Special thanks to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center who lit up the night in support of D.C. United as MLS Cup Playoffs continue for the Black-and-Red. Photos by Kea Taylor/Convention Center
D.C. United visits the Red Bulls in leg 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight at 8:00 PM on NBC Sports Network.
Dwayne De Rosario may not be playing in the matches for D.C. United, but he is still a big part of the team. Below is a nice exchange between DeRo and his teammates.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 5, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) November 6, 2012
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 6, 2012
A summary of tweets from players after United's 1-1 draw with New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinal.
Proud of the boys tnite. Keep it moving @dcunited next game Wed. In NY...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) November 4, 2012
Need to do better with my pk. But once again the team showed fight and character. Gotta go get a win in NY now. Vamos
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 4, 2012
Focus is all on Wednesday now. Thanks to all the fans for the unreal support. Gotta rest and get the body right before then
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) November 4, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) November 4, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) November 4, 2012
— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) November 4, 2012
Pablo Sandoval (World Series MVP); Will Chang; Marco Scutaro (NLCS MVP); Gregor Blanco (World Series Gold Glove) are tuned in to United's playoff run
Q&A WITH D.C. UNITED OWNER WILL CHANG
What is it like to win a second World Series?
Will Chang: Just as exciting as the first. In some ways, this time around was more satisfying, because we overcame so much more adversity, surviving six elimination games.
How does it compare to your first title with the Giants?
WC: We had more than one million fans come out to the victory parade in 2010. I was surprised to see just as many fans come out and cheer us on yesterday.
Is there anything you learned during the team's post-season run that you could share with D.C. United?
WC: Hunter Pence inspired the team with an emotional speech and a huddle when our backs were against the wall. We do this in soccer, as well, but this kind of team bonding is rare in baseball, where the focus is more on individual performance. The lesson learned is that “teamwork” is a very powerful weapon.
Do players on the Giants ask you about MLS and D.C. United?
WC: Yes, particularly from our players who are from countries, like Venezuela, where soccer is a big part of their culture. Given our style of play and the iconic players we've fielded throughout the years, many have become avid D.C. United fans.
Knowing you're headed to DC, how excited are you for Saturday’s match?
WC: I am very excited to have D.C. United back in the playoffs and I am really looking forward to being in RFK this Saturday to cheer our boys on. Vamos United!
A summary of tweets from players after clinching second place in the Eastern Conference.
Well done boys @dcunited. Great season, now on to the play-offs...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) October 27, 2012
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) October 27, 2012
So happy we had a strong regular season.. MASSIVE team effort this regular season. Lets carry on to playoffs fellas
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) October 27, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) October 27, 2012
Great result!!! Proud of my teammates... Next step playoffs...vamuqvamudcUnited!!!
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) October 27, 2012
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) October 27, 2012
Well done men! We did what we had to do. Now it's playoff time! #vamosunited
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) October 27, 2012
October has been a good month for D.C. United and San Francisco Giants owner Will Chang. Both of his teams are in the post-season. United clinched a spot on Saturday night and, last night, the San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series with a 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS. Obviously, he is thrilled. He shares his thoughts below.
What it is like to have both of your teams in the playoffs?
Will Chang: My dream come true will be to bring home an MLS Cup and a World Series Trophy. It is wonderful experience to have one of your teams in the playoffs, but to have two is indeed very special. Both D.C. United and the Giants have overcome many adversities to get into the postseason.
When DeRo suffered a season ending injury, many people wrote us off. However, something special happened ... each and every player on our team stepped up and started to play better. That’s what championship teams do….they overcome adversity and succeed! The story about the Giants is similar. When Brian Wilson suffered a season ending injury, many wrote us off. Then we lost Melky Cabrera, again, many said our season was doomed. We lost two of our best players, everyone else stepped up and started to play better.
What was your reaction to Lewis Neal’s goal in the 91st minute?
WC: My first reaction was overwhelming delight. I showed it by screaming as loud as I could. Then the feeling of relief came over me, as I realized that this clinched our playoff berth, after several seasons of disappointment. I am so happy that Lewis scored the game-winning goal, too. It was a beautiful goal, but you also have to give credit to Branko who gave Lewis a perfect pass for an assist. I am also happy for Nick who set a club record for most number of goals by a rookie. There are many great players who started their career at D.C. United, so this is a special honor for him.
If, by chance, United and the Giants play at the same time - how do you follow both games?
WC:Fortunately, the World Series and the MLS Cup will not be played at the same time. During the season, if both teams are playing at the same time, I try to watch the D.C. United game in real time and watch the Giants on TiVo later. I try to impose a news blackout so that I preserve the element of surprise and excitement.
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A summary of tweets from players, an owner, and media after clinching a spot in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.
What a feeling! Playoffs baby! That one was for you fans!
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) October 21, 2012
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) October 21, 2012
Great to see DC United back in the playoffs. Congrats to one of my favorite former teammates, Benny Olsen. Job well done sir.
— Alecko Eskandarian (@alecko11) October 21, 2012
DC United go MLS playoff first time since 2007. Congrats to all the Fans and thank you for supporting after all this year.
— Erick Thohir (@erickthohir) October 21, 2012
spectacular atmosphere tonight at RFK, for season defining win for @dcunited . Great to have that team, and those fans back in the playoffs.
— Max Bretos (@mbretosESPN) October 21, 2012
— Michael Chabala (@Chabala6) October 21, 2012
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) October 21, 2012
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) October 21, 2012
Leading into one of D.C. United’s biggest games over the last five years, the team’s players and coaches will hit the airwaves to talk about the importance of Saturday’s match against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune-in and hear from D.C. United directly.
- Head Coach Ben Olsen on with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 FM at 8:45am Replay
- Midfielder Nick DeLeon on with the Upper 90 Show podcast Listen
- Midfielder Perry Kitchen on with Boxer in the Morning on 98.7 FM at 8:10am Replay
- Midfielder Chris Pontius on with Elliot in the Morning on DC101 (101.1 FM) at 8:30am Replay
- Midfielder Chris Pontius will join WUSA9 at 5:45pm live and in-studio to talk about D.C. United’s playoff push.
- Head Coach Ben Olsen on with LaVar & Dukes on 106.7 FM at 6:00pm. Replay
- Midfielder Chris Pontius on SportsTalk Live on Comcast Sports Net (with hosts Ivan Carter and Brian Mitchell) at 10:30pm (12:30am replay)