DC, Chicago academies claim championships

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.

VIDEO: D.C. United vs Charleston Battery Match Archive

Watch an archived version of the webcast from Saturday, March 5, 2011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.

Match report

VIDEO: D.C. United - Charleston Battery Recap

United opened the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win
United - Battery Recap

Preseason match 7: United vs Charleston Battery

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. 

VIDEO: Clyde Simms interview

The veteran midfielder is ready for the Carolina Challenge Cup
Clude Simms interview

Armchair Analyst: Stats revolution comes to MLS

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.

D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno joins Youth Academy and Summer Camp Programs

15-year Black-and-Red veteran to become Academy Technical Training Coach
Moreno joins Academy

Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that recently retired forward Jaime Moreno is set to become the club’s Youth Academy Technical Training Coach. Having played his final match in a storied 15-year tenure with United on October 23, 2010, Moreno will utilize his vast playing experience in the development of future members of the Black-and-Red. In his role with D.C. United Youth Development, Moreno will work closely as an on field technical coach with D.C. United Academy players and coaches.

VIDEO: Black-and-Red Report

Comcast SportsNet's Russ Thaler and Sebastian Salazar discuss D.C. United
Black-and-Red Report

VIDEO: Dax McCarty interview

United's new midfielder discusses the Carolina Challenge Cup
Dax McCarty interview

Dax McCarty is happy to be with the Black-and--Red and is looking forward to the Carolina Challenge Cup. McCarty discusses the team's goals heading into the final preseason training sessions and friendly matches.

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Vídeo: Andy Najar

Vídeo: Andy Najar

El juvenil mediocampista Andy Najar habla sobre la pre-temporada y las expectativas del club capitalino antes del debut de la temporada de la MLS frente a Columbus Crew el 19 de marzo en el Estadio RFK.

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