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New York Red Bulls: There They Go

Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Saturday, March 2: 1-1 Draw

There they go again…

The New York Red Bulls traveled to Columbus and MAPFRE Stadium to begin the MLS season against the Crew. They last met in the 2018 playoffs, where the Red Bulls overcame a 1-0 deficit to advance. But with a new season comes new possibilities. With the Crew safe and sound in Columbus, and with Caleb Porter at the helm, are we going to see a huge change?

Racing Through My Brain: With a much shorter turnaround between rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League than I remember there being last year, the team had to look further down the roster. And there they found a bunch of comeback kids: Kyle Duncan, Florian Valot, and Vince Bezecourt. All three of them had season-ending injuries last year (what is with those knee ligaments?!) and were ready to start again. Bezecourt and Valot went the full 90; Duncan made way for draft pick Sean Nealis.

And I Just Can’t Contain: Fresh off his very first goal for the first team just three days prior, Andreas Ivan scored his very first MLS goal (6′). Valot crossed the ball to him and he headed it home. Fans may have been wondering before this past week if Ivan was going to be an asset or a liability for RBNY. He is quickly proving to be the former. Usual starters Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer have done great things for the Red Bulls, but they can’t stay on forever. Seeing players like Ivan and newcomer Mathias Jorgensen should reassure fans that a future transition will be seamless. (Let’s hope those transitions are far in the future, though!)

This Feeling That Remains: Sure would have been nice to start the season with a win. Crew midfielder Gaston Sauro changed that.  His header off a set piece (41′) leveled the game moments before the half. And while there were a ton of fouls and a grand total of six yellow cards between the two sides, that scoreline remained the same until the final whistle. So at least it wasn’t a loss.

It’s back to Red Bull Arena for the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals this week, then a trip to Mexico for the second leg. The Red Bulls return to MLS play on Saturday, March 16, with their home opener against the San Jose Earthquakes.

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Insight from the Midfield: Paul Arriola Talks D.C. v Atlanta

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Official D.C. United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

It’s no secret that Paul Arriola‘s star is on the rise. The talented midfielder is a regular starter for D.C. United and a member of the USMNT. In D.C. United’s season opener against Atlanta, Arriola’s early goal was critical to the Black-and-Red’s victory. Paul kindly took the time to discuss the match with me after D.C.’s win.

After a disappointing end to DC United’s preseason, the team, and Arriola especially, played with an incredible intensity during the match despite the tough opponent and weather conditions. I asked Arriola what clicked for D.C. United to give such a positive performance.

Paul said, “I think it’s a willingness. There were tough conditions. But, before the game, we said it wasn’t going to make a difference. We go out and its pouring rain and the fans want to be there but it’s so cold. You know, you go out there and your hands go numb. All of those things are just little things, but they can make or break you.”

Atlanta United was clearly not playing to their usual standard during the match. The team has experienced significant changes and challenges to include: a new coach in Frank de Boer, losing Miguel Almiron to Newcastle, and a punishing CCL schedule in addition to their MLS obligations. These were all positives for D.C. United on Sunday according to Paul.

Arriola said, “I think we got Atlanta at a great time after playing Thursday a tough game against the Costa Rican team, and then having to play this week coming up. For them I’m sure it was tough, when you are fatigued, it plays a role, being away plays a role in the MLS for some reason.”

Atlanta is the favorite of many pundits to do well this season and even have a chance at another MLS Cup Championship. However, D.C. United contained Atlanta from the first whistle, giving them very little opportunity to create chances on goal.

Paul said, D.C. United, “talked a lot leading into the game about how dangerous Atlanta could be…and how we could take care of that.” D.C. was able to translate this knowledge into a strategy to keep Atlanta at bay, “the most important thing we talked about is the best way to defend is to keep the ball, and we were able to do that. I think it was great to be able to get the goal for the team early before the first half ended.”

“Like I said, I think there is still a lot of work for us to still do, but you can’t ask for a better way to start the season,” Arriola said.

