NEW YORK – The scholars who study penalty kicks for a living have come up with another factoid today: the team that goes first in a penalty kick shootout has a 60 percent chance of winning it.
Ignacio Palacios-Huerta, whose penalty kick studies have been most famously highlighted by the book Soccernomics, analyzed 269 shootouts between 1970 and 2008. The results will be published in December by the American Economic Review, showing that the team to kick first has a 60.5 percent chance of winning while the opponent that goes second wins 39.5 percent of shootouts.
WASHINGTON – Injuries, suspensions and other factors have given D.C. United’s gameday roster the look of a carousel recently, with turnover and flux the norm rather than the exception.
Coach Ben Olsen’s numbers have improved this week. But the pattern continues as Jaime Moreno will miss Saturday’s game in Chicago due to his strange red card against San Jose. With the Bolivian legend out, Adam Cristman hopes to step in for his first match action in more than six weeks.
The playoffs are almost set, but there is plenty still up for grabs at the individual level.
After all, when have strikers not wanted to score goals? And these last two weeks provide the top marksmen a last chance to, um, finish strong.
The Thermometer takes a look at who’s got the inside line the race for the Budweiser Golden Boot.
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FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham and D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno are tied for most goals scored in MLS history with 132 apiece.
With Moreno suspended for United’s tilt with the Chicago Fire on Saturday, Cunningham has a golden opportunity to take the lead outright in the race to be all-time scoring leader.
CHESTER, Pa. – US manager Bob Bradley experimented with a more
attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, but it brought very few scoring
opportunities as the US settled for a 0-0 tie against Colombia at PPL Park on
The match marked the first US cap for FC Dallas midfielder
Brek Shea, who lined up on the left wing of Bradley’s new formation.
After playing at center back against Poland last Saturday, Maurice Edu returned
to his more familiar central midfield role alongside Michael Bradley and
Jermaine Jones, who was making his second appearance for the US.
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AMSTERDAM – There was a heavy 2012 European Championship qualifying card on Tuesday, with D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic sporting the captain's armband for 83 minutes as surprise Group G leaders Montenegro stayed tops with a 0-0 draw at England.
Meanwhile, Valentin Stocker struck twice as Switzerland moved into third place with a 4-1 win against Wales.
Over in Group B, former Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan made it three goals in five appearances to help second-place Armenia continue their strong start with a 4-0 rout of Andorra.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Los jugadores del D.C. United aseguraron estar decepcionados por la derrota que les propinó San Jose Earthquakes en su sede del RFK, sobre todo porque consideran que el equipo californiano les repitió la misma dosis letal que los ha afectado durante toda la temporada.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- En una inspirada noche de Chris Wondolowski, quien anotó los dos goles de su club, San Jose Earthquakes derrotó 0-2 al D.C. United y se clasificó a la Liguilla 2010.
WASHINGTON — The mere mention of the phrase “torn ACL” can leave professional players feeling squeamish. One of the most dreaded injuries in sports, a damaged anterior cruciate knee ligament usually means painful surgery, grueling rehabilitation and serious career disruption, to say the least.
That has all become far too familiar to Brandon Barklage, the midfielder who showed real promise in his first two seasons with D.C. United only to have both campaigns cut short by ACL tears.