It was truly a day to unite! D.C. United's "A Day to Unite" event at Pinstripes in Georgetown was a great success thanks to our amazing Season Ticket Holders.
We revealed our primary kit for 2014 complete with a fashion show from the players, had new stadium renderings available to view, hosted a silent auction to benefit United for D.C., enjoyed bowling, bocce, food, and even a photo booth. The afternoon was spent giving our Season Ticket Holders and DCU players a chance to hang out together in a fun and unique setting.
Thank you to all the Season Ticket Holders who made this event so incredible. We are glad you enjoyed meeting this year's team and staff. We are grateful to have the best fans in MLS wearing Black-and-Red! Make sure you tag yourselves in our Facebook album from the photo booth.
The new jersey are on sale now at dcuteamstore.com.
D.C. United was not made aware of Simms' health issues until after the announcement of his retirement. We share the concern of all of Clyde's fans and send our thoughts his way in this tough time.
Clyde Simms gave it all for DCU. From 2005-2011, the talented midfielder made a significant impact with the Black-and-Red. It's a sad day when any player has to retire due to health reasons. We, as a club, would like to thank Clyde for his commitment to and passion for D.C. United and congratulate him on his wonderful and impressive career.
— Andrew Minucci (@AndrewMinucci) February 13, 2014
— NEMM (@hoyanick) February 13, 2014
— Joshua Barbieri (@JoshuaBarbieri) February 14, 2014
— Jonathan Williamson (@JonoWilly) February 14, 2014
— Richmond Kickers (@RichmondKickers) February 13, 2014
Prayers go out to Clyde Simms. A 1st class athlete!! MLS veteran Clyde Simms retiring because of kidney disease http://t.co/7NcSLM6PvL
— Ireton Soccer (@IretonSoccer) February 13, 2014
Want to wish Clyde Simms all the best on his next phase. Man is all class.
— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) February 13, 2014
Clyde Simms entry into MLS was anything but ordinary. The defensive midfielder, who graduated from East Carolina University in 2003, went undrafted in the MLS SuperDraft. Simms joined the Richmond Kickers in 2004, and was called into the US National Team in 2005. The call-up would eventually shine a spotlight on the budding star, and in 2005 Simms signed with D.C. United.
From 2005-2011, the midfielder represented the Black-and-Red in 185 games, notching three goals and contributing with seven assists. Simms was a staple for the team who won the Supporters Shied in 2006 and 2007 and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2008. Congratulations Clyde on a long and successful professional career!
This morning, D.C. United and US Men's National Team striker Eddie Johnson joined Extra Time Radio. Listen to his first-hand accounts from the USMNT's tour of Brazil, and his thoughts on his potential role at the World Cup in June.
When asked about the trade to D.C. United, Johnson expressed, "I'm excited to be playing for coach Ben Olsen, a guy who is a winner at the end of the day."
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) January 16, 2014
— Anthony DeAngelo (@anthonydeangelo) January 16, 2014
— Fred Karl (@Theretofore) January 16, 2014
Santa Claus may be long gone, but it doesn't mean the gift-giving season is over -- at least not for the hundred or so children that attended Monday's Three Kings Day gift giving celebration in Adams Morgan.
Upon arriving to the plaza, located in front of the MPD-Latino Liaison Unit, D.C. United staff and I were welcomed by rhythmic music provided by El Zol. A line of children and their families wrapped around the block, patiently waiting to receive their toys. While they waited, Three Kings on horseback came to Adams Morgan to surprise the families!
After the kids grabbed their toys, they went to take photos with the Kings and their horses. It was a great evening to celebrate Three Kings Day with the families, MPD-Latino Unit, and our D.C. United staff. I cannot wait to attend the event again next year!
Papá Noel hace mucho que se fue, pero eso no quiere decir que la época de repartir regalos haya terminado - al menos no para los más o menos cien niños que asistieron a la repartición de regalos con ocasión del Día de Reyes el lunes pasado en Adams Morgan.
Al llegar a la plaza, localizada en frente de la Unidad de Enlace Latino de la Policía Metropolitana, se nos dio la bienvenida al personal de D.C. United y a mi persona por El Zol. Una fila de niños y sus familias que iba alrededor de la cuadra esperaban pacientemente recibir sus regalos. Mientras esperaban, los Tres Reyes vinieron en caballo a Adams Morgan para sorprender a las familias!
Una vez que los niños recogieron sus regalos, fueron a tomarse fotos con los Reyes Magos y sus caballos. Fue una gran noche para celebrar el Día de Reyes con sus familias, la Unidad de Enlace Latino de la Policía Metropolitana, y nuestro personal de D.C. United. No veo la hora de asistir a este evento una vez más el próximo año.
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.