*The Honduras federation has not contacted D.C. United about the possibility of midfielder Andy Najar attending an under-23 training camp this summer, and if it did, United wouldn’t release him. Honduras is preparing for Central American Olympic qualifying preliminaries in September, and although United isn’t obligated to release Najar for that event either, General Manager Dave Kasper said it would consider allowing him to go, depending on scheduling conflicts.
“We’ll sit down with Andy and talk about it and sit down internally and talk about it,” he said.
The final round of Olympic qualifying isn’t until next spring at U.S. venues to be announced.
No word yet on whether Najar will be summoned for a friendly vs. Peru on Aug. 10 — an official FIFA fixture date.
*I’ll have much more in the coming day or two about United’s match at New York on Saturday night, but after chatting today with new Red Bulls/former United midfielder Dax McCarty, I wanted to share one telling quote now. I asked him how his role is different with New York, and he explained that he doesn’t have as much attacking responsibility and feels more comfortable as a secondary figure.
He also said that “I’m not going to be asked to be as much of a leader. There are a lot of oldeer guys here, and in D.C., I was one of the more veteran guys. I wanted the responsibility but maybe wasn’t ready for it. I tried to do too much, put a lot of pressure on myself, and I don’t think I played my best, which is too bad because I loved the team and the organization. Maybe it just wasn’t a good fit, and maybe it’s a better fit in New York.”
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*Kasper didn’t want to comment about the level of United’s interest in Jamaican center back Adrian Reid, who just completed a trial, but the sense I’m getting is that the club wouldn’t seek a deal until next year.
*United is in the market for a right back, however, and the club has explored options within MLS and on the international scene. Top-choice Jed Zayner (knee) is out for at least a month and has been susceptible to injuries all season. In his place, rookie Perry Kitchen “has done a great job there, but we want to add some depth,” Kasper said.
*Reserve defender-midfielder Brandon Barklage, who suffered a concussion in the reserve match Sunday, was examined by a neurologist Wednesday and will begin taking medication to try to alleviate headaches. The team is following league protocol: A player who suffers a concussion must sit out until symptoms subside. Concussions have sidelined defender Devon McTavish the whole season and midfielder Santino Quaranta for several weeks.
McTavish and Quaranta remain on the active roster. However, should United sign several players in the coming weeks, they could move to the injured list to clear roster space.
*Ahead of Saturday’s match against the Red Bulls, United will train Friday morning in Washington before boarding Amtrak for the trip to New Jersey.