Traveling with his father, D.C. United legend John Harkes to the UK, Black-and-Red Academy standout Ian Harkes met and took a picture with Chelsea FC superstar Frank Lampard. Harkes and Lampard are posing for the camera at Stamford Bridge, the Blues' storied stadium in central London. Lampard recently tallied his 200th goal for Chelsea against former team West Ham United on March 18.
Currently featuring for the United U-18s, Harkes will be headed to Wake Forest University to play collegiate soccer in the fall.
In the 41st minute of the game against the Columbus Crew, with the score tied 1-1, D.C. United midfielder Kyle Porter tallied the go-ahead goal that was soon overturned due to teammate Lionard Pajoy’s passive offside position. MLSsoccer.com’s Nick Firchau examined the call and explains why Porter’s strike should have stood:
- Pajoy – in a passive offside position – runs toward the ball, but does NOT interfere with the play because he did not touch or actually play with the ball.
- Pajoy did NOT prevent any opponent from getting to the ball, nor did he obstruct a sight line.
- Pajoy did NOT make a gesture that deceived or distracted an opponent; simply moving toward the ball is not enough to do so.
- The Assistant Referee waving the flag to signal an offside does not stop the play; the Referee must blow his whistle, but Allen Chapman allowed play to continue (i.e. As the saying goes, play to the whistle).
Last Wednesday, the U-18 and U-16 D.C. United Academy teams underwent extensive eye evaluations, providing yet another example of the elite physical tests that United’s youth players receive.
Dr. Keith Smithson of Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry conducted the exams, which evaluated the following beyond the standard eye health test: visual reaction/decision-making speed, internal macular pigment density, glare-recovery speed, hand-eye coordination (goalkeepers), foot-eye coordination (field players) and depth perception. The purpose of these exams was to analyze each player’s visual peak in order to maximize their potential in that area of play.
The D.C. United Academy is among the League’s best, with its Homegrown players contributing the most First Team minutes of any club in MLS. The U-16s currently sit atop the East Conference’s Atlantic Division in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League with a 13-1-3 record, while the U-18s are holding strong in fourth place with a 11-5-1 mark.
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario will not be available for tonight's match, but the midfielder and team leader will be at RFK to support his teammates.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 9, 2013
Midfielder and newfound weatherman Chris Pontius keeps it simple.
Midfielder Kyle Porter is ready for his first home opener as a member of the Black-and-Red.
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) March 9, 2013
Managing Partner Erick Thohir is hoping for a United "W" tonight.
Not my day, Satria Muda also lost. Change to soccer ☺, tomorow MLS : DC United vs Real Salt Lake City. Vamos DCU.
— Erick Thohir (@erickthohir) March 9, 2013
Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks gives props to the best fans in MLS.
— Doug Hicks (@DCUDoug) March 8, 2013
Washington Post beat writer Steven Goff and NBC Sports Network host Russ Thaler dig the time-lapse video of RFK.
— Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) March 9, 2013
Fan Beth Meyers is treating today like a holiday.
Tailgate inventory complete. Off to buy some new chairs and of course, beer. It's the most wonderful day of the year! VAMOS #DCU
— Beth Myers (@DCbmyers) March 9, 2013
Fan Alex Glomb has his tickets ready to go.
— Alex Glomb (@GlombBomb) March 9, 2013
Ian Harkes, one of D.C. United icon John Harkes’ kin and U-18 Academy standout for United, was profiled by the Fairfax County Times yesterday. Below is an excerpt with the Black-and-Red Academy mention:
Now Ian is gearing up for a final stint with the D.C. United Academy U18 team, which begins its season in March.
“It’s really nice to see him develop from a 13-year-old that wasn’t all that athletic all the way to being one of the top recruits in the country and certainly one of the top players in the MLS academy,” said Tom Torres, the D.C. United Academy’s U16 coach who coached Ian’s U14 Herndon Real Juniors team. “He’s got a lot of ability and a lot of intelligence. That’s one of the things that everybody always talks about is that he’s got an intelligent soccer brain. You couple that with his abilities and his tactical awareness, and it makes for a very fine soccer player.”
Next for the 2012 D.C. Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year is Wake Forest University, where he will play collegiately for the Demon Deacons.
While Santino Quaranta hung up his D.C. United boots in 2011, he is back in the local soccer scene. As vice president of Pipeline Soccer Club, Quaranta saw his club overcome a three-goal deficit in the Rowland Cup – Maryland’s U.S. Open Cup qualifying tournament – yesterday to defeat Spartan FC 5-4.
