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Armchair Analyst: Cup, Shield a perfect combo

Want to be remembered as the bona fide best? Win the MLS double
Analyst: Cup & Shield

Way, way back in the primordial ooze out from which MLS crawled, the league’s powers that be conceived of a format where the yearly campaign was merely a prelude to the playoffs. Eight of 10 teams qualified for the postseason, the regular-season champion wasn’t recognized outside of a No. 1 seed, and some fans threw a snit.

Traditionalists cried foul, making one of two arguments: that MLS should do things more like they’re done in Europe, the birthplace of the game (bad argument); or that the playoffs devalue regular-season accomplishments (good argument).

Fred regresa al D.C. United

Volante brasileño vuelve a vestir la camisa rojinegra
Fred regresa al D.C. United

Fred - 2011 - returning to DC

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Washington, D.C. (18 de febrero de 2011) - D.C. United anunció hoy que el volante brasileño Fred ha sido adquirido en un canje con New England Revolution a cambio de una selección en la segunda ronda del SuperDraft 2013 de la MLS. Fred regresa a la capital luego de haber jugado la temporada del 2010 con Philadelphia Union. Sin embargo, New England adquirió los derechos del brasileño mediante un draft de la Liga que se llevó a cabo en diciembre.

D.C. United re-acquires Brazilian midfielder Fred

United sends 2013 SuperDraft pick to New England
Fred reacquired

Fred - 2008

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Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today the club has re-acquired midfielder Fred from the New England Revolution in exchange for a natural 2013 SuperDraft 2nd round pick. The 31-year old midfielder returns to the city in which his MLS career began in 2007.

D.C. United tabbed for four Fox Soccer Channel broadcasts

Slight scheduling changes for games at Toronto FC, LA and vs. Union
United on FSC four times

Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today four MLS matches that will be broadcast live nationwide as a part of the League’s new broadcasting deal with Fox Soccer Channel. United games at Toronto FC, Houston and LA have been tabbed in addition to the club’s July 2 home game against Philadelphia. As a result, kick-off time at Toronto April 16 is now set for 7:00 p.m. ET, the Galaxy match will be moved to June 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET and the Union match will start at 7:00 p.m. ET.

» Revised 2011 schedule

MLS, FOX extend national broadcast rights agreement

One-year extension includes up to 31 matches
MLS, FOX extend agreement

NEW YORK – Major League Soccer and FOX Soccer announced on Friday that they have extended the network’s national broadcast rights agreement for one year.

The premier soccer-only channel in North America will broadcast up to 31 regular-season games, plus three exclusive MLS Cup Playoff matches including a Conference Final – all in high definition. The package includes 15 matches on Saturday nights and 14 on Friday nights; 20 of those 31 broadcast windows are exclusive to FOX Soccer.

Onstad is "best option" in DC goal

United asst. to return to nets as Cronin hurt, Hamid recovering
Onstad back in net

Pat Onstad

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WASHINGTON — With mounting injury concerns in goal, D.C. United announced Thursday night that assistant coach Pat Onstad is coming out of retirement and returning to play for the club.

“Pat is our best option in goal right now for the situation we’re in,” head coach Ben Olsen told “Pat is an extremely experienced player that can bring stability to our back line – we are very lucky to have him.”

Frequent flyer Jakovic eyes starting spot at DC

Canadian int'l hoping to impress United ahead of Gold Cup
Jakovic not road-weary

D.C. United central defender Dejan Jakovic is finally with the rest of his teammates out in California after spending much of February up in the air.

On Feb. 6, Jakovic started and played 90 minutes for the Canadian national team in a 1-0 friendly loss against Greece in Europe. It was a tight window and required crossing the Atlantic in a short time period.

Despite the distance he had to cover, the overall experience was positive.

Five rookies to keep an eye on in 2011

This coming season promises another bounty of freshman talent
Top 5 rookies in '11?

Will these rookies have standout years in 2011?

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With the regular season just under a month away, rookies across MLS are getting adjusted to the rigors of their first preseason as professionals.

More MLS legends added to Hall of Fame ballot

Additions of five new MLS greats makes player vote unpredictable
Soccer HoF voting begins

NEW YORK – Voting for the 2011 class of the National Soccer
Hall of Fame has kicked off and there is a strong chance it could wind up being
an all-MLS class based on the names that are up for election in three different
categories: Player, Veteran and Builder.

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