Italian expatriates, Europhiles and casual soccer fans around the Washington, D.C., area are eagerly awaiting the arrival of AC Milan this week for Wednesday night’s international friendly against D.C. United.
United players and coaches, on the other hand, might be more interested to see if the illustrious Italian club leaves a few of its stars behind to help D.C. with what has, thus far, been a miserable MLS campaign.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On the slow start
“We are putting too much pressure on ourselves because we are not scoring goals.”
On his players
“Every team is different. It’s a new group of players that you have to continue to mold and get better and continue to progress.”
On possible acquisitions
“We are going to continue to look to improve our roster but at the same time we have to continue to improve with the guys here.”
After last week’s home loss to Colorado, their seventh of the season, many D.C. United players tried to put their team’s frustrating situation into words. But the most succinct expression came from the mouth of Jaime Moreno, the club’s incumbent captain and most experienced player, who said, “We’re just not good enough.”
Sadly for the Black-and-Red, that statement continues to apply. D.C. dropped to 1-8-0 on the season with a 2-0 loss to Houston on a sultry night at Robertson Stadium.
Listen to the phone interview:
Chris Pontius thought he knew how to run.
And that seems obvious, given a glittering college career at UC Santa Barbara, the success he enjoyed in his first professional campaign with D.C. United last year and the US National Team call-up that followed in January.
But a persistent hamstring problem has insisted otherwise, sidetracking his season and forcing him to re-learn one of the most basic tools at a player’s disposal.
D.C. United (1-7, 8th in Eastern Conference) v. Houston Dynamo (4-4-1, 2nd in Western Conference)
All-Time Record: Houston leads the all-time series 6-3-1 including Superliga play.
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