Training Notes - April 2 - Brandon McDonald, Perry Kitchen

Tuesday training notes

Sanchez returns from national team duty; Seaton to play for Jamaica U-17s; United improving and ready for Kansas City

With only three training sessions left before D.C. United heads to Kansas City on Friday, the Black-and-Red wasted no time getting the training session rolling on this chilly Tuesday morning. After a quick warm up, United played one and two-touch possession, while also working on various passing drills before heading to a full field scrimmage. The Black-and-Red hits the road to takes on Sporting Kansas City this Friday, April 5th, at 8:30 p.m. ET (watch at one of the Official Viewing Parties)

Sánchez returns to D.C.
Returning from national team duty with Panama, Marcos Sánchez rejoined United for today’s session. Sánchez and the Panama National Team finished atop the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round. Panama opened play with a 1-1 tie against Jamaica on March 22, and remained undefeated after a 2-0 victory over Honduras on March 27. The midfielder returns to the nation’s capital having started both games for his country.

Seaton gets call-up to Jamaica’s U-17 National Team
As one player returns from international play, another gets a national team call-up. Michael Seaton, 16, has joined Jamaica’s U-17s in Panama City, Panama, ahead of two CONCACAF Championship matches. Seaton and Jamaica’s U-17s will face Panama’s U-17s on April 6, and Barbados’ U-17s on April 8 in Panama City, Panama. Seaton last reported for international duty when he participated in CFU U-17 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches with the Jamaica U-17 National Team, tallying a goal in a 5-0 win against Bermuda on July 11, 2012 and another in a 4-0 win against Antigua and Barbuda on July 15, 2012.

Progression and Preparation for United
United’s bye week in Week 5 gave the coaching staff more time to get the team “back to basics,” something D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen has stressed since coming off of the loss to the Columbus Crew.  “I think we changed a couple things this week and last week,” Head Coach Ben Olsen said, “And we’re a better team for it.”

Sporting Kansas City is coming off a 2-0 victory over a previously 4-0-0 Montreal Impact. Ben Olsen acknowledges Sporting’s talent and ability to high pressure for 90 minutes, but says they’ve been working on bypassing the initial line of pressure and keeping possession.

“The guys are looking forward to the challenge,” Head Coach Ben Olsen commented. “We’ve done a pretty good job in the past of responding to loses, so I hope that’s the case.”