A past MLS MVP and former captain of his country’s national team, Carlos Ruiz became the first-ever Guatemalan player to sign with D.C. United on Feb. 20, 2012. Although perhaps not the first from their countries to wear the Black-and-Red, many other United players are also foreign-born.
United center back Dejan Jakovic was born in Croatia, moved to Canada, and now plays for the Canadian National Team. Lewis Neal was born and raised in Leicester, England. Neal played professionally in England until coming stateside to play with NASL side Orlando City S.C. Three Black-and-Red teammates hail from Brazil—Marcelo Saragosa from Campo Grande, Raphael Augusto from Rio de Janerio, and young Designated Player Raphael from Àuga Boa, Mias Gerais (a Brazilian State). Also from South America is United forward Lionard Pajoy, hailing from Norte de Santander, Colombia. D.C. defender Robbie Russell was born in Accra, Ghana and lived on four different continents (Africa, Asia, North America and Europe) before his family settled in Amherst, Massachusetts. Recently acquired John Thorrington was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then moved to Los Angeles, California before signing with England’s Manchester United. United’s newest Homegrown Player Michael Seaton, 16, hails from Spanish Town, Jamaica and represented his country in the CFU U-17 FIFA World Cup. Another new addition to the Black-and-Red, Syamsir Alam comes to D.C. from Jakarta Indonesia. In total, 11 United players come from other countries before arriving in the nation’s capital to put on the Black-and-Red.
Did you watch The Late Show with David Letterman last night? If so, you would have seen Imagine Dragons, an indie rock band out of Las Vegas Nevada. The band is on tour, promoting their debut album Night Visions. After an afternoon taping session in New York City, the group headed south to Silver Spring, Maryland for their show at The Fillmore. After the show, D.C. United was proud to present the band members each with an authentic D.C. United jersey, while we all watched the remainder of The Late Show backstage.
D.C. United would like to send a special thanks to the band, as well as Live Nation and The Fillmore for a great performance and for the support of the Black-and-Red.
WATCH: The Late Show with David Letterman - Full Episode: February 22, 2013 or Imagine Dragon's performance on The Late Show below:
For the first time ever, Major League Soccer games (eight of them, to be exact) will be broadcast on ESPN 3D, “the world’s first 24/7 all-sports 3D channel.” D.C. United’s April 21 match against regional rival Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPN 3D at 5 p.m. ET. Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas will commentate and provide studio analysis for the second meeting of the I-95 rivals.
The 18th MLS season includes a total of 20 broadcasted games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN 3D.
FIFA today announced that Goal-Line Technology (GLT) will be used at both the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup. A successful trial period at the FIFA Club World Cup and Frank Lampard’s uncounted goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup were reportedly two big factors in the decision that came down.
"The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests," a FIFA statement communicated.
Last July, Major League Soccer (MLS) entertained the thought of using GLT by the 2013 season, but those tentative plans were scrapped. Back on July 5, 2012, Nelson Rodriguez, executive vice president of competition and game operations, said, “MLS is eager to begin the process toward implementing one of these advancements, but we first need to research the installation, testing, staffing and training required.”
Captain Dwayne De Rosario is ready for some fun in the sun.
Couple days off! Time relax soak up the sun & kick the feet up. Long @mlssoccer season ahead...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) February 16, 2013
DeRo also took in the NBA All-Star Game.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) February 18, 2013
Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid ran into UFC fighter Rashad Evans.
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) February 18, 2013
Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa is excited to see Miami...
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) February 17, 2013
...and shows us a little bit of paradise.
Defender Daniel Woolard spent the day at Disney with his other half.
D.C. United Managing Partner Jason M. Levien told The Washington Post’s Steven Goff that the club’s leadership is “very hopeful” about the prospect of reaching a deal with Washington, D.C. to build a soccer stadium in the city for the Black-and-Red:
Levien said: “The stars are aligning in a good way for us. We’re working closely with the right people and we feel better about it today than we did three months ago, no question.”
“Interaction with the city has been very positive and very productive,” Levien said. “We’re pushing the right buttons and making things happen in a good way. … There is more than hope. We are very hopeful.”
“We greatly appreciate [Baltimore’s] interest and outreach,” he said, “but our focus is here. Our fans deserve our focus to be here and that is guiding us right now.”
Ian Harkes, one of D.C. United icon John Harkes’ kin and U-18 Academy standout for United, was profiled by the Fairfax County Times yesterday. Below is an excerpt with the Black-and-Red Academy mention:
Now Ian is gearing up for a final stint with the D.C. United Academy U18 team, which begins its season in March.
