- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 20, 2006

D.C. United goalie Nick Rimando had another setback in his recovery from a foot injury. Rimando, 26, had hoped to travel with the team for tomorrow’s game against the New York Red Bulls. But those plans have been scratched and it could be weeks before Rimando returns.

Rimando sprained his left foot in the preseason and the injury still hasn’t healed.

“It’s a bit of a mystery,” United goalie coach Mark Simpson said.

Rimando, who started 30 games in 2005, has missed the first three games of the season. This marks the third time Rimando has battled injury in his five seasons with United.

“I pushed him a little hard [Wednesday], but you know he was ready for it,” Simpson said. “That spot hasn’t healed completely and we are going to have to look at different treatment plans and go from there. Nicky is a bit frustrated because he felt a pop in his foot, then he would get better and feel like he would push it in training, then he would have the same symptoms.”

Backup goalie Troy Perkins, who started just two games last season, hasn’t allowed a goal since giving up two to New York on opening day — a span of 252 minutes. The 24-year-old is making the most of his chance to start.

“Throughout the preseason Nick and I were both on and off the field, but coming down the last stretch I was starting a couple of games,” Perkins said. “I worked hard in the offseason to earn it so I don’t see it [starting] as a surprise at all.”

So far, Perkins has pleased team officials.

“This time is important for him and the team is standing behind him,” coach Peter Nowak said. “The confidence he has now is pretty good but you are as good as your last game. The keeper’s job is that if you make a mistake the whole team suffers.”

Ryan McIntosh will back up Perkins tomorrow.

Note — English Premier League champion Chelsea FC will face the Major League Soccer All-Stars on Aug. 5, MLS announced yesterday. The game will be played in Bridgeview, Ill., at the new 20,000-seat stadium of the Chicago Fire.

Chelsea holds a nine-point lead over Manchester United in the EPL and is poised to win its second straight title. Last July, Chelsea beat D.C. United 2-1 in an exhibition game before 31,473 at FedEx Field.

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