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?
Recently, D.C. United reached out to our loyal and passionate Supporters Groups asking them to help us pump up the team up for 2014. RFK's weight room needed a facelift, and who better to complete the task than the TIFO masters themselves?
The District Ultras accepted the challenge and spent most of last Saturday night diligently painting the weight room in time for the team's return from Charleston. There is still more work to be done, and we'll have the big reveal for you soon, but for now, check out what the Ultras have been up to.
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This morning, D.C. United and US Men's National Team striker Eddie Johnson joined Extra Time Radio. Listen to his first-hand accounts from the USMNT's tour of Brazil, and his thoughts on his potential role at the World Cup in June.
When asked about the trade to D.C. United, Johnson expressed, "I'm excited to be playing for coach Ben Olsen, a guy who is a winner at the end of the day."
As the sun sets in Bradenton, D.C. United wraps up the first full day of training in Florida. The team put in a full day, with a session in the morning and one later in the afternoon.
“Day one of training was great," Homegrown newcomer Jalen Robinson said, "I’m just excited to be here and get after it and get to know my new teammates better. I don’t know many people except for the academy guys, so getting to know everyone and build that team chemistry is important to me.”
Mealtime at the hotel
What's preseason without a bit of conditioning?
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In this week's edition of #TBT, we'd like to stroll down memory lane with D.C. United's Re-Entry draft selection Bobby Boswell. The defender, who spent the first three years of his MLS career with the Black-and-Red was once famous for more than his soccer skills.
At age 11, Boswell was on Nickelodeon GUTS! He may have cheated his way onto the show, and he may not have won in overall points, but the MegaCrag is all that matters anyways, right?
Each year, adidas releases a new official match ball for MLS, and this year, we're going Brazilian!
The Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been given a make-over for MLS play. I tend to like the color update, which are said to represent the heart, "as the ball is the heart of soccer and MLS." MLS match balls are typically green and blue, like the league logo. But this year, it's all about the Black-and-Red!
What do you think of the new design?
The matches have been set. Who will you be cheering for, and which groups do you think have the toughest road to the second round?
As D.C. United prepares for its first match in Indonesia (Friday, December 6, 6:30 a.m. ET), we look back at another offseason trip to an Asian nation. In 1997, as winners of the 1996 MLS Cup, the Black-and-Red was invited to the Sanwa Bank Cup. The Cup, which ran from 1994-1997 was a single-match in which the champions of the J League would go head-to-head with the champions of a foreign league.
United lost to Nagoya Grampus Eight with a final score of 1-3 on March 2, 1997, but the trip marked a historic visit to the J League by the first-ever MLS Cup Champion.