The D.C. love between the Nationals and the Black-and-Red continues. Yesterday, we blogged about Bryce Harper sporting a D.C. United jersey during an interview. Meanwhile, shortstop Ian Desmond, who attended United's July 27th match against the New England Revolution, got a taste of supporters culture, and now wants DCU fans at Nats Park.
This is how it started.
I have a question but I need some clarification first. Barra Brava- is the crew that cheers like crazy at DC united games correct?
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) August 13, 2013
After some clarification, Desmond asked his followers this question.
Okay, so how to I convince the Barra Brava to come be crazy people at a baseball game?
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) August 13, 2013
After some more Tweets, Desmond Tweeted directly at La Barra Brava and the Screaming Eagles.
One of Washington's most influential journalists, and long time Nats and United fan, Clinton Yates, got in on the conversation.
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) August 13, 2013
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Bryce Harper recently wore his number 34 D.C. United jersey in his weekly sit-down interview with CSN Washington.
"Of course I’m going to rep anything I can from the D.C. area. I’m very excited to see them play, maybe sometime soon," Harper said.
Harper is one of many D.C. athletes seen wearing their personalized D.C. United jerseys recently. Wizards point guard John Wall was spotted in Vegas wearing his DCU jersey, and Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond cheered on the Black-and-Red at RFK while rocking his United gear.
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) July 27, 2013
D.C. United is making history tonight. The Black-and-Red is fielding its youngest starting eleven ever. With a lineup of Bill Hamid (22), Chris Korb (25), Ethan White (22), Conor Shanosky (21), James Riley (30) Taylor Kemp (22), Perry Kitchen (21), Jared Jeffrey (23), Kyle Porter (23),Collin Martin (18), Conor Doyle (21), the average age is 23.21 years or 23 years, 78 days, according to Elias Sports.
D.C. United’s youngest lineup prior to tonight started on May 7, 2011. Again, the lineup is in order of age: Najar (18), Kitchen (19), White (20), Hamid (20), Pontius (23), McCarty (24), Davies (24), King (25), Jakovic (25), Woolard (26), Ngwenya (30). The average age of this starting eleven was 23 years, 200 days, or 23.55 years.
Not only is D.C. United putting faith in its youth, but four of its five Homegrowns are also in the starting lineup. Bill Hamid, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, and Collin Martin all developed through the United Academy and are now starting together tonight.
All research is courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau.
D.C. United hosted a viewing party at Lucky Bar, and we captured fan reactions to last night's semifinal victory.
Back in 2010, Perry Kitchen answered a few questions for "90 seconds in net" while playing at Akron University. We decided to ask him the same questions to see what has changed between then and now. Enjoy!
Last night, D.C. United won the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals, beating the Chicago Fire 2-0. DCU will take on Real Salt Lake in the Finals of the 100th Open Cup on October 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. During all the excitement, fans took to Twitter to share their nerves, joy and hopes with the DCU family. Here is what happened.
First, let's add some fuel to the Fire.
— Sean Maslin (@SeanMaslin) August 8, 2013
Fans displayed tifo at Saturday's MLS game to wish their team luck in ChiTown.
— D.C. United (@dcunited) August 7, 2013
This guy's got a point.
— Jason (@chestrockwell14) August 8, 2013
After the final whistle blew...
When words fail, Tweet it out.
You, Sir, keep doing what you're doing.
Clearly my watching every #dcu US Open Cup game online from home has helped this team advance to the final. :-)
— Juan-John (@juanjohn) August 8, 2013
Two teams enter, one team will leave victorious.
— ben (@beardyblue) August 8, 2013
Best fans in the League.
— Mark McNabb (@MMMcNabb) August 8, 2013
Meanwhile, inside the locker room...
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) August 8, 2013
After an impressive 3-1 win over a hot Montreal Impact side, D.C. United newcomers turned some heads. Both Conor Doyle and Luis Silva are in the starting eleven for Major League Soccer's Week 23 Team of the Week after netting a goal a piece. Silva found the net in the 19th minute, while Doyle hit the game-winner in the 68th minute and assisted Jared Jeffrey's tally in extra time. Jared Jeffrey also made Team of the Week as a substitute, after scoring once and going 90 minutes at center midfield for the Black-and-Red. Head Coach Ben Olsen was named coach of this week's squad, having led his youthful side to victory.