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Player Connections: D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union

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

D.C. United

& Chris Albright
Chris Albright played with D.C. United from 1999-2001, featuring in 56 games (39 starts). The defender notched four goals and two assists in three seasons with the Black-and-Red. Albright was a teammate of United Head Coach Ben Olsen at the University of Virginia (1997), as well as during his three-year stint with United.

& Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll played with D.C. United from 2003-2007, featuring in 121 games (106 starts) for the Black-and-Red. The midfielder notched two goals and 11 assists in five seasons with United. Carroll was a teammate of United Head Coach Ben Olsen during his five seasons at United, together helping the team win the 2004 MLS Cup, D.C. United’s fourth League championship.

& Danny Cruz
Danny Cruz joined D.C. United from the Houston Dynamo in 2012, featuring in 16 games (12 starts). The winger netted one goal and three assists before being traded to the Philadelphia Union as part of a deal that brought Colombian forward Lionard Pajoy to United on 8/16/12.

Dwayne De Rosario

& Chris Albright
Chris Albright and Dwayne De Rosario were teammates at the New York Red Bulls in 2011, seeing Albright feature in eight games (six starts), while De Rosario played 13 games (12 starts) for the Red Bulls before De Rosario joined the Black-and-Red on 6/27/11.

& Chris Konopka
Chris Konopka and Dwayne De Rosario briefly crossed paths at the New York Red Bulls in 2011 as both players featured at the club before landing at their respective final destinations that year— Konopka with the Columbus Crew and De Rosario with D.C. United.

& Matt Kassel
Dwayne De Rosario and Matt Kassel spent part of the 2011 season together with the New York Red Bulls, after De Rosario arrived from Toronto on 4/1/11. In his time with New York, De Rosario made 13 appearances (12 starts), scored two goals and notched four assists. Kassel played twice that year.

Bill Hamid

& Sheanon Williams
Bill Hamid (along with United teammate Perry Kitchen) was called up to the U.S. U-23 National Team for 2012 Olympic qualifying along with Philadelphia’s Sheanon Williams (and Union teammate Amobi Okugo).

& Amobi Okugo
Bill Hamid (along with United teammate Perry Kitchen) was called up to the U.S. U-23 National Team for 2012 Olympic Qualifying along with Philadelphia’s Amobi Okugo (and teammate Sheanon Williams).

Taylor Kemp

& Don Anding
Taylor Kemp (and D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Don Anding once during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Anding was with Northeastern. The game took place on 9/5/10 and ended in a 5-0 win for the Terps. Both players started the game.

& Raymon Gaddis
Taylor Kemp (and D.C. United teammate Casey Townsend) and Raymon Gaddis were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Gaddis represented West Virginia. The pair first played on 8/29/11 in a game won 3-1 by the Terrapins, with Kemp notching an assist. The two teams played again on 11/20/11 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a game won 4-0 by Maryland. Both players started both games.

& Greg Jordan
Taylor Kemp and Greg Jordan came up against each other once during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Jordan represented Creighton. They both started the game played on 9/30/11, which Maryland won 1- 0.

& Matt Kassel
Taylor Kemp and Matt Kassel were teammates together with the University of Maryland from 2009-2010, helping the Terrapins to an appearance in the Elite 8 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In that time, Kemp played and started 45 games, scored once and notched six assists. Kassel also played and started 45 games, scored 10 goals and added 17 assists.

& Zac MacMath
Taylor Kemp and Zac MacMath played together for the University of Maryland from 2009-2010, helping the Terrapins to an appearance in the Elite 8 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. In that time, Kemp played and started 45 games, scored once and notched six assists. MacMath played and started 44 games and kept 22 shutouts.

& Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okugo’s University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins and Taylor Kemp’s Maryland Terrapins squared off on 9/4/09, seeing Maryland suffer a rare 2-0 defeat to the California school, with both players starting the match.

Perry Kitchen

& Michael Farfan
Michael Farfan’s North Carolina Tar Heels and Perry Kitchen’s (and United teammate Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips squared off on 9/3/10, with Akron nabbing a 3-0 win in both players’ lone season with their respective universities. Kitchen would tally the second goal on a headed free kick, while teammate Chris Korb assisted the third of the Zips’ three goals.

& Greg Jordan
Greg Jordan’s Creighton Bluejays and Perry Kitchen’s (and United teammate Chris Korb’s) University of Akron Zips faced off on 10/27/10, seeing Akron grab a 1-0 win. Jordan, Korb and Kitchen all started the match.

