Climbing the Ladder: How MLS teams rank by age

As league gets younger, win-now Red Bulls reign as oldest team
Climbing the Ladder: Age

Over the years, looking at the MLS average age can explain quite a bit of the league’s history: consistent from 1996 to 2001, dropping in 2002 after
contraction and rising upon expansion and the introduction of the Designated Player rule.

Now for the second straight season, the league’s average age is
poised to drop as Home Grown players grow in influence and younger foreign stars are more easily signed.

D.C. United academy team ready for Ajax tourney

Well-traveled squad faces third trip abroad inside of a year
DC academy to Holland

WASHINGTON – As D.C. United prepare to battle archrivals New York in league play this week, one of their youth teams will head abroad to represent MLS and US Soccer.

DC’s academy leaves Wednesday for Amsterdam and this weekend’s AEGON Future Cup 2011, a U-17 tournament hosted by famed Dutch club Ajax. The tournament runs Saturday through Monday.

After making two international trips in 2010 to mixed results, DC youth coach Roberto da Silva is looking to improve on this latest trip outside the United States.

VIDEO: ESPN2 Match Preview

A complete preview of the DC vs NY match on ESPN2
ESPN2 Match Preview

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Olsen visitó los estudios de Radio América

DT compartió con los colegas de "La Mesa Redonda del Fútbol"
Olsen visitó los estudios de

El director técnico capitalino Ben Olsen visitó los estudios de Radio América en Wheaton, Maryland, el martes 19 de abril. Olsen compartió por un espacio de hora y media con los anfitriones del popular programa deportivo "La Mesa Redonda del Fútbol" que se transmite de 5-7pm de lunes a viernes. Fue un programa especial en donde el míster capitalino respondió a las preguntas de los comentaristas y también a las inquietudes de los aficionados.

VIDEO: Lunch with Lindsay

Charlie Davies shares his comeback story with NBC4's Lindsay Czarniak
Lunch with Lindsay & CD9 Team of the Week: Week 5

Portland wins first two home games, lands three on MLS' top XI
Team of the Week: Week 5

NEW YORK – Week 5 of the Team of the Week welcomes a host of new faces, with three debutants from the Portland Timbers, who won their first two home games last week.

Ethan White (D.C. United) and Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew) are the young guns of the group, while Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) are the only returning players.

VIDEO: Black-and-Red Report

Comcast SportsNet's Sebastian Salazar & MLS reporter Travis Clark discuss D.C. United
Black-and-Red Report

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VIDEO: Chris Pontius on Washington Post Live

United's third-year midfielder on Comcast SportsNet's Washington Post Live
Pontius on WPL

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Dallas Cup Day 2: FC Dallas closing on moving on

FCD U-18s nearing semifinals; 'Caps drop 2-0 decision to Tigres
Dallas Cup: Day 2

The second day of Dallas Cup action was pivotal for teams involved in the Gordan Jago Super Group. With the top team from each group advancing to the semifinals, Monday’s action proved decisive for a number of MLS academy teams trying to advance.

Dallas close in on spot in Super Group semifinal

A day after defeating Barcelona, FC Dallas took one step further to a semifinal spot with a 3-0 win over Costa Rican side Cartagines.

Rookie Report: Anibaba, Balchan regulars

Defenders lead the way in Week 5; Paul makes Chicago debut
Rookie Report

Jalil Anibaba, Chicago Fire

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Few rookies this season have been as integral to their clubs as Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba.

Last week, the University of North Carolina graduate played all 180 minutes in losses to Portland and the LA Galaxy and has now gone the distance in each of the Fire’s first five games.

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