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.

Generation adidas players to graduate at season's end

Shea, 10 others to start counting against teams' salary budget
Generation adidas grads

NEW YORK – The conclusion of the 2010 MLS season will mark the graduation day for 11 players who came into MLS as part of the Generation adidas program.

Generation adidas contracts provide the opportunity for players to leave college early and continue to develop their soccer careers in MLS. The salaries of these players are greater than the league minimum and the players are also provided educational funds should they decide to return to school. Their salaries also do not count against a club’s salary budget, allowing teams to afford them time to develop.

House of Representatives pass resolution backing US World Cup bid

Action addresses FIFA claims of a lack of governmental support
US House backs WC bid

USA Bid Committee

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On Wednesday morning, word spread that FIFA evaluators considered the United States' bid to host the 2022 World Cup a medium risk because "the necessary government support has not been documented as neither the government guarantees, the government declaration nor the government legal statement have been provided in compliance with Fifa's requirements for government documents..." 

David Downs, executive director for the American's bid committee, disputed the claims, saying that government guarantees had been submitted as requested in May.

Commentary: Fresh faces show well in US victory over Bafana Bafana

The kids steal the show, but veterans put in honest shift in SA
New US blood shows well

Bob Bradley DL

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When Bob Bradley called upon a host of fresh faces to
join the United States national team for their final match of the year,
he wanted to see which uncapped players would rise to the occasion.
After the Americans' impressive 1-0 victory over South Africa in Cape
Town's Green Point Stadium, the coach has his answer: all of them.

Troubled United missed Burch's veteran influence

Defender's broken foot robbed him of season, DC of some "bite"
DC missed veteran Burch

WASHINGTON -- Amid the various post-mortem perspectives on the club’s troubled 2010 season offered by members of the D.C. United technical staff, one name was repeatedly mentioned as a surprisingly influential absentee.

Marc Burch was not even penciled in to start at his preferred left back position when United began preseason training, but the broken foot that sidelined the 26-year-old defender shortly thereafter proved to be a bigger setback than anyone at the club expected.

New York's Agudelo scores on USMNT debut

Young striker tallies late game-winner; Ream, Bunbury also debut
Agudelo nets on US debut

In a match that saw five Americans earn their first cap, 17-year-old New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo became the youngest player to score for the US national team in a 1-0 victory over South Africa on Wednesday.

The win ensured the US finished 2010 on a high note as they edged past the hosts in front of 55,000 vuvuzela-blowing fans at the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.

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