Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Return of Head Gear!

Alecko Eskandarian, DC United Forward and keeper of the Head Gear, is ready to go a full 90 minutes this coming Saturday in United's playoff opener against RBNY. The Washington Post is reporting that even though his leg injury still slightly bothers him, Alecko and Coach Nowak feel that he is ready to start up front and start scoring goals again. Esky had two goals the first time United traveled up I-95 to Giants Stadium to face the Red Bulls, so hopefully he will find the back of the net again this Saturday.

With United's lack of forward play, Esky's return to the line up should provide an extra spark to the sometimes, "slow" offense that we have seen as of late. If Gomez and Moreno continue their current form, throw in Freddy and his play making skills, adding Alecko should cause some alarm in the Red Bull back line. Now we need to shore up our defense.

I have to say, after dropping alot of crap on Freddy for his play against the New England Revolution and his multiple attempts to draw penalty kicks, the boy stepped up and played a much different match this last Sunday against Chicago. He made several great runs, and was always moving forward. Say nothing of the two assists he picked up by great passes to Gomez. Freddy, you did well my friend, please, for all our sakes, keep it up.

The Post also mentioned that the friendly against Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, rumored for Summer of 2007 at RFK, is not going to happen. According to DC United Vice President Stephen Zack, next season, with the regular season, CONCACAF Champions Cup, USOC and the tournament with the Mexican league, United just will not have any free space for that friendly. Zack also is quoted as mentioning "a major international friendly." Hmmm, I wonder what might be in the works? We have already played Real Madrid and Chelsea, so would Manchester United be looking to play DC United? I guess we wait and see.


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