Sometimes it is good to have a bye week. After their 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew last Saturday the club found themselves with a week off. Their scheduled opponent for this weekend, the Los Angeles Galaxy, are currently in a two-legged playoff with Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League. Since Major League Soccer has placed an increased emphasis on winning the Champions League, the Galaxy were given the weekend off.
While moving this match gives United some additional time to prepare for Toronto F.C. next weekend, there are some long-term implications. With the Galaxy match being moved to August the 23rd, the club will now be playing six matches in August and four matches in fourteen days between August the 17th and August the 31st. This does not include matches that United will definitely be playing in the 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League, whose group matches typically begin in August. Using last year's Champions League schedule as an example, the club could be asked to play an additional 1-2 matches during the same time frame.
In all likelihood, Major League Soccer would adjust their schedule so that United would not be over-taxed. But it will be interesting to see how United management and coach Ben Olsen work with the large number of games.
Other News and Notes:
D.C. United has decided not to sign midfielder Victor Muñoz. Muñoz, who was the club's second round pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, had previously spent some time in the Real Madrid Youth Academy and was a four year starter at UCLA... Defender Conor Shanosky underwent surgery on his left wrist this week and is expected to miss one week of action. A Homegrown player, Shanosky has spent most of his five-year career on loan to clubs in the North American Soccer League (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers) and USL Pro (Richmond Kickers).