D.C. United: New Boots, New Names
What's new? Well, I didn't recognize anyone, for one thing. Plus there are these new kicks that were everywhere, although I'm told that's just sort of the standard model and who knows how many will make their way onto the field.
As for the new guys, British midfielder Dan Stratford looks like Kyle Beckerman minus the dreads, according to Coach Tommy Soehn, while Gonzalo Martinez looks like a linebacker and goes by "Chalo," although he said "Gonzo" is also acceptable. The "which D.C. United player would win a Royal Rumble" question now only has one acceptable answer, and it isn't even close.
There are so many new faces, it's not just tough on the media.
"Walking into the locker room the first time, I knew like five people in here," McTavish said. "You try to learn their names, but you can't really talk to them, because no one speaks the same language. So it's a bunch of Spanglish, but we're getting along."
The two Gonzalos kind of threw me off," Clyde Simms said. "I felt like I was calling Marcelo 'Gonzalo" for a couple days. And there were a lot of rookies, and a lot of them had shaved heads in the first camp, so that was tough. I think I've got it down now, for sure."
Goalie Zach Wells is from Costa Mesa, California, which led Devon McTavish to spend lots of time singing the theme song from "The O.C." this afternoon.
"It was based on his friends and family," McTavish said of Wells.
"The producer went to my rival high school," Wells confirmed.
So that was his life?
"Basically, yeah," he said.
Blond (Marissa) or brunette (Summer)?
"Well, both," he said.
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