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Power Rankings: Week 24

RSL, Galaxy tied for top spot; Red Bulls in at No. 4
Power Rankings: Week 24

It had to happen sometime. The Power Rankings ended up in a stalemate when our editors clashed over Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy, offering up the first tie atop the rankings this season. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, gained some ground to No. 4 and Chivas USA vaulted four spots to No. 11.

Olsen wants permanent D.C. United job

I want to coach this team next year, says interim coach
Olsen wants DC job

NEW YORK — Ben Olsen understands his role as interim head coach: Get struggling D.C. United back on track. Being United’s manager, whether interim or not, has been a thankless job this season and one reportedly not on offer to Olsen for next year. But he remains hopeful.

“Would I like to coach this team next year? Yeah, I would,” Olsen said on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.

LISTEN: Olsen on ExtraTime Radio

Kick Off: Seattle must win, Ochocinco to play soccer

A schedule change in Russia is set to raise similar debate in MLS
Kick Off: Final Stand

It all comes down to tonight for the Seattle Sounders.

In one of the most dramatic matches this early in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage, the Sounders know that a loss at Saprissa tonight could mark the end of their Champions League dreams (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Seattle Designated Player Blaise Nkufo did not travel.

James leaves Reds feeling blue

Late game-winning goal is a tough blow to his former team
James leaves Reds blue

Just when D.C. United fans were preparing themselves for another goal-less performance on the road, an unlikely source provided some last minute heroics. Julius James picked a perfect time for his first goal of the year. “It was great, man” James said. “I was happy we were on the giving end of a late goal.”

Power Rankings: Week 23

RSL stay at the top, while Galaxy-Crew match looms this weekend
Power Rankings: Week 23

Real Salt Lake inched closer to an impressive home unbeaten record this week, but there was no room to climb any higher in our Power Rankings. The champs are No. 1 again after a win over the Red Bulls, while the Crew swap spots with FC Dallas. San Jose and Toronto, meanwhile, seem headed in opposite directions.

Copa D.C. X

D.C. United's 6v6 indoor soccer tournament - Nov. 6 & 7
Copa D.C. X

Copa D.C. X

Nov. 6 – 7

Rockville SportsPlex

The tournament is sold out! Thank you D.C. United fans!

On November 6, Charm City F.C. looks to defend their championship as D.C. United kicks off its tenth annual Copa D.C. 6v6 indoor soccer tournament. Think your squad has what it takes to raise the championship trophy and collect the $3,000 top prize?

Copa D.C. X Tournament Prizes

Roster freeze deadline looms for MLS clubs

D.C. United have until Sept. 15 to make a move for Carlos Varela
Roster freeze looms

Ben Olsen DL

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NEW YORK – D.C. United manager Ben Olsen said on Monday’s edition of
ExtraTime Radio that Swiss league veteran Carlos Varela will be heading back to
DC as the club determines whether to work out a deal for the final two months of the MLS season.

“We’re still looking at [Varela],” Olsen said on ExtraTime Radio. “He went back for a personal
issue, [but] he’s coming back this week.

AUDIO: Ben Olsen on ExtraTime Radio

Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang at ExtraTime Radio
Ben Olsen on ExtraTime

Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang from MLS' ExtraTime Radio. The interview with Olsen begins 10 minutes in to the podcast. He discusses his role at D.C. United, the play of the team in Toronto and the play of Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez.

ExtraTime Radio airs LIVE every Monday and Thursday, from 3-4 pm ET, on MLSsoccer.com. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more

DC, James bask in rare dramatic victory

MLS' strugglers uplifted by defeat of playoff-seeking TFC
DC bask in dramatic win

Thirteen months ago, Julius James was traded from Houston to D.C. United and immediately flew to Toronto to join his new club. At the time, United were so shorthanded that he made his first appearance – a second-half substitution for Bryan Namoff in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC – before he’d even learned his teammates’ names.

James’ second return to BMO Field, the place where he began his MLS career before being shipped out to the Dynamo as a makeweight in the Dwayne De Rosario trade in December 2008, unfolded in far more compelling fashion on Saturday afternoon.

Preki blames fatigue, scheduling for loss

TFC drop crucial points as season heads into do-or-die stretch
Preki: Fatigue to blame

TORONTO – All season long, Preki hasn’t been one to make excuses to account for his team’s poor play.

That was until Saturday.

TFC’s exasperated coach sounded off in the postgame news conference, naming a litany of reasons to explain his team’s demoralizing 1-0 loss Saturday at home to D.C. United — the league's basement-dwellers — at a critical point in the season.

A crowded schedule, inopportune injuries, lack of fitness, underperforming players and even team and media officials unwilling to move kickoff times were all singled out as culprits.

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