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 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.

Late goal doesn't hide need for DC improvement

Olsen unhappy with long-ball approach in draw with Galaxy
DC need to improve

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.”

1-on-1 with Ethan White

Comcast SportsNet's Sebastian Salazar interviews United's homegrown defender
1-on-1 with Ethan White

DC make history as 3 Home Growns see action

Academy grads Najar, Hamid, White all play at same time vs. LA
Home Grown history in DC

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.

La Super Copa VI Quarterfinals set

Teams battle for a chance to play at RFK Stadium
La Super Copa VI update

2011 La Super Copa - Atletico Virginia

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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.

Looking for Mr. Assister

United has goal scorers, needs set-up man
Looking for Mr. Assister

Ben Olsen - 2011 preseason

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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.

VIDEO: Charlie Davies post-match interview

United's forward talks about bringing energy to create goals for the club
Charlie Davies post-LA

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VIDEO: Post-match interviews and highlights

Comments from Head Coach Ben Olsen, Ethan White, and Chris Korb
Interviews & highlights

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 1 - LA Galaxy 1

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - RFK Stadium - Washington, DC
Quotes & Highlights



Davies: “Estoy listo para ser titular”

Delantero rescató empate 1-1 para DC ante Galaxy
Davies busca ser titular

WASHINGTON- El delantero Charlie Davies, quien con su cuarto gol de la temporada dio al D.C. United el empate frente al Galaxy de Los Ángeles 1-1, aseguró que ya está listo para jugar a tiempo completo y cumplir su misión de ayudar a este equipo a ser contendor en esta temporada.

“Vine a este equipo a jugar y estoy listo para hacerlo, no 90 sino 95 minutos. Quizás en los primeros encuentros todavía no estaba completamente al 100 por ciento ni física ni emocionalmente pero ahora sí”, dijo Davies en el vestuario del DC.

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