Today was team photo day for the Black-and-Red. The team headed down East Capitol Street for the shoot. Join us on May 8 when D.C. United hosts the Houston Dynamo on team poster night.
May 8 tickets available ONLINE
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) April 15, 2013
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) April 15, 2013
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) April 15, 2013
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) April 15, 2013
D.C. United had a special guest in the stands tonight. Nationals' Pitcher Gio Gonzalez made the short trek from Nats Park to RFK after the Nationals fell 1-3 to the Atlanta Braves. Gonzalez spent some time on the field during warm-ups and snapped pictures with fans before watching the match from the Director's Box.
— Justin McMahan (@thejboymc) April 14, 2013
After a tough loss at home Saturday night, D.C. United players took to Twitter to thank the fans and ask them for continued support.
Midfielder Perry Kitchen:
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) April 14, 2013
Defender Brandon McDonald:
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) April 14, 2013
Midfielder Kyle Porter:
Stick with us we will bounce back! #DCUnited we are nothing without the fans! Tough game..
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) April 14, 2013
This Saturday is scarf night at RFK as D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls. The first 7,500 lucky fans through the stadium gates will receive a DCU scarf courtesy of Volkswagen.
Stadium gates open at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, with kickoff just an hour later at 7:00. See the full gameday timeline
Tickets are still available for Saturday's rivalry match, visit ticketmaster.com
D.C. United's Head Coach Ben Olsen has been a DC resident for over a decade now. Last fall, Olsen got involved in the politics of DC residency for the first time when he put his support behind the DC Vote initiative.
Tomorrow, Olsen will be in attendance at the DC Budget Freedom Happy Hour, hosted by DC Vote. The fundraiser details are below:
WHAT: $5 at the door gets you an extended Happy Hour with a DC Vote specialty cocktail, and enters you in a raffle to win D.C. United Tickets for their April 13th game vs. the New York Red Bulls and signed D.C. United fan gear. 100% of proceeds from purchases of Three Stars beers will go directly to DC Vote.
WHEN: Thursday, April 11 5:00PM - 8:00PM
WHERE: Cause 1926 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
Get behind D.C. United for Saturday's Atlantic Cup Match - tickets available online
We’re kicking off this blog with our most recent trip to Kansas City, Missouri. I will attempt to curb my bitterness at not coming away from our match with a well deserved point (possibly three), and provide you all with an unbiased evaluation of the Bristol Seafood Grill restaurant.
Bristol Seafood Grill
51 East 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
The Bristol Grille is located in the Power and Light district of downtown Kansas City. This area offers an array of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that cater to whatever you are up for in an evening, all in the convenience of a few short blocks.
Members of tonight’s dining party include, Perry Kitchen – the youngster, James Riley – the seasoned vet, Mike Gartlan – their Agent and the money bags for this particular evening, and of course yours truly, Robbie Russell – all around great human being and the brilliant mind behind this blog. A couple other people contributed to the creation of this blog, but because they weren't here for this particular dining experience, they don't get credit (editors note – thanks Robbie! Some of the staff went to Jack Stack’s BBQ where we had some of the best BBQ around).
The evening started out with a brisk walk from our hotel, the Kansas City downtown Marriott, which was accompanied by a lot of belly aching from my teammates as to my efficacy with Google Maps, the correct direction of travel, and whether or not this restaurant I had found would be any good at all. James Riley can be quoted as saying “you picked a Seafood joint in Kansas City... Really?” and Perry's only concern was whether or not they would have pasta on the menu. In response I pointed out that I was the one who set up all the reservations, researched the restaurant and put this little shindig together, but as the saying goes 'No good deed...'
Needless to say I got us there on time, where we met Mike Gartlan at the bar. Our reservation was quickly honored by the hostess, but it didn't seem as if there was a shortage of tables. The inside was quite spacious with a separate bar and dining area. The décor was modern and the ambiance was lively. Pop music was being played in the bar area, but was never overpowering or difficult to talk over. There was a smattering of people all around the restaurant, which you could consider full but not packed. All in all not bad for an early Thursday evening. Our party of four was seated in the bar area at a high table for 6.
