Freddy Adu

Behind the badge: Clash of Capitals

Eighteen members of D.C. United are scheduled to travel to Harrisburg, Penn., Monday to face off against the City Islanders in what has been dubbed "The Clash of the Capitals." The game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg.

The City Islanders recently concluded their regular season in the United Soccer League Second Division, finishing third out of nine teams with a record of 12-3-5. The team enters the post-season with a 15-game unbeaten streak and will face the Charlotte Eagles in the first round of play. In 2005, the team has been led by forward Chad Severs (13 goals, five assists) and midfielder/forward Sumed Ibrahim (10 goals, 3 assists), a University of Maryland product.

Copa Sudamericana begins
Last week, the first round of the Copa Sudamericana began, as D.C. United's potential opponents faced off in their first-leg games. Peruvian clubs Universitario and Alianza Atlético played to a 1-1 draw at Universitario's home field on Aug. 10. They will meet again on Aug. 24.

Chilean clubs Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile met on Aug. 11, with Católica taking a 2-1 victory, despite being the visitors. The two teams will meet at Católica's home on Aug. 25.

The winner of each first round series will then face off in the second round (on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7) for the right to face United in the round-of-16. United's opponent will travel to D.C. for a game on Sept. 17, before meeting in the second leg on Sept. 22.

A teen's choice
With no training for the team on Monday, Freddy Adu flew to Los Angeles to take in the 2005 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday evening. The 16-year-old Adu attended the awards with his friend, teen acting and singing sensation, JoJo. She presented the Choice Music Female Artist award to Kelly Clarkson during the evening's festivities, with musical artist Frankie J. Adu returned to D.C. on Monday in time to travel with the team to Harrisburg for Tuesday's friendly with the City Islanders.

Congratulations
The D.C. United family would like to offer their congratulations to radio broadcaster Tony Limarzi and his wife, Meg, on the birth of their first child, Lorenzo Adolfo Limarzi. The baby was born Aug. 14 and weighed in at 8 lb. 7 oz.