VIDEO: One-on-one with Ben Olsen

Comcast SportsNet's Sebastian Salazar interviews United's Head Coach
1-on-1 with Ben Olsen

Much-improved defense keying United's playoff run

Effort and focus over 90 minutes help change back line mentality
Defense key to United's run

WASHINGTON — There’s no question about the massive impact Dwayne De Rosario has made for D.C. United. But as big as DeRo has been in the team’s recent success, a continually improving back line has been just as vital as the club eye a playoff spot.

With last weekend’s 4-0 win over Vancouver, DC’s goal differential this season finally broke dead even, with 33 for and against. It's taken weeks of stinginess to get there after some weak defensive performances eariler in the season. Team of the Week: Week 22

De Rosario and Pontius represent United
MLS Team of the Week

In a weekend of standout goalkeeper performances, the competition was fierce for the No. 1 goalkeeper spot on this edition of the Team of the Week. Toronto FC’s Milos Kocic was the ultimate selection, beating out D.C. United’s Joe Willis and FC Dallas veteran Kevin Hartman

CONCACAF nations were heavily represented in this week’s best XI, which includes a former US national-team member, a current one and a forward that perhaps hopes to make a return.

Joe Willis named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match

The rookie goalkeeper earns his first fan honor of the season
Willis named MOTM

Joe Willis was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 22 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on


DC Notebook: Elusive home win comes in a big way

United shake RFK monkey off their back; Pontius' career season
DC Notes: Elusive home win

WASHINGTON — Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps brought a sense of relief to D.C. United as it snapped a long winless hex at RFK Stadium this season.

Prior to that victory, it had been more than three months since DC last won on home turf, last besting the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, on May 4.

"It’s good to give our fans something to cheer about," midfielder Chris Pontius said, "and it’s good for our team morale."

Chris Pontius es nombrado Jugador de la Semana MLS

North American Soccer Reporters reconoce al mediocampista por sus dos goles frente a Vancouver
Pontius Jugador de la Semana
Chris Pontius

United anunció hoy que el mediocampista Chris Pontius ha sido seleccionado
Jugador de la Semana MLS para la Semana 22 por North American Soccer Reporters.
Pontius anotó dos goles en la goleada 4-0 frente a Vancouver Whitecaps FC, lo
que significó el primer enfrentamiento entre ambos equipos. El reconocimiento a
Pontius marca el tercer premio a Jugador de la Semana MLS para D.C. United,
luego de que Dwayne De Rosario haya sido premiado por las Semanas 20 y 21.

Chris Pontius named MLS Player of the Week

North American Soccer Reporters recognize midfielder for two-goal performance against Vancouver
Pontius POTW

Willis 'fantastic' in win over Vancouver

Newcomer beats Cronin for the nod, then steals the show for United
Willis 'fantastic' in debut

WASHINGTON – Goalkeeper Joe Willis found out Friday he was about to make his pro debut, and then he went ahead and put together a performance to remember when he got his chance.

The rookie of out of Denver University looked more like an established vet than a newcomer on Saturday, making a couple of game-changing saves to set the table for a 4-0 rout of the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 4 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0

Comments from Assistant Coach Chad Ashton, Joe Willis and Chris Pontius
Post-match quotes


Overall thoughts on the game:

Big [relief], it feels like it’s been a long time coming. I
don’t remember the last time we had a game like that. It was good; I think we
have been knocking on the door for a performance like that for a while, and to
put it all together is a good feeling. Hopefully we can realize the things we
did well and use them going forward.

On the decision of starting goalkeeper Joe Willis:

Highlights: D.C. United 4 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0

Saturday, August 13, 2011 - RFK Stadium
Highlights: DC 4 - 'Caps 0

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