With all of that said, here is what we had along with some notes to accompany before we give you our final reviews and rating.
- Sweet Bread Biscuits and Honey Butter.
- Sweet Breads Biscuits were warm out of the oven. Crispy with excellent sweet and savory flavors combined with the honey butter.
Shared Fried Seafood Sampler.
Crab Cakes with apple slaw.
- Top Notch with large chunks of crab, Good ratio of breading to crab! Very Crabby
- Very Average, A bit chewy with a great deal of breading!. Not the best, but not the worst either. Thankfully not too greasy. High quality ingredients seem to come through though
- Excellently prepared, tender and flavorful, surrounded by a delicious cream and garlic oil. Good enough to sop up with our bread.
Sweet Potato Fries.
- Small and barely noticeable. Seemed to be more of a filler to be eaten along side the calamari.
Three dipping sauces.
- Sweet and Sour sauce, Mango Tartar, Creole Remoulade.
- All added something to the flavors of the appetizer, but all very heavy with cream.
Two Orders of Lobster Mac & Cheese
- Unremarkable amounts of Lobster in the orders. “You can get more lobster at a food truck in Seattle,” said James Riley. Pasta cream sauce was subtle with a good amount of cheese. Not quite thick enough to be considered a full comfort food but maybe that is a good thing.
Lobster Bisque—Mike Gartlan
- Creamy and rich, small chunks of lobster throughout. Can’t handle much more than was served but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Side Caeser—Perry Kitchen, Robbie Russell
- Too much dressing and too much cheese.
Mixed Seafood Grill-- Robbie Russell
Charred Ahi Tuna-- Mike Gartlan
Chicken Penne-- Perry Kitchen
6 Ounce Filet Oscared—James Riley
Key Lime Pie
- Perry Kitchen's all time favorite dessert so we will rely on him for an opinion. “Thought it was pretty good but too fluffy and the crust was a little overpowering. A graham cracker crust would have been better,” said Kitchen. I agree, and the mango sorbet didn't do anything to help the dish. It became bland slush when eaten along side the pie. Cocktail fruit addition seemed to come out of cans, seemed cheap
- James Riley was initially skeptical of seafood in Kansas City.... especially having lived in Seattle and LA, but he has since recanted this statement.
- The Surf and Turf Combos on the menu were numerous and varied. You could essentially pair any fish with any type of steak available and have it cooked to order.
- Mike Gartlan, who paid for the whole thing, was quoted as saying, “considering everything involved in the meal, it was worth the price.”
- Great Ambiance. Relaxing, modern sleek. Great for conversation with lively background. Unfortunately didn’t try the drinks, but the wine selection seemed varied and tasteful.
Overall Rating: Nutmeg City
Our next posting will be evaluating some of DC's finest chefs, restaurants and mixologists at this years Taste of the Nation charity function. It is happening TODAY at the National Building Museum. We encourage all of our readers to join us there, seeing as this event is helping to raise funds necessary to help feed our hungry children. The host of this event, Share Our Strength, is a charitable organization that seeks to bring awareness to the plight of our nation's hungry children.
Learn more and buy tickets here. We hope to see you there.
We’ll also be trying out D.C. United Bar Partner Rockland’s BBQ later this week, so be on the lookout for a review on that.
NEXT HOME MATCH: April 13, 7:00 p.m. ET vs New York Red Bulls
Tonight, the University of Louisville will face the University of Michigan in the NCAA National Championship match in Atlanta Georgia. One member of the Black-and-Red will be watching closely, as the Cardinals seek national recognition.
United's Nick DeLeon graduated in 2011 from the Louisville, where he spent two seasons. Although he does not have any friends who currently play for the team, his loyalty still lies in Kentucky, and the midfielder plans to watch the game tonight at home.
