Preseason scoring drill

Friday training notes

D.C. United today continued preparing for tomorrow’s matchup against the Columbus Crew in a spirited morning training session before being given the afternoon off. Typically, the day before a game tends to be similar week-in and week-out, and today was nothing different.

The Black-and-Red continued to work on possession in small-sided games before moving on to more technical instruction in terms of style of play and formation. While many of the pieces from last year’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with the New York Red Bulls remain the same, expect to see some new faces on the field tomorrow with key absences like Dwayne De Rosario, Bill Hamid, and Dejan Jakovic all being away on National Team duty.

New faces
More and more new pieces continue to be added to D.C. United’s roster. Today, the Black-and-Red acquired an attacking midfielder from Jakarta, Indonesia, the same hometown as owner Erick Thohir. United also added former University of Maryland Standout Casey Townsend, a striker that featured regularly for Chivas USA in 2012 after being selected fifth in the MLS SuperDraft last year.

Dykstra returns
D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who recently spent time in England with Hartlepool FC, will join the team this afternoon.

Najar finds the net in a reserve match with Anderlecht
Today, Andy Najar, who is on loan with Belgian side Anderlecht until the end of the month, scored a goal for the side in a reserve match. Recently, Najar went 90-minutes with the first team squad in a friendly in early January.

Long Tan released
Today, D.C. United released forward Long Tan. Tan, a native of Dalian, China, joined United in the summer of 2012 and went on to play in six games (three starts) while netting a goal in 231 minutes of action.