Playoffs to expand to 10 teams; more changes ahead

MLS also investigating possibility of aligning to FIFA calendar
10 playoff teams in 2011


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TORONTO – The MLS Cup Playoffs will expand to 10 teams in 2011, and even bigger changes may be down the road.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced the tweaks to the postseason format before kickoff of Sunday’s MLS Cup final at BMO Field and explained a new system in which the playoffs will be open to two additional clubs in 2011.

The top 10 goals in MLS Cup history

D.C. United featured in League's top 10 video
Top 10 MLS Cup goals

Fan Poll: Expansion draft

Which eleven players would you protect from the expansion draft?
Fan Poll: Expansion draft

On Monday, November 22, D.C. United's technical staff will submit a list of eleven protected players in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.

As Technical Director, Chad Ashton noted, "It's a very strategic game. You try and figure out who you think Portland or Vancouver will pick, and you try and protect those guys."

Senate passes bill to support US' World Cup bid

US Bid Committee to make FIFA presentation Dec. 1; voting Dec. 2
Senate passes W. Cup bill

Go USA Bid website snapshot

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Just two days after the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the United States' efforts to bring the World Cup to America, the Senate followed suit on Thursday.

READ: U.S. Soccer's press release

MLS donates $2 million to US World Cup Bid Committee

United States need 12 votes, confident country will host 2022 WC
MLS gives $2m to US Bid

USA Bid Committee

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TORONTO – With the US World Cup bid in the final stretch ahead of FIFA’s Dec. 2 announcement of the 2018 and 2022 hosts, MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that the league and its marketing arm, Soccer United Marketing, will make a $2 million donation to the US Bid Committee.

“We hope it will help our federation to be able to use additional resources both to build the sport but also to bring home the bid in the next couple of weeks,” Garber said at a US Bid Committee luncheon on Friday.

D.C. United helps Salvation Army distribute 'turkey bags'

Day 2 of club's 10 Days of Giving
United & Salvation Army

D.C. United spent the second day in its "10 Days of Giving" campaign with the Salvation Army DC. Front office staff went to the Salvation Army's Sherman Avenue location near Columbia Heights to help to distribute bags filled with turkeys, stuffing, and additional sides to families in need. The event included an arts & crafts table and other activities for the volunteers to interact with kids arriving with their parents to pick up the items.  The Black-and-Red will return to work with the Salvation Army on Wednesday for Thanksgiving meal service at Safeway's Feast of Sharing!

FC Dallas attacker Ferreira voted 2010 Volkswagen MVP

Colombian playmaker honored after leading FCD to first MLS Cup
Ferreira voted MVP

David Ferreira was named 2010 Volkswagen Most Valuable Player.

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TORONTO — FC Dallas playmaker David Ferreira has been named the 2010 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player.

The Colombian international, who joined FCD at the start of the 2009 season, raised his production in 2010, scoring 8 goals and notching 13 assists—second most in the league.

Ferreira has maintained his impressive form in the playoffs, scoring a goal and adding three assists. His matchwinner against the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship ended up putting FCD into the MLS Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

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Najar not ready to make national team decisions

Phenom says he is "too young" to declare for Honduras or U.S.
Najar taking his time

Andy Najar vs FC Dallas - April 28, 2010 - U.S. Open Cup

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Having finally concluded his astonishing rookie season this
week, D.C. United starlet Andy Najar remains grounded as he heads into what
promises to be an eventful winter for him and his club.

In the four weeks since United’s final match of 2010, Najar
has already won the MLS Rookie of the Year award, turned down a call-up to the
Honduran national team and made plans for a December training stint in Europe.

United players, staff head into important offseason

After frustrating year, proud franchise looks to regroup
Important offseason ahead

WASHINGTON - Almost three months after their final regular-season match, D.C. United’s squad ran through their last training session of 2010 in mild, windy conditions at the RFK Stadium auxiliary fields on Wednesday morning.

Players will complete their individual exit meetings with the technical staff on Thursday and Friday, then disperse until late January. For most, the offseason cannot come quickly enough.

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