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Player Connections: D.C. United and Colorado Rapids

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

Dwayne De Rosario

& Nick LaBrocca
Dwayne De Rosario and Nick LaBrocca spent the 2010 season together at Toronto FC after LaBrocca joined the Canadian side from the Colorado Rapids on 3/25/10. In that time, De Rosario made 27 appearances (24 starts), scored 15 goals and notched three assists. LaBrocca played 28 games (24 starts), scored once and added six assists.

& Brian Mullan
Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Mullan played alongside each other for two different clubs, both representing the San Jose Earthquakes from 2003-2005 and staying together with the franchise when it relocated and became the Houston Dynamo from 2006-2008. During that six-year period, De Rosario played 138 games (117 starts), scored 42 goals and notched 30 assists. Meanwhile, Mullan made 172 appearances (168 starts), scored 18 goals and added 35 assists. Both players were integral pieces in the 2003 MLS Cup-winning San Jose Earthquakes side, as well as the back-to-back (2006 & 2007) MLS Cup-winning Houston Dynamo sides.

& Nathan Sturgis
Dwayne De Rosario and Nathan Sturgis spent part of the 2011 season together with Toronto FC before De Rosario was traded to the New York Red Bulls on 4/1/11. That year, De Rosario started both games he played for Toronto FC, scored once and added an assist, while Sturgis played 14 games (11 starts).M/p>

& Marvell Wynne
Dwayne De Rosario and Marvell Wynne were teammates for the 2009 MLS season at Toronto FC after De Rosario was traded to the club from the Houston Dynamo on 12/12/08. In that time, De Rosario made 28 appearances (27 starts), scored 11 goals and added six assists. Wynne played and started all 21 of the games in which he featured, notching five assists in the process.

Nick DeLeon

& Tony Cascio
Tony Cascio’s Connecticut (UConn) Huskies met Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals on 10/1/11, seeing Cascio 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 would defeat Louisville 1-0 for the second time in 2011; DeLeon starting while Cascio would come on as a substitute.

& Brenton Griffiths
Brenton Griffiths’ University of South Florida (USF) Bulls met Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals on 10/18/11. Griffiths and the USF Bulls topped DeLeon’s Cardinals 3-1, with DeLeon converting a late penalty to get Louisville its lone goal in the match. Both players started the game.

& Kory Kindle
Kory Kindle’s California State University–Bakersfield (CSUB) and Nick DeLeon’s University of Nevada–Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels met on 10/16/09. Kindle and his CSUB side downed DeLeon’s Rebels 3-1 in the match. Kindle started the match while DeLeon came on as a substitute.

& Dillon Powers
Dillon Powers’ Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Nick DeLeon’s Louisville Cardinals met on three occasions while each player represented their respective universities. The first match on 10/16/10 saw DeLeon and the Cardinals down Powers’ Fighting Irish 2-0; DeLeon netting the second goal of the match. The second matchup came not one month later on 11/12/10 during the 2010 Big East tournament, in which Louisville nabbed a 1-0 win over Notre Dame. The last time the two players met was on 9/24/11, Powers’ Fighting Irish was able to get a 1-0 win over the DeLeon and the Cardinals. Both players started all three games.

Taylor Kemp

& Tony Cascio
Tony Cascio’s University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies and Taylor Kemp’s (along with teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 10/5/10. Kemp, Townsend, White and the Terps would nab a 1-0 win over Cascio’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

Brandon McDonald

& Edson Buddle
Brandon McDonald (and D.C. United teammate Carlos Ruiz) and Edson Buddle were together for the 2008 MLS season with the Los Angeles Galaxy after McDonald was selected in the fourth round, 46th overall of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. In his lone season with the Galaxy, McDonald played 16 games (10 starts), scored once and added an assist. Buddle made 27 appearances (26 starts), scored 15 goals and notched three assists.

& Kamani Hill
Kamani Hill’s University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins met Brandon McDonald’s University of San Francisco (USF) Dons on 9/17/06. Hill and the Bruins would hand McDonald’s USF Dons a 2-0 loss. Both players started the game.

