WASHINGTON -- Amid the various post-mortem perspectives on the club’s troubled 2010 season offered by members of the D.C. United technical staff, one name was repeatedly mentioned as a surprisingly influential absentee.
Marc Burch was not even penciled in to start at his preferred left back position when United began preseason training, but the broken foot that sidelined the 26-year-old defender shortly thereafter proved to be a bigger setback than anyone at the club expected.
In a match that saw five Americans earn their first cap, 17-year-old New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo became the youngest player to score for the US national team in a 1-0 victory over South Africa on Wednesday.
The win ensured the US finished 2010 on a high note as they edged past the hosts in front of 55,000 vuvuzela-blowing fans at the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.
FAIRFAX, Virginia -- Con goles de Jaime Moreno y Santino Quaranta, el D.C. United derrotó 2-0 al Richmond Kickers en los octavos de final de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.
El equipo capitalino continuará ahora su camino a la conquista de su tercer título en este antiguo torneo, enfrentando en la siguiente ronda al Harrisburg City Islanders el próximo 7 de julio.
AMSTERDAM – Every time a nation is sent home from World Cup, the thought is always the same: Now comes four long years of waiting for another chance.
It might make an observer feel a little better for just a moment to get in the time machine and see what their country could bring to the table next time out.
One cycle "dies" and the natural process begins anew with the seed-planting of promise. The player pool can move in many ways, with some set for impressive growth over four years' time.
WASHINGTON – Exits and upgrades are to be expected from a team that struggles to the extent that D.C. United did in 2010. But Monday’s announcement that striker Danny Allsopp is leaving the club by mutual consent, while not surprising, underlines the extent of the overhaul taking place along the DC front line this offseason.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber provided an overview of the latest expansion candidates in his annual State of the League address, stating that he envisions a league with more than 20 teams.
“I don’t know when it will be when we go beyond 20, but I think at some point in our lifetime there will be more than 20 teams in MLS,” Garber said on Tuesday’s media teleconference call. “It’s a big country. We cross [four] time zones. … But we have a long way to go before we even can consider that.”
NEW YORK – The 2010 season is the first in which homegrown
players have left their mark in MLS.
D.C. United’s Andy Najar became the youngest Rookie of the Year
in US pro sports history, New York’s Juan Agudelo earned a US national team
call-up at 17, and 19-year-old Tristan Bowen made an important contribution to
the LA Galaxy’s Supporters’ Shield run.
Now the league's player development movement is poised for an even more aggressive push with the launch of the Reserve Division and the unveiling
of new roster rules by MLS.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday announced details of the relaunch of the MLS Reserve Division for the 2011 season.
WASHINGTON — With their team’s once-routine participation in the
postseason now stalled for three years running, many D.C. United fans have
watched with interest as a number of their club’s former players occupy center
stage in the 2010 MLS Cup playoffs.
Nearly all of this year’s qualifiers have United alums on
their rosters but few have made a bigger impression than San Jose Earthquakes winger Bobby
Convey. One of the league’s original teenage prodigies, Convey was the youngest
player in MLS history when he joined DC a decade ago.
NEW YORK — The LA Galaxy, who had the best record in Major League Soccer, unsurprisingly dominate the MLS Best XI announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.
The Supporters’ Shield winners boast four players—winger Landon Donovan, center back Omar Gonzalez, striker Edson Buddle, and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts—on the list of the top 11 players, as voted by the media and their peers.
Donovan and Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario are the only players on the list who have ever been named to the Best XI before.