On another mild summer day in Seattle, Wash., D.C. United took to the training field to prepare for its fifth competitive match in 16 days, an inter-conference duel with the Colorado Rapids on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; CSN). The session was a spirited one, with those who did not play big minutes on Wednesday partaking in several small-sided games while players with heavier legs spent a good portion of it loosening up tired muscles. Toward the end of the practice, a few players and coaches participated in a word-association-related juggling game that exercised both body and mind. United will travel to Denver, Colo., tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Regrouping From Mid-Week Loss
Despite out-shooting Seattle Sounders FC 9-8 on Wednesday, the Black-and-Red could not pull through in front of the 39,180 folks in attendance at CenturyLink field, losing 2-0 to Seattle. Although the team did not capture the result it wanted, Head Coach Ben Olsen remains optimistic about the squad’s capabilities.
“I still feel solid about this team,” said Olsen post-game on Wednesday night. “I’m not blowing smoke. I still like a lot of what I saw tonight. That’s one of the frustrating parts about this – I like so much about parts of our group. We’re just not getting the final stuff right.”
Containing Colorado’s Young Guns
Following the Rapids’ 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls last night, United will look to stymie the Colorado attack that tallied two against the second-place Eastern Conference side on the 4th of July. A heavy point of emphasis will likely be placed on first-year player Deshorn Brown, who leads all rookies with five goals and has scored in three of the previous four games. Additionally, with the likes of Chris Klute, Shane O’Neill and Dillon Powers, the Rapids present a blossoming force of young players that the Black-and-Red will need to suppress on Sunday.
“The young boys are maturing,” said Colorado Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja last night. “We expect progression from them.”