D.C. United focused on Schelotto's mastery

Crew playmaker poses problems ahead of USOC semifinal
DC focused on Schelotto

WASHINGTON – He may be a coaching novice, but Ben Olsen knows a thing or two about Latin American playmakers.

D.C. United’s interim boss spent most of his playing career in midfields guided by Marco Etcheverry and Christian Gómez and chased many others around the park in MLS and international play. He holds little back when discussing Columbus Crew maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto ahead of their teams’ US Open Cup semifinal meeting at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.

D.C. United defiende su historia ante el Crew

Los capitalinos se alistan para semifinales de la Copa Abierta
United defiende historia

Andy Najar

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WASHINGTON- En un partido que pudiera representar su última oportunidad lógica de avanzar a una final en la temporada 2010, el D.C. United recibirá al Columbus Crew el miércoles 1 septiembre a las 7:30pm ET en su sede del RFK en partido de semifinales de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.

Las cartas ya están echadas para la plantilla que dirige el técnico interino, Ben Olsen, quien ha estado al frente del equipo en sus últimos cuatro compromisos en la MLS, con un récord personal de 1 triunfo y 3 derrotas, desde que fue despedido su antecesor Curt Onalfo.

Crew set to put everything into USOC match

Team's roster looking threadbare heading into semifinal
Crew ready for USOC

OBETZ, Ohio – There will be no saving the healthy starters for the back end of a two-game set at D.C. United, Crew coach Robert Warzycha said.

The first game Wednesday in RFK Stadium is a semifinal in the US Open Cup, with the winner facing either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA in October.

“The Open Cup is another trophy we’d like to have,” Warzycha said. “We’re going to do everything we can to win the game.”

Commentary: Youth movement may be key to DC regaining throne

Quartet of Academy products have United optimistic for future
DC's youth movement

Once, they were kings.

D.C. United rose from the primordial soccer ooze back in the mid-1990s along with nine other MLS teams, and they climbed out as champions. Bruce Arena’s team ran roughshod over a league where the two universals were Murphy’s Law and D.C. dominance, winning three of the first four MLS Cups and two of the first four Supporters' Shields.

They won the double (MLS Cup and US Open Cup) in their first season. They won a continental title in their third. All told, D.C. won 12 titles in their first 13 years of existence.

Crew's Carroll: Toughness and success part of D.C. United

Former United midfielder expects a battle in USOC semifinal
Carroll: DC will be tough

OBETZ, Ohio — Tournament play is different than the regular season. Just ask Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll.

In his early years with D.C. United, he became tournament tough, something that is helping the Crew now.

Carroll and his current club are a third of the way through Group B play in the CONCACAF Champions and into the last eight games of the MLS season but put that aside Wednesday for a semifinal of the US Open Cup vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium (the winner faces either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA).

Gulati: It's time to build on our experiences

US Soccer boss, Bradley, look toward next summer's Gold Cup
Gulati: Time to build

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NEW YORK — By extending head coach Bob Bradley's contract a further four years, the US Soccer Federation hopes to build on the national team's experiences and performances of the past four years, federation president Sunil Gulati said on Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased that Bob and I have been able to work out an extension," Gulati told media during a conference call. "We look forward to not only the next four years, but these upcoming games in October."

Power Rankings: Week 22

FC Dallas stay hot, Galaxy fall to lowest spot this season
Power Rankings: Week 22

What were you doing on May 20? Too long ago to remember? It seems like a lifetime ago for FC Dallas, who have reeled off a 12-game unbeaten streak since they lost way back when. They're at No. 2 this week after a scoreless draw in Columbus, while RSL hold down the top spot and LA plummet to their lowest ranking this year.

Match preview: U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

Wednesday, September 1, 7:30 PM - RFK Stadium
Preview: USOC Semifinal

Chris Pontius and Marc Burch discuss the team's preparations for the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal versus the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:30 PM. With a win, United would advance to it's third U.S. Open Cup final in a row.

5 things to look for in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

United is at home and trying to get back to U.S. Open Cup Final
5 things: USOC Semifinal

A quick glance at the Eastern Conference standings leading up to the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match-up between D.C. United and the Columbus Crew seems to show that United doesn’t have much of a chance to make it to the final. Fortunately for the Black-and-Red, the MLS regular season is completely unrelated to the Open Cup. Here are five other reasons why United has can be hopeful entering the U.S. Open Cup semifinal.

Braun volvió a ser el héroe rojiblanco

Chivas USA venció 1-0 a D.C. United
Braun fue el héroe


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CARSON, Calif. – Gracias a un golazo de Justin Braun, las Chivas USA pudieron rescatar tres valiosos puntos en casa ante un D.C. United que propuso aunque no le alcanzó.

Los capitalinos tuvieron la primera jugada de peligro a los tres minutos, tras una desviada de la defensa que Jaime Moreno pudo recuperar dentro del área y mandar un tiro potente y cruzado que Thornton logró desviar a un tiro de esquina.

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