Ben Olsen - preseason 2013

Monday training notes

D.C. United continued to train in Lake Mary, Florida on Monday afternoon after having a lighter than usual Sunday following the 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The biggest difference between pre-season in Lake Mary and pre-season is Bradenton has been single sessions instead of double sessions.

Ben Olsen and the Black-and-Red have continued to focus on the system that the team wants to play. Numerous possession games and shape drills dominate training each day with more of a focus on playing rather than fitness this trip.

The team will be given the afternoon off today, so aside from treatments and League meetings, the squad will have much of the afternoon to rest. A select few, led by Assistant Coach Chad Ashton, will host a clinic tonight for local side Orlando City. Players joining Ashton include Marcelo Saragosa, Lewis Neal, Andrew Dykstra, Casey Townsend, Taylor Kemp, and Conor Shanosky.

Tomorrow, the Black-and-Red will be back to its usual pre-game routine as it prepares for an early evening matchup with Sporting Kansas City. WATCH ONLINE

Pontius and De Rosario in New York City

United’s Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius are spending Monday and Tuesday in New York City for media and marketing appearances for the upcoming 2013 Major League Soccer Season. Be on the lookout for the two of them in anything from ESPN to the New York Times.

Walter Martinez Joins D.C. United

Walter Martinez, a Honduran International with a wealth of national team experience has joined D.C. United on trial in Lake Mary, Florida. The attacking midfielder/forward trained with the club for the first time today.

Alam training full-bound now

Syamsir Alam, D.C. United’s new acquisition from Jakarta, Indonesia joined United on Saturday night and now has two training sessions under his belt with the club. United fans can expect to see their first glimpse of Alam on Wednesday night against Sporting KC.