D.C. United has had nearly two weeks since their last match, things get back to normal starting tomorrow. The Black-and-Red will play two games in three days, starting with a fourth round match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the U.S. Open Cup. Then they’ll resume MLS play Saturday on the road in Houston against the Dynamo.
Ben Olsen addressed several topics during a media session following training yesterday. One that stood out was that D.C. United planned to make a couple of signings soon. Literally 24 hours later, The Washington Post’s Steven Goff had information as to who one of these signings would be.
Chris Durkin was training with the team yesterday, the 16-year old is expected to be in uniform tomorrow according to Goff. Olsen mentioned that he was “excited” about the opportunity to utilize the team’s depth. MLS play is the priority, meaning that some of the regulars may get a rest tomorrow so that they are fresh for Saturday against Houston. He mentioned that Kamara would be an “option” to start Wednesday as he’s been ramping up his fitness level, which is a huge positive for the Black-and-Red.
The break has also allowed D.C. United to get a bit more healthy, Olsen commented on that and the team’s performance to this point in the season. “We feel like we’ve left a lot of points on the table” said Olsen. Still, he made it a point to mention that they are playoff eligible at this point.
It’ll be interesting to see just how many changes are made to the starting XI and who makes up the 18. Definitely wouldn’t be surprised if Travis Worra is in goal or that Bobby Boswell gets a break. Fabian Espindola and Marcelo Sarvas may be amongst those that get Wednesday off as well. It’s a chance for some younger players to log big minutes.
The Black-and-Red haven’t found consistency through 14 games this season, which has them in sixth place in the East. Still, they are just seven points behind the East leading Philadelphia Union. It’s a long season and there’s time, but D.C. United needs to find a rhythm and more importantly consistency. That break gave them some time to put the first 14 games behind them, it starts tomorrow in their Open Cup match.