Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo moved away from South Africa at age 16 to make the most of his soccer skills and the scholastic opportunities they unlocked in the United States, and he’s since spent most of his professional career here in USL and MLS.
But this month he’s pining for his homeland. Khumalo grew up in Soweto, South Africa, his home just a short walk from where Soccer City Stadium stands as the gleaming centerpiece of his nation’s long-awaited chance to show itself to the world.
dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi tells us which countries D.C. United's players and staff are supporting and the 2010 World Cup and asks players to predict which teams will surprise us in the tournament.
D.C. United allowed 20 shots, seven corner kicks, and two goals in the dying moments. They surrendered possession for long stretches, putting their goalkeeper and defenders under real pressure. Their patchwork back line became even more threadbare with a hip injury to Jordan Graye.
But none of that will matter to United because, on Thursday night, they strode into the noisiest venue in MLS and stole three points from Seattle in thrilling fashion, propelling themselves into the World Cup break on cloud nine.
Curt Onalfo - United Head Coach
(On his team giving up two scores late in the match...) "Unfortunately, the game was 93 minutes long and we were darn good for 90 minutes. It was disappointing to give up the two goals, but we were in desperate need for those three points. We're a young team, credit to Seattle for fighting and staying in there, but we were the better team and came away with the points."
dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi checks in with D.C. United defender Julius James after United's 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders FC. Listen to the defender's descriptions of key plays and his assessment of how the team played.
Chris Pontius checks in via phone after the thrilling 3-2 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Listen to what he had to say about his performance and the team's play.
SEATTLE. – En la última noche de fútbol profesional en el país, antes del receso por la Copa Mundo de la FIFA, los Sounders de Seattle volvieron a verse sorprendidos en su casa, esta vez por un cuadro que llegó al Qwest Field llevando el “farolito” del último puesto en la tabla general.