& Amobi Okugo
Perry Kitchen (along with United teammate Bill Hamid) was called up to the U.S. U-23 National Team for 2012 Olympic Qualifying, featuring alongside Philadelphia Union call-up Amobi Okugo (and Sheanon Williams). Caleb Porter, Kitchen’s coach at Akron, led the team and now is at the helm of the Portland Timbers.

& Sheanon Williams
Perry Kitchen (along with United teammate Bill Hamid) was called up to the U.S. U-23 National Team for 2012 Olympic qualifying, featuring alongside Philadelphia Union call-up Sheanon Williams (and Amobi Okugo).

Chris Korb

& Michael Farfan
Michael Farfan’s North Carolina Tar Heels and Chris Korb’s (and United teammate Perry Kitchen’s) University of Akron Zips squared off on 9/3/10, with Akron nabbing a 3-0 win. Korb assisted on the third of the three Akron goals, while Kitchen scored the second on a free kick header.

& Greg Jordan
Greg Jordan’s Creighton Bluejays and Korb’s (and United teammate Perry Kitchen’s) University of Akron Zips faced off on 10/27/10, seeing Akron grab a 1-0 win. Jordan, Korb and Kitchen all started the match.

Sainey Nyassi

& Chris Albright
Sainey Nyassi and Chris Albright were teammates together for two seasons with the New England Revolution, after Albright was traded to the Revs on 1/18/08. In that period, Nyassi made 53 appearances (40 starts), scored four goals and added two assists. Albright started all 27 games that he played.

Lionard Pajoy

& Philadelphia Union
Lionard Pajoy joined the Philadelphia Union to start the 2012 season, scoring five goals and two assists in 20 matches (16 starts) with the Union. Pajoy was traded to D.C. United for Daniel Cruz, and an international roster spot, on 8/16/12. After joining the Black-and-Red, Pajoy started and played in 12 matches, netting three goals and an assist in that time, helping the team reach the MLS Playoffs for the first time in seven years.

Chris Pontius

& Michael Farfan
Michael Farfan’s California State – Fullerton Titans and Chris Pontius’ University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos met four times while the pair were at their respective universities, with Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos victorious on all four occasions. Pontius would score a game-winner in a 1-0 victory for UCSB in the last match between the schools.

& Michael Lahoud
Michael Lahoud’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Chris Pontius’ UCSB Gauchos squared off on 9/21/08, seeing a No. 1-ranked Wake Forest team thrash the 16th-ranked Gauchos 6-2. Pontius would tally from a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box.

James Riley

& Brian Carroll
Brian Carroll and James Riley were teammates at Wake Forest from 2001-03, Riley played in 42 games – scoring three goals and adding 12 assists – helping Carroll and the Demon Deacons culminate a 43-13-6 record in the three years the players attended Wake Forest together.

& Michael Lahoud
James Riley and Michael Lahoud spent part of the 2012 season together with Chivas USA before Lahoud was traded to the Philadelphia Union on 4/7/12. That year, Riley played and started 32 games and notched two assists while Lahoud made two appearances.

& Sebastien Le Toux
Sebastien Le Toux and James Riley were teammates at the Seattle Sounders in 2009 – the clubs inaugural year in MLS – both players featuring in 28 games on the season. The Sounders finished with a 12-7-11 record that year.

& Jeff Parke
Jeff Parke and James Riley were teammates at Seattle Sounders FC from 2010-11, with both players featuring regularly in the Sounders’ back line. In the two years together at Seattle, Parke and Riley helped the team to a 32- 17-15 record, including its best season record to date, going 18-7-9 (63 points) in 2011.

Carlos Ruiz

& Chris Albright
Chris Albright and Carlos Ruiz were teammates at the LA Galaxy from 2002-04, with both players featuring regularly for the club in that span, Albright recorded 66 games played (54 starts) to Ruiz’s 72 games played (69 starts) in the three years together at the club. Albright and Ruiz played pivotal roles in the 2002 MLS Cup-winning Galaxy squad. Ruiz scored an incredible 24 goals on the year, his best scoring season in MLS to date.

& Philadelphia Union
Carlos Ruiz played with the Philadelphia Union in 2011, netting six goals in just 14 games (13 starts) with the club. Ruiz did not feature in MLS in 2012, but signed with D.C. United via the MLS allocation process in February of this year.

Luis Silva

& Raymon Gaddis
Luis Silva and Raymon Gaddis were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while Silva played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Gaddis played for West Virginia. The pair first faced each other on 9/ 4/09, with UCSB prevailing 2-0. The teams played again on 9/9/11, with UCSB taking another 2-0 win thanks in part to a goal from Silva. Both players started both games.

