Thanks again for a fantastic season to all our fans & supporter groups #vamosunited very proud to captain this team. Felt good to be back...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 19, 2012
great season, fans the atmosphere tonight was a memorable one. Thank you very much. Bright future we have.
— Nick DeLeon(@NickDeLeon7) November 19, 2012
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 19, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) November 19, 2012
I want say thanks to all our DcUnited fans, YOU guys are great, Very proud of My Teammates,Love play for this Club....
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) November 19, 2012
Campers at the Dero Development and Power Training camp in Ontario are cheering for United
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario holds soccer clinics in Toronto throughout the year. Players at a recent camp sent in the above mobile phone video wishing DeRo good luck ahead of Sunday's decisive Eastern Conference Final match. Learn more on DeRoUnited.com
DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray took to Twitter on Friday evening to tell reporters he would not be able to attended Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, but that we was still rooting for United.
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) November 16, 2012
A report out today from TopDrawerSoccer.com offers some quotes from D.C. United U-16 Academy player, Gerson Umana.
Umana is currently tied for first in scoring among USSF Development Academy U-16 players with nine goals. “It’s really all team work,” Umana told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I think as a team we are really complete [and] my coach is making me into a better player.”
From the Mayor, to other sports teams and players, to construction cranes, to the Newseum - the District is cheering for D.C. United during its 2012 MLS Cup Playoff run. Today, local indie rockers, The Dismemberment Plan offered their support via an article on their site titled "Why D.C. United is going to win this weekend."
The band's bass player - and author of the article - Eric Axelson is the most ardent United supporter, but the whole band has been following the team. As they noted via their Twitter account, "[We have] DC United scarves and two soccer balls in the practice space." The band also announced the score of a recent D.C. United match while on stage during the recent Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012.
As you can see, the finale of their shows resembles the supporters sections:
Catrachos draw 0-0 with Peru in international friendly
PHOTO: PATRIC SCHNEIDER / AP
D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar earned his third cap for the senior Honduras National Team on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. Honduras played Peru to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly.
Najar played 74 minutes, the most he has ever played for the senior team. Interestingly, Boniek Garcia of the Houston Dynamo replaced Najar. D.C. United and Houston will play each other on Sunday night at RFK Stadium in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Najar is currently serving a two-match suspension from Major League Soccer for his actions during the Eastern Conference semifinal match against the New York Red Bulls on November 3. If United were to advance to the MLS Cup Final, he would be available for selection.
PHOTO: PATRIC SCHNEIDER / AP
General Manager of Professional Referee Organization clarifies a statement made to NBC Sports Network
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) released a statement today clarifying comments made by PRO GM Peter Walton about a play that occurred in the first half of the 2012 MLS Easter Conference finals.
During half-time, Walton told NBC Sports Network, "Looking at it in real time, I thought the tracking defender [Houston's Luiz Camargo] could have influenced the outcome of that particular play and the benefit of the doubt would go to the defending team in a situation of a denial of a goal scoring opportunity. That's my opinion from seeing it in real time."
Today, Walton said, "In review of that play, my opinion has changed in as much as the defender, which I thought in real time would have influenced the play, clearly was behind the action and therefore the disciplinary sanction should have been a red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.
"I made the initial statement on my real time opinion without having the advantage of a replay. Having reviewed the replay, it is clear it ticks all the boxes for a denial of as goal scoring opportunity and a send-off should have been the outcome."
The Eastern Conference Finals match in Houston will be shown around the world
D.C. United owner Erick Thohir has repeatedly said he wants the club to become "a global brand." During a recent interview about his vision of the club, Thohir said, "Teams like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan are known well outside of their immediate borders, and we believe the same thing is possible for D.C. United."
Thanks to efforts by Thohir, D.C. United's playoff run has been shown in Indonesia. The Eastern Conference semifinal match at New York aired on an Indonesian network and the Eastern Conference final will be broadcast as well. Thohir said that if United makes the MLS Cup Final, that match will be broadcast in Indonesia.
In fact, United's clash with the Dynamo will be shown everywhere from Indonesia to Nepal to Germany to the Cayman Islands. Below is a complete list of networks and countries showing D.C. United's match:
- Al Jazeera (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
- Arena Sport (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
- Astro Supersport (Malaysia, Brunei)
- Canal + Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
- Kujtesa IPTV (Kosovo)
- Nex- Media (Indonesia)
- Orange (Poland)
- OTE (Greece)
- Rightster (Clips WorldWide)
- Setanta Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
- Setanta CIS (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)
- Skynet (Myanmar)
- SportsMax (Aruba, Bermuda, The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Curacao, The Leeward Islands (including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts/Nevis, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands), The Windward Islands (including St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica and Grenada), Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos)
- Sport 1 (Holland)
- Sport Klub (Hungary)
- Sport TV (Slovenia)
- Starhub Cable Vision (Singapore)
- Sportdigital.tv (Germany, Austria)
- TEN Sports (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
- Truevisions (Thailand)
- TV One (Indonesia)
D.C. United advanced to Eastern Conference Final for first time since 2006 on Thursday night. United's players shared their emotions following the thrilling win.
So proud of the boys tonight!! Whole team comes together to get wins!! Beautiful thing to see:) #vamosunited
— Robert I. O. Russell (@RobbieRussell03) November 9, 2012
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) November 9, 2012
What a feeling! So proud to be a part of this team!
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 9, 2012
YES WE DID!!!
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 9, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) November 9, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) November 9, 2012
— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) November 9, 2012
Which fan is gonna kiss Nick Deleon's feet first?
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) November 9, 2012
Free tickets available to D.C. United fans that can make it to New Jersey
Got so much respect for the DC fans coming back up tonight. Safe travels all
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 8, 2012
The club has filled five buses that are heading to Harrison, NJ for tonight's match. However, a limited number of free tickets are still available at Red Bull Arena.
When you arrive at Red Bull Arena, find Box Office B and look for the ticket window designated for D.C. United fans. Arrive early, a limited number are available and we can't guarantee a free ticket for every fan.
If you had a ticket to last night's match, you'll need to replace your ticket with a new ticket at Box Office B.
Box Office B is on the north side of Red Bull Arena.