Back from Honduras. Warren Zevon is okay with it.
I hear a few flurries might hit the Northeast this weekend. No worries here in Washington.
Let’s get caught up…..
*D.C. United has settled into the second stage of training camp in the Orlando area for 2 1/2 weeks of workouts, tournament games at Disney and a friendly on the side with the Philadelphia Union. The first match is Saturday night at 8 against the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies (streaming video at mlssoccer.com).
With just three weeks until the season opener at Houston, United’s preseason roster has undergone some minor changes:
Out: defensive trialists Kyle Altman and Neven Markovic, as well as supplemental draft pick Evan Raynr, a midfielder from UCLA.
In on trial: Canadian midfielder Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton, age 23), Danish defender Jan Frederiksen (Wisla Krakow, age 30) and Ugandan defender Henry Kalungi (age 25, Richmond Kickers). Porter, a Canadian national team call-up last month, was a guest player in United’s 1-1 draw with Malmo last week and assisted on the goal.
Trialists still with the club: midfielder-forward Ryan Richter, midfielder Joseph Nane and goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.
The full roster list is here.
Preston Burpo, a a former MLS player and Montreal keepers coach, is working with the goalies in Orlando. United is seeking a permanent coach following Pat Onstad‘s move to Toronto FC. Todd Hoffard, an ex-Red Bulls keepers coach, oversaw United’s corps in Bradenton.
*The Washington Spirit made six selections in the National Women’s Soccer League supplemental draft Thursday, including Natasha Kai, the tattoo-covered former national team forward. Kai, 29, played for Philadelphia in WPS in 2011, but because of recovery from a knee injury, it is unclear when — or whether — she will join the Spirit. Both sides are taking a cautious approach.
The league has yet to finalize the schedule. The Spirit’s home opener at Maryland SoccerPlex will take place in mid- to late-April.
*The U.S. women’s national team begins the new year with a pair of friendlies against Scotland, starting Saturday in Jacksonville (5 p.m. ET, streaming video on ussoccer.com). Ticket sales have surpassed 15,000. The teams will meet again Wednesday in Nashville. About 10,000 tickets have been sold.
*The Washington area’s NASL expansion club has a nickname: Virginia Cavalry FC. The other finalists were Dominion and Stallions. The second-division team will play in Loudoun County, near Dulles Airport, starting in 2014. Former United goalkeeper Mark Simpson is overseeing soccer operations.