Over the past several years, D.C. United has seen major success in MLS drafts. Last year specifically, the Black-and-Red rebuilt its roster via the re-entry draft, finding proven winners in the League and finding success on the field. Choosing from college players in the SuperDraft is a bit more complicated, as there is no proof the prospects will pan out as professionals. United General Manager Dave Kasper, though, along with past head coaches and current boss Ben Olsen, have used the SuperDraft to their advantage each year, as proven by the current roster.
"Perry [Kitchen] and Steven [Birnbaum] are talented, young American players with bright futures. Perry has been an integral member of D.C. United for four years, and Steve had an impressive rookie season last year.
D.C. United has announced that midfielder Perry Kitchen and defender Steven Birnbaum have been called up to the U.S. Men's National Team camp which will take place in Carson, Calif., and Santiago, Chile, from Jan. 12-Feb. 8. The Men's National Team will play international friendlies against Chile on Jan. 28 in Santiago, Chile, and Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson, Calif.
D.C. United has announced the club's preseason schedule in preparation for the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign.
Players are set to report to RFK Stadium on Thursday, Jan. 22, for physicals and fitness testing. The Black-and-Red will for Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 24. While in Bradenton, the team will train at IMG Academy from Jan. 25-Feb. 6, with games scheduled tentatively for Jan. 30, Feb. 3 and Feb. 6. Opponents and game times are pending.
Ready to defend its top regular season finish in the Eastern Conference in 2014, D.C. United faces a challenging slate in 2015. The schedule will feature new, expansion-driven conference rivalries, big games at RFK Stadium, intriguing stretches away from home and new time slots as part of Major League Soccer's new television contract.
D.C. United has announced its 2015 Major League Soccer regular season schedule. Winner of 13 major domestic and international titles, D.C. United begins its 20th regular season campaign on Saturday, March 7, against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium. United will play a 34-game schedule that includes 17 home games and 17 road matches, with 24 contests against Eastern Conference opposition.
Ahead of the 2015 MLS schedule release, set for this Wednesday, January 7, let's take one final look back at 2014. What a year it was for the Black-and-Red.