Goalkeeper Joe Willis has played a big role in D.C. United's run to the U.S. Open Cup final. So big, in fact, that Willis earned Player of the Round honors for his performance in United's 2-0 semifinal victory over the Chicago Fire.
Willis' six saves and late-game composure allowed the Black-and-Red to hand the Fire its first home defeat in Open Cup history. Goals on either side of halftime from Dwayne De Rosario and Nick DeLeon did the damage for D.C., who will be making its fifth appearance in an Open Cup final.
With the honor, Willis joins De Rosario as United's second Player of the Round in this year's competition. He's also the first goalkeeper to win the award since Richmond Kickers' Ronnie Pascale in 2011.
Now, for Willis and DCU, it all comes down to Oct. 1's final against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Squaring off against one of MLS's strongest sides, United will look to carry its good form into the final and win the team's third Open Cup.
Dwayne De Rosario posted the above photo to his instagram today. There are four MLS greats in this picture, and between them, there are 404 MLS goals to date. Hall of Tradition inductee Jaime Moreno has an MLS second-best 133 goals, Black-and-Red Captain Dwayne De Rosario has 103 tallies, DCU forward and Guatemalan standout Carlos Ruiz has recorded 88 goals, while United assistant coach and former MLS and U.S. National Team forward Josh Wolff has found the net 80 times in MLS. Have you ever seen a picture of MLS players, past or present, with more than 404 combined tallies?
On July 3, 2004, D.C. United welcomed the New York Metrostars for another Atlantic Cup showdown at RFK Stadium. With the score tied at one, Jaime Moreno stole the ball from Metrostars goalkeeper Jonny Walker and tucked it away for his fourth goal of the season, and certainly one of the more peculiar strikes of his storied career. The Bolivian went on to supply two assists as the Black-and-Red rolled to a 6-2 win over its rivals. Four months later, Moreno helped United win its fourth MLS Cup with two playoff goals and a 90-minute performance in D.C.'s cup-clinching victory over the Kansas City Wizards.
It was also Moreno's fourth title, merely adding to the front man's impressive collection of silverware. In addition to his MLS Cups, the forward won three Supporter's Shields, a U.S. Open Cup, a CONCACAF Champions' Cup and a Copa Interamericana. The Bolivian also earned five MLS Best XI selections and was named to the League's All-Time Best XI in 2005, cementing his legacy as one of MLS's greatest players. Moreno's goal-scoring record also speaks for itself, as his 133 regular season strikes make him the second-leading scorer in League history.
Even after recieving this all-time honor, Moreno continued to play—and score—for five more seasons. In his last game at RFK Stadium, the forward scored from the penalty spot—his 162nd overall goal in his 425th appearance for the Black-and-Red.
From burning Jonny Walker to scoring United's opener in the 1997 MLS Cup, Moreno has always displayed his class on and off the pitch. During halftime of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy, D.C. United will formally induct Moreno into the Hall of Tradition. Buy your tickets here and join us for his special day at RFK Stadium.
Ahead of Sunday's match against Chivas USA, we're throwing it back to Luis Silva and Carlos Alvarez as teenagers. The two attended Bishop Salesian High in Los Angeles together, where Silva won Offensive Player of the Year in 2007.
More good news for Andrew Dykstra and the Richmond Kickers! The standout goalkeeper has been nominated for USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year!
Along with Dykstra, Kickers Joseph Ngwenya, William Yomby , Nate Robinson and coach Leigh Cowlishaw are also finalists for awards this year. Ngwenya, the league's leading scorer is nominated for USL PRO Most Valuable Player and Yomby is a finalist for Defender of the Year. Additionally, newcomer Robison is in the running for Rookie of the Year. Lastly, Kickers coach Leigh Cowlishaw is up for Coach of the Year.
Congratulations to all up for awards! The winners will be announced tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Good luck!
Do you want to see the United States Men’s National Team take on Mexico in Columbus on September 10th? Well, here’s an easy way to win a pair of tickets! Just register for Acumen Solution Race for a Cause and choose United for D.C. Once your registration is confirmed, your name will be entered for a chance to win tickets to the USMNT match.
If you have already registered and chose United for D.C. as the nonprofit you are supporting, you are already eligible to win. If you are unable to run or attend the race, no sweat! You can still win the tickets by registering for the race and choosing United for D.C.
If you wish to simply donate to United for D.C., please click here. You will still be eligble to win.
- What you win: Two (2) tickets to USMNT vs. Mexico and one night’s stay in a hotel (Check-in Sept 10; Check-out Sept 11)
- Method of selection: One name will be randomly selected from the list of those who registered.
- Contest dates: The contest will end on Friday at 3 p.m., at which time a name will be chosen at random.
On April 29, 2006, D.C. United defeated the newly rebranded New York Red Bulls 4-1. United's star striker, Alecko Eskandarian had two goals on the night, and his goal celebration for the first was one to remember.
Ahead of Saturday's Atlantic Cup rivalry match (Saturday, 8:00 p.m. - NBC Sports Network), we throw back to April '06 and Esky's epic spit-take...
Ahead of Saturday's Atlantic Cup match (8 pm ET, NBC Sports Network), MLS is hosting a Google+ Hangout with D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen and the Red Bull's Dax McCarty. Kitchen, who leads DCU in assists will be available to answer your questions starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 29.
Where to watch:
- Thursday, August 29 - 1:30 p.m. ET
- On MLSsoccer.com
How to submit your questions:
- Via Twitter, using #NYvDC
- By leaving a comment at the bottom of this page
D.C. United is heading up I-95 to take on the New York Red Bulls, and they want you there! As United aims to win the Atlantic Cup for the 9th time since 2002, the Black-and-Red faithful could be there cheering on their squad!
Currently, there are two deals with DCU supporters groups heading north for the weekend. Check out bus and ticket options from the Screaming Eagles or La Barra Brava and join them in New York to support the Black-and-Red in Major League Soccer’s most storied rivalry.
Want to join them?
Screaming Eagles Trip:
Pick Up Locations:
- 1:00 p.m. at RiRa in Clarendon
- 1:30 p.m. at RFK
- 1:30 p.m. at New Carrollton Metro Station
- 3:00 p.m. at White Marsh Park & Ride
Pregame gathering in New Jersey: 5:00 p.m. at O’Donnells Irish Pub in Harrison, N.J.
For more information visit Screaming-Eagles.com
Pick Up Locations (Time TBD, no earlier than noon):
- Van Dorn Metro
- New Carrollton
- White Marsh Park & Ride
Should you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jay at 571-212-8890