It's unbelievably easy to take what we have for granted. For instance: when I'm hungry, I eat. It is that simple. But, for so many others, that is not an option; it's not that simple. We can help, and today, during our First Day of Giving, we did.
Kicking off D.C. United's 10 Days of Giving, a few volunteers from our staff joined Thrive DC at St. Stephen's Church in Northwest to provide meals for homeless and disadvantaged men and women. Additionally, we donated the toiletries from our October United Drives collection and the extra D.C. United Season Ticket Holder blankets.
It was 8 a.m. on a Friday morning. I had pressed snooze twice this morning. Yet, I couldn't have felt more ready for the day. The vibes upon entering the church were contagiously positive and energizing.
After tying my apron and putting on my gloves, I was immediately put to work. Together, we made chicken noodle soup, cabbage stir-fry, salad, toast with butter and began preparing Monday's breakfast. As soon as all the food was set out in the dinning room, including the breakfast burritos donated by DC Central Kitchen, we began serving meals to those in need.
For three hours, we played a small role in feeding the hungry. The gratefulness on the men and women's faces as they worked their way down the line is what it is all about: people helping people. Washingtonians helpings Washingtonians. D.C. United being out in the community, helping to make it just slightly better than it was yesterday.
In 2007, former D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell caught Luciano Emilio on camera singing James Blunt's You're Beautiful. This locker room moment was, um, beautiful? But let's hope that the jams in the locker room this year were a little bit more exciting than James Blunt...
Using the comments section below, tell us who you think had the best music selection this season.
On November 7, 2012, D.C. United and roughly 700 fans traveled to Red Bull Arena in the midst of a nor'easter. The Black-and-Red, who had switched home game schedules with the New York Red Bulls due to hurricane Sandy, was scheduled to face New York in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But Mother Nature had other plans. The nor'easter was dumping snow, even with all-hands-on-deck (including MLS Commissioner Don Garber) clearing the field became an impossible task.
Ultimately, MLS officials postponed the game until the following night, which meant 700 cold fans had to trek back to DC. But the DCU faithful would not be silenced. Upwards of 500 repeat travelers headed north on I-95 the following day because D.C. United has the best fans in MLS, and they continue to prove it through thick and thin.
United superlatives continue today, this time with a pair of questions that got a bit of a rise out of the team. First we asked what teammate they would not allow to date their sister, followed up by which teammate they would. The answers may surprise you...
Who would you allow to date your sister? Who do you think the team picked? Let us know in the comments section below.
Are you faithful solely to the Black-and-Red? Or do you support MLS, even when your team has been eliminated? DCU's woeful season has come to an end, but the playoffs continue without us. Who is your second choice to take the Cup in 2013? Are you watching tonight's matches? Below are a few helpful links for following the MLS Cup Playoffs, and click on the bracket to find a printable version for yourself.
Today, we continue with our 2013 Superlatives with two of our favorite questions. First, we asked: if you were trapped on a desert island, which coach would you rather have with you? Then, we asked: which teammate would survive the longest on the island from Castaway?
What do you think? Which coach would you choose? Who do you think would survive the longest? Let us know your votes in the comments below!
Dave Johnson and Monumental FC feature the fans in Lot 8 and follows them into the stands, showing why we have the best fans in MLS!
At the end of the 2013 season, we asked the team a series of questions, encouraging them to reveal things about each other only teammates can know. We started with a classic superlative: Best and Worst Dressed. Though a common question, it always brings out the claws.
Each day we release a new video, we will ask you all to let us know who you think is the answer to our question in the comments below. So, let's kick this thing off! Who do you think was the best dressed in the D.C. United locker room in 2013? What about the worst dressed? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for the videos later today!
This weekend marked the start of the offseason for D.C. United players. Each spent their downtime in a different way, some traveled, others enjoyed quiet time at home. Bill Hamid, United's Homegrown goalkeeper, spent Saturday cheering on DeMatha High School in the WCAC championship match. Before signing with DCU, Hamid attended DeMatha for the 2005-06 school year, during which he earned First-Team All-Maryland honors, First-Team All-Prince George’s County, First-Team All-WCAC and Second-Team Washington Post All-Met honors.
The Stags defeated rival Gonzaga High School 1-0, finishing their season with a winning record (15-4) and a championship to celebrate. After the Match, Hamid congratulated the team, and joined the locker room celebration. Despite a disappointing season for the Black-and-Red, Hamid and DCU had their own locker room celebration after this year's Open Cup victory.
Congratulations to D.C. United fan Joshua who won the 2013 #MLSPumpkin Contest! We are all proud!
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 31, 2013
How long did that take?
Joshua: I believe I have 7-8 hours on it.
What made you roll with and USOC themed pumpkin?
J: My wife said I should do something different, and asked about the USOC trophy DCU had just won, and said I should use that as the theme.
How excited are you that you won?
J: I could not believe it when the MLS representative contacted me. I had looked at the other entries as they were being posted on twitter. The more I looked, the more anxious I got. I'm just glad that a D.C. United based pumpkin won something else this year!
Is your profession art-based?< That is a pretty awesome Pumpkin and I could never do that!
J: My profession is not art based. This was my first "fancy" pumpkin that I have ever done. It turned out so well my wife asked me to do a minion pumpkin for her. (See Below)
Have people been Tweeting at you?
J: Yes! I am amazed at random people Retweeting me, Tweeting to me, and I even gained a few followers. One in particular is a huge RSL fan, and said it burned him to see the DCU themed USOC pumpkin, as he was at the game. He has, however, been very kind in complementing my entry. I also got compliments from Nick DeLeon and Chris Pontius as well!