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Player Connections: D.C. United and Chicago Fire

Connecting the dots between the Black-and-Red and Chicago

D.C. UNITED

& Maicon Santos

Maicon Santos joined the Black-and-Red for the 2012 MLS season. During his time with United, Santos recorded MLS career highs of 26 games played (16 appearances), tallying seven goals and adding three assists. In his lone season with the Black-and-Red, Santos helped D.C. United reach the 2012 MLS Cup Eastern Conference finals, United’s first playoff appearance since 2007.

DWAYNE DE ROSARIO

& Joel Lindpere

Joel Lindpere and Dwayne De Rosario were teammates on the New York Red Bulls for three months from 3/26/11 to 6/26/11; a season that saw De Rosario carrousel between three different MLS clubs, starting the season with Toronto FC and finally landing at D.C. United on 6/27/11. While the two players were at the New York club, De Rosario featured in 13 games (12 starts), tallying twice and adding four assists. Lindpere featured in 16 games (16 starts), tallying twice and adding three assists in that time.

& Maicon Santos

Before joining forces at D.C. United in 2012, Maicon Santos and Dwayne De Rosario were teammates at Toronto FC during the 2010 and 2011 MLS seasons. In 2011, De Rosario would only feature in two games with Toronto before being dealt to the New York Red Bulls. While the two players were at the Canada outfit, De Rosario featured in 29 games (26 starts), tallying 16 times and adding four assists. Santos featured in 15 games (12 starts), tallying five times and adding three assists in that time.

NICK DELEON

& Jalil Anibaba

 Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels and Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals met on 12/10/10, seeing DeLeon’s Cardinals go up 2-1 on Anibaba and the UNC Tar Heels late. Both players started the game.

& Austin Berry

Austin Berry and Nick DeLeon were teammates at the University of Louisville during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Both were integral players during Louisville’s 2010 College Cup run where the Cardinals were defeated 1-0 by the University of Akron Zips. In two seasons at Louisville, DeLeon started and played 46 games for the Cardinals, tallying 14 goals and adding nine assists. During that time, Berry also started and played 46 games, tallying six goals and four assists. Berry was also named 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year, while DeLeon finished as one of the Finalists. 

& Brendan King

Brendan King’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals met on three different occasions from 2010-11. In the first match on 10/16/10, the Cardinals would win 2-0, with DeLeon tallying in the match. In the second match on 11/12/10, Louisville would go on to win 1-0. However, the following season would see King and the Irish grab a 1-0 win against Louisville on 9/24/11. Both players started all games in which they faced each other.

ANDREW DYKSTRA

& Chicago Fire

Andrew Dykstra played for the Chicago Fire from 2009-10, making his MLS debut on 3/27/10 in the Fire’s season opener against the New York Red Bulls. The goalkeeper finished his season 5-6-6 with 5 shut outs and a 1.28 goals against average.

TAYLOR KEMP

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels and Taylor Kemp’s (and teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White’s) Maryland Terrapins met twice in 2010. In the first match on 9/24/10, UNC would grab a 2-1 win. In the two teams’ conference (ACC) championship game on 11/14/10, Kemp, Townsend, White and the Terps would go on to a 1-0 win. All players started both games.

& Austin Berry

Austin Berry’s (and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s) Louisville Cardinals and Taylor Kemp’s (and teammate Casey Townsend’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 11/27/11, seeing Berry, DeLeon and the Cardinals win 4-2 in the six-goal thriller. DeLeon would open scoring in the match and Townsend tallied for Maryland. All players started the game.

& Corben Bone

Corben Bone’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Taylor Kemp’s (and teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 10/24/09, seeing Bone and Wake Forest grab a 1-0 winner on an early penalty kick. All players – except Townsend, who did not feature – started the game.

& Hunter Jumper

Hunter Jumper’s University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers and Taylor Kemp’s (and teammates Casey Townsend’s [2008-11] and Ethan White’s [2009-10]) Maryland Terrapins met a total of six times while both players were representing their respective programs from 2009-11. Both players started and played all six matches. Kemp’s Terps went 2-3-1 against Virginia during this time.

DEJAN JAKOVIC

& Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson’s University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights and Dejan Jakovic’s University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Blazers met on 10/27/07, seeing Jakovic and the Blazers top Johnson and the Knights 2-1 in the match. Both players started the game.

& Steven Kinney

Steven Kinney’s Elon University Phoenix and Dejan Jakovic’s UAB Blazers met on 9/10/06, seeing Kinney’s Phoenix on to a 2-0 win over Jackovic and the Blazers. Both players started the game

PERRY KITCHEN

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Perry Kitchen’s (and teammate Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips met on 9/3/10, seeing Kitchen, Korb and the Zips thrash the Tar Heels 3-0, Kitchen getting the second and Korb assisting the third of Akron’s goals. All players started the game.

