What are your thoughts on the addition of New York City FC to MLS? D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have a storied rivalry built up. Will the 18-year long contention between the two sides grow or perhaps simmer down? Is it possible that the inclusion of another New York team will spark a new and more heated contest?
Tweet at @dcunited using #NYCFC and tell us your thoughts! We'll randomly select a few to be featured in a fan-driven Tweet Tweet article in our United Notebook blog.
D.C. United hosts the Portland Timbers this Saturday - tickets still available online
Through its 18th season, Major League Soccer has had nine expansion years. With the announcement of New York City FC, the 20th team to join MLS, we take a look back at how D.C. United has performed against expansion clubs in their inaugural MLS regular seasons.
The Black-and-Red has outperformed expansion clubs with a 17-8-3 regular-season record. United swept the opening-season series against four different clubs: the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC. Below are the year-by-year regular season records between D.C. United and expansion sides:
- vs Chicago Fire - 2-0
- vs Miami Fusion - 2-2
- vs Chivas USA - 2-0
- vs Real Salt Lake - 2-0
- vs Houston Dynamo - 1-1
- vs Toronto FC - 3-0
- vs San Jose Earthquakes - 1-1
- vs Seattle Sounders - 0-1-1
- vs Philadelphia Union - 1-1
- vs Portland Timbers - 1-0-1
- vs Vancouver Whitecaps - 1-1
- vs Montreal Impact - 1-1-1
This weekend, D.C. United hosts the Portland Timbers. D.C. remains undefeated against the Timbers with an all-time record of 1-0-2. Portland has not visited RFK since October 19, 2011 when a goal from Dwayne De Rosario helped the Black-and-Red earn a draw. Match tickets for Saturday are still available ONLINE
Each match, D.C. United has important partners and fans perform the ceremonial first kick. On Armed Forces Night the first kick was taken by Jason Pak, a D.C. United fan and longtime soccer player who was injured while serving in Afghanistan. In April, Chris Pontius and James Riley visited Pak at Walter Reed Medical Center where the three formed an instant connection. D.C. United was very excited to have Pak at Armed Forces Night and thanks him and all of the former and current members of the armed forces.
Ahead of Armed Forces Night, D.C. United players send messages of thanks to the military for their service to our country.
Armed Forces Night tickets still available, call 202-587-5000 to find out how you can donate tickets to troops!
D.C. United would like to thank all current and former members of the military who serve and protect our country everyday. We'd also like to thank Volkswagen, GEICO, Giant, Long Fence and Home, Allstate, American Airlines and Hilton-Homewood Suites for their part in helping make Armed Forces Night a success.
Daniel Woolard and John Thorrington:
So amazed by all the support!! Hope everyone comes to the match Sunday for my last official game as a professional footballer!!#retirement
— Robert I. O. Russell (@RobbieRussell03) May 15, 2013
— District Ultras (@DistrictUltrasX) May 15, 2013
— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 15, 2013
— Andy Williams (@bommadog) May 15, 2013
— Chris Seitz (@Seitzy1) May 15, 2013
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 15, 2013
— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) May 15, 2013
— Arlo White (@arlowhite) May 15, 2013
— Duke DC (@DukeDCTweets) May 15, 2013
This Sunday, celebrate your mom with D.C. United and Major League Soccer. Show your appreciation for your mother this Mother's Day and you could win the MLS jersey of your choice.
All you've got to do is:
- Snap a picture of you and your mom in MLS gear using the hashtag #MLSmom.
- Tweet us an image or post one on Instagram to give your mom a shout out.
- The randomly selected MLS duo will each receive a non-customizable 2013 MLS jersey of their choice.
Then, look for your photo to show up on the Fan Photo Wall
Next Sunday, join Olsen's Army in supporting America's troops at Armed Forces Night at RFK - Tickets available online
Congratulations to veteran midfielder, John Thorrington and his wife who welcomed a healthy baby boy to their family. Jensen Gerard Thorrington was born on Tuesday, May 7 weighing in at 8lbs 11oz. Thorrington, who is currently sidelined with a ligament strain, said Jensen will be making his soccer debut in 2030.
Welcome to the D.C. United family, Jensen. Congratulations and well wishes to the Thorringtons!
With an hour until kickoff and dark clouds looming over RFK Stadium, D.C. United is preparing for the game as usual. Soccer, after all, is one of the few outdoor sports that is rarely effected by weather delays. Major League Soccer rules state that the referee is responsible for making all weather-related calls based on his assessment of the playability of the field and safety of the teams.
A quick history lesson
Inclement weather, a Wednesday night, Houston? Sound familiar? Back on June 4, 2008 D.C. United hosted the Houston Dynamo on a rainy Wednesday evening at RFK, severe weather left the field unplayable and the match was rescheduled for Tuesday, July 22. In an interesting turn of events the match on July 22 was also postponed, this time due to widespread power outages in DC. On July 23 the match was finally played, however not before a three hour delay.
D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo has seen its share of midweek weather drama, but we're all ready for tonight. Game on.
One of the most decorated and longest tenured managers in world soccer history announced his retirement today. Sir Alex Ferguson, who has spent the past 26 years at English Premier side Manchester United, will retire as team manager at the end of the season. During his 26 years at the club, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, and the UEFA Champions League twice.
18 members of the Black-and-Red were born during or after the year that Ferguson took the helm at Manchester United. Brandon McDonald and Andrew Dykstra were both born in 1986, and United homegrown forward Michael Seaton was born a full ten years after Ferguson's reign began.
In the 2010 MLS All-Match, the all-stars faced Manchester United to a 2-5 loss. The two MLS goals were scored by none-other than D.C. United's Dwayne De Rosario and Houston Dynamo's Brian Ching. See the two battle tonight when the Dynamo visits RFK Stadium (7:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Plus / Channel 8)
Please welcome D.C. United in congratulating Sir Alex Ferguson on a storied career, and wishing him luck in the future!
Not a Man Utd fan but Sir Alex Ferguson is a legend. Tons of success and millions of pieces of gum. Sad to see him leave the game.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) May 8, 2013
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) May 8, 2013
Ahead of a rare weekday matchup, D.C. United's lingering injuries are starting to clear up, but that hasn't kept Casey Townsend from impressing. Nick DeLeon, who suffered a hamstring strain against the Columbus Crew on March 23 has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Dynamo. After being set back a few weeks with a groin strain, Chris Pontius has also been upgraded to questionable.
With a handful of injuries so far this season, D.C. United has been drawing deep into the roster and recently brought Townsend back from Richmond where he was on loan with the Kickers. Through three matches at the Kickers, Townsend tallied two goals and is tied in the leaderboard for goals scored. After training today Ben Olsen confirmed that Townsend would be in the 18 on Wednesday.