On to Charleston

Can you believe the team's season-opening game is just 18 days away?

Bright and early tomorrow morning (vans leave RFK for the airport beginning at 4 a.m.), the team will depart for its third and final leg of the 2009 preseason - Charleston, South Carolina.  We'll spend ten days in the lower Carolina, participating in the Carolina Challenge Cup, along with Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and the tournament hosts, the Charleston Battery.  

The round robin tournament schedule looks like this:

Saturday, March 7
D.C. United v. Real Salt Lake @ 5 p.m.  
Charleston v. Toronto FC @ 7 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 11
D.C. United v. Toronto FC @ 5 p.m. 
Charleston v. Real Salt Lake @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14
Toronto FC v. Real Salt Lake @ 5 p.m. 
D.C. United v. Charleston @ 7 p.m. 
If you're thinking about heading down, you should know ticket prices for the double-headers range in price from $15-$25 (buy here).  
The team's 26-man traveling roster looks like this:
Goalkeepers (4):  Louis Crayton*, Nic Platter, James Thorpe, Milos Kocic
Defenders (9):  Ryan Miller*, Marc Burch*, Dejan Jakovic*, Domenic Mediate, Anthony Peters*, Greg Janicki*, Devon McTavish*, Rodney Wallace*, Bryan Namoff*
Midfielders (7):  Fred*, Andrew Jacobson*, Christian Gomez*, Ben Olsen*, Clyde Simms*, Brandon Barklage*, Santino Quaranta*
Forwards (6):  Ange N'Silu*, Luciano Emilio*, Chris Pontius*, Boyzzz Khumalo*, Francis Doe*, Jaime Moreno*
(* = under contract)
March 22 is just around the corner.