GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – When the United States meet Panama on Saturday in their second match of the U-20 CONCACAF Championship (6 pm ET, concacaf.com), they will already be through to the quarterfinals. Rather than focusing on a result, the Americans will look to improve upon the dominating performance they turned in during their first game.
WASHINGTON – Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Colorado Rapids (7 pm, Galavisión), D.C. United have a dizzying array of back line questions to answer.
With Dejan Jakovic suspended after picking up a red card last Saturday in a 2-1 loss against New England, Perry Kitchen on international duty with the US U-20s and right back Jed Zayner listed as questionable, three-quarters of their ideal starting defense may be unavailable.
That’s not a huge concern for coach Ben Olsen.
WASHINGTON- Después de pasar 17 meses sin
jugar oficialmente al fútbol, el delantero del D.C. United, Charlie Davies,
regresó a las canchas y en apenas 83 minutos de juego en dos partidos ya ha
marcado tres goles. Davies sufrió un accidente automovilístico en Arlington,
Virginia, en octubre de 2009 mientras estaba concentrado con la selección
nacional de Estados Unidos para un partido clasificatorio al Mundial de Sudáfrica
frente a Costa Rica en el estadio RFK.
This weekend, 16 of the top amateur squads in the area will take part in La Super Copa VI, the annual outdoor tournament of champions hosted by D.C. United and presented by Volkswagen. Each team earned a berth in the tournament by winning their respective adult league.
The action kicks off on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., when Spartan FC (Monarch’s Soccer League) takes on Palmeiras (Latin American League). The Aegean Hawks FC get their first crack at defending their La Super Copa V crown when they take on Inter De Virginia (Manassas Universal League) at 11 a.m.
First we’re going to look at why the US team is in a rut, and how that came to be. Then we’ll look at the numbers - be forewarned, they are grotesque - that the past 15 months have produced.
The main problem with the US team: There’s no center forward.
I’ve praised Jozy Altidore in this space before for his willingness to do the donkey-work of knocking-down headers, making unselfish passes and drawing fouls, all of which proved invaluable in the World Cup. His vision has improved by leaps and bounds, as has his strength on the ball.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – It's not so much the words coming out of Joe Gyau's mouth, but more the look in his eye.
The 18-year-old attacker, who surged through Suriname's defense again and again on Tuesday, understands how dangerous he was during the United States U-20s' opening match of the CONCACAF Championship.
Gyau scored, earned multiple free kicks and was the best player on the field for much of the 4-0 victory. Can he continue to do what he wants with the ball?
"I'm not going to say I don't feel like I can," he said, “I'm pretty confident that I can.”
After an intense morning of training, midfielder Chris Pontius and goalkeeper Joe Willis joined D.C. United front office staff in volunteering at Food & Friends on Wednesday afternoon. The players and staff helped Food & Friends prepare hundreds of meals for their clients.
D.C. UNITED WINS THE CHALLENGE