& Austin Berry

Austin Berry’s (and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s) Louisville Cardinals and Perry Kitchen’s (and teammate Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips met in the 2010 College Cup final on 12/12/10, seeing Kitchen, Korb and the Akron Zips on to a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals. The 2010 College Cup winning Akron Zips-brought home the first national championship in school history.

CHRIS KORB

& Quincy Amarikwa

Quincy Amarikwa’s University of California-Davis and Chris Korb’s Xavier Musketeers – his only season with the Cincinnati side before transferring to the University of Akron – met on 9/9/06, seeing Korb and the Musketeers on to a 2-1 victory. Both players started the game.

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Chris Korb’s (and teammate Perry Kitchen’s) University of Akron Zips met on 9/3/10, seeing Korb, Kitchen and the Zips thrash the Tar Heels 3-0, Kitchen getting the second and Korb assisting the third of Akron’s three goals. All players started the game.

& Austin Berry

Austin Berry’s (and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s) Louisville Cardinals and Chris Korb (and teammate Perry Kitchen’s) University of Akron Zips met in the 2010 College Cup final on 12/12/10, seeing Korb, Kitchen and the Akron Zips to a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals. The 2010 College Cup-winning Akron Zips brought home the first national championship in school history.

& Brendan King

Brendan King’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Chris Korb’s Akron Zips met on 8/29/08, seeing Korb and the Zips thump King and the Irish 3-0 in the match. Korb started and King came on as a substitute in the game.

BRANDON MCDONALD

& Quincy Amarikwa

Quincy Amarikwa and Brandon McDonald were teammates at the San Jose Earthquakes during the 2009 and 2010 MLS seasons. While the players were with the Earthquakes, McDonald featured in 47 games (46 starts), tallying twice and adding three assists. Amarikwa featured in 25 games (one start), tallying once and assisting twice in that time.

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s Santa Clara University (SCU) Broncos and Brandon McDonald’s University of San Francisco (USF) Dons met twice in 2007. Both times, Anibaba and the SCU Broncos topped McDonald and the USF Dons. In their first matchup on 10/12/07, Anibaba would volley home a 90th minute game-winner from a corner kick, putting his team up 2-1 with two seconds left on the clock; it was the first goal of his college career. Anibaba and the SCU Broncos would also win the second matchup on 11/9/07 (2-1). Both players started both games.

SAINEY NYASSI

& Jeff Larentowicz

Jeff Larentowicz and Sainey Nyassi were teammates with the New England Revolution from 2007-09. While the players were with the Revolution, Nyassi featured in 54 games (40 starts), tallying four times and adding two assists. Larentowicz featured in 84 games (84 starts), tallying eight times and adding eight assists.

& Wells Thompson

Wells Thompson and Sainey Nyassi were teammates with the New England Revolution from 2007-09. While with the Revolution, Nyassi featured in 54 games (40 starts), tallying four times and adding two assists. Thompson featured in 71 games (36 starts), tallying twice and adding three assists in that time.

& Michael Videira

Michael Videira and Sainey Nyassi were teammates with the New England Revolution during the 2009 MLS season. While the payers were with the Revolution, Nyassi featured in 28 games (22 starts), tallying twice and adding one assist. Videira featured in 12 games (five starts) in that time.

CHRIS PONTIUS

& Quincy Amarikwa

Quincy Amarikwa’s University of California-Davis (UCD) Aggies and Chris Pontius’ University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos are both part of the Big West Conference – playing each other twice a year – and had met eight times while both players were representing their respective programs from 2005-08. Amarikwa would start all eight matches against Pontius and the UCSB Gauchos, tallying three goals and adding an assist. Pontius played all eight matches (five starts) and notched one goal against Amarikwa and the UCD Aggies. Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos held the advantage in the series with a 4-2-2 record against UCD from 2005-08.

& Corben Bone

Corben Bone’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Chris Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos met on 9/21/08, seeing Bone and Wake Forest hand Pontius and the Gauchos a 6-2 loss in the eight-goal thriller. Bone tallied and assisted two others, while Pontius would grab a goal late in the match. Both players started the game.

& Dilly Duka

Dilly Duka’s Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Chris Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos met on 9/12/08, seeing Duka and Rutgers top Pontius and the Gauchos 3-2 in the match. Duka would tally twice, both equalizers. Both players started the game.

JAMES RILEY

& Jeff Larentowicz

Jeff Larentowicz and James Riley both entered MLS in 2005, signing for the New England Revolution. Riley played three seasons in New England before being traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. While the players were with the Revolution, Riley featured in 70 games (54 starts), tallying once and adding three assists. Larentowicz featured in 55 games (47 starts), tallying four times and adding five assists in that time.

