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18 September 6:38 pm

Unprecedented access will tell a different story of the typical day for MLS’s 2011 MVP

In the coming days, D.C. United players will be featured prominently across national television as the squad enters its most crucial part of the season. Below are some brief highlights and when the action will take place. Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVR’s!

MLS36 with Dwayne De Rosario on NBC
In the days before D.C. United’s game with Philadelphia on 8/19, NBC Sports was granted unprecedented access to 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. The feature chronicles the 36 hours prior to a game, and all of the prep that goes along with it, for De Rosario. De Rosario will be the third feature in the series, which has already gone through 36 hours with Chris Wondolowski of the Earthquakes and Fredy Montero of the Sounders. Make sure and tune in to NBC Sports Network at 7:00pm ET on Wednesday night to catch this one of a kind feature.

ESPN2 Feature on Andy Najar
United defender-midfielder and Edison High School (Alexandria, VA) standout Andy Najar has one of the most compelling stories in all of soccer – from his family background, to his unique abilities that has seen him spend valuable minutes in international competition as well as being one of the most exciting young players around. ESPN joined Andy at a few training sessions this summer to sit down and tell that story. Make sure and check it out during the pre-game show for D.C. United v Philadelphia Union on Thursday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2.

We Live Soccer
Earlier in the summer, FOX Soccer spent some time in and around not only RFK Stadium, but the Greater Washington area to pull together a new and fresh look at soccer and culture in D.C. The crew spent times with D.C. United players like Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius, and even spent some time in the stands of RFK Stadium during a game. Tune in on Monday, September 24th at 7:30pm ET to see the special.

15 September 11:07 pm

Head Coach Ben Olsen became the ninth person (seventh player) inducted into the club's Hall of Tradition on Saturday night. Below are photos from the ceremony and the celebration by supporters groups.

14 September 12:01 pm

Our friends in the supporters group Barra Brava are hosting a minigolf tournament and happy hour on Tuesday, September 25 at the H Street Country Club in Washington, DC. Proceeds will benefit both United for D.C. and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-National Capital Area.

Barra Brava Minigolf Tournament and Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
H Street Country Club
1335 H Street, NE
Washington, DC

Happy Hour - 5:00 PM
Tee Time - 6:30 PM
Raffle - 8:30 PM

$10 per person or
$40 for four person team

To register contact Florence Carlsson at flcarlsson@yahoo.com

LIKE the event on Facebook

Follow @BarraMiniGolf on Twitter

13 September 10:14 pm

Saturday is College Night at RFK Stadium. Tickets are $20 for students that purchase online using their .edu e-mail address before 5:00 PM on Friday (Sept. 14) and then $22 at RFK Stadium ticket windows on Saturday. Your Black-and-Red kick off against the New England Revolution at 7:30 PM.

So, what's the most soccer-mad school in the region?

Well, based on ticket sales, it seems to be The George Washington University. Here's the current top 5:

  1. The George Washington University
  2. Georgetown University
  3. American University
  4. George Mason University
  5. Gallaudet University

Updated: 2:00 PM ET - Sept. 15

Buy a ticket to help move your school into first place and then show your school pride on Twitter (#DCUcollegenight) or in the comments below.

RELATED: College Night order form

13 September 4:31 pm

MLSsoccer.com is counting down the top 24 players under the age of 24 this week. They call it "24 Under 24." D.C. United has four players on this year's list.

NICK DELEON - #16
United's 2012 Rookie of the Year candidate makes his debut in the rankings at number 16. The report noted the No. 7 overall 2012 SuperDraft pick "played like an expert pro" at the beginning of the season and cited his excellent work rate and 1-v-1 skills as strengths. Full report mlssoccer.com

BILL HAMID - #10
Starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid has made the list for all three years of its existence. In 2010, the rookie 'keeper was ranked 14th, in 2011 he rose to 12th overall. Continuing his steady climb (and in twos) United's third-year shot-stopper came in at the 10th spot. The report described Bill as "a big guy and hard to beat." Full report mlssoccer.com

ANDY NAJAR - #9
The 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year was ranked 3rd in both 2010 and 2011. The Honduran international makes the list for a third straight year in 2012, but slips down to number 9. The report called him "one of the bright young stars in MLS," but noted some coaches think "he’s lost a bit of his form of late." Full report on mlssoccer.com

PERRY KITCHEN - #8
The first round draft pick from the 2011 SuperDraft is the fourth D.C. United player on the list. Kitchen was ranked 17th in 2011, and climbs to number 8 in the 2012 version of the rankings. The report says United's young d-mid is "a leader on the field with good technical ability, good vision and his passing range is good." Full report on mlssoccer.com

YOU TELL US: Do you agree with the rankings? Answer our fan polls and leave a comment below.

