Greetings from Kansas City.....
*With Bill Hamid ailing with a strained hamstring, rookie goalkeeper Joe Willis has been summoned by D.C. United to join the delegation here ahead of Sunday’s MLS match at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Hamid, who was injured just before halftime of a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Thursday, is listed as doubtful. Willis skipped the first leg of the two-game trip because of back spasms and wasn’t expected to travel to Kansas City.
Steve Cronin filled in for Hamid in the second half Thursday and seems likely to start against Kansas City. But with Willis arriving and a slight possibility that Hamid could play, the starting job might take another turn.
*Remember the kerfuffle a few weeks ago when Toronto FC scored while United was making a substitution? Referee Jasen Anno erred. That’s according to the USSF’s referee week in review.
Practical refereeing dictates that the entering player be allowed to assume his position on the field prior to re-starting the game. In this case, the officiating crew should have communicated better with each other to ensure that a smooth and fair substitution took place.
For additional notes.....
*Midfielder Andy Najar’s reaction to his first Honduran national team call-up (Sept. 3 vs. Colombia at Red Bull Arena and Sept. 6 vs. Paraguay in San Pedro Sula):
“I am so excited to have this opportunity to play for my native country,” he said in a written statement. “As a player, it is always your dream to represent your national team. I want to thank the Honduras Federation for calling me in and giving me an opportunity to show my talent at the international level. I also want to thank my family and all the fans for their support. I will work as hard as I can and try to do my best to help the Honduras national team be successful on the pitch.”
*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer’s review and player ratings from the 1-1 draw at Chicago.
*United will wear its third kit (all red) Sunday for the final time this season. As part of the alternate uniform, the club wants to bring attention to its Red Card Cancer effort in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center.