D.C. United considers training overseas
Seeking to capitalize on Wayne Rooney’s worldwide fame, D.C. United is exploring opportunities to conduct a portion of training camp far from home in early 2019.
Possible destinations include China, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
United will spend the bulk of the preseason in Clearwater, Fla., but with international travel under consideration, the schedule remains unsettled. MLS teams will begin formal workouts Jan. 21.
Without offering specifics, General Manager Dave Kasper said United is looking at “an international destination” for part of training camp and that the organization is still finalizing plans. People familiar with the team’s plans said Asia and the Middle East are in the mix. — Steven Goff
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