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Midfielder Ben Olsen, who skipped Wednesday's match at Kansas City with a hamstring strain and the usual ankle recuperation issues, returned to practice today but remains officially listed as questionable.

"It hasn't been the ankle -- the ankle feels pretty good - but the hammy has been acting up," he said. "We'll check it out tomorrow."

Coach Tom Soehn seemed encouraged but also cautioned: "You never really know until gameday" because of Olsen's ailments.

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Defender Marc Burch, who sat out the Wizards game with a tender ankle, said he is fine and will be available tomorrow.

More on the continuation of this thread.....

Midfielder Fred is expected to return to the game-day roster after missing time for family reasons. Forward Luciano Emilio's left knee was wrapped in ice after training, but he said he is fine.

Awaiting word on the Quaranta family, which is scheduled to grow by one today. Santino did not attend practice but has said he plans to be at RFK tomorrow.

First Reminder: No local TV tomorrow night.
Second reminder: Supporters' rally for a new stadium begins around 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lincoln Park.

Following up on the news of FC Barcelona's summer tour, I'm hearing that the third friendly might end up in Miami on Aug. 8-9 against an opponent to be determined. DCU has been trying to finalize a game with Real Madrid on Aug. 9.

Who would you like to see in United's starting lineup tomorrow?

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

My wife lists me as 'Questionable' every morning; I like to argue that I'm 'Day to Day'...

Posted by: JkR- | May 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Any insights into the significant increase in minor injuries we're seeing this year? Or is my mind just playing tricks...

Posted by: dcbird | May 8, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Thierry Henry in United's starting lineup. Not much chance of that...

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@dcbird - better than the large number of major injuries from years past, eh? *knocks on wood*

Lineup? Hmm...assuming Benny and Tino can go..

----------------Crayton------------------
---------------------------------------------
---Namoff----Jakovic-----John------
---------------------------------------------
---------Olsen------Simms-----------
--Pontius---------------------Fred----
---------------Gomez-------------------
--------------------------------------------
-------Quaranta-----Emilio----------

Posted by: the_slammer | May 8, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

What's with all these "no local tv" matches? It sucks having to watch local games via internet feed of the visiting team's tv coverage.

Posted by: tundey | May 8, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

JkR you are "questionable" in every sense of the word.

Posted by: rockotodd | May 8, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What's with all these "no local tv" matches? It sucks having to watch local games via internet feed of the visiting team's tv coverage.

Posted by: tundey | May 8, 2009 1:45 PM
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If you are local, howzabout actually supporting your local team? Since they're not on a local channel producing ad revenue which flows back to the team, you might consider watching the game in person. If you're disabled, they have options. If you are strapped financially, try the 2-fer-1 ticket deal for the DCU charity drive. I promise that there is no shortage of decent seats (some of the best RFK has to offer) -- plus, you can buy cheap tickets and still find your way to better seats.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Y'know -- the NFL actually has a local TV blackout rule, if the game is not sold out in advance. Of course, MLS teams need to reach out and build audiences on TV -- but, the vast majority of their revenue is made from those in attendance. The rally is great, but DCU needs fannies in the seats to convince politicians that their stadium economic projections are plausible.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"He's 'day-to-day.' We're all day-to-day." -- Olbermann, in his pre-politics, SportsCenter "Big Show" days

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 8, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Olbermann -- there's one guy to whom I'd like to deliver a speed-bagging.

Great to see Fred back. I pray he remains injury free the remainder of the season. His past year has been hard enough.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 8, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Starting 11
GK: Crayton
DF: Namoff, Janicki, Burch
MD: Fred, Simms, Olsen, Gomez, Wallace
FW: Quaranta, Emilio

Subs
GK: Kocic
DF: Jakovic, John
MD: Jacobson, McTavish
FW: Moreno, Pontius

Posted by: TCompton | May 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Starting 11

GK: Crayton
DF: Jakovic, Janicki, John (3 J's)
MD: Fred, Simms, Olsen, Gomez, Barklage
FW: Quaranta, Emilio

Subs

GK: Kocic
DF: Burch, Namoff (needs a rest)
MD: Pontius (needs a rest), Boyzz
FW: Moreno, N'Silu

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 8, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Toronto offers us a different proposition than the rest of MLS, since they've been playing 433. I would expect them to try to bypass midfield initially, and once their forwards establish some kind of attack, they'll look to drop it off for Guevara. This puts a lot of pressure on the back three to make good initial decisions and, when on the ball, to have a good first touch. Simms will also have to be strong against Guevara.