DeLeon's message for his fellow Louisville students, "Good luck and represent."
As a Major League Soccer player, you are given the opportunity to travel all around the country and in some special instances, the world, multiple times in every season. Amazing as this is, it also comes with the burdens of constant repetitive stays in strange hotels, eating in different restaurants on every trip, and spending most of your days with your roommate scanning the internet or television for some way to keep your attention occupied. MLS teams cover tens of thousands of miles each season and visit between 12-15 different cities, all the while being far away from your family and friends, with mostly nothing but your teammates for company.
You have to find ways to avoid going nuts spending all your time with the people you work with (in the hopes of not losing it and going ballistic on them). Nothing breaks this monotony better than a good meal with good company, and surpasses the sense of satisfaction that comes from a great dining experience. This is what we like to call “The Beautiful Dish.”
The goal of this blog is to enlighten our readers to the different, excellent possibilities for great dining experiences in each of these cities as found by the members of their local MLS franchise. We will search for that elusive “beautiful dish” in each city that can succeed in breaking up the monotony of a long travel day, and make your short visit that much more. We will spend our time visiting the different restaurants in each city using suggestions from home team players and organizations as well as spending much of the time examining our own D.C.'s best eateries and dining experiences. Of course, suggestions from readers and fans are most welcome (just send a note to the editor, Ryan Tronovitch at Rtronovitch@dcunited.com).
Please understand that none of us are what you would call “culinary experts” and are at best self-proclaimed foodies. All the knowledge we can share is: we know what we like and hope you like the same...but you are more than welcome not too. We will analyze the restaurants from the perspectives that we consider important, and of course we will employ a rating system that reflects our chosen profession. Each restaurant will be graded on the following categories, with all the scores being added into an overall grading:
- Food(and at times drinks)
The Overall score will be as follows:
- RED CARD: Straight Dismissal
- YELLOW CARD: Proceed with Caution
- DRAW: Neither good nor bad but can swing in either direction. Sometimes a point is good, sometimes a point is bad.
- NUTMEG: Sometimes you put the ball through the opponents legs in a game, and you haven't won but you are very happy with yourself for a good while after.
- UPPER 90: Best you can get. You're making Sportscenter's Top 10 plays of the day, and are a 'beautiful dish' finalist.
See the authors in action this weekend at RFK Stadium as they take on the New York Red Bulls Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets still available
Today, April 5, 2013 marks the official 100-year anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Since its inception, U.S. Soccer’s mission has been clear—make soccer a predominant sport in the U.S. and facilitate development at every level of competition.
The Centennial is truly a testament to U.S. Soccer’s supporters and participants, including players, coaches, referees, volunteers, ambassadors, and most of all the fans.
U.S. Soccer has reached many milestones in the years preceding its Centennial. The Women’s U.S. National Team has won two World Cups and four Olympic Gold Medals. The U.S. Men’s National team has enjoyed recent success, qualifying for the World Cup six times in a row, and reaching the quarterfinals in 2002, the first time in 72 years.
Additionally, Major League Soccer is in its 18th season. The high level of competition between the League’s 19 teams and 13 soccer specific stadiums has boosted media coverage to an all-time high.
In honor of this remarkable day, U.S. Soccer hosted a press conference at New York’s City Hall, along with a watch party for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s exhibition game against Germany, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
Lastly, if you’re in New York City tonight, make sure to look up at the top of the Empire Sate Building, as it will boast U.S. Soccer’s red, white and blue.
Traveling with his father, D.C. United legend John Harkes to the UK, Black-and-Red Academy standout Ian Harkes met and took a picture with Chelsea FC superstar Frank Lampard. Harkes and Lampard are posing for the camera at Stamford Bridge, the Blues' storied stadium in central London. Lampard recently tallied his 200th goal for Chelsea against former team West Ham United on March 18.
Currently featuring for the United U-18s, Harkes will be headed to Wake Forest University to play collegiate soccer in the fall.