D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon has declined Trinidad & Tobago’s invitation to participate in a friendly against Peru on February 6. The 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year finalist was born in Phoenix, Ariz., but is also eligible to play for the island nation due to his father’s ties to the country.
In his inaugural MLS season, DeLeon appeared in 28 games (25 starts), tallying four assists and breaking D.C. United’s rookie goal-scoring record (6) during the regular season. The University of Louisville product also added two goals in the MLS Cup playoffs, including an 88th minute game-winner in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Red Bulls.
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario, who is currently at January camp with the Canadian National team, sits down for a quick Q&A to discuss his injury last fall and his future with the National team. De Rosario has made 72 appearances (59 starts) for the nation.
Related: De Rosario, Jakovic called up
Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic were both in the starting XI for Canada in a 4-0 loss against Denmark today in Tucson, Arizona. Jakovic went the full 90 minutes in the backline while De Rosario - entering his first international match since suffering an MCL injury on Sept. 11, 2012 against Panama - was subbed out in the 60th minute. This was De Rosario's 72nd international cap and Jakovic's 13th.
Canada next faces the U.S. Men's National Team on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. United teammate Bill Hamid is currently with the U.S. squad, and the friendly against Canada is the only game preceding the opening match in the Hexagonal round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying on Feb. 6.
Five former Black-and-Red players - Raúl Díaz Arce, Marco Etcheverry, Roy Lassiter, Ben Olsen and Tony Sanneh – were nominated yesterday for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2013 elections. Olsen, United’s current head coach, and Sanneh are two of five players in the group of 22 nominated in their first year of eligibility.
Voting will continue through February 22, and players who appear on at least 66.7% of ballots will earn election into the Hall of Fame.
Raúl Díaz Arce
Díaz Arce featured for the Black-and-Red for four seasons (1996, 1997, 2000, 2001). The Salvadoran international finished as the Golden Boot runner-up in 1996 with 23 goals en route to helping the club capture the inaugural MLS Cup. United also claimed the 1996 U.S. Open Cup and 1997 Supporters’ Shield with Díaz Arce.
A three-time MLS Cup winner and one-time MLS Cup MVP, Etcheverry appeared in 191 games (180 starts) for the Black-and-Red for 1996-2003, tallying 34 goals and 101 assists. Etcheverry still holds the club record for his marks in games played and assists.
Lassiter is regarded as one the all-time greats in MLS, with a single-season goal-scoring record set in the 1996 inaugural season to support this claim. Lassiter joined the Black-and-Red for the 1998 and 1999 seasons (and returned in 2002), helping the team to its third MLS Cup in four seasons. The striker suited up for United 67 times (55 starts), tallying 36 goals and 17 assists in the process.
Olsen, United’s current head coach, joined the club as a player in 1998 and spent his entire 11-year professional career with the Black-and-Red. The midfielder appeared in 221 games (200 starts), adding 29 goals and 49 assists. The Pennsylvania native is second on the club’s all-time lists for games played (221) and minutes (17,098). Olsen also led the team to two MLS Cup titles (1999, 2004) during his on-field tenure at RFK Stadium.
Sanneh guided D.C. United to two MLS Cups in three seasons, helping the club win titles in 1996 and again in 1997, but falling just short in the final to the Chicago Fire in 1998. The midfielder/defender became the first MLS player to score in back-to-back Cup finals. In total, Sanneh played 71 games (69 starts), collecting 14 goals and 25 assists for the Black-and-Red.
You may be in luck! TheCup.us, a website dedicated to coverage of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, is raising funds for a website redesign. The redesign will include expanded analysis of past and future Open Cup Matches.
The US Open Cup is the oldest American soccer tournament. The knockout style tournament dates back to 1913 and is open to all United States Soccer Federation Affiliated Teams, including amateur and professional teams around the United States.
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Former Black-and-Red defender Mike Petke, age 36, is the latest player from D.C. United’s past to accept a head-coaching job in MLS. The New York Red Bulls, United’s Atlantic Cup foe, made the move today to promote Petke from interim head coach to head coach. And just a few weeks back – on January 8 – former United captain Ryan Nelsen was chosen to steer the ship at Toronto FC.
