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15 February 3:22 pm

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.”

15 February 10:44 am

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. 

14 February 5:02 pm

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.

GO TO A GALLERY OF #TRUE COLORS IMAGES

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

12 February 1:25 pm

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. 

12 February 10:23 am

United captain Dwayne De Rosario takes on French icon Thierry Henry (NY) in FIFA 13.

KICKTV documents legend vs. legend in FIFA 13.

Red Bulls beat writer Dan Dickinson is curious who was victorious in the FIFA showdown.

Meanwhile, Chris Pontius took on Tim Cahill (NY).

And Cahill is happy to own the bragging rights.

City of Angels rivals Robbie Keane (LA) and Dan Kennedy (CHV) throwdown on FIFA, too.

MLS Insider gives the lowdown of the first day of the media tour's events.

MLS EVP of Communications Dan Courtemanche gives his endorsement on who to follow.

Ozzy Alonso (SEA), Oscar Boniek García (HOU), Edgar Mejía (CHV) and Álvaro Saborio (HOU) were some players down in Miami.

Another behind-the-scenes look at the Miami media tour.

DeRo caps off a fun media day at Jay-Z's spot with Robbie Keane (LA) and Tim Cahill (NY).

 

10 February 10:44 am

United captain Dwayne De Rosario takes the positives from the 4-0 rout.

Defender Ethan White marvels at former Maryland teammate Taylor Kemp's finishing skills.

Kemp sets him straight.

Kemp and MLSsoccer.com's Jason Saghini go back and forth on Kemp's two goals.

16-year-old Homegrown product Michael Seaton thinks he should have scored, but likes the result.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid keeps it short and sweet.

White still loves Hamid's catchphrase.

Homegrown player Conor Shanosky, who went on loan to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers last year, likes defeating a familiar foe.

09 February 11:41 pm

Last month D.C. United received a very special email from a family in Florida. The family, and particularly their youngest daughter Brooke, are diehard D.C. United fans, despite living almost 1000 miles from Washington DC. When they heard the news that the Black-and-Red would be playing in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, they made plans to travel to Orlando for the first match versus the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Following the match, D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen surprised Brooke with a quick visit at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The young fan told Kitchen that he shared the same number as her, and was therefore her favorite player on the team.

Thank you to Brooke and all of the D.C. United supporters who made it out to Orlando for the match!

08 February 10:59 am

Canada Soccer has selected D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic as Canada’s Men’s Soccer Player of the Month for January after a pair of solid 90-minute performances in friendlies against Denmark and the U.S. The 27-year-old was named Man of the Match in Canada’s 0-0 tie with the U.S. on January 29. Black-and-Red teammate Dwayne De Rosario also featured in both matches, logging 70 minutes against Denmark and 81 minutes against the U.S.

In total, Jakovic has appeared in 14 games for Canada since 2008.

07 February 4:48 pm

Captain Dwayne De Rosario is ready for the eight-team pre-season tournament.

Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa takes a selfie from the plane, with a photobomb by fellow Brazilian Raphael Augusto.

First round SuperDraft pick and Colorado native Taylor Kemp is excited to escape to warmer climates.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made it safe and sound.

Defender Daniel Woolard is ready to train down south.

Defender Ethan White spent time with family before departing again.

 

Trialist Henry Kalungi is excited for his opportunity in Orlando.

 

03 February 11:44 am

United captain Dwayne De Rosario is catching both fútbol and football today.

DeRo also wonders where all the Baltimore fans are in his feed.

Midfielder Perry Kitchen is taking predictions.

Defender Brandon McDonald's loyalties are split.

Defender Ethan White hopes to make it back to D.C. in time.