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Player Connections: D.C. United and New York Red Bulls

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

D.C. United

& Brandon Barklage
Played with D.C. United from 2009-11, featuring in a total of 11 matches (three starts) in that time. Barklage was drafted by United in the 3rd Round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, playing in four matches and logging 98 total minutes in his rookie season, making his first career start on 5/6/09 at Kansas City. In his final season with the Black-and-Red, Barklage appeared in four MLS matches for D.C. United, logging 38 minutes and registering two shots on goal.

& Dax McCarty
Appeared in 13 games (11 starts) for D.C. United, logging 946 minutes and adding two assists before being traded to New York Red Bulls for Dwayne De Rosario on 5/27/11.

& Luis Robles
Robles was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft (50th overall) by D.C. United, but did not sign with the Black-and-Red before moving abroad to play professionally.

Dwayne De Rosario

& New York Red Bulls
De Rosario briefly spent time in New York after being traded away from Toronto FC to the Red Bulls in early 2011 – playing 13 games (12 starts), netting two goals and four assists with the New York Red Bulls. De Rosario was dealt midseason to D.C. United, sending midfielder Dax McCarty to New York.

& Dax McCarty
McCarty was traded to the New York Red Bulls on 6/27/11 for Dwayne De Rosario, who was a four-time MLS Cup Winner, five-time MLS All-Star and two-time MLS Cup MVP.

Nick DeLeon

& Connor Lade
Nick DeLeon and Connor Lade faced each other once during their college careers while DeLeon was with Louisville and Lade represented St. John’s. The game took place on 10/15/11 and saw St. John’s win 1-0.

Taylor Kemp

& Andre Akpan
Taylor Kemp (alongside D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Andre Akpan once during his college career while playing for Maryland against Akpan’s Harvard side. The pair faced each other in the third round of the 2009 College Cup on 11/29/09, with Kemp logging an assist as Maryland won 2-0.

& Ian Christianson
Taylor Kemp faced Ian Christianson once in his college career for Maryland against Christianson’s Georgetown side. The pair were opponents in the 2012 College Cup semifinals on 12/7/12, in a game that Georgetown won 4-3 on penalties to advance to the final. Both players started the game.

& Connor Lade
Taylor Kemp and Connor Lade were opponents on one occasion during their college careers while Kemp played for Maryland and Lade represented St. John’s. The game took place on 8/26/11 and ended in a 3-0 win for Maryland (who included Kemp’s D.C. United teammate Casey Townsend).

Chris Korb

& Eric Alexander
Chris Korb’s Akron Zips and Eric Alexander’s Indiana Hoosiers faced each other twice during their college days, the first at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in a televised match on 8/31/08 in Bloomington, IN. However, the match went scoreless after full-time and a double overtime. The two would meet again a year later on 9/18/09 in Akron, OH – this time at the Akron Tournament – seeing No.1 ranked Akron take down the No.8 ranked Hoosiers 1-0. In 2009, Korb’s Zips were runners-up at the 2009 College Cup falling just short to the University of Virginia in a penalty shootout.

Head Coach Ben Olsen

& New York Head Coach Mike Petke
Olsen and Petke played together at D.C. United from 2003-05, winning an MLS Cup with the team in 2004. Olsen and Petke, respectively, are the second-youngest and fourth-youngest head coaches in MLS.

Chris Pontius

& Andre Akpan
Chris Pontius and Andre Akpan were opponents on one occasion during their college careers while Pontius played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Akpan played for Harvard. The game took place on 9/23/07 and ended in a 1-1 draw, with Pontius equalizing for UCSB on 74 minutes after Akpan opened the scoring in the 58th minute.

& Eric Alexander
Chris Pontius’ University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos and Eric Alexander’s Indiana Hoosiers squared off in a match in Bloomington, IN on 9/27/08, seeing Pontius put up the second goal in a 2-1 victory for the Gauchos.