No, you certainly can’t ask for a better start. Happy 2019 season and as always…Vamos United!

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D.C. United Shut Out Atlanta 2-0 in Home Opener

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Official D.C. United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

The beginning of the rain at Audi Field. Photo credit: Sarah Kallassy

D.C. United did not hold back during their home opener against reigning MLS Cup Champion Atlanta United. Temperatures hovered in the balmy 30s and freezing rain pelted Audi Field, turning it into a veritable slip-and-slide where players from both teams took repeated tumbles. 

With the inclement weather, one would expect a slower pace, however, the matchup between D.C. United and Atlanta was incredibly physical from the start. After disappointing results at the end of the preseason against Philadelphia and Montreal, D.C. gave us a reminder of who they are tonight; a team that is tenacious and determined.

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D.C. United’s starting lineup was no surprise to longtime followers of the team and included new signings Leonardo Jara (#29) and Lucas Rodriguez (#11). Both Jara and Rodriguez put in solid performances during the match and seem to have started settling in well with the DC United squad.

Although D.C. had possession less than half of the time (43.7%) in the first half, they were able to create a staggering 11 chances on goal. Paul Arriola’s (#7) 45+1’ minute goal capitalized on the chances the Black-and-Red created and placed DC United in the lead. Atlanta United was only able to create three chances during the first half, none of which materialized into a point on the scoreboard.

D.C. returned to the second half strong, with another goal scored in the 58th minute by Luciano Acosta (#10), assisted by Lucas Rodriguez (#11) in his first MLS assist. D.C. finished out the match by shutting out Atlanta 2-0. This match marks the first season opener since 2015 that the Black-and-Red have won.

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen, “was really pleased with the performance overall,” and said the “timing of the goals were big.” Olsen was quick to touch on the difficult schedule that Atlanta has and the fatigue the team must be experiencing. He said, “although it was a really good performance and a mature performance from us, you have to take it with a little grain of salt with the schedule they’ve had. Maybe we didn’t get their best punch.” Olsen wished Atlanta the best of luck with their upcoming CCL match this week.

D.C. United certainly benefitted during the match from Atlanta United’s fatigue due to their heavy schedule with CCL and MLS matches. Internal changes to Atlanta’s structure also were a welcome boon to D.C. such as the loss of Miguel Almiron to Newcastle and the new leadership of Head Coach Frank de Boer.

De Boer spent much of his career under Louis van Gaal and his loaded resume includes numerous titles and time at Ajax, Barcelona, and the Dutch National Team. However, it may take Atlanta’s players some time to get used to de Boer’s more conservative style after being accustomed to former Head Coach ‘Tata’ Martino’s looser, attack-focused style.

D.C. United was able to exploit the myriad of factors contributing to Atlanta United’s lackluster performance at Audi Field. Ben Olsen said, “in this league [MLS], you have to take advantage of those days, and I think we did that for most of the night.”

D.C United is now in possession of their first three points of the season, with their next match played away against New York City FC on Sunday, March 10th.

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Philadelphia Union Open 10th Season with a 1-3 Loss Against Toronto FC

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By Cait Costello // @caitcostello

The 2019 MLS season kicked off with Philadelphia Union facing Toronto FC in a highly anticipated match that also featured the MLS debut of Marco Fabián, the Union’s biggest signing to date.

The home opener of the Union’s 10th season started slowly. Both teams traded shots back and forth in a largely scoreless first half marked by extended and dubious injury delays and a yellow card for Fafa Picault.

After Andre Blake got a hand on a risky header from Nick DeLeon, Kai Wagner slid to block Jonathan Osorio’s shot off the rebound. Wagner picked up a controversial hand ball penalty after the ball bounced off his shoulder blade, but Blake handily saved Osorio’s penalty kick. Loose defense later cost the Union in stoppage time, though, as a wide-open Michael Bradley found room in the box and drove home the only goal of the first half.

