United's preseason rolls on to California

Olsen instills tough mentality ahead of Oxnard trip
United head to Calif.

After wrapping up a two-week in Florida on Sunday, D.C. United players and coaches were back in the Washington area early this week for a brief respite.

But on Wednesday morning the club hits the road once again, flying to California for continued preseason preparations ahead of their March 19 opener against the Columbus Crew.

D.C. United acquire Charlie Davies for '11

Forward joins MLS club after successful preseason trial
DC acquire Davies for '11

Charlie Davies is about to get a second chance.

The striker who enticed hungry US soccer fans and then nearly lost his life in a horrific car crash will continue his captivating career rebirth in a D.C. United uniform in 2011.

The club announced Wednesday that it has signed Davies on loan for the 2011 MLS season after a successful trial in which the forward flashed moments of promise worthy of the hype that first made him a star less than two years ago.

Borg: Can Davies be DC's next Adu?

Goals aren't key measure of success in acquisition of US forward
Borg: Is Davies next Adu?

Charlie Davies and Dejan Jakovic

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Now that it's official, the first instinct is to immediately project a goal total
for Charlie Davies as the chief marker of whether his acquisition will benefit D.C.
United. But Davies is not your typical forward and the typical measure of
success does not apply here.

POLL: How many goals for Charlie Davies in '11?

DC need goals, and Davies can provide them. But how many?
POLL: CD9 goals in '11?

Charlie Davies

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DC United's very own Simon Borg rightly says that Charlie Davies' success in MLS won't be measured by how many goals he scores, b

D.C. United ficha al delantero Charlie Davies

Davies será presentado en conferencia de prensa hoy miércoles a las 2:00 p.m. en Estadio RFK
Charlie Davies ficha

Charlie Davies - 2011 preseason

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Washington, D.C. (16 de febrero de 2011) - D.C. United anunció hoy que el club ha fichado al delantero Charlie Davies en condicicón de préstamo por un año procedente del club francés FC Sochaux. El club utilizo una plaza de asignacion de jugadores de la MLS para adquirir al delantero.

D.C. United acquires forward Charlie Davies

24-year-old U.S. National Team striker joins Black-and-Red for 12-month loan deal
Charlie Davies acquired

Charlie Davies - 2011 preseason

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Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired forward Charlie Davies. The Black-and-Red have signed the striker to a loan deal from French side FC Sochaux for the 2011 season. The club used its position in the MLS allocation ranking to acquire the forward. United will hold a press conference in the Volkswagen Lounge at RFK Stadium today at 2:00 p.m. to introduce Davies alongside President and CEO Kevin Payne, General Manager Dave Kasper, and Head Coach Ben Olsen.

Youth movement continues for Baltimore Bays

Ambitous Maryland club produced Wallace, Quaranta, DeLaGarza
Baltimore Bays' rise

When it comes to developing soccer players, Baltimore, Md. has been something of a sleeper in helping produce some of the best and brightest.

But one youth club has stoked soccer in that region – the Baltimore Bays.

Best known for the youth club of D.C. United’s Santino Quaranta, the club has reached new heights and is currently one of the 74 teams competing in the USSF Development Academy at the U-16 and U-18 level.

DC's Kevin Payne recognized for service to soccer

Werner Fricker Builder awarded to MLS club exec for first fime
USSF honors DC's Payne

NEW YORK – To MLS fans, Kevin Payne is synonymous with D.C.
United and the tradition of success the club has built in MLS since the league’s
founding in 1996.

But United’s president and CEO has had a more extensive role
in the game outside the confines of RFK Stadium. He was
recognized for his service with the Werner Fricker Builder award, which was presented at the US
Soccer Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday.

It represented the first time in the history of the award that a high-ranking
MLS club official was honored.

Monday Postgame: Mark your calendars!

Breaking down Week 12 of the MLS offseason
Monday Postgame

DC United's preseason is in full swing.

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This was the calendar-marking, travel-planning, rivalry-stoking week of the offseason: Major League Soccer released the official 2011 regular-season schedule on Thursday.

While that development topped the week’s news and sent anticipation skyrocketing, there was plenty of other action, including another round of preseason games, a slate of player acquisitions (along with trialists and big-name rumors), and the ongoing sagas of Charlie Davies and David Beckham—the latter of whom decided to extend his training stint with Tottenham until Feb. 24.

Off we go.

Kevin Payne honored with prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award

United's President and CEO was honored at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas
Kevin Payne honored by USSF

LAS VEGAS – Kevin Payne, a leading soccer executive and pioneer in the sport, was honored at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting in Las Vegas as the recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.

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