D.C. United focused on building team chemistry

Olsen trying to bring together a cohesive, competitive group
DC focused on chemistry

Daniel Woolard, Charlie Davies

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Preseason preparations for the 2011 season continued in earnest this week for D.C. United down in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In the midst of his first preseason as the club’s coach, Ben Olsen hasn’t been taking it easy on his charges.

Difficult challenges lie ahead for Olsen and DC as the start of the season nears. For one, he’s got to find a way to improve the team both offensively and defensively, and in a short amount of time bring together a cohesive and competitive group.

MLSers in action as Canada fall to Greece

De Rosario, Cann, Jaković and Johnson earn caps in friendly
Canada fall to Greece

Canada fell 1-0 to Greece Wednesday in an international friendly, though MLS was well represented in the Canadian ranks as Toronto FC’s Dwayne DeRosario and Adrian Cann and D.C. United’s Dejan Jaković all started and went the full 90.

Real Salt Lake’s Will Johnson started and played 82 minutes before being subbed off.

Cann and Jaković formed the Canadian central defense in Stephen Hart’s 4-2-3-1, and he generally kept the Greeks quiet in front of 'keeper Milan Borjan.

Preseason match 2: United v FIU

2011 Preseason match 2


VIDEO: Dax McCarty interview

The United midfielder is enjoying the 2011 preseason and his new team
Dax McCarty interview

After spending most of January with the U.S. National Team, Dax McCarty has join the Black-and-Red for preseason training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The young midfielder is excited about his new team, eager for the season to begin, and looking forward to living and playing in Washington, DC.

VIDEO: Black-and-Red Report

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

Davies fitting right in at D.C. United camp

Wolff, squad determined to help striker succeed during trial
Davies fitting in at DC

Charlie Davies and Dejan Jakovic

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Hugo Ivan Muñoz/

An offseason search for forward reinforcements led D.C. United to an unexpected target: Charlie Davies.

The fan favorite and US international has been on a long road to recovery from a horrific car accident in October 2009. Davies is now in the midst of a weeklong trial in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., aiming to prove that he is ready to contribute in MLS on a possible season-long loan.

A loan agreement is already in place with Davies’ French club Sochaux, and the trial period is a chance for head coach Ben Olsen to evaluate the 24-year-old before finalizing the deal.

VIDEO: Joseph Ngwenya interview

The Zimbabwean forward talks about joining the Black-and-Red
Joseph Ngwenya interview

Poll: Should Najar play for US or Honduras?

2010 Rookie of the Year takes to Twitter to ask the same question
Poll: Najar's nat'l team?

D.C. United's Andy Najar told's podcast Tiro Libre last week that he has made up his mind as to whether he’ll don the white and blue of Honduras or the red, white and blue of the United States.

VIDEO: Charlie Davies interview

The young forward discusses his one-week evaluation with the Black-and-Red
Charlie Davies interview

Mourinho says he wants to coach in MLS

Will coaching methods of "The Special One" translate to league?
Mourinho's MLS aspiration

NEW YORK – Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, also known as
"The Special One," says that he dreams of one day managing an MLS club.

In an interview with former Italian national team player
Christian Panucci for Sky Italia, Mourinho is quoted as saying: "My idea is to stay at the top of European soccer for the next 10 to 15 years. After that I would like to have a completely different experience in the United States – the New York Red Bulls or Los Angeles Galaxy, a home in Manhattan or a home in Malibu. That’s the idea I have.”

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