WASHINGTON – Even though the season is only a few weeks old, a variety of factors have already hampered Ben Olsen’s selection across D.C. United’s back line.
Injuries, international callups and suspensions have forced the need to juggle his starting defenders. Olsen has used four different combinations in all four of his matches.
Charlie Davies was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 4 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com.
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Just who managed to avoid the buzzsaw of yellow and red cards might have meant something in the win column this week, but that's not all that went into this week's rankings. We also saw the return (was he ever gone?) of David Ferreira and a cathartic first win for the Sounders, both of whom took some huge steps up the ladder. Got an issue? Vote for your own!
The Will Bruin era opened in earnest on Sunday night in Houston as the Dynamo rookie scored his first MLS goal to cap the hosts’ cathartic 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at Robertson Stadium.
Bruin, who was drafted 11th overall during the MLS SuperDraft after Houston manager Dominic Kinnear traded up to land the imposing forward out of Indiana University, finished off a breakaway chance in the 76th minute after streaking past the Whitecaps back line and skirting Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin and Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda headline a group of six MLS products called into US Under-18 national-team camp by head coach Mike Matkovich on Monday.
The 24-man list also features MLS youth prospects Scott Thomsen (New York Red Bulls Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders Academy), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy) and Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy).
Furman University's Walker Zimmerman is the only college player on the roster.
WASHINGTON – In the wake of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against LA, the mood in D.C. United's locker room was mixed. The fact that they had managed to score a late goal in the 90th minute, stealing a point at the death after a flat offensive performance, was reason to be upbeat.
But coaches and players alike know that things must improve in future games if this team is to succeed on the field in 2011.
“Overall, I just thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” Ben Olsen said after the game. “I thought the energy was there, but we just weren’t a good enough soccer team.”
WASHINGTON – When Andy Najar entered the game for D.C. United in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy, it marked the first time in league history that three Home Grown players were on the field at the same time for the same team.
Najar lined up alongside goalkeeper Bill Hamid and rookie defender Ethan White against the Galaxy. At one point, the trio played for D.C. United's academy team before signing professional contracts at one point or another over the last two years.
Longtime midfielder Santino Quaranta noted the occasion after the game.
Hours before D.C. United’s Charlie Davies whipped the RFK Stadium crowd into a frenzy with his late game heroics, eight of the area’s premier amateur squads battled it out on the second day of group stage play in La Super Copa VI, the annual tournament of champions presented by Volkswagen.
D.C. United has enough quality attacking players to be one of the highest scoring teams in MLS. The more worrying aspect of United’s offense is that they may not be able to provide the service needed to let the goal scorers do their job. In his post-game press conference on Saturday, Ben Olsen expressed that he was pleased with his team’s energy, but not their sharpness - specifically in the attacking third. He used the word ‘sharpness’ to describe what was lacking from the attack, but it seemed like he meant something slightly different – creativity.