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D.C. United Academy Update: February 19, 2009

D.C. United Academy Updat

Season Restart: D.C. United’s U16 and U18 sides both restarted their 2009 Development Academy season in a positive fashion over the past weekend, coming away undefeated in four matches. The squad managed two wins against FC Westchester and two against Met Oval at the Germantown Soccer Plex on Saturday, Feb 14 and Sunday, Feb 15.

"Very good effort from both teams as we start this 2009 year. We have a very good idea about the things we want to continue working on and look forward to seeing our players progress," said John Maessner, United Director of Youth Development.

Zach Wells retires from Major League Soccer

Zach Wells retires from M

Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2009) – D.C. United announced today goalkeeper Zach Wells has retired from professional soccer. The 27-year old, who was recovering from off-season foot surgery, has decided to end his MLS playing career after five seasons in the League that included a one-year stint with D.C. United.

D.C. United acquires Mamadou Danso

D.C. United acquires Mama

Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the club acquired defender Mamadou Danso via the waiver wire process last Friday, Feb. 13. The African defender joins United after two seasons at Southern Polytechnic State University.

“We are pleased to have obtained Mamadou from the MLS waiver process,” said United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He is a strong central defender with a big, physical presence and we look forward to giving him an opportunity to earn a spot with D.C. United.”

Prince George’s County Delegation Leaders Introduce D.C. United Stadium Bill

LARGO, MD (February 16, 2009) – Today, D.C. United Executive Chairman Victor MacFarlane and club President Kevin Payne joined County Executive Jack Johnson, and Prince George’s legislative delegation chairs Sen. Anthony Muse and Del. Melony Griffith to announce the introduction of legislation authorizing a new stadium for D.C. United in Prince George’s County.

COUNTY EXECUTIVE JACK JOHNSON JOINS PRINCE GEORGE’S DELEGATION LEADERS IN INTRODUCING BILL TO AUTHORIZE D.C. UNITED STADIUM

WHO: Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson, Delegation Chairs Sen. Anthony Muse and Del. Melony Griffith, Members of the General Assembly, as well as D.C. United co-owner Victor B. MacFarlane and team president Kevin Payne.

WHAT: Sen. Muse and Del. Griffith have introduced legislation that will enable D.C. United, the most successful professional soccer club in American history, to move to Maryland and work with the Maryland Stadium Authority to build a stadium.

D.C. United Academy update: February 12, 2009

D.C. United Academy updat

Letters of Intent: Several members of the D.C. United Academy have decided where they will play college soccer. Last week, D.C. United Academy players, along with the top players around the country, signed their letters of intent promising their services to some of the top schools across the United States.

RFK Stadium to host U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier vs. Costa Rica

Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2009) – D.C. United, in conjunction with the U.S. Soccer Federation, today announced RFK Stadium will host the U.S. Men’s National Team on October 14 in a World Cup qualification match versus Costa Rica. Kickoff time and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

D.C. United signs Andrew Jacobson

D.C. United signs Andrew

Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the signing of 2008 draft pick Andrew Jacobson. The midfielder was selected in the second round (24th overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, but signed with FC Lorient of the French first division shortly after being drafted. He joins D.C. after a season in Europe that saw him struggle with injury and for playing time. Jacobson will officially join United’s roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

Christian Gomez returns to D.C. United

Christian Gomez returns t

Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2009) – D.C. United today announced former MLS MVP Christian Gomez is set to return to D.C. for his second stint with the club. United has acquired the midfielder, goalkeeper Mike Graczyk, an international roster spot and salary cap considerations from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder/defender Ivan Guerrero, a Designated Player roster spot and a second round 2010 SuperDraft pick. Gomez will likely first be available to the media at United’s training session on Friday morning at the RFK Stadium Training Complex.

D.C. United announce preseason schedule update

D.C. United announce pres

Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2009) – D.C. United announced today the remainder of the club’s plans for the 2009 preseason. The team will spend a week in Puerto Rico from Feb. 18-25 as part of their preparation for the upcoming MLS season. During their trip, United will face USL-1 side the Puerto Rico Islanders in a friendly on Feb. 21.

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