Pontius and Wallace will basically going 1v1 for much of the game against Brennan and Wynne respectively. Both like to get forward, but I have a feeling TFC will have differing approaches for each side. For Brennan, I'd expect the job will be more based on containing Pontius, possibly by forcing him into the more crowded center of the field. If I was Chris Cummins, I'd have Wynne pressure Wallace all game long. We know Wynne can run forever, and that as fast as Wallace is, he can't catch him in a footrace. For us, Wallace is going to have to be less casual with the ball, or we're going to have Wynne putting in crosses all day. He's not exactly Beckham in terms of consistent danger, but Wynne will eventually hit a good ball in, and with 3 forwards for TFC it could be trouble. If Wallace can minimize the giveaways, we can largely avoid this problem.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Accidentally submitted that early. Here's what I was actually building towards:

-------- Quaranta - Emilio
----------------- Gomez
Wallace - Olsen - Simms - Pontius
-------- John - Jakovic - Namoff
----------------- Crayton

Crayton, after possibly his least adventurous showing in a DC shirt, remains in goal. I know we didn't allow KC to create much, but it was still probably the calmest I've felt about our keepers this year. In the back, I went with Jakovic. Janicki played well in KC, but a) Jakovic has a better chance of keeping up with Barrett and b) Janicki's lack of ability on the ball, combined with Barrett's high-pressure style, worry me a bit. Still, it's a very narrow decision, and I don't think I'll be angry if Soehn goes the other way. On the left, I stick with John. I know a lot of people were bothered by his giveaways, but we'll need good 1v1 defending all night long at the position and he's better at that than Burch.

I have no surprises in the midfield. If Olsen can't go, it'll be Jacobson taking his place. The battle for central midfield will be 3v3 all game (Simms-Olsen-Gomez for us, Cronin/Harmse-Robinson-Guevara for them), and should be extremely competitive. Up top, I feel like Moreno will be limited to substitute duty due to already playing 177 minutes this week. If Quaranta is unavailable due to becoming a dad again, I'd bring in Fred on the right and move Pontius up front. Khumalo is also an option there.

This DC team is coming very close to being a demonstrably good team. How we play against TFC, a team that will be fighting down to the wire for a playoff spot, will be a big indicator of where we are. A good team wins this game. I'm not sure if we're there yet, but the fact that we're this close already is encouraging. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm starting to expect results out of this team rather than just think they're possible or even likely. With our attack, we should be able to take TFC's defense apart. If we defend as a unit like we did in KC, the long ball will be off the table for them. That sounds like a recipe for success to me.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Some of you can't count.

Starting 11
GK: Crayton
DF: Namoff, Jakovic, John
D-MD: Fred, Simms
MD: Quaranta, Pontius, Wallace
FW: Moreno, Emilio

Subs
GK: Kocic
DF: Janicki, Burch
MD: Gomez, Barklage, McTavish
FW: N'Silu

So there.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If Tino isn't there, maybe Gomez gets the start, but I think Tommy likes him as a second-half sub.

Could be that Moreno doesn't get the start, but I'm thinking he will, especially if Olsen isn't available. Of course, Tommy likes Tino up top, and he would be the choice if Moreno sits (assuming Tino is there).

Chest could right -- I agree with his hack line. I'm just assuming Olsen is out, Moreno will play, and Fred will get the starting nod over Gomez.

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Here's a wacky thought - how bout the VW's start their best 11 players?

Moreno - Emilio
Fred - Simms -Gomez - Olsen - Quaranta
John - Jakovic - Namoff

Barring availability issues & general fatigue, I'd like to see them try it at least once...

