Last night, D.C. Untied supporters made the trip down to Richmond to cheer on the Black-and-Red in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup. After DCU beat the Kickers in penalty kicks, United players thanked those who braved I-95 to show their support.
Conor Shanosky thanked a special supporters group.
— Conor Shanosky (@ConorShanosky17) May 29, 2013
Perry Kitchen tweeted out his appreciation.
Thank you to all of our fans that made it to Richmond. Great support. #dcunited
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) May 29, 2013
Kyle Porter gave the fans a shout out as well.
To all the fans who made it out...Thank you !! It means a lot to all of us !! #DCU
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) May 29, 2013
Dwayne De Rosario played for the Kickers from 1999-2000 and thanked all fans for their support.
Great win & effort tnite! #RichmondVA was a pleasure & thanks for the continued support its been a while but the love is still there. Cheers
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) May 29, 2013
The Richmond Kickers took on the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, May 24th, and D.C. United’s own Andrew Dykstra and Michael Seaton stole the show. Dykstra kept a clean sheet with a stellar nine-save performance, while Seaton notched his second USL PRO goal with a 66th minute finish. Seaton’s goal put the Kickers ahead 2-0.
Ahead of Tuesday’s match up, it seems the Kickers are, as United was, affected by injuries. But the USL PRO side found a way to beat the odds and extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. Dykstra also registered his third shutout of the season. D.C. United faces its USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. ET at Richmond City Stadium.
D.C. United goalkeeper Anrew Dykstra, currently playing for USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers, earned Week 9 USL PRO Team of the Week honors. After making five crucial saves against the Los Angeles Blues on Friday night, Dysktra helped the Kickers earn a point in a 1-1 tie. Dykstra has played all seven games of the undefeated Kickers thus far (4-0-3). The talented goalkeeper has anchored a defense that has only allowed seven goals in the 2013 season.
You tweeted at D.C. United about #NYCFC, and our favorite replies are featured below!
Andrew questions why New York would even get a second team.
@dcunited why give New York a second team, when the first team can't even win trophies!
— Andrew (@Weezgamma) May 21, 2013
Dougg Jimenez uses an old adage to make a good point.
— Dougg Jimenez (@LNBatCat) May 21, 2013
Joey R. is already hyping up the rivalry.
— Joey R. (@joeyinsomd) May 21, 2013
Ben lets the facts speak for themselves.
— Ben Mahler (@benmahlerdc) May 21, 2013
D.C. United CMO Doug Hicks welcomes NYCFC to the League.
— Doug Hicks (@DCUDoug) May 21, 2013
Captain Dwayne De Rosario congratulates NYCFC and MLS.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) May 21, 2013
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been named to Major League Soccer Team of the Week for Week 12. Hamid came up big on key plays against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night. A memorable save and crucial stop came in the 39th minute when Hamid denied Graham Zusi from inside the penalty box. Hamid made another point blank save in the 77th minute, denying Sporting Kansas City the go ahead goal.
This marks Hamid’s third MLS honor this season. The young goalkeeper won Save of the Week in Week 1, Player of the Week in Week 3 and can now add Team of the Week for Week 12. Hamid was also selected to EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate team of the Week after his stellar performance against the New York Red Bulls on March 16th. The future is bright for the 22-year-old net minder who will join the United States Men’s National Team on May 30th ahead of the June 2nd friendly against Germany at RFK.
After the suburbs of Oklahoma City were devastated by yesterday's tornado, many took to Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the natural disaster.
Midfielder Perry Kitchen tweets in disbelief.
Praying for Oklahoma tonight. Unbelievable destruction. #prayforoklahoma
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) May 21, 2013
Midfielder Chris Pontius sends his prayers Oklahoma's way.
Some very sad/terrifying scenes in Oklahoma. Prayers go out to the people affected
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) May 20, 2013
Captain Dwayne De Rorasio shows his support for everyone affected by the tornado.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) May 20, 2013
Defender Daniel Woolard tweets to all in Tornado Alley.
I hope all those in Tornado Alley are safe this afternoon and evening
— Daniel Woolard (@Woolard21) May 20, 2013
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.
Ahead of D.C. United’s Armed Forces Match against Sporting Kansas City this Sunday, D.C. United players paid a special visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on MAy 15th. United’s Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Bill Hamid, James Riley, Dwayne De Rosario, Nick DeLeon, and Dejan Jakovic spent time in the Military Advanced Training Center, where amputees injured during service are given special care with the goal of assuming pre-injury capabilities.
United will be dedicating Sunday’s match to all the armed forces who sacrifice everything to keep the United States safe. For this special event, Jason Pak, a patient Pontius and Riley had visited back in April, will conduct the ceremonial first kick.
D.C. United hopes to return to Walter Reed National Military Medical center, as each player who participated leaves with new admiration for our armed forces. Join the Black-and-Red in thanking our armed forces this Sunday at 5 p.m. at RFK.
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius on Robbie Russell:
“I just want to congratulate him on a fantastic career, not only is he a great player, but he’s a great person, and that means just as much to me. He has had a fantastic career and a fantastic run, and he will be successful in whatever he does after soccer.”
D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic:
“I want to wish Robbie Russell all the best in the future. He’s definitely a really positive mentor since he has come to D.C. A guy with a ton of experience, whose been a voice and a leader on this team, and we’re going to miss him.”
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen:
“Robbie has had a wonderful career, and we as an organization were lucky to play a small part in it,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “He has helped mold our young players and has left, in a short time, a big imprint on this club.”
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando:
"Saddened to see Robbie Russell's career come to an end but it was a pleasure to share the field with such a true pro. One of the smartest, most unselfish, and worst-dressed players I ever played with and although his last PK in 2009 was memorable, it's his Brandi Chastain celebrations that I'll miss. Good luck in your next adventure bud."
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman:
"Not only was Robbie a great player but he was an even better person. He was the utmost professional and it was a pleasure to play with him. He'll always have a place in the hearts of the RSL family for the hard work he put in and of course for his penalty he took to win the MLS Cup 2009."
Real Salt Late defender Chris Wingert:
"Robbie Russell is definitely one of the best teammates you could ask for as an athlete. Great player, great locker room guy, and somebody that will have just as much success outside of soccer as he has in it. Congrats on a great career Robbie!"
Real Salt Lake defender Nat Borchers:
"Robbie was a major part of our success from '09-'11. He brought a lot of high-level experience to this team and he knew how to win. He fit in everywhere…I think the only position he never played was striker! I'll never forget the PK he took in '09 to win us the MLS Cup. He was so calm when everything was on the line for us. He was a winner at soccer and I have no doubt he will be a winner in the next phase of his life."
Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jason Kreis:
"Robbie Russell played an integral and critical part in the changing of the culture at Real Salt Lake. He will be forever remembered for his 2009 MLS Cup-Winning Penalty Kick, but his true contributions were much more thorough, impressive, and long-lasting than that one kick. His legacy at RSL can and will never be forgotten.
I, for one, owe him a personal debt of gratitude for what he gave to me and this club."