In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Major League Soccer has requested second seeded D.C. United and the third seeded New York Red Bulls alternate home dates in their upcoming Eastern Conference semifinal series. United will now host the first leg Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET before traveling to Red Bull Arena for the return leg of the two-game, total-goal series on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Both matches are set to be televised to a live national audience by NBC Sports Network and aired locally via United's Spanish-language radio partner La Nueva 87.7 FM.
UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Sandy, D.C. United will now host New York on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 PM, with the second leg next Wednesday at Red Bull Arena - MORE INFO
With its 3-2 win versus the Columbus Crew tonight, second place D.C. United has clinched a post-season berth for the first time in five years.
“We’re excited to continue to move on and have more moments like this. We’re still in the hunt moving forward next week. There’s still work to be done. I am really proud of the guys, the staff. It has been a long year. We’ve been through some ups and downs. To be here today in the playoffs is a big deal.”
D.C. United has announced that tickets to tonight’s MLS regular season home finale against the Columbus Crew sold out, as 19,647 supporters are in attendance. Tonight’s match is being broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.
Tickets for potential MLS Cup playoff matches played at RFK Stadium are now on sale via dcunited.com/tickets with all United plan holders enjoying priority seating options and discounted pricing by calling D.C. United Customer Service at 202-587-5000.
D.C. United’s U-18 academy squad opened up the scoring early in a 3-0 defeat of the Baltimore Bays. The first goal came just 15 minutes into the contest after Abdi Yusuf made a strong individual effort that finished with a 20-yard blast to the far post. Yusuf again scored in the 59th minute to double the lead and Michael Seaton capped off the scoring in a dominant team performance that saw United best its local rivals 3-0 at Prince George’s Community College.
D.C. United’s U-16 academy matchup with the Baltimore Bays was a little bit tighter than the U-18’s, but the Black-and-Red came away with a 1-0 defeat. The lone goal of the match came in the first half when Chrisophe Koffi finished a rebound on Gerson Umana’s shot inside the 18-yard box.
D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., announced today the schedule for United Reads during the Fall of 2012. United Reads is a signature program created to encourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan area to fall in love with reading and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles. United Reads is currently in its 10th year thanks to the generous support of presenting partner T.D. Bank and program sponsors Volkswagen and Gallup Government.
D.C. United today announced that Sonny Silooy has been named Director of Youth Development. Silooy will be tasked with overseeing all D.C. United Academy initiatives, including youth teams and youth training opportunities, as well as ensuring players within the system reach their utmost potential. Under Silooy’s guidance, United’s Academy system now boasts eight competitive and training teams that serve top flight players from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.