DC United Players Robbed During CONCACAF Champions League Match vs. Queretaro

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

Antonio Naelson (C) of Queretaro vies for the ball with Patrick Nyarko (R) and Sean Franklin (L) of DC United, during their CONCACAF Quarterfinal Champions League football match at the Corregidora stadium on February 23, 2016, in Queretaro, Mexico.  AFP PHOTO/ADID JIMENEZ / AFP / ADID JIMENEZ        (Photo credit should read ADID JIMENEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported Monday that some members of D.C. United had their cellphones and cash stolen last week in Queretaro, Mexico, during the squad's CONCACAF Champions League match against Queretaro F.C.  

"S--t happens down there," manager Ben Olsen said, per Goff. "It's upsetting that stuff like that still goes down in CONCACAF."

However, Queretaro F.C released a statement in Spanish, via Twitter, denying any phones were stolen from the stadium. ESPN FC's Tom Marshall provided a short summary:

Tom Marshall @mexicoworldcup

.@Club_Queretaro have released a statement denying phones belonging to @dcunited players were stolen from the locker room in La Corregidora.

Per Steven Streff of SB Nation's Black and Red United, the club will compensate the D.C. United players:

Steven Streff @streffsoccer

Despite claiming that thefts didn't happen at the stadium, #SiempreGallos claim that they will compensate players who had items stolen #DCU

Olsen commended both CONCACAF and Queretaro F.C. for what he called a "very professional" response to the incident, per Goff.

Goal.com's Thomas Floyd added that no evidence points to either the club or match organizers having direct involvement in the robbery. Floyd countered, however, saying team members don't completely absolve Queretaro or CONCACAF of blame:

Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10

@Vamos_DCU I think that's the consensus. DCU upset that Queretaro and CONCACAF let this happen but satisfied by the response.

Recovering the phones will prove difficult. Floyd reported a D.C. United player used an iPhone app to locate his phone, which was roughly 130 miles away in Mexico City.

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D.C. United lost the first leg 2-0 and will look to overcome the deficit at home Tuesday night. Should it move on to the semifinals, United will play either Real Salt Lake or Tigres UANL, who hold a two-goal advantage in their quarterfinal tie.

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