Down a goal, the Union came out shooting for the second half, with Ilsinho, Fafa and Fabián taking quick but unsuccessful chances within the first six minutes. Maintaining his momentum after a yellow card in 54th minute, Bradley once again slipped easily by the Union’s defense to make it 0-2 in the 62nd minute. In a refreshing display of adaptability as the game turned against them, Union coach Jim Curtin replaced defender Ray Gaddis with forward Sergio Santos in the 68th minute, shifting the Union into a 3-5-2 formation.

After Osorio conceded a hand ball penalty—and a tense delay in which the play was reviewed—Fabián stepped up to take the penalty kick. He easily booted a shot into the bottom corner to score his first MLS goal and to give Union fans renewed hope.

That hope grew in the 75th minute when the Union nearly managed to tie it up as a loose ball rolled up to the chalk in the Toronto box. Laurent Ciman cleared it off the line, and referee Nima Saghafi declined to review the play, ratcheting up tension, both in the stands and on the pitch.

Throughout the match, Saghafi’s control slipped away due to lengthy deliberations, as well as questionable and missed calls. After a heated exchange by both teams following a hard foul by Santos on Drew Moor, he attempted to reassert his authority by showing a yellow card first to Santos in the 81st minute, then to Osorio in the 83rd.

The game continued downhill from there as sloppy play handed Toronto its third goal in stoppage time when DeLeon took an open shot from the center of the box to put one past Blake. The match ended 1-3 in a disappointing start to the Union’s 10th season.

Though there were flashes of teamwork amid the Union’s many shot attempts, this team still needs time to click and to continue working on the new formation. Fabián only joined the team two weeks ago, and Santos and Wagner also made their Union debuts on Saturday. Hopefully cohesion will come, though Coach Curtin is likely feeling pressure from his one-year contract in this put-up-or-shut-up season. We’ll see how the boys in blue perform next week in Kansas City.

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D.C. United Prepares to Defend Audi Field Against Atlanta United

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Official D.C. United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

MLS is back this weekend (finally!) and Black-and-Red fans are counting the hours until D.C. United take the pitch in their first match of the 2019 season. As D.C. prepares to face off against reigning MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United this Sunday, March 3rd, the question on everyone’s mind seems to be, is D.C. prepared to defend their fortress?

D.C. United’s final two preseason matches saw them fall first to Philadelphia Union and then to Montreal Impact. In the 2018 season, D.C. bested both teams to take the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. While the losses were disheartening, we can’t place too much stock in preseason matches. D.C. United took advantage of the opportunity to try new combinations of players on the field and allow academy players pitch time.

The Black-and-Red has picked up quite a few notable players during this preseason that will add experience and a fresh dimension to the team’s lineup. Lucas Rodriguez (AM), Leonardo Jara (RB), Donovan Pines (CB), Akeem Ward (D), Earl Edwards Jr. (GK), Chris Seitz (GK), and Chris McCann (DM) are among the new signings. Chris McCann comes to D.C. United from Atlanta United, where he was part of the 2018 MLS Cup Championship team.

Most recently, D.C. welcomed Quincy Amarikwa on March 1st as a new forward in a last-minute addition to the team ahead of Sunday’s match. It is a relief to see another forward added to D.C.’s roster, as Captain Wayne Rooney was previously the sole striker for the team.

Captain Wayne Rooney reflected on the upcoming match against Atlanta saying, “it’ll be an important week, obviously. You know it’s going to be a tough game against Atlanta. So, we have to be ready for them coming here, and get off to a good start to the season.” 

Although positive about 2019, Rooney acknowledges that the team has work to do. He said, “we can improve on many things… but I think we need to come with a focus, a desire, as I said the maturity, especially in games away from home, which could be vital to us come the end of the season.”

D.C. United Coach, Ben Olsen, stated, “we are a work in progress as with most teams. We might be a little bit further along at this point than we were last year. Just because of Wayne and Lucho’s relationship, Russell and Junior’s relationship…” Olsen acknowledged, “it’s a new season and a new journey.” 

Will this be the year that the Black-and-Red make the journey to their fifth MLS Cup Championship? It all starts with D.C. United defending Audi Field on Sunday.

