MLS: D.C. vs. Colombia Friendly Cancelled

The friendly match between D.C. United and the Colombian national team scheduled for March 8 has been cancelled. In its place, United will host its 1998 "Meet the Team Day" at RFK Stadium. Admission is free, and fans will be able to watch the club train from 1:30 to 2:30 (ET) and then meet and photograph D.C. players for an hour. "We were unable to confirm that Colombia would be sending a true "A" selection to play us," said United GM Kevin Payne. "Given that, we didn't think it was fair to our fans to promote a match representing the Colombian national team when the real first team wouldn't be here." Payne stressed that D.C. will still play high-quality international matches in 1998. United will again play in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, with the semifinals and finals likely scheduled for RFK Stadium in August. In addition, Payne said that D.C. United is close to agreeing to participate in another major club competition that will include teams from Mexico and South America. "MLS and D.C. United are close to finalizing details right now for this major competition, which would bring some of the great and storied clubs from world soccer here to Washington and RFK Stadium to play us during the fall," Payne said.
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