"It's been a lot less stressful. Normally we are already worrying about set pieces and marking. The focus now is making sure we get everyone fit and physically ready. It's a whole different
mentality and it's a lot easier this way. In the past, you were worried about picking out your first 11 right about now, knowing that in two weeks you have a game." D.C. United coach Tom Soehn
remarks upon his team not having to prepare for an international tournament the moment it enters preseason training. Now we know why it fielded a reserve
team in the Concacaf Champions League group stages last fall.
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