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Player Connections: D.C. United and Real Salt Lake

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

D.C. UNITED

& Brandon McDonald
Brandon McDonald spent almost three seasons with D.C. United from 2011-2013 until he was traded to Real Salt Lake on 7/17/13. In his time with the Black-and-Red, McDonald made 63 appearances (62 starts), scored three goals and notched five assists.

& Nick Rimando
Nick Rimando was a D.C. United stalwart for five seasons, helping the Black-and-Red to the MLS Cup in 2004. Rimando played and started 98 games and kept 29 shutouts before being traded to Real Salt Lake on 12/11/06.

DWAYNE DE ROSARIO

& Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman and the U.S. Men’s National Team faced De Rosario’s (and Dejan Jakovic’s and Kyle Porter’s) Canada Men’s National Team, playing to a 0-0 draw in an exhibition game on 1/29/13 in Houston, TX.

& Joao Plata
Dwayne De Rosario and Joao Plata 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 for Toronto FC, De Rosario played and started two games, scored once and notched an assist. Plata made 26 appearances (21 starts), scored three goals and logged five assists.

& Josh Saunders
Dwayne De Rosario and Josh Saunders spent the 2003 season together with the San Jose Earthquakes and helped the team win the 2003 MLS Cup. That year, De Rosario played 11 games (six starts), scored four goals and registered three assists. Saunders did not make a single appearance.

NICK DELEON

& Jeff Attinella
Nick DeLeon and Jeff Attinella were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while DeLeon played for Louisville and Attinella represented South Florida. The game took place on 10/23/10 and ended in a 2-1 win for the Cardinals in double overtime, with DeLeon notching the winner in the 112th minute.

& Enzo Martinez
Nick DeLeon and Enzo Martinez were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while DeLeon played for Louisville and Martinez played for North Carolina. Their first meeting was in the 2010 College Cup semifinals on 12/10/10 and ended in a 2-1 win for Louisville. The pair met again on 9/4/11, with UNC taking a 2-1 win despite a goal from DeLeon. Both players started both games.

& Aaron Maund
Nick DeLeon and Aaron Maund were opponents on three occasions in their college days while DeLeon played for Louisville and Maund represented Notre Dame. The first game took place on 10/16/10 and ended in a 2-0 win for Louisville thanks in part to DeLeon’s 84th-minute goal. The pair met again on 11/12/10, with Louisville triumphant by a margin of 1-0. Notre Dame finally tasted victory on 9/24/11 by a score of 1-0. Both players started all three games.

DEJAN JAKOVIC

& Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman and the U.S. Men’s National Team faced Jakovic’s (and Dwayne De Rosario’s and Kyle Porter’s) Canada Men’s National Team, playing to a 0-0 draw in an exhibition game on 1/29/13 in Houston, TX.

TAYLOR KEMP

& John Stertzer
Kemp played with Stertzer all four years at the University of Maryland (along with D.C. United teammates Ethan White from 2009-2010 and Casey Townsend from 2009-2011), accruing an astounding 68-14-9 record in their college career together with the Terrapins. Both players were drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft – Stertzer going 12th overall to Real Salt Lake and Kemp going 17th overall to D.C. United.

& Enzo Martinez
Kemp’s Maryland Terrapins and Martinez’s North Carolina Tar Heels are both represented in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) within the NCAA. When both players were at their respective schools, Kemp (along with D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) started while Martinez came in as a substitute in the sole matchup between the two teams in 2009, ending 1-0 in favor of Maryland. In 2010, Martinez and Kemp (along with Townsend and White) faced each other twice, both teams trading wins that year. Martinez scored against Kemp’s Terrapins while Kemp’s college compatriot John Stertzer (now Martinez’s teammate at Real Salt Lake) scored the other goal in a 1-1 draw on 10/21/11. From 2009-2011, Kemp’s Terrapins were 2-1-1 against Martinez’s Tar Heels.

& Cole Grossman
Taylor Kemp and the Terrapins faced Cole Grossman’s Duke Blue Devils on two occasions, splitting the results with one win each. On October 1, 2009, Maryland beat Duke 2-0. Kemp (accompanied by Casey Townsend and Ethan White) and Grossman both started the match. Duke evened the score almost exactly a year later on October 2, 2010 at Duke. Both players started the match, but Grossman assisted on a goal that led No. 14 Duke to upset No. 2 Maryland 2-0.

PERRY KITCHEN

& Rich Balchan
Perry Kitchen and Rich Balchan faced each other in the third round of the 2010 College Cup on 11/28/10 while Kitchen played for Akron and Balchan represented Indiana. Kitchen (and D.C. United teammate Chris Korb) was victorious by a score of 2-1 on the Zips’ successful run to the College Cup that year.

