Training Notes - April 2 - Brandon McDonald, Perry Kitchen

Tuesday training notes

After enduring the cold, snow, rain, and wind for the past couple of weeks, some sunshine was a welcome sight in the nation’s capital as the Black-and-Red took to training this morning. A warm and slightly breezy day seemed to energize the squad as the players went through warm-ups, passing and volleying drills and 8v8 keep-away games, before ending with a small-sided 7v7 game with the goalkeepers.

The Black-and-Red was fired up in today’s session, excited to return home after a tough loss on the road against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. The guys were training hard, with a tangible sense that the team was putting in the extra time and effort in today’s training session.

Midfielder Chris Pontius expressed that the team should be energized after today and everyone should respond positively to the hard work going in and the coaches motivating the team. United will have the day off tomorrow before going at it again on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s match-up against the New York Red Bulls.

Sixteen-year-old United forward Michael Seaton was loaned out to D.C. United affiliate and USL-PRO side the Richmond Kickers on March 19, but has recently been on international duty with the Jamaica U-17 National Team, competing in the group stages of the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championships. Seaton is featuring regularly for Reggae Boyz and helped the team tie 1-1 with Panama on April 6. Yesterday, Seaton’s U-17 Jamaican team played Barbados to a 2-2 draw and Seaton contributed to the goal after being brought down inside the penalty area, setting up teammate Junior Flemmings to convert from the spot.

Seaton is set to return stateside in the coming days to re-join the Richmond Kickers that just completed its 2013 season opener this past Saturday.

United is coming off a loss to Sporting Kansas City, but the players are taking some positives away from the match and are looking to improve the Black-and-Red’s attack going forward.

“Defensively we were good,” said United midfielder Chris Pontius. “Offensively we need to be more dangerous, but what was there [against Kansas City] was the tenacity and commitment to each other.”

And D.C. United defender Daniel Woolard believes the team just needs some time to find its attacking form.

“We’re finding our identity, finding our stride in our attacking," said Woolard. “It’s gonna take a little time, but I think it’s coming together and we got a good opportunity this weekend. I think we gained a little confidence playing a very good Kansas City team at home and I think it’s gonna help us this weekend.”

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