WASHINGTON --- D.C. United coach Ben Olsen was stunned to see a familiar face as he walked into his team’s RFK Stadium locker room in the moments leading up to their most recent home game, a 2-0 loss to San Jose on Oct. 9.
That face? Defender Dejan Jakovic, who was supposed to be absent due to his participation in Canada’s international friendly against Ukraine on the previous day, half a world away from RFK.
“Benny was surprised to see me,” Jakovic said later. “He was like, ‘What are you doing here?’”
Jaime Moreno invited us into his home and to sit down for a candid interview. We spoke about his original decision to come to Major League Soccer, his legendary accomplishments with the Black-and-Red and the glory days of D.C. United.
Congratulations to Joanne B of Arlington, VA on winning the our Ultimate Fan contest!
In addition to being a member of Barra Brava and a season ticket holder, you can see from above she is a snappy dresser. As the video below proves, she also hangs out with one of United's other ultimate fans.
WASHINGTON — The MLS Cup Playoffs kick off in a matter of days. But after Saturday’s season finale against Toronto FC, the next competitive action for D.C. United will be in the more abstract realm of the expansion draft on Nov. 24, when the club will try to hang onto their best building blocks for 2011.
United have been stripped of talent in nearly every expansion draft, with important players like John Maessner and Brian Carroll plucked away. Even current assistant coach Kris Kelderman was picked up by the Miami Fusion in 1997 at DC’s expense.
Interim head coach, Ben Olsen on his relationship with Jaime Moreno as a teammate and then as his coach.
There's good timing, and then there's Swiss timing. That's exactly what Blaise Nkufo and the Sounders seem to have heading into the final week of the season, and we're on full notice. Seattle are our No. 2 behind RSL this week, while the Rapids also reach new heights.
NEw YORK — This week featured more spoilers than a Lost fan site, as out-of-contention teams made a big impact on the MLS playoff field, which is now officially filled with one week to play.
Also-rans killed the chances of the final team hoping for the postseason, and they spoiled golden opportunities for both conference leaders to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The spoiler act wasn’t limited to playoff implications either: A landmark streak was squelched out, a record bid denied, and a home finale ruined on a goal by … a goalkeeper.
MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 0, CHICAGO FIRE 0
BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Nearly lost in the fanfare surrounding Brian McBride’s home finale was the stellar performance of Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who stopped four shots to shut out D.C. United in Saturday afternoon’s scoreless draw at Toyota Park.
The second-year goalie, who was making his third straight appearance in place of injured starter Sean Johnson, came up big in the game’s latter stages, making a pair of nice stops in the 78th and 86th minutes to preserve the draw.
If it had happened a few months ago, D.C. United might have hailed Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire as a sign of progress, a hard-earned road point secured by stout defending and several sharp saves from goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
As it is, Ben Olsen’s squad are glad to fly back to Washington with another clean sheet in their possession, given that it took them 10 weeks to earn their first shutout at the season’s outset. D.C. have allowed just two goals in their last four road games.