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D.C. United opens preseason schedule

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew
In Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET.

I'm in Norfolk for college basketball, not Bradenton for soccer, but here's what I know:

Troy Perkins and Chris Pontius are with the U.S. national team. Danny Allsopp just arrived from Australia and won't play. Santino Quaranta (foot), Julius James (shoulder), Bryan Namoff (post-concussion) and Josh Wicks (shoulder) are recovering from injuries and unavailable. The club is awaiting the arrival of trialists Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica) and Quiarol Arzu (Honduras).

DCU LINEUP: Hamid (Kocic 46th); Vaughn (Adams 46th), McTavish (Graye 58th), Jakovic, Burch; Najar (Shipalane 58th), DiRaimondo (N'Galula 46th), Simms (Wasson 58th), Wallace (Barklage 58th); Moreno (Khumalo 46th), Cristman (Gumede 58th). Expect many substitutions.

8th minute: McTavish own goal.

Two excellent saves by Hamid, 1-0 at halftime.

Kocic excellent stop in second half.

Final: 1-0, Crew.

By Steve Goff  |  February 13, 2010; 3:54 PM ET
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Comments

Updates on the team's twitter:
http://twitter.com/Dcunited

Hamid's already made a "great save" but Crew just scored.

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Crew 1-0 DC in the 8th min.
McTavish own goal.

I thought Najar was a forward, we're playing him at right mid? oh well, it is preseason..

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Steve, any truth to the report by El Mundo Deportivo and soccer365 that says DC United is in talks with Thiery Henry?

Posted by: alan19 | February 13, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I think that "in talks" would be a gross distortion of the Mundo Deportivo piece. That story claims only that his agent is confirming that NYRB aren't the only MLS team interested....naming the tree other teams as "looking at him".

Posted by: fischy | February 13, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess Twitter has its appeal, but you don't really get much in this case. I thought DCU would be enhancing its online content. Providing a video feed for events like this ought to be on the agenda.

Posted by: fischy | February 13, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Note: Wallace in midfield, Burch at left back.

Could be a function of who's available. Or could be same old song and dance coming down the pike.

Posted by: benonthehill | February 13, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

video feed would be nice...what is the facility where the game being played? might not be that easy to set something like that up.

I like these reports about Hamid.

Posted by: DCB23 | February 13, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Not too worried about training camp friendly feeds. Now if they don't have feeds up for the Challenge Cup in Charleston I'll be disappointed unless of course I make it down there.

Wondering if the Soccerplex is doing anything about increasing their bandwidth to maybe facilitate feeds of Open Cup matches...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 13, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Also stoked to see Braklage made it into the match.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Having Barklage back this early is surprising and most welcome.

I should correct earlier post. Jerome de Bontin is identified as MLS' representative. He used to be on the USSF board, and ran AS Monca when Adu was brought in. He should be a pretty good source.

Posted by: fischy | February 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

AS Monaco....

Posted by: fischy | February 13, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 13, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Barklage will be an impact player, when healthy. I want to see what Cristman will do with all the best attacking options around him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 13, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought Najar was a forward, we're playing him at right mid? oh well, it is preseason..

Posted by: StewartDC8 | February 13, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse
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I've seen him play right midfielder in DCU Academy games. With his diminutive stature, he may need to play wide. Learning to play both, can't hurt him. I don't buy the let him learn only one position argument.

Posted by: J_S_F | February 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing what a change of scenery and perspective can do for a certainformer player.

Fred’s been a pleasant surprise for us. We all knew the qualities he has as a soccer player, but in the last few weeks we’ve had the chance to really get to know him and his personality. He’s fit in really well with our whole group and he’s providing a lot of leadership on and off the field, and I think that’s excellent.

Posted by: inzzo79 | February 13, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

inzzo79:

All that tells me is that Fred has not radically changed as a person since moving to Philly. His personality was never a problem here. Everyone seemed to genuinely like him, and he always got praise for how he fit in with the group.

We won't know whether the change in scenery sparks something in him until the season is underway.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 14, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

@fischy: are you serious? You're complaining about a lack of video feed for a preseason scrimmage?

Posted by: mmathai | February 14, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

ODU ODU :-) That's why goff is in Norfolk.

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | February 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

naming the tree other teams as "looking at him".

Posted by: fischy | February 13, 2010 5:14 PM

I like your Irish accent

Posted by: Kev29 | February 14, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't "concerned". I was just noting it as a lost opportunity to start reeling in real fans...the ones who'd like to get a look at Allsopp and Hamid, etc.

Aris wins 2-1. EJ plays a big part in the set-up for both goals. Adu gets the game-winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr-EId4Waio

Adu's goal starts about 00:52

Posted by: fischy | February 14, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Gee whiz, Chest, really nothing new there? "Providing a lot of leadership on and off the field"? That was our DCU Fred?

I'm glad we got Perkins back, and Fred's 2009 season was truly off, but I'm sorry he's going to be Philly's central attacking midfielder this year and not ours.

Posted by: dccal | February 14, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice, calm finish by Freddy, on a beat up pitch.

Aris should really think about getting some advertising on their socks. It's about the only place left to put something.

Posted by: delantero | February 14, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sherwood Forest?

Posted by: Reignking | February 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this will be the start of some good things from Freddy Adu. I still think there is a chance he can make the squad for the World Cup.

Posted by: alan19 | February 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it dccal, Fred will dribble toward the box and either balloon the thing into the stands, make an errant pass right back to one of his own team mates, or just have Jakovic stuff him and take the ball away. Good for Fred, but he had plenty of time to make himself a non expendable player at DCU and he didn't cut the mustard. Oh well.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 14, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Cristman plays a lovely ball to the back post and Barklage nods it home.." DCU reseve team wins again. Join us next next week as Cristman & Barklage travel to Richmond to battle The Kickers lead by that savy veteran center back & GW coaching legend George "2 foot tackle" Lidster still going strong at age 49. Bryan Namoff meanwhile is still cuckoo for cocoa puffs & Santino Quaranta lead the DCU delegation to Dundalk, MD today where he broke ground on the new Inner Harbor United Park @Looney's Pub Stadium...
This franchise is sinking boys..... Chang needs investors & a President with some kind of plan.
Who's up for a road trip to Philly?

Posted by: Zipfutbol | February 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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