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25 January 12:57 pm

You may be in luck! TheCup.us, a website dedicated to coverage of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, is raising funds for a website redesign. The redesign will include expanded analysis of past and future Open Cup Matches.

The US Open Cup is the oldest American soccer tournament. The knockout style tournament dates back to 1913 and is open to all United States Soccer Federation Affiliated Teams, including amateur and professional teams around the United States.

If you can't contribute financially, there are other ways to help:

Volunteers have been the backbone of this website from the beginning and there's plenty of ways to help. If you can contribute, or know someone who can contribute in any of the following areas:

  • SHARE: The easiest way to contribute is just to spread the word about this campaign, about this website and, most of all, the tournament itself. Indiegogo has share tools you can use, and there's always the 'old fashioned' way by posting to your favorite social media sites.
  • AD SALES: Those of us who work on the site are journalists and website managers and not salesmen, so we need someone who speaks the language to attract advertisers who would find value in a site that attracts die-hard soccer fans from all over the country.
  • WRITING: If you're passionate about the US Open Cup and have some solid writing skills, then drop us a line. We're looking for people to cover games, do feature stories, or help with historical articles.
  • RESEARCH: Do you love digging in archives looking for historical info? You've come to the right place then. In addition to looking through various publication archives (or coordinating with local libraries to have them help with it), a lot of our research involves tracking down players/coaches/administrators to find some of this info.
  • WEBSITE WORK: TheCup.us is a Wordpress-based website, and if you have some website or graphics skills, then we could use your help as well.

For more information about the fundraising efforts of TheCup.us, visit them online now.

23 January 7:10 pm

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), today announced the 13 U.S. cities and venues that will be hosting Gold Cup matches this year.

The Gold Cup is North America's premier international tournament, which 12 teams participate in every two years. This year, the tournament will run from July 7 to July 28. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have already qualified. Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Martinique from the Caribbean as well as Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador from Central America will also participate in 2013. The final Central American spot will be filled this Friday, with the winner of Panama vs. Guatemala advancing.

Complete List of US Host Cities for the 2013 Gold Cup

  • Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
  • Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
  • Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
  • Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago)
  • Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver)
  • Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
  • Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston)
  • Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
  • Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
  • New York – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
  • Portland – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
  • Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
  • Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle)
21 January 2:43 pm

The full D.C. United preseason roster was released on Friday. Below, we introduce the seven trialists on the list.

Kyle Altman
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 26-year-old Altman currently plays for the Minnesota Stars FC. The defender was originally drafted by the New England Revolution in the second round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, but joined the Minnesota Thunder after being waived by the club. Since joining the Minnesota Stars in 2010, Altman took on the role of team captain and earned more minutes in the past two seasons than any other player on the team.

Neven Markovic
Neven Markovic is 25-year-old Serbian soccer player, who most recently played for MLS' Sporting Kansas City. Markovic was a member of the 2012 Sporting roster who won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The left back previously played for a couple of teams in the Serbian SuperLiga, including FC Rad Belgrade from 2005 to 2008.

Joseph Nane
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Joseph Nane was originally drafted by Toronto FC in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. At the end of the 2010 campaign, the Cameroonian native was traded to the Colorado where he spent two seasons playing for the Rapids. The midfielder appeared in nine games in 2012, notching one goal in 446 minutes.

Demitrius Omphroy
Demitrius Omphroy is an American-born soccer player from Alameda, California. With his Filipino roots, the versatile 23-year-old has one cap with the Philippines National Team. After four years at the University of California, Berkley, Omphroy was drafted by Toronto FC in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Diego Restrepo
Although he was born in Venezuela and lived in Colombia until he was 13, Restrepo is an American who has seen time with both the U-17 and U-20 US National Teams. The goalkeeper won the starting role with the University of Virginia Cavaliers in 2009, leading the team to a National Championship. While at the UVA, Restrepo broke several of US Soccer Star Tony Meola's records including games played (25), minutes played (2348), shutouts (16), consecutive shutouts (11) and consecutive scoreless minutes (1176).

