WASHINGTON – It takes an enterprising player to leave behind an 18-year-career in one’s homeland and cross the ocean to join a last-place team in an unfamiliar land, especially when there’s no lavish hype or Designated Player wages waiting for you.
Carlos Varela won league titles, played on many of Europe’s biggest stages and experienced the rarified air of UEFA Champions League competition during his lengthy career in the Swiss first division. But in joining D.C. United at the tail end of a wearisome campaign, the 33-year-old has taken on an entirely new sort of challenge.
Real Salt Lake took over the top spot in the rankings with a record-breaking win at Rio Tinto, but will it last? Both the Galaxy and Red Bulls could gain some traction with a win in their titanic matchup on Friday at the Home Depot Center. FC Dallas, Columbus and Seattle, meanwhile, stayed put in this week's poll.
NEW YORK -- There’s hardly any room on the desk in David Downs’ office in midtown Manhattan, and not much time to waste.
The papers are piling up here, a cluttered sign that the culmination of the bid to land the World Cup in the United States in either 2018 or 2022 is about to hit the home stretch.
The visits are done and the paperwork is in; all that's left now is the lobbying.
Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2010) -- D.C. United announced today event details for 'Copa D.C. X,' the yearly 6v6 indoor tournament hosted by the club and presented by Volkswagen. The opening rounds of the tournament will kickoff on Saturday, November 6 at the Rockville SportsPlex, with the quarterfinals, semis and final taking place on Sunday, November 7.
Jürgen Klinsmann said he and the US Soccer Federation came to a verbal agreement for him to take the reins of the US National Team, but the deal fell through when the two sides couldn’t put the same terms on paper.
The German legend was interviewed by the USSF for the top US coaching job for “about three or four weeks’ period of time” after the World Cup to potentially lead the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but Klinsman said the USSF was hesitant to sign a deal that gave him authority over the technical decisions involved with the organization.
WASHINGTON — It may seem incongruous, even tone-deaf, to outsiders, but last-place teams can benefit from buoyant predictions and public statements of defiance.
D.C. United suffered their 17th league defeat of the 2010 season with a gut-wrenching loss in Los Angeles over the weekend, and few would blame the club’s fans or players for showing symptoms of clinical depression given what’s transpired over the course of this miserable season.
But gloominess is not an option for anyone within earshot of Santino Quaranta.
D.C. United have changed a great deal since their last road match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, a 2-2 draw in last year’s season opener on March 22, 2009. United’s current roster looks dramatically different and interim head coach Ben Olsen is the third man to lead the team during that time.
Yet Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center played out in eerily similar fashion to that match some 18 months ago.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 1, LA GALAXY 2
CARSON, Calif. -- Cinco minutos, a menos de diez
del final, fueron suficientes para que el Galaxy, de la mano salvadora Landon
Donovan, recuperara un partido que ya parecía perdido y venciera 2-1 al D.C.
United el sábado en el Home Depot Center.