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DCU Update

*MF Justin Moose has arrived in Vancouver. "He needs games," United GM Dave Kasper said. It's still unclear whether he is there on loan or transfer. Details will be finalized later this week, Kasper said.

*In its final match before facing DCU on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions' Cup semifinals at RFK, Pachuca used some reserves and won at Club America, 3-1, on goals by Brambila, Aguilar and Lopez. America, also managing minutes, has a Copa Libertadores match this week with Universidad Catolica.

Pachuca starters: Calero*; Correa*, Pinto*, Lopez*, Aguilar, Manzur*; Rodriguez*, Gimenez*, Torres; Rey, Brambila. Subs: Cacho*, Caballero*, Salazar. (*started against DCU last week)


By Steve Goff  |  April 7, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Pachuca having to manage minutes will be good for us. Home game. Moreno back. Coming off a big league win on the weekend with some key guys getting a break in the second half. Things are looking up for the black and red!!

Posted by: Matte | April 7, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Any word on how Jaime's leg responded to the 45 minutes Saturday? He seemed dissappointed in the post game quotes with the progress.

Posted by: jgildea | April 7, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope we get an early goal on Weds. to make things interesting.

Posted by: delantero | April 7, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'd imagine Soehn will trot out the same starting lineup as Saturday and call on Moreno in the second half again. We'll know more about Moreno's status tomorrow at training...

Posted by: Goff | April 7, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind if United scored two or maybe even three goals in the first five or six minutes so they would go ahead and get that hurdle out of the way for the rest of the match.

Posted by: sitruc | April 7, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

You gotta start Moreno. Even if you know you're only going to play him for a half. You can't leave it all for the final 45. We gotta start brightly. Come out with a punchers mentality. All offense baby.

Posted by: Matte | April 7, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Calero have some weird disease under his armpit or something last year?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 7, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow this Pachuca team has speed! But than Again this was against America who is dead last right now. BTW Ochoa is waaaaay overrated...doesn't deserve the FIFA 08 cover!

Posted by: DC 3-0vs.Tuzos | April 7, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I would like to see Moreno used as a 2nd half sub for the forseeable future. When the game slows down later, his speed is acceptable and his mind is outworking opponents. We need speed in the first 45, however.

Posted by: Logan Circle | April 7, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Our attack will take care of itself... two to three goals is not out of the realm of possibilities. Allowing zero goals... that's the real question.

I worry that Pachuca is going to eat up our right and left backs. Regardless of Namoff's experience in a United kit, I don't think he or Burch are good enough to match up against Pachuca's wingers/strikers.

Peralta, Martinez, and Wells have got to have absolutely flawless performances for United to stand a chance.

Posted by: TCompton | April 7, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The best defense is a good offense. If we can keep them on the back foot, we'll be well on our way to a victory. We're not going to keep them having chances. Burch did a decent job in the first leg, but Namoff got eaten up while our center backs struggled to say the least.

Posted by: Matte | April 7, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John,

If I remember correctly correctly Calero had a blood clot at the beginning of the Apertura (fall) season which pretty much kept him out all season. Initially it was feared it might have been something life-threatening like a stroke.

Goff, Pachuca's Francisco Torres has been playing a lot recently. He served up the corner kick that was headed in for the 3-1 lead against America yesterday and had a shot that hit the crossbar against us (DC) right after he came on as a 2nd-half sub last Tuesday night.

His bio/stats on the Mexican site Mediotiempo.com says he was born in Longview, Texas. Can you ask him if he wants to play for USA if called up?

Jose Francisco Torres bio:

http://www.mediotiempo.com/jugadores/jugador.php?idj=9586&idt=134

Posted by: garbaggio | April 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope we get an early goal on Weds. to make things interesting.

Posted by: delantero | April 7, 2008 10:44 AM

Let's hope we get a single shot in 90 minutes.

I predict another 3-0 win for Pachuca.

