The second stage of DC United's preseason tour of the south will take them to Charleston, SC for that side's Challenge Cup.
So far the star of the pre-season has to be 19-year old goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Hamid, who was DC United's first academy signing has greatly impressed with his performances in goal during the preseason. Hamid's form has been such that he forced DC United to release trialist (and veteran) keeper Ray Burse. With Josh Wicks on the injury list with multiple injuries, it is looking like Hamid will start the Red & Black's season as the number 2 and for good reason.
The injury bug is starting to hit United though. According to Goff, regular starters Marc Burch and Clyde Simms are carrying some knocks. Simms, with a knee problem, is expected to be out for about three weeks, or until just before the opening game in Kansas City. Burch's injury is a bit more serious with a foot injury that could keep him on the sidelines for months. Burch, and his killer left foot, will be missed on the left back position.
Injuries are the last think this team needs going into the season, it is hard to climb out.
On the positive side though, it looks as though Santino Quaranta is returning to form after off-season foot surgery, as is Danny Szetela.