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Armchair Analyst: No. 9 and other damning stats

The US has been floundering without a true center forward
Analyst: Searching for #9

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.

Youngster Gyau a confident catalyst for US attack

Under-20s star tore through Suriname; who's next?
Gyau a catalyst for U-20s

Joe Gyau with the US U-20s

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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.”

El retorno de Fred

El volante brasileño habló con "La Tribuna del D.C. United"
Tribuna del D.C. United


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United Builds: Volunteering at Food & Friends

The Black-and-Red spent the afternoon volunteering at Food & Friends
Food & Friends visit

Chris Pontius at Food & Friends volunteer event

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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 renueva contrato del portero Bill Hamid

D.C. United renueva contrato

Washington, D.C. (30 de marzo, 2011) – D.C. United anunció que el portero Bill Hamid ha firmado un nuevo contrato con el club capitalino. Por política del club y la Liga, los términos del nuevo pacto no fueron revelados. Hamid se convirtió en el portero más joven en la historia de la MLS en registrar su primera victoria el 5 de mayo del 2010 contra Sporting Kansas City. El anterior récord lo obstentaba Tim Howard de los MetroStars, y ahora titular del Everton de Inglaterra.

Garza eyes continued good form for US U-20s

Could Texan be the one to solve USMNT's problem at left back?
Garza eyes more good form

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The left back problem persists for the US.

Carlos Bocanegra isn't the answer. Jonathan Bornstein – fresh off a shocker against Paraguay – can do no right in the eyes of the collected masses, even when he does (see: World Cup 2010). And Jonathan Spector, nope.

But down in Guatemala, the flank was solidified – for a night, at least.

Greg Garza, Thomas Rongen's embattled, frequently maligned, first-choice fullback, had himself a sublime performance against Suriname on Tuesday night during the U-20s' opening match of the CONCACAF Championship.

Stewart "humbled, honored" by Hall of Fame call

Ex-US, D.C. United star says honor is best birthday gift ever
Stewart on HoF call

AMSTERDAM – AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart says he was feeling as modest and grateful as ever after beng informed of his National Soccer Hall of Fame inclusion on Monday.

The longtime US national team star will be enshrined alongside former US coach Bob Gansler and former international teammates Cobi Jones, Bruce Murray and Eddie Pope. For the 42-year-old, it was a momentous bit of news with great timing.

D.C. United Women join USL W-League

Team to compete in Northeast Division, play home games at MD SoccerPlex
D.C. United Women

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2011) – D.C. United announced today the launch of D.C. United Women into the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League for the 2011 season. Under a partnership agreement with the Nothern Virginia Majestics, United Women will represent the Black-and-Red in the competitive Northeast Division of the league.

Does MLS matter to National Soccer Hall of Fame?

Etcheverry not included in Class of 2011
Does MLS matter to H.O.F.?

Yesterday, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its induction class
for 2011.  Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart have all been elected
into the Hall, in many ways putting the final touch on three excellent
careers. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a place for the greatest
players in American Soccer.  In theory, the Hall should be a combination of
significant U.S.

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