— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) January 16, 2014
— Anthony DeAngelo (@anthonydeangelo) January 16, 2014
— Fred Karl (@Theretofore) January 16, 2014
D.C. United Homegrown forward Michael Seaton is currently training with Inter Milan's Primavera, Inter's oldest Academy team comprised of players ages 17-20. Seaton, who was on loan with the Richmond Kickers for most of his first MLS season, looks forward to every opportunity to improve and develop.
Seaton, whose first touch for the First Team resulted in an assist in an international friendly vs. Chivas de Guadalajara, continues to impress and grow in front of his home crowd and hometown. Getting a chance to train with Inter's Academy is another chance for the 17-year-old to hone his skill at a high level.
Check back to dcunited.com soon for a Q&A with Seaton.
Calling all D.C. United fans! Make sure you purchase and/or renew your 2014 Season Tickets by this Friday, January 17 in order to receive the exclusive “collector's edition” tickets. Each ticket will feature an iconic player from D.C. United's storied history, starting in 1996 (right) bringing us through 2013.
Aside from the amazing artwork and history on the "collector's edition" tickets, here are a few other reasons you should purchase or renew your 2014 Season Tickets before Friday:
2014 Season Ticket Holder Benefits such as:
- Interest-free payment plan option (up to 12 months)
- Access to the exclusive A Day to Unite celebration in February when you’ll have the chance to meet the first team
- Season tickets are for sale after Friday, but will not be printed on the collector's edition stock
To order season tickets, you can call 202-587-5000 or request more information here.
Jason and Simon predict and analyze which player we will choose with the first pick in the SuperDraft ahead of the MLS Combine. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with their assessment? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet your thoughts @dcunited using #DCU to join the conversation.
D.C. United's volunteer crew is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team during the 2014 season and beyond. Our volunteers have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas with different members of the organization on game days. We would love to have dedicated volunteers join us for great seasons ahead.
If you are interested in becoming a D.C. United volunteer, please apply at dcunited.com/volunteers
You must be 16 years of age or older to become a D.C. United volunteer.
Before we move onto 2014, let's take a look back at our post-season tour in Indonesia.
Indonesia Tour: Jakarta
Indonesia Tour: Bandung
Indonesia Tour: Malang
In this week's edition of #TBT, we'd like to stroll down memory lane with D.C. United's Re-Entry draft selection Bobby Boswell. The defender, who spent the first three years of his MLS career with the Black-and-Red was once famous for more than his soccer skills.
At age 11, Boswell was on Nickelodeon GUTS! He may have cheated his way onto the show, and he may not have won in overall points, but the MegaCrag is all that matters anyways, right?
What a great day! So much DCU love.
Appreciate all those who have welcomed me to @dcunited. Looking ahead to great things for this team next season.
— Sean Franklin (@SFranklin5) December 12, 2013
Loving the moves by @dcunited. Arnaud, Franklin, and Boswell can absolutely improve this team and have an immediate impact
— Eric Joy (@ejoy88) December 12, 2013
— Matthew Eide (@mattheweide) December 12, 2013
— Brian B. (@Gonzo1999) December 12, 2013
— Im_PRETTY_AWESOME!!! (@mightysheetz) December 12, 2013
Arnaud, Franklin, and we're getting Boswell back? Looks like we're getting a 5th MLS cup next season!! @dcunited
— Bruno Fernandez (@Bruno_133) December 12, 2013
— Davin Lassiter (@MisterLassiter) December 12, 2013
— JFer (@Ferbear_) December 12, 2013
— Donald Wine II (@blazindw) December 12, 2013
Sean Franklin and Bobby Boswell...is this Christmas? #DCU
— Matt Sliko (@mattsliko) December 12, 2013
— jake didinsky (@jakedidinsky) December 12, 2013
— Freddy Alexander (@MarcheloUnoDos) December 12, 2013
And we leave you with what everyone is wondering...
— Edward Ted Meyer (@EdwardDMeyer) December 12, 2013
Each year, adidas releases a new official match ball for MLS, and this year, we're going Brazilian!
The Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been given a make-over for MLS play. I tend to like the color update, which are said to represent the heart, "as the ball is the heart of soccer and MLS." MLS match balls are typically green and blue, like the league logo. But this year, it's all about the Black-and-Red!
What do you think of the new design?
Finally, game day has arrived. What started as a typical day with breakfast, team stretch and a pre-game meal turned into more than we could have imagined once we hit the road. Imagine a Mardi Gras parade mixed with a Lot 8 tailgate, and you have a slight idea of what we just encountered on the way to the stadium. Every moped, van, truck, bus or car we passed seemed to be decked out in blue Persib gear en route to the game. If the vehicle they were riding in was full, they rode on top of it. I can now say that I have seen more people riding on top of a van than in one.
If the enthusiasm for soccer wasn’t clear enough on our hour drive to the stadium, it was certainly on display when we pulled up to the packed stadium two and a half hours BEFORE the game. The team was welcomed to the stadium with a standing ovation from tens of thousands of supporters in a display of pure class from our hosts. With chants and songs ringing through the stadium, we headed to the locker room with clear blue skies and a dry pitch, and then it happened. Mother Nature let her presence be known. Fans on the other side of the stadium turned to nothing more than a wet sheet of grey. They could be heard, but not seen. Indonesia rain isn’t normal rain. It’s like standing under a mini waterfall that lasts for four hours.
With no end in sight, the game took place as the Black-and-Red started Andrew Dykstra, Chris Korb, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, Taylor Kemp, Lewis Neal, Jared Jeffrey, Kyle Porter, Luis Silva, Conor Doyle and Michael Seaton as I tried to hear myself over the roar of the crowd and the rain. Calling the field kind of wet would be like calling Mt. Everest a kind of tall. As you can imagine, the game was sloppy. Balls getting stuck in puddles, players slipping with every step, chunks of grass flying when someone attempted to stop, basically, the whole nine yards. After some quick counter-attacks by Persib with dangerous looks at goal, United settled down and got into a rhythm. What started out as a team who hadn’t played together, much less seen each other, in weeks turned into a cohesive unit midway through the first half as they scored the game's first goal, thanks to a Michael Seaton header. Persib answered late in the first half to tie the game going into the break.
The second half saw fewer familiar faces as Dykstra, Shanosky, Jeffrey, Doyle, Kemp and Seaton were the only original United members left on the field. The rest of the positions were filled with Richmond Kickers players, and as the game ended, only three Black-and-Red players were left standing. In a back-and-forth second half, both teams created good scoring chances, but Persib capitalized on their's as they went on to win the game, 2-1.
“We had a great time,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “Both teams played attacking and had a lot of chances to entertain the crowd. We’re obviously disappointed in the loss, but I think we played a good team today, and the two goals they scored shows they have some very talented players. The fans are unbelievable here.”
In fact, they were so unbelievable that we had to sit on the bus, in the stadium for 45 minutes after the game because the traffic was so bad. Yes, that unbelievable. Thanks to our police escort, we made our way through the supporters back to the hotel where guys ate and watched the world cup draw with that that “oh crap” expression once we saw the USMNT's group. Tomorrow, the team will travel to Malang, Indonesia, the site of its last game during this trip.