With the team in Columbus this weekend, Talon had an off week from his gameday duties. He took the rare opportunity to surprise a few kids at a party that one of the D.C. United Season Ticket Holders was hosting. The Black-and-Red mascot was a hit among the youthful crowd.
Find out more about Talon and how you can invite him to your party by emailing your customer service representative!
This week, Ben Olsen sat down with Dave Johnson to talk all things Washington DC and the current state of D.C. United. Olsen explained his affinity towards DC sports teams and got into the nitty gritty of his coaching style with the Black-and-Red.
Last week, we had the opportunity to visit Time Out Sports Café in Herndon – and it didn’t disappoint. Time Out is a great place to take in any game, but what makes it that much better is that they have D.C. United specific chicken wings.
The “Black-and-Red” chicken wings were great. The large wings had a nice rub of spices on them and were cooked to perfection. On top of the wings, they had great service and personalized televisions (with sound!) at every booth in the place. Having televisions at every booth make it a great place to watch D.C. United take on the Columbus Crew this weekend with your family, friends, or a large group of supporters.
Another really neat aspect of Time Out Sports Café was the “do it yourself” tap system. This highly technological bar system lets users pour their own beer and you get charged by what you drink. Its actually cheaper to use the system than go through a bar tender – and cooler, so why not!
Folks out in Herndon for the game this weekend should give the wings a try. The picture below doesn’t do them justice.
Soccer Walking America is a 45 day, 15 city video tour featuring Jared Montz from the Online Soccer Academy. In conjunction with Nothing But Nets, Montz travelled around the country, including all over our Nation's capital. Check out his juggling tour of RFK and Washington DC, and see how you can send a net to save a life.
Recently, FIFA announced that it will be implementing the use of goal-line technology at the Confederations Cup ahead of it's World Cup debut at Brazil 2014. When asked about the possibility of goal-line technology in MLS, Commissioner Garber said, "[The cost] had us take a step back and pause and try to figure out: Is the value of having goal-line technology worth investing millions and millions and millions of dollars for the handful of moments where it’s relevant? And our view has been that we’re going to wait and see how it works out. We certainly don’t need to be the first league that has it.”
MLS has long been a proponent of the use of technology to enhance the quality of the product on and off the field. So it's no surprise that Garber has put serious thought into the prospect of it's use. For now, supporters of goal-line technology will get their fill through international play, and can be the judge of it's effectiveness during the World Cup in Brazil.
On May 8, D.C. United hosts the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online.
In a recent post on Buzzfeed.com, the publication celebrated the human spirit in the aftermath of the tragedies in Boston and West Texas. The post featured a gallery of images of citizens and law enforcement officers working side-by-side to assit others. It captured the love and support that Americans all over the country displayed for victims, their families, and the cities where these horrific events took place.
One such image was an Instagram photo taken at Sunday's D.C. United match at RFK. The shot featured a pre-game tifo from United Supporters, which read, "STAND STRONG BOSTON + WEST." D.C. United is proud of the support that our fans showed to the cities and victims of last week's events, thank you.
Collin Martin, former D.C. United Academy standout and current Wake Forest Demon Deacon, was called into the United States U-20 Training Camp in Carson, Calif., from April 22-29 in preparation for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The freshman midfielder/forward hails from Chevy Chase, Md., and has trained with Manchester United in 2008 and German side Hoffenheim in 2011. The young midfielder has made an impact with both United’s Academy and professional level— scoring a game-tying goal for United’s reserve team against the New England Revolution. Furthermore, Martin impressed coaches and players alike at several practices with United’s First Team in 2012.
Martin— named First Team All-Met by the Washington Post— helped the U-18s reach the USSDA National Championship in Texas and was named an Eastern Conference starting XI midfielder at the end of the 2012 season.
The 18-year-old graduated early from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and went on to feature in 20 games for Wake Forest, starting 15 of them. The young standout tallied one goal and registered six assists in the 2012 season, helping the Demon Deacons reach the first round of the NCAA tournament. Martin was then called into the U-20 camp in December of 2012.
"Collin being called into camp is important for D.C. United," said D.C. United Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. "He is still 18, still very young. When someone is already selected at just 17, you know he already has a lot of talent. He has potential to make the First Team for D.C and maybe the United States National Team someday."
Collin will join 23 other players in California, including current Major League Soccer standouts Will Trap and Jose Villarreal.
In honor of Earth Day, D.C. United players Chris Pontius, Brandon McDonald, Bill Hamid, Ethan White, and Joe Willis, along with over 30 volunteers participated in a large-scale clean-up of the National Mall. D.C. United partnered with Trust for the National Mall to help maintain, restore, and beautify America’s front yard.