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Player Connections: D.C. United and Sporting KC

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

Chris Pontius vs Sporting KC

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DWAYNE DE ROSARIO

& Matt Besler
Besler (and teammate Graham Zusi) competed with the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) in a friendly against De Rosario (along United’s Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter) and the Canada Men’s National Team on 1/29. The two countries tied 0-0.

& Jacob Peterson
Peterson and De Rosario played together for Toronto FC from 2010-11. Toronto FC finished 5th in the Eastern Conference in 2010, and 8th in 2011, though neither player finished 2011 in Toronto.

& Graham Zusi
Zusi (and teammate Matt Besler) and the USMNT played De Rosario (and United’s Jakovic and Porter) and the Canada Men’s National Team to a 0-0 tie in a friendly on 1/29, De Rosario and Zusi both getting starts.

DEJAN JAKOVIC

& Matt Besler
Besler (and teammate Graham Zusi) and the USMNT faced Jakovic (along with teammates De Rosario and Porter) and the Canada Men’s National Team, playing to a 0-0 draw in a friendly on 1/29 in Houston, Texas. Besler and Jakovic have also met in college. Besler and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played Jakovic and the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) on 8/25/06. Jakovic’s UAB beat No. 10 Notre Dame 1-0 and both Besler and Jakovic both started the match.

& Eric Kronberg
Kronberg and Jakovic met during collegiate play on 9/24/05. Kronberg and the University of California beat Jakovic and UAB 3-1. Both Kronberg and Jakovic started the match.

& Graham Zusi
Zusi (and teammate Matt Besler) and the USMNT faced Jakovic (and United’s De Rosario and Porter) and the Canada Men’s National Team. The two countries played to a 0-0 tie in a friendly on 1/29/13 in Houston, TX.

PERRY KITCHEN

& Soony Saad
Kitchen (and teammate Chris Korb) and the Akron Zips hosted Saad and the Michigan Wolverines on 10/29/10, seeing Michigan receive a thrashing in a game that ended 7-1 in favor of the Zips. Saad scored the Wolverine’s lone goal. The two would meet later in the semifinal round of the NCAA College Cup. Kitchen scored the match equalizer, eventually seeing the Zips go on to win the game 2-1.

CHRIS KORB

& Matt Besler
Besler’s (and SKC teammate Michael Thomas’s) Notre Dame and Korb’s Akron met on 8/29/08. The Zips blanked the Fighting Irish, winning 3-0. Both Besler and Korb started as defenders for that match.

& Teal Bunbury
Bunbury and Korb were teammates at the University of Akron from 2008-09. Korb, a defender, and Bunbury, a forward, saw the Zips to a 17-2-4 record in 2008 and a 23-0-2 record in 2009.

& Soony Saad
Saad and Korb (along with United teammate Perry Kitchen) faced each other twice in 2010. The first meeting was on 10/29/10. The Akron Zips emerged victorious by a score line of 7-1. Korb assisted Akron’s third goal, while Saad scored Michigan’s only goal. The second time the Zips played the Wolverines was in the semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA College Cup. The Zips won 2-1 and would go on to win the College Cup Championship.

& Michael Thomas
Thomas (and Sporting Kansas City’s Besler) and the Fighting Irish played Korb and the Akron Zips on 8/29/08. Thomas, like Besler and Korb, also started this match. The Zips won 3-0 in Bloomington, IN.

BRANDON MCDONALD

& Chance Myers
Myers and McDonald met twice in collegiate play. Myers and the UCLA Bruins first faced McDonald and the University of San Francisco Dons on 9/17/06, seeing UCLA win 2-0. The second meeting saw another UCLA victory, this time by a score of 1-0; Myers had the lone goal.

& Ike Opara
Opara and McDonald played together for the San Jose Earthquakes from 2010-11. Like former teammate Bobby Convey and United’s McDonald, Opara tallied three goals while at San Jose.

CHRIS PONTIUS

& Eric Kronberg
Kronberg and the University of California Golden Bears played Pontius’ University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos on 9/2/05. Cal defeated UCSB 2-0. Kronberg started the match, while then-freshman Pontius did not.

& Ike Opara
Opara’s Wake Forest University met Pontius’ UCSB on 9/21/08. The Demon Deacons crushed the Gauchos 6-2. Both Opara and Pontius netted a goal during the game.

KYLE PORTER

& Matt Besler
Besler (and teammate Graham Zusi) competed with the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) in a friendly against Porter (along United’s De Rosario and Jakovic) and the Canada Men’s National Team on 1/29. The two countries tied 0-0.

& Graham Zusi
Zusi (and teammate Matt Besler) and the USMNT faced Porter (and United’s De Rosario and Jakovic) and the Canada Men’s National Team. The two countries played to a 0-0 tie in a friendly on 1/29in Houston, TX.

MARCOS SÁNCHEZ

& Teal Bunbury
Bunbury (and teammate Graham Zusi) and the USMNT took on Sánchez’s Panama National Team on 1/25/12 in a friendly in Panama City, Panama. Bunbury assisted Sporting Kansas City teammate Zusi’s goal for a 1-0 victory over Panama.

& Graham Zusi
Zusi scored the lone goal (off of an assist from Sporting Kansas City teammate Teal Bunbury) in the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Sánchez’s Panama Men’s National Team in a friendly on 1/25/12.

CASEY TOWNSEND

& Graham Zusi
Zusi and Townsend were teammates together at the University of Maryland in 2008. The players both played integral parts in Maryland’s 2008 College Cup-winning season.