Good morning friends! We are entering the beginning of spring, and we have a 7 day forecast with no rain in it whatsoever! Those things alone are cause of good feelings, so I hope you’re able to get out into the sun after this long, brutal winter.
To the links!
D.C. United still finalizing preseason friendlies over the next six weeks. Most likely, the club will play USL teams early in training camp (including Loudoun United) and Philadelphia, NYCFC and Red Bulls closer to start of MLS season. #dcu— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) March 3, 2021
The preseason is really and truly here, and it looks like a trip to Florida isn’t in the books. Which, I mean, makes sense. The team will play some familiar faces throughout the preseason as they look to round into fitness and implement Hernan Losada’s new system. Will we be able to watch any of these games? My guess is not!
Julian Gressel talks about how coaching changes affect the players, something that we talked with Devon McTavish about on a recent episode of Filibuster. Interesting to compare and contract the two’s answers.
Two unsigned draft picks -- Clemson's Kimarni Smith and Stanford's Logan Panchot -- have reported to dcu camp. Smith expected to finalize first-team contract soon, Panchot under consideration for 1st-team deal but might receive USL contract offer.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) March 3, 2021
D.C. United’s roster continues to fill out, with attacking Kimarni Smith and defender/midfielder Logan Panchot looking to join the D.C. United organization in some capacity.
Speaking of players that might join the D.C. United organization, Nigel Robertha put on a show in a recent game, perhaps buoyed by interest from MLS and from Malmo.
Cap space is a huge element here and I don't have that broken down at the moment. But the @Extratime guys mentioned DCU and NYCFC and I think both of those make sense - also suspect LAFC could benefit from more No. 9 options with BWP having left https://t.co/0YQuktxmBP— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) March 3, 2021
If the team can’t get Robertha, should they go after Kei Kamara instead? Kamara has been a wonderful MLS player throughout his career, but I don’t know how excited I would be to sign a player who turns 37 this year and had one goal last year. I’ll pass.
If you need a dose of bizarre humor, let the potato chip sketch from SNL into your life this morning.
That’s all I have; what’s up?