Luego de haber cumplido una fecha de suspensión, el mediocampista Andy Najar vuelve al primer equipo para enfrentar a Vancouver Whitecaps FC por primera vez en el Estadio RFK, este sábado a las 7:30 PM.
D.C. United and Vancouver Whitecaps FC meet for the first time when the clubs face off in an interconference matchup Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. United are coming off a wild 3-3 draw with Toronto FC last weekend at home, while Whitecaps FC put an end to a lengthy winless skid with a 4-2 home win against the Chicago Fire last weekend.
REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. MLS Career: 50 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 11; pens: 8
SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Mark Declouet
D.C. United's race to the 2011 MLS CUp Playoffs continues, as the Black-and-Red face Canadian expansion side Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the first time ever at RFK Stadium. With kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet) , we have gathered all the information you need to prepare for tonight's contest.
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WASHINGTON — Even though Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw between the US and Mexico didn’t yield Bill Hamid’s first national-team cap, seeing it all from the bench was a special moment for the D.C. United goalkeeper.
“To be there and represent your country was an experience that I’m going to treasure — especially [given] the opponent,” Hamid told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday. “For Jurgen [Klinsmann] to have the trust in me is something I want to build on moving forward.”
WASHINGTON — A year ago at this time, it would have been foolish to suggest a playoff push for D.C. United.
But thanks to the combination of head coach Ben Olsen, an offseason rebuilding project, and a more talented group of players, DC have improved dramatically and are right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.
After Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Toronto, United are two points outside of a playoff spot, and at times, look capable of making a push towards securing their first postseason berth since 2007.
WASHINGTON — It’s been a tough year for one of D.C. United’s longest-tenured players.
Defender Devon McTavish hasn’t played a minute this year in league play, and until Sunday’s reserve game, hadn’t stepped on the field for a competitive match for almost all of 2011.
But in the 2-1 reserve win against Toronto over the weekend, McTavish started and played 45 minutes in central defense, his first action since February.
It was an up-and-down week for more than a handful of MLS sides in Week 21. LA and RSL lost on Wednesday then rebounded strongly on the weekend, while Sporting KC went in reverse, winning in midweek and then collapsing late to Seattle on Saturday.
But it was generally all up for John Spencer's Portland Timbers, who thrashed the Galaxy last Wednesday then went on the road to earn a point from fellow Western Conference mid-tablers San Jose. Which explains why they have three players on the latest Team of the Week from MLSsoccer.com.