D.C. United were one of the first MLS clubs to foster effective, cooperative partnerships with their fans and supporters’ groups and, for many years, the result was an atmosphere in the stands to match the quality of the soccer being played at RFK Stadium.
But after nearly three years of struggle, frustrated rumblings are rippling through the club’s fan base. And the club has responded.
WASHINGTON – With his game-winning goal against Toronto FC two weeks ago, D.C. United defender Julius James helped unleash havoc at his former club. Head coach Preki and general manager Mo Johnston were both sacked within days of the loss that nudged TFC further away from a playoff spot.
James is far too polite to admit it, but part of him surely took great satisfaction from making such an impact on the club that traded him to Houston less than a year after drafting him.
WASHINGTON — Their 2010 record does not match their reputation, but D.C. United interim coach Ben Olsen still expects a vintage Houston Dynamo performance when the Western Conference underachievers visit RFK Stadium on Saturday night.
Qué: Jornada 26, temporada regular de la MLS
Quién: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo
Cuándo: Sábado, 25 de septiembre, 2010 (7:30 p.m. ET)
Dónde: RFK Stadium (Washington, DC)
TV: MLS Direct Kick, MLSsoccer.com/ Match Day Live
AMSTERDAM – In the aftermath of Jürgen Klinsmann's declaration that the top American coaches are capable of success in Europe, former US national team star Earnie Stewart warns that the opportunities needed to manage in Europe may still be several years away.
Now AZ Alkmaar's technical director, Stewart – who had the task of choosing two bosses while in the same role at NAC Breda – says the cycle of such things is headed slowly in the right direction.
WASHINGTON -- It was barely a week after his debilitating surgery, but Bill Hamid didn’t expect any sympathy from Brian Goodstein. And D.C. United’s head athletic trainer – the man who will oversee the long rehabilitation of the team’s prized young goalkeeper over the next three to five months - duly obliged.
WASHINGTON – Le toma mucho tiempo a un jugador de gran personalidad dejar atrás una carrera de 18 años en su continente y cruzar el océano para unirse a un conjunto en el último lugar de su liga en una tierra desconocida, especialmente cuando no hay muchos ánimos o salario de Jugador Franquicia a la espera.
WASHINGTON – It takes an enterprising player to leave behind an 18-year-career in one’s homeland and cross the ocean to join a last-place team in an unfamiliar land, especially when there’s no lavish hype or Designated Player wages waiting for you.
Carlos Varela won league titles, played on many of Europe’s biggest stages and experienced the rarified air of UEFA Champions League competition during his lengthy career in the Swiss first division. But in joining D.C. United at the tail end of a wearisome campaign, the 33-year-old has taken on an entirely new sort of challenge.
Real Salt Lake took over the top spot in the rankings with a record-breaking win at Rio Tinto, but will it last? Both the Galaxy and Red Bulls could gain some traction with a win in their titanic matchup on Friday at the Home Depot Center. FC Dallas, Columbus and Seattle, meanwhile, stayed put in this week's poll.
NEW YORK -- There’s hardly any room on the desk in David Downs’ office in midtown Manhattan, and not much time to waste.
The papers are piling up here, a cluttered sign that the culmination of the bid to land the World Cup in the United States in either 2018 or 2022 is about to hit the home stretch.
The visits are done and the paperwork is in; all that's left now is the lobbying.