D.C. United will open the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League at home as part of the schedule for the competition announced by CONCACAF. After being drawn into Group 4 with Waterhouse F.C. of Jamaica and Tauro F.C. of Panama in May, United will make its first appearance in the international tournament since 2009 against Waterhouse on August 20 at RFK Stadium.
D.C. United’s Academy has announced its U-16 and U-18 tryout dates for the 2014/2015 season. All tryouts will be held at the RFK Auxiliary Field from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday, July 7, and Thursday, July 10.
The Black-and-Red Academy team was launched in 2004, and has since grown to incorporate a U-23 National Premier Soccer League team, three U.S. Development Academy teams, three Pre-Academy teams and various annual camps and training opportunities.
D.C. United today announced that the club and Cristian Fernandez have mutually agreed on the termination of his contract.
“Cristian was unhappy living in the United States and we have decided it was in everyone’s best interest to release the player from his contract,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “We wish him all the best at his next club.”
D.C. United Managing General Partner Jason Levien and Head Coach Ben Olsen spoke today in support of the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 before a joint public hearing of the D.C. Council Committee of the Whole, Committee on Finance and Revenue, and Committee on Government Operations at the John A. Wilson Building.
D.C. United has announced that forward Fabián Espíndola is expected to miss six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee sustained in United’s 4-2 win at the Montreal Impact on June 11.
D.C. United has announced that the first match in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup will be available via livestream, presented by AT&T. United will begin the defense of its 2013 championship in the fourth round versus the USL PRO Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. on Tuesday, June 17, at 7:05 p.m.
D.C. United has announced that Nolan Sheldon has been named D.C. United Academy Director. Sheldon, who currently serves as Director of D.C. United camps and Head Coach of the D.C. United Academy Under-18 team, will assume oversight of all D.C. United Academy initiatives, youth teams and training opportunities. D.C. United continues to have one of the most successful academy programs in the country, with seven players that have graduated from the youth ranks to professional Major League Soccer contracts.
D.C. United has announced that it will join with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Book in the fourth annual Soar with Reading program, an initiative that helps place age-appropriate books in the hands of children in underserved areas. Washington, D.C.
¡MLS Futbolito!™, the nation’s most successful grassroots soccer initiative returns for its 12th consecutive year. Thousands of soccer players of all ages will be able to participate in Major League Soccer’s official 4-v-4 summer tournament, hosted by eight MLS clubs. ¡MLS Futbolito!™ is set to begin Saturday, June 21 hosted by the LA Galaxy in Bell Gardens, California and will conclude with host Chivas USA on Saturday, August 23 in Pomona, California.
The D.C. United U-23, U-18 and U-16 Academy and Pre-Academy teams were all in action this past weekend.
The D.C. United U-23 team beat Chesterfield United FC 1-0 in its first home game of the NPSL season. The lone goal came off a spectacular bicycle kick from Ryan Harmouche in the 41st minute.