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D.C. United news & notes

Greetings from RFK Stadium.....

*Midfielder Andy Najar has a minor ankle ailment and jogged on the side while the rest of the club worked out. Forward Chris Pontius did not participate because of a hamstring issue. Their status for Saturday's match at Philadelphia will be updated Friday.

*Goalkeeper Andrew Quinn apparently did not suffer any knee ligament damage when injured Wednesday and will have arthroscopic surgery later today. The amount of time he is sidelined will depend on how much cartilage is removed.

*Goalie Josh Wicks, rehabbing a shoulder injury in California, will return to Washington in three to four weeks for evaluation, General Manager Dave Kasper said.

*United officials are estimating more than 1,000 D.C. supporters will attend Saturday's match -- the most for a regular season road trip in club history. Most DCU fans will sit in an area behind a goal on the second level of Lincoln Financial Field, on the opposite side from the Union's supporters' group. Originally, the United contingent was going to be located directly behind the Philadelphia backers. Fans with specific tickets will be directed to the new area.

*D.C. United plans to practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday to test a surface on which it has never played.

Check back soon with the Insider for a funny item from assistant coach Ben Olsen and an important update on Luciano Emilio's situation.


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By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chris Pontius, DC United, Lincoln Financial Field, Luciano Emilio, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium  
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Comments

So many injuries!

Posted by: Sultano | April 8, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If I had the wings of an eagllllllllle...

Posted by: OhBoyOhBoy | April 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Luci's coming back baby!

Posted by: tcbannon | April 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If they hadn't moved our section, Wings Of An Eagle would've taken on a whole new meaning when we sung it...

Glad they made the smart decision in the end.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 8, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You know, without Pontius and Najar, we kind of suck. You know, more than the being creamed 6-0 so far.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Slightly OT, but it looks like ManU will be in Mexico this summer, too...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=767869&sec=transfers&cc=5901

Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Luci's coming back baby!

Posted by: tcbannon | April 8, 2010 1:07 PM |
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If he's coming back, it's with Philly. MLS-rumors had a cellphone shot from soccer fan who ran into Luci in a local chin store. Luci told him he is in talks with the Union.

Posted by: fischy | April 8, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OTC -- why's Luci shopping for a chin, anyway? I think maybe I meant a "chain store".

Posted by: fischy | April 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I thought you were just being racist...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 8, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Could someone identify which side will hold the DCU supporters? Four of us are driving in from Ben Olsen Country and we want to know if our seats are located in the proper section. Thanks!

Posted by: AmishJim | April 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Right, so, 2 games in, the following players may be unavailable due to...

Serious Injuries:
GK Josh Wicks (shoulder, MCL)
LB Marc Burch (foot)
RB Bryan Namoff (concussion)
CM Clyde Simms (hamstring)

Minor Injuries:
GK Bill Hamid (shoulder)
RB Devon McTavish (groin)
RM Andy Najar (ankle)
F Chris Pontius (hamstring)

I dunno, seems worryingly excessive to me. Fred, Emilio, Moreno, Jakovic, Burch, Namoff, Olsen all missed time last year. Remember last preseason when Quaranta and Fred both missed the opener due to hamstring injuries? Is no one noticing the pattern? The 2008 team was wracked with injuries as well. This team is thin enough without the possibility of missing 4+ likely starters.

Posted by: the_slammer | April 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

people get injured playing sports

Posted by: DadRyan | April 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

That's true. Do most other teams in the league have masses of key players missing games starting at the very beginning of the season seemingly every year?

Posted by: the_slammer | April 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know. Don't spend much time beyond checking injury reports to set fantasy line ups personally. I'd say off the top of my head that New England seems to have half their team hurt about half the time. I'm not going to subscribe to any conspiracy theory or blame the trainers. If anything I'd blame the players for not being in better shape.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 8, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe Ben Olsen is from Amish country.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | April 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Could someone identify which side will hold the DCU supporters?

Posted by: AmishJim

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Old section ---> New Section
Section 233 into Section 209
Section 234 into Section 210
Section 235 into Section 211
Section 236 into Sections 212 and 213
Section 237 into Section 214

Posted by: emanon13 | April 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

the_slammer:

New England always has a worse injury situation than we do.

This comes up every time any DC player gets hurt. It's almost as tiresome as the injuries themselves.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 8, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe Ben Olsen is from Amish country.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor
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Come on, Ben's beard is legendary, and a dead giveaway!


@emanon13--

Thanks for the info. At least now I know we will be on the right side of the stadium.

Posted by: AmishJim | April 8, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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