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.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray attends match and local institutions display club logo.
Mayor Gray and MLS Commissioner Don Garber at RFK Stadium for the playoff match on November 3. (D.C. United owner Jason Levien in the background [left].)
From the Mayor to tower cranes, the District is in full support of D.C. United during its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Red Bulls. Below are some of the many expressions of support from around the city.
Good luck to DC United 2nite in their 2nd-round playoff game against the Red Bulls! #DCU
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) November 7, 2012
Over 500 D.C. United fans expected to attend tonight's match at Red Bull Arena.
D.C. United, in partnership with Major League Soccer and the New York Red Bulls, provided free busses and match tickets to United supporters for the team's second leg match versus the Red Bulls. Over 500 fans signed up for the mid-week trek north to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.
Leaders from the Screaming Eagles, Barra Brava, La Norte, and District Ultras helped spread the word and organize the trip.
Busses left from RFK Stadium, Ri-Ra Irish Pub in Arlington, VA, New Carrollton Metro Station in Maryland, and White Marsh Park & Ride in Maryland.
Everyone at D.C. United wishes the fans safe travels. Bring back a win!
— Meg Arby (@arby_26) November 7, 2012
Thank you @dcunited! Busses just left RFK, destination Red Bull Arena.
— David Struyk (@DStruyk) November 7, 2012
— James Armold (@armoldjp) November 7, 2012
A group of fans prepares to board the busses leaving from RFK Stadium.