“It’s really nice to see him develop from a 13-year-old that wasn’t all that athletic all the way to being one of the top recruits in the country and certainly one of the top players in the MLS academy,” said Tom Torres, the D.C. United Academy’s U16 coach who coached Ian’s U14 Herndon Real Juniors team. “He’s got a lot of ability and a lot of intelligence. That’s one of the things that everybody always talks about is that he’s got an intelligent soccer brain. You couple that with his abilities and his tactical awareness, and it makes for a very fine soccer player.”
Next for the 2012 D.C. Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year is Wake Forest University, where he will play collegiately for the Demon Deacons.
Recently, MLS partnered with an international soccer-art collective called the Futbol Artists Network (FAN), to create a series of club-inspired art as part of a project called #TrueColors. The project asked FAN artists to use the club’s colors, marks, and jersey as inspiration for their pieces.
As part of the #TrueColors project, we’re holding a one-of-a kind contest that gives you the opportunity to express yourself, and your passion for your club, through art.
WIN A JERSEY
There’s a sweet prize at the end for the winner, too. One person will be randomly selected to win the official 2013 jersey of his/her choice courtesy of MLSGear.com, and the winning tweet will be featured on MLSsoccer.com.
It’s simple to participate. Between Feb. 14-19, send a tweet that includes the following four elements:
- The link to an original photo of your artwork, available on public domain (ex: Instagram, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.)
- A brief description of how your artwork is connected to your favorite MLS Club
- The hashtags: #TrueColors and the @handle of your club
- Lastly, make sure your account is following @MLS
The winner will be notified on Twitter by direct message from @MLS on Feb. 22, and announced online thereafter.
Official contest rules: http://www.mlssoccer.com/fans/social-media-giveaway-rules
While Santino Quaranta hung up his D.C. United boots in 2011, he is back in the local soccer scene. As vice president of Pipeline Soccer Club, Quaranta saw his club overcome a three-goal deficit in the Rowland Cup – Maryland’s U.S. Open Cup qualifying tournament – yesterday to defeat Spartan FC 5-4.
“It was one of the greatest comebacks I’ve ever been a part of as a player or coach,” Pipeline manager Bill George told thecup.us. “It shows a lot of the character of our team.”
While Quaranta did not suit up for this game, he may make an appearance in a Pipeline jersey before the end of the qualifying campaign. The club is one of three teams left that hope to compete in the USASA Region I Finals as the Maryland state representative. All MLS and NASL teams will earn berths into the third and second rounds, respectively, of the tournament, and smaller sides like Pipeline must play a series of games to qualify.
Quaranta, who featured for the Black-and-Red from 2001-06 and 2008-11, played in 159 games for United, notching 24 goals and 29 assists. At the time of his signing with DC, Quaranta was the youngest player in MLS history, at 16 years and four months. The Baltimore, Md., native made 15 senior U.S. Men’s National Team appearances and netted one goal, tallying against Honduras in a 2-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup win at RFK Stadium.
United captain Dwayne De Rosario takes on French icon Thierry Henry (NY) in FIFA 13.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) February 11, 2013
KICKTV documents legend vs. legend in FIFA 13.
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) February 11, 2013
Red Bulls beat writer Dan Dickinson is curious who was victorious in the FIFA showdown.
— Dan Dickinson (@GothamistDan) February 11, 2013
Meanwhile, Chris Pontius took on Tim Cahill (NY).
Cahill as NYRB 3, Pontius as DCU 0: twitter.com/BrianStraus/st…
— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) February 11, 2013
And Cahill is happy to own the bragging rights.
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) February 11, 2013
City of Angels rivals Robbie Keane (LA) and Dan Kennedy (CHV) throwdown on FIFA, too.
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) February 11, 2013
MLS Insider gives the lowdown of the first day of the media tour's events.
— MLS Insider (@MLS_Insider) February 11, 2013
MLS EVP of Communications Dan Courtemanche gives his endorsement on who to follow.
— Dan Courtemanche (@courtemancheMLS) February 11, 2013
Ozzy Alonso (SEA), Oscar Boniek García (HOU), Edgar Mejía (CHV) and Álvaro Saborio (HOU) were some players down in Miami.
— Gabriel Gabor (@MLSGabor) February 11, 2013
Another behind-the-scenes look at the Miami media tour.
— Gabriel Gabor (@MLSGabor) February 11, 2013
DeRo caps off a fun media day at Jay-Z's spot with Robbie Keane (LA) and Tim Cahill (NY).
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) February 12, 2013