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*As we told you the other day, D.C. United's Champions League schedule has been set. Today CONCACAF officially announced the dates and times of the preliminary stage, including DCU hosting Chalatenango of El Salvador on July 28 at 8 p.m. at RFK and playing the road leg at Estadio Custcatlan in San Salvador a week later at 10 p.m. ET. (Chalatenango is from a city of 30,000 in northern El Salvador but will play this game in the capital city.)

*New York Red Bulls defender Mike Petke was suspended an additional two matches and fined another $500 by MLS "for inappropriate conduct and comments made toward the officiating crew" in the June 13 match against Toronto. He sat out one game for the initial red card and, as a result of today's ruling, will also miss tomorrow vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Columbus.

*As expected, Toronto has finalized the signing for Canadian national team forward Ali Gerba, who most recently played for MK Dons in England's third tier. He won't be eligible to play until the MLS transfer window opens July 15.

By Steve Goff  |  June 23, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , MLS  
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Do you think DC United will be playing in front of a hostile crowd at RFK?

Posted by: alan19 | June 23, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse


Of course they will. but us SEs and Bravas' should drown them out.

Posted by: torrey151 | June 23, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

OT, but at they've started having their international editors vote on a Player of the Week, and Landon Donovan just won this week's. Congratulations!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 23, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse


I don't know. Chalatenango isn't exactly the most popular Salvadoran club. They're not Firpo, FAS, or Aguila. On the other hand, I recall as many Costa Rica jerseys in the stands as there were Saprissa shirts. Obviously it's not the same country, but the same idea: people are excited to see something that reminds them of home.


How did we end up with the 1st leg and not the 2nd at home? The draw had 2 pots; Pot A included the Mexican clubs and both MLS teams in this round, which would indicate to me that CONCACAF had it as the stronger pot. Normally the higher seeded team gets the 2nd leg at home.

After last year, I'd really prefer not to take the risk of this thing going to extra time on the road. I mean, we should be good enough to avoid that, but you never know.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 23, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

musta missed what happened with Petke, but more players need to bash the referees - when it is appropriate of course, not just for the hell of it :-)

Will the away leg in ES be televised? I can't wait to see how we do, and who steps up in this tournament.

Posted by: dcufan | June 23, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Will the away leg in ES be televised?

Let's see...The Caps season is over. So is the College World Series.

Is there any lacrosse, or maybe golf highlights that Comcast would rather televise?

Posted by: fischy | June 23, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't FSC have television rights for this whole tourney?

Posted by: the_slammer | June 23, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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