Preseason preparations for the 2011 season continued in earnest this week for D.C. United down in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In the midst of his first preseason as the club’s coach, Ben Olsen hasn’t been taking it easy on his charges.
Difficult challenges lie ahead for Olsen and DC as the start of the season nears. For one, he’s got to find a way to improve the team both offensively and defensively, and in a short amount of time bring together a cohesive and competitive group.
Canada fell 1-0 to Greece Wednesday in an international friendly, though MLS was well represented in the Canadian ranks as Toronto FC’s Dwayne DeRosario and Adrian Cann and D.C. United’s Dejan Jaković all started and went the full 90.
Real Salt Lake’s Will Johnson started and played 82 minutes before being subbed off.
Cann and Jaković formed the Canadian central defense in Stephen Hart’s 4-2-3-1, and he generally kept the Greeks quiet in front of 'keeper Milan Borjan.
After spending most of January with the U.S. National Team, Dax McCarty has join the Black-and-Red for preseason training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The young midfielder is excited about his new team, eager for the season to begin, and looking forward to living and playing in Washington, DC.
An offseason search for forward reinforcements led D.C. United to an unexpected target: Charlie Davies.
The fan favorite and US international has been on a long road to recovery from a horrific car accident in October 2009. Davies is now in the midst of a weeklong trial in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., aiming to prove that he is ready to contribute in MLS on a possible season-long loan.
A loan agreement is already in place with Davies’ French club Sochaux, and the trial period is a chance for head coach Ben Olsen to evaluate the 24-year-old before finalizing the deal.
D.C. United's Andy Najar told FutbolMLS.com's podcast Tiro Libre last week that he has made up his mind as to whether he’ll don the white and blue of Honduras or the red, white and blue of the United States.
NEW YORK – Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, also known as
"The Special One," says that he dreams of one day managing an MLS club.
In an interview with former Italian national team player
Christian Panucci for Sky Italia, Mourinho is quoted as saying: "My idea is to stay at the top of European soccer for the next 10 to 15 years. After that I would like to have a completely different experience in the United States – the New York Red Bulls or Los Angeles Galaxy, a home in Manhattan or a home in Malibu. That’s the idea I have.”