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)
The full D.C. United preseason roster was released on Friday. Below, we introduce the seven trialists on the list.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) January 19, 2013
DC to Bradenton.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
Haha first flight as a pro and @tkemp02 can't get it right haha text me when you can dude.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
Just landed in Florida off to Bradenton legggo ...
— Jamaican (@MichaelSeatonn) January 20, 2013
Hotel da Primeira viajem da Pre temporada... #Florida#VamuqVamu# instagr.am/p/Ut3VmVPser/
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) January 20, 2013
Home for the next 12 days.Sarasota, Florida instagr.am/p/Ut1v1nueiw/
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) January 20, 2013
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
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.
Looking forward to rejoining the #canMNT for our upcoming camp
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 18, 2013
Off to Phoenix
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) January 20, 2013
Early morning flight to Phoenix...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 20, 2013
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.
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:
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."
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:
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) January 17, 2013
Fans, teammates and media welcomed the young lefty through Tweets:
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 17, 2013
— Maryland Athletics (@umterps) January 17, 2013
Alumni Taylor Kemp, selected by DC United in the 1st round, and Drew Beckie, selected by Columbus in the 2nd round, find homes in MLS Draft!
— Real Colorado Soccer (@RealColoSoccer) January 17, 2013
Meanwhile... @dcunited just got their left back of the future! Can't wait for the new season
— Brandon Zebron (@Zebron_James18) January 17, 2013
Staying home! Taylor Kemp selected by @dcunited with 17th overall pick!
— Maryland MenSoccer (@MarylandMSoccer) January 17, 2013
@dcunited keeping it in md as always. Cant wait for the chemistry with kitchen
— zachary trout (@zacharytrout2) January 17, 2013
— Stephanie Zok (@StephZok) January 17, 2013
— Lindsay Derby (@lulubelle228) January 17, 2013
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.
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:
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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!
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In a recent post on MLSsoccer.com, editors chose D.C. United as a team primed for a deeper playoff run in 2013, saying that with the return of a healthy Dwayne De Rosario, United could be a, "real title contender."
Perhaps just as compelling as a healthy De Rosario is the wealth of young talent in the Black-and-Red core. With an average age of 25, United is among the most youthful squads in MLS. But in this case, youth does not equal inexperience. United's roster boasts the 2012 MLS All Star MVP, 2012 MLS Best XI selection and 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Chris Pontius (25) and three other Rookie of the Year finalists in just as many seasons: Nick DeLeon (22), emerging center midfield star Perry Kitchen (20), and 2012 Olympian and homegrown standout Andy Najar (19), the 2010 Rookie of the Year. Additionally, starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid (22) - the first D.C. United Acadmey product to sign directly with the first team – led all MLS netminders in saves percentage (78.6%) and registered the third-best GAA (1.03) in 2012.
With its captain back to full form and a young roster, who turned more than a few heads in 2012, United is indeed set to contend for the Cup in 2013.