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08 April 3:50 pm

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."

College Night tickets are available for Saturday when D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls

08 April 9:33 am

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)
  • Presentation
  • Atmosphere
  • Price

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

05 April 3:48 pm

 

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.

 

03 April 5:35 pm

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.

03 April 1:55 pm

If you're flipping through the April issue of DC Magazine you might recognize a few familiar faces in the Men of Style section. That's right, Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius were both featured in the issue.

Check out the digital issue of DC Magazine

The piece, which was shot in February at Room & Board features other sports figures, including the Wizard’s John Wall, the Redskins’ Josh Morgan, the Caps’ Mike Green, the Annapolis Bayhawks’ Kyle Dixon, and ESPN’s Tony Reali.

D.C. United returns home Saturday, April 13 to host the New York Red Bulls

02 April 9:47 am

Right on cue for Major League Baseball's opening day, Mark Willis, a Boston-based web designer and soccer enthusiast released his take on thejersey designs for all 30 MLB teams. But there was something different about them...All of the jerseys were designed as soccer kits.

The project, which took Willis three months to complete, takes an in-depth look into the history of the MLB uniforms, and the teams who wear them. Enjoy.

NL East

AL East

NL Central

AL Central

NL West

AL West

D.C. United returns home Saturday, April 13 to host the New York Red Bulls

29 March 11:46 am

Former MLS and US Men's National Team star Cory Gibbs recently counted down his choice for top 5 all-time best defenders in MLS. Two D.C. United alum sat atop Gibbs' list. Jeff Agoos' versatile play and five MLS Cup Championships earn him the number two spot, while Eddie Pope's athleticism sets him apart at number one.

29 March 11:18 am

On Monday, three members of the Black-and-Red were guests at the Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies game at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. Bill Hamid, James Riley, and Marcelo Saragosa bonded with Brazilian-born center Nene. The Wizards star shares a passion for soccer, and the three spent some time talking about it post-match.

27 March 9:26 am

This week, Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius joined other MLS stars in a day-long commercial shoot for Continental Tires. In between takes, the pair took to Twitter to share photos, videos and more.

Chris Pontius snaps an Instagram:

Dwayne De Rosario gets a lesson in acting:

Continental Tires goes some behind-the-scenes:

 
26 March 11:01 am

In the 41st minute of the game against the Columbus Crew, with the score tied 1-1, D.C. United midfielder Kyle Porter tallied the go-ahead goal that was soon overturned due to teammate Lionard Pajoy’s passive offside position. MLSsoccer.com’s Nick Firchau examined the call and explains why Porter’s strike should have stood:

  1. Pajoy – in a passive offside position – runs toward the ball, but does NOT interfere with the play because he did not touch or actually play with the ball.
  2. Pajoy did NOT prevent any opponent from getting to the ball, nor did he obstruct a sight line.
  3. Pajoy did NOT make a gesture that deceived or distracted an opponent; simply moving toward the ball is not enough to do so.
  4. The Assistant Referee waving the flag to signal an offside does not stop the play; the Referee must blow his whistle, but Allen Chapman allowed play to continue (i.e. As the saying goes, play to the whistle).