After nearly five straight weeks on the road, D.C. United players returned to the comfortable confines of their RFK Stadium locker room on Monday morning. The weather outside wasn’t exactly hospitable – cold and gusty conditions for practice at Long Bridge Park in Arlington – and their immediate task isn’t easy either. But that doesn’t mean that erasing the three-goal deficit they face in the second leg of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals is an insurmountable task.
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D.C. United has a tall task ahead if it is going to reach the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Alajuelense at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Costa Rica. The two sides face off in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash March 4 at 8 p.m. United will need to win by three goals without allowing more than one – i.e. 3-0 or 4-1 – or win outright by four goals to advance.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and D.C. United have announced the team’s regional television schedule for the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, which features an all-time high 24 matches and kicks off with the team’s season opener against the Montreal Impact on March 7 at 3 p.m.
Costa Rica: Day 2
After a late arrival Monday night, D.C. United players and staff woke up to spectacular views Tuesday morning in San Jose, Costa Rica, including the hotel’s luxurious grounds and the tropical mountains in the background. Ahead of an evening training session, players explored the grounds, sat by the pool and watched soccer, taking in the UEFA Champions League in the afternoon and catching Montreal’s 2-2 draw with Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League.
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Costa Rica: Day 1
It was a blessing that D.C. United even got out of Dallas after an ice storm blanketed the area on Sunday night. Hundreds of flights were canceled – but not the team’s plane to Costa Rica – and a few hours later, the team was greeted by tropical 72-degree temperatures in San Jose and throngs of folks excited to see Jairo Arrieta.