AMSTERDAM – With an exciting first US camp under his belt, Halmstads BK right back Ryan Miller is turning focus to preseason prep for the new Swedish top-flight campaign, with a view to better things ahead than last season's 12th-place disappointment.
After all, there are those rabid HBK supporters to cheer up. The four-time Swedish champs have a bit of a mighty mite rep around town.
It took nearly the full 90 minutes, but D.C. United finally broke down the University of California Santa Barbara's defense on Tuesday evening in the 81st minute. Only moments after coming on as a substitute, 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft selection Blake Brettschneider bagged this third goal in two matches after volleying home a Brandon Barklage cross. The club is now 5-0 in exhibition matches in 2011.
After going through an extreme roster makeover this offseason, it seems as though D.C. United have more new faces than those returning from previous seasons.
Devon McTavish is one of those holdovers from 2010. The unheralded, versatile player enters his sixth season in DC and is looking to further cement his role in a changing squad.
However, for the duration of his D.C. United career, McTavish has primarily been known as a reserve player, and time will tell if that is the same way he fits in with this year’s team.
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Jugadores arrepentidos siempre hacen equipos campeones. En el D.C. United las cosas han cambiado diametralmente. Aún siendo el equipo que más títulos tiene en la historia de la MLS, en el seno del equipo de Washington hay un sabor de revancha para este 2011, por todo lo que se ha dejado de hacer en los torneos recientes.
El consuelo de los trofeos de antaño no termina de convencer a un equipo que luego de ganarlo todo, solamente puede aspirar a ganarlo todo una vez más. Tal como reza la filosofía de los equipos grandes.
This was Week 13 of the MLS offseason, so maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that it delivered raging sandstorms, torrential rain and a freak injury to a young star.
There were also some underwhelming preseason results, and a hot-blooded scrimmage that produced nine cards and two apparent injuries.
Way, way back in the primordial ooze out from which MLS crawled, the league’s powers that be conceived of a format where the yearly campaign was merely a prelude to the playoffs. Eight of 10 teams qualified for the postseason, the regular-season champion wasn’t recognized outside of a No. 1 seed, and some fans threw a snit.
Traditionalists cried foul, making one of two arguments: that MLS should do things more like they’re done in Europe, the birthplace of the game (bad argument); or that the playoffs devalue regular-season accomplishments (good argument).