WASHINGTON — Last weekend, a magical moment from D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar looked to have locked up all three points against the Philadelphia Union.
The second-year midfielder received a pass from Dwayne De Rosario in a rather innocent position, just on the other side of the 50-yard line. He turned, nutmegged forward Danny Mwanga and sped into space, acres of the field opening up in front of him.
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WASHINGTON — Somewhat lost in the disappointment of Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Philadelphia was Fred’s final appearance at RFK Stadium in a D.C. United uniform.
Just under half a season into his second stint in DC, Fred will be let out of his contract by United in mid-July to join the Melbourne Heart of the Australian A-League, as announced two weeks ago.
Saturday’s 22-minute shift off the bench wasn’t an easy one for the 31-year-old attacker.
WASHINGTON — For a team that seems to face a spate of never-ending injury problems, things have been looking up lately for D.C. United.
Hitting the halfway point of their season on Saturday, DC continue to manage minutes and training levels in an effort to keep players healthy. During Wednesday’s training session, several regulars were given a lighter load, with a reserve-heavy side going through the motions.
A few injured players were back, meanwhile, and are all slowly creeping towards full fitness.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen wasted no time throwing his two newest acquisitions into the mix.
Dwayne De Rosario and Brandon McDonald were both in the starting lineup and played 90 minutes in Saturday night’s 2-2 draw against the East-leading Philadelphia Union.
It took De Rosario less than 45 minutes to leave his mark on the game, setting up Josh Wolff for the game’s first goal, and impressing his new head coach.