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Commentary: Youth movement may be key to DC regaining throne

Quartet of Academy products have United optimistic for future
DC's youth movement

Once, they were kings.

D.C. United rose from the primordial soccer ooze back in the mid-1990s along with nine other MLS teams, and they climbed out as champions. Bruce Arena’s team ran roughshod over a league where the two universals were Murphy’s Law and D.C. dominance, winning three of the first four MLS Cups and two of the first four Supporters' Shields.

They won the double (MLS Cup and US Open Cup) in their first season. They won a continental title in their third. All told, D.C. won 12 titles in their first 13 years of existence.

Crew's Carroll: Toughness and success part of D.C. United

Former United midfielder expects a battle in USOC semifinal
Carroll: DC will be tough

OBETZ, Ohio — Tournament play is different than the regular season. Just ask Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll.

In his early years with D.C. United, he became tournament tough, something that is helping the Crew now.

Carroll and his current club are a third of the way through Group B play in the CONCACAF Champions and into the last eight games of the MLS season but put that aside Wednesday for a semifinal of the US Open Cup vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium (the winner faces either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA).

Gulati: It's time to build on our experiences

US Soccer boss, Bradley, look toward next summer's Gold Cup
Gulati: Time to build

Bob Bradley

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NEW YORK — By extending head coach Bob Bradley's contract a further four years, the US Soccer Federation hopes to build on the national team's experiences and performances of the past four years, federation president Sunil Gulati said on Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased that Bob and I have been able to work out an extension," Gulati told media during a conference call. "We look forward to not only the next four years, but these upcoming games in October."

Power Rankings: Week 22

FC Dallas stay hot, Galaxy fall to lowest spot this season
Power Rankings: Week 22

What were you doing on May 20? Too long ago to remember? It seems like a lifetime ago for FC Dallas, who have reeled off a 12-game unbeaten streak since they lost way back when. They're at No. 2 this week after a scoreless draw in Columbus, while RSL hold down the top spot and LA plummet to their lowest ranking this year.

Match preview: U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

Wednesday, September 1, 7:30 PM - RFK Stadium
Preview: USOC Semifinal

Chris Pontius and Marc Burch discuss the team's preparations for the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal versus the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30 PM. With a win, United would advance to it's third U.S. Open Cup final in a row.

5 things to look for in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

United is at home and trying to get back to U.S. Open Cup Final
5 things: USOC Semifinal

A quick glance at the Eastern Conference standings leading up to the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match-up between D.C. United and the Columbus Crew seems to show that United doesn’t have much of a chance to make it to the final. Fortunately for the Black-and-Red, the MLS regular season is completely unrelated to the Open Cup. Here are five other reasons why United has can be hopeful entering the U.S. Open Cup semifinal.

Braun volvió a ser el héroe rojiblanco

Chivas USA venció 1-0 a D.C. United
Braun fue el héroe

Braun

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CARSON, Calif. – Gracias a un golazo de Justin Braun, las Chivas USA pudieron rescatar tres valiosos puntos en casa ante un D.C. United que propuso aunque no le alcanzó.

Los capitalinos tuvieron la primera jugada de peligro a los tres minutos, tras una desviada de la defensa que Jaime Moreno pudo recuperar dentro del área y mandar un tiro potente y cruzado que Thornton logró desviar a un tiro de esquina.

USA to play Colombia at Union's PPL Park

Philadelphia will host the international friendly on Oct. 12
PPL to host USA-Colombia

In the span of six days, Philadelphia fans will get the chance to watch the best American soccer players, men or women, at PPL Park.

The US Soccer Federation and the Philadelphia Union announced on Monday that the newest MLS stadium, which opened in June, will host a US Men’s National Team friendly against Colombia on Tuesday, Oct. 12 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and Galavisión).

The match will come less than a week after the US Women’s National Team hosts China in preparation for World Cup qualifying on Wed., Oct. 6.

Adidas, MLS extend strategic partnership through 2018

New agreement includes major focus on youth development
Adidas, MLS extend deal

Just six years into the original 10-year deal between Adidas and MLS, things have gone so well that both sides agreed to re-up earlier than planned.

On Monday morning, Adidas and Major League Soccer announced an extension to the ground-breaking partnership originally signed in 2004. The original deal, which ran through 2014, named Adidas as the official athletic sponsor and product supplier for the league. The new extension runs through 2018.

As Open Cup looms, not all lost for DC

Reserves play admirably in tough road loss to Chivas USA
Not all lost for D.C.

Santino Quaranta saw his long-range blast clang off the crossbar, hit Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton in the leg and bounce just wide of the net. Jaime Moreno’s goalbound header was cleared off the line by a desperate Mariano Trujillo. Branko Boskovic whipped a vicious drive inches high and wide of Thornton’s top corner.

Yet D.C. United’s visit to the Home Depot Center on Sunday night ended in the same fashion as so many of their other road matches: another loss, another shutout, another promising performance rendered hollow by a few inopportune errors.

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