Previa ’11: D.C. United buscará recuperar su tradición ganadora

Con grandes adiciones, DC tratará de volver a la élite MLSera
Previa ’11: D.C. United

D.C. United inicia la temporada el
sábado, 19 de marzo frente a Columbus Crew en Washington con la misión
inmediata de clasificarse a la Liguilla por primera vez desde 2007, y de ahí en
más seguir avanzando rumbo a su quinto título de la liga, meta que le ha sido
esquiva en las últimas seis campañas.

DC prefer health over trophy in preseason finale

United's assistant coach says chief objective is to avoid injury
DC eye injury-free finale

With only one week remaining before opening the 2011 regular
season, D.C. United get one last crack at MLS opposition in the club’s final
preseason game against Toronto FC on Saturday night (streamed at and at 5 pm ET).

The match also serves as an opportunity for some silverware. After
wins in their first two matches in Charleston, S.C., another victory or a
draw against TFC clinches the Carolina Challenge Cup for D.C. United. launches new fantasy game: Salary Cap Challenge

"Salary Cap Challenge" first of two new fantasy games in ‘11
New fantasy games

Do you live in a fantasy world? Yeah, so do we.

Which is why we are so excited to introduce two new fantasy games this year.

VIDEO: Ben Olsen on preparing for the 2011 season

The Black-and-Red's head coach says the team is working hard and ready for the 2011 season
Ben Olsen interview

Head Coach Ben Olsen states, "there is a real sense of team right now," and he knows the guys, "will play with passion." United's head man says fans can expect, "a team that is ready to fight and change fortunes here at D.C. United," beginning with the home opener on March 19.

Join Olsen's Army! Buy tickets to the home opener on March 19 versus the Columbus Crew.

VIDEO: Dejan Jakovic interview

The Canadian international defender talks about the 2011 preseason
Dejan Jakovic interview

Supporters Week: Players rank MLS' toughest crowds

Which 12th man makes life hardest for the visiting team?
Players rank MLS crowds

Seattle's Emerald City Supporters.

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All stadiums are not created equal. And neither are the crowds. 

Though each MLS stadium has its X-factor—elevation, weather, playing surface—it’s often the 12th Man that makes a venue most challenging for the visitors. polled MLS players throughout the league to find out the 10 toughest venues to come out of with any points. Though the list is topped by a likely suspect, it’s who the players ranked second that may surprise you.

The Throw-In: MLS in 2011 is bigger and badder

As First Kick approaches, league is entering into a golden period
Throw-In: Go big in 2011

Fredy Montero and Landon Donovan

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I was on a flight back home from New York last week, wrapping up several days in the offices, when I had one of those rare fan-boy moments while absent-mindedly flipping through the latest issue of American Way magazine – that fine bastion of in-flight info-tainment.

Working for the league, I don’t get as many of those moments anymore – it’s professionally wise to sit back and enjoy the soccer in front of you in an objective way, trying to stay levelheaded. But sometimes, man, you just get a little giddy.

5 Days to First Kick: High 5s

Countdown rolls on as we take a look at the No. 5 in MLS history
5 Days to First Kick

5 Days to First Kick: High 5s.

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Join’s Jackie Pickering and Nick Firchau as they travel from LA to Vancouver, checking in on all the West Coast teams, meeting with fans, and stopping into adidas HQ in Portland to pick up the game ball for First Kick on March 15 at Qwest Field.

United for D.C. Luncheon Lottery

Donate for a chance to win two tickets to the annual luncheon
Meet the team! Enter to win

Meet Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty, Andy Najar, Bill Hamid and the rest of the 2011 D.C. United team and coaches while supporting United for D.C.! Hosted at the historic Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, the Ninth Annual United Kickoff Luncheon is a full course lunch with current players and coaches. Head Coach Ben Olsen and club management will introduce guests to the 2011 roster and discuss the club's goals of the year.

Luncheon Lottery

Enter to win two tickets to the luncheon (value $300):

VIDEO: D.C. United - Chicago Fire recap

D.C. United 1 - Chicago Fire 0
United - Fire recap
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