players on our team, and hopefully everybody will continue to step up and help get us results.”
It was a convincing result on a memorable night. With a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC, D.C. United won its fourth game in a row, matching its longest winning streak since May 2012 while gaining three more crucial points to stay near the top of the Eastern Conference.