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.
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.
It’s been fan-driven since the beginning. Back in June, D.C. United and DC Brau combined forces to give you a delicious golden ale. Then, we turned it over to you to choose a name. Chris Pontius, Dejan Jakovic and Ethan White heard the top conteders, and after a few laughs, the three chose the winner. Since then, Donald Wine's submission of “the Tradition” has been a huge hit.
We heard you all loud-and-clear when you asked for more, and the brewers at DC Brau delivered. You asked for cans, and once again, you have your wish. So, on Monday, we turned it back over to you. After DC Brau chose three can designs, we left it up to you. Since Monday, we have had over 1,000 votes, with the winner running away with over 50% of those votes.
So, without further ado, the winner is…
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
Day five. It doesn’t sound like very many days, but they sure do add up when you play, watch, coach and write about six different soccer games. Games fluctuate with a flick of a ball or a shot on goal and emotions dip and rise with goals, cards, fouls, wins and losses. Dramatic victories, unbelievable saves, and clutch performances from players made for an exciting and intense Winter Showcase.
The D.C. United U-16s were undefeated going into their last Showcase game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. United pushed the tempo and had San Jose on their heels almost the entire first half. There was a lot of possession for United, but few chances on goal. The San Jose backline was able to contain the United forwards and keep the Black-and-Red attack at bay. The first half ended in a scoreless draw. The second half was a physical battle for both teams. San Jose countered against the United attack in the 65th minute and had a point blank shot on goal that was blocked by defender Kyle Brathwaite. The physicality of the match caught up with San Jose when their goalkeeper took out D.C. United forward Gerson Umana in the 70th minute. Umana converted the penalty for United, which put them up 1-0 with 10 minutes to go. United defended well for the last 13 minutes and won the game 1-0.
The D.C. U-16s went undefeated during the Winter Showcase and gained nine points that will be added to their first half of the season total. They beat two fellow MLS academy teams, scored nine goals and had two players, Donovan Pines and Jonathan Sousa, play all 80 minutes of all three games. The U-16s will have a few weeks off and then begin training for next half of the season in January.
The Winter Showcase ended successfully for the Black-and-Red. The U-16s went 3-0 and the U-18s went 1-1-1 against top ranked teams. College coaches numbered in the double digits at every single D.C. United game, along with several U.S. Soccer technical advisors. Florida treated D.C. United well. Everyone returns home today a little tanner, a little more tired and little more proud to wear the D.C. United badge. Vamos United!
The final and most challenging game day for the U-18s was finally here. The players groggily awoke for their final game against top ranked Real Salt Lake AZ. The 11:15 game was upon everyone before they knew it. The sun was out and blistering hot for a team that had just left 20 degree weather and snow a few days ago. The wind helped a bit, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky as United looked to upset the defending Developmental Academy champions.
The game started out at a very fast pace with both teams looking to attack and score. The first twenty minutes were rough for United as they looked to counter and disrupt their opponents rhythm, but Real Salt Lake scored in the 12th minute off a set piece from 30 yards out. United had several scoring opportunities in the first half, including two that went off the post and a no-call in the penalty area. United found themselves one goal down at halftime with 45 minutes to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Bashir Hooper was subbed in at halftime and proved to be one of the defining factors in the outcome of the game. Michael Monahan beat two Salt Lake defenders and crossed the ball to Hooper, who slotted the ball home in the 68th minute to tie the score at 1-1. The intensity of the game immediately picked up as Salt Lake pushed forward for the winning goal. Goalkeeper Jimmy Knoebel had two clutch saves in the last five minutes to deny Real Salt Lake their winning goal. The Black-and-Red worked hard as a unit to defend the flurry of attacks. When the final whistle blew, United was able to hold on to a gritty and well-deserved 1-1 tie against the number one Developmental Academy team in the nation.
The U-18s walked off the field to round of applause from the D.C. United U-16s, and high-fived and patted each other on the back. The excited mood was contagious as everyone packed their gear up and headed to the bus. Jimmy Filerman, Christian Kershaw, Jimmy Knoebel and Hiram Munoz-Cantu played all 90 minutes of all three games at the Winter Showcase. Over 30+ college coaches showed up to every single D.C. United U-18 game and asked multiple questions about many of the players. The U-18s ended the Showcase with a 1-1-1 record and will have a few weeks to rest until they begin training again in January.
The U-16s enjoyed their free day by watching the U-18s play and having a cheering match against the Real Salt Lake U-16 team. More beach volleyball, Ping-Pong, corn hole and FIFA were played as the U-16s enjoyed a day in the sun. The entire academy had dinner at Café Amici and walked around St. Armands Circle to end the day. The U-16s will look to end the Showcase with an undefeated record on Sunday, Dec. 15 against the San Jose Earthquakes at 9 a.m.
The team will return to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Dec. 15 and immediately head back to school, homework and chilly northern weather. Goodbye sunny and warm Florida! See you next year!