& Logan Pause

Logan Pause’s University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels and James Riley’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons met twice. In the first match on 10/27/01, Riley’s Demon Deacons thrashed Pause and the Tar Heels 4-2 in a six-goal thriller. A year later, the teams would meet again on 10/26/02, this time playing to a 2-2 draw, with Pause getting the late equalizer. Both players started both games.

& Gonzalo Segares

Gonzalo Segares’ Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rams and James Riley’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons met twice in 2004. In the first match on 9/10/04, Wake Forest would grab the 1-0 win over the Rams. The teams would meet again in the third round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, seeing the Rams knock off Wake Forest 2-2 (7-6) on penalty kicks. Both Riley and Segares converted their penalty kicks. Both players started both games.

& Wells Thompson

Wells Thompson and James Riley were teammates at Wake Forest in 2003 and 2004. Riley featured in 40 games, tallying once and adding six assists in that time. Thompson featured in 33 games, tallying twice and adding three assists from 2003-04.

& Michael Videira

Michael Videira’s Duke Blue Devils and James Riley’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons met on 11/5/04, seeing Videira’s Blue Devils topple Riley and the Demon Deacons 3-2. After going down 3-0 early, Riley put in a valiant effort, assisting on both Wake Forest goals. Both players started the game.

JOHN THORRINGTON

& Chicago Fire

John Thorrington began his MLS career in Chicago, signing with the Fire in 2005 before departing for Vancouver in 2010. In six seasons with the Chicago Fire, Thorrington featured in 54 games (44 starts), tallying seven goals and adding two assists.

CASEY TOWNSEND

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels and Casey Townsend’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White’s) Maryland Terrapins met twice in 2010. In the first match on 9/24/10, UNC would grab a 2-1 win. In ACC championship game on 11/14/10, Townsend, Kemp, White and the Terps would go on to a 1-0 win. All players started both games.

& Austin Berry

Austin Berry’s (and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s) Louisville Cardinals and Casey Townsend’s (and teammate Taylor Kemp’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 11/27/11, seeing Berry, DeLeon and the Cardinals win 4-2 in the six-goal thriller. DeLeon would open scoring in the match and Townsend tallied for Maryland. All players started the game.

& Corben Bone

Corben Bone’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Casey Townsend’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White’s [2009]) met twice while both players were at their respective programs, however, Townsend would only feature in one. On 9/26/08, Bone and Wake Forest downed Townsend and the Terps 4-2 in a six-goal thriller. Townsend would tally and Bone would assist. Both players started the match.

& Hunter Jumper

Hunter Jumper’s University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers and Casey Townsend’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp [2009-11] and Ethan White’s [2009-10]) Maryland Terrapins met a total of eight times while both players were representing their respective programs from 2008-11. Townsend would start all eight games against UVA from 2008-11, tallying once and assisting two others. Jumper would also start all eight games, but failed to contribute to the scoreboard. Townsend’s Terps went 4-3-1 against Virginia during this time.

ETHAN WHITE

& Jalil Anibaba

Jalil Anibaba’s University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels and Ethan White’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend’s) Maryland Terrapins met twice in 2010. In the first match on 9/24/10, UNC would grab a 2-1 win. In the ACC championship game on 11/14/10, White, Kemp, Townsend and the Terps would go on to a 1-0 win. All players started both games.

& Corben Bone

Corben Bone’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Ethan White’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 10/24/09, seeing Bone and Wake Forest grab a 1-0 winner on an early penalty kick. All players – except Townsend, who did not feature – started the game.

& Hunter Jumper

Hunter Jumper’s University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers and Ethan White’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp [2009-11] and Casey Townsend’s [2008-11]) Maryland Terrapins met a total of five times while both players were representing their respective programs from 2009-10. White started and played in four of the five matches while Jumper started all five. White’s Terps went 2-2-1 against Virginia during this time.

JOE WILLIS

& Quincy Amarikwa

Quincy Amarikwa’s University of California-Davis Aggies and Joe Willis’ University of Denver Pioneers met in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, seeing Amarikwa’s Aggies hand Willis and the Pioneers a 4-0 thrashing. Both players started the game.

DANIEL WOOLARD

& Chicago Fire

Daniel Woolard began his MLS career in Chicago, signing with the Fire in 2007, before departing to join D.C. United in 2010. Woolard ultimately signed with the Carolina Railhawks of the USSF Second Division (2010), but would return to United in 2011. In three seasons with the Chicago Fire, Woolard played in 16 games (six starts) and tallied once.