It is only fitting that on the day after Real Salt Lake’s historic victory in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, Major League Soccer celebrates a milestone anniversary. Fifteen years ago today, the very first MLS game took place.
Just as fans across the US and Canada are celebrating RSL’s win and advancement to the CCL final, back on April 6, 1996, soccer fans across the continent tuned in to watch the San Jose Clash-D.C. United match. More than 31,000 fans packed Spartan Stadium for the event.
WASHINGTON – United have a long, shiny history in the US Open Cup. They've won the competition twice, in 1996 and 2008, plus reached the 2009 final and the semifinals in 2010.
The chance to add to that history continues on Wednesday, when they welcome the Philadelphia Union to the Maryland Soccerplex for a play-in game. With some player injuries to manage, coach Ben Olsen indicated that he’ll likely field a blend of starters and reserves.
WASHINGTON- El delantero hondureño del
D.C. United, Andy Najar, afirmó que la decisión de jugar con las selecciones
nacionales Sub-20 y de mayores de su país le salió del corazón y que desde ya
está a disposición de los técnicos de su país para uniformarse con la Bicolor
cuando quiera que lo convoquen.
“Quiero anunciar que he tomado la
decisión de ponerme a la disposición de la selección nacional de Honduras
porque ese es el país donde nací y quiero representarlo de corazón”, dijo Najar
este martes en rueda de prensa en el Estadio RFK.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United midfielder and reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar ended months of speculation surrounding his international on Tuesday: He will be a Catracho.
Reading from a prepared statement, 18-year-old Najar spoke in his native Spanish and announced his intention to represent Honduras at a press conference at RFK Stadium, explaining that he would represent the Central American country if and when selected.
“It was a decision that my heart told me,” he said through a translator. “It came strictly from my heart."
A continuación, se encuentra el texto leído por Andy Najar el día de hoy en conferencia de prensa anunciando su deseo de jugar a nivel internacional con su país natal, Honduras.
“Buenas tardes a todos. Gracias por su presencia el día de hoy. El motivo de esta conferencia de prensa es para anunciar mi deseo de representar a mi país natal Honduras a nivel internacional con las selecciones nacionales de fútbol.
The following is an English translation of Andy Najar's statement:
Good afternoon all. Thank you for your attendance today. The purpose of this press conference is to announce my desire to represent my birth country, Honduras, at an international level with the national soccer selections.
WASHINGTON – There’s little time for D.C. United to dwell on the weekend loss to Colorado as the team prepares for a busy week that began Tuesday.
The club trained in windy and rainy conditions, and with two games in four days – a U.S. Open Cup play-in game against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, before Supporters’ Shield holders LA Galaxy come to town this weekend – DC are looking to bounce back from two straight losses in league play.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — After two almost-perfunctory group matches, the United States U-20 team faces its first game that really, truly matters since it arrived here.
The math is simple: Win, and the US are into the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Lose, and they go home.