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DCU Update

*Midfielder Julio Arjona, a D.C. native who was attending Clarksburg High in Maryland before moving to the Bradenton system and the U.S. under-17 national team, is training with United's full squad (this week only).

*Fred's wife gave birth to a baby girl yesterday. He was given today off to spend time with his growing family.

*Coach Tom Soehn was obviously happy about the result against Chicago but also, "We competed outstandingly, and that's been missing against Chicago in the past. We made it hard for Blanco both in denying him the ball and when he got it, we got after him pretty well. His touches, when he did have them, a lot of the play went backwards, which means we are doing a good job closing down the lanes and getting after him."

*Soehn, on all the yellow and red cards: "The way the game started, [referee Baldomero Toledo] started giving out cards early and when he does that, he is going to do it for the rest of the game, and he did. Unfortunately, that is the way the game went. But we competed, and sometimes when you compete like that, cards come along with it."

*Soehn, commenting on the 5-4 reserve game victory, said Marc Burch "stood out by far among everybody as someone that really separates themselves [in terms of] his overall approach to the game. He looked heads and tails above everybody else."

*Soehn, on Franco Niell in the reserve match: "He took his opportunities well, but throughout the course of a game, he still tunes in and out, and in the first team, you just can't afford to do that. The level of defenders he is facing is obviously different than what he faced in the first team, as well."

*Soehn, on third-string keeper James Thorpe, who played the entire reserve match: "A lot of the mistakes to lead up to the four goals weren't his fault, but still on the day, it was a good experience for him to get in and see some shots and see a game, so we have to build off that."

By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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