WASHINGTON — While D.C. United still have a game on the schedule this weekend, the friendly nature of Sunday’s matchup with newly crowned Dutch champions Ajax provides time to be introspective about the season so far.
“I would say it’s about where we expected,” DC assistant Chad Ashton said. “If you’d asked us before the beginning of the season if we would be sitting us in this spot, we probably would have taken it. We’re right there — striking distance. At the same time, we’re probably not that far from the bottom, either.”
WASHINGTON — On a roster sprinkled with new additions, one of D.C. United’s most familiar faces has found himself adjusting to a much different role.
Longtime veteran Santino Quaranta, who led the team in minutes played last year, now finds himself starting most games from the bench. In nine appearances this season, only two have come as starts.
It’s taken some time for him to adjust to the new role.
D.C. United's mascot, Talon, will be giving away a pair of tickets each day over the next three days somewhere in the Washington, DC metro area. Here's how you can win:
Chris Pontius was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 10 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com. Pontius' second half penalty kick for the Black-and-Red equalized the match and led to the 1-1 tie against the Colorado Rapids.
Bid now to win his autographed, game-worn jersey.
Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2011) - D.C. United announced today that Branko Bošković has undergone successful surgery to repair a torn left Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The procedure was performed by Doctor James Gilbert of Metro Orthopedics and Sports Therapy in Silver Spring, Md. The Montenegrin National Team player suffered the injury on April 26 in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in match against the New England Revolution.
DC United (3-0-0) remained unbeaten in MLS Reserve League play on Monday, edging Philadelphia Union (1-1-0) by a score of 1-0 at Chester Park. The visitors received a 43rd minute goal from Brandon Barklage off a corner kick and held the Union scoreless throughout.
The first scoring chance of the match came in the opening minutes when Blake Brettschneider broke free on goal, but the 22-year-old forward’s shot slid wide right of the far post.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
Overall thoughts on the match: