Armchair Analyst: The third central midfielder

Teams adjusting to "The Passing Game" by crowding middle
Analyst: Third CM

In the run-up to what could prove to be the most spectacular fortnight in the history of El Clásico — the great rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona — the whole world has caught Barcelona-itis.

Or near enough, anyway. The Passing Game — you can hear the capitals when someone is really pontificating — of the Blaugrana has brought football to an entirely new place, one of endless strings of one-touch builds, wing isolation and a premium on possession and letting the ball do the work.

The ball, after all, has no lungs. It will never get tired.

Previa: D.C. vs Toronto

Previa: D.C. vs Toronto

El mediocampista brasileño Fred habla acerca del choque de visita de este sábado contra Toronto FC.

DC's Jakovic thrilled about Toronto homecoming

Defender looking forward to playing in front of family, friends
Jakovic's TOR homecoming

WASHINGTON – Whenever D.C. United make the trip north to Toronto, the experience carries extra significance for defender Dejan Jakovic.

The third-year MLS veteran moved to the Toronto metropolitan area when he was 6 years old after civil war broke out in what was then his native Yugoslavia. The 25-year-old lived in Toronto until he left for college in the United States and identifies it as his hometown.

He’s excited to return this coming weekend when D.C. United pay a visit to Toronto FC (Saturday, 7 pm ET, FOX Soccer), and hopes to taste success with his current squad.

VIDEO: Charlie Davies on pushing to become a starter

United's leading goal scorer knows he must earn his spot
Davies eager to start

DT Olsen mueve sus piezas en el ajedrez del United

Continúas ausencias han interrumpido el trabajo de DC
Olsen mueve sus piezas

WASHINGTON- Si hay algo de lo que no se
puede culpar al técnico Ben Olsen es de no buscar alternativas para solucionar
las bajas que se le han presentado en su plantilla durante los primeros cuatros
juegos del D.C. United, que con un récord de 1-2-1 y 4 puntos se ubica en el
sótano de la clasificación de la Conferencia Este.

Veteran Burch brings consistency to DC back line

After two injury-plagued seasons, left back finally contributing
DC's Burch consistent

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 named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match

The United forward earns fan's choice award after PK goal
Davies named MOTM - Week 4

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


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MLS Power Rankings: Week 4

Sounders, FC Dallas make their move after impressive wins
Power Rankings: Week 4

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!

Rookie Rundown: Bruin scores first MLS goal

Valentin, Salgado also in action after US U-20 loss in Guatemala
Rookie Rundown: Week 4

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.

Kempin, Pineda headline US U-18 call-ups

SKC 'keeper, Chicago midfielder the only pros in Matkovich's team
Kempin, Pineda in U-18s

Jon Kempin is one of the stars of the Sporting Kansas City Juniors program.

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Sporting Kansas City Communications

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.

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