United Loses SuperLiga Home Date

Saturday, January 27, 2007

When the inaugural SuperLiga tournament featuring MLS and Mexican clubs was unveiled two weeks ago, D.C. United was awarded three first-round matches at RFK Stadium.

A few days later, when organizers realized RFK was not available for the D.C.-Houston match because of a Washington Nationals-Cincinnati Reds game, United was given the option of finding an alternate location, such as Richmond or Baltimore.

Yesterday, United learned it will have to play the Aug. 1 game in Texas.

Organizers "want to maintain the integrity of the competition with home-team crowds," United senior vice president Stephen Zack said. "From a competitive standpoint, we would have liked to play at home, but we understand the decision and respect it."

United will face Mexico's Morelia and Club America in Group B matches at RFK on July 25 and 29, respectively, then face the defending MLS champion Dynamo at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

If United advances, it would not be able to host a semifinal on Aug. 14 or 15 because of a Nationals-Phillies series. RFK is available for the Aug. 29 final.

The Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas, Chivas of Guadalajara and Pachuca are in Group A. The champion will earn $1 million. . . . Goalie Luis Robles, a fourth-round pick from Portland, has signed with German club Kaiserslautern. The move leaves United with three goalies for the preseason.

-- Steven Goff

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