CONCACAF Champions League: D.C. United at San Juan Jabloteh

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What: CONCACAF Champions League.

Where: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

When: 8 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel.

Radio: WZAA (1050 AM); Spanish WACA (1540 AM).

Group Standings: Marathon (Honduras) 2-0-0, 6 points; Toluca (Mexico), 2-0-0, 6; Jabloteh 0-2-0, 0; United 0-2-0, 0. Two teams will advance to the quarterfinals.

Outlook: United is 0-7-3 in this competition the past two years, and a loss to Jabloteh would essentially result in elimination at the halfway point of the round-robin schedule. With a tie, the club would probably need victories in the final three matches. Rookie GK Milos Kocic, who has started two MLS matches and five nonleague games, is expected to be in the lineup and be backed up by teenager Bill Hamid, who was signed from the club's youth program two weeks ago. This game concludes a stretch of 10 games in three competitions over 31 days for United, which is 2-5-2 during that period. Only 16 players made this trip. Among the scratches were Santino Quaranta (quadriceps strain), Fred (calf), Bryan Namoff (dizziness) and David Habarugira (yellow-card suspension). Also left behind to rest were Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno and Josh Wicks. Trinidad and Tobago natives Avery John and Julius James are probable starters. Jabloteh, which relies almost exclusively on domestic players, has won four of the past seven T&T league championships.

-- Steven Goff


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