WASHINGTON, D.C. — El mediocamista brasileño Fred aseguró estar “muy feliz” por regresar al D.C. United y unirse a un excelente grupo de jugadores que conforman la plantilla de cara a la temporada 2011, en la que debutarán el 19 de marzo frente al Columbus Crew en el RFK Stadium.
While some of his teammates were relaxing and on vacation during the offseason, D.C. United defender Jed Zayner was busy welcoming a new member to his family.
His wife Katie gave birth to the couple’s first child on Nov. 24, and for the following two months Zayner quickly made a big adjustment to fatherhood, caring for his wife and newborn child.
“It’s a full-time job,” Zayner told MLSsoccer.com. “I told her I was her nanny for the next couple of months. She definitely utilized that. I swear those first two weeks were a blur in my head and still are.”
Sometimes even the weather in Southern California can throw a wrench in preseason plans.
D.C. United, currently training out west, had to make a small change over the weekend thanks to a torrential downpour. The weather forced a friendly against PDL side Ventura County Fusion, originally scheduled for Saturday, to be pushed to Sunday.
That and another friendly Tuesday night against UC Santa Barbara meant the last few days were quite busy indeed – a fact players are feeling now.
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer unveiled its long-awaited revamped postseason structure for the 2011 season on Wednesday, giving 10 teams the chance to vie for MLS Cup in a unique twist on the league’s format from the last two seasons.
The league’s new structure will include the top three seeds from each conference and four wild card berths – regardless of conference affiliation – but the postseason will now include two play-in games for those wild card teams.
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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