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.”

D.C. United Player Appearances: March 30-31

Player Appearances

As part of D.C. United’s continued efforts to make appearances in the community and through its partnership with Volkswagen, D.C. United players will be active in the Metropolitan Area following two weeks of MLS regular season play.

Midfielder Chis Pontius and rookie goalkeeper Joe Willis will both be appearing at Food & Friends on Wednesday, March 30th from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Food & Friends prepares, packages, and delivers meals and groceries to more than 2,800 people living with life-challenging illnesses throughout the D.C. Metro area.

Former D.C. United stars Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart named to U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

Pope and Stewart on HOF

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2011) - Former D.C. United stars Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart were elected to the 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame. Announced earlier today by U.S. Soccer, Pope earned a spot on 74 percent of the ballots and Stewart on 71 percent of the ballots.

Jones, Pope, Stewart elected into Hall of Fame

MLS, USMNT veterans joined by Gansler, Murray in 2011 class
HoF: Jones, Pope, Stewart

Four MLS standouts and a pre-MLS World Cup hero were elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

MLS originals Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope head the class.

Jones spent his entire 12-year MLS career with the LA Galaxy, helping his team win two MLS Cups, two Supporters' Shields, the 2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup and two US Open Cups. The former midfielder is also the all-time leader in caps for the US national team and participated in three World Cups.

World Football Challenge will replace SuperLiga

Garber cites Champions League as catalyst for transition in 2011
WFC replaces SuperLiga

Sir Alex Ferguson and Commissioner Don Garber.

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HARRISON, N.J. – MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirmed on Tuesday that the first-ever participation of MLS clubs in the World Football Challenge (WFC) this year will take the place of SuperLiga on the league’s summer calendar between July 14 and Aug. 6.

The primary reason for the shift from SuperLiga, a competition which pitted MLS clubs against their Mexican counterparts? The growth of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ferguson expects difficult matches vs. MLS sides

Man Utd to face record number of MLS clubs during 2011 US tour
Fergie expects challenge

HARRISON, N.J. – Sir Alex Ferguson says he expects Manchester United to have their hands full when the club arrives in July to face the MLS All-Stars and three MLS clubs, more MLS action than the Red Devils have ever seen in previous US tours.

MLS Power Rankings: Week 2

Union make their move to compete with top four
Power Rankings: Week 2

There's no doubt about who's ruling the rankings this week (Real Salt Lake and Colorado stay put atop the polls for another week), but look who's climbing. It's the unbeaten Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire making some noise, while D.C. United and FC Dallas take a tumble. Got an issue? Vote for your own!

All match times for this week's games are ET.

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