On the third of a string of absolutely beautiful days in the nation’s capital, D.C. United stuck to the theme of the week heading into an off weekend: Keep it light at training. Find fun in playing the game again.
And when so much seems to have gone against United through the opening eight matches of the season, the positivity at training this week, as well as the positive news regarding a handful of injured players, bodes well for the club’s confidence ahead of Wednesday’s home match against Houston (7 pm ET).
D.C. United returns to RFK on May 8 to host the Houston Dynamo, coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 6:30 PM!
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United hit the training field on this sunny May morning, hoping that with the beginning of a new month comes a beginning of a new season. After a few laps around the field, agility work and some passing drills, the Black-and-Red got after it. The competitive juices were definitely flowing while United played a transition drill, working on speed of play and counter attacks. Then, the team went to battle in a scrimmage to end the session.
In addition to the untimely injuries to key components of D.C. United’s midfield, one of the club’s biggest problems through eight matches this season has been the inability to play as a cohesive unit.
The defense has a good game, the attack struggles to generate chances. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid makes several impressive saves, the forwards can’t finish. The offense finds its stride, the defense collapses.
Despite a 1-6-1 (4 points) start to the 2013 campaign, the Black-and-Red remained focused on getting better with every day. While the final result has been lacking in front of goal, D.C. United has been creating ample opportunities over the past two games.
United – just like the Club’s name
May 7 marks the first match of the 2013 US Open Cup, which runs through the first week in October. In it's 100th year, the Open Cup is the oldest soccer tournament in the United States. D.C. United has a long history of success in the tournament, winning the title in 1996 and 2008 and placing second in 1997 and 2009.
As was reported last week, Chris Pontius suffered a groin injury in training on Thursday. The D.C. United midfielder did not travel to Columbus this past weekend as the team lost 0-3 to the Crew.
D.C. United made 21 attempts at goal on Saturday. That is three times as many as the Crew made. The 21 chances included six shots on target, eight shots off target, and seven blocked chances. With ringers off the post, and big saves by Crew keeper Andy Gruenenbaum, United fell short but not for lack of opportunities created. Watch: Match highlights