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28 December 1:45 pm

Despite his teammates not naming him the "Best at FIFA" in this year's superlatives, Bill Hamid is one of D.C. United's FIFA enthusiasts. Recently he sat down with ESPN to talk about his playing style and how being a professional soccer player has helped him become better at the video game.

"You know at certain points when to cross when you see runners going. You know when to bring the keeper out when there’s a breakaway. Being a pro soccer player, you figure those things out easier," explained Hamid. Read the full article on ESPN now.

21 December 10:31 am

Yesterday, MLS and adidas unveiled the new official match ball for 2013. The adidas PRIME features a few updates from it's 2012 version, including a slightly new look and upgraded technology.

The updates make the PRIME more water resistant and increasingly more aerodynamic with a cutting-edge panel bonding technique. The ball features a matte finish with slight texture to help with ball control, while changes to the bladder help prevent air and shape loss across all weather conditions.

The PRIME keeps it's traditional MLS colors of green, blue and white, while it also still features the signature of League Commissioner Don Garber. The design change is in the shapes, which were changed to emulate the handles of the Philip F. Anschutz trophy.

D.C. United faces Houston on March 2, 2013 marking their first match with the new ball.

20 December 2:04 pm

With the holidays upon us, D.C. United players share their travel and celebration plans with fans via Twitter.

Chris Pontius heads back home.

Dwayne De Rosario is looking for the best place to celebrate the New Year. Any suggestions?

Dejan Jakovic spends time with family.

Marcelo Saragosa finds time to enjoy a poolside vacation.

18 December 4:06 pm

Today, MLSsoccer.com recapped D.C. United's 2012 campaign in a series of spotlight articles. Below is a highlight video the Black-and-Red's comeback season.

17 December 1:24 pm

As part of a recent gotsoccer.com contest, Academy brothers Mike and Jack Daunt submitted videos of their tennis ball juggling skills. The brothers have been selected as finalists, and you can vote for them online.

Mike Daunt is part of the D.C. United Academy U-13 squad, while older brother Jack plays for the U-15s. The Academy is on a winter break and will return to action in January. Read all Academy and youth news.

13 December 12:44 pm

Do you ever wonder what professional athletes do during the offseason? It's easy to keep up with D.C. United players through their Tweets.

For veteran captain Dwayne De Rosario, work never stops. DeRo plays an active role in his winter camp series:

Chris Pontius and Perry Kitchen catch up on their favorite TV shows and movies:

Dejan Jakovic shares his passion for DC sports:

Brandon McDonald travels visit friends and family:

Bill Hamid and Ethan White keep themselves physically and mentally fit:

SEE THE FULL LIST OF PLAYERS ON TWITTER

11 December 5:53 pm

MLS announced the 2013 MLS Combine Invite list today. The initial list is comprised of 54 of the top NCAA Division I players from the past season.

Former D.C. United Academy midfielder Uwem Etuk was selected to the list, after a successful collegiate career with West Virginia. Etuk saw time in 75 matches for the Mountaineers, notching eight goals and 18 assists.

In his time with the Academy, Etuk played alongside current United defender Ethan White. Today, White gave a shout out to his former teammate on Twitter:

11 December 12:39 pm

Yesterday, Grantland.com released their Designated Player: 2012 MLS Awards. In the category of Fans of the Year, they awarded the fans and supporters of the Black-and-Red.

PHOTOS - D.C. United fans at Red Bull Arena

United fans are recognized for their display of loyalty amidst a tough playoff series against New York. A series which saw buses full of D.C. United fans travel not one night, but two nights in a row up to Red Bull Arena in the blistering cold. Since their 1996 inaugural campaign, United has been proud to boast some of the most passionate and supportive fans in all of MLS.

The same article also mentions D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen as a runner-up for Coach of the Year. Olsen lead D.C. to the best home record in the league, and took the team to the playoffs for the first time in five year.

READ: The Designated Player: 2012 MLS Awards

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08 December 1:56 pm

On Friday night the Georgetown Men's Soccer Team made school history when they qualified for the NCAA National Championship match for the first time. The Hoyas battled neighbor school, the University of Maryland to a 4-4 draw in regular-time.

Former D.C. United Academy midfielder Tyler Rudy, a sophomore at Georgetown, played his part with an assist on the first Hoyas goal in the 33rd minute. Eventually the sides would meet for penalty kicks, and Georgetown would come out on top 4-3.

The local boys make their first National Championship appearance this Sunday at 2:00 PM against seven-time National Champions the Indiana Hoosiers. Watch the match on ESPNU or at WatchESPN.com, with commentary by Glenn Davis and Taylor Twellman.

06 December 8:41 pm

Having trouble with gift ideas for the special soccer fan in your life? No matter who you're shopping for, we've got you covered.

Gifts for Him:

2012/2013 Authentic Long Sleeve Jersey - Long sleeves make this jersey the perfect gear for spring soccer, and the D.C. United fan in your life. The slim fit jersey comes in both traditional home black and a white away option. Please note that jerseys customized with a player's name and number can not be exchanged or returned for any reason.

Long Sleeve Training Tee - Train like the pros all offseason with a new long sleeve training top from adidas.

See all new arrivals

Gifts for Her:

2012/2013 Authentic Long Sleeve Jersey - The slim fit design makes this jersey ideal for female fans. With long sleeves, it makes for a great way to support the Black-and-Red in any weather. Authentic jerseys come in both traditional home black and a white away option. Please note that jerseys customized with a player's name and number can not be exchanged or returned for any reason.

Scrunch Neck Hoodie - Stay warm in this officially licensed women's pullover from adidas.

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Gifts for Kids:

Knit Hat & Gloves - Toddler Set- Whether you are watching a soccer game, or playing in the snow, keep the little ones warm with this matching D.C. United hat and glove set. Jackets and other outdoor gear are also available for young D.C. United fans.

Youth T-shirts- The Team Store carries sizes for kids of all ages, from infant up. Now at the lowest prices of the season, choose from one of eight t-shirt designs for the kids.

My First Cap & Tee - The tradition continues. Have you recently welcomed a new member of the family? Get them ready for the 2013 season with this onesie and cap set.

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Gifts for Everyone:

D.C. United Holiday Pack - The Holiday Pack comes complete with the top four matches of the year (2013 home opener, LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, 2013 regular season home finale/Fan Appreciation Night) and one D.C. United ornament for each seat purchased. Supplies are limited and this pack is only available until Monday, December 17.

The only thing between you and a Volkswagen is the dotted line - The Volkswagen Sign Then Drive event is back and it’s never been easier to get a new Volkswagen. Because for a limited time, you can get most new models, including the Jetta and Passat, for practically just your signature. But you’ve got to hurry because these great deals will be gone before the ink is dry. That’s the Power of German Engineering.More information.

Holiday theme gifts - From wrapping paper to ornaments to hats, the D.C. United Team Store has you covered for all of your holiday themed gifts.

In order to guarantee delivery by December 24, products ordered from the D.C. United Team Store must be ordered by: December 19 (ground shipping), December 20 (two-day air), December 21 (overnight)