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Games of Auld Lang Syne for New York Red Bulls

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Official NY Red Bulls Reporter

By Sylvana Budesheim // @WhiteZinWench

Scene: The Press Box at Red Bull Arena, February 27th. The New York Red Bulls are about to host Club Atletico Pantoja in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League. More on that later…

I’m eating a cannoli (like a good Jersey girl) and greeting one of the several staffers that I’ve gotten to know in my time as a reporter.

Me: Happy New Year!

Him: Happy New Year!… Wait– do we still say that at the end of February?

Me: When it’s my first time seeing you, sure!

It’s true: This is a new year; for the now 24 teams in MLS, for the 16 teams who qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League, and for the 84 teams who will compete in the U.S. Open Cup. With a new year comes a new start. The past is gone, and the future is in their hands, or, I should say, at their feet.

Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot:

The team, the fans, and the entire league knows there was a Tyler Adams-shaped hole cut out as the 19-year-old Academy product nabbed some lederhosen and transferred to RB Leipzig (the RB stands for ‘rasenballsport,’ a made-up word to keep the lettering consistent but avoid the blatant corporate branding that is a no-go in the Bundesliga). 

While fans were sad to see him go, Adams is still just a television broadcast away. I have watched his explosive pace and relentless hustle light up the Bundesliga. He was recently credited with his first assist. RB Leipzig is currently in fourth place, which will qualify them for the UEFA Champions League.

What did RBNY get in return? The transfer window was all but silent and all but closed when this announcement was made:

Are fans looking for a big name? Are they looking for someone who has scored dozens of goals in huge competitions overseas? Would they have preferred someone… older?

That’s not who the club is, and they haven’t been that way for a long time. Just because Mathias Jorgensen isn’t a big name, doesn’t mean he isn’t going to be. Wouldn’t you rather have the guy who makes a name for himself with your team? Because I can think of a couple of MLS sides who have been of little consequence in recent years. At least RBNY have made the playoffs nine years running.

And Never Brought to Mind:

Yeah… about that. There is still no star over the crest this year. There is another Supporter’s Shield, the third in six years. If RBNY was RB Leipzig, that would mean three stars. But that isn’t how American sports roll. But what’s done is done. Everyone begins with a clean slate, from the Red Bulls with their Shield to the San Jose Earthquakes with their Spoon.

We’ve Wandered Many a Weary Foot:

So begins the trudge through multiple competitions, regardless of weather and distance. A breezy 25-degree evening saw the Red Bulls sew up their spot in the quarterfinals with a 5-0 aggregate score in the Champions League. They are heading out to Columbus for the start of the regular MLS season (Yay, Condiment Derby!).

The boys in red will return to Red Bull Arena next week to start the series with Santos Laguna, followed by a trip to Mexico for the second leg. This is what roster depth is for, and I am here for all of it.

Happy New Season!

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Keaton Parks’ Unconventional Path to MLS

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Official NYCFC Reporter

By Keira Smith // @keiramunsmith

In a few days, the MLS season will kick off with New York City Football Club facing Orlando City FC on March 2nd.  A handful of new faces were brought onto the NYC roster, with quite a few being US nationals.  After our very international 2018 squad, NYCFC seems to be going in a different direction with the signings of teenaged homegrowns, Joe Scally and Justin Haak as well as acquiring 21-year-old American Keaton Parks on a loan from Portuguese top tier club SL Benfica.

Parks is an interesting acquisition as his career is an almost complete foil to those of Haak, Scally and James Sands.  Haak, Scally, and Sands all worked their way from the club system to spots in the NYCFC developmental academy.  Sands was signed by NYCFC in 2017. In an interesting aside: Sands has a twin brother Will who has committed to play for Georgetown University.  Perhaps we can check back in with both of them in say, ten years to see how their careers compare.

Parks grew up in Texas where he did not enter the DA but continued to play for Coach Armando Pelaez at various local club teams as well as for his high school. Developmental academies do not allow their players to suit up for their high school teams.  It looked like Parks would be playing next for Southern Methodist University but instead was recruited by Varzim, a LigaPro (secondary division) team out of Portugal for his first foray into professional soccer.

