WASHINGTON – Progress in the US Open Cup has offered D.C. United a welcome dose of success amidst a difficult league campaign this year. But the squad had to move on quickly from Wednesday night’s USOC round-of-16 victory over the Richmond Kickers, training early the next morning before jetting off to the West Coast in advance of Saturday’s meeting with the San Jose Earthquakes.
And the first of back-to-back road matches should reveal plenty about United’s midsummer prospects.
D.C. United announced their first signing of the upcoming
transfer window on Thursday.
The four-time MLS Cup champs inked 23-year-old Argentine
forward Pablo Hernandez on loan from Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting. He is expected to be available beginning on
July 15, when the transfer window opens and United plays Seattle at RFK.
DC General Manager Dave Kasper sees the upside in the young
Argentine, who has played in the Uruguayan first division in the last two
seasons with Racing Club and most recently Defensor Sporting .
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This year we've seen one of the best—if not the best—rookie classes in MLS history. Just this past weekend, four rookies found the net. Meanwhile, freshmen are holding down starting positions throughout the league.
Risers and fallers, who's hot and who's not … whichever way you put it, it's the ebb and flow of form and fortune that makes soccer interesting. Just as the commercial says, "In minute 23, you hate him … in minute 32, all is forgiven."
With that, we launch Ebb and Flow, our nod to the shifting momentum of Major League Soccer. This week, with just one day remaining until voting for the 2010 All-Star selection closes, we look at how recent form may have impacted the All-Star lineup.
Feeble offensive output ranked as a major ingredient in D.C. United’s nightmare start to the season, as the Black-and-Red scored only two goals (compared to 13 allowed) during their five consecutive losses to open their 2010 campaign.
Recently, however, United have turned that horrid form around and have scored 15 goals during a 6-1-2 run in all competitions. Despite solid results, D.C. cannot afford to celebrate; sustained quality still eludes the front line, which remains a work in progress as coaches and players scrounge for the right mix of positioning and personnel.
CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: FW Calen Carr (R quad strain); MF John Thorrington (L quad strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Patrick Nyarko (concussion symptoms); QUESTIONABLE: DF Dasan Robinson (R hamstring strain)
COLUMBUS CREW -- PROBABLE: DF Frankie Hejduk (R hamstring strain); DF Gino Padula (L hamstring strain)
D.C. United's newest midfielder, Branko Boskovic meets his team mates for the first time and they talk about how he can help the team out this summer.
El delantero argentino Pablo Hernández fue presentado oficialmente por el D.C. United este martes ante los medios de comunicación. El joven atacante hablo con futboldcunited.com sobre su llegada al plantel capitalino y las expectativas de llegar a una nueva Liga tras su paso por el futbol uruguayo.
Pablo Hernandez was introduced to the media today at D.C. United's training session. Watch what United's newest summer signing had to say about the Black-and-Red.