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Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 02/22/2011

D.C. United defeats UC Santa Barbara, 1-0

By Steve Goff

In the second of three preseason matches in California, D.C. United defeated college side UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, Tuesday night on rookie Blake Brettschneider's third goal in two matches. The forward-midfielder from South Carolina scored in the 81st minute, just two minutes after entering. He had two goals in a 3-1 victory over the amateur Ventura County Fusion on Sunday.

United will wrap up this stage of training camp with a Friday afternoon match against Chivas USA at a Home Depot Center training field.

GK Onstad; Ds Zayner (right), Kitchen, Jakovic, Woolard (left); MFs Najar (right), Morsink, Boskovic, Quaranta (left); Fs Ngwenya, Pontius.

GK Willis; Ds Korb (right), White, Brasesco, Burch (left); MFs Fred (right), Simms, King (Brettschneider 79th minute), Barklage (left); Fs Wolff, Davies.

Scoring: Brettschneider (Barklage), 81st minute.

By Steve Goff  | February 22, 2011; 11:58 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer, D.C. United  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Now we will see how DCU can do against professional competition.....

Posted by: DCUSince96 | February 23, 2011 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I think I would have rather seen the first half line up versus the second half line up than both of them versus UCSB.

By the way, are college teams really practicing this time of year? Or was this essentially a pick up game for them?

Posted by: troy6 | February 23, 2011 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I recently discovered that there is a Pontius Court in Ijamsville in Frederick County.

Posted by: universityandpark | February 23, 2011 12:46 AM | Report abuse

@troy6 College teams are training but not regularly and probably not solely just soccer. During the spring coaches are limited by hours per week they are allowed to spend with their squad. It would depend on how a particular coach runs his team but at my school we had two mandatory (coaches attending) fitness/weight training programs per week (about 1.5hrs) with one 2 hour practice. However, we would always hold two additional captains practices ("mandatory," just no coaches present) per week and we would be required to lift at least three additional days on our own(I mean coaches couldn't "force" you but they monitored our fitness levels with regular runnings of the bleep test and random weight/body fat percentage assessments -if you failed you weren't allowed to play in the scrimmages.

I played at an upper level DII school, but I believe the hours per week regulations are the same at DI (possible DI gets more hours). So while these college teams are not training daily in front of their coaches, it is fair to say that they are training regularly and most players would be at least 80%/+ in terms of fitness.

I would imagine these types of games are massive for the college players, especially because a few players with MLS aspirations could showcase their talents. and not very important for the pros. I had to opportunity to scrimmage a few USL teams and we were always fired up as if the scrimmage represented a regular season game; on the other hand, it was evident the USL teams were there to work on patterns of play and improve their fitness. In my view, this explains the relatively close scores against Ventrua FC and UCSB.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 23, 2011 2:00 AM | Report abuse

I think that grammar is pretty good seeing I got three wisdom teeth pulled about 7 hours ago.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 23, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

The next four games will tell us slightly more than the last, but, how much will they really count for?

That said, it would have been nice for this game to be more than 1-0.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 23, 2011 5:58 AM | Report abuse

@grubbsbi: You should write all your comments and your dissertation while on pain killers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 23, 2011 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Put the RED back in the Black and RED!!!

Vamos pain pills!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 23, 2011 7:20 AM | Report abuse

"bleep test" that's a good one

Kristine Lilly holds the USWNT record with some ridiculous number like a 48 . . . I believe she ran it at about the age of 37 coming off maternity leave

Posted by: OWNTF | February 23, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Just give up now, folks.

It's almost impossible to improve upon last year's pre-season performance where DC beat Santos in Mexico and also won the all-important Carolina Challenge Cup.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 23, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Grant Wahl was at the match. His summary: "DCU wins 1-0. Uneventful 45 for Davies. Showed more using body to hold off guys than speed. Slow pace to game overall."

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 23, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

hmm the word "slow" seems to keep popping up.

On the other hand, so does the name Blake Brettschneider, in a good way.

Posted by: DCB23 | February 23, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

To add to grubbsbl's comments, although winning a pre-season scrimmage is a measure of performance, IMHO, these matches should work on the game within the game.
I'm satisfied for now, but think that the next match will tell us a whole lot more about where we are as a team.
BTW, the CCL match was a Dud. Hope Columbus plays like that when we met in a few weeks.

Posted by: edmundburke247 | February 23, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Grant Wahl was at the match. His summary: "DCU wins 1-0. Uneventful 45 for Davies. Showed more using body to hold off guys than speed. Slow pace to game overall."

I am actually really happy to hear this. It would be nice if DC had a forward that can hold off defenders and allow other players to run off the ball/catch up to the attack. Pontius is particularly poor at this with Quaranta not much better. This is the main reason I am fine with both of them in midfield.

Posted by: Dancy1 | February 23, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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