Steven Birnbaum has stepped right into the fire

The DCU rookie has made 15 consecutive starts for one of the best defenses in MLS
Birnbaum stepped up

Lofty expectations came with his draft position, and Steven Birnbaum has responded. Making 15 consecutive starts at center back might not have been the original plan when he was an injury replacement for his MLS debut in June, but the 23-year-old has hardly missed a beat since and has emerged as a key to one of the best defenses in Major League Soccer.

The Atlantic Cup is back in DC

United has won the Cup 10 times to NY's 3
Atlantic Cup returns to RFK

D.C. United has returned to Washington with the Atlantic Cup back in its possession despite Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. Since the inception of trophy for the winner of the season series between United and the Red Bulls, D.C. United has owned the rivalry. With its most recent claim, the Black-and-Red has won 10 Atlantic Cup titles to its name, while the Red Bulls have a mere three.

Match Analysis: D.C. United v New York Red Bulls

Assistant Coach Chad Ashton breaks down the tough road loss
Match Preview: DCU v NY

Post-Match Quotes: September 10, 2014

I’m disappointed they couldn’t get something from what was a hell of an effort from the guys
Post-Match Quotes

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen

On the Red Card:
I got to look at it again, but to me it’s a soccer play that happens all the time where you go in – and Fabian plays with this heart – he goes in for a challenge. It’s just poor. And again, I haven’t seen it again, but it’s just poor, and then it just ruins the game; it’s so disappointing. It’s just a shame. To me it’s just a shame the game had to play out that way.

September 10 Recap: D.C. United 0 - New York Red Bull 1

A 10-men DCU battled hard at Red Bull Arena, gave up late game-winner
Recap: DCU 0 - NY 1

Sean Franklin vs New York 2014

Photo Credit:

A heroic performance from Bill Hamid

Talking Strategy: D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

We've won the Atlantic Cup, but there are massive points on the line
Talking Strategy: DCU at RBNY

Steven Birnbaum vs. New York Red Bulls - 2014

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USA Today Sports Images

With a five-point cushion at the top spot in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United (14-8-5) faces a New York Red Bulls (8-8-10) side sitting two points below the playoff line and under increasing pressure to claw its way back into the postseason picture.

Having beaten New York twice already to secure the 2014 Atlantic Cup—1-0 on April 12 and 2-0 on Aug 31—the Black-and-Red are prepared for a midweek meeting with a familiar foe desperate to avoid a season sweep.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Match Preview: September 10, 2014

The Black-and-Red visits Red Bull Arena
Match Preview: DCU at RBNY

Chris Pontius is back in the 18

The DCU veteran and California native will travel to New York this week
Pontius, back in the 18

Chris pontius - training - 2014

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Rebecca Payne /

Chris Pontius is back in the eighteen for the first time in 2014 since undergoing hamstring surgery in April. As D.C. United's longest tenured player, the California native never took a break from being a leader on the squad as he battled through his rehab. His teammates of new and old took notice of his commitment to remain positive, to regain fitness and to improve his ping pong game. 

What has Chris been like around the locker room this year?

Newsstand - September 9, 2014

A sampling of DCU-related media
Newsstand - September 9, 2014

United Soccer Club set to kick-off Fall 2014 Season

In partnership with U.S. Soccer Foundation, United for D.C.'s program begins another season
USC kicks off Fall 2014

D.C. United and its non-profit arm, United for D.C., is set to kick-off of the Fall season of its United Soccer Club program. In partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice, the program teaches soccer and the importance of focusing on a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition to youth.

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