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.
In a weekend of standout goalkeeper performances, the competition was fierce for the No. 1 goalkeeper spot on this edition of the MLSsoccer.com 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 was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 22 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com.
LENKERSDORFER FINE JEWELERS MOTM VOTING
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."
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.
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.
D.C. UNITED ASSISTANT COACH CHAD ASHTON
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: