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If, as expected, Davies takes the field against the Crew, it will be his first competitive league game since he recovered from numerous injuries suffered in the accident.
“I feel really good with my speed,” Davies said. “I feel quick and I’ve taken the necessary strides. Of course you can always improve. I haven’t played in a competitive game for a year. My goal now is to show that I’m ready to play on this team.”
United is awash with midfielders. The team will expect more from its highly paid designated player, Branko Boskovic. The Montenegrin was impressive for his national team in the European Championship qualifiers last year, but did not shine for his club. There is good news concerning midfielder Chris Pontius, who appears to be finally fit again after an injury-plagued season last year. The inconsistent Fred has also returned to the team after a year at Philadelphia.
United’s goalie situation still remains a problem. The team’s two key keepers, Bill Hamid (shoulder), Steve Cronin (wrist) are both recovering from injuries, so in an unusual move, 43-year-old Pat Onstad, who retired at the end of last season to become United’s goalie coach, looks set to start against the Crew. The eight-season MLS veteran and a two-time MLS goalkeeper of the year has signed a short-term playing contract.
“My primary focus remains the development of our goalkeepers, but I am also ready to help our team on the pitch if called upon,” Onstad said.
United will play a 34-game season in the 18-team league which includes two expansion teams: the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers.
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