*D.C. United’s replacement for cowardly Juventus (sarcasm) to serve as the July 28 friendly opponent at RFK Stadium is set: Paris Saint-Germain. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., 90 minutes later than the proposed Juventus start because live TV is no longer dictating the time.
PSG is not Juventus, but the club did finish second to Montpellier in France’s Ligue 1, has Qatari ownership, which could trigger a spending spree before the North American tour begins, and features Brazilians Alex and Nene, Brazilian-Italian Thiago Motta, and Argentine Javier Pastore. And they’ve got a great logo.
For season ticket holders, this date remains Special Game 1 in the package. Those who purchased tickets to see Juventus and still want to attend can use the same ticket. Refunds are available at the outlet of original purchase. Advanced tickets are available for $30 to $75. Day-of-game tickets are $35 to $85.
*After training today, Coach Ben Olsen huddled with President Kevin Payne and General Manager Kevin Payne for at least 20 minutes – an usually long session out at the practice grounds. The MLS transfer window did open today, so let your imagine run wild. Frankly, I don’t think anything major is brewing.
Nonetheless, I had to ask Olsen about the high-end pow-wow.
“A big staff game today, just wanted to go over which guys I wanted on my team and which guys I want to play against because I lost the last two staff games and I am starting to be the weak link out here. Last week I quit because it was too hot. I don’t know if that’s stress or what’s going on with my body. We had to strategize.”
After toying with me like Lionel Messi against Racing Santander, Olsen changed his tone.
“You know my team right now. We just lost a game so we are looking for a response against Montreal [on Saturday at RFK Stadium]. We’ve been pretty good responding after tough times.”
So why are you talking to Dave and Kevin?
“They want to be in the know. We talk quite a bit.”
United has a couple of defensive trialists in camp and perhaps will bring in more in the coming weeks. Branko Boskovic is expected to extend his stay. Beyond that, we’ll see what unfolds over the next month. Does DCU have needs? Tell me what you think.