Before They Left for Columbus.....
D.C. United trained for about an hour today at the soggy RFK training grounds. No clues revealed about the starting lineup tomorrow against the Crew, but a few things to pass along.....
*Clyde Simms continues to have trouble with his ankle and did not make the trip.
*Justin Moose might have a slight crack in his nose after getting kicked in training the other day, but worked out this morning and will be available.
*Rod Dyachenko has returned to practice after being limited to jogging on the side because of a knee ailment. He might play in Sunday's reserve match.
*Marc Burch (foot sprain) will be out a few weeks. Kiki Willis (adductor strain) is also sidelined.
*Do you realize that the New York Red Bulls, who entered the season with a questionable defense, have allowed no goals in 360 minutes, while United is allowing an average of one goal every 30 minutes? RBNY also has a 10-point lead in the standings. Think about that for a moment.
*Tom Soehn's thoughts on newly signed Jamaican forward Nicholas Addlery: "He's starting to understand what is expected of him. He still has to improve on some things soccer-wise, but he's a finisher -- that's how he makes a living. On that side of it, we are intrigued by him."
*Plenty more about the defense, the lineup and the sense of urgency in the preview story, which will be available at washingtonpost.com this evening. And don't forget to check back here an hour or two before kickoff tomorrow night for news, notes and, most importantly, the starting lineup.
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