D.C. United kicked off their midseason makeover in earnest on Tuesday morning, introducing new signing Pablo Hernandez to the media after a hot, hazy training session at the RFK Stadium auxiliary fields.
“Obviously, I’m excited to be here,” said the 23-year-old Argentinean via translator. “I’m coming here planning to work hard and give everything I have for the team, hopefully get myself into the team and just sacrifice for the club. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
Highlights of Pablo Hernandez, D.C. United's newest forward. The 23-year old comes to United from Club Defensor Sporting of the Uruguayan first division.
Victories and points have been frustratingly scarce commodities for D.C. United this season, but the emergence of rookie Andy Najar has brought a welcome dose of excitement and hope to the Black-and-Red, and the teenage Honduran came up big again in San Jose on Saturday night, netting an instinctive second-half volley to earn his team a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium.
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D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On if the 1-1 draw was a fair result
“[It was a] tale of two half’s. I don’t think we we’re very good the first half. I thought we got out-competed and a gave up a goal off a set-piece which was a major point of emphasis going into the game knowing they’re very good off corner kicks. So I was disappointed but I was pleased with the response. I thought the second half we were the better team. San Jose was the better team in the first half; we were the better team in the second.
Match highlight: United midfielder Andy Najar scores off a cross from Steven King
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.
Adam Cristman and Dejan Jakovic discuss Saturday's road match in San Jose, CA. This will be United's second of three-straight League road matches.
Técnico de D.C. United, Curt Onalfo habla sobre el partido vs San Jose Earthquakes.