WASHINGTON — At this time of year, MLS players turn to a range of escapes to refresh their minds and put the season behind them. Some play video games, others embark on vacations to distant locales.
D.C. United goalkeeper Troy Perkins has been immersing himself in home improvement projects at his family’s house in suburban Maryland.
“I put up beadboard in a bunch of places, then crown molding and baseboards, painted,” he said last week. “I didn’t miss [soccer] for a while. It was nice—your mind just completely wanders away.”
Alex Zahavi had himself a US international debut to remember on Friday night in Kennesaw, Georgia. The Maccabi Haifa F.C. midfielder scored the United States U-20s' only goal in the opening match of the Torneo de las Americas.
His 48th minute tally came on an assist from West Ham's Sebastian Lletget, who headed LA Galaxy striker Tristan Bowen's cross into the path of his teammate. The strike looked as though it would hold up as the game-winner until Fabian Castillo equalized for Colombia four minutes from time.
WASHINGON – After a long season, D.C. United’s to-do list this winter is substantial. But there’s only one way to go for MLS’ most decorated franchise, and there’s certainly hope for the future. But DC brass must hit the ground running to rebuild the team into a winner. Here’s United’s offseason checklist.
Find a head coach
Omar Salgado grows weary of constantly shuttling around the country and the world in the name of soccer.
The 17-year-old phenom, who has been without a club since leaving Chivas de Guadalajara in July to join the United States U-20 squad, has trained with Everton, Vancouver, Portland and, most recently, D.C. United during the last five months. Coaches around Major League Soccer want to see the immensely talented but raw striker – a lock to go high in January's 2011 SuperDraft – perform firsthand.
Salgado can't wait to be settled.
WASHINGTON – When Ben Olsen retired from a 12-year career last October, he had no idea he’d be in charge of his former team a mere 10 months later. But as D.C. United continued to struggle, Curt Onalfo was let go this past August and Olsen, an assistant coach, was handed the reins as interim head coach.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United entered 2010 with cautious optimism. Incoming head coach Curt Onalfo led a parade of new faces as the club looked to infuse the squad with youth while remaining competitive in the MLS playoff race.
But even United’s most modest hopes were horribly crushed over the course of a historically bad season, which kicked off with a 4-0 hammering at the hands of the Kansas City Wizards and rarely improved in the months thereafter.
FRISCO, Texas --
After six seasons with FC Dallas, 23-year-old midfielder Dax McCarty switched
clubs twice on Wednesday, becoming the Portland Timbers’ No. 1 Expansion Draft
selection and then getting traded to DC United less than three hours later.
linking midfielder was left unprotected by FC Dallas for the Expansion Draft just
three days after featuring as a starter for FCD in Sunday night’s 2-1 MLS Cup
defeat to the Colorado Rapids. He was then traded by Portland to DC United for
left back Rodney Wallace and a draft pick.
Portland Timbers anunció la adquisición del defensa Rodney Wallace y una elección para la cuarta ronda del SuperDraft 2011 de parte del D.C. United a cambio del mediocampista Dax McCarty y asignación monetaria.
“Rodney es joven, pero ha probado ser un jugador de gran versatilidad en la MLS, con la habilidad de jugar en diferentes posiciones”, dijo el director deportivo de los Timbers Gavin Wilkinson.
In one of the biggest surprises of Expansion Draft day, D.C. United ended up with perhaps the first and perhaps most important piece in their rebuilding project by acquiring the former FC Dallas midfielder in a trade with Portland for defender/midfielder Rodney Wallace.
McCarty, an instrumental figure in Dallas reaching their first-ever MLS Cup, was selected No. 1 overall by the Timbers on Wednesday. But Portland chose to swing him to DC for the versatile Wallace in a deal that may bolster both teams.
Highlights from Dax McCarty's 2010 season in MLS and the Cup final.