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United Loses, 4-1

With Moreno, Olsen, Emilio, Fred, Namoff, Simms, Roger and Burch sitting out, Guerrero with Honduras' national team and Crayton home in Liberia, D.C. United lost its preseason opener today, 4-1 to Danish club Vejle in Bradenton, Fla. Forward Mawale Ange N'Silu, the 22-year-old trialist from France, scored United's only goal.

THE LINEUP
GK: Kocic (Thorpe 46th minute).
Ds: McTavish (Miller 46th), Janicki, Veris (Mediate 46th), Wallace (Zaher 62nd).
MFs: Quaranta (Khumalo 46th), Jacobson (Taiwo 47th), De Jong (Vide 46th), Pontius (Barklage 46th).
Fs: Doe (Pontius 46th), N'Silu (De Jong 81st).

United will play Columbus next Tuesday morning in Bradenton.

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Not terribly shocking, considering the absences. Good to hear N'Silu scored. Link to the BTB liveblog, perhaps?

Posted by: carmines757 | February 5, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Did De Jong leave after the 1st half but come back in in the 81st?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 5, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: carmines757 | February 5, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

What is the deal with Simms?

Posted by: mattgs84 | February 5, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry, Simms sat out as well

Unlimited subs, players can re-enter

It's spring training

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 5, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The season's over. Fire Soehn!

(kidding, kidding)

Posted by: FCMorton | February 5, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean Kocic isn't the second coming of Kahn? (kidding)

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | February 5, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Cool. The defense is as deep as my beer drinking team.

Posted by: fedster | February 5, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the defense is on the same page as last year

Posted by: dculuva | February 5, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

dculuva, remember this was a team of mostly reserves.

Posted by: Konoha7 | February 5, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Kahn!!!

Posted by: fischy | February 5, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Not just reserves -- out-of-shape reserves.

Posted by: fischy | February 5, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Alarm #1.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 5, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So both Pontius & Janacki went the full 90. Perhaps they are on the radar to groom as starters?

Posted by: beergorila | February 5, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Vejle is one of the worst teams in the Danish Superligaen. United may have fielded a bunch of reserves and trialists, but still...those guys are coming off their winter break.

Posted by: soccerman | February 5, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

man they stink...

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | February 5, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmm...same back line issues...

can I ask why did we not search for more quality rather than sticking with the same players

lets hope United will prove me wrong..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 5, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Kind of hard to say United has the same backline issues as last year when 3 of the 4 anticipated starters on the backline did not play.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | February 5, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

"can I ask why did we not search for more quality rather than sticking with the same players"

Didn't work so well last year

Posted by: carmines757 | February 5, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious who got the majority of the goals scored on them. Kocic or Thorpe.

Last year going into the season, United had high hopes for Zach Wells and Jose Carvallo.

This year we have Crayton, but only certainly for half the year, and two young guys. Of all the positions on the team I feel Goalkeeper is the most mysterious as to how they might fair over the course of the season.

Posted by: douglasquaid | February 5, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

When did the Danish goals come? Early? Late? Spread out? Was DC's goal a late consolation goal or was it 1-1 most of the way? How far into their preseason is the Danish club? Without those answers (and more) its hard to make any real judgements just based on the scoreline, but obviously its never good to lose 4-1 to an opponent of that caliber.

I don't buy the "reserves" issue either, because I've seen several people suggest Mctavish or Janicki should be in the starting lineup and with Roger's age and bad back both will probably have to contribute. Also Wallace and Pontius are high draft picks who we presume are supposed to be at least high potential players if not counted on to contribute this year. And if last year is any indication the whole squad will end up playing a good amount of games. So that worries me.....

But on the other hand there are a lot of newer names (the two picks, jacobson coming back, the trialist, and hopefully a poor man's Nigel De Jong) so unfamiliarity with each other and then system is hopefully to blame. That does mean alot. Hopefully they are focused on learning to play with each other and how to best utilize everyone and not as concerned with results....but its still never good to see 4-1!

Posted by: Brian76 | February 5, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, missed the twitter blog. So now i'm more worried, two times poor defense on crosses from our more senior reserves and a bad turnover in midfield...yikes.

3-0 before bringing in the scrubs!

Posted by: Brian76 | February 5, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

3 goals on kocic and 1 on thorpe. i like thorpe.

Posted by: jdickinson187 | February 5, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

We still hardly know the circumstances of these goals

Posted by: carmines757 | February 5, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"With Moreno, Olsen, Emilio, Fred, Namoff, Simms, Roger and Burch sitting out, Guerrero with Honduras' national team and Crayton home in Liberia, D.C. United lost" - gee sounds alot like last season ;^p

Posted by: Pete803 | February 5, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

This time of year, I think it's way more important just to see who is playing where than the final score. Like it's interesting to see that Mediate was playing center back. I know he played there in reserve matches last year and filled in at that spot with the first team once or twice, but it's really never been his ideal position.

Also good to see Khumalo getting involved while playing right mid.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 6, 2009 5:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Simc-Bluh didn't get any minutes, given the rules and the absences . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | February 6, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

season's over

Posted by: gode | February 6, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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