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Dev. Academy preview: MLS teams face full slate

Crew, DC, Quakes, Revs all face double-headers this weekend
Dev. Academy preview

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Five MLS Academies head into action during this weekend’s USSF Development Academy slate.

Columbus, D.C. United and New York will all see action in the Development Academy league for the first time in 2011 after a long winter break.

The Crew Academy make a road trip to Michigan for a Saturday doubleheader against Derby County Wolves and two Sunday games against Vardar at both U-16 and U-18 age levels.

D.C. United partners with local food trucks for 2011 home opener

Food trucks ready to serve up the goods at RFK
Food trucks at home opener

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2011) - D.C. United today announced the club has partnered with four popular local food trucks to provide additional food options at the club's 2011 home opener on Saturday, March 19 vs. the Columbus Crew. Each of the four trucks will be parked in Lot 8 at RFK Stadium and be open for business beginning at 5pm ET.

DC's Brettschneider aims to be matchday regular

Rookie's versatility, preseason goals are his calling card
DC's new regular?

D.C. United’s lone Supplemental Draft pick, Blake
Brettschneider, signed his first professional contract just last week, inking a developmental
deal with the club.

Since then, he earned the start at forward for DC
in the Carolina Challenge Cup on Wednesday night alongside Charlie Davies and scored
the lone goal in United’s 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, the club’s second
straight win in the competition.

Previa ’11: D.C. United buscará recuperar su tradición ganadora

Con grandes adiciones, DC tratará de volver a la élite MLSera
Previa ’11: D.C. United

D.C. United inicia la temporada el
sábado, 19 de marzo frente a Columbus Crew en Washington con la misión
inmediata de clasificarse a la Liguilla por primera vez desde 2007, y de ahí en
más seguir avanzando rumbo a su quinto título de la liga, meta que le ha sido
esquiva en las últimas seis campañas.

DC prefer health over trophy in preseason finale

United's assistant coach says chief objective is to avoid injury
DC eye injury-free finale

With only one week remaining before opening the 2011 regular
season, D.C. United get one last crack at MLS opposition in the club’s final
preseason game against Toronto FC on Saturday night (streamed at dcunited.com and torontofc.ca at 5 pm ET).

The match also serves as an opportunity for some silverware. After
wins in their first two matches in Charleston, S.C., another victory or a
draw against TFC clinches the Carolina Challenge Cup for D.C. United.

MLSsoccer.com launches new fantasy game: Salary Cap Challenge

"Salary Cap Challenge" first of two new fantasy games in ‘11
New fantasy games

Do you live in a fantasy world? Yeah, so do we.

Which is why we are so excited to introduce two new fantasy games this year.

VIDEO: Ben Olsen on preparing for the 2011 season

The Black-and-Red's head coach says the team is working hard and ready for the 2011 season
Ben Olsen interview

Head Coach Ben Olsen states, "there is a real sense of team right now," and he knows the guys, "will play with passion." United's head man says fans can expect, "a team that is ready to fight and change fortunes here at D.C. United," beginning with the home opener on March 19.

Join Olsen's Army! Buy tickets to the home opener on March 19 versus the Columbus Crew.

VIDEO: Dejan Jakovic interview

The Canadian international defender talks about the 2011 preseason
Dejan Jakovic interview

Supporters Week: Players rank MLS' toughest crowds

Which 12th man makes life hardest for the visiting team?
Players rank MLS crowds

Seattle's Emerald City Supporters.

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All stadiums are not created equal. And neither are the crowds. 

Though each MLS stadium has its X-factor—elevation, weather, playing surface—it’s often the 12th Man that makes a venue most challenging for the visitors.

MLSsoccer.com polled MLS players throughout the league to find out the 10 toughest venues to come out of with any points. Though the list is topped by a likely suspect, it’s who the players ranked second that may surprise you.

The Throw-In: MLS in 2011 is bigger and badder

As First Kick approaches, league is entering into a golden period
Throw-In: Go big in 2011

Fredy Montero and Landon Donovan

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I was on a flight back home from New York last week, wrapping up several days in the MLSsoccer.com offices, when I had one of those rare fan-boy moments while absent-mindedly flipping through the latest issue of American Way magazine – that fine bastion of in-flight info-tainment.

Working for the league, I don’t get as many of those moments anymore – it’s professionally wise to sit back and enjoy the soccer in front of you in an objective way, trying to stay levelheaded. But sometimes, man, you just get a little giddy.

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