& Luis Robles
Pontius and the UCSB Gauchos faced off with Robles’ Portland Pilots for a matchup in Las Vegas, NV on 9/11/05. The game would go into overtime, seeing Pontius (a freshman) come in and score the game-winning goal in the 117th minute of the match.

James Riley

& Dax McCarty
James Riley and Dax McCarty came up against one another on one occasion during their college careers, while Riley was with Wake Forest and McCarty attended North Carolina. The game took place on 10/31/04 and was won 2-0 by Wake Forest. Riley started the game, while McCarty entered as a substitute.

& Heath Pearce
James Riley and Heath Pearce were teammates together with Chivas USA after Riley was acquired by the club during the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft in a trade with the Montreal Impact. That year, Riley started all 32 of the games he played and notched two assists. Pearce started all the 10 games he appeared in before being traded to the New York Red Bulls on 5/17/12.

Carlos Ruiz

& Kevin Hartman
Carlos Ruiz and Kevin Hartman spent three seasons together with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2002-2004 in what was Ruiz’s first MLS club. In that period, Ruiz made 72 appearances (69 starts), scored 40 goals and notched eight assists. Hartman played and started 78 games and kept 15 shutouts. Both were involved in the Galaxy’s 2002 MLS Cup win.

& Dax McCarty
Carlos Ruiz and Dax McCarty spent two seasons together with FC Dallas from 2006-2007 before Ruiz was traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy on 1/15/08. In that time, Ruiz played 49 games (44 starts), scored 20 goals and notched seven assists. McCarty made 27 appearances (18 starts), scored once and added seven assists.

Marcelo Saragosa

& Kevin Hartman
Marcelo Saragosa and Kevin Hartman spent three seasons at the Los Angeles Galaxy together from 2004-2006. In that period, Saragosa made 40 appearances (36 starts), scored once and notched an assist. Hartman played and started 89 games and kept 22 shutouts.

& Dax McCarty
Marcelo Saragosa and Dax McCarty spent four seasons together from 2006-2009 with FC Dallas. During that period, Saragosa made 54 appearances (44 starts), scored once and notched five assists. McCarty played 72 games (53 starts), scored four goals and registered 15 assists.

Luis Silva

& Eric Alexander
Luis Silva and Eric Alexander were opponents on one occasion during their college careers while Silva was with the University of California-Santa Barbara and Alexander represented Indiana. The game took place on 10/2/09 and saw UCSB take a convincing 3-0 win. Both players started the game.

Casey Townsend

& Andre Akpan
Casey Townsend (alongside D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) faced Andre Akpan once during his college career while playing for Maryland against Akpan’s Harvard side. The pair faced each other in the third round of the 2009 College Cup on 11/29/09, with Townsend scoring as Maryland won 2-0.

& Connor Lade
Casey Townsend and Connor Lade were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while Townsend played for Maryland and Lade played for St. John’s. The pair first played on 12/12/08 in the semifinals of the 2008 College Cup in a game won 1-0 by the Terps after double-overtime. The pair were reunited on 8/26/11, with Maryland (including Townsend’s D.C. United teammate Taylor Kemp) taking a 3-0 win, with Townsend scoring once. Both players started both games.

& Heath Pearce
Casey Townsend and Heath Pearce spent part of the 2012 season together with Chivas USA after Townsend was selected in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Townsend made 17 appearances (10 starts), scored once and registered two assists. Pearce started all the 10 games he appeared in before being traded to the New York Red Bulls on 5/17/12.

Ethan White

& Andre Akpan
Ethan White (alongside D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend) faced Andre Akpan once during his college career while playing for Maryland against Akpan’s Harvard side. The pair faced each other in the third round of the 2009 College Cup on 11/29/09, a game Maryland won 2-0.

Joe Willis

& Brandon Barklage
Joe Willis and Brandon Barklage were opponents on one occasion during their college careers while Willis was with Denver and Barklage represented Saint Louis. The game took place on 9/20/08, with Saint Louis taking a 1-0 win on an assist from Barklage. Both players started the game.