D.C. United players Bill Hamid, Jamies Riley, and Marcelo Saragosa will attend tonight's Wizards vs Grizzlies game at Verizon Center. The trio will be signing autographs pre-game from 6-7:00 p.m. at section 114/115.
If you're at the game, go say hello. Otherwise tune into Comcast Sports Net at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Young Designated Player Rafael, 20, earned his first MLS “Goal of the Week” nomination after tallying a sensational 35-yard strike in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday. The goal is also the second-quickest tally in a D.C. United debut start.
The youngest current DP in the League, Rafael inked a deal with the Black-and-Red on Jan. 9 after notching 10 goals in 36 appearances for Bahia (Brazil’s Serie A).
Last Wednesday, the U-18 and U-16 D.C. United Academy teams underwent extensive eye evaluations, providing yet another example of the elite physical tests that United’s youth players receive.
Dr. Keith Smithson of Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry conducted the exams, which evaluated the following beyond the standard eye health test: visual reaction/decision-making speed, internal macular pigment density, glare-recovery speed, hand-eye coordination (goalkeepers), foot-eye coordination (field players) and depth perception. The purpose of these exams was to analyze each player’s visual peak in order to maximize their potential in that area of play.
The D.C. United Academy is among the League’s best, with its Homegrown players contributing the most First Team minutes of any club in MLS. The U-16s currently sit atop the East Conference’s Atlantic Division in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League with a 13-1-3 record, while the U-18s are holding strong in fourth place with a 11-5-1 mark.
MLSsoccer.com and Howler Magazine have collaborated to create OVERLAP, a digital magazine about North American soccer. Each issue, available on the iPad, will include orginial writing, photography, illustration and audio. The first issue features a profile of Graham Zusi, an essay by George Vecsey of the New York Times, a look back from each MLS Cup winner and many more original stories and work. Click here to download the issue.
After recording seven saves on Saturday in a 0-0 draw with the New York Red Bulls for his second consecutive shutout, Bill Hamid was twice nominated for "MLS Save of the Week" for Week 3. The first save up for contention came in the 67th minute when Hamid pawed away a Tim Cahill volley from inside the six-yard box. The second nomination was perhaps Hamid's most crucial - a clearance off the line in stoppage time to keep the sides even.
On Monday, March 18, Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-man roster for upcoming, all-important, World Cup qualifiers. The full roster, which was complete with a total of nine stars from Major League Soccer is below:
US ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England - 5/3 SO), *Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0), *Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): *Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), *Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England - 6/0), *Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark - 5/0), *Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico - 26/6), *Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma/Italy - 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico - 1/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor/Turkey - 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany - 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium - 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England - 2/0), *Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands - 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria - 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur/England - 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico - 6/2), *Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC - 12/10)
* Denotes MLS player
What do you think of the selected list? Are there any players that you would have included?
Last week, Bashir Hooper of the D.C. United Academy was recognized by the County of Gainsville, Virginia for his commitment to serving his community. Hooper is a regular volunteer with the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, which strives to eliminate hunger by providing food to those in need.
The event, which was hosted by Gainesville County Supervisor Pete Candland, named the Food Pantry the Heroes of Gainsville, and the award was received by Pam Stutz, the Haymarket Food Pantry Executive and Founder and Bashir Hooper.
Dwayne De Rosario returned from a two-game suspension just in time to play his former team:
Was a tuff battle tonight! Big point for the guys rest & recoup. @dcunited thanks for all the fans that made the trip
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 16, 2013
Midfielder Perry Kitchen expressed his gratitude for the fans:
Good point on the road. Thanks to all the fans that made the trip! #vamosunited
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) March 16, 2013
Brandon McDonald was happy with a point at New York:
A point is a point, Great road result for us today! And a BIG thanks to all the fans that traveled up for the game! #vamosunited
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) March 16, 2013
Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic wished the fans safe travels:
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) March 16, 2013
After recording his second shutout in a row, Bill Hamid thanked his teammates:
Do it for my family... Do it for my team.. Great team point.. The back line was magic. Perry and Marcelo holding as well. On to Columbus
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) March 16, 2013
D.C. United and team captain Dwayne De Rosario join MLS as part of the Don't Cross the Line campaign. The Black-and-Red are fully committed to providing players, fans, members of our community and staff a fair and safe place to support the world's game. No amount of discrimination or prejudice will be tolerated in 2013.
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The D.C. versus New York is the longest standing rivalry in Major League Soccer. Since the inaugural MLS season, D.C United and the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey Metrostars)have seen their share of dramatic clashes both in the regular season and playoffs. The name for the competition was not set until 2002 when both the trophy and rivalry was coined the Atlantic Cup.
D.C. United won the cup in 2012, and will visit New York twice and host the Red Bulls once in 2013 as reigning champions. This Saturday at Red Bull Arena (12:30 p.m. EST; NBC), the teams will meet for the first time this season as the quest for the Atlantic Cup begins.
Atlantic Cup Rules and Tiebreakers
- Standings points earned in all MLS regular season head-to-head games between DCU and RBNY
- If even, total goals scored in the matches
- If even, away goals scored in the matches *note this is not applicable in a three-game series in 2013
- If items 1-3 do not determine a victor, the trophy holder (D.C.) retains the Cup