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Minus De Rosario DCU searches for a plus

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Minus De Rosario DCU searches for a plus

The stadium lights went out at one point during Canadas World Cup qualifier Tuesday in Panama. D.C. United is hoping its bid for the playoffs will not be short circuited by the loss of Dwayne De Rosario to a knee injury suffered in that game.

Life for United without the Canadian international will begin Saturday against New England at RFK Stadium. De Rosario, who played in 26 of Uniteds 27 MLS matches, is out 10-12 weeks because of a sprained MCL that happened in Canadas 2-0 loss to Panama. Just a week ago in the home fixture against Panama De Rosario provided the goal in a 1-0 win.

He is a guy thats scored a bunch of goals for us and for other teams, so it's a guy you want on the field, United midfielder Chris Pontius said of De Rosario. In teams that make deep runs and playoffs, numerous players step up not just one player. We have got to find that and everyone has got to take a little more pressure on their shoulders.

De Rosario is Uniteds captain and has accepted different roles. This season he has been used as both an attacking midfielder and withdrawn forward. De Rosario is tied for second in the league with 12 assists to go with seven goals. On August 29th the reigning league MVP scored his 100th career goal in a 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls.

If anything I think there is a higher percentage chance that it (loss of De Rosario) could bring us together, said United head coach Ben Olsen. I dont know if that is going to happen, but I could see that happening more than these guys throwing in the towel. It is not in this groups DNA.

Heading into the match against the Revolution Uniteds first playoff berth in five years is far from assured. United is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and one point behind Columbus and the final playoff spot. United was in first place at the midpoint of the season, but has lost five of its last nine matches over the past two months.

The timing of De Rosarios injury has also triggered an ominous feeling among Uniteds supporters. On September 10th of last year Pontius suffered a season-ending broken leg against in a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. United stumbled without Pontius and lost six of its final nine matches.

I think we are stronger mentally and we have better personnel than we did last year at this point, Olsen said. It is great measuring stick for us to move forward and see which guys are ready to give more.

Although its not likely, United has not ruled out looking for help outside the club, but the MLS roster freeze is 5 PM on Saturday. Olsen joked that few clubs are willing to give up a goal scorer for a fourth round draft pick anyway. Against that backdrop it is both a challenge and opportunity for the players on the current roster to somehow fill the void in De Rosarios absence.

For the last four games, starting with a 4-2 win over Chicago, United has gone with a central midfield partnership of Marcelo Saragosa and Perry Kitchen. Over that same stretch Pontius has returned to a role on the left flank. It appears Olsen then has to find someone to partner with forward Lionard Pajoy.

Since being acquired in the trade that sent Danny Cruz to Philadelphia, Pajoy has started Uniteds last five matches and scored on goal. Maicon Santos is healthy again after missing five consecutive matches with a sore foot and is possible option to join Pajoy up top. Santos has seven goals on the season, but has not scored since Uniteds last meeting with New England on May 26.

For all Uniteds troubles on the road, six consecutive losses, United has not lost at home since the season opener against Kansas City. In the Revolution, United will be facing a side that went into a summer swoon. The Revolution had a 10-game winless streak, including seven losses, before finally breaking through in a 2-0 win over Columbus.

Saturdays game will mark Olsens entrance into the D.C. Uniteds Hall of Tradition. Olsen will be recognized for his service to the club as player and will join John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Jeff Agoos, Raul Diaz Arce, Eddie Pope and Richie Williams with a banner on the south wall at RFK Stadium.

Olsen appreciates the honor, but his concern is helping to recapture the clubs winning tradition by guiding the Black and Red into the playoffs as a head coach. The matches still have to be played, and without De Rosario, but Uniteds record over its final seven opponents is an impressive 7-1-1.

2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Sweden, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

At the start of the Women's World Cup, Team USA's third match––against Sweden––was marked as a key game in the group stage of the tournament. 

While the U.S. entered the tournament as the reigning champions and the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history, the pain of an early exit in the 2016 Olympics still lingered in the air. Back in Rio, it was Sweden that ended the USWNT's fight for the gold, keeping the U.S. off the podium for the first time in history. 

Both Sweden and the U.S. enter the final match of the group stage with six points, after they each defeated Thailand and Chile. While both teams have already secured spots in the knockout round, in order for the U.S. to top the group it needs a win over Sweden on Thursday. 

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. SWEDEN

Who: Team USA vs. Sweden, Group F
What: Game 3 Women's World Cup
When: Thursday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Océane, Le Havre, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

FUN FACTS:

  • On a Roll: When Carli Lloyd scored agaisnt Chile on Sunday, it marked the sixth consecutive World Cup game in which the forward had scored. 
  • Saving the Day: Both goalkeepers, Sweden's Hedvig Lindahl and the U.S.'s Alyssa Naeher, have three saves apiece after two games. Lindahl has given up one goal, while Naeher has held opponents scoreless so far in the tournament. 

 

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Norway (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Nigeria (1-2-0, 3 pts.), Korea Republic (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Germany (3-0-0, 9 pts.), Spain (1-1-1, 4 pts.), China PR (1-1-1, 4 pts.), South Africa (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Italy (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Australia ((2-1-0, 6 pts.), Brazil (2-1-0, 6 pts.), Jamaica (0-3-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Japan (1-0-1, 4 pts.), Argentina (0-1-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Netherlands (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Canada (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Cameroon (0-2-0, 0 pts.), New Zealand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Sweden (2-0-0, 6 pts.), Chile (0-2-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-2-0, 0 pts.)


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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

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Premier League Roundup 6/17: Paul Pogba wants out of Man U.

It has been a busy week in soccer with the FIFA Women's World Cup going on in France as well as everything happening in the Premier League.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Player Notes

Manchested United: According to reports, Paul Pogba is prepared to submit a transfer request to force his way to Real Madrid. Pogba would be the second major acquisition for Real as they have just recently announced the signing of Eden Hazard. The Belgian star made the jump to Real from Chelsea.

West Ham: Jack Wilshire admitted that he almost quit playing soccer in 2015 after a rash of injuries combined with a difficult situation at home with his young son. Wilshire returned to play back in May for West Ham.

Source: Rotoworld

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