D.C. United continued its preparations for a crucial Saturday evening game against the Columbus Crew, which will undoubtedly have the feel of a playoff matchup.
EXCITEMENT FOR SATURDAY
Following a closed training session where the team worked on shape and played full-field in preparation for the Columbus Crew, D.C. United players and coaches expressed their excitement and the seriousness of the game this Saturday at RFK Stadium.
Said United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, “For many of us, this is one of the most important games of our careers thus far. Every one of us is treating this game like it is a playoff game.”
Hamid, who has three shutouts in the last five games also praised the fans saying, “they definitely give us an extra boost when we need it – you can hear them the whole game and we hope they bring it hard on Saturday.”
A NEW RUSSELL
Last week, D.C. United defender Robbie Russell, and his wife, Tiana, had their first child. Robert Leo Isaias Russell was born on October 10 weighing 7lbs. 14oz.
Following an early-April surgery for an ACL tear suffered at training, United rookie midfielder Lance Rozeboom spent much of his first professional season in rehab. The 23-year old hit a turning point last Friday when he played in his first competitive match since the injury – a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union reserve squad.
“It felt great. It was very good from a mental aspect,” said Rozeboom. “I have been working really hard over the last six months. The training staff has done a fantastic job with me and its good to have a goal – we had that October 12th date in mind – and it was great to be able to get some minutes and achieve that goal. It was great to be out there with the guys and feel like I was contributing again.”
GUEST PLAYERS DEPART
With a number of first team players still injured or on international duty, the Black-and-Red used the services of two guest players during last Friday’s 1-0 reserve win over the Union. Yann Ekra (Harriburg City Islanders) and Wellington Paeckart (Fort Lauderdale Strikers) both saw minutes with the reserves, but departed following the game.