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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Q&A: GM Dave Kasper

United's General Manager on the present and future of United’s academy
Q&A: GM Dave Kasper

Dave Kasper with Bill Hamid and Kevin Payne

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Home-grown player signings and bigger, better youth academy programs have become regular news items around Major League Soccer. Most, if not all, of the league’s clubs are increasingly eager to find talent in their own backyards, for reasons of competition as well as community relations, and the trend is growing steadily – so much so that it’s easy to forget that youth development initiatives were a rarity just a few years ago.

Dejan Jakovic es convocado a la Selección de Canadá

El central del D.C. United integrará el plantel en la Copa Oro CONCACAF
Canadá convoca a Jakovic

D.C. United anunció hoy que el defensor Dejan Jakovic ha sido citado por la Selección de Canadá para participar de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2011. La última convocatoria de Jakovic fue para un partido amistoso ante Grecia en febrero de este año.

Dejan Jakovic called-up by Canadian National Team

D.C. United defender to be part of CONCACAF Gold Cup squad
Jakovic called-up by Canada

D.C. United announced today that defender Dejan Jakovic has been called-up to the Canadian National Team for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Jakovic’s last international selection came in February for a Canadian friendly against Greece.

D.C. United estrena su tercer uniforme ante LA Galaxy

Los rojinegros vestirán la nueva camiseta frente a los Galácticos el 3 de junio
D.C. United estrena su terce

Third kit unveiling

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D.C. United anunció hoy que el equipo vestirá el tercer uniforme por primera vez contra Los Angeles Galaxy el 3 de junio. El partido se jugará a las 11:00 p.m. Hora del Este en el Home Depot Center, y será transmitido a todo el país por Fox Soccer.

D.C. United to unveil third kit against LA Galaxy

Black-and-Red to launch new jersey against Western Conference rival on June 3
United's third kit schedule

Third kit unveiling

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D.C. United announced today that the team will unveil its 2011 third kit for the first time against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a League contest on June 3. The match is set for 11:00 p.m. ET from the Home Depot Center, with FOX Soccer broadcasting the contest nationally.

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