WASHINGTON — Getting through the grind of an MLS season for the first time is no small feat. And at the midway point of 2011, D.C. United’s crop of promising youngsters are learning to cope with the demands of professional soccer.
Through the first half of 2011, a handful of rookies have played a prominent role on one of the league’s youngest teams. Defenders Perry Kitchen (pictured above) and Ethan White have played the most, getting in 14 and 13 games, respectively, while forward Blake Brettschneider and defender Chris Korb have figured into the mix.
Feliz por la victoria ante New York, Andy Najar analiza el nuevo funcionamiento del equipo y se prepara para enfrentar a FC Dallas este fin de semana.
WASHINGTON — After landing the creative attacking midfielder they’ve been looking for in Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United made a slight tactical tweak to better accommodate their new weapon.
In the two games since acquiring the 33-year-old, DC have switched to a diamond midfield in place of the flat 4-4-2 that they have used in the past couple of seasons, with midfielder Clyde Simms (pictured above) playing in front of the back four, and De Rosario closer to the two starting forwards.
El D.C. United continúa con su compromiso para con la comunidad esta semana, con presentaciones de jugadores en varios eventos alrededor de D.C. y Virginia.
As part of D.C. United’s continued efforts to make appearances in the community and through its partnership with Volkswagen, United players will be making various appearances throughout the Metropolitan Area this week.
PSW Q&A: PWSI Technical Director Ken Krieger “loving life” as daughter Ali shines on World Cup stage
The U.S. Women’s National Team leaped to the forefront of the American sports scene with their thrilling penalty kick-shootout win over Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, and Dumfries, Va. native Ali Krieger was one of the central figures, playing the full 120 minutes at right back before netting the decisive PK that clinched the U.S. victory.
D.C. United announced today plans to induct former midfielder Richie Williams to the D.C. United Hall of Tradition presented by Yuengling when the Black-and-Red host the Portland Timbers August 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The induction serves as the highest club honor and is reserved solely for iconic performers. Williams and his family will be present through that weekend and will be honored at halftime of the match. Tickets are available via dcunited.com and through all TicketMaster outlets.
WASHINGTON — An improving D.C. United defense is set to get a boost this week, as central defender Dejan Jakovic (pictured above) was back in training on Tuesday for the first time since the end of May.
The Croatian-born, Canadian international was slated to play in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, but a hamstring injury suffered in a pre-tournament friendly against Ecuador on June 1 knocked him out of the competition, and out of the DC lineup, for several weeks longer than initially anticipated.
Dwayne De Rosario was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 17 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com.
LENKERSDORFER FINE JEWELERS MOTM VOTING
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In the two games prior to the 1-0 win over archrivals New York, a young D.C. United side had seen four points evaporate in the two previous games, as they conceded late goals against Houston and Philadelphia at home.
Winless in their last five games, DC found themselves up a goal with under 30 minutes to play thanks to the heroics of new acquisition Dwayne De Rosario. It was familiar territory, but instead of another collapse, the defense held firm to pick up a huge win.