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DCU's Travel Schedule

United is going to be just a little busy over the next two weeks. Here's how the schedule looks:

-- Fly to Los Angeles on Friday and train at Home Depot Center.
-- Play the Galaxy on Saturday night.
-- Train in L.A. on Sunday.
-- Fly to Honduras on Monday.
-- Play Marathon in San Pedro Sula at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano on Wednesday night.
-- Fly to D.C. on Thursday.
-- Train at RFK Friday and Saturday, fly to Dallas.
-- Play FCD on Sunday, fly to D.C.
-- Train at RFK Monday and Tuesday.
-- Play Cruz Azul at RFK on Wednesday.
-- Train at RFK Thursday and Friday.
-- Play Chivas USA at RFK on Saturday.

"It's going to be very difficult, but I think we are ready for it," midfielder Ivan Guerrero said. "There are important games for us. We understand what we need to do."

"We don't have a lot of time," forward Luciano Emilio said, echoing the general urgency of the playoff chase.

Guerrero said he hopes to play 45 minutes Saturday after missing the Saprissa game with a bruised quadriceps. Meantime, Jaime Moreno, who sat out the Champions League match with a sore knee, will not travel to Los Angeles for the Galaxy game but may join the team in Honduras.

More from Tom Soehn later.....

By Steve Goff  |  September 18, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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lets do this!

Posted by: christiannn | September 18, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This isn't even safe to have players playing this many competitive matches in this short of time.

We should really give Garber the finger and trot out our youth team.

Has he had any comments on the awful scheduling this year. This has been a horrible year for MLS:

- LA and NY still in the toilet.
- NE Revs getting routed by Joe Public
- DC United drawing 6,000 for first CCL match

Posted by: Lucigol | September 18, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

slap gerber.

Posted by: td | September 18, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

DCU better make sure its fans get a good deal for the Cruz Azul match. DCU has the best fans in the league, but they are tired and all out of money after these tournaments. It would be a shame to have the game in DC become a home game for Cruz Azul.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@Lucigol: NY is still in the toilet? Check the standings and their record as of late dude... You also realize that non league games and week night games are a tough draw, especially when kids are in school right?
I like Guerrero's attitiude, bummer that Jaime sounds so banged up. I hope he can chill for a second and get better.
Wow, sound like the travel schedule of an awesome PROFESSIONAL team who needs to suck it up and get er' done! Even Steve is sounding a little whiney...
I second the "let's do this!"
Need a little inspiration?

Posted by: dadryan | September 18, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who is getting all of those travel rewards points...

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 18, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

It isn't safe to play games every 3-4 days? What does that even mean?

Posted by: RK | September 18, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

RBNY is looking stronger that us right now...If they are in the toilet where are we!?!

Posted by: jgildea | September 18, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

christiannn & dadryan:

Damned right!

I third the "let's do this!"

Reputations are made when we find a way to get positive results when events seem stacked against us, er... them. You know what I mean...

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | September 18, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Kev | September 18, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Lucigol, every team in the tournament is playing the same amount of matches (league play on the weekend, CCL in mid-week), they just don't have the same amount of travel.

What would have helped MLS clubs would have been to spread out the group phase, but that is out of their control. What did hurt them is having the same teams play in both the SuperLiga and CCL. Rectify that and maybe have the Open Cup wrap-up earlier, and this late season fatigue is one step closer to being eliminated...

Posted by: Eric B | September 18, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Our schedule would be no big deal if we had the roster depth you see in Europe... something we won't likely see in MLS for another 10 years or so.

Posted by: AlecW81 | September 18, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Does DCU do any deals with local colleges (we have a few...)? They could make a deal with a bar- something like $20 for a ticket and a wristband for drink specials. For mid-week games it would seem like a good way to get some people out.

Posted by: laur | September 18, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Eric B make 'em clap to this.

Posted by: Rakim | September 18, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr Sohen: Please hire me back.

Love Christian

Posted by: ChristianGomez | September 18, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Lucigol - well said and I could not agree more.

Posted by: bobf | September 18, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't they just fly to Dallas from Honduras rather than going back to DC and then to Dallas? Seems they would've save 8 hrs and wear & tear on their bodies.

Posted by: BrockLanders | September 18, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse


I bet you their flight stops in Dallas on the way back to DC.

Posted by: AM | September 18, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

RBNY is looking stronger that us right now...If they are in the toilet where are we!?!

Posted by: jgildea | September 18, 2008 1:10 PM

we are the rats from FLUSHED AWAY !!!!

awww that sucks

Posted by: 135 | September 18, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Montreal and Puerto Rico don't seem affected by the travel. Quit making excuses.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The MLS clubs particpating have a tough schedule. So do the USL clubs. The USL1 olayoff start next week. It is foing to be grueling but it is going to be interesting as well.

Posted by: yankiboy | September 18, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Montreal and Puerto Rico don't seem affected by the travel. Quit making excuses.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2008 2:48 PM
I'm getting tired of the crying. I agree with you on that.

But I disagree aout the Islanders not looking affected by the travel. I know that they were playing a man down the last 20+ minutes on Tuesday night. They started to look really gassed closing out the game. Really gassed. The side has good depth--better relative depth than the MLS sides that have underachieved in the tournament so far--but it was clear to me that those legs are starting to get really tired. No surprise. They have had a grueling stretch since the last week of August.

Posted by: yankiboy | September 18, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

This is another difference betw the euro clubs and MLS.
London to ride.
London to North London......walk.
London to Madrid........short flight.

DC to LA........3000 miles and 3 times zones.....then to Central America, back to DC, etc, etc.
The European teams do travel but not nearly to the extent the American teams do.
It takes a toll on the body.

Posted by: marksman | September 18, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't put my finger on it, but there's something about this 2008 season that has put my fandom in DCU and MLS in general into a malaise. It's a feeling like the overall competition (and competitive spirit?) in MLS and of the MLS teams outside the league is starting to fall off.

Posted by: dcindc | September 18, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Soccer fans are sounding like such cry babies on these threads. What kind of cake walk do people want their clubs to have?
They don't just hand these trophies over to teams that haven't worked their butts off.
United squandered lots of points earlier this season. If they hadn't they'd be in the position Columbus is in now. It's do or die.
Yes I am talking to you Peralta!

Posted by: dadryan | September 18, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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