It's still early in preseason but Frank Yallop has to like what he got out of his squad in their first match of 2014 against MLS competition. He has to be particularly happy with the mostly young side he fielded in the second half that featured homegrown players Harrison Shipp and Victor Pineda, newly acquired Benji Joya, and trialist Grant Ward.
Shipp played a role in both goals, scoring the first off of a Joya goal post rebound and setting up Ward for the second with an impressive run down the left side of DC's defense. The combination of Shipp and Joya as central attackers with Ward starting on the right and Pineda on the left was clearly better than DC's second string midfield and back line and should ramp up competition for spots and minutes even more. Ward is a 19 year old defender/midfielder who is a product of Tottenham's U-21 program and was spotted by Yallop during his trip to the UK this winter. Interestingly enough it appears his contract runs out this June.
The first team didn't look bad either but it was the youngsters who showed brightest in this one. It will interesting to see how Shipp. Joya, Pineda, and the rest will fare against first teamers this spring.
Starting Line Up
D Franco, Hurtado, Soumare, Segares
M Nyarko, Larentowicz, Alex, Rolfe, Duka
D Kinney, Ianni, Berry, Jumper
M G. Ward, Pause, Joya, Shipp, Pineda