DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray took to Twitter on Friday evening to tell reporters he would not be able to attended Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, but that we was still rooting for United.
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) November 16, 2012
A report out today from TopDrawerSoccer.com offers some quotes from D.C. United U-16 Academy player, Gerson Umana.
Umana is currently tied for first in scoring among USSF Development Academy U-16 players with nine goals. “It’s really all team work,” Umana told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I think as a team we are really complete [and] my coach is making me into a better player.”
Leading into the MLS Eastern Conference Championship match, United players and coaches will hit the airwaves to talk about the importance of Sunday’s match against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune-in and hear from D.C. United directly.
- Defender Robbie Russell will be on Sirius XM FC at 5:05 p.m.: LISTEN
- Midfielder Nick DeLeon on with Extra Time Radio: LISTEN
- Head Coach Ben Olsen on with LaVar and Dukes at 6:00 p.m.: LISTEN AGAIN
- Goalkeeper Coach Pat Onstad with TEAM 1410 radio in Vancouver, BC at 6:15 p.m.: LISTEN
- Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario on with the Junkies at 8:45 a.m.: LISTEN
From the Mayor, to other sports teams and players, to construction cranes, to the Newseum - the District is cheering for D.C. United during its 2012 MLS Cup Playoff run. Today, local indie rockers, The Dismemberment Plan offered their support via an article on their site titled "Why D.C. United is going to win this weekend."
The band's bass player - and author of the article - Eric Axelson is the most ardent United supporter, but the whole band has been following the team. As they noted via their Twitter account, "[We have] DC United scarves and two soccer balls in the practice space." The band also announced the score of a recent D.C. United match while on stage during the recent Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2012.
As you can see, the finale of their shows resembles the supporters sections:
D.C. United bar partner The Queen Vic (1206 H St. NE) has a special offer for Sunday's Eastern Conference Championship (4pm ET, RFK Stadium).
$40 will get you:
- A ticket to Sunday's match
- A shuttle ride to/from The Queen Vic and RFK Stadium (both pre and post-game)
- A shot of Irish whisky & a draft beer
- UPDATE: A fleece D.C. United blanket
The shuttle will begin making loops to RFK Stadium from The Queen Vic at 1:30pm, with the last shuttle leaving RFK Stadium for H Street at 7:30pm after the game. The shuttle will drop patrons off at RFK Stadium near Lot 8 - just a short walk to the official D.C. United tailgate and the tailgates of La Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles.
Fans who already have tickets to the game will also be able to ride the shuttle (just be sure to get a hand stamp) and are encouraged to join other supporters at either The Queen Vic or The Pug (1234 H St. NE) pre and post-game.
To take advantage of this special offer, call The Queen Vic's Ryan at 703-869-0081.
View the full list of D.C. United's official bar partners.
Catrachos draw 0-0 with Peru in international friendly
PHOTO: PATRIC SCHNEIDER / AP
D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar earned his third cap for the senior Honduras National Team on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX. Honduras played Peru to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly.
Najar played 74 minutes, the most he has ever played for the senior team. Interestingly, Boniek Garcia of the Houston Dynamo replaced Najar. D.C. United and Houston will play each other on Sunday night at RFK Stadium in Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Najar is currently serving a two-match suspension from Major League Soccer for his actions during the Eastern Conference semifinal match against the New York Red Bulls on November 3. If United were to advance to the MLS Cup Final, he would be available for selection.
PHOTO: PATRIC SCHNEIDER / AP
General Manager of Professional Referee Organization clarifies a statement made to NBC Sports Network
The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) released a statement today clarifying comments made by PRO GM Peter Walton about a play that occurred in the first half of the 2012 MLS Easter Conference finals.
During half-time, Walton told NBC Sports Network, "Looking at it in real time, I thought the tracking defender [Houston's Luiz Camargo] could have influenced the outcome of that particular play and the benefit of the doubt would go to the defending team in a situation of a denial of a goal scoring opportunity. That's my opinion from seeing it in real time."
Today, Walton said, "In review of that play, my opinion has changed in as much as the defender, which I thought in real time would have influenced the play, clearly was behind the action and therefore the disciplinary sanction should have been a red card for denial of a goal scoring opportunity.
"I made the initial statement on my real time opinion without having the advantage of a replay. Having reviewed the replay, it is clear it ticks all the boxes for a denial of as goal scoring opportunity and a send-off should have been the outcome."
