Much-improved DC United back line set to lose Jakovic

Key defender answers Canada's call just as United defense finds stability
Jakovic off to Gold Cup

WASHINGTON — Just as D.C. United’s back line is finding consistency, Gold Cup duty will claim Canadian international Dejan Jakovic for most of June.

Though he’ll leave the club after Sunday’s meeting with the Portland Timbers to join up with Canada, he said remains focused on taking care of business this weekend.  

“I’m not thinking about [the Gold Cup] right now," Jakovic said. "We obviously have an important game against Portland. The standings are so close, one win puts us in a very good position.”

VIDEO: Black-and-Red Report

Comcast SportsNet's Russ Thaler, Ivan Carter and Sebastian Salazar discuss D.C. United
Black-and-Red Report

VIDEO: Ben Olsen interview

CSN Washington's Russ Thaler interview's United's head coach
Ben Olsen interview

VIDEO: Olsen's exceptional goal in practice

D.C. United se prepara para viajar a Portland

Los rojinegros buscarán terminar con la racha ganadora de los Timbers
DC se entrena para Portland

dirigidos por Ben Olsen realizaron hoy la penúltima práctica de la semana antes
de embarcar en su gira por el Oeste, en la que enfrentarán a Portland Timbers y
LA Galaxy. Luego de una respetable actuación ante el Ajax, el United se entrenó
pensando en cómo terminar con el invicto de los Timbers.

VIDEO: 1-on-1 with Dax McCarty

CSN Washington's Ivan Carter interviews United's captain
1-on-1 with Dax McCarty

Defense-first Woolard brings consistency to DC back line

Journeyman has found home at left back for revived United defense
Woolard seizes opportunity

WASHINGTON — After spending all of 2010 out of MLS, a rash of injuries have given D.C. United defender Daniel Woolard another chance to prove himself in the top flight.

When Marc Burch failed a late fitness test back on May 4 against the Seattle Sounders, opportunity knocked for Woolard, who prior to that had managed just a single start in league play. The left back responded with three solid performances in a row and has helped solidify what had been a shaky defense.

Olsen: Gold Cup snub a "blow" to DC phenom Najar

Teenager left off Honduras roster, coach hints at potential future call-ups
Olsen & Najar on Gold Cup

WASHINGTON — For Andy Najar, this June was supposed to be about stepping on the field and representing his native Honduras for the very first time in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

But a tricky series of events and a back-and-forth between D.C. United and the Honduran federation threw a wrench in the plans, before Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suárez finally decided late last week not to call the midfielder into camp.

Najar was back on the training field Wednesday with D.C. United, and the youngster will spend the next month playing for his MLS club.

Prueba de Fuego en Portland

Se avecina el choque entre D.C. United y Portland Timbers
Prueba de Fuego en Portland

Jorge Perlaza and Diego Chara

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Rojinegros tendrán un duro compromiso este fin de semana cuando visiten al
equipo sensación de la MLS en el JELD-WEN Field. Los Portland Timbers ya suman
cinco partidos invictos de local en la Liga - gracias a su victoria frente a
Columbus Crew por 1 a 0 - y se encuentran en la quinta posición de la
Conferencia del Oeste con 17 puntos. Hace tres partidos que Portland no recibe goles en su cancha.  

Finally injury-free, DC's Barklage escapes friendly unscathed

Sunday's exhibition loss vs. Ajax reminds defender of recent knee woes
Barklage: injury-free

Brandon Barklage

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WASHINGTON — Throughout D.C. United's 2-1 loss in a friendly to Ajax on Sunday, defender Brandon Barklage could hardly forget about the past.

Almost exactly a year ago, on May 26, Barklage played in a friendly against AC Milan and tore his ACL for the second year in a row. The injury ended his season.

“It was on my mind the entire time [against Ajax] because it’s a game that doesn’t mean anything, and I got injured in it last year,” Barklage told

DC's Kitchen gets good marks as defensive mid vs. Ajax

United rookie tested at yet another position during Sunday's friendly
Kitchen tested at D-Mid

WASHINGTON — Before Perry Kitchen’s pro debut, much was made about where the 19-year-old US youth international might line up as a pro for D.C. United.

So far, coach Ben Olsen had tabbed the promising rookie at right back and center back in league games, positions he’s played before while representing the United States at various youth levels.

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