Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa returned to D.C. United practice Wednesday after spending time with family in Brazil following his father’s death.
“It was really nice to see him,” Coach Ben Olsen said. “All of the guys were really [happy] to see him walk in this morning. Everybody knows he has been through a lot. We’re a family. We all struggle when one of our own has a loss like that, but he seems in good spirits and ready to get back to his job.”
Olsen didn’t want to predict whether Saragosa would be fit and available for Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. However, “he looked pretty good today.”
Saragosa hasn’t played since March 24: He traveled to Brazil when his father fell ill, returned to Washington for a few days, then returned when there was an unexpected turn for the worst.
*Right wing Danny Cruz didn’t practice because of a sore calf. “Just want to be smart with some guys — he’s okay,” Olsen said.
Cruz, on facing his former team this week: “They helped make me who I am. I’m thankful for the days [coaches] Dominic Kinnear and John Spencer would work with me after training for a remarkable amount of time. Mentally, I was all over the place. I had a terrible [scouting] combine [before being selected in the third round]. I had so many expectations. I struggled. Houston took a chance on me. I don’t think I could’ve been brought up any better.”
Even though Cruz and the Dynamo couldn’t reach contract terms after last season, “There’s no resentment. I’m proud to say I played for that club and played for Dominic Kinnear. Now, am I absolutely, 100 percent can’t wait for this game? Yes. Am I looking forward to it? Have been since preseason. I know I have to keep my emotions out of it. It’s another team, another game, but I am more excited than resentful.”
*Center back Dejan Jakovic remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Center back Ethan White, who has yet to play since knee surgery, is close to returning to regular training.
*Saturday’s match will be the second of five in a row in which Dwayne De Rosario faces a former team: New York, Houston, San Jose, Toronto, Houston. Then, after playing Colorado, he will confront Toronto again.
*United’s six-game unbeaten streak is the club’s longest in league play since early in the 2009 season, when DCU posted two victories and five draws.
*Comcast SportsNet will carry Saturday’s match live, starting at 7:30 p.m.
*United has reached agreement with the Baltimore Bohemians to become a youth development partner.