D.C. United opens training session to the public


WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 — D.C. United, currently on an impressive four-game unbeaten streak, is reaching out to its loyal fan base. The club announced Tuesday that it has rescheduled the open training session that was postponed earlier this month due to bad weather.

This is a chance for fans to watch the United’s players train and then meet the coaching staff and veteran United player and head coach, Ben Olsen. The open training session will take place on Monday, April 28, at Cardozo Education Campus, 1200 Clifton  Street, in Northwest Washington, D.C., 20009, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the general public.

After training, United’s players will be available for an autograph session where fans are encouraged to bring memorabilia for players to sign. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to enter to win D.C. United autographed merchandise and tickets.

“We are excited to have a second chance for an opportunity for fans to see our players up close in a practice environment,” said Victor Melara, D.C. United Director of Community Relations. “Our players are deeply proud of the community they represent, and we are proud of a relationship that is unlike any other in sports.”

United (2-2-2, 8 points) will seek to extend its unbeaten streak when it plays the high-flying FC Dallas (5-1-1, 16 pts.) at RFK Stadium on Saturday night at 7 p.m. FC Dallas leads the Western Conference with the best record in the league and will be United’s biggest test of the season. The Texas-outfit has scored a league-high 17 goals. Fourth-place United has scored six goals in the Eastern Conference – all in its last four games – and given up seven goals, while FC Dallas has been scored on 10 times.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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