Team 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.

DC looking healthy again after bout of sickness

Ben Olsen happy with understudies' performances during absences
DC nearing full health

Ben Olsen

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WASHINGTON – Last week D.C. United players were dropping like flies.

Prior to Saturday’s game against Toronto, a flu-like bug had been making its way through a number of first-team players. Perry Kitchen, who had picked up a bug while away at Guatemala, trained intermittently throughout the week. Andy Najar was a late scratch ahead of Toronto and Dejan Jakovic came out of that game in the 73rd minute, hampered with an illness.

Olsen has confidence in United's young defense

'Keeper Hamid and 3 rookie defenders help shutout Toronto FC
Olsen confident in young D

WASHINGTON – At the final whistle of Saturday’s 3-0 win over Toronto, three of D.C. United’s back four were rookies: Ethan White, Perry Kitchen and Chris Korb. Add left back Marc Burch and 20-year-old goalie Bill Hamid to the mix, and the defensive core had an average age of just 21.

When asked after Tuesday’s training session about having three rookies in defense, it hadn’t even registered with head coach Ben Olsen.

Food trucks for April 21 match vs NY Red Bulls

DC-based food trucks in Lot 8 at 5:30 PM
Food trucks for 4/21

Eat Wonky truck

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Supporters are encouraged to follow each of the five food trucks on Twitter. Ticket plans and game packages, as well as individual game tickets, are available for purchase at

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Talking Tactics: Cutting diamonds in Salt Lake and New York

Different looks from two similar-looking midfields
Tactics: MLS diamond mids

Two prominent MLS sides drive forward behind diamond-shaped midfields. Jason Kreis has Real Salt Lake aiming for historic heights with a midfield diamond. And Hans Backe has a midfield diamond whirling at Red Bull Arena—a midfield that that may finally have arrived at full rev over the weekend in a convincing win over San Jose.

But every diamond-shaped midfield in a 4-4-2 formation certainly is not the same. To presume so would be like telling a wine lover that every pinot noir is the same.

VIDEO: Atlantic Cup highlights

Memorable moments from D.C. United's previous matches against New York
Atlantic Cup highlights
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