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!
Last night, D.C. United won the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals, beating the Chicago Fire 2-0. DCU will take on Real Salt Lake in the Finals of the 100th Open Cup on October 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. During all the excitement, fans took to Twitter to share their nerves, joy and hopes with the DCU family. Here is what happened.
First, let's add some fuel to the Fire.
— Sean Maslin (@SeanMaslin) August 8, 2013
Fans displayed tifo at Saturday's MLS game to wish their team luck in ChiTown.
— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 7, 2013
This guy's got a point.
— Jason (@chestrockwell14) August 8, 2013
After the final whistle blew...
When words fail, Tweet it out.
You, Sir, keep doing what you're doing.
Clearly my watching every #dcu US Open Cup game online from home has helped this team advance to the final. :-)
— Juan-John (@juanjohn) August 8, 2013
Two teams enter, one team will leave victorious.
— ben (@beardyblue) August 8, 2013
Best fans in the League.
— Mark McNabb (@MMMcNabb) August 8, 2013
Meanwhile, inside the locker room...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) August 8, 2013
After an impressive 3-1 win over a hot Montreal Impact side, D.C. United newcomers turned some heads. Both Conor Doyle and Luis Silva are in the starting eleven for Major League Soccer's Week 23 Team of the Week after netting a goal a piece. Silva found the net in the 19th minute, while Doyle hit the game-winner in the 68th minute and assisted Jared Jeffrey's tally in extra time. Jared Jeffrey also made Team of the Week as a substitute, after scoring once and going 90 minutes at center midfield for the Black-and-Red. Head Coach Ben Olsen was named coach of this week's squad, having led his youthful side to victory.
Conor Doyle netted his first MLS goal on Saturday, notching the game winner over the Montreal Impact. Doyle put away a cross from James Riley with a one-touch finish, beating Troy Perkins with his crafty touch. Vote for Doyle's goal and help make his first MLS tally Week 23's Goal of the Week.
Shawn Kuykendall, former D.C. United player and Fairfax, Virginia native, was diagnosed with Thymic cancer this June. After low grade fevers, fatigue and an original diagnosis of Lyme disease, a mass was found in Shawn's chest. Although there is no cure for Thymic cancer, the doctors caught it before it spread to his bone marrow, making it easier to treat with chemo. An expert at the Lombardi Center at Georgetown Hospital has found irregularities in Shawn's blood cells that don't necessarily fit the diagnosis of Thymic cancer. But in the meantime, Shawn has received two rounds of chemo, the most recent round was just three days ago.
Shawn was a assistant coach at American University as well as a youth soccer coach. His youth players are hosting a "juggle-a-thon" for their coach, for which you can find information for on #Kuykenstrong, a blog that keeps friends and family updated on Shawn's progress. Shawn is forever part of the D.C. United family. Let's show our support during this trying time for the entire Kuykendall family and help him win this fight.
P.S. Check out the "Step up to Christmas" video for some stellar dance moves!