The Richmond Kickers took on the Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, May 24th, and D.C. United’s own Andrew Dykstra and Michael Seaton stole the show. Dykstra kept a clean sheet with a stellar nine-save performance, while Seaton notched his second USL PRO goal with a 66th minute finish. Seaton’s goal put the Kickers ahead 2-0.
Ahead of Tuesday’s match up, it seems the Kickers are, as United was, affected by injuries. But the USL PRO side found a way to beat the odds and extend its unbeaten streak to eight games. Dykstra also registered his third shutout of the season. D.C. United faces its USL PRO affiliate Richmond Kickers Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. ET at Richmond City Stadium.
RFK was recently named 15 out of 18 on Travel and Leisure’s list of “America’s Best Stadium Food.” The magazine explains that you can get “hot dogs and nachos” here, but the food at RFK standouts because of the Latin and South American options. Specially mentioned was Logan’s Sausage, known for its El Salvadorian sausage. Additionally, a variety of food trucks are available in Lot 8 prior to home games. The delicious line up usually includes spiedies at Bada Bing, pizza at DC Slices and po’boys at Willie’s Po’Boy.
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been named to Major League Soccer Team of the Week for Week 12. Hamid came up big on key plays against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night. A memorable save and crucial stop came in the 39th minute when Hamid denied Graham Zusi from inside the penalty box. Hamid made another point blank save in the 77th minute, denying Sporting Kansas City the go ahead goal.
This marks Hamid’s third MLS honor this season. The young goalkeeper won Save of the Week in Week 1, Player of the Week in Week 3 and can now add Team of the Week for Week 12. Hamid was also selected to EA Sports FIFA 13 Ultimate team of the Week after his stellar performance against the New York Red Bulls on March 16th. The future is bright for the 22-year-old net minder who will join the United States Men’s National Team on May 30th ahead of the June 2nd friendly against Germany at RFK.
What are your thoughts on the addition of New York City FC to MLS? D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls have a storied rivalry built up. Will the 18-year long contention between the two sides grow or perhaps simmer down? Is it possible that the inclusion of another New York team will spark a new and more heated contest?
Tweet at @dcunited using #NYCFC and tell us your thoughts! We'll randomly select a few to be featured in a fan-driven Tweet Tweet article in our United Notebook blog.
D.C. United hosts the Portland Timbers this Saturday - tickets still available online
After the suburbs of Oklahoma City were devastated by yesterday's tornado, many took to Twitter to send their thoughts and prayers to those affected by the natural disaster.
Midfielder Perry Kitchen tweets in disbelief.
Praying for Oklahoma tonight. Unbelievable destruction. #prayforoklahoma
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) May 21, 2013
Midfielder Chris Pontius sends his prayers Oklahoma's way.
Some very sad/terrifying scenes in Oklahoma. Prayers go out to the people affected
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) May 20, 2013
Captain Dwayne De Rorasio shows his support for everyone affected by the tornado.
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) May 20, 2013
Defender Daniel Woolard tweets to all in Tornado Alley.
I hope all those in Tornado Alley are safe this afternoon and evening
— Daniel Woolard (@Woolard21) May 20, 2013
Through its 18th season, Major League Soccer has had nine expansion years. With the announcement of New York City FC, the 20th team to join MLS, we take a look back at how D.C. United has performed against expansion clubs in their inaugural MLS regular seasons.
The Black-and-Red has outperformed expansion clubs with a 17-8-3 regular-season record. United swept the opening-season series against four different clubs: the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC. Below are the year-by-year regular season records between D.C. United and expansion sides:
- vs Chicago Fire - 2-0
- vs Miami Fusion - 2-2
- vs Chivas USA - 2-0
- vs Real Salt Lake - 2-0
- vs Houston Dynamo - 1-1
- vs Toronto FC - 3-0
- vs San Jose Earthquakes - 1-1
- vs Seattle Sounders - 0-1-1
- vs Philadelphia Union - 1-1
- vs Portland Timbers - 1-0-1
- vs Vancouver Whitecaps - 1-1
- vs Montreal Impact - 1-1-1
This weekend, D.C. United hosts the Portland Timbers. D.C. remains undefeated against the Timbers with an all-time record of 1-0-2. Portland has not visited RFK since October 19, 2011 when a goal from Dwayne De Rosario helped the Black-and-Red earn a draw. Match tickets for Saturday are still available ONLINE
Each match, D.C. United has important partners and fans perform the ceremonial first kick. On Armed Forces Night the first kick was taken by Jason Pak, a D.C. United fan and longtime soccer player who was injured while serving in Afghanistan. In April, Chris Pontius and James Riley visited Pak at Walter Reed Medical Center where the three formed an instant connection. D.C. United was very excited to have Pak at Armed Forces Night and thanks him and all of the former and current members of the armed forces.
Ahead of D.C. United’s Armed Forces Match against Sporting Kansas City this Sunday, D.C. United players paid a special visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on MAy 15th. United’s Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Bill Hamid, James Riley, Dwayne De Rosario, Nick DeLeon, and Dejan Jakovic spent time in the Military Advanced Training Center, where amputees injured during service are given special care with the goal of assuming pre-injury capabilities.
United will be dedicating Sunday’s match to all the armed forces who sacrifice everything to keep the United States safe. For this special event, Jason Pak, a patient Pontius and Riley had visited back in April, will conduct the ceremonial first kick.
D.C. United hopes to return to Walter Reed National Military Medical center, as each player who participated leaves with new admiration for our armed forces. Join the Black-and-Red in thanking our armed forces this Sunday at 5 p.m. at RFK.
Ahead of Armed Forces Night, D.C. United players send messages of thanks to the military for their service to our country.
Armed Forces Night tickets still available, call 202-587-5000 to find out how you can donate tickets to troops!
D.C. United would like to thank all current and former members of the military who serve and protect our country everyday. We'd also like to thank Volkswagen, GEICO, Giant, Long Fence and Home, Allstate, American Airlines and Hilton-Homewood Suites for their part in helping make Armed Forces Night a success.
Daniel Woolard and John Thorrington: