The D.C. Council has approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 in its second and final vote, approving the development of the new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington. The legislation’s passage targets the opening of the stadium in 2017 and ensures that D.C. United will make the District of Columbia its home for generations to come.
Midfielder Eryk Williamson and defender Chandler Vaughn have been called in to their respective National Team’s training camps. Williamson will join the Under-18 Men's National Team in Marbella, Spain, from Dec. 11-20, when it plays two friendly matches against the U-18 German National Team. Vaughn will join the U-15 Boy’s National Team in Bradenton, Fla., from Dec 13-20. This is the second U.S. Youth National Team selection for both players with the specified age groups.
In a continuous effort to spread joy this holiday season, on December 3, D.C. United in partnership with the Kuykenstrong Foundation paid a visit to young patients at the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center.
Major League Soccer has announced that D.C. United’s Bill Hamid has been named 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year. Hamid earned the League’s highest ‘keeping honor after a standout season where he was also named a 2014 MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI.
D.C. United will continue its holiday giving with a Toy Drive starting this Monday, December 1st. The drive will collect new and unwrapped toys that will benefit youth in need throughout the D.C. area during the holiday season.
The drive is set to run from December 1st through December 23rd. This year, there are four different locations where you can drop off your toys:
D.C. United is saddened by the passing of Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry. He was an iconic leader and will be remembered as unmatched champion for the District of Columbia.
D.C. United will face Costa Rican side Liga Deportiva Alajuelense on the road Feb. 24 before a return leg at RFK Stadium on March 4 as part of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League championship stage schedule unveiled by CONCACAF.
D.C. United is the top seed among the final eight teams in the regional competition after posting an undefeated 4-0 record in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League group stage. The Black-and-Red defeated Panamanian side Tauro FC and Jamaican side Waterhouse FC both home and away.
Three D.C. United players and Head Coach Ben Olsen are among the finalists announced for Major League Soccer’s 2014 year-end awards. Three finalists were named for each award, including Olsen for Coach of the Year, Bobby Boswell for Defender of the Year, Bill Hamid for Goalkeeper of the Year, and Steven Birnbaum for Rookie of the Year.