Friday, April 03, 2009

Weekly Press Conference

Today the Wizards held their weekly press conference out at the Swope Park training facility in preparation for Sunday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes. Along with Coach Onalfo this week was Wizards goalkeeper and multiple MLS record holder, Kevin Hartman. Onalfo spent some time talking about the injury issues that the team has been struggling with. The good news, is that Davy Arnaud is back practicing with the team after missing last week. Onalfo said the fact that Arnaud missed last week's game was a surprise to him. Today at practice he was practicing with the first team which is a good sign going into Sunday that Arnaud could be back on the field, as he was sorely missed in Colorado.

The bad news coming out of the press conference today was the fact that Michael Harrington and Graham Zusi did not practice today and it appears likely that neither will be able to play in the game on Sunday. The midfield should survive without Zusi, because along with the returning Arnaud you also have Santiago Hirsig who looks set to get his first start. The defensive slot left by Harrington could be more worrying. It would appear that rookie Matt Besler will also get his first MLS start, filling in for Harrington. It will be interesting to see how the team plays on Sunday as the injuries continue to be an issue.

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