Who would win a race between Talon and the Nationals' mascot Teddy?
It is a year of firsts for the Washington Nationals. 2012 marks the first time the Nationals have made it to the postseason, the first time they have won the NL East (and first for a baseball team in DC since 1933), and the first time Teddy won the President's Race.
For a few hours this afternoon, social media was buzzing about Teddy's win. All the talk about racing mascots made us wonder, who is the fastest mascot in DC? Is Talon faster than Teddy?
YOU TELL US: Who would win a race between Teddy and Talon?
A look at some of the stories from D.C. United 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday, September 29.
- Pontius scores first, but Dike answers as DC and Portland share points (dcunited.com)
- DC United not perfect, but happy with improving road form (mlssoccer.com)
- A shaky penalty kick decision in Portland; D.C. United benefits (NBC Sports)
- Pontius scores in United’s 1-1 tie at Portland (washingtonpost.com)
- Postgame observations: D.C. United 1, Portland 1 (washingtontimes.com)
New app created by Spin allows soccer fans to video chat and share photos or videos in real-time.
Spin has developed a new way for fans to gather online before, during, and after matches using an iPad. The app is called Spin Stadium D.C. United and it is available on iTunes.
With Spin Stadium D.C. United, you can get the excitement of being in the stands, even when you're watching the match at home.
- Chat with your friends and fellow supporters using the video and sound features.
- Wave a virtual flag or start a D.C. United chant.
- View and share photos from the match.
- Draw your own Tifo on the screen and share.
Give the app a try and then let know Spin know what you think by rating the app in iTunes and providing feedback at getspin.com/feedback
- Download the app for iPad 2 or 3 using iTunes
- Open the app and create an account.
- Invite other friends with an iPad 2 or 3 to also download the app.
- Once everyone has downloaded the app you can create an Gathering and begin to chat via video and share photos or videos.
On Wednesday, a 16-foot statue of Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi was unveiled outside the Pompidou Centre in Paris (right).
Adel Abdessemed, the Algerian-born artist of the statue, said, "This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat."
Other soccer players have also been the subject of statues.
There is a statue of Bobby Moore outside of Wembley Stadium and one of Thierry Henry outside of Emirates Stadium. Carlos Valderrama, and his golden locks, greet fans outside Estadio Eduardo Santos in Santa Marta, Columbia (right).
Some stadiums choose to honor executives, coaches, or celebrities.
In MLS, there is a statue of League founder Lamar Hunt outside of FC Dallas Stadium. Craven Cottage - Fulham's home ground - has a statue of the legendary pop singer Michael Jackson. A statue of Bob Marley strums a guitar outside the entrance to Independence Park ("The Office"), home of Jamaica's national team.
YOU TELL US: What soccer statue would you build?
D.C. United's ownership group, players, and staff served lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat) today. The club's mission is to "Win championships and serve the community."
D.C. United owners Will Chang (left), Erick Thohir (right) and Jason Levien (background)
D.C. United owners Jason Levien (foreground) and Erick Thohir (background)
D.C. United staff member Aprile Pritchet (left) and Chris Pontius (right)
Chris Pontius (foreground) and D.C. United staff member Boris Flores (background)
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A summary of tweets from players after Sunday night's match against Chivas USA. D.C. United won the match 1-0 and moved into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Another HUGE win for us 2nite! All around great effort from the guys!! Thanks to all who came out n supported!! #VAMOSUNITED
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) September 24, 2012
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) September 24, 2012
Big win! Wasn't the cleanest of games but so happy for Branko! Thanks to all the fans that made it out
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) September 24, 2012
Thanks to all those Dc United fans!!!Very Proud of my teammates,well Done guys!! 3 points.. #vamosqvamosDc#
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) September 24, 2012
A summary of tweets from players after Thursday's match against the Philadelphia Union. D.C. United won the match 1-0 and moved in to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
DWAYNE DE ROSARIO ENJOYED PAJOY'S GOAL ...
Gooooaaaallllllaasssssooooo... Great ball and finish. Well done #DCU. Lock it down now!
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) September 21, 2012
... AND THE WIN
Win is a win especially on the road & around this time. Well done #DCU...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) September 21, 2012
DEFENDER MIKE CHABALA
— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) September 21, 2012
Big shout out to the lads today. They played w/ determination & grit & the level was magnificent.. They deserve every praise. Next chivas
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) September 21, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) September 21, 2012
Join us at Glory Days Grill Centreville tonight to watch D.C. United take on the Philadelphia Union and to support United for D.C.
15% of sales during the viewing party will go to back to the United for D.C.
- Meet backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra
- Enter to win an autographed ball, jersey, or a prize pack that includes two tickets to a D.C. United match
Glory Days Grill Centreville
13850 Braddock Rd.
Centreville, VA 20121-2452
Ahead of our rivalry match against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday, we are asking you to lend us your voice. Show your support for the Black-and-Red by creating an original poster.
The top two designs selected by mlssoccer.com will win a free jersey.
Below are some examples of what fans have already created. Think you can do better? Start your poster
WATCH: D.C. United vs the Philadelphia Union on ESPN 2 on Thursday, September 20 - 8:00 PM
Showing your pride in D.C. United and your membership in a supporters club has never been easier thanks to our Team Store.
D.C. United's Team Store at RFK Stadium is now offering fans the opportunity to have new or previously purchased official team gear customized with their supporters group logo. The customization is FREE. Examples below:
The Team Store at RFK Stadium is open weekdays from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (except holidays).
- This offer is available only at the Team Store at RFK Stadium.
- Barra Brava has opted not to participate in the program. Barra members should contact their leadership for more information.
- Previously purchased items do not require a receipt, but must be official team gear.
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