Sam Pierron had a problem.
The Kansan had been waiting years for a top-flight soccer league here in the States, but when it finally came, a lot of things just weren't right.
Fifteen years ago, MLS kicked off with stadiums that were too big and fields that were often too small. There was a clock that ran backwards, and a total lack of recognition for the best regular-season team, something that’s unheard of nearly everywhere else in the soccer world.
The first few days of D.C. United’s trip down to Charleston, S.C., have gotten off to a bright start.
After arriving last Thursday, the team spent the first couple of days enjoying the warm southern weather before opening up the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over defending USL champs and hosts Charleston Battery.
“The first few days have gone well,” midfielder Dax McCarty told MLSsoccer.com by phone. “Obviously, the first few days are to get the travel out of the legs, and just prepare for that first game.”
AMSTERDAM – Freddy Adu played the hero on Sunday, booting Çaykur Rizespor up to second place in the Turkish second flight with a terrific individual goal, claiming a 1-0 victory over Gaziantep BB.
Just after the half hour, the Benfica loanee received on the turn at the top right of the area, then fired a one-hopper inside the far post from 20 yards.
Fire's U-18s, DC's U-16s claim titles in Charleston Challenge
DC, Fire academies win
The Chicago Fire and D.C. United academies sides emerged victorious in this weekend’s inaugural Charleston Challenge Academy Cup. Held in conjunction with the pro exhibition tournament, the two-day youth tournament paid dividends for the two teams that made the trip to South Carolina.
Sunday featured two all-MLS finals. The Chicago Fire defeated D.C. United 2-1 to capture the U-18 honors, while D.C. United bested Chicago in the U-16 final by a 3-1 score line.
Watch an archived version of the webcast from Saturday, March 5, 2011
United vs Battery Full Match
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Note: The announcer credits United's first goal to Josh Wolff by mistake. Chris Pontius was the actual goal scorer.
United opened the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win
United - Battery Recap
Black-and-Red kickoff the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 victory
RECAP: Preseason match 7
D.C. United kicked off the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery on Saturday, March 5 in Charleston, S.C. Chris Pontius and Josesph Ngwenya led the line for the Black-and-Red, posting goals on either side of halftime.
The veteran midfielder is ready for the Carolina Challenge Cup
Clude Simms interview
How MLS' deal with Opta will shed light on the sport in the US
Analyst: Stats revolution
On Friday, the news came down that MLS has signed a deal with Opta to provide high-level statistical analysis this year, and for the next few. If you’re a regular reader of this column, you could probably guess that I’m pretty excited about the news.