WASHINGTON - Almost three months after their final regular-season match, D.C. United’s squad ran through their last training session of 2010 in mild, windy conditions at the RFK Stadium auxiliary fields on Wednesday morning.
Players will complete their individual exit meetings with the technical staff on Thursday and Friday, then disperse until late January. For most, the offseason cannot come quickly enough.
NEW YORK – The conclusion of the 2010 MLS season will mark the graduation day for 11 players who came into MLS as part of the Generation adidas program.
Generation adidas contracts provide the opportunity for players to leave college early and continue to develop their soccer careers in MLS. The salaries of these players are greater than the league minimum and the players are also provided educational funds should they decide to return to school. Their salaries also do not count against a club’s salary budget, allowing teams to afford them time to develop.
On Wednesday morning, word spread that FIFA evaluators considered the United States' bid to host the 2022 World Cup a medium risk because "the necessary government support has not been documented as neither the government guarantees, the government declaration nor the government legal statement have been provided in compliance with Fifa's requirements for government documents..."
David Downs, executive director for the American's bid committee, disputed the claims, saying that government guarantees had been submitted as requested in May.
When Bob Bradley called upon a host of fresh faces to
join the United States national team for their final match of the year,
he wanted to see which uncapped players would rise to the occasion.
After the Americans' impressive 1-0 victory over South Africa in Cape
Town's Green Point Stadium, the coach has his answer: all of them.
WASHINGTON -- Amid the various post-mortem perspectives on the club’s troubled 2010 season offered by members of the D.C. United technical staff, one name was repeatedly mentioned as a surprisingly influential absentee.
Marc Burch was not even penciled in to start at his preferred left back position when United began preseason training, but the broken foot that sidelined the 26-year-old defender shortly thereafter proved to be a bigger setback than anyone at the club expected.
In a match that saw five Americans earn their first cap, 17-year-old New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo became the youngest player to score for the US national team in a 1-0 victory over South Africa on Wednesday.
The win ensured the US finished 2010 on a high note as they edged past the hosts in front of 55,000 vuvuzela-blowing fans at the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.
FAIRFAX, Virginia -- Con goles de Jaime Moreno y Santino Quaranta, el D.C. United derrotó 2-0 al Richmond Kickers en los octavos de final de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.
El equipo capitalino continuará ahora su camino a la conquista de su tercer título en este antiguo torneo, enfrentando en la siguiente ronda al Harrisburg City Islanders el próximo 7 de julio.
AMSTERDAM – Every time a nation is sent home from World Cup, the thought is always the same: Now comes four long years of waiting for another chance.
It might make an observer feel a little better for just a moment to get in the time machine and see what their country could bring to the table next time out.
One cycle "dies" and the natural process begins anew with the seed-planting of promise. The player pool can move in many ways, with some set for impressive growth over four years' time.
WASHINGTON – Exits and upgrades are to be expected from a team that struggles to the extent that D.C. United did in 2010. But Monday’s announcement that striker Danny Allsopp is leaving the club by mutual consent, while not surprising, underlines the extent of the overhaul taking place along the DC front line this offseason.
NEW YORK – MLS Commissioner Don Garber provided an overview of the latest expansion candidates in his annual State of the League address, stating that he envisions a league with more than 20 teams.
“I don’t know when it will be when we go beyond 20, but I think at some point in our lifetime there will be more than 20 teams in MLS,” Garber said on Tuesday’s media teleconference call. “It’s a big country. We cross [four] time zones. … But we have a long way to go before we even can consider that.”