D.C. United announced today that midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been called-up to the Canadian National Team for two upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and a friendly match against the U.S. National Team. De Rosario will join the Canadian Soccer Association from May 27 to June 13.
Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the game:
“You could tell we has some soccer players out there. Some guys really know how to move the ball, and it could’ve been even better. I think we complicated some of the plays in the first half. Early it was sharp and moving, and then we started taking three instead of two touches and complicating the game. Overall, it was a pretty good performance. I was very happy with the depth from some of the guys that haven’t had 90 minutes. They did a good job.”
U.S. Soccer has announced the third-round possible pairings and locations for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. D.C. United will face the winner of Richmond Kickers-Aegean Hawks FC on Tuesday, May 29.
The Hawks will host Richmond at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Tuesday, May 22 (7:30 p.m. ET) for the right to face D.C. United. Should the Hawks advance, United would play host at the Maryland SoccerPlex. If Richmond defeats the amateur side, then United would travel south to face the Kickers in its home, Richmond City Stadium.
D.C. United’s Academy Teams earned a combined record of 1-1-2 over the weekend, as the U-18 and U-16 sides faced FC Delco and PA Classics in USSDA matches.
United’s U-18’s showed their character on Saturday, May 12 to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw against FC Delco. After conceding two goals in the opening five minutes, United responded immediately with a long-distance goal from Patrick Foss (South Riding, Va.). Twenty minutes later, Brad Vorv (Bethesda, Md./Olney Rangers) scored the tying goal with a powerful header, sealing the final result to 2-2.
D.C. United assistant coach Pat Onstad
Thoughts on the new stadium
“The experience was great. It’s a beautiful stadium. The fans were into it. It’s nice seeing a sea of orange. The way you come into the stadium is pretty impressive. I’m glad they took their time to get it into the right location.”
Twenty-two participants from United Soccer Club, a program run by D.C. United’s 501(c)3 foundation United for D.C., will join the First Lady of the United States for a Let’s Move! soccer clinic on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, May 15. The students are all representing the program’s Harrison Parks and Recreation Center location. Prior to the clinic, the children will be in attendance for a ceremony at which the President will honor members of the 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy.
D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., announced today the schedule for United Reads during the 2012 spring season. 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 tenth year and is sponsored by TD Bank with support from Volkswagen. The program will continue to partner with the Heart of America Foundation to provide new books to every student during D.C. United player visits to each school.
D.C. United anunció hoy que el club jugará un amistoso con el último campeón italiano, Juventus FC como parte del 2012 World Football Challenge. Los Rojinegros recibirán al ganador de 28 Scudettos en el Estadio RFK el sábado 28 de julio a las 6:00 p.m. Hora del Este. El partido está incluido en el paquete de abonos como el equivalente a la entrada para “Special Game 1”. Las entradas ya están a la venta a través de TicketMaster o llamando a las oficinas de D.C. United al 202-587-5000.
Coming off a one-week layoff, D.C. United’s Youth Academy teams resumed their 2012 USSDA run this past weekend, with the U-16’s and U-18’s facing Mid-Atlantic Division rivals Potomac and Baltimore Bays Chelsea.
United’s U-18 squad kicked off the weekend with a resounding 4-0 victory over Potomac on Saturday, May 5. A brace by Marcus Salandy-Defour, a tally from Suliman Dainkeh and a penalty kick-goal from Collin Martin led the Black-and-Red to victory. Goalkeeper Allan Flott was also influential by providing security from the back as he recorded the shutout in goal.
Recognizing the role coaches play in empowering women and girls through sports, D.C. United the U.S. Department of State announced today a soccer exchange program that will bring 11 Egyptian soccer coaches to the United States May 9-21, 2012, to work alongside their American counterparts. As a function of the program, the group will participate in a United Soccer Club training on Friday, May 11 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The session, run by United’s 501(c)3 foundation, United for D.C., will be held at the Barry Farm Parks and Recreation Center.