Leading into one of D.C. United’s biggest games over the last five years, the team’s players and coaches will hit the airwaves to talk about the importance of Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune-in and hear from D.C. United directly.
- Midfielder Nick DeLeon will join Sports Talk with Alex Parker on Channel 7 and Channel 8 at 9:00 p.m., live and in-studio. WATCH AGAIN
- Assistant Coach Chad Ashton will join Glenn Davis on ESPN Radio at 8:45 p.m. LISTEN HERE
- Midfielder Lewis Neal will join the MLS Reserves Podcast. LISTEN HERE
- Midfielder Perry Kitchen will join the Boxer Show on WMZQ at 8:20 a.m. LISTEN LIVE HERE
- Head Coach Ben Olsen will join Elliot in the Morning on DC101 at 8:40 a.m. LISTEN AGAIN
Also be on the lookout throughout the week for United players and coaches on your favorite local television stations. Check back here for updates throughout the week on where to catch even more players and coaches in the media.
Statistics suggest United should feel confident ahead of the second leg
Heading into Sunday's Eastern Conference Final, United will either end its season on Sunday or overcome a two-goal deficit and go on to host MLS Cup on December 1. The stats suggest the Black-and-Red can do it.
At the end of regular season, only San Jose (72 GF), Los Angeles (59 GF), and New York (57 GF) netted more goals than D.C. United's 53.
D.C. United has 15 multi-goal games this year.
The Black-and-Red have netted four goals three times (against FC Dallas, the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire); three goals six different times (against the Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew); and two goals six different times (against the New England Revolution twice, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls twice and Colorado Rapids).
D.C. United is tied for 4th in League with most wins by 2+ goals
When it comes to winning games by two goals or more, D.C. United (7) is tied for fourth in the League. Only LA (11), San Jose (9), Seattle (9), Colorado (8), New York (8), and Montreal (8) have one more games by two or more goals.
On the other side of things, Houston is tied for 4th in the League with most losses by 2+ goals. Only Chivas USA (10), Toronto FC (9), New York (8), Montreal (8), and Portland (8) have more losses by two or more goals – none of which are still in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Houston prone to giving up goals on the road
Through 34 regular season games, only two teams given up more goals while on the road than the Houston Dynamo (29) - last place Toronto FC (37) and seventh place Montreal Impact (32).
The Dynamo were 3-9-5 on the road through the regular season, with big losses coming to the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-1 on 6/10), Montreal Impact (4-2 on 6/23), the Chicago Fire (3-1 on 9/2), the Philadelphia Union (3-1 on 9/23), and the Colorado Rapids (2-0 on 10/27).
YOU TELL US: What do you think will happen on Sunday at RFK Stadium?
The Eastern Conference Finals match in Houston will be shown around the world
D.C. United owner Erick Thohir has repeatedly said he wants the club to become "a global brand." During a recent interview about his vision of the club, Thohir said, "Teams like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan are known well outside of their immediate borders, and we believe the same thing is possible for D.C. United."
Thanks to efforts by Thohir, D.C. United's playoff run has been shown in Indonesia. The Eastern Conference semifinal match at New York aired on an Indonesian network and the Eastern Conference final will be broadcast as well. Thohir said that if United makes the MLS Cup Final, that match will be broadcast in Indonesia.
In fact, United's clash with the Dynamo will be shown everywhere from Indonesia to Nepal to Germany to the Cayman Islands. Below is a complete list of networks and countries showing D.C. United's match:
- Al Jazeera (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
- Arena Sport (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
- Astro Supersport (Malaysia, Brunei)
- Canal + Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
- Kujtesa IPTV (Kosovo)
- Nex- Media (Indonesia)
- Orange (Poland)
- OTE (Greece)
- Rightster (Clips WorldWide)
- Setanta Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
- Setanta CIS (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan)
- Skynet (Myanmar)
- SportsMax (Aruba, Bermuda, The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Curacao, The Leeward Islands (including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts/Nevis, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands), The Windward Islands (including St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica and Grenada), Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos)
- Sport 1 (Holland)
- Sport Klub (Hungary)
- Sport TV (Slovenia)
- Starhub Cable Vision (Singapore)
- Sportdigital.tv (Germany, Austria)
- TEN Sports (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
- Truevisions (Thailand)
- TV One (Indonesia)