United News & Notes
U.S. Open Cup fever is rampant! D.C. United vs. FC Dallas tomorrow night (7:30) at RFK Stadium. The game is part of the season ticket package; otherwise, the turnout probably wouldn't fill the RFK training grounds.
The winner will face New York or San Jose in the next round of qualifying. The Red Bulls and Earthquakes meet next Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif. A coin flip will determine the host of the next stage. If DCU advances, May 12-13 or May 19-20 is the probable date.
The top six finishers in the 2008 regular season earned automatic berths to this summer's Open Cup round of 16: Columbus, Chicago, Houston, New England, Chivas USA and Kansas City. The other eight U.S. teams were sent to the preliminary rounds, with two set to advance. (Toronto FC cannot play in an American national competition.) Open Cup details are available.
Indications around the clubhouse is that DCU will start a blend of veterans and young players. Jacobson? Doe? N'Silu? Kocic?
Additional DCU news on the continuation of this thread.....
*Still awaiting MLS to certify the Avery John trade from New England to DCU. Might take a few days, but he has been here training with the club.
"He is an experienced player and is going to be a good addition to our team," defender Bryan Namoff said. "He's athletic -- big, fast, strong."
Santino Quaranta, on rookie Chris Pontius representing DCU in the MLS/CosmoGirl display: "He is such a pretty boy! You know what the big joke around here is? Remember Mike Zaher [now with San Jose]? If Mike Zaher and Devon McTavish had a baby, it would look just like Chris Pontius! I'm sorry, I'm sorry....." (laughter) McTavish was sitting next to Quaranta when he said it.
I'll be back later with comments from Coach Tom Soehn and midfielder Ben Olsen.....
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