“It was one of the greatest comebacks I’ve ever been a part of as a player or coach,” Pipeline manager Bill George told thecup.us. “It shows a lot of the character of our team.”
While Quaranta did not suit up for this game, he may make an appearance in a Pipeline jersey before the end of the qualifying campaign. The club is one of three teams left that hope to compete in the USASA Region I Finals as the Maryland state representative. All MLS and NASL teams will earn berths into the third and second rounds, respectively, of the tournament, and smaller sides like Pipeline must play a series of games to qualify.
Quaranta, who featured for the Black-and-Red from 2001-06 and 2008-11, played in 159 games for United, notching 24 goals and 29 assists. At the time of his signing with DC, Quaranta was the youngest player in MLS history, at 16 years and four months. The Baltimore, Md., native made 15 senior U.S. Men’s National Team appearances and netted one goal, tallying against Honduras in a 2-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup win at RFK Stadium.
Canada Soccer has selected D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic as Canada’s Men’s Soccer Player of the Month for January after a pair of solid 90-minute performances in friendlies against Denmark and the U.S. The 27-year-old was named Man of the Match in Canada’s 0-0 tie with the U.S. on January 29. Black-and-Red teammate Dwayne De Rosario also featured in both matches, logging 70 minutes against Denmark and 81 minutes against the U.S.
In total, Jakovic has appeared in 14 games for Canada since 2008.
Captain Dwayne De Rosario is ready for the eight-team pre-season tournament.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) February 7, 2013
Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa takes a selfie from the plane, with a photobomb by fellow Brazilian Raphael Augusto.
Eu e o Mlkii rphaugusto...#Florida# #Orlando# Here we go Again# #PreSeason# @ Ronald Reagan Washington… instagr.am/p/Vbm_1xvsVk/
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) February 7, 2013
First round SuperDraft pick and Colorado native Taylor Kemp is excited to escape to warmer climates.
Back to florida tomorrow, can't say I'm upset to hit the warm weather again #lifeisgood
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) February 7, 2013
Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made it safe and sound.
Landed in Orlando
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) February 7, 2013
Defender Daniel Woolard is ready to train down south.
Back in FL for the last trip of preseason.
— Daniel Woolard (@Woolard21) February 7, 2013
Defender Ethan White spent time with family before departing again.
Dinner date my momma before I depart for preseason trip number 2 to Orlando.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) February 7, 2013
Trialist Henry Kalungi is excited for his opportunity in Orlando.
Just landed in Orlando for preseason with Dc United:)
— Henry Kalungi (@HenryKalungi) February 7, 2013
Today, Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.com rated the top 10 U.S. Soccer players under 21 and placed D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen at #3 on the list.
Every year in MLS, first-year players hit the dreaded rookie wall, when legs and the mind get heavy thanks to the increased workload of games and travel. According to D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, there has been one exception. “The guy who really didn't go through it was Perry Kitchen,” Olsen said during last year's playoffs. "He went through it for like an hour one day." When Olsen made that statement, Kitchen was well into his second season with the Black-and-Red, but the comment is telling. While the midfielder's skill on the ball, heading ability, and tackling are all excellent, Kitchen's consistency, presence, and leadership are what coaches around MLS talk about most often. It's what allowed him to make the holding midfield spot his own last season, one that looks to remain in his hands for the foreseeable future. Not bad for a guy who is still only 20. “For me, he's been fantastic," Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth. "As a young player, establishing himself, he's so mature for his age. He's always been that way.”
Kitchen, a 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year runner-up, eluded the rookie wall and experienced no sophomore slump during his first two seasons in the League. In his inaugural MLS campaign, Kitchen became the only first-year player in United history to lead the team in minutes played (2, 726). And in 2012, the University of Akron product came up one minute shy of tying the club’s previous single-season record for minutes (2,805), held by Jeff Agoos in 1996.
D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon has declined Trinidad & Tobago’s invitation to participate in a friendly against Peru on February 6. The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year finalist was born in Phoenix, Ariz., but is also eligible to play for the island nation due to his father’s ties to the country.
In his inaugural MLS season, DeLeon appeared in 28 games (25 starts), tallying four assists and breaking D.C. United’s rookie goal-scoring record (6) during the regular season. The University of Louisville product also added two goals in the MLS Cup playoffs, including an 88th minute game-winner in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Red Bulls.