Tuesday, September 13, 2005

DC United ready for the Copa Sudamericana

DC United will make history as the first MLS team to play in the Copa Sudamericana. Tonight is the home match in their series against Chilean club Universidad Catolica.

Catolica easily won the Chilean Primera Division's Apertura (spring season) in May and are in first place again with six wins and two draws during the current season. Oh, they also have not conceded a single goal during those eight games.

United are coming off a six match slump that ended on Saturday in Dallas.

If DC wants to advance in this tourament, they will need to raise to the level of play they had in early August. Failing that, it might just be a long night at RFK.

The match will be carried live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8pm EST. One interesting piece of trivia, tournament regulations from CONMEBOL, the South American confederation running the tournament, allow only for numbers 1 through 25, so for example Jaime Moreno will not be his now-familiar 99, but rather in jersey number 7.




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