11 September 1:53 pm

Indonesian youth international Andik Vermansyah has joined United for a two-week training stint. Vermansyah played 45 minutes for United in today's MLS Reserve League match versus the Montreal Impact.

Foto Andik Vermansyah dengan D.C. United Reserves

Photo by: Rebecca Payne/dcunited.com

Photo by: Rebecca Payne/dcunited.com

Photo by: Rebecca Payne/dcunited.com

Photo by: Rebecca Payne/dcunited.com

11 September 1:06 am

Ben Olsen will be inducted into the club's Hall of Tradition on Saturday.

During Olsen's stellar 11-year playing career he won two MLS Cups, three Supporters’ Shields, Champions’ Cup and InterAmerican Cup, and a U.S. Open Cup championship.

But, "Benny" is also know for his ferocious play and gregarious personality. Which made us wonder: Which Ben Olsen look do you prefer?

Rookie of the Year Olsen

Long hair Olsen

Playoff beard Olsen

Captain Olsen

Coach Olsen

You tell us .... leave a comment below

05 September 7:10 pm

United's mascot busts a move at the DMV Dance Fitness Festival

This past Sunday, United mascot Talon participated in the DMV Dance Fitness Festival in Rockville, Maryland, where he mingled with fans and perfected his Zumba dance moves. Festival activities included music, live performances and a Zumba Fitness Class. Proceeds from the event went to St. Jude Children's Hospital, where no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

05 September 10:00 am

We look at where the national press puts D.C. in their latest power rankings

After going 2-2-2 in August, D.C. United find themselves entering September with work left to do if the club is to break a four-year postseason hex.  Here, we take a look at some nationwide MLS power rankings to see how the Black-and-Red stack up according to the national media.  

SBNation: Ranked 10th – last week 9th

MLSSoccer.com: Ranked 11th – last week – 11th

What they’re saying:

Probably deserved a win against the Red Bulls, but if you don’t finish your chances you leave yourself vulnerable to Conde-esque wonder goals.  So … that happened.  And then they got Rimando’d in RSL.  Lack of center forward production has simply been killing United.

FoxSoccer.com: Ranked 13th

SoccerAmerica: Ranked 10th – last week 6th

What they’re saying:

If D.C. doesn’t make the playoffs, a point out of games against New York and RSL may bear the brunt of the blame.  United led the Red Bulls, 2-1, at home on Dwayne De Rosario’s 100th MLS goal and another by rookie Nick DeLeon, but conceded an equalizer in the 88th minute.  The 1-0 loss to RSL was its third in the last six matches, yet ended a grueling stretch of five games in 14 days.

Goal.com: Ranked 11th – last week 9th

On average, these five polls have the Black-and-Red ranked as the 11th best side in MLS this week.  Leaguewide, D.C. is tenth in points per game (1.52).

What do you think? Is the national media putting United in the right spot?

29 August 1:48 pm

With a win or tie tonight, United will tie its streak of 13 unbeaten at home

With one of D.C. United’s biggest home games tonight against the New York Red Bulls, what better place to play the game than at RFK Stadium, in front of the best fans in Major League Soccer.

It has been a goal of the Black-and-Red all season to take back RFK. Signs hang in the locker room, the team tunnel, and elsewhere reminding the team that its important to make RFK a difficult place to play.

With one of D.C. United’s biggest home games tonight againstthe New York Red Bulls, what better place to play the game than at RFK Stadium,in front of the best fans in Major League Soccer.

It has been a goal of the Black-and-Red all season to takeback RFK. Signs hang in the locker room, the team tunnel, and elsewhere remindingthe team that its important to make RFK a difficult place to play.

United’s only loss of the season came on opening night –March 10th – when Sporting Kansas City bested the Black-and-Red in extra time1-0. Since then, D.C. United has been a powerhouse at home. Here’s a look intothe League’s second longest home-undefeated streak:

  • It’s been 172 days since D.C. United lost at home – theequivalent of nearly half a year (5 months and 19 days).
  • It’s been 1080 minutes of game time.
  • United has won nine times, and tied only three times. It’sbiggest wins were 4-1 thumpings of the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas.
  • United has scored 29 goals while only giving up 11.
  • With a win or tie tonight, United will tie its streak of 13unbeaten at home (United was 10-0-3 over a 13-game home stretch in 2007).

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