United Finalizes Preseason Schedule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that the club has finalized its 2005 preseason training schedule. The MLS Cup Champions are currently training at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, FL as they prepare for the 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup and the 2005 Major League Soccer season. United will also travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, Coral Springs, FL and Charleston, South Carolina for portions of their pre-season training schedule and will participate in a number of scrimmages and exhibitions in preparation of their March 9th and 16th Champions Cup fixtures and their April 2nd regular season opener.

The Black-and-Red will conclude their demanding preseason schedule with the 2005 Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, SC in late March. United will be joined by 2004 Challenge Cup Champions Columbus Crew, 2003 MLS Cup Champions San Jose Earthquakes, and hosts Charleston Battery (A-League). The tournament will feature three doubleheaders at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. This tournament will serve as a final tune-up as United prepare for their MLS season opener against CD Chivas USA on April 2nd. Tickets are available for single doubleheaders as well as for the series. For more information contact the Battery at 843-971-GOAL.

Details of United's preseason schedule are listed below, though it is subject to change. Members of the media planning to attend a preseason practice or game should contact the D.C. United Communications staff in advance.

Full season, half season and flex ticket plans are now on sale through the D.C. United office at 202-587-5000. Tickets are also now on sale for the March 9th CONCACAF Champions Cup match at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. This game is not part of D.C. United's ticket packages.

2005 Preseason Schedule (All Times ET, subject to change)

  • Wednesday, February 2 to Wednesday, February 16: Training in Bradenton, FL

  • Saturday, February 5: Exhibition Match - D.C. United 1, Columbus Crew 0

  • Tuesday, February 8: Exhibition Match - D.C. United 5, Real Salt Lake 1

  • Saturday, February 12: Exhibition Match - D.C. United 3, University of South Florida 0

  • Sunday, February 13: Exhibition Match - D.C. United 3, U.S. U-20 National Team 2

  • Tuesday, February 15: Exhibition Match versus MetroStars

  • Wednesday, February 16: Return to Washington, DC

  • Thursday, February 17: D.C. United Corporate Reception

  • Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18: Training in Washington, DC

  • Sunday, February 20: Travel to Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Monday, February 21 to Sunday, February 27: Training in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Thursday, February 24: Exhibition Match versus the Los Angeles Galaxy (closed to the public)

  • Saturday, February 26: Exhibition Match versus the Los Angeles Galaxy

  • Sunday, February 27: Return to Washington, DC

  • Monday, February 28 to Tuesday, March 8: Training in Washington, DC

  • Wednesday, March 9: CONCACAF Champions Cup 1st Leg versus Harbour View FC (JAM) at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD

  • Thursday, March 10: Travel to Coral Springs, FL

  • Thursday, March 10 to Monday, March 14: Training in Coral Springs, FL

  • Tuesday, March 15: Travel to Kingston, Jamaica

  • Wednesday, March 16: CONCACAF Champions Cup 2nd Leg versus Harbour View FC (JAM) at Harbour View Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica

  • Thursday, March 17: Travel to Charleston, SC

  • Thursday, March 17 to Saturday, March 26: Training in Charleston, SC

  • March 19: Charleston Challenge Cup Match versus San Jose Earthquakes

  • March 22: Charleston Challenge Cup Match versus Charleston Battery

  • March 25: Charleston Challenge Cup Match versus Columbus Crew

  • Saturday, March 26: Return to Washington, DC

  • Monday, March 28 to Thursday, March 31: Training in Washington, DC

  • Thursday, March 31: Travel to Los Angeles

  • Friday, April 1: Training in Los Angeles

  • Saturday, April 2: MLS Season Opener at Chivas USA


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