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Player Connections: D.C. United and Portland Timbers

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

D.C. UNITED

& Milos Kocic

D.C. United selected Milos Kocic in the second round (21st overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The goalkeeper made four league appearances for United (three starts). Kocic finished his rookie season with nine saves in 308 minutes of action with a 1-2-1 record.

& Ryan Miller

D.C. United claimed Ryan Miller off waivers on 9/15/08, and he made three appearances for United in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League. In two seasons with the Black-and-Red (2008 and 2009), Miller did not feature in an MLS match.

& Rodney Wallace

D.C. United selected Rodney Wallace as the 6th overall pick (just ahead of United’s Chris Pontius) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Maryland. Wallace became one of the steadiest players in United’s 2009 squad, starting 25 of 28 appearances as a rookie in MLS. In 2010, Wallace started all 11 matches he featured in for United before sustaining an injury that kept him out the remainder of the season.

DWAYNE DE ROSARIO

& Will Johnson

Will Johnson and Dwayne De Rosario are frequently called up to the Canada Men’s National Team for international competition. Johnson has been recalled by Canada multiple times, earning 33 caps for his country. The Timbers captain most recently appeared in friendlies against Japan (3/22) and Belarus (3/25) in Doha, Qatar. De Rosario first started playing for the CMNT in 1998. To date, De Rosario has made 73 appearances (60 starts) and tallied 20 goals for Canada, most recently appearing in a friendly against the U.S. Men’s National Team on 1/29.

NICK DELEON

& Andrew Jean-Baptiste

Andrew Jean-Baptiste’s No.1-ranked Connecticut (UConn) Huskies met Nick DeLeon’s No.8-ranked Louisville Cardinals on 10/1/11, seeing Jean-Baptiste and the Huskies top the Cardinals 1-0 in an overtime victory. Both players started the game. The two would meet again in the 2011 Big East Tournament, with precisely the same results, UConn defeating Louisville 1-0 for the second time in 2011.

& Darlington Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe’s (and then- teammates Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips (coached by Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) met Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals on 12/12/10, seeing Nagbe and the Zips walk away with a 1-0 win and the 2010 College Cup.

& Michael Nanchoff

Michael Nanchoff’s (and then- teammates Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips (coached by Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) met Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals on 12/12/10, seeing Nanchoff and the Zips walk away with a 1-0 win and the 2010 College Cup.

DEJAN JAKOVIC

& Will Johnson

Will Johnson and Dejan Jakovic are frequently called up to the Canada Men’s National Team (CMNT) for international competition. Johnson has been called up to the CMNT multiple times, earning 33 caps for his country. Jakovic made his CMNT debut in 2008, and has since been called up 15 times; starting every game in which he made an appearance. Most recently, the Canadian compatriots appeared for the CMNT in friendlies against Japan (3/22) and Belarus (3/25) in Doha, Qatar.

& Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller’s No.10-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Dejan Jakovic’s UAB Blazers met on 8/25/06, seeing Jakovic and the Blazers hand the Irish a 1-0 double-overtime loss. Both players started the game.

& Michael Nanchoff

Michael Nanchoff’s University of Akron Zips (coached by Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) and Dejan Jakovic’s UAB Blazers met on 9/2/07, seeing Nanchoff and the Zips hand the Blazers a 1-0 loss. Nanchoff would come on as a substitute and assisted the game-winner. Jakovic started the match.

TAYLOR KEMP

& Andrew Jean-Baptiste

 Andrew Jean-Baptiste’s No.2-ranked Connecticut (UConn) Huskies met Taylor Kemp’s (and teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White’s) No.6-ranked Maryland Terrapins on 10/5/10, seeing Townsend and the Terps hand UConn a 1-0 loss. Both players started the game.

PERRY KITCHEN

& Darlington Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe and Perry Kitchen (and United teammate Chris Korb) played together at the University of Akron (under current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) in 2010. Both players were key members of the 2010 Akron team that saw the Zips win the 2010 NCAA Men’s National Championship.

& Michael Nanchoff

Michael Nanchoff and Perry Kitchen (and United teammate Chris Korb) played together at the University of Akron (under current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) in 2010. Both players were key members of the 2010 Akron team that saw the Zips win the 2010 NCAA Men’s National Championship.