& Greg Jordan
Luis Silva and Greg Jordan faced each other twice during their college careers, while Silva played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Jordan played for Creighton. The pair’s first game against each other came on 11/ 27/11, with Creighton taking a 2-1 win thanks in part to an assist by Jordan. Creighton were once again victorious in the second game on 9/7/10 by a score of 1-0. Both players started both games.

& Michael Lahoud
Luis Silva faced Michael Lahoud once during his college career while playing for the University of California-Santa Barbara against Lahoud’s Wake Forest team. The game took place on 9/22/08 and finished in a 6-2 win for Wake Forest. Both players started the game.

& Amobi Okugo
Luis Silva and Amobi Okugo were opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while Silva was playing for the University of California-Santa Barbara and Okugo was played for UCLA. The pair faced each other on 11/ 29/09 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA winning 2-1 and advancing to the quarterfinals. Both players started the game.

John Thorrington

& Sebastian Le Toux
John Thorrington and Sebastian Le Toux were teammates together with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2012 season before Le Toux was traded to the New York Red Bulls on 7/13/12. That year, Thorrington made 19 appearances (14 starts) and notched one assist. Le Toux played 19 games (18 starts), scored four goals and added one assist.

Casey Townsend

& Don Anding
Casey Townsend (and D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) faced Don Anding once during their college careers, while Townsend played for Maryland and Anding was with Northeastern. The game took place on 9/ 5/10 and ended in a 5-0 win for the Terps thanks to a hat-trick from Townsend. Both players started the game.

& Raymon Gaddis
Casey Townsend (and D.C. United teammate Taylor Kemp) and Raymon Gaddis were opponents on two occasions during their college careers, while Townsend played for Maryland and Gaddis represented West Virginia. The pair first played on 8/29/11 in a game won 3-1 by the Terrapins. The two teams played again on 11/20/11 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a game won 4-0 by Maryland thanks to a hat-trick from Townsend. Both players started both games.

& Greg Jordan
Casey Townsend faced Greg Jordan on two occasions during their college careers, while Townsend played for Maryland and Jordan played for Creighton. The pair were first opponents on 12/6/08, a game in which the Terps prevailed 1-0. They then came up against each other on 9/30/11,with Maryland once again taking a 1-0 win. Both players started both games.

& Matt Kassel
Casey Townsend and Matt Kassel spent three seasons together with the University of Maryland from 2008- 2010, making a run to the Elite 8 together in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. During that period, Townsend made 64 appearances (62 starts), scored 26 goals and added 10 assists. Kassel played 68 games (64 starts), scored 11 goals and notched 24 assists.

& Michael Lahoud
Casey Townsend spent part of the 2012 season with Michael Lahoud at Chivas USA before Lahoud was traded to the Philadelphia Union on 4/17/12.That year, Townsend made 17 appearances (10 starts), scored once and added two assists while Lahoud played in two games. The pair were also opponents on one occasion during their college careers, while Townsend played for Maryland and Lahoud for Wake Forest. The game took place on 9/26/08 and finished in a 4-2 victory for Wake Forest. Both players started the game, with Townsend scoring once and Lahoud logging an assist.

& Zac MacMath
Casey Townsend and Zac MacMath were together at the University of Maryland from 2008-2010, helping the Terrapins make a run to the Elite 8 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. During that period, Townsend made 64 appearances (62 starts), scored 26 goals and added 10 assists. MacMath played 65 games (64 starts), kept 34 shutouts and had a goals-against average of 0.65 goals per game.

& Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okugo’s University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins and Casey Townsend’s Maryland Terrapins squared off on 9/4/09, seeing Maryland suffer a rare 2-0 defeat to the California school, with both players starting the match.

Ethan White

& Don Anding
Ethan White (and D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp) faced Don Anding once during their college careers, while White played for Maryland and Anding was with Northeastern. The game took place on 9/5/10 and ended in a 5-0 win for the Terps. Both players started the game.

& Matt Kassel
Matt Kassel (and Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath) and Ethan White played together at the University of Maryland from 2009-10. The Terrapins boasted a 34-9-3 record in that time. Kassel helped goalkeeper MacMath and defender Ethan White keep a school-record 15 clean sheets while making a run to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.

& Zac MacMath
Zac MacMath (and teammate Matt Kassel) and Ethan White were teammates at the University of Maryland in 2009 and 2010. The Terrapins boasted a 34-9-3 record in that time. In 2010, the Terps made a run to the Elite 8 and boasted a school-record 15 shutouts.

& Amobi Okugo
Amobi Okugo’s University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins and Ethan White’s Maryland Terrapins squared off on 9/4/09, seeing Maryland suffer a rare 2-0 defeat to the California school, with both players starting the match.