& Enzo Martinez
Perry Kitchen and Enzo Martinez were opponents once during their college careers, while Kitchen played for Akron and Martinez represented North Carolina. The game took place on 9/3/10 and ended in a 3-0 win for Akron, with Kitchen scoring the second goal after 21 minutes. Both players (and Kitchen’s D.C. United teammate Chris Korb) started the game.

CHRIS KORB

& Jeff Attinella
Chris Korb and Jeff Attinella were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while Korb played for Akron and Attinella represented South Florida. The game took place on 11/22/09 and ended in a 2-0 win for Akron. Both players started the game and played the full 90 minutes.

& Rich Balchan
Chris Korb and Rich Balchan were opponents three times in their college careers, while Korb was with Akron and Balchan represented Indiana. The first game took place on 8/31/08 and ended in a 0-0 tie. The following year, the pair played again on 9/18/09, with Akron winning 1-0. The pair’s final game (with Korb alongside D.C. United teammate Perry Kitchen) occurred on 11/28/10 and ended in a 2-1 win for the Zips in the third round of the 2010 College Cup.

& Aaron Maund
Chris Korb and Aaron Maund faced each other once in their college days, while Korb was with Akron and Maund was at Notre Dame. The game took place on 8/29/08 and ended in a 3-0 win for Akron. Both players started the game.

& Enzo Martinez
Chris Korb and Enzo Martinez were opponents twice during their college days, while Korb played for Akron and Martinez was with North Carolina. The pair first met on 12/11/09 in the College Cup semifinals, a game Akron won 5-4 on penalties. The pair met again on 9/3/10 in a game won 3-0 by Akron (including Korb’s D.C. United teammate Perry Kitchen), with Korb notching an assist. Both players started both games.

SAINEY NYASSI

& Abdoulie Mansally
Sainey Nyassi and Abdoulie Mansally spent six seasons together with the New England Revolution from 2007-2012, having both joined the club from their native country of The Gambia. In that period, Nyassi made 104 appearances (76 starts), scored eight goals and notched four assists. Mansally played 89 games (47 starts), scored seven goals and logged five assists.

CHRIS PONTIUS

& Rich Balchan
Chris Pontius faced Rich Balchan on one occasion during his college career with the University of California-Santa Barbara, while Balchan represented Indiana. The game took place on 9/27/08 and ended in a 2-1 win for UCSB, with Pontius scoring the winning goal late in the first half. Both players (and Pontius’ D.C. United teammate Luis Silva) started the game.

& Tony Beltran
Chris Pontius’ University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos and Tony Beltran’s UCLA Bruins faced each other in the 2006 NCAA College Cup. Although Beltran made the assist for the Bruins’ goal, Pontius and the UCSB Gauchos claimed the National Championship with a 2-1 victory.

KYLE PORTER

& Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman and the U.S. Men’s National Team faced Porter’s (and Dwayne De Rosario’s and Jakovic’s) Canada Men’s National Team, playing to a 0-0 draw in an exhibition game on 1/29/13 in Houston, TX. Porter recorded his second international cap in that game, entering in stoppage time for Toronto FC rookie Kyle Bekker.

JAMES RILEY

& Ned Grabavoy
James Riley and Ned Grabavoy spent the 2008 season together with the San Jose Earthquakes as the franchise returned to MLS. That year, Riley made 24 appearances (23 starts) and notched two assists. Grabavoy played 24 games (21 starts) and registered four assists.

& Abdoulie Mansally
James Riley and Abdoulie Mansally spent one season together with the New England Revolution in 2007 in what was Mansally’s first season in MLS. That year, Riley played 27 games (22 starts), while Mansally played once.

CARLOS RUIZ

& Ned Grabavoy
Carlos Ruiz and Ned Grabavoy were teammates together with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2004 after Grabavoy was selected in the second round (14th overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Ruiz played 20 games (18 starts), scored 11 goals and logged two assists. Grabavoy made 15 appearances (11 starts), scored once and notched three assists.

& Brandon McDonald
Carlos Ruiz and Brandon McDonald spent part of the 2008 season together with the Los Angeles Galaxy in what was McDonald’s first MLS club and Ruiz’s second spell with the Galaxy. That year, Ruiz played 10 games (three starts) and scored once for Los Angeles before being traded to Toronto FC on 8/19/08. McDonald played 16 times (10 starts), scored once and logged an assist.

& Josh Saunders
Carlos Ruiz and Josh Saunders spent part of the 2008 season together with the Los Angeles Galaxy in what was Ruiz’s second spell with the club. That year, Ruiz played 10 games (three starts) and scored once for Los Angeles before being traded to Toronto FC on 8/19/08. McDonald played and started three games.

MARCELO SARAGOSA

& Ned Grabavoy
Marcelo Saragosa played with Ned Grabavoy with the LA Galaxy from 2004 to 2006. During their time as teammates, Los Angeles amassed a 35-37-22 record and won both the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup in 2005. In that period, Saragosa played 40 games (36 starts), scored once and notched an assist. Grabavoy made 34 appearances (22 starts), scored once and registered six assists.