Lionard Pajoy

& Danny Mwanga
Lionard Pajoy and Danny Mwanga were teammates with the Philadelphia Union for part of the 2012 season before Mwanga was traded to the Portland Timbers on 6/6/12. During that time, Pajoy appeared in 20 games (16 starts), scored five goals and notched two assists, while Mwanga played nine games (five starts) and added an assist.

Chris Pontius

& Kamani Hill
Kamani Hill’s UCLA Bruins and Chris Pontius’ University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos met on three different occasions. The first matchup on 10/20/05 saw Hill (with Rapids teammate Marvell Wynne) and the Bruins hand the Gauchos a 1-0 loss, Hill getting the assist in the lone goal of the game. The second matchup would come a year later on 10/5/06, seeing UCLA topple UCSB 3-1. The third and final matchup would come on 12/3/06 – the 2006 College Cup final – in which Pontius and the Gauchos would grab a 2-1 victory over UCLA and be crowned the 2006 national champions.

& Marvell Wynne
Marvell Wynne’s (and Rapids teammate Kamani Hill’s) UCLA Bruins met Chris Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos on 10/20/05. Wynne, Hill and the Bruins would hand Pontius’ Gauchos a 1-0 loss, Hill getting the assist for the lone goal of the game.

James Riley

& Nick LaBrocca
James Riley (and D.C. United teammate Casey Townsend) played alongside Nick LaBrocca in the 2012 MLS season with Chivas USA, after being traded to the California side on 11/23/11 from the Montreal Impact. Riley started all 32 of the games he appeared in and notched two assists, while LaBrocca played 29 matches (26 starts), scored twice and added two assists.

& Nathan Sturgis
Nathan Sturgis and James Riley played together for Seattle Sounders FC from 2009-10, both players being selected in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft with the second and eighth picks, respectively. In those two seasons, Riley made 55 appearances (54 starts), scored once and added seven assists. Sturgis played in 29 games (21 starts), tallied once and added two assists. The two also met in their college days, with Sturgis’ Clemson Tigers and James Riley’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons meeting on 10/22/04. Riley and the Demon Deacons trounced Sturgis’ Tigers 2-0 as both players started the game.

Alain Rochat

& Atiba Harris
Alain Rochat (alongside D.C. United teammate John Thorrington) and Atiba Harris played together for Vancouver Whitecaps FC from 2011-12, Harris being selected by Whitecaps FC with the fourth pick of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. In those two seasons, Rochat appeared in 55 games (54 starts), scored five goals and notched three assists. Harris played in 12 matches (eight starts), scored twice and added three assists.

Carlo Ruiz

& Edson Buddle
Carlos Ruiz (and D.C. United teammate Brandon McDonald) and Edson Buddle spent part of the 2008 MLS season together with the Los Angeles Galaxy before Ruiz was traded to Toronto FC on 8/19/08. The Guatemalan made 10 appearances (three starts) and scored once for the Galaxy in 2008. Buddle played 27 games (26 starts), tallied 15 goals and notched three assists.

& Drew Moor
Carlos Ruiz (and D.C. United teammate Marcelo Saragosa [2006-07]) and Drew Moor played together for three seasons from 2005-07 with FC Dallas after Moor was selected in the first round (sixth overall pick) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. During that time, Ruiz made 68 appearances (62 starts), scored 31 goals and added nine assists. Moor played 75 games (63 starts), scored three goals and notched an assist.

& Brian Mullan
Carlos Ruiz played alongside Brian Mullan at the beginning of Ruiz’s first spell with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002. That year, Ruiz started all 26 games he appeared in, scored 24 goals and added an assist. Mullan played 21 times (10 starts), scored three times and notched two assists.

& Danny Mwanga
Carlos Ruiz and Danny Mwanga spent the 2011 MLS season with the Philadelphia Union after Ruiz signed with the Pennsylvania side from Aris FC (Macedonia) on 2/22/11. In his return to MLS, Ruiz made 14 appearances (13 starts) and scored six goals. Mwanga played in 28 games (13 starts), scored five goals and notched four assists.

