There has always been a sort of rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United -- the “We Win Trophies” campaign comes to mind first – and that has only been upped in recent days.
Former United left back Marc Burch, who is now with Seattle after D.C. declined to pick up an option on the 27-year-old, had some fightin’ words regarding his old club and his replacement, Daniel Woolard.
“They had the opportunity to keep me and they didn’t,” Burch told the Seattle Times. “It’s time to go back and prove that I don’t believe that their left back is better than I am. If that’s what they think, then that’s what they think. It’s time to go back there and prove that we have a much better team here. And I’m happy to be here.”
No beating around the bush there.
Woolard took the high road when asked about the quote on Friday.
“Nah, it’s just another game,” he said. “It’s just another game. Another game that we need to go in and play well and win.”
Beyond Burch’s shot at his old team, there are all sorts of reasons why it’s not just another game. United will be looking to carry momentum over from it’s 4-1 win over Dallas on March 30. If D.C. wins, it will be the first time they’ve earned three points in back-to-back games since June 4 and 13, 2009 – a 2-0 win over New York and a 2-1 win over Chicago – a stretch of 84 games.
Only two players were on the field in that second game who might see the field for United on Saturday night: Dejan Jakovic, who is expected to start, and Chris Pontius.
“It’s one of those things where we need to put back-to-back performances together,” Woolard said. “Even last year I don’t think we really put two good solid performances together. Obviously we didn’t win two games in a row, but I don’t think we played well two games consecutively so, yeah, we think about it. We want to put streaks together and that’s what it takes to get in the playoffs.”
* Andy Najar was at RFK Stadium on Friday, though with a closed practice it is unsure whether he participated in training. Najar has been feeling under the weather, but I fully expect him to be in the 18 on Saturday night.
* The team announced Friday that rookie Lance Rozeboom underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL and lateral meniscus. Rozeboom was injured during training earlier this season.