Lately, everyone at D.C. United has been very excited about their two new players, Pablo Hernandez and Branko Boskovic. Many people know that July 15 is the day that the secondary transfer window opens in MLS, which means that this Thursday’s match at RFK Stadium against Seattle is the first time that Pablo and Branko are eligible to play. Many people also know that the two players cannot take the field without their International Transfer Certificate (ITC). This is where things get a little confusing, even for knowledgeable followers of D.C. United and Major League Soccer.
Houston, we have a roster.
We are just a day away from learning this year's MLS All-Star First XI ahead of the summer classic that will see the league's best take on the mighty Manchester United on July 28 in Houston.
The stars chosen to represent MLS will be revealed LIVE on Tuesday, July 13, in an exclusive announcement on ESPNews at 3:40 p.m. ET.
The First XI was selected by a combined vote of fans, league coaches and GMs, players, and media. The full 23-man All-Star roster will be revealed on Friday.
D.C. United did not notch a shutout in 2010 league play until their 11th game of the season, so it’s understandable that they would welcome their second clean sheet of the year in the form of Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Eastern Conference pack leaders New York at atmospheric Red Bull Arena.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On Dejan Jakovic up against Juan Pablo Angel:
"Angel is such a great force. If you just watch his runs off the ball, they're outstanding. It was all about dealing with him in the back, and our guys did a great job with that. It wasn't just Dejan (Jakovic), it was Julius (James), and also Jordan (Graye). Angel is smart enough to find areas on the field where he can be dangerous."
Points, pride and payback will be prime motivators for D.C. United in Saturday’s road match against the New York Red Bulls, with the visitors hoping to continue their climb up the standings while avenging a 2-0 home loss to their rivals on May 1.
But for some members of the United starting lineup, there’s also the considerable matter of asserting some job security before the international transfer window opens on Thursday. That’s when new signings Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez become available to head coach Curt Onalfo, and everything could change.
Con una plantilla reforzada anímicamente con la llegada de sus dos nuevas contrataciones internacionales, el argentino Pablo Hernández y el montenegrino Branko Boskovic, el D.C. United enfrentará a los Red Bulls el sábado 10 en el Red Bull Arena de Nueva York, en la segunda y última batalla por la tradicional Copa del Atlántico que anualmente se disputan ambos oncenos.
Técnico de D.C. United, Curt Onalfo habla sobre el partido vs New York
D.C. United head coach, Curt Onalfo and midfielder, Clyde Simms discuss United's upcoming match at the New York Red Bull's new home, Red Bull Arena.
WASHINGTON -- El D.C. United anunció que ha fichado al delantero argentino Pablo Hernández. De 23 años, el atacante se une al elenco capitalino en condición de préstamo del Defensor Sporting, club de la Primera División de Uruguay, y estará habilitado para jugar una vez que reciba su permiso de trabajo.
“Pablo es un talentoso delantero con mucho potencial, y estamos felices de darle la bienvenida al equipo”, dijo el gerente general del United, Dave Kasper. “Él es un jugador muy técnico y atlético que crea oportunidades alrededor del arco”.