D.C. United today announced its 2013 Major League Soccer regular-season schedule. Winner of 12 major domestic and international titles, United begins its 18th regular season campaign on Saturday, March 2 on the road in a repeat of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the Houston Dynamo. The Black-and-Red will then host Real Salt Lake the following weekend for its home opener on Saturday, March 9. The club will play a 34-game schedule with an even split of 17 home matches and 17 road matches. Twenty-five of these contests will be against Eastern Conference foes.
D.C. United today announced that Andy Najar is now on loan with R.S.C. Anderlecht for the month of January, and will be available for selection during the timeframe. The Honduran international previously trained with the Belgian side during the month of December 2012.
“This is another very good opportunity for Andy to gain valuable experience with a top European club,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “We look forward to his return for the second half of our pre-season.”
D.C. United and Freestate Soccer Alliance – in conjunction with adidas – today announced a historic affiliate agreement, the first of its kind for both clubs. Under the agreement, Freestate will be one of D.C. United’s primary sources in identifying and developing the top youth talent in Maryland. United will share its coaching resources and will work with Freestate to follow its training curriculum and system of play. Top players in the Freestate system, identified by both D.C.
Three U-18 D.C. United Academy players – Suliaman Dainkeh (Reston, Va.; Reston Soccer), Ian Harkes (Fairfax, Va.; Herndon Youth Soccer) and Michael Sauers (Glen Arm, Md.; Baltimore Bays Chelsea) – were selected to 2012 NSCAA All-America Teams, with Harkes and Sauers named to the High School Boys Team and Dainkeh named to the Youth Boys Team. Additionally, former Academy player Collin Martin is in Sunrise, Fla., through Dec. 22 for a U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team training camp.
D.C. United today announced that the club will face Western Conference side Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 9 in its home opener of the 2013 MLS regular season. The Black-and-Red will begin its 2013 campaign on the road against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, March 2 in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. In the third week of the 2013 campaign, United will take on Eastern Conference Semifinals opponent and Atlantic Cup foes the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, March 16.
D.C. United today announced that midfielder Stephen King and defender Michael Chabala are no longer with the club.
“I would like to thank Stephen and Michael for their time and hard work with D.C. United, and we as a club wish them luck,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper.
Andy Najar is currently training with Belgian side R.S.C. Anderlecht, and will train with the club through the end of the year.
“This is a good opportunity for Andy to continue training in the offseason and get another European training experience,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper.