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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.

5 Days to First Kick: High 5s

Countdown rolls on as we take a look at the No. 5 in MLS history
5 Days to First Kick

5 Days to First Kick: High 5s.

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Join MLSsoccer.com’s Jackie Pickering and Nick Firchau as they travel from LA to Vancouver, checking in on all the West Coast teams, meeting with fans, and stopping into adidas HQ in Portland to pick up the game ball for First Kick on March 15 at Qwest Field.

United for D.C. Luncheon Lottery

Donate for a chance to win two tickets to the annual luncheon
Meet the team! Enter to win

Meet Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty, Andy Najar, Bill Hamid and the rest of the 2011 D.C. United team and coaches while supporting United for D.C.! Hosted at the historic Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, the Ninth Annual United Kickoff Luncheon is a full course lunch with current players and coaches. Head Coach Ben Olsen and club management will introduce guests to the 2011 roster and discuss the club's goals of the year.

Luncheon Lottery

Enter to win two tickets to the luncheon (value $300):

Preseason match 8: D.C. United vs Chicago Fire

D.C. United 1 - Chicago Fire 0
RECAP: Preseason match 8

MATCH REPORT

D.C. United continued play in the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, March 9 in Charleston, S.C. The victory bumps United's preseason record up to 7-0-1, and keeps the Black-and-Red in pole position for the 2011 Challenge Cup title. Ben Olsen's side will round out preseason play over Toronto FC on Saturday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. Should D.C. defeat the Canadian side, the club will claim its second consecutive Challenge Cup.

VIDEO: D.C. United - Chicago Fire recap

D.C. United 1 - Chicago Fire 0
United - Fire recap

6 Days to First Kick: Rolling 6s

Countdown continues as we look at special 6s past and present
6 Days to First Kick

Six days to First Kick countdown

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Join MLSsoccer.com’s Jackie Pickering and Nick Firchau as they travel from LA to Vancouver, checking in on all the West Coast teams, meeting with fans, and stopping into adidas HQ in Portland to pick up the game ball for First Kick on March 15 at Qwest Field.

MLS Matchday 2011 app for iPad released, iPhone app updated

Download "MLS Matchday 2011" to follow your team anywhere you go
MLS app for iPad/iPhone

Addicted to MLS? Need a constant supply of news, highlights, analysis, and even live matches?

We feel your pain. And we’re here to help with the new "MLS Matchday 2011" app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

DOWNLOAD: MLS Matchday 2011 (NOTE: The app will be available in Canada later on Wednesday.)

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