Player Connections: D.C. United and Seattle Sounders FC

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

D.C. United

& Marc Burch
Marc Burch spent five MLS seasons (2007-11) with D.C. United after being traded to the Black-and-Red from the Columbus Crew on 4/4/07 for a third round pick in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. Burch made 93 appearances (76 starts) for United, tallied three goals and notched nine assists. He was also part of the United teams that won the 2007 MLS Supporter’s Shield and the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Dwayne De Rosario

& Patrick Ianni
Dwayne De Rosario and Patrick Ianni spent three seasons together with the Houston Dynamo from 2006-08 after Ianni was selected in the first round, eighth overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. In those three years, De Rosario made 78 appearances (73 starts), scored 24 goals and notched 11 assists. Ianni appeared in 35 games (19 starts), scored one goal and added one assist.

Nick DeLeon

& Lamar Neagle
Lamar Neagle and Nick DeLeon were teammates at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) for one season in 2008. The UNLV Rebels went 8-9-1 that year. Neagle started and played 17 games and tallied nine goals. DeLeon featured in all 18 games (12 starts) and added three assists in the first season of his collegiate career, before transferring to the University of Louisville his junior year (2010).

& Eriq Zavaleta
Eriq Zavaleta’s Indiana Hoosiers and Nick DeLeon’s University of Louisville Cardinals met on 10/5/11. Zavaleta opened scoring in the match as Indiana would take an early 2-0 lead before a strong second half effort by the Cardinals saw DeLeon and Louisville come from behind to get a 3-2 win over Zavaleta and the Hoosiers.

Taylor Kemp

& Servando Carrasco
Taylor Kemp (and D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Servando Carrasco on 09/06/09 while playing for the University of Maryland against Carrasco and the University of California. Maryland was successful on that occasion, winning 2-1, with all players starting the game.

& David Estrada
 Taylor Kemp (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced David Estrada (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate Andy Rose) on one occasion in their college careers while White was playing for Maryland and Estrada for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with Estrada notching an assist. All players started the game.

& Josh Ford
Josh Ford’s 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 Ford’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

& Andy Rose
Taylor Kemp (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Andy Rose (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate David Estrada) on one occasion in their college careers while Kemp was playing for Maryland and Rose for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with all players starting the game.

Chris Korb

& Steve Zakuani
Steve Zakuani and Chris Korb were teammates for one year at the University of Akron in 2008. The Akron Zips went 17-2-4 that year. Zakuani played in all 23 games (22 starts), tallied 20 goals and added seven assists. Korb played and started all 23 games, notching one goal and one assist.

Brandon McDonald

& Servando Carrasco
Brandon McDonald came up against Servando Carrasco while playing for the University of San Francisco against Carrasco’s Cal team on 9/14/07. San Francisco was successful in that game by a margin of 2-1, with Carrasco notching an assist in the loss. Both players started the game.

& David Estrada
Brandon McDonald and David Estrada were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while McDonald was playing for the University of San Francisco and Estrada for UCLA. They faced each other on 9/17/06 in a game won 2-0 by UCLA. McDonald started the game, while Estrada came on as a substitute and scored UCLA’s second goal in the 87th minute.

Chris Pontius

& Servando Carrasco
Chris Pontius and Servando Carrasco were on opposing sides when Pontius’s UC Santa Barbara faced Carrasco’s California in the second round of the NCAA College Cup on 11/25/08. Both players started the game that was won 3-2 in double-overtime by the Golden Bears.

& David Estrada
Chris Pontius came up against David Estrada (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate Andy Rose) for UC-Santa Barbara while Estrada played for UCLA. The pair both started the game on 10/01/08 which finished in a 2-2 draw, with both Pontius and Estrada finding the net.

& Andy Rose
Chris Pontius and Andy Rose (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate David Estrada) faced each other on one occasion during their college careers, while Pontius was playing for UC-Santa Barbara and Estrada for UCLA. They played on 10/01/08 in a game that finished in a 2-2 tie, with Pontius scoring Santa Barbara’s second goal in the 78th minute.

