VIDEO: Dax McCarty on the team's preparations for the LA Galaxy

United's captain: "We're looking for three points."
Dax McCarty previews LA

D.C. United captain Dax McCarty says the team is ready for Saturday's match against the LA Galaxy and he is looking forward to the home support. Buy tickets

VIDEO: Clyde Simms on preparing for the LA Galaxy

United's midfielder says he is healthy and ready for Saturday's match
Clyde Simms on LA Galaxy

United look to defend RFK turf against Galaxy

DC hungry for a home-cooked result against Donovan & Co.
DC set to host Galaxy

WASHINGTON – While Saturday’s clash with the LA Galaxy brings one of the highest profile teams to town, it’s just like any other league matchup for D.C. United.

“As professionals, you want to approach every game the same,” midfielder Dax McCarty said. “No team, no opponent is any bigger than another opponent. We’re going to treat it just like any other game.”

Despite failure, future bright for US U-20 players

Great group of young US talent disappointed, but ball rolls on
Future bright for U-20s

US U-20s before their match with Panama.

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GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Less than nine hours after the United States U-20 national team lost 2-1 to the host nation in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Championship, Dillon Powers wandered into the departure area at La Aurora International Airport.

The Notre Dame midfielder, still wearing a tournament credential that read "jugador" around his neck, joined teammates Omar Salgado, Kelyn Rowe and a few other members of the US team as they sat in varying stages of dejection, waiting for flights that would send them to varying destinations around the world.

The Throw-In: The mystique of the aging 'keeper

Why do fans save special treatment for our veteran netminders?
Throw-In: Love of gloves

Matt Reis, Kasey Keller, Throw-In

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Goalkeepers are a different breed. We all know that. No one else in soccer gets away with wearing head-to-toe DayGlo green.

We joke – a bit. It’s a given that ‘keepers generally ooze more personality than the average soccer player. They’re often the go-to quotes for media members, and they’re the first guys to be alternately beloved and heckled by fans.

Hamid pushes back into net for D.C. United

DC 'keeper returned to action against Union in Open Cup match
Hamid returns to DC net

BOYDS, Md. – Decked from head-to-toe in a bright, neon-green goalie kit, 20-year-old Bill Hamid made his first competitive appearance for D.C. United in last night’s penalty-kick triumph over the Philadelphia Union in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game.

Hamid made his first start for DC since Sept. 4 of last year, a 1-0 loss against Columbus that preceded season-ending shoulder surgery. His only appearances prior to Wednesday evening this year came in the team’s two reserve matches.

US U-20s' Rongen: Early mistakes cost us

Head coach rues missed scoring opportunities in opening minutes
Rongen: Mistakes cost us

Thomas Rongen

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GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Though a dejected Thomas Rongen credited Guatemala with a gutsy, inspired performance during Wednesday night's upset of the US U-20 team in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Championship, he pointed to the opening quarter-hour as the USA's ultimate downfall.

"I think we lost the game early on, with two or three very good chances in the first 10 minutes," Rongen said after a 2-1 defeat sent the host Guatemalans to the World Cup and the US home early. "That sometimes, or a lot of times, comes back to haunt you."

VIDEO: Post-match quotes

2011 U.S. Open Cup play-in: DC vs Philadelphia
Post-match quotes

Highlights: D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union

U.S. Open Cup play-in round - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Highlights: United vs Union

No WCup for US, who fall to Guatemala in quarters

US U-20s fall 2-1 in CONCACAF Championship, fail to get Cup spot
US fall to Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — It took 92 years, but on Wednesday night at Estadio Mateo Flores, 30,000 fans stopped chanting "Sí se puede" and started singing "Sí se pudo.”

Guatemala, who have never sent a team to the World Cup on any level, shocked the United States U-20 squad in the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Championship with a 2-1 victory to qualify for the main event this summer in Colombia.

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