I see a ship in the Harbour
D.C. United will take on Jamaican team Harbour View in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champion's Cup. You may remember this as the team United faced in the 2005 CCC, where United won both legs 2-1 before crashing out against UNAM Pumas.
Over at An American's View, Brian Garrison tries to get ahead of the expectation setting game:
So how do I think DC United will do in this tournament? Honestly, I have no idea. I don't know because it seems as if we are in for a major roster restructuring that really has yet to take shape as of today. Yes, we have already lost a starting defender and are on the verge of losing our starting goalkeeper, but according to other sources, there should be some rather large changes in the club that will happen next month for sure. As we don't even know who will be in our starting 11, or really even have a good idea, I don't know how we will do in the tournament. I don't think we will do any worse than the Semi-Finals, but who really knows.
He's correct in one sense, in that United's roster will likely still not yet be finalized by the time of the first round. Let's not forget that Fred wasn't integrated into the line-up when United faced Olimpia of Honduras last year. But, let me restate my position from last year which remains unchanged: MLS teams should advance in the first round of this tournament. If an MLS team loses in the first round, it is not the kind of disappointment you can dismiss with "they weren't in form yet." It doesn't matter. I expect, regardless of whether our roster is finalized or not, a win over two legs. In fact, I demand it.
As for the semi-finals, that will be another story.