On Thursday, July 11, members of D.C. United's first team and front office staff visited the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The United Builds event, which D.C. United has participated in for a number of years, was met with bright and cheery smiles from the patients at the hospital.
United veterans Dwayne De Rosario, Brandon McDonald, Chris Korb, and Andrew Dykstra entertained patients and families at the hospital. The group took part in games, arts & crafts, and various activities to provide a fun environment for patients & parents at the hospital.
Click here to find out more about D.C. United's community efforts.
This week, Monumental Network launched its newest online series, a soccer-specific show which will air on MonumentalNetwork.com. The show, which is hosted by longtime D.C. United play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Johnson, kicks off this week with a feature on United's bright young keeper, Joe Willis. Check it out each week!
Each season, MLS WORKS names Community MVPs from around the league who use soccer to help enhance their community. D.C. United's local MVP is Guy Perez of Richmond, Virginia.
Fans have the opportunity to vote to choose the Grand Prize winner. All votes must be submitted by July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the winner is eligible for the below prize package:
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for winner and one (1) guest to include:
- Accommodations for two (2) nights Roundtrip coach airfare
- Two (2) tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park on July 31
- Recognition during 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
- One (1) 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gift Bag
The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest will also receieve a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for the nominator and one (1) guest to include the same elements outlined above for Grand Prize winner*.
*Nominator prize package does not include $10,000 donation.
Guy Perez loves soccer. For most fans of the game, this would be enough. But, Guy has spent the last 20+ seasons coaching recreational players year round to love the game as well. Guy's coaching style is positive and he teaches his athletes to play the game, but, more importantly, to love the game. He embodies the true spirit of recreational soccer by adhering to equal playing time for all players as well as modeling and teaching positive sportsmanship and most importantly, having fun on the soccer field. One parent states that because of Coach Perez, "my daughter's love of soccer has been restored and she has never played with so much passion and effort”!
Guy is currently battling cancer and few know how gravely ill he truly is. He NEVER lets that stop him from being there for his players. He underwent major surgery recently and immediately upon his discharge headed out to the soccer field to coach his team. He has made a difference. He has truly inspired the close circle of people that know the seriousness of his illness and of his prognosis with his humble grace and unstoppable passion for soccer. The way he instills this in his players is by pure love and example. Guy's charity of choice is the Richmond Kickers which provides the opportunity for children with disabilities to play soccer.
Last week, D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario led the team to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a hat trick. The victory, which propels the Black-and-Red, to the quarterfinals of the tournament, was a bright spot for the team who has struggled in regular season action. For his effort, DeRo has been recognized by TheCup.US as the Player of the Round.
The acknowledgment comes ahead of the team's quarterfinal match, which is set to be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday, June 26. United hosts the New England Revolution and the match will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. BUY TICKETS
On Saturday night, the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation held their annual scholarship presentation prior to the D.C. United vs. Toronto FC match. Congratulations to Manuel Hernandez and Luisa Martinez, this year's scholarship winners.
The Nicole Megaloudis Foundation strives to "Make it Happen" for students who display leadership qualities and are in need of financial support. The Foundation is named for, and was founded in honor of, Nicole Megaloudis, the stepdaughter of former D.C. United head coach Thomas Rongen who was killed in an auto accident in 2004. Click here to learn more about the Foundation.
UPDATE: This pack is now closed for the June 15 match.
D.C. United invites you to have a beer on us!
For one low price of $44.00, you receive 2 tickets and 2 complimentary beers. This pack is available on Saturday, June 15 and Saturday July 27, buy now, while supplies last!
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.