D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian plans to return to full training tomorrow after neurological tests came back negative following his bout with post-concussion syndrome.
Eskandarian, mired in a miserable scoring slump after leading the team in goals last year, jogged around the field prior to last night's game against the Kansas City Wizards at RFK Stadium.
"The last three weeks have been pretty frustrating," he said. "It's a gradual build-up to getting back on the field. Little by little, I'm getting there, but you can't mess around with an injury like this. I've had concussions before in my career, but never a reaction like this. That's why it was so scary."
Eskandarian got hurt in a collision with New England goalkeeper Matt Reis on June 18 -- Reis's knee smashed into Eskandarian's head. Eskandarian described having intense, five-second migraines as much as 20 times per day after a workout. He hopes those problems are behind him and he could be available for Friday's match against San Jose.
Eskandarian is also upset with Reis, who had charged forward to disrupt a long ball into the box late in the match.
"I was slowing down, I knew he was going to get to the ball, so I was getting out of the way," he said. "I'm sure he was frustrated we were winning [2-0], so he decided to take someone out. That's business between me and him, and I'm looking forward to getting back at him somehow."
Reserves Face Rochester
Sixteen players, mostly reserves, are scheduled to fly to Cary, N.C., for tomorrow's exhibition against minor league Rochester (N.Y.). Coach Peter Nowak is not scheduled to attend. . . . A moment of silence was held before kickoff to honor victims of the terrorist bombings in London this past week.