James Riley

& Shalrie Joseph
James Riley and Shalrie Joseph first played together with the New England Revolution, spending three seasons with the Revs from 2005-07 after Riley was selected in the second round (21st pick) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft out of Wake Forest. In that time, Riley made 70 appearances (54 starts), scored one goal and added three assists. Meanwhile, Joseph started 84 games, scored 13 goals and notched 11 assists. The players would be reunited for part of the 2012 season at Chivas USA after Joseph was traded to the club on 8/1/12. That year, Riley started all 32 games he played and added two assists. Joseph started all the 12 games he featured in for Chivas, scored twice and notched an assist.

& Seattle Sounders FC
James Riley spent three seasons with Seattle Sounders FC after the Sounders selected him with the eighth pick in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft from the San Jose Earthquakes. Riley made 84 appearances (83 starts) for Sounders FC, scored once and notched nine assists.

Carlos Ruiz

& Eddie Johnson
Carlos Ruiz and Eddie Johnson spent the 2005 MLS season together at FC Dallas after Ruiz was dealt to Dallas from the Los Angeles Galaxy on 3/30/05. That year, Ruiz appeared in 19 games (18 starts), scored 11 goals and added two assists. In his final year with FC Dallas, before being traded to the Kansas City Wizards, Johnson made 15 appearances (13 starts), scored five goals and notched two assists.

Marcelo Saragosa

& Marc Burch
Marcelo Saragosa and Marc Burch spent part of the 2006 season together at the Los Angeles Galaxy after Burch was selected by the club in the second round, 24th overall of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Saragosa started all 10 of the games he appeared in for the Galaxy before being traded to FC Dallas on 7/19/06, while Burch appeared in three before also being traded to the Columbus Crew on 7/11/06.

Casey Townsend

& Servando Carrasco
Casey Townsend faced Servando Carrasco on three occasions during his college career with the University of Maryland while Carrasco played for the University of California. The pair played each other twice in 2008, first on 8/31/08 in a game won 1-0 by California on a goal scored by Carrasco. The two met again on 11/29/08 in the third round of the College Cup, which saw Maryland successful by a score of 2-1. Both players started both games. Townsend (and D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) faced Carrasco and California once again in 2009 on 09/06/09, with Maryland successful by 2-1 again. All players started that game as well.

& David Estrada
Casey Townsend (and D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) faced David Estrada (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate Andy Rose) on one occasion in their college careers while Townsend was playing for Maryland and Estrada for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with Estrada logging an assist. All players started the game.

& Josh Ford
Josh Ford’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 Ford’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

& Andy Rose
Casey Townsend (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Andy Rose (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate David Estrada) on one occasion in their college careers while Townsend was playing for Maryland and Rose for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with all players starting the game.

Ethan White

& Servando Carrasco
Ethan White (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp) faced Servando Carrasco while playing for Maryland against the University of California on 09/06/09. The Terps were successful by a score of 2-1, in a game that all players started.

& David Estrada
Ethan White (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp) faced David Estrada (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate Andy Rose) on one occasion in their college careers while White was playing for Maryland and Estrada for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with Estrada notching an assist. All players started the game.

& Josh Ford
Josh Ford’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 Ford’s Huskies, with all players starting the match.

& Andy Rose
Ethan White (with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp) faced Andy Rose (and Seattle Sounders FC teammate David Estrada) on one occasion in their college careers while White was playing for Maryland and Rose for UCLA. The Bruins were successful in that game by a score of 2-0, with all players starting the game.

Joe Willis

& Lamar Neagle
Lamar Neagle’s (and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon’s [2008]) University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels and Joe Wills’ University of Denver Pioneers met on three different occasions while both players were attending their respective schools. On 10/1/06, Willis and the Pioneers routed Neagle’s Rebels 5-0, Willis keeping the clean sheet in the match. The two wouldn’t meet again until 10/5/08, again Willis keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over UNLV. In the players’ last matchup on 11/14/08, Willis’ Pioneers got the best of Neagle and the Rebels in a 3-1 win for Denver.