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.
2012 Rookie of the Year Finalist Nick DeLeon added some new, team-sprited ink to his right arm. The 22-year-old standout broke United's rookie regular-season scoring record last year, and now boasts a vintage D.C. United logo tattoo, showing his dedication to and passion for the Black-and-Red.
Do you share his passion? Show us your ink!
Chris Pontius is a man of many talents. His endless work rate and speed are the perfect combination for a midfielder. His finishing is that of a striker. But tomorrow, he wears a completely different hat. Pontius will present the DC Metro Area with their morning weather report on FOX 5.
Tune in at 8:15 a.m., to see the 2012 MLS All-Star MVP give it a go as a local weatherman. Then join Pontius and the rest of the Black-and-Red on Saturday at RFK when the team hosts Real Salt Lake in the 2013 home opener.
This morning, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen joined DC 101's Elliot in the Morning show, take a listen:
In a Tuesday afternoon blog post on WashingtonPost.com, the Soccer Insider thinks that only 16,000 fans will pack RFK on Saturday night for D.C. United’s home opener. The Insider called a sell out “ambitious,” but I think fans of the Black-and-Red would beg to differ.
Following a run at the MLS Cup last year, D.C. United sold out two of its final three games and took back RFK, putting together an impressive 18 game unbeaten streak. In the Eastern Conference final, held at RFK on a blustery mid-November night, D.C. United had to open up additional seats for the Black-and-Red faithful to cheer on the team. 20,015 packed the house that night, well-surpassing the set capacity of 19,647.
Yesterday, at the club’s 11th annual United for D.C. Kickoff Luncheon, Head Coach Ben Olsen said that “one of the things I’m most proud of from last year is that we became relevant again in this city and we gave our fans and new fans belief that D.C. is ready to compete again for Championships.”
Despite a snowstorm bearing down on the Greater Washington Region, gametime weather for Saturday is expected to be 55 degrees and sunny – perfect conditions to make a trip to RFK with your family or friends. Click here to buy tickets and prove the Soccer Insider wrong.
A highlight from this past weekend's match at Houston was Bill Hamid. The young United keeper made a handful of spectacular saves, including one that he and defender Chris Korb doubled up for. The save earned Hamid a spot among the finalists for the MLS Save of the Week contest. Watch now and then vote for your Save of the Week!
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As in years past, this year, D.C. United Supporters Groups and fans are planning to take over Red Bull Arena. This year, the stakes are higher, the March 16 match will be broadcast live on NBC. All fans are invited, bring your friends and your family, you do not need to have a membership with any specific supporters groups. Full details about the trip below:
D.C. United vs Red Bull New York - Saturday, March 16 - 12:30pm
Screaming Eagles: Travel Information
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Twelve years ago yesterday marks a special day in history for the United States Men’s National Team—especially for D.C. United’s own assistant coach Josh Wolff. On February 28, 2012, the USMNT beat Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio. Entering the game for a black-eyed Brian McBride, then 24-year-old Wolff entered the match eleven minutes in. Then an injured captain Claudio Reyna subbed out towards the end of the first half, giving an opportunity to then New York MetroStar Clint Mathis. Just four minutes later, Mathis hit a long ball over the Mexican back line—a long ball Josh Wolff timed perfectly. Winning the footrace against Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos, Wolff slipped the ball into the empty net and immediately celebrated. Wolff’s contributions didn’t end there. With three minutes left in regulation, he spun a Mexico defender and escaped a double team. Wolff dribbled down the goal line, picked up his head, and slot the ball back for an open Earnie Stewart to calmly finish. The USMNT emerged victorious with a 2-0 win over Mexico, bringing glory to the fans in the stadium that day in Columbus, Ohio, USMNT supporters, and Americans everywhere.