This weekend marked the start of the offseason for D.C. United players. Each spent their downtime in a different way, some traveled, others enjoyed quiet time at home. Bill Hamid, United's Homegrown goalkeeper, spent Saturday cheering on DeMatha High School in the WCAC championship match. Before signing with DCU, Hamid attended DeMatha for the 2005-06 school year, during which he earned First-Team All-Maryland honors, First-Team All-Prince George’s County, First-Team All-WCAC and Second-Team Washington Post All-Met honors.
The Stags defeated rival Gonzaga High School 1-0, finishing their season with a winning record (15-4) and a championship to celebrate. After the Match, Hamid congratulated the team, and joined the locker room celebration. Despite a disappointing season for the Black-and-Red, Hamid and DCU had their own locker room celebration after this year's Open Cup victory.
Congratulations to D.C. United fan Joshua who won the 2013 #MLSPumpkin Contest! We are all proud!
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2013
How long did that take?
Joshua: I believe I have 7-8 hours on it.
What made you roll with and USOC themed pumpkin?
J: My wife said I should do something different, and asked about the USOC trophy DCU had just won, and said I should use that as the theme.
How excited are you that you won?
J: I could not believe it when the MLS representative contacted me. I had looked at the other entries as they were being posted on twitter. The more I looked, the more anxious I got. I'm just glad that a D.C. United based pumpkin won something else this year!
Is your profession art-based?< That is a pretty awesome Pumpkin and I could never do that!
J: My profession is not art based. This was my first "fancy" pumpkin that I have ever done. It turned out so well my wife asked me to do a minion pumpkin for her. (See Below)
Have people been Tweeting at you?
J: Yes! I am amazed at random people Retweeting me, Tweeting to me, and I even gained a few followers. One in particular is a huge RSL fan, and said it burned him to see the DCU themed USOC pumpkin, as he was at the game. He has, however, been very kind in complementing my entry. I also got compliments from Nick DeLeon and Chris Pontius as well!
As an affiliate club, Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) is one of the primary soccer clubs D.C. United looks to for identifying and developing top youth talent in the region. Not only are ASA players scouted and brought in to play for D.C. United, but all levels of ASA teams benefit from the quality and consistency of the affiliate program. In this young relationship, D.C. United wants to share coaching and training resources with ASA that will improve players, coaches and teams.
Arlington Soccer Association has three players on the D.C. United Academy U-16 roster this season. Patrick Jean-Gilles, Hamza Monawer and Christophe Gerlach are all current D.C. United players, but they all come from the same ASA roots.
“ASA helped us get recognized by D.C. United,” said Jean-Gilles. “We now have opportunities we wouldn’t have had without this connection.”
The Arlington Impact Red U16 boys and Arlington Strikers Red U17 boys have also had success alongside Jean-Gilles, Monawer and Gerlach. Both teams were crowned Virginia State Cup Champions after winning in a competitive finals weekend on Oct. 27.
“I’m really proud of them,” said Gerlach. “The three of us here at D.C. United just want to say congratulations. It’s a big accomplishment.”
The affiliation between the Arlington Soccer Association and D.C. United could be a shining example for other soccer communities,” said ASA Director of Travel Coaching German Peri. “The relationship allows ASA access to D.C. United’s professional coaching curricula and methodologies, while allowing D.C. United to benefit from ASA’s talented player pool and youth developmental program."
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Happy Halloween, United fans! This week's #TBT is brought to you by one of the gnarliest pictures taken this season. In a matchup against Toronto FC at RFK on June 15, DCU defender Daniel Woolard suffered a hard hit to the face. The result? This picture.
Happy Halloween. Hope you don't have nightmares.
Photo Credit: Tony Quinn / dcunited.com
Through a rough season, the Black-and-Red Faithful supported the club with unrivaled passion and dedication. We thank you all for wearing the crest with pride and supporting us on the field and in the community. Without your help in our Open Cup run this season, we could never have lifted our 13th trophy, together, as one. Thank you for your continued encouragement and steadfast support in 2013.
With the 2013 season coming to a close, Monumental FC pulled together its "Best Of" from the show's inaugural season. Enjoy!
Our trophies were being polished, so we thought this was a good time to do a photo shoot with some of them. We hope you enjoy our Throwback Thursday back to six of our 13 trophies.
CONCACAF Champions Cup 1998
Inter-American Cup 1998
MLS Cup 1996
MLS Cup 1999
U.S. Open Cup 1996
U.S. Open Cup 2008
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.”