D.C. United has spent the week gearing up to take on the Columbus Crew this Saturday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network). After a rare day off for the starters on Wednesday, the full team trained this morning in the cool Washington air. After a long warm-up to shake the cold out, the Black-and-Red played some possession before going into an extended 11 v 11 scrimmage. The full-field game, which pitted potential starters against reserves, was full of action and saw numerous goals, a good sign for the weekend.
For Ethan White, last season was a year lost to injury.
Following a standout rookie campaign where White started 21 games for D.C. United, the University of Maryland product was sidelined by a knee surgery in March and didn’t play for the first team in 2012.
In boxing, the tale of the tape is the pre-fight measurement between the two combatants. In 2013, we'll tell the tale of the tape between D.C. United and its foe of the week.
One Win Shy of 300
If D.C. United claims victory tonight over the Columbus Crew, then it will be the club’s 300th win across all competitions, making the Black-and-Red the second team in MLS history to achieve the mark. The LA Galaxy was the first team in MLS to achieve 300 victories.
D.C. United defender James Riley was one of six players who stuck around after training on a pleasant Tuesday morning in the nation’s capital to put in a little extra work.
Riley, a nine-year MLS veteran, joined United via a trade before the season and has started two of the clubs three matches at right back.
Despite United recording two clean sheets in those three matches, Riley’s not pleased with his early-season form. And it’s not just because of the own goal he scored in D.C.’s 2-0 loss against Houston.
D.C. United today announced that the Club will be loaning four players to the Richmond Kickers this season as part of the two clubs’ landmark affiliation agreement. Forward Casey Townsend, defender/midfielder Taylor Kemp, forward Michael Seaton, and midfielder Conor Shanosky will all join the Kickers for the 2013 season.
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D.C. United announced today that goalkeeper Bill Hamid was selected by the North American Soccer Reporters as MLS Player of the Week. Hamid earned the honors after a strong performance and second straight shutout against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Hamid was tested often and helped preserve the shutout with an impressive seven saves.
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This past Saturday, D.C. United met longtime rivals the New York Red Bulls as Red Bull Arena. The team came away with a point, as Bill Hamid earned his second shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw.
Hamid answered each of New York's seven shots on goal, including a few screamers from Henry. This is just one save short of Hamid's personal record.