In 2011, D.C. United took over Ben's Chili Bowl for a day. Players and coaches helped in the kitchen and enjoyed some of that famous food for themselves. The legendary local spot even changed their name to Ben Olsen's Chili Bowl! In honor of one of D.C.'s most famous restaurants' 55th anniversary, let's throw it back to that day in United history.
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid is nominated for Save of the Week for Week 25. The talented Homegrown made a huge save early in United’s match against Montreal, coming off his line to stop a point-blank attempt from Andrew Romero.
The young goalkeeper has multiple honors to his name this season, including one Save of the Week from Week 1, a Player of the Week award, a Team of the Week honor and was also selected to the FIFA Ultimate 13 Team of the Week.
Make sure you vote for Bill Hamid for Save of the Week.
The Dallas Texans Soccer Club has produced some very successful soccer players in recent years. Among them are two of D.C. United's newest acquisitions, Jared Jeffrey and Conor Doyle. The pair were in different age groups, however in a recent interview with the Washington Post, Doyle noted that Jeffrey, "was a couple of years older. My dad coached him. My group was younger and knowing Jared went pro so early [in Europe], he would come back to train, we would all be in awe.”
With one regular season match still left to play, the Richmond Kickers are the USL PRO regular season champions! After beating Orlando City SC 2-0 yesterday, the Kickers have secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Throughout the season, D.C. United has loaned six players to its USL PRO affiliate, building a mutually beneficial relationship. Andrew Dykstra, Conor Shanosky, Michael Seaton, Taylor Kemp, Casey Townsend and Collin Martin all featured for the Kickers this year.
Joseph Ngwenya led the way through the regular season, scoring eight goals and registering five assists for a total of 21 points, while Brian Ownby has seven goals and assisted six times for a total 20 points. And the season isn’t even over.
D.C. United’s Michael Seaton contributed to the score sheet five times and assisted once, while Casey Townsend also found the net twice. Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra leads the team in minutes play, featuring for 1800 minutes of play and registering ten of Richmond’s 11 shutouts.
Congratulations to the Richmond Kickers on winning the USL PRO regular season and good luck on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
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D.C. United is making history tonight. The Black-and-Red is fielding its youngest starting eleven ever. With a lineup of Bill Hamid (22), Chris Korb (25), Ethan White (22), Conor Shanosky (21), James Riley (30) Taylor Kemp (22), Perry Kitchen (21), Jared Jeffrey (23), Kyle Porter (23),Collin Martin (18), Conor Doyle (21), the average age is 23.21 years or 23 years, 78 days, according to Elias Sports.
D.C. United’s youngest lineup prior to tonight started on May 7, 2011. Again, the lineup is in order of age: Najar (18), Kitchen (19), White (20), Hamid (20), Pontius (23), McCarty (24), Davies (24), King (25), Jakovic (25), Woolard (26), Ngwenya (30). The average age of this starting eleven was 23 years, 200 days, or 23.55 years.
Not only is D.C. United putting faith in its youth, but four of its five Homegrowns are also in the starting lineup. Bill Hamid, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, and Collin Martin all developed through the United Academy and are now starting together tonight.
All research is courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau.
D.C. United hosted a viewing party at Lucky Bar, and we captured fan reactions to last night's semifinal victory.
Back in 2010, Perry Kitchen answered a few questions for "90 seconds in net" while playing at Akron University. We decided to ask him the same questions to see what has changed between then and now. Enjoy!