& Anthony Wallace
Carlos Ruiz and Anthony Wallace played together for the 2007 MLS season after Wallace was selected in the first round (ninth overall pick) in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Ruiz made 22 appearances (19 starts), tallied seven goals and added two assists, while Wallace played in 13 games (11 starts) his rookie year.

& Marvell Wynne
Carlos Ruiz and Marvell Wynne spent part of the 2008 season together with Toronto FC after Ruiz was traded from the Los Angeles Galaxy on 8/19/08. While together in Toronto, Ruiz made five appearances (three starts), while Wynne started all 24 games in which he featured, scoring twice and adding two assists.

Marcelo Saragosa

& Drew Moor
Marcelo Saragosa (and D.C. United teammate Carlos Ruiz [2006-07]) played alongside Drew Moor with FC Dallas from 2006-09 after Saragosa arrived at the club from the Los Angeles Galaxy on 7/19/06. During that period, Saragosa made 54 appearances (44 starts), scored once and added five assists. Moor played 103 games (102 starts), scored eight goals and notched two assists.

& Nathan Sturgis
Marcelo Saragosa and Nathan Sturgis played together at the Los Angeles Galaxy for part of the 2006 MLS season before Saragosa was traded to FC Dallas on 7/19/06. Saragosa started all 10 games in which he appeared, while Sturgis featured and started in 15 matches in that time.

& Anthony Wallace
Marcelo Saragosa and Anthony Wallace spent three seasons with FC Dallas together from 2007-09 after Wallace was selected in the first round (ninth overall pick) in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. In that time, Saragosa made 47 appearances (41 starts), scored once and added five assists while Wallace played in 13 games (11 starts).

John Thorrington

& Atiba Harris
John Thorrington (and D.C. United teammate Alain Rochat) and Atiba Harris were teammates with Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the 2011 and 2012 MLS seasons after both were selected in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. During their two years together with the Canadian club, Thorrington played 30 games (23 starts) and added an assist. Harris made 12 appearances (eight starts), scored twice and notched three assists.

& Matt Pickens
John Thorrington and Matt Pickens spent three seasons with the Chicago Fire from 2005-07, both players helping the side win the 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In that period, Thorrington made 12 appearances (four starts) and tallied twice. Pickens played 40 games (38 starts) and recorded 11 shutouts on the season.

Casey Townsend

& Tony Cascio
Tony Cascio’s UConn Huskies and Casey Townsend’s (along with teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 10/5/10. Townsend, Kemp, White and the Terps would nab a 1-0 win over Cascio’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

& Nick LaBrocca
Casey Townsend (and D.C. United teammate James Riley) played alongside Nick LaBrocca in the 2012 MLS season with Chivas USA after being drafted in the first round (fifth overall) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Townsend made 17 appearances (10 starts) that year, scored once and notched two assists. LaBrocca played 29 matches (26 starts), scored twice and added two assists.M/p>

Ethan White

& Tony Cascio
Tony Cascio’s UConn Huskies and Ethan White’s (along with teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend’s) Maryland Terrapins met on 10/5/10. White, Kemp, Townsend and the Terps would nab a 1-0 win over Cascio’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

Joe Willis

& Kory Kindle
Kory Kindle’s California State University–Bakersfield (CSUB) Roadrunners and Joe Willis’ University of Denver Pioneers met twice during both players’ respective college careers. The first matchup on 11/1/09, Kindle and the Roadrunners thumped Willis’ Pioneers 3-0, all goals coming in the first half. The two would meet again a year later on 10/29/10, this time Willis and Denver would get a 2-1 win over Kindle’s CSUB side.

Daniel Woolard

& Matt Pickens
Daniel Woolard and Matt Pickens were teammates together with the Chicago Fire in 2007 after Woolard was selected in the fourth round (47th overall) in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Woolard did not feature in an MLS match during his rookie season in the League, while Pickens played and started 27 games and recor