Those who have watched his progression, point out his high level of technicality with the ball at his feet which seems unusual for his 6’3” frame.  Parks was physically a late bloomer who learned to dominate in his early years via tight ball touches usually in the 10 role before eventually sprouting up in his junior year of high school to his current height.  This style is still at the root of his play but his post-growth-spurt size made him a better fit for a defensive midfielder position. A viewing of his highlights from Benfica B, show him physically strong, difficult to take down and a proclivity to feeding long attacking balls to the front line. It will be interesting to see how Parks’ style will fit in with New York’s other midfielders like Alexander Ring, Ebenezer Ofori, James Sands and Maxi Moralez. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these long feeder balls mixed in with City’s trademark tight touches/high possession with hopefully this new ingredient leading to more scoring.

With his unconventional rise to professional soccer, I can’t help but think of another former NYCFC player who found his way to the pros via the road less traveled:  Jack Harrison.  As many fans are aware, Harrison left the prestigious academy system in the UK for the US college route, playing for Wake Forest before quickly getting scooped up as the number one draft pick in the MLS super draft in 2016.  Harrison is currently on loan by Manchester City Football Club to English championship level club Leeds United, who are currently in contention for promotion to the premiership.

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Jack Harrison. Photo- Leeds United Football Club

For both Harrison and Parks, their careers took them abroad early before returning to their home countries. Parks is on a loan from Benfica so if he wants to stay at NYCFC beyond the season, he’ll need to make an impression pretty quickly, which may be challenging in the crowded field of rostered midfielders.  It all begins on Saturday.

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DC United Win Preseason Friendly in Suncoast Invitational

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Official DC United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

Fans were able to watch DC United take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in Saturday’s friendly match via a live stream. However, it was not FloFC, DC’s new broadcast partner, that provided the stream, but rather the Rowdies via YouTube. Having the ability to see the Black and Red in a preseason game was a treat, given that there hasn’t been a solid plan in place for fans to view the matches.

DC won the match, 1-0, with a goal scored in the 34th minute by Paul Arriola (#7), avenging the elbow he took to the face in the 27th minute. Arriola, a fan favorite and member of the USMNT, took advantage of a well-placed ball by Luciano Acosta (#10) to score the deciding goal of the match. Captain Wayne Rooney (#9) scored the second in the 40th minute with a diving header. Unfortunately, Rooney’s goal was called offside after the referee went to VAR for review.

The match was physical for a friendly, with Acosta taking an early yellow card, and Arriola, Rooney, Leonardo Jara, and Akeem Ward all taking decent knocks throughout. Papé Diakité of the Tampa Bay Rowdies took a yellow card in the second half. 

The Tampa Bay Rowdies substituted several trialists during the second half and their youthful energy made the game even more interesting to watch. One of the commentators said, “What I love, is that they are so young, they don’t realize they are playing against DC United.” 

DC United made their own series of substitutions in the 77th minute, swapping out Earl Edwards Jr. for Bill Hamid, and sending in Jalen Robinson (#20) and Donovan Pines for Frédéric Brillant (#13) and Steven Birnbaum (#15). Arriola, Joseph Mora (#28), Júnior Moreno (#5), Zoltán Stieber (#18), and Rooney all left the field and were replaced by Shinya Kadono, a new Loudon United FC signing, and several DC United Academy players, including Griffin Yow and Bryang Kayo. Ulises Segura (#8) received the captain’s armband from Wayne Rooney (#9) to finish the match. 

While this was certainly not DC United’s most technical or fast-paced match, it was a good opportunity for fans to see new talent take the field. We saw a nice save by Edwards and how Jara and Ward may fit in with the DC’s on-field dynamics. Above all though, fans were just happy to be able to watch a preseason DC United match.

DC United will face the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, February 20th in their next preseason match.

