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Freedom, United Friendlies

The Washington Freedom made its debut today at Maryland SoccerPlex, dropping a 1-0 decision to Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) in a WPS friendly. Natasha Kai scored in the 86th minute on an assist from Heather O'Reilly in front of an estimated 1,000 spectators.

Meantime, after two losses, D.C. United is facing the host Charleston Battery in its final game at the Carolina Challenge Cup. Kickoff is 7:15 p.m.

DCU LINEUP (3-5-2 formation): Kocic; Jakovic, Janicki, Burch; Khumalo, Simms, McTavish, Gomez, Wallace; N'Silu, Emilio.

No live video for this game, but you can follow the action through United's Twitter feed.

By Steve Goff  |  March 14, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , Freedom  
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Thanks for the updates.

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

It's good to hear Abby played the entire match and wasn't afraid to be physical...

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly to Kai? Just like last week!

Great to see Kai back in action. I worried she was seriously hurt.

Posted by: troy6 | March 14, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Is this the first time this preseason DC "officially" lines up in a 3-5-2. I've been wondering if Gomez' return would shift us from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 14, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Reading O'Reilly to Kai really made me realize WPS is real.

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

1,000 for the Freedom game seems a reasonable guess. Looked like what it was billed as - an pre-season game.

Wambach still is recuperating. Her touch was substandard and she doesn't have the speed she had before the injury. Same for Whitehill. She was composed and had the same strong leg, but looked to be carrying a few more pounds than usual and lacked foot speed. Bompastor looks like the real deal lined up at LM for Freedom, she is real quality.
The Freedom may struggle this year -- Gabarra is relying on Lori Lindsay to run the midfield and she can't -- period. The backline is fine -- Scurry still has enough for league play -- the wide mids are fine as are the forwards. The two central mid spots are a black hole that will vex Freedom's attempts at possession soccer all year.

If Natasha Kai gets any more ink, it will slow her down. Besides the arms, she has one leg completely illustrated from ankle to (can't mention in family blog post).

Posted by: griffin1108 | March 14, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, this is our first non-442 formation of the year. With everyone fit, this would be a poor choice, but with Quaranta and Fred unavailable on the flanks, it's not so bad. Plus, if it's not working tonight we can shift McTavish to right back and go to a 442 without making a sub.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 14, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Good game. D.C. was very composed in the middle, it was the front line that struggled. I don't understand Griffin1108's problem with Lindsey, the mids did just fine! Nice, technical stuff.

Posted by: SoccerFan1204 | March 14, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

8 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 14, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse


Nice article on the Eagles today.


Posted by: Curious99 | March 14, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Since the USL is a superior league(see the CCL), I put more into the Battery result than the RSL or TFC matches.

Posted by: sitruc | March 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

OT: For all of you Terps fans, I have a couch in my basement I need to get rid of. Can someone stop by at, say, 4 pm to pick it up? That'll give you time to get back to College Park before 6 pm, when you're going to need it.

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 15, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunate timing for the Freedom this weekend, what with the Arlington Spring Invitational and the Jefferson Cup girls tournaments going on....

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 15, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

@Chest -- Actually united lined up in a 3-5-2 for the second half against Toronto. Gomez was not in there, but they did a much better job of holding possession and creating scoring chances.

Posted by: fischy | March 15, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Natasha gets her new ink after the Olympic Gold

Posted by: OWNTF | March 15, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Thank god we beat the Battery last night! So proud of DCU supporters who showed up and represented! Charleston's supporters were very hospitable and super cool, but the Barra was still louder and prouder than them. What a blast! Lot's of fun for the whole family in Charleston, the food was awesome. The aquarium was great and the tailgating was great. Big thank you to everyone I hung out with. It made my week! The pub was soo freaking cool, I'd encourage anyone who can swing the trip down there next time to not think twice. Just Do it!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 15, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Will the Washington Post always use these geographic designators for the Sky Blue & Gold Pride WPS teams?

Posted by: evwill | March 15, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

anyone else like playing the 4-1-2-1-2 in Fifa09 and thinks that it should be implemented by united since we have some options.


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 15, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Why is Peralta still on the roster at DC United? I thought we loaned him out this season. Will Mediate have any chance to make the squad?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | March 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

anyone else like playing the 4-1-2-1-2 in Fifa09 and thinks that it should be implemented by united since we have some options.


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | March 15, 2009 2:14 PM
The real difference is there's a 6 foot 4, 190 pound striker on the team with Ryan and a number 8 on the back of his jersey that scored 45 goals last season:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | March 15, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Dad, I didn't know who was who down in the mini-Barra, but you guys were nice to me, thanks for it!

Also, Dad, 45? That's it. My dude was in midfield at 5' 10", 205 and had 57... ;)

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 15, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

You playing in *be a pro* mode JFA? I've been addicted to playing like that and in the pro camera mode...It's like you're really playing...sort of.. I also lay off plenty of balls to Emilio, or Jaime sooooo;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | March 15, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I lay it off when it's open! That be a pro is amazing, and even better online when you're the best on the field and keep getting to yell at the other folks screwing it up. That game as a whole is rather addicting.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 15, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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