Monday, February 26, 2007

Quick Word: Screaming Eagles Kick-Off

I went to the Screaming Eagles Kick-Off Event on Saturday, which had DC United Head Coach Tom Soehn and DC United Technical Director Dave Kaspar in attendance.

The event was pretty cool, we found out that Soehn will use the reserves primarily in the USOC, which I agree with considering our schedule this season and we found out that Soehn is infact taller than Peter Nowak.

After Coach Nowak finished his Q&A, we were able to mingle with both him and Dave Kaspar during the Raffle drawing. I asked Dave if United would get a front jersey sponsor for the 2007 season and he said no, that when we have the new adidas jersey in 2008, it will have a front sponsor (he said that the 2008 adidas jersey is very nice and will have some red in the collar areas).

He also mentioned that it is in the works right now to get MLS two guarenteed berths in the Copa Sudamericana, maybe by 2008 (he said top two clubs, not sure if that is MLS Cup teams or Conference or points). When he was asked why not Copa Libertadores, he said that the Copa Libertadores with it's group stage, has way more logistical challenges for MLS clubs, especially due to the travel times and getting the away matches in bewteen the league matches, not to mention that the Copa Libertadores starts well before the MLS regular season. The Copa Sudamericana presents a different format, which does fall during the MLS season and allows the clubs a better ability to get their matches scheduled for their away matches.

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