On Monday, March 18, Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-man roster for upcoming, all-important, World Cup qualifiers. The full roster, which was complete with a total of nine stars from Major League Soccer is below:
US ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England - 5/3 SO), *Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0), *Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): *Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), *Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England - 6/0), *Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 1/0), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark - 5/0), *Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes - 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico - 26/6), *Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 2/0), Michael Bradley (Roma/Italy - 20/5), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico - 1/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor/Turkey - 10/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany - 6/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium - 13/0), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England - 2/0), *Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands - 18/6), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria - 2/0), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur/England - 27/11), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico - 6/2), *Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC - 12/10)
* Denotes MLS player
What do you think of the selected list? Are there any players that you would have included?
Last week, Bashir Hooper of the D.C. United Academy was recognized by the County of Gainsville, Virginia for his commitment to serving his community. Hooper is a regular volunteer with the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, which strives to eliminate hunger by providing food to those in need.
The event, which was hosted by Gainesville County Supervisor Pete Candland, named the Food Pantry the Heroes of Gainsville, and the award was received by Pam Stutz, the Haymarket Food Pantry Executive and Founder and Bashir Hooper.
Dwayne De Rosario returned from a two-game suspension just in time to play his former team:
Was a tuff battle tonight! Big point for the guys rest & recoup. @dcunited thanks for all the fans that made the trip
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 16, 2013
Midfielder Perry Kitchen expressed his gratitude for the fans:
Good point on the road. Thanks to all the fans that made the trip! #vamosunited
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) March 16, 2013
Brandon McDonald was happy with a point at New York:
A point is a point, Great road result for us today! And a BIG thanks to all the fans that traveled up for the game! #vamosunited
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) March 16, 2013
Canadian defender Dejan Jakovic wished the fans safe travels:
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) March 16, 2013
After recording his second shutout in a row, Bill Hamid thanked his teammates:
Do it for my family... Do it for my team.. Great team point.. The back line was magic. Perry and Marcelo holding as well. On to Columbus
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) March 16, 2013
D.C. United and team captain Dwayne De Rosario join MLS as part of the Don't Cross the Line campaign. The Black-and-Red are fully committed to providing players, fans, members of our community and staff a fair and safe place to support the world's game. No amount of discrimination or prejudice will be tolerated in 2013.
Join us and take the pledge... DON'T CROSS THE LINE
The D.C. versus New York is the longest standing rivalry in Major League Soccer. Since the inaugural MLS season, D.C United and the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey Metrostars)have seen their share of dramatic clashes both in the regular season and playoffs. The name for the competition was not set until 2002 when both the trophy and rivalry was coined the Atlantic Cup.
D.C. United won the cup in 2012, and will visit New York twice and host the Red Bulls once in 2013 as reigning champions. This Saturday at Red Bull Arena (12:30 p.m. EST; NBC), the teams will meet for the first time this season as the quest for the Atlantic Cup begins.
Atlantic Cup Rules and Tiebreakers
- Standings points earned in all MLS regular season head-to-head games between DCU and RBNY
- If even, total goals scored in the matches
- If even, away goals scored in the matches *note this is not applicable in a three-game series in 2013
- If items 1-3 do not determine a victor, the trophy holder (D.C.) retains the Cup
D.C. United has four 2-packs to the 2013 Shamrock Fest at RFK that we'll be giving away on our Facebook page tonight and tomorrow. Entering the sweepstakes is easy:
- Login to Facebook
- LIKE the Official D.C. United page
- LIKE the Official Shamrock Fest page
- Cross your fingers and hope your name is randomly selected!
There will be four winners randomly selected at 6:00 P.M. on March 14. Each winner will receive two tickets to the big event.
Shamrock Fest Details:
Saturday, March 16
RFK Stadium - 1:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Congratulations to Private First Class Andrew Calvert and his fiance, D.C. United wishes you all the best as you start your lives together.
The Black-and-Red had a special guest in the locker room after tonight's match. Lorenzo Alexander, a linebacker for the Washington Redskins attended the game, and joined the team after the match to celebrate the 1-0 victory.
United captain Dwayne De Rosario snaps a pick with Alexander in the team hallway:
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 10, 2013
Last year, the Black-and-Red visited a Redskins summer training session in Ashburn, VA. In December 2012, Pontius, Jakovic, White and Scouting Coordinator Kurt Morsink hit FedEx Field for Monday Night Football game versus the New York Giants.
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario will not be available for tonight's match, but the midfielder and team leader will be at RFK to support his teammates.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) March 9, 2013
Midfielder and newfound weatherman Chris Pontius keeps it simple.
Midfielder Kyle Porter is ready for his first home opener as a member of the Black-and-Red.
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) March 9, 2013
Managing Partner Erick Thohir is hoping for a United "W" tonight.
Not my day, Satria Muda also lost. Change to soccer ☺, tomorow MLS : DC United vs Real Salt Lake City. Vamos DCU.
— Erick Thohir (@erickthohir) March 9, 2013
Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks gives props to the best fans in MLS.
— Doug Hicks (@DCUDoug) March 8, 2013
Washington Post beat writer Steven Goff and NBC Sports Network host Russ Thaler dig the time-lapse video of RFK.
— Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) March 9, 2013
Fan Beth Meyers is treating today like a holiday.
Tailgate inventory complete. Off to buy some new chairs and of course, beer. It's the most wonderful day of the year! VAMOS #DCU
— Beth Myers (@DCbmyers) March 9, 2013
Fan Alex Glomb has his tickets ready to go.
— Alex Glomb (@GlombBomb) March 9, 2013
D.C. United's goalkeeper Bill Hamid knows how to make an entrance. Untied's stellar homegrown product earned the 2013 season's first Save of the Week. The 22-year-old netminder made a spectacular save, denying Giles Barnes' one-touch rocket from inside the six yard box during Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo.
Hamid earned 25% of the votes, beating Andy Gruenebaum of the Columbus Crew by 1 percentage point. The show-stopping save earned Hamid his first ever Save of the Week after multiple nominations for the honor.