D.C. United will be without their top attacker for Friday’s trip into Kansas City’s Sporting Park – a trip that just ticked up a couple more rungs on the big scale of difficulty.
Washington Post veteran soccer scribe Steven Goff reported this evening that Dwayne De Rosario has an adductor strain and will not travel into the heartland.
That’s pretty bad news for Ben Olsen’s team, which needed to shake off a mildly disappointing March with a better start to April. De Rosario had started his season slowly, missing the team’s first two matches and then finding it hard to release the hand break while playing catch-up over United’s next pair of contests.
A trip into Sporting Park is never easy. Peter Vermes’ club is 19-5-10 over two years inside their hard-rockin’ ground on the outskirts of K.C, with just 28 goals allowed in those 34 matches. So, dealing with one of the league’s top center back pairings (U.S. international Matt Besler and hard-nosed Frenchman Aurelien Collin) and one of the league’s better goalkeepers (Jimmy Nielsen) just got tougher.
In addition to being without the 2011 league MVP for the trip, United was already missing Nick DeLeon and John Thorrington, although having new signing Rafael around helps cushion the blow just a tad.
By the way, read more about the club’s newest Brazilian signing and his background here, also from Goff.
More on Friday’s match is here, from bloggers on either side of this one.