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High Hopes: DC United Prepares for the 2019 Season

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Official DC United Reporter

By Sarah Kallassy // @SarahKallassy

To say that DC United has had an eventful preseason would be an understatement. Although the team bowed out of the 2018 season after a heartbreaking loss to the Columbus Crew in their first (and last) playoff game, the fact that DC made the playoffs at all is giving fans hope for 2019. As DC United reaches the halfway mark of MLS training camp, let’s recap some of the biggest news from the preseason.

Head Coach Ben Olsen Will Remain Through 2021

Head coach Ben Olsen is a fixture at DC United, where he spent his MLS career as a player. This preseason, DC signed Olsen to a multiyear contract extension that will endure until 2021. After Peter Vermes, Olsen is the longest tenured coach in MLS.

 “I am thrilled that ownership has shown faith in the path my staff and I are taking with this extension. Our aim is to continue to put a team on the field that our fans and community will identify with and be proud of. The major goal, however, remains the same since the day I took the job and that’s to bring trophies back to D.C.” – Ben Olsen

Promising Acquisitions

DC United has made some very promising acquisitions during this preseason. Defender Leo Jara was secured on a season-long loan from Boca Juniors and midfielder Lucas Rodriguez will also come to the District on a year-long loan with the option for a permanent transfer from Club Estudiantes. Both Argentines have experience playing together and with DC United favorite Luciano Acosta, which bodes well for the squad’s on-field chemistry.

The FloSports Broadcast Deal

DC United’s supporters’ groups and fans have been vocal since the announcement of the team’s new broadcast deal with FloSports. The new deal will require a subscription in order to view all 21 regionally broadcast DC United games over the season. Games not regionally broadcast will require fans to have access to cable in order to watch. Although season ticket holders and supporters’ group members will receive a discount on the subscription service, the games are still behind a paywall and geofenced, causing many to argue that casual fans or prospective fans will be discouraged from watching. While the deal promises additional team content, fans remain skeptical.

Luciano Acosta [Almost] Signs with Paris Saint-Germain

Jul 14, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) celebrates with midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) after a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Audi Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

DC United failed to strike a deal with Paris Saint-Germain as the final day of the transfer window passed, assuring that Luciano Acosta will remain in the District for the time being. The offer made by PSG is said to have been between $7 million and $8 million, but DC United deemed the offer too low for Acosta. Alongside Wayne Rooney, Acosta was part of a dynamic dyad that drove DC United toward their 2018 playoff spot. While the move to Europe would have given Acosta a significant pay raise, losing the Argentine midfielder would strike a significant blow to a team that many feel is just starting to come into its own again after many years of lackluster performance. Although the failed transfer was a blow to Acosta, his value has certainly increased.

The Saga of Yamil Asad

Yamil Asad scoring the first goal for DC United at Audi Field

Preseason has been full of ‘will he or won’t he,’ in regard to charismatic Yamil Asad remaining at DC United. Asad spent the 2018 season on loan to DC United from the Argentine club, Velez Sarsfield. Asad had spent his whole professional career at Velez prior to moving to MLS in 2017 to play for Atlanta United.  DC United fans spent much of this year’s preseason wondering if they will see Asad play for the Black and Red again. An interview with Radio Republica hasn’t given fans much hope. Asad said, “as of today my head is with Velez. I’ve decided to stay and hope to take advantage of this second chance.” It’s looking less and less likely that Asad, who scored the team’s first goal at Audi Field, will make a return.

Chris Odoi-Atsem is Cancer Free

In arguably the best news of the preseason, Chris Odoi-Atsem is cancer-free after a being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. He has just completed his final treatment and his teammates are looking forward to welcoming him back. Hopefully, Odoi-Atsem will make an appearance soon by attending the second half of DC United’s MLS training camp beginning on February 13th.

What’s Next?

Now, DC United fans will wait out the final three weeks until the Black and Red take the field against Atlanta United in their March 3rd home opener at Audi Field. After the dramatic comeback the club made during the 2018 season, it’s hard not to be optimistic about 2019. Will DC United make another run for the MLS Cup?

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