D.C. United's Andrew Dykstra, currently on loan with USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers, has been named Week 15 USL PRO Player of the Week. The talented goalkeeper recorded two clean sheets this weekend, with a 2-0 win over Orland City SC on Saturday and 0-0 tie against VSI Tampa Bay FC on Sunday. Dykstra was previously named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for his standout performance in Week 9.
On Monday, June 17 United for D.C. held its annual Celebrity Golf Tournament supported by Kaiser Permanente at National Golf Club. Over 140 golfers enjoyed a great afternoon of play, with all proceeds going to D.C. United’s charitable arm.
Participants were teamed up with D.C. United players and coaches as well as other well-known stars, including Oguchi Onyewu, John Harkes and AJ Wood. Participants had the chance to win prizes at contest holes, such as the Volkswagen Hole in One. This year, we saw the closet shot to the pin in tournament history! But, no one won the hot new ride.
Here is a list of all the winners from the day.
- 1st Place Overall: Monumental Sports
- 2nd Place Overall: Triad Construction playing with Perry Kitchen
- 3rd Place Overall: the Screaming Eagles with Nick DeLeon
- Closest to the Pin: Cushman & Wakefield's Casey Larmer
- Women's Longest Drive: White + Partners' Lauren Giles
- Men's Longest Drive: D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp
- Putting Contest: Screaming Eagles" Phil Martin
A big thank you goes out to Kaiser Permanente for its supporting sponsorship, Lenkersdorfer Jewelers for its silent auction sponsorship, GSI for hole sponsorship and Volkswagen for contest sponsorship. To learn more about United for D.C. visit unitedfordc.org.
MLSsoccer.com’s Greg Lalas shared his list of the Top 5 greatest Canadian players to play in MLS, and D.C. United clearly takes the cake. Current captain Dwayne De Rosario is Lalas’ number one, known for his ability to find the back of the net often and in the clutch. Pat Onstad came in at number two for his fantastic play in net. Onstad rocked the Black-and-Red in 2011 as a player/coach, then left for Toronto after 2012. Geoff Aunger was named fourth-best Canadian in MLS, who represented DCU from 1998-2001 and helped United clinch the Cup in 1999.
At halftime of tonight's match, D.C. United honored the co-founders of DC Brau, Jeff Hancock and Brandon Skall, as well as Donald Wine for everything they did in making "The Tradition" a reality. Hancock and Skall brewed the beer and collaborated with D.C. United for the "Brand the Brew" contest, while Donald Wine was the contest winner--choosing the name, The Tradition. D.C. United would like to thank DC Brau for its hard work in creating a delicious golden ale and Donald for choosing a name that so perfectly reflects the club.
Dwayne De Rosario has scored 22 of his 101 goals against former MLS teams. The talented veteran has tallied six times against tomorrow’s opponent Toronto FC, with three of those goals courtesy of a hat trick on 8/6/11.
De Rosario found the net four times against Houston, six times against historic rivals New York Red Bulls and six times against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Whatever the reason for De Rosario’s magic touch against his former teams, we can’t wait to see it tomorrow night at RFK! Will you be there?
Last night, fans and players alike tweeted their support of the Black-and-Red ahead of the Open Cup match. Everyone's message was heard loud and clear-- They want the cup!
Syamsir Alam sent out a Tweet of support to his team.
Douglas Rohr took a picture to cheer his team on.
The Tweet before the Storm.
Kyler Gobler “wants the Cup!”
— Kyle Gobler (@Gobble_311) June 12, 2013
The supporters want the Cup!
— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 12, 2013
Chris Boehm, writer for SoccerWire.com, showed what was on the line for both teams.
Bill Hamid was named the top player in MLS's Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 15. The homegrown goalkeeper made four key saves against the New England Revolution last Saturday night to end D.C. United's losing streak and help earn the Black-and-Red a point on the road. Adding this to his list of accolades, Hamid has now earned four weekly nods from MLS and one from EA Sports FIFA.
Kyle Porter welcomes a fellow Canadian to D.C.
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) June 7, 2013
Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Tom Heinemann wishes Rochat luck here in D.C.
— Tommy Heinemann (@TommyHeinemann) June 7, 2013
Julius, a D.C. United supporter, welcomes the whole Rochat family
Jamie Ellis is a "#pissedoffinvancouver"
— Jamie Ellis (@Jellis35) June 6, 2013
Randy Wachtin thanks Rochat for his time with Whitecaps FC
United Soccer Club’s “Spring Kick” Soccer Tournament took place on Wednesday, June 5 and marked the end of United Soccer Club’s (USC) spring season. With over 400 players from 12 sites across the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, “Spring Kick” gave kids an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of their friends and families, as many of the player’s parents were in attendance. USC provided the athletes with healthy food and drink options, stressing a healthy lifestyle.
USC continues to teach D.C.’s youth life skills that benefit them both on and off the field. This spring alone, USC enrolled close to 700 children in the program, increasing the reach and impact United for D.C.—D.C. United’s charitable arm— has on the city as a whole.
United for D.C. would like to thank all of its volunteers from Gallup, Clinovations, the U.S. Coast Guard, D.C. United staff, United for D.C. board members and all of its local supporters.