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.

Despite win, room for improvement for US U-20s

Rongen eager to mix and match with imposing front four
Room for US improvement?

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – The United States U-20 squad ran all over Suriname in their opening match of the CONCACAF Championship on Tuesday night, but head coach Thomas Rongen still feels like his team can improve going forward.

Sebastian Lletget, for example, found himself too deep, which also brought Conor Doyle too far back. The team let up for stretches of 10 minutes at a time. And Rongen’s charges could play forward more, instead of sideways or backwards.

Rookie Brettschneider impressive for DC reserves

Former Gamecock eager to crack United's proven front line
DC rookie impresses Olsen

WASHINGTON – The one player perhaps making the most of this season’s return of the reserve league is a new face in D.C. United camp, and he’s also suddenly making life for head coach Ben Olsen very interesting.

Rookie Blake Brettschneider has scored three goals in two reserve games after an active and impressive preseason. But only time will tell if the Supplemental Draft Pick out of South Carolina can really crack a proven United front line.

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US U-20s stomp Suriname in CONCACAF Champ.

Gyau, Wood, Doyle, Rowe all score as Stars and Stripes win 4-0
US U-20s rout Suriname

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – The United States U-20 national team got the start they wanted in their opening match of the CONCACAF Championship on Tuesday night, putting four past an overmatched Suriname squad.

Bobby Wood, Joe Gyau (above) and Conor Doyle tallied in the first half, while Kelyn Rowe's late second-half effort capped off a 4-0 night for the organized and impressive US squad at Estadio Mateo Flores.

DC's Korb excited about debut, upset about loss

United rookie gets first MLS start in 2-1 loss at New England
Korb excited about debut

WASHIGNTON – D.C. United rookie defender Chris Korb doesn’t like to lose. That much was clear even a few days after the 23-year-old made his professional debut in a 2-1 defeat at New England.

Starting at the right back for injured regular Jed Zayner, the Akron product looked comfortable in DC’s defense and was glad to get that first pro experience done and dusted.

“It was exciting to get that first game out of the way,” Korb told “I wish we would have won. It’s never fun when you lose and I’m pretty competitive, so it wasn’t the best first game.”

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