GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – After months of preparation, the United States U-20 national team arrives in Central America with a spot in the World Cup on the line.
The Americans need to advance from the three-team Group B, a relatively simple task on paper, and then win a quarterfinal match in which anything could happen in order to reach their eighth straight age group World Cup. Thomas Rongen's squad will be favored in every game except possibly the final but can't afford to lose concentration.
Thomas Rongen has enlisted plenty of talent for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala, but he needs a select few to excel if the favored Americans expect to advance to the World Cup. MLSsoccer.com takes a look at five players who will fill that role.
NEW YORK — Time for the rematch.
Major League Soccer announced on Monday that storied English club Manchester United will return to the United States this summer to again face the best of MLS in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
The Red Devils took on the MLS All-Stars in 2010, coming away with a 5-2 win in front of more than 70,000 fans at sold-out Reliant Stadium in Houston.
WATCH: 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Highlights
D.C. United's Reserves continued the 2011 MLS Reserve League season with 4-1 win over against the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Following the first team's 2-1 loss to the Revs on Saturday afternoon, the Black-and-Red Reserves took the field immediately following the final whistle and continued their strong form from last Sunday against Columbus. United is now 2-0-0 in MLS Reserve League action.
Two early goals proved to be too big of an obstacle for D.C. United to overcome in a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
And while those two goals came in contentious circumstances, rather than throw blame elsewhere, the DC locker room was more upset with their performance during that crucial opening stretch.
WATCH: FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
MLS 2011 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 – D.C. UNITED 1, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dos goles tempraneros en el primer tiempo le sirvieron a New England Revolution para llevarse una victoria por 2-1 ante D.C. United en el Gillette Stadium. Zack Schilawski abrió el marcador al minuto 8 y Shalrie Joseph marcó el segundo tanto del partido desde la mancha penal después de una falta de Dax McCarty sobre Pat Phelan. Por parte de DC, Charlie Davies volvió a anotar desde el punto penal sobre el final del partido.
D.C. United continued MLS Regular Season play with a match against the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Charlie Davies scored a late penalty pick for the Black-and-Red but it proved to be too little to late after the Revolution opened the match with two goals in the first seventeen minutes. Full match report coming soon.
D.C. UNITED: Onstad; Korb, Jakovic, Brasesco (Fred 46'), Burch; Najar, Morsink (Quaranta 74'), McCarty (C), Pontius; Ngwenya, Wolff (Davies 46')
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol perused the results from last weekend, he took notice of D.C. United's 3-1 victory over Columbus.
The comprehensive win and the manner of United's performance – including a pair of second-half goals from Charlie Davies – ensures that Ben Olsen's side will enter Gillette Stadium with a significant reserve of self-belief, according to Nicol (4:30 pm ET, Direct Kick, MatchDay Live).