D.C. United ready to adapt, compete in LA

Black-and-Red aim to be first team to beat Galaxy at HDC in 2011
DC ready to adapt

After becoming the first team to win a league match in Portland, D.C. United will look to accomplish a similar feat Friday night when they take on the LA Galaxy (11 pm ET; FOX Soccer).

In six games at home, current point leaders LA have a 4-0-2 record on home turf and boast one of the league’s best defenses. However, the spacious field at the Home Depot Center will present a different challenge to that of the tight confines of Portland’s JELD-WEN Field.

Consistent defense keys DC's success during May

United rebound from their April struggles with undefeated month
Consistent D benefits DC

At the end of April, D.C. United were reeling. The club had dropped three straight in all competitions, conceding 11 goals in the process. Sloppy errors and poor play made it resemble 2010 all over again.

But just as things appeared to be heading south, with a new month came vast improvement. Lineup shuffling ahead of a May 4 matchup with Seattle Sounders triggered a response, and DC went on to go unbeaten in four matches in May, posting a 2-0-2 record that culminated with Sunday’s win in Portland.

Najar enfocado en D.C.

El mediocampista catracho se concentra en la MLS y DC United
Najar enfocado en D.C.


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En esta edición de “Hablando de la MLS con…” charlamos con el mediocampista hondureño Andy Najar, del D.C. United.  El joven catracho de 18 años empezó su carrera en las divisiones menores del D.C. United donde llegó a anotar 9 goles como delantero en la categoría sub-18.

El United va por los Galácticos

Los Rojinegros intentarán aprovechar las ausencias de Donovan y Ricketts
Rojinegros contra Galácticos

El D.C.
United buscará repetir lo hecho el fin de semana pasado cuando visite al
poderoso LA Galaxy este viernes en el Home Depot Center. Con el envión anímico
que generó la victoria ante Portland Timbers por 3 a 2, los jugadores de Ben
Olsen llegan de la mejor manera al duelo contra los Galácticos, e intentarán
ser protagonistas ante un equipo que todavía no perdió frente a la Conferencia
del Este.

Crónica: Timbers 2-3 D.C. United . . . Capitalinos acaban con el invicto de local de Portland

United venció 3-2 a Timbers, que perdió su primer partido en casa
Crónica: DC 3, Timbers 2

D.C. United hizo lo que ningún otro equipo de la MLS había sido capaz de hacer hasta este domingo y venció a domicilio a los Timbers por 3-2 en el JELD-WEN Field. El fin del invicto de local de Portland  – que perdió en casa por primera vez en seis partidos - llegó de manera dramática y con bastante polémica.

Sin embargo, fue una victoria merecida para el United, que se impuso con goles de Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius (penal) y Josh Wolff. Por su parte, los locales descontaron mediante Jack Jewsbury (penal) y el colombiano Jorge Perlaza.


Q&A: GM Dave Kasper (part 2)

United's General Manager on the present and future of United’s academy
Q&A: Dave Kasper (part 2)

Dave Kasper with Bill Hamid and Kevin Payne

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D.C. United’s youth academy has made great strides since its founding in 2005, producing a long list of NCAA Division I talent and graduating several players on to the senior team. Even as the rest of Major League Soccer adopts similar programs, the club has kept ahead of the curve and positioned itself as a leading destination for the Washington, D.C. region’s most promising prospects.

DC defender White relishing smooth transition into MLS

Home grown defender looks to follow in footsteps of other Terp successes
White enjoying MLS

WASHINGTON — D.C. United defender Ethan White’s smooth transition into MLS should come as no surprise. After all, playing a couple of years at the University of Maryland put him on a path many have taken to professional success.

At this early stage of the season, the 20-year-old central defender has shown the ability to compete at the pro level in seven MLS appearances. His athleticism is often lauded as among the best on his team, and he displayed it in another solid performance during last Sunday’s 3-2 win in Portland.

Brettschneider, Kitchen step up for United in win

Rookie duo the driving force behind DC's 3-2 victory at Portland
Rookie duo help in win

From the beginning of the season, D.C. United made it very clear that young players would have to play a central role in any success in 2011.

On Sunday, two rookies — Perry Kitchen and Blake Brettschneider — stepped up as a makeshift DC side sent the Portland Timbers to their first home defeat of the year with a 3-2 win.

Perry Kitchen named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match

Rookie defender earns his first fan honor of the year
Kitchen MOTM - Match 11

Perry Kitchen

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Perry Kitchen was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 11 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on Kitchen scored his first MLS goal and helped lead the Black-and-Red's to a 3-2 win in Portland.


After each match, visit visit or to cast your vote. Every match you vote in earns you another chance to win.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 3 - Portland Timbers 2

Comments from Head Coach Ben Olsen and players
Post-match quotes

Portland Timbers Quotes

Head coach John Spencer

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