In the first episode of Unmarked, we take you behind the scenes of the first match of the 2014 Atlantic Cup. We mic'd up Ben Olsen for an exclusive look at the rivalry between D.C. United and New York. Enjoy!
Tomorrow is College Night, so we did some research. Here is the list of current, active MLS players who attended a local college.
Marc Burch – 2005
Taylor Kemp – 2009-2012
Ethan White – 2009-2010
Chris Seitz – 2005-2006
Graham Zusi – 2005-2008
Christiano Francois - 2012
A.J. DeLaGarza – 2005-2008
Omar Gonzalez -2006-2008
Robbie Rogers - 2005
Patrick Mullins – 2010-2013
Maurice Edu – 2004-2006
Zac MacMath – 2008-2010
Schillo Tshuma – 2012-2013
Rodney Wallace – 2007-2008
John Stertzer – 2009-2012
Clarence Goodson – 2000-2003
Jeremy Hall – 2006-2008
Dan Gargan – 2001-2004
Tommy Muller – 2009-2012
Steve Neumann – 2010-2013
Ian Christianson – 2009-2012
Billy Knutsen – 2010-2013
Andrew Dykstra – 2005-2008
Matt Watson – 2004-2005
Today is the Washington Nationals' Home Opener. So, naturally, we look back to that time Talon body slammed a sausage. Talon, along with other DC mascots, participated in the Presidents' Race on April 1, 2011, and if you ask us, he won.
Good Luck to the Nationals today as Nats Park opens it's gates for the first home game of 2014 against the Atlanta Braves!
Last night's U.S. Men's National Team Friendly was one of the last opportunities for players in the USMNT pool to make their case for inclusion into the World Cup team. Jurgen Klinsmann has until FIFA's June 2 deadline to finalize his 23-man squad. Starting on the bench last night for the USMNT was D.C. United's Eddie Johnson and Bill Hamid, both hungry for a coveted spot on the plane to Brazil.
In the 64 minute, Johnson came on for Chris Wondolowski. Wondo already had one goal on the night, and once again proved that he can produce for the U.S. But Johnson was ready to make a statement of his own. The veteran forward made several dangerous runs, setting up scoring opportunities for the USMNT. Finally, in the 86 minute of action, Johnson was fed a through ball from teammate Clint Dempsey. The striker's class and comfort on the ball was evident as he cleanly put it past Mexico's keeper. Unfortunately, Johnson's goal was ruled offside, but upon review, it looks a little bit suspicious to us... what do you think?
Did EJ make his case for inclusion in the World Cup roster?
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen was on Elliot in the Morning, well, this morning. The conversation started off on the topic of draining blood from under your toenails, but moved to D.C. United's spirit in the locker room and performance on the pitch. Check out the great interview for yourselves.
March Madness is real people. The competitive juices are flowing not only on the field for DCU, but in the locker room. Captain Bobby Boswell organized a team bracket challenge, and we took it a step further. We chose three MLS veterans and three youngsters to compete against each other (editor's note: I'm rooting for team #Youngsters). So, here are the teams. The #Veterans: Centerback Bobby Boswell (31), Left Back Sean Franklin (29 as of today-- Happy Birthday @SFranklin5!), and Midfielder Chris Pontius (26). The #Youngsters: Midfielder Collin Martin (19), Centerback Steven Birnbaum (23), and Left Back Taylor Kemp (23).
Each morning, we will update the brackets and scoring so everyone can keep track, tweet at the guys and root on your favorites! Let the Madness Begin! CHECK OUT THE BRACKETS
They’re at every D.C. United home game and even away games cheering on the Black-and-Red. Supporter Groups are a huge factor in creating an electric and intimidating atmosphere at RFK stadium. The District Ultras, La Norte and Club Echa Panza are regular attendees of D.C. United Academy home matches. They come out to these games with banners, flags, drums and an upbeat attitude to cheer on the Academy teams.
“I’ve always thought it was important to support the team from the top to the bottom,” said D.C. United Supporter Dennis Ridgway. “Supporting United doesn’t just stop at the first team. If they pull on the United jersey, they have our full support.”
The D.C. United Academy is full of talented young players that are proud to wear the D.C. United badge while they play the game they love. Hearing the iconic D.C. United cheers as they play home games not only makes for an exciting experience, it gives them a taste of what’s to come. Several first team players such as Bill Hamid, Jalen Robinson, Michael Seaton, Collin Martin and Conor Shanosky are all products of the D.C. United Academy program. The Academy gives players the opportunity to someday play for the first team, but it also gives fans a chance see the future of the D.C. United program.
“It’s really special to our groups to see players like Collin [Martin], Michael [Seaton] and Conor [Shanosky] make it to the first team after watching them make their way through the Academy,” said Ridgway. “Even if a person isn’t a member of a Supporter Group and just a fan of soccer, they should come out to these Academy games. The level of play is amazing. If anyone saw the goal that Christophe Koffi scored at the U-16's game against Match Fit, they would completely agree.”
Every MLS team has an Academy Program. However, not every Academy program can boast that their first team Supporter Groups come out to their games. A regular 11 a.m. league game at Spingarn High School turns into something more when you hear “D.C. United” being chanted in the stands and see the Black-and-Red flags being waved in the air. To have the support from these groups gives the players a little extra push to show their talent and love for the D.C. United badge.
The District Ultras, La Norte and Club Echa Panza use Facebook to organize groups to attend Academy games. Everyone is invited to join and attend these free games that showcase D.C. United Academy players competing at the highest level of youth soccer in the country. The D.C. United Academy schedule can be found ONLINE.
When you hear the name Michael Seaton, what comes to mind? Speed, athleticism, potential? Well, how about Tango? That’s right. Michael Seaton is Tangoing with the Stars.
The Chamber Dance Project is producing a stellar show at the Kennedy Center in which gorgeous tango ballets will be performed, and in support of the gala, on April 10, Minister Federico Barttfeld, Head of Cultural Affairs of Argentina, and the Chamber Dance Project will host Tango with the Stars.
D.C. United’s Seaton will be dancing for United for D.C., while other local names such as Doron Petersan, winner of Cupcake Wars and Kate Michael, former Miss DC will be dancing for charities of their choice.