Doesn't matter really, should be the best soccer at RFK yet this season, no matter who starts.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

========== Van der Sar ============

O' Shea Ferdinand Vidic Evra

=========== Carrick =============

== Park Fletcher Anderson Rooney

============= Ronaldo =============

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | May 8, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Capitals are even playing Saturday, with a game in Pittsburgh tonight, why not take tomorrow off, and have game 5 Sunday?

Posted by: alecw81 | May 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Long story short, due to CBC television and Pittsburgh Arena scheduling a conflicting event, that's why there's back to back nights. Don't ask me why they didn't opt for the longer break there.

Posted by: Section117 | May 8, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

We have seven games in May, and we're two matches into a stretch of 6 games in 22 days. Before he came out at halftime in KC less than 48 hours ago, Pontius had played every minute of every game so far this year, and he's a rookie. Namoff has played every minute too. Wallace isn't that far off, either. Moreno has played most of the last two, and we've already seen this year that he's better with rest. Simms needs some rest as well (although I know he's not going to get it tomorrow).

If we really think we have depth, stretches like this one are when you use it.

Crayton

Jakovic-Janicki-John

Olsen, Simms
(consider McTavish for either)

Barklage-Gomez-Fred
(Barklage played RM in college; consider Khumalo instead of Barklage, and also consider swapping sides so Khumalo can match Wynne's speed)

Emilio-Quaranta
(with Pontius or Moreno if Q can't go)

Monday and Tuesday *off*, light workouts at most.


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | May 8, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@bobfairchild. -- whatever do they see in Anderson?

Posted by: fischy | May 8, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I have no proof whatsoever but I wonder whether DC's front office isn't magnifying minor injuries so it looks like players are missing games for health reasons rather than just sitting out some games to stay fresh. Regardless, I'm quite glad we have pretty decent players available on the bench.

Toronto is the only MLS team I haven't seen play this season so I can't tell whether Chest Rockwell's analysis is correct or not. I think the team that scores more goals will win.

But someone will still blame the refs.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 8, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I am still surprised McTavish seems to have fallen off a cliff in the eyes of Soehn, apparently. Is he hurt again? Why is he not getting any playing time?

Posted by: fedssocr | May 8, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't think I've seen any mention of it here yet (I could be wrong), but DCU's US Open Cup game against the Pink Cows is set for May 20th at RFK, kickoff 7 PM.

http://www.usopencup.com/home/328152.html

Posted by: SportzNut21 | May 8, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Joel: it's called a judicious use of the injury list, no one can complain that the team doesn't report every injury. And yes, having some depth (finally!) allows such things.

And fischy: I go to every match I can, but I work Saturday nights, and enjoy being able to watch the match on the dvr early Sunday morning when I get home. In exchange, to support the team, I own a disgusting amount of paraphenalia.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 8, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Joel: it's called a judicious use of the injury list,
Posted by: joshuaostevens
===============

Like when we take sick leave to watch the Champions League Final.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 8, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I-270: exactly. I believe I have a doctor's appointment the afternoon of the 27th.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 8, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how many tickets they have reserved but this one is sold out.
http://www.dcunited.com/ladies-night

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 8, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

West Ham United(H) VS Liverpool

Willhill 6.00 3.40 1.50
6.00 4.00 1.53

In those recent matches, Liverpool were playing pretty well, for they need to get 1st position in the league. What's more, with Gerrard's recovery, Liverpool can get 3 points in this matches without much effort.

West Ham need to save their 7th position, but they scored only one goal in the recent matches verses those four top teams.

For more, please visit:

http://www.nowgoal.com/21.shtml

Posted by: nowgoal | May 8, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

We need someone who can handles Wynne on the left. John doesn't have the speed, and Burch doesn't have the anything. This would be the match to pull a 4-4-2.

crayton
namoff-Jakovic-Janicki-John (he could help out as long as he has support)
Fred-Simms-Barklage(Olsen rests)-Wallace
Emilio-Quaranta

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 9, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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