For the third straight season, MLSsoccer.com has kicked off their Pumpkin Carving Contest. Fans are invited to carve their best MLS-themed gourd and submit it for the chance to win one MLS jersey of his/her choice*, and the photo of their pumpkin will be featured on MLSsoccer.com on Halloween.
Here's how to enter:
- Take a picture of of your carved, MLS-themed pumpkin.
- Post the photo on Twitter/Instagram using the hashtag #MLSPumpkin.
- Finally, tell us why you chose the club, player, coach, etc. you carved into your pumpkin.
The winner will be notified on Wednesday, October 30 via direct message on Twitter, or in the comment section of your photo on Instagram.
Check out some of the best #DCU-themed jack-o-lanters from last year
*Non-customizable, pending availability
D.C. United’s Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va.; North Virginia Soccer Club) has been called up to the U-15 Boys National Team (BNT) Camp to be held in Carson, Ca. from Oct. 26-Nov. 3. While he’s there, Carranza will train and play games alongside 29 others selected from other clubs and Developmental Academy teams across the United States. Carranza has become a mainstay with the BNT since attending the U-14 camps; this is his second time being invited up to the U-15 camp.
“We are happy that Jose has stayed consistent in his development path into the next age group cycle,” said D.C. United’s U-16 Head Coach Tom Torres. “He has been super committed and despite playing up with U-16’s, he has never shied away from the challenges that he is presented with.”
Carranza has been playing up an age division in the D.C. United Developmental Academy system and has thrived under the increased pressure of competing with older, more physical players.
“He is a true playmaker with a gift of clean technical ability and understanding of rhythm in possession,” said Torres. “We wish him all the best.”
Seven D.C. United Academy alums featured in the Maryland v. Wake Forest matchup on Saturday, Oct. 19 in College Park, Md. This Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivalry has always been a heated battle in which everyone is familiar with one another. For seven of those players, it’s not just familiarity, but a brotherhood. Four DCU alums, Mikias Eticha, Suli Dainkeh, Cody Niedermeier and Michale Sauers play for Maryland and three, Rafael Fagundo, Ian Harkes and Jalen Robinson play for Wake Forest.
These seven standouts used to spend a lot of time together practicing, traveling and playing on D.C. United’s Developmental Academy teams only a few short years or even months ago. The score ended 4-3 in favor of Wake, but there were still handshakes and genuine smiles after the game. Every player mentioned how awesome it is to see each other progress as players and to compete on such a high level.
“D.C. United definitely prepared me to play in big ACC matchups like tonight,” Robinson said. “Getting to play against 11 other players that eventually went on to DI colleges, the (MLS) reserves and the first team helped me gain a competitive drive and the technical skill to get me where I am today.”
When asked to give advice to current D.C. United Academy players, all seven had similar messages. Sauers said, “I know its cliché, but always go after your dream. We’re all out here pursuing our dreams and still working on others. Work hard and put in the time, and you’ll get there.” D.C. United Academy not only produces topnotch talent, it also produces a brotherhood of soccer players. Robinson said, “You know, we all could be back playing together somewhere down the line.”
Watch Echa Panza's plane Slim make a splash in the National Harbor!
Happy birthday D.C. United!
In late 1994, several soccer executives gathered in a New York City lunch room and began discussing the name that would adorn a future Major League Soccer club that would call Washington DC home. It was unanimous that the moniker should be true to the traditions and characteristics of soccer worldwide and that the club should be known to bring together disparate communities for matches. D.C. United spoke to all of the desired goals for the franchise name and October 17, 1995, the club came to life with a name, logo and uniforms!
Along with the name, D.C. United carried a tradition of excellence. The Black-and-Red is the winner of 13 major domestic and international titles, including the first ever MLS Cup Championship and this year's US Open Cup. Cheers to the loyal fans who've supported us for the past 18 years, we're proud to call the District our home, and we look forward to many birthdays ahead!
On Tuesday, October 22, Outback Steakhouse in Springfield is going Black-and-Red. Our 2013 U.S. Open Cup Trophy Tour is in full-swing, and continues at Outback’s Springfield location from 6:30-8 p.m. Outback will not only play host to our 13th trophy that evening, but will also serve our community through their “Give Back Night.” Everyone at Outback for the Trophy Tour will be giving back to United for D.C., as Outback will donate 10% of the check from our faithful fans to our charitable arm. Simply wear your D.C. United gear or mention D.C. United to your server to participate.
Dave Johnson caught up with Lewis Neal, D.C. United midfielder and U.S. Open Cup hero, then checked out Barra Brava Mini Golf, benefiting United for D.C. and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Last night, the U.S. Open Cup Trophy Tour continued at the Verizon Center. Most of the Black-and-Red showed up to support the Caps, and CSN caught up with Perry Kitchen during the first intermission. Check out the interview above.
Today's rainy weather takes us back to MLS Cup '97, when a downpour in the District couldn't stop D.C. United from winning its second consecutive League title.
A crowd of 57,431—the second-largest soccer attendance in RFK Stadium history—braved the harsh conditions to watch the Black-and-Red defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-1. Jaime Moreno and Tony Sanneh provided D.C.'s scoring on the night, and Moreno, who was recently inducted in the organization's Hall of Tradition, collected man-of-the-match honors. Following its previous triumph in 1996, United extended its early MLS dominance with its second title in as many years.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," D.C. captain John Harkes told the Washington Post. "What we have accomplished this year is amazing. We've started a tradition here, a tradition in class and style-D.C. United style."
It may not have been the most comfortable night at RFK, but it will certainly be a night that fans and players will never forget.