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"We’re not motivated...Courtesy of Craig Stouffer and the Washington Examiner, May 24, 2010.
You won’t see the best of the best in this game. To see the best of the best, you need to be in Europe during the season when everybody’s top fit and highly motivated."
Ronaldinho Gaucho before the game at RFK Stadium.
He gave fans a moment of brilliance in the 53rd minute.
Please see the video.
"But with AC Milan looking a little more like a group of distracted European tourists than a squad that finished third in Serie A – at least, until midway through the second half – D.C. rode a uplifting first half display for a 3-2 victory that hopefully can inspire a similar turnaround in league play." --- Craig StoufferCourtesy of Craig Stouffer and the Washington Examiner, May 26, 2010.
"It’s normal that there’s not the same motivation as in a normal [League] game," said Seedorf. "We’re still very professional and we performed our best possible today. I think we started out very well - our first 15 minutes we created three chances, and that’s the name of the game. If you don’t score, that’s when they score. After one-nil, of course, they got excited and got their wings. They played well. I think it was a good exhibition game."
--- Clarence Seedorf
Goalkeepers: Dida, Abbiati, Colombo
Defenders: Diniz, Jankulovski, Nesta, Oddo, Terzi, Favalli, Antonini
Midfielders: Abate, Di Gennaro, Flamini, Seedorf, Blasi, Brocchi, Delvecchio
Strikers: Mancini, Ronaldinho, Inzaghi, Pato
Source: AC Milan Official Website, May 21, 2010.
Practice Session on Tuesday Evening Open to the Public
"Milan are scheduled to train at RFK Stadium on Monday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m., but that session is closed to the public. However, on Tuesday May 25 Ronaldinho and company will train on the stadium pitch at 6:00 p.m., with the entire session open to the public. United will train before their Italian counterparts at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and the Black-and-Red are also accessible to the public."
Source: DC United Official Website, May 20, 2010. (Tickets for the session are $20 and will be general admission. You can purchase them at the gate.)
Jaime Moreno is the heart and soul of DC United. He
is one of the original members of MLS from 1996. The
great Bolivian footballer will lead DCU against Milan.
RFK Stadium: The American
cathedral of soccer has hosted
the 1994 World Cup and 1996
Kevin Payne of DC United
“We make it a priority every year to bring international teams to the Washington area,” said United President & CEO Kevin Payne. “AC Milan is historically one of the best clubs in Europe and will provide a great match for our fans and a great test for our players. Furthermore, we’re delighted to be able to offer this game and, potentially, upcoming matches against two other major European clubs to our loyal ticket plan holders as a part of their package.”
Alexandre Pato in action against Fiorentina.
Umberto Gandini of AC Milan
“We are very happy to return to RFK Stadium again, but finally to play D.C. United,” says Umberto Gandini, Director of AC Milan. “After the Italian Supercup in 1993 and a friendly with Barcelona few years ago, it will be great to play one of the most successful clubs in MLS history and to meet again the American fans.”Source: DC United to Host AC Milan in International Friendly, Apr. 12, 2010.
Oguchi "Gooch" Onyewu is a native of Silver Spring,
Maryland and a graduate of Sherwood High School.
His availability for this friendly is doubtful due to
US National team duty. He is only the fourth American
to play for a Serie A side and is the first at AC Milan.
Clarence Seedorf on Oguchi Onyewu:
"He’s been unlucky, but we have become good friends. I think he potentially is a great defender for AC Milan in the long term, and I really wish for him to have a great world Cup where he can set the tone for his next season with us. He is on a mission. I told him he is on a mission.Source: Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner, April 30, 2010.
He can be one of the first American players to really make it at the highest level with a big team, a big club like AC Milan. I know he’s very much concentrating his focus on getting in great shape. He’s doing well so let’s hope he can help his team, the U.S. team, during the World Cup, to play a good World Cup."
Individual and group ticket sales will be available on April 19th. For more information, please click here. The kick-off is at 2000 hours or 8 p.m. EDT.
Dinho and Clarence celebrate another goal.
Ronaldinho Gaucho, Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta, Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf will be a part of the Milan squad for this friendly after an arduous Serie A campaign. Their last visit to Washington was in 2003 for a friendly with FC Barcelona, but they made an appearance last July in Baltimore for the World Football Challenge against Chelsea FC. In 1993, the Italian Super Cup between Milan and Torino was played at RFK Stadium.
Clarence Seedorf is an exemplary representative
of Italian calcio and world football. He is involved
in many humanitarian initiatives including
"Champions for Children."
About AC Milan
- Founded in 1899 as the Milan Athletic and Cricket Club by British ex-pats.
- Together with Club Atletico Boca Juniors, Milan is the most decorated club in world football with 18 international titles.
- 17 time winners of the Italian Serie A.
- 7 time winners of the European Cup.
- Owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the current Prime Minister of Italy.
- Known as "il Diavolo" (the devil) or "i Rossoneri" (the red and blacks).
- Creators of the famed "Milan Lab" that has extended the careers of many players well into their late 30s.
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