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HIGHLIGHT: Burch powers in a set piece

United's veteran defender levels the score
Burch powers in a set piece

DC prepared for physical battle in Houston

Needing a result, United wary of Dynamo's toughness, set-pieces
DC set for tough Houston

WASHINGTON – Visits to Houston have never been easy for D.C. United.

The team hasn’t won in five previous trips to Robertson Stadium, and heading into Friday evening’s Eastern Conference clash (8:30 pm ET; FOX Soccer, Official viewing party at Touchdown sports bar), DC are readying themselves for yet another tough matchup.

United in the media ahead of Dynamo match

All the news and notes you need ahead of tonight's Houston match
United in the media

As you prepare for this evening's match between D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo (FOX Soccer, 8pm ET), be sure to read all of the latest news and notes from the week. 

Training notes: Houston arrival

United make final preparations for Dynamo
Injury updates from Houston

HOUSTON ARRIVAL

Goals coming in bunches for new-look DC

United's nine goals in six games already a strong start
More goals for D.C.

WASHINGTON – Scoring goals simply doesn’t seem to be as big of a problem anymore for the new-look D.C. United.

Thanks in part to five goals from league-leader Charlie Davies, United have scored nine goals through six games, almost half what they managed in all of 2010.

One of the biggest keys has been the introduction of new faces into the mix, and the club has impressed in brief stretches in the attack by their ability to possess and pass the ball.

D.C. United return to action on the road against the Houston Dynamo on Friday (8:30 pm ET, Fox Soccer).

Najar: “El técnico es quien decide cuándo debo jugar”

Volante hondureño de DC se atiene a las decisiones del DT Olsen
Najar: El DT decide

Andy Najar

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PHOTO: Matt Mathai

WASHINGTON-
El mediocampista hondureño del D.C. United, Andy Najar, asegura que sigue
trabajando duro en los entrenamientos y se limita a esperar nuevas
oportunidades para regresar a la alineación titular, porque esa es una decisión
que le compete a los técnicos y él no puede intervenir.

Luego
de ganar el premio al Novato del Año en 2010, Najar estuvo como abridor en los
dos primeros partidos de su club en 2011, un triunfo ante el Columbus Crew en
el RFK y una derrota ante New England Revolution en Massachusetts.

Fred: “Está difícil ser titular en el D.C. United”

Experimentado brasileño se gana su puesto a pulso en DC
Fred: Difícil ser titular

Fred card

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WASHINGTON- El mediocampista brasileño
Fred considera que su equipo D.C. United le tomará pronto el ritmo a la
temporada porque tiene jugadores de calidad que ya están jugando a un buen
nivel, además de que ya se ha logrado una mejor compenetración entre los
futbolistas novatos y los más veteranos que militan en el club.

El brasileño ha jugado como titular como
carrilero en el mediocampo de los capitalinos en sus dos últimos encuentros
ligueros, un triunfo 3-0 ante Toronto FC en Canadá y una derrota por goleada
4-0 ante los Red Bulls en el RFK.

Onstad looks forward to Houston homecoming

D.C. United goalkeeper back at Roberston to face former club
Onstad back in Houston

Pat Onstad with D.C. United

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HOUSTON — Every time the chant rang out from the supporters sections at Robertson Stadium, you’d know the veteran goalkeeper had just made another save:

“You’ll never beat Pat Onstad.”

That refrain was heard a number of times during Onstad’s career in Houston, especially when the club was winning back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and '07. His stellar play was a big reason for the Dynamo’s success as the Canadian international was a security blanket for one of the league’s best defenses.

Zayner back in training, eyes full return for DC

Defender expected to bring experience, stability to back line
Zayer returns for DC

WASHINGTON – The start of the 2011 season certainly didn’t go as planned for D.C. United defender Jed Zayner.

After enduring and pushing through the rigorous preseason schedule, the sixth-year veteran went down with a hamstring injury in the first game of the season against the Columbus Crew and hasn’t returned since.

His recovery time was then extended when he re-aggravated the injury a few weeks ago. However, Zayner finally returned to full training this week is ready to go if called upon for Friday’s matchup at Houston (8:30 pm ET; Fox Soccer).

Previa: D.C. vs Houston

Previa: D.C. vs Houston

Este viernes D.C. United visita al Houston Dynamo a las 8:30 p.m. (hora del Este). Escuche la palabra del volante brasileño Fred acerca del compromiso que se jugará en el Robertson Stadium.

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