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WASHINGTON – With a team boasting former, current and possibly future US national team players, there was a buzz around D.C. United following Friday's announcement that Jurgen Klinsmann would take the helm for the Red, White and Blue.
“I think it’s exciting,” forward Charlie Davies said. “For all the players, I think everyone is excited. [Klinsmann], for me, is a legend and a world-class striker.”
But there was also a hint of sadness to see former coach Bob Bradley depart.
Dwayne De Rosario was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 20 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com.
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It was perhaps no coincidence that D.C. United's impressive shutout on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes came just as center back Dejan Jakovic was making his first start since May 29.
Jakovic returned to the lineup for the 2-0 victory after a hamstring injury had shelved him for two months. The game also also marked the first MLS game in which he partnered with fellow center back Brandon McDonald, who joined DC from San Jose on June 27.
D.C. United anunció hoy que el mediocampista Dwayne De Rosario ha sido elegido como el Jugador MLS de la Semana para la semana 20 por North American Soccer Reporters. De Rosario anotó ambos goles del United en la victoria 2-0 ante San José Earthquakes el 30 de julio en el Estadio Buck Shaw, logrando en la primera victoria del club en San José desde 1998.
Desde su llegada a D.C. United, De Rosario ha sido titular en los cinco partidos que disputó para el club, registrando tres goles y una asistencia en 444 minutos de juego.
D.C. United announced today that midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been selected as MLS Player of the Week for Week 20 by the North American Soccer Reporters. De Rosario recorded both of United's goals in a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on July 30 at Buck Shaw Stadium, the club's first victory at San Jose since 1998.
Since arriving at D.C. United, De Rosario has started all five matches he has played in for the club, registering three goals and one assist in 444 minutes of action.
D.C. United hoped they’d be getting some extra punch to their offense when they acquired Dwayne De Rosario last month.
On Saturday night, he showed exactly why United wanted him. The veteran attacker scored twice in the second half to lead DC to another valuable road win, a 2-0 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.
“He’s a special player,” defender Dejan Jakovic told MLSsoccer.com by phone after the match. “I was really excited when I first heard we got him because I know what he’s capable of doing, and that’s exactly what he did.”
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
On tonight’s performance:
“I was just told we hadn’t won here in 13 years. This was a good thing. We got that monkey off our back. It’s always a tough place to play. In this league you get teams that are down on their luck with injuries. They (the Earthquakes) have a lot of them and you have to take advantage of it in this league. I was just happy we took advantage of a team that’s down on their luck. I was proud of the guys. Dwayne is obviously in a very special place.”