Player Connections: D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City

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

Dwayne De Rosario

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

& Kei Kamara
Dwayne De Rosario and Kei Kamara were teammates for a short period in 2008 with the Houston Dynamo after Kamara was traded to the club from San Jose. That year, De Rosario made 24 appearances (22 starts), scored seven goals and notched two assists. Kamara played 10 games (six starts), scored twice and added two assists.

& 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.

Nick DeLeon

& Mikey Lopez
Nick DeLeon and Mikey Lopez were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while DeLeon represented Louisville and Lopez played for North Carolina. The game took place on 9/4/11 and ended in a 2-1 win for UNC. Both players started the game, while DeLeon scored for the Cardinals.

Dennis Iapichino

& Josh Gardner
Dennis Iapichino and Josh Gardner spent part of the 2012 season together with the Montreal Impact after Iapichino signed with the club on 7/11/12. That year, Iapichino made seven appearances (five starts) and notched one assist. Gardner made six appearances (five 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.

Taylor Kemp

& Mikey Lopez
Taylor Kemp and Mikey Lopez were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while Kemp (and D.C. United teammate Casey Townsend) played for Maryland and Lopez was with North Carolina. The game took place on 10/21/11 and ended in a 1-1 tie. Both players started the game.

& Ike Opara
Taylor Kemp (and D.C. United teammate Ethan White) faced Ike Opara once during his time with Maryland, while Opara was attending Wake Forest. The game took place on 10/24/09 and ended in a 1-0 win for Wake Forest. Both players started the game.

& Soony Saad
• Taylor Kemp faced Soony Saad once during his college career while playing for Maryland (with his D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) against Saad and Michigan. The pair met on 12/4/10 in the College Cup quarterfinals, with Michigan winning 3-2. Both players started the game.

Perry Kitchen

& Soony Saad
Perry Kitchen (and D.C. United teammate Chris Korb) and the Akron Zips hosted Soony 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
Matt Besler’s Notre Dame and Chris 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
Teal Bunbury and Chris 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
Soony Saad and Chris Korb (along with his D.C. 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.

Sainey Nyassi

& Benny Feilhaber
Sainey Nyassi and Benny Feilhaber were teammates together for two seasons with the New England Revolution from 2011-2012. In that time, Nyassi made 22 appearances (eight starts) and scored once. Feilhaber played 52 games (46 starts), scored five goals and logged nine assists.

& Seth Sinovic
Sainey Nyassi and Seth Sinovic spent two seasons together with the New England Revolution from 2010-2011. In that period, Nyassi made 49 appearances (35 starts), scored four goals and notched two assists. Sinovic played 20 games (18 starts).

Chris Pontius

& Eric Kronberg
Eric Kronberg and the University of California Golden Bears played Chris 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.

& Chance Myers
Chris Pontius and Chance Myers were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while Pontius played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Myers played for UCLA. Both meetings came during the 2006 season, with the first game ending in a 3-1 win for UCLA on 10/5/06. The second game was the College Cup final on 12/3/06, won 2-1 by UCSB. Pontius started both games, while Myers started the former and was a substitute in the latter.

& Ike Opara
Ike Opara’s Wake Forest University met Chris Pontius (and his D.C. United teammate Luis Silva) and 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
Matt 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
Graham 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 1/29 in Houston, TX.

James Riley

& Kei Kamara
James Riley and Kei Kamara were teammates together for part of the 2008 season after Riley was selected fourth overall in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft. That year, Riley played 24 games (23 starts) and notched two assists. Kamara played 12 games (11 starts) and scored twice before being traded to the Houston Dynamo on 7/24/08.

Carlos Ruiz

& Josh Gardner
Carlos Ruiz and Josh Gardner were teammates together for the 2004 season with the Los Angeles Galaxy after Gardner was drafted in the second round (13th overall pick) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Ruiz made 20 appearances (18 starts), scored 11 goals and notched two assists. Gardner played twice.

Marcelo Saragosa

& Josh Gardner
Marcelo Saragosa and Josh Gardner spent three seasons together with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and were both part of the squad that won the 2005 MLS Cup. In that period, Saragosa made 40 appearances (36 starts), scored once and notched an assist. Gardner played 21 games (12 starts), scored once and registered three assists.

& Pablo Nagamura
Marcelo Saragosa have been teammates in MLS on two separate occasions, first with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2005-2006. In those two seasons, Saragosa made 14 appearances for the Galaxy (12 starts) and scored once. Nagamura played 54 games (50 starts) and notched six assists. The pair were then reunited at Chivas USA for part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons after Saragosa joined via trade on 7/17/09 from FC Dallas. In that period, Saragosa played 22 games (16 starts) and notched an assist. Nagamura made 42 appearances (40 starts), scored five goals and registered two assists.

Luis Silva

& Christian Duke
Luis Silva and Christian Duke were opponents once during their college careers, while Silva played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Duke played for San Diego. The game took place on 9/23/11 and ended in a 3-0 win for UCSB thanks to a hat-trick from Silva in front of 13,772 people, the fifth-highest regular season attendance in the history of NCAA men’s soccer. Both players started the game.

& Ike Opara
Ike Opara’s Wake Forest University met Luis Silva (and his D.C. United teammate Chris Pontius) and UCSB on 9/21/08. The Demon Deacons crushed the Gauchos 6-2. Opara netted a goal during the game, which both players started.

Casey Townsend

& Mikey Lopez
Casey Townsend and Mikey Lopez were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while Townsend (and D.C. United teammate Taylor Kemp) played for Maryland and Lopez was with North Carolina. The game took place on 10/21/11 and ended in a 1-1 tie. Both players started the game.

& Ike Opara
Casey Townsend faced Ike Opara once during their college careers, while Townsend was with Maryland and Opara represented Wake Forest. The game took place on 9/26/08 and ended in a 4-2 win for Wake Forest. Both players started the game and scored in the first half.

& Soony Saad
Casey Townsend faced Soony Saad once during his college career while playing for Maryland (with his D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) against Saad and Michigan. The pair met on 12/4/10 in the College Cup quarterfinals, with Michigan winning 3-2. Both players started the game, while Townsend scored in the loss.

& Graham Zusi
Graham Zusi and Casey 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.

Ethan White

& Ike Opara
Ethan White (and D.C. United teammate Taylor Kemp) faced Ike Opara once during his time with Maryland, while Opara was attending Wake Forest. The game took place on 10/24/09 and ended in a 1-0 win for Wake Forest. Both players started the game.

& Soony Saad
Ethan White faced Soony Saad once during his college career while playing for Maryland (with his D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend) against Saad and Michigan. The pair met on 12/4/10 in the College Cup quarterfinals, with Michigan winning 3-2. Both players started the game.

& Seth Sinovic
Casey Townsend faced Seth Sinovic once during his time with the University of Maryland, while Sinovic attended Creighton. The game took place on 12/6/08 and ended in a 1-0 win for Maryland. Both players started the game.