Washington, D.C. (August 26, 2009) - D.C. United today announced former forward Raúl Díaz Arce and former team broadcaster Danilo Noel Dirón will be inducted to the club’s Hall of Tradition on September 12 as the team battles Seattle Sounders FC. Kick-off for the match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with the induction ceremonies to be held at halftime. Club executives and playing alumni named Díaz Arce a finalist for United’s ultimate individual honor before he was selected as this year’s Hall inductee by a fan vote conducted on dcunited.com.
Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2009) - D.C. United announced today the club has acquired midfielder Tiyiselani Shipalane on loan from the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2). Shipalane will serve as a roster replacement for Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo, who has been put on the Disabled List. The club also announced forward Luciano Emilio has received his green card and will no longer count as an International on the team’s roster.
MLS 2009 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2009 - D.C. UNITED 0, LA GALAXY 0
D.C. UNITED ASSISTANT COACH CHAD ASHTON
On the game
I thought we fought really hard. I thought we made the game. I thought we created enough. Obviously, in the final third we were lacking a little bit. I thought, especially given the conditions, we could’ve put some more stuff on frame and maybe made it harder on Ricketts to make a couple saves and pick up just some scraps and just get a cheap one.
On Emilio’s goal which was called offsides
D.C. United Head Coach Tom Soehn
Overall thoughts on the game:
“We had quite a few mistakes on the similar part of the field that gave them too many opportunities and they capitalized, especially the first goal… We had chances ourselves but their keeper came up with a couple of big saves, especially on the cross when he saved a diving header. Marathon played similar to what we thought they would – they counter-attacked. We had our share of the play and a share of the chances and when you’re on the road we need to finish our chances.”
WASHINGTON, DC (August 17, 2009) - D.C. United announced today plans to continue the 2009 season of United Drives by collecting school supplies before the team’s August 22 home match against the Los Angeles Galaxy. All items collected at the game will benefit United for D.C. and its signature program, United Reads.
D.C. UNITED COACH TOM SOEHN
Thoughts on the game…
“We have a mentality at home that we’re going to do all the little things to win games and then on the road we thrown that all away and think that’s going to come easy for us. We think because we’ve got talent that’s enough but it’s not enough so that’s something we have to correct. You know coming off Real Madrid where we did all those little things right and then you come to this game it’s pretty disappointing.”
Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the club has acquired defender Julius James from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for a third round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. James will serve as a replacement for forward Ange N’Silu, who has been placed on Injured Reserve.
“Julius is a big, athletic defender who will help us at several positions in our back line,” said General Manager Dave Kasper. “He has a bright future and we look forward to getting him on board as we enter the final phase of our season.”
Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2009) - D.C. United announced today the club has acquired defender David Habarugira. Habarugira completed a trial with the team earlier this summer and will join the Black-and-Red this weekend.
“David is a versatile defender with a big upside,” said General Manager Dave Kasper. “He has been in a structured environment for the last several years and has all the tools to be a successful player.”
Washington, D.C. (August 12, 2009) - D.C. United is set to host the second Ladies Night, an event intended to provide women and their friends with an enjoyable evening out. After selling out the first-ever Ladies Night, the club is teaming up with Hot 99.5 again to throw a girls night out at RFK Stadium on August 22, prior to the team’s game against LA Galaxy. Ladies Night, presented by Michelob Ultra will take place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Champions Club at RFK Stadium, with kickoff for the game set for 7:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. (August 12, 2009) - D.C. United today announced the We Win Trophies Tour. The 20-day tour will see United’s 2008 U.S. Open Cup trophy make a total of 12 stops at local bars in the days leading up to the team’s Open Cup championship versus Seattle Sounders FC on September 2 at RFK Stadium.