This week, Monumental Network launched its newest online series, a soccer-specific show which will air on MonumentalNetwork.com. The show, which is hosted by longtime D.C. United play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Johnson, kicks off this week with a feature on United's bright young keeper, Joe Willis. Check it out each week!
Sonny Silooy, D.C. United Academy's Director of Youth Development and former Ajax star is today's centerfold in the Washington Times. Beat writer Thomas Floyd talked with Silooy about his work-in-progress of implementing the Ajax system here in D.C.
Each season, MLS WORKS names Community MVPs from around the league who use soccer to help enhance their community. D.C. United's local MVP is Guy Perez of Richmond, Virginia.
Fans have the opportunity to vote to choose the Grand Prize winner. All votes must be submitted by July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the winner is eligible for the below prize package:
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for winner and one (1) guest to include:
- Accommodations for two (2) nights Roundtrip coach airfare
- Two (2) tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park on July 31
- Recognition during 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
- One (1) 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Gift Bag
The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest will also receieve a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Trip for the nominator and one (1) guest to include the same elements outlined above for Grand Prize winner*.
*Nominator prize package does not include $10,000 donation.
Guy Perez loves soccer. For most fans of the game, this would be enough. But, Guy has spent the last 20+ seasons coaching recreational players year round to love the game as well. Guy's coaching style is positive and he teaches his athletes to play the game, but, more importantly, to love the game. He embodies the true spirit of recreational soccer by adhering to equal playing time for all players as well as modeling and teaching positive sportsmanship and most importantly, having fun on the soccer field. One parent states that because of Coach Perez, "my daughter's love of soccer has been restored and she has never played with so much passion and effort”!
Guy is currently battling cancer and few know how gravely ill he truly is. He NEVER lets that stop him from being there for his players. He underwent major surgery recently and immediately upon his discharge headed out to the soccer field to coach his team. He has made a difference. He has truly inspired the close circle of people that know the seriousness of his illness and of his prognosis with his humble grace and unstoppable passion for soccer. The way he instills this in his players is by pure love and example. Guy's charity of choice is the Richmond Kickers which provides the opportunity for children with disabilities to play soccer.
Michael Seaton, a United loanee who has earned a starting role at forward for the Richmond Kickers, is profiled in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch. The 17-year-old local product is the youngest player to feature for the USL-PRO side, and he's looking to build on his recent success after scoring four times in 11 games. In addition to his development on the field, Seaton also discusses his goals, daily routine and how he manages to fit schoolwork into his demanding schedule. To read the full article, click here.
Last night, Joe Willis was phenomenal. He made seven outstanding saves, shutting out a hot Colorado side. He earned dcunited.com’s Spotlight for the night and much praise via Twitter. So, let’s check out what some of the DCU fans and United players had to say about their goalkeeper’s stellar performance.
Sometimes, there isn't much more to say other than...
Joe's performance made some fans emotional.
Some attribute his heroics to one thing.
Willis was even distracting the ladies from the match.
— DC United WUFC (@DCUnitedWUFC) July 8, 2013
MLS attributed the point to our fearless GK.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 8, 2013
DCU Defender Ethan White gave Joe a "10 out of 10".
Tough performance but we dug out a pt thanks to Joe Willis. 10 out of 10 performance IMO. Still need improvement. Back to DC tomorrow. #dcu
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) July 8, 2013
Because Joe doesn't have a Twitter, United Midfielder Kyle Porter had to resort to a hashtag.
D.C. United Defender Taylor Kemp thinks the MOTM vote is simple.
Getting out of here with a point on the road against a good team is a positive. Joe Willis hands down man of the match #dcu
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) July 8, 2013
Here at D.C. United, all we have to say is...
D.C. United's Andrew Dykstra, currently on loan with USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers, has been named Week 15 USL PRO Player of the Week. The talented goalkeeper recorded two clean sheets this weekend, with a 2-0 win over Orland City SC on Saturday and 0-0 tie against VSI Tampa Bay FC on Sunday. Dykstra was previously named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for his standout performance in Week 9.
On Monday, June 17 United for D.C. held its annual Celebrity Golf Tournament supported by Kaiser Permanente at National Golf Club. Over 140 golfers enjoyed a great afternoon of play, with all proceeds going to D.C. United’s charitable arm.
Participants were teamed up with D.C. United players and coaches as well as other well-known stars, including Oguchi Onyewu, John Harkes and AJ Wood. Participants had the chance to win prizes at contest holes, such as the Volkswagen Hole in One. This year, we saw the closet shot to the pin in tournament history! But, no one won the hot new ride.
Here is a list of all the winners from the day.
- 1st Place Overall: Monumental Sports
- 2nd Place Overall: Triad Construction playing with Perry Kitchen
- 3rd Place Overall: the Screaming Eagles with Nick DeLeon
- Closest to the Pin: Cushman & Wakefield's Casey Larmer
- Women's Longest Drive: White + Partners' Lauren Giles
- Men's Longest Drive: D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp
- Putting Contest: Screaming Eagles" Phil Martin
A big thank you goes out to Kaiser Permanente for its supporting sponsorship, Lenkersdorfer Jewelers for its silent auction sponsorship, GSI for hole sponsorship and Volkswagen for contest sponsorship. To learn more about United for D.C. visit unitedfordc.org.
MLSsoccer.com’s Greg Lalas shared his list of the Top 5 greatest Canadian players to play in MLS, and D.C. United clearly takes the cake. Current captain Dwayne De Rosario is Lalas’ number one, known for his ability to find the back of the net often and in the clutch. Pat Onstad came in at number two for his fantastic play in net. Onstad rocked the Black-and-Red in 2011 as a player/coach, then left for Toronto after 2012. Geoff Aunger was named fourth-best Canadian in MLS, who represented DCU from 1998-2001 and helped United clinch the Cup in 1999.