Talking Strategy: D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo

An eye on the top spot in the East and continuing to gain momentum heading into the playoffs
Talking Strategy: DCU v HOU

Bobby Boswell vs Houston - 2014

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D.C. United (15-9-7) heads to Houston having clinched a playoff spot and turned its focus on winning the East. The Dynamo (11-14-6), coming off a crucial 1-0 midweek win over Toronto FC, has to continue its winning form to reach the postseason while the Black-and-Red aims to keep its momentum rolling with results from its final three regular season matches.

Steven Birnbaum for Rookie of the Year

The first round SuperDraft pick looked more like a veteran in his 18 starts for DCU

Steven Birnbaum for Rookie of the Year

Games Played/Started: 18/18 ​

Gunning for First

United celebrates clinching, sets sights on first in the East
Gunning for First

Bill Hamid and Bobby Boswell - high five - 2014

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As D.C. United heads into its last three Regular Season games, its first goal of making the Playoffs is off the to-do list and in the accomplished column. With a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs clinched, the Black-and-Red has reset its goal to winning the East and securing home-field advantage.

Big goals from Eastern Conference matchups

A look back at big goals from United's games against Eastern Conference Opponents
Big goals in the East

As D.C. United focuses on winning the Eastern Conference after clinching its spot in the playoffs, let’s take a look back at some of the big plays against Eastern Conference opponents.

April 5: United earned it first win of 2014 with a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution. The first goal was an own goal from Jose Goncalves who mis-volleyed a cross from Fabian Espindola.

Fabián Espíndola for MLS MVP

New to United in 2014, Espíndola has helped shape a reformed D.C. side

Fabián Espíndola for MLS MVP

Goals: 9
Assists: 9 ​
Game-Winning Assists: 4

Playoff Scenarios: October 6, 2014

After clinching a spot in playoffs, United focuses on home field advantage
Playoff Scenarios

Bobby Boswell and Nick DeLeon vs Sporting KC - 2014

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D.C. United (15-9-7, 52 points)
Games remaining: 3 (10/12 at Houston, 10/18 vs. Chicago, 10/25 at Montreal)
Max points possible: 61

Training Notes: October 6, 2014

Preparation for the final three games of the Regular Season starts today
Training Notes

Ben Olsen at training - 2014

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After clinching a playoff berth on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City, the team returned to training to prepare for its upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo (Sunday, October 12 - 3:00 p.m. on Noticeably absent from practice was Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who was called up to the U.S.

Match Analysis: D.C. United v Sporting KC

The Black-and-Red records its 11 shutout of the season
Match Analysis: DCU v SKC

On a classic rainy night at RFK, D.C. United battled Sporting Kansas City to a 0-0 draw, earning the Black-and-Red a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the first Eastern Conference team to clinch, United played with typical grit and heart to solidify its place in the postseason.

D.C. United vs Sporting Kansas City Match Review: October 3, 2014

United ties SKC, clinches a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs
Match Review: DCU v SKC

D.C. United hits the road this weekend to take on the Houston Dynamo, then returns home on 10/18 to host the Chicago Fire in its last home match of the regular season. Buy your tickets now!

Bill Hamid called up to U.S. Men’s National Team

D.C. United Homegrown goalkeeper has set multiple career highs in 2014
Hamid called up to USMNT

Bill Hamid - USMNT

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D.C. United has announced that Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the international friendly vs. Ecuador on October 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Hamid will fly to Houston, Texas, after the match and be available for selection for United’s match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, Oct. 12.

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