On November 14, 2004, Olsen, Petke and Nelsen went the full 90 minutes to guide the Black-and-Red to its fourth MLS Cup title, a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City). Now Olsen, Nelsen and Petke, respectively, represent the three youngest current coaches in MLS. And just last year, Olsen became the youngest head coach in MLS All-Star history when he led the select squad to a 3-2 victory against 2012 European champions Chelsea FC.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), today announced the 13 U.S. cities and venues that will be hosting Gold Cup matches this year.
The Gold Cup is North America's premier international tournament, which 12 teams participate in every two years. This year, the tournament will run from July 7 to July 28. The United States, Canada, and Mexico have already qualified. Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and Martinique from the Caribbean as well as Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador from Central America will also participate in 2013. The final Central American spot will be filled this Friday, with the winner of Panama vs. Guatemala advancing.
Complete List of US Host Cities for the 2013 Gold Cup
- Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
- Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
- Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
- Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago)
- Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver)
- Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)
- Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston)
- Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
- Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
- New York – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
- Portland – JELD-WEN Field (Portland, Ore.)
- Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)
- Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle)
The full D.C. United preseason roster was released on Friday. Below, we introduce the seven trialists on the list.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 26-year-old Altman currently plays for the Minnesota Stars FC. The defender was originally drafted by the New England Revolution in the second round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, but joined the Minnesota Thunder after being waived by the club. Since joining the Minnesota Stars in 2010, Altman took on the role of team captain and earned more minutes in the past two seasons than any other player on the team.
Neven Markovic is 25-year-old Serbian soccer player, who most recently played for MLS' Sporting Kansas City. Markovic was a member of the 2012 Sporting roster who won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The left back previously played for a couple of teams in the Serbian SuperLiga, including FC Rad Belgrade from 2005 to 2008.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Joseph Nane was originally drafted by Toronto FC in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. At the end of the 2010 campaign, the Cameroonian native was traded to the Colorado where he spent two seasons playing for the Rapids. The midfielder appeared in nine games in 2012, notching one goal in 446 minutes.
Demitrius Omphroy is an American-born soccer player from Alameda, California. With his Filipino roots, the versatile 23-year-old has one cap with the Philippines National Team. After four years at the University of California, Berkley, Omphroy was drafted by Toronto FC in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
Although he was born in Venezuela and lived in Colombia until he was 13, Restrepo is an American who has seen time with both the U-17 and U-20 US National Teams. The goalkeeper won the starting role with the University of Virginia Cavaliers in 2009, leading the team to a National Championship. While at the UVA, Restrepo broke several of US Soccer Star Tony Meola's records including games played (25), minutes played (2348), shutouts (16), consecutive shutouts (11) and consecutive scoreless minutes (1176).
Ryan Richter is a 23-year-old midfielder out of Pennsylvania. He currently plays for the Charleston Battery in the USL. A graduate of LaSalle University, Richter was drafted by the Philadelphia Union in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. After his contract was not picked up in 2012, Richter joined D.C. United for preseason and finally landed with the Battery for the 2012 season.
Like Kyle Altman, Matt VanOekel currently plays with the Minnesota Stars. VanOekel originally played for the Minnesota Thunder of the USL before the team folded, he was then picked up by their successors, the NASL Minnesota Stars where he soon became the starting goal keeper.
— Taylor Kemp (@Tkemp02) January 19, 2013
DC to Bradenton.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
Haha first flight as a pro and @tkemp02 can't get it right haha text me when you can dude.
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
Just landed in Florida off to Bradenton legggo ...
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— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) January 20, 2013
— Ethan White (@EthanWhite15) January 20, 2013
With their call-up to the Canadian Men's National Team, Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic will head to Pheonix, Arizona for ten days, before joining the Black-and-Red.
Looking forward to rejoining the #canMNT for our upcoming camp
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 18, 2013
Off to Phoenix
— Dejan Jakovic (@DejanJakovic) January 20, 2013
Early morning flight to Phoenix...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) January 20, 2013
Today United Builds participated in the Greater DC Cares' MLK Day of Service. A group of 15 volunteers, including Lance Rozeboom, from the club spent the day beautifying Jan's Tutoring House. Among other tasks, the volunteers refurbished the library, painted, and cleaned the facility.
Through the United Builds program, the D.C. United staff, players and fans work together on community projects and initiatives benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations. The Greater DC Cares' MLK Day of Service is an initiative that brings thousands of people together each year to participate in various community services around Washington DC.