CHRIS KORB

& Darlington Nagbe

Darlington Nagbe and Chris Korb (and teammate Perry Kitchen in 2010) played together at the University of Akron (under current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) from 2008-10. Both players were key members of the 2009 and 2010 Akron teams that saw the Zips go to back-to-back College Cups, the team winning the NCAA Men’s National Championship in 2010.

& Michael Nanchoff

Michael Nanchoff and Chris Korb (and teammate Perry Kitchen in 2010) played together at the University of Akron (under current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) from 2007-10. Both players were key members of the 2009 and 2010 Akron teams that saw the Zips go to back-to-back College Cups, the team winning the NCAA Men’s National Championship in 2010.

& Ben Zemanski

Ben Zemanski and Chris Korb played together at the University of Akron (under current Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter) from 2007-09. Both players were key members of the 2009 Akron team that saw the Zips go to the 2009 College Cup final, eventually falling to the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

BRANDON MCDONALD

& Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson and Brandon McDonald spent three years together at the San Jose Earthquakes from 2009-11. Johnson played 71 games (58 starts) and tallied 12 goals for the Earthquakes. McDonald played 58 games (54 starts) and tallied three goals for San Jose.

& Sal Zizzo

Sal Zizzo’s No.16-ranked UCLA Bruins met Brandon McDonald’s No.8-ranked San Francisco Dons on 9/17/06, seeing Zizzo and the Bruins hand the Dons a 2-0 loss. Zizzo had an assist on the second goal of the match. Both players started the game.

CHRIS PONTIUS

& Sal Zizzo

Sal Zizzo’s UCLA Bruins met Chris Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos on three different occasions while the two were attending their respective universities. The first matchup on 10/20/05 saw Zizzo and the Bruins hand the Gauchos a 1-0 loss, with both players starting the game. The second matchup would come a year later on 10/5/06, seeing UCLA topple UCSB 3-1, a game in which Zizzo would assist twice. The third and final matchup would come on 12/3/06 – the 2006 College Cup final – in which Pontius and the Gauchos would go on to a 2-1 victory over UCLA and crowned the 2006 national champions.

JAMES RILEY

& Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington’s North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels met James Riley’s No.9-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons on 10/31/04, seeing Riley and the Demon Deacons hand UNC a 2-0 loss. Both players started the game.

& Ben Zemanski

Ben Zemanski and James Riley (and United teammate Casey Townsend) both played together at Chivas USA in 2012. Zemanski played 22 games (18 starts) and added two assists for Chivas. Riley started and played in all 32 games he played in for Chivas, adding two assists as well.

& Jack Jewsbury

Jack Jewsbury’s No.11-ranked Saint Louis Billikens and James Riley’s No.24-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons met on 8/30/02, seeing the teams play to a 1-1 draw. Both players started the game.

& Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson and James Riley were teammates at the San Jose Earthquakes for the 2008 season. Johnson played 28 games (13 starts) and tallied five goals for the Earthquakes. Riley played in 24 games (23 starts) and added two assists for San Jose.

JOHN THORRINGTON

& Will Johnson

Will Johnson and John Thorrington both played for the Chicago Fire in 2005, which happened to be both players’ inaugural seasons in MLS, and coincidentally both players transplanted to MLS from English soccer in the same season.

CASEY TOWNSEND

& Andrew Jean-Baptiste

Andrew Jean-Baptiste’s No.2-ranked Connecticut (UConn) Huskies met Casey Townsend’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White’s) No.6-ranked Maryland Terrapins on 10/5/10, seeing Townsend and the Terps hand UConn a 1-0 loss. Both players started the game.

& Rodney Wallace

 Rodney Wallace and Casey Townsend played together for a year at the University of Maryland. Both players were key pieces for a Maryland team that would go on to win the 2008 College Cup.

& Ben Zemanski

Ben Zemanski and Casey Townsend (and teammate James Riley) both played at Chivas USA in 2012. Zemanski played 22 games (18 starts) and added two assists for Chivas. Townsend, drafted in the first round (5th overall) by Chivas in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, played 17 games (10 starts) and tailed one goal and added two assists for Chivas.

ETHAN WHITE 

& Andrew Jean-Baptiste

Andrew Jean-Baptiste’s No.2-ranked Connecticut (UConn) Huskies met Ethan White’s (and teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend’s) No.6-ranked Maryland Terrapins on 10/5/10, seeing Townsend and the Terps hand UConn a 1-0 loss. Both players started the game.

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