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Published March 6, 2014
UNITED WE TRAIN: In DC, Steven Goff reports the "terrible winter" in the Northeast has forced DC United to "secure alternate locations" to train at ahead of Saturday’s opener against the Crew. United "is not yet able to practice on its regular grass field" outside of RFK Stadium's gates "because of snow and unstable ground." An adjacent synthetic field "is in such poor condition that United will not train on it." Club officials "don’t expect to step onto the stadium field -- which has been covered by tarps during the storms and needs care -- until pregame activities" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/6).
SALVOS IN SACTO: In Sacramento, Tom Couzens reported USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC Founder & Owner Warren Smith on Tuesday "issued a bold statement" in response to MLS Commissioner Don Garber's comments about the city's chances of landing an MLS team. Smith: "When we host over 20,000 fans at Hughes Stadium on April 26, around the world will know it too." Even if the club "doesn’t pack Hughes, Smith knows a strong showing that night -- and crowds of 6,000 to 8,000 throughout the team’s 14 home matches -- will send a strong signal that the city eventually could support an MLS team." Smith’s ownership group "needs to generate excitement in the community, create a strong fan base and attract area businesses (and their dollars)." A "big opening-night crowd would be a step in the right direction" (SACBEE.com, 3/5).