Ryan Richter
Ryan Richter is a 23-year-old midfielder out of Pennsylvania. He currently plays for the Charleston Battery in the USL. A graduate of LaSalle University, Richter was drafted by the Philadelphia Union in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. After his contract was not picked up in 2012, Richter joined D.C. United for preseason and finally landed with the Battery for the 2012 season.

Matt VanOekel
Like Kyle Altman, Matt VanOekel currently plays with the Minnesota Stars. VanOekel originally played for the Minnesota Thunder of the USL before the team folded, he was then picked up by their successors, the NASL Minnesota Stars where he soon became the starting goal keeper.

20 January 12:14 pm

Today, D.C. United travels to Bradenton, Florida for the first part of preseason. The Black-and-Red's newest signing had a bit of trouble with his flight, but Ethan White came to the rescue.

PRESEASON HEADQUARTERS

With their call-up to the Canadian Men's National Team, Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic will head to Pheonix, Arizona for ten days, before joining the Black-and-Red.

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18 January 2:43 pm

Today United Builds participated in the Greater DC Cares' MLK Day of Service. A group of 15 volunteers, including Lance Rozeboom, from the club spent the day beautifying Jan's Tutoring House. Among other tasks, the volunteers refurbished the library, painted, and cleaned the facility.

Through the United Builds program, the D.C. United staff, players and fans work together on community projects and initiatives benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations. The Greater DC Cares' MLK Day of Service is an initiative that brings thousands of people together each year to participate in various community services around Washington DC.

18 January 10:20 am

D.C. United's draft pick was not in Indianapolis at the SuperDraft, but that does not mean that he wasn't just as nervous and excited for the day. In a Q&A yesterday with dcunited.com the rookie said of his new club, "that was the club that like I always kind of dreamed about joining, and for that to actually happen is, ya know, I cant even really describe how happy I am right now."

A friend of the Colorado native shared the below Tweet after spending draft day with Taylor:

17 January 8:26 pm

With the combine and SuperDraft coming to a close, the 2013 season feels closer than ever. The team will report to their first training session tomorrow, before departing for Florida this weekend.

Ahead of the start of preseason, rumors continue to circle about Andy Najar and whether he will remain with Anderlecht after his one month loan. But head coach Ben Olsen told MLSsoccer.com that he's "Expecting Andy to be back. That's what I'm preparing for."

17 January 3:59 pm

With the 17th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United chose a defender out of the University of Maryland. Taylor reacted immediately to the news:

Fans, teammates and media welcomed the young lefty through Tweets:

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11 January 3:11 pm

Today, D.C. United's Andy Najar played 90 minutes, in a friendly, for R.S.C. Anderlecht in a 4-2 victory over Dutch side SC Heracles Almelo. Najar is with Anderlecht for a one month loan, and will report back with D.C. United for preseason when his loan is complete.

In other news, D.C. United and the Columbus Crew announced today that the clubs will meet on January 26 for a preseason friendly. Both teams will be in Bradenton, Florida for Central Florida Soccer Spring Training.

10 January 1:41 pm

The Washington Nationals’ very own Bryce Harper is one of seven stars in contention to be on the cover of “MLB 13 The Show,” a new video game. Voting is easy in this social media contest:

  • Tweet using the hasghtag #MLB13Harper on Twitter
  • Vote Online

Voting ends at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 11. Fans can vote up to 25 times per day.

2012 was a good year for D.C. Sports. D.C. United, the Washington Nationals, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Redskins each qualified for their respective post seasons with United reaching the Eastern Conference Final, the Nationals reaching game 5 of the National League Divisional Series and the Capitals finding their way into the Conference Semifinals. The Black-and-Red supports all D.C. Teams!

Vote #MLB13Harper today