Scoring 4 goals against a 10 man Toronto team is a good result but doesn't mean we are that improved from our pounding by Pachuca last week.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 7, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather see Santino and Emilio start the game and let Moreno come off the bench in the second half. I really feel that Fred will have a good game with Gallardo attracting most of the attention from Pachuca. Peralta and Martinez are going to have to be perfect in their game because from what I've seen Wells is not Perkins and Namoff and Burch are going to have a hard time keeping up in the flanks with Pachuca.

Posted by: Columbia RD & 14th | April 7, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I think Tcompton has it about right. Pachuca's team speed is fantastic. We will have to play a perfect match to get through. Very difficult but not impossible. Our lack of team speed is clearly a problem.

Posted by: rob | April 7, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe anyone has yet mentioned the fact that this will potentially be a 120-minute affair. What is most important is not who is on the pitch at the start, but who is on at the end. If there are concerns about Moreno's match fitness, and if United somehow gets a two-goal lead, then perhaps he should held out until late in the second half. On the other hand, if it appears that they will need him just to get to the point of going up by two and sending the game into overtime, that is another matter.

Posted by: tri-village | April 7, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope we get a single shot in 90 minutes.

I predict another 3-0 win for Pachuca.

Scoring 4 goals against a 10 man Toronto team is a good result but doesn't mean we are that improved from our pounding by Pachuca last week.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 7, 2008 11:48 AM


What was the other 3-0 win? I think it was 2-0 at Pachuca. And did you really write, "Let's hope we get a single shot on goal in 90 minutes?" Dude, DCU did very well for the first 35 at Pachuca then the altitude hit. It's a different story on Wednesday night. Let's see how they handle this climate. I grew up in the mountains with little humidity. Nothing worse than cool humidity. Goes right to the bones, especially when a person is as skinny as these little Pachuca flies.

Posted by: It's a Tuzo Hunt | April 7, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, so my apologies, but...

From another post: "Steve G. I check your blog 3-5 times a day for the same reason most of your readers do..."

I check the blog 3-5 times PER HOUR!

I think I need to get some help...

Posted by: Joe Doc | April 7, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the assesment that our lack of team speed is our biggest flaw. Our counter attacks are laughably slow; whether it be emilio, niell or moreno leading the strike. DC's game is pressure and possesion, which can lead to the kind a win we need on wednesday night. We need to be patient, play our game and tighten up on defense.

Posted by: DudeAbides | April 7, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we get crap service because we're not considered a client?

http://www.ovationsfoodservices.com/clients.htm

Posted by: Hoost | April 7, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

What was the other 3-0 win? I think it was 2-0 at Pachuca. And did you really write, "Let's hope we get a single shot on goal in 90 minutes?" Dude, DCU did very well for the first 35 at Pachuca then the altitude hit.

Posted by: It's a Tuzo Hunt | April 7, 2008 12:02 PM

We did not get a single shot. If you are playing "very well" you would expect a few shots on goal.

Sorry I should have said another win, 3-0 for Pachuca.

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 7, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! America beat River Plate in a comeback victory last week, 4-3. Now Pachuca beats America? That's not good.

Posted by: David | April 7, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Way to scout the away team, Mr. Goff! I'll give us a .5% chance this Wednesday

Posted by: Glaucon | April 7, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Goes right to the bones, especially when a person is as skinny as these little Pachuca flies.

Posted by: It's a Tuzo Hunt | April 7, 2008 12:02 PM
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Dude, why do you have to insult them by calling them "flies". Not cool.

Posted by: Dalai | April 7, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

HAH! The higher pressure at sea level will reduce the Pachuca players' lung volumes and collapse their blood vessels. They will be anoxic within minutes of kickoff. We will walk right through them en route to a 4-0 victory.

Disclaimer: I am not a physiologist.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 7, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

They're not flies, people!

Just some kind of mangy little bucktoothed fly-weight rodents...

Posted by: garbaggio | April 7, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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