& Josh Saunders
Marcelo Saragosa played with Josh Saunders at the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005 and 2006, as part of the “Cup double” Galaxy team of 2005. In that period, Saragosa made 14 appearances (12 starts) and scored once. Saunders did not make an appearance.

LUIS SILVA

& Rich Balchan
Luis Silva and Rich Balchan were opponents twice during their college careers while Silva represented the University of California-Santa Barbara and Balchan was with Indiana. The first game took place on 9/27/08, with Silva (and D.C. United teammate Chris Pontius) helping UCSB to a 2-1 win. The pair were then reunited on 10/3/09, with UCSB once again victorious by a score of 3-0. Both players started both games.

& Cole Grossman
Luis Silva and Cole Grossman were opponents once during their college days, while Silva represented the University of California-Santa Barbara and Grossman played for Duke. The game took place on 10/15/10 and ended in a 2-0 win for UCSB. Grossman started the game, while Silva entered as a substitute.

& Aaron Maund
Luis Silva and Aaron Maund spent the 2012 season together with Toronto FC after Silva was selected fourth overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Silva played 30 games (22 starts), scored five goals and logged five assists. Maund made 15 appearances (nine starts).

& Joao Plata
Luis Silva and Joao Plata spent the 2012 season at Toronto FC together after Silva was selected fourth overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Silva played 30 games (22 starts), scored five goals and logged five assists. Plata played 10 games (seven starts).

& Devon Sandoval
Luis Silva and Devon Sandoval faced each other once during their college careers, while Silva was with the University of California-Santa Barbara and Sandoval represented New Mexico. The game took place on 9/4/10 and ended in a 1-1 tie. Sandoval started the game and scored New Mexico’s goal, while Silva entered the game as a substitute.

JOHN THORRINGTON

& Kwame Watson-Siriboe
John Thorrington played with Kwame Watson-Siriboe twice with the Chicago Fire in 2010 – two games occurring on 9/25/10 and 9/29/10, ending in a loss and a tie for the Fire.

CASEY TOWNSEND

& Cole Grossman
Casey Townsend and Cole Grossman were opponents twice during their college days, while Townsend played for Maryland and Grossman represented Duke. The first game took place on 9/19/08, with Maryland winning 1-0. Two years later on 10/1/10 the pair were reunited and once again, Maryland won by a score of 2-0.

& Enzo Martinez
Casey Townsend faced Enzo Martinez on four occasions during his college career with Maryland, while Martinez was with North Carolina. The pair were first opponents on 9/25/09 in a game won 1-0 by Maryland. They met again on 9/24/10 and Maryland again won, this time 2-1. Later that year, on 11/14/10 the Terps won 1-0 again over the Tar Heels. Finally, on 10/21/11, the teams tied 1-1. Both players started all four games.

& Chris Schuler Casey Townsend and Chris Schuler came up against each other once during their college days, while Townsend was with Maryland and Schuler was at Creighton. The game took place on 12/6/08 and ended in a 1-0 win for Maryland. Both players started the game.

& John Stertzer Casey Townsend and John Stertzer played three seasons together with the University of Maryland from 2009-2011, helping the Terrapins win the 2010 ACC Tournament and reach at least the third round of the College Cup in every year. In that period, Townsend played and started 59 games, scored 32 goals and notched eight assists. Stertzer played 56 games (28 starts), scored 18 goals and logged six assists.

ETHAN WHITE

& Cole Grossman
Ethan White and the Terrapins faced Cole Grossman’s Duke Blue Devils on two occasions, splitting the results with one win each. On October 2, 2009, Maryland beat Duke 2-0. White (accompanied by Taylor Kemp) and Grossman both started the match. Duke evened the score almost exactly a year later on October 2, 2010 at Duke. Both players started the match, but Grossman assisted on a goal that led No. 14 Duke to upset No. 2 Maryland 2-0.

& Enzo Martinez
Ethan White faced Enzo Martinez on three occasions during his college career with Maryland, while Martinez was with North Carolina. The pair were first opponents on 9/25/09 in a game won 1-0 by Maryland. They met again on 9/24/10 and Maryland again won, this time 2-1. Finally, on 11/14/10 the Terps won 1-0 again over the Tar Heels. Both players started all three games.

& John Stertzer
Ethan White and John Stertzer spent two seasons together with the University of Maryland from 2009-2010, helping the Terps win the 2010 ACC Championship. In that period, White played and started 43 games, scored once and logged an assist. Stertzer made 37 appearances (10 starts), scored four goals and registered two assists.

JOE WILLIS

& Devon Sandoval Joe Willis and Devon Sandoval faced each other twice during their college days, while Willis was with Denver and Sandoval represented New Mexico. The first game took place on 10/8/10 and ended in a 1-0 win for Denver as Willis earned the shutout. Just six days later on 10/14/10, New Mexico won 1-0. Both players started both games.