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.
With the team in Columbus this weekend, Talon had an off week from his gameday duties. He took the rare opportunity to surprise a few kids at a party that one of the D.C. United Season Ticket Holders was hosting. The Black-and-Red mascot was a hit among the youthful crowd.
Find out more about Talon and how you can invite him to your party by emailing your customer service representative!
This week, Ben Olsen sat down with Dave Johnson to talk all things Washington DC and the current state of D.C. United. Olsen explained his affinity towards DC sports teams and got into the nitty gritty of his coaching style with the Black-and-Red.
Recently, FIFA announced that it will be implementing the use of goal-line technology at the Confederations Cup ahead of it's World Cup debut at Brazil 2014. When asked about the possibility of goal-line technology in MLS, Commissioner Garber said, "[The cost] had us take a step back and pause and try to figure out: Is the value of having goal-line technology worth investing millions and millions and millions of dollars for the handful of moments where it’s relevant? And our view has been that we’re going to wait and see how it works out. We certainly don’t need to be the first league that has it.”
MLS has long been a proponent of the use of technology to enhance the quality of the product on and off the field. So it's no surprise that Garber has put serious thought into the prospect of it's use. For now, supporters of goal-line technology will get their fill through international play, and can be the judge of it's effectiveness during the World Cup in Brazil.
On May 8, D.C. United hosts the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online.
In a recent post on Buzzfeed.com, the publication celebrated the human spirit in the aftermath of the tragedies in Boston and West Texas. The post featured a gallery of images of citizens and law enforcement officers working side-by-side to assit others. It captured the love and support that Americans all over the country displayed for victims, their families, and the cities where these horrific events took place.
One such image was an Instagram photo taken at Sunday's D.C. United match at RFK. The shot featured a pre-game tifo from United Supporters, which read, "STAND STRONG BOSTON + WEST." D.C. United is proud of the support that our fans showed to the cities and victims of last week's events, thank you.