Crew, Real Salt Lake open preseason camp

CCL foes will meet in February; DC, Portland to gather soon
Crew, RSL open preseason

Major League Soccer’s long winter is finally beginning to thaw.

The Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake reported to their respective camps on Thursday ahead of their Feb. 22 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal match in Columbus, marking the first teams to dust off the rust ahead of the season openers in March.

Players will also report to camp with head coach Ben Olsen and D.C. United on Friday, while newly signed goalkeeper Troy Perkins, No. 2 SuperDraft pick Darlington Nagbe and the expansion Portland Timbers will convene on Saturday.

Commentary: Where should Kitchen play at DC?

No. 3 SuperDraft pick can slot in at center back or defensive mid
Comment: CB or DM for #3?

Minutes after Perry Kitchen fell to D.C. United in last Thursday’s SuperDraft, the question began to dance around the minds of fans and observers alike: Where will Kitchen play in MLS?

His versatility is one of his many strengths, and the question pertains to two spots: defensive midfield, where he played for just one season while at Akron, or center back, where he settled when in the US national team youth setup.

D.C. United anuncia calendario de pre-temporada

Rojinegros entrenarán en Florida, California y South Carolina en preparación para temporada 201
D.C. United anuncia calendar

Ben Olsen and Andy Najar

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Washington, D.C. (19 de enero de 2011) - D.C. United anunció hoy el itinerario de pre-temporada del club con miras a la temporada 2011 de la Major League Soccer. Los jugadores se reportarán al Estadio RFK este viernes 21 de enero para reuniones preliminares y ser sometidos a revisiones médicas antes de iniciar los entrenamientos la siguiente semana en Washington, DC. Los días y los horarios de las sesiones de entrenamienots que estarán abierto a los medios de prensa serán divulgados mañana Jueves.

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D.C. United announces 2011 preseason schedule

Black-and-Red will train in Florida, California, and South Carolina in preparation for 2011
2011 preseason schedule

Ben Olsen and Andy Najar

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Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today the club’s preseason schedule, as the team prepares for the 2011 Major League Soccer campaign. Players are set to report to RFK Stadium on Friday, January 21 for a preliminary meeting and fitness testing. The Black-and-Red begin training next week in Washington before departing the Metro area on January 31. Media availability times and locations for next week will be announced tomorrow.

United take chance on versatile Brettschneider

South Carolina forward selected in second round of Supplemental
DC snag Brettschneider

Blake Brettschneider

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A few days after adding three players at the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United had another chance to bring in more talent, this time via Tuesday’s Supplemental Draft.

Having dealt two first round Supplemental picks to the Galaxy on Thursday for a third round pick that became Joe Willis, United only had two picks in the second and third round of the draft.

In the second round, DC selected Blake Brettschneider, a forward from South Carolina, and passed on their second pick in the third round.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps selected UCSB defender Michael Boxall with the first pick of the 2011 Supplemental Draft, while the Galaxy snagged Daniel Keat, a forward, at No. 3 (pictured above).

D.C. United selecciona al delantero Blake Brettschneider en Draft Suplementario

D.C. United selecciona al de

Blake Brettschneider

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D.C. United seleccionó al delantero Blake Brettschneider de la Universidad de Carolina del Sur en la segunda ronda del Draft Suplementario de la MLS del 2011. El draft suplementario de la MLS se llevó a cabo esta tarde vía teleconferencia desde la sede de la Liga en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Vancouver make Boxall first Supplemental pick

Wave of players taken in final draft ahead of the 2011 season
Boxall goes first to VAN

Michael Boxall

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NEW YORK – The Vancouver Whitcaps made Michael Boxall the first pick
of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft on Wednesday. The defender from UC
Santa Barbara participated in the Player Combine held in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., last week.

Boxall was one of two New Zealanders taken with the first three picks. The LA Galaxy drafted midfielder
Daniel Keat, another Combine player who was previously signed to an MLS
contract. Bruce Arena's team also took Dax McCarty's younger brother,
Dustin McCarty, as well as a goalkeeper -- West Virginia's Zach

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Highlights from Blake Brettschneider at the 2011 MLS Combine
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