Training Notes: October 6, 2014

Preparation for the final three games of the Regular Season starts today
Training Notes

Ben Olsen at training - 2014

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After clinching a playoff berth on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City, the team returned to training to prepare for its upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo (Sunday, October 12 - 3:00 p.m. on Noticeably absent from practice was Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who was called up to the U.S.

Match Analysis: D.C. United v Sporting KC

The Black-and-Red records its 11 shutout of the season
Match Analysis: DCU v SKC

On a classic rainy night at RFK, D.C. United battled Sporting Kansas City to a 0-0 draw, earning the Black-and-Red a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the first Eastern Conference team to clinch, United played with typical grit and heart to solidify its place in the postseason.

D.C. United vs Sporting Kansas City Match Review: October 3, 2014

United ties SKC, clinches a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs
Match Review: DCU v SKC

D.C. United hits the road this weekend to take on the Houston Dynamo, then returns home on 10/18 to host the Chicago Fire in its last home match of the regular season. Buy your tickets now!

Bill Hamid called up to U.S. Men’s National Team

D.C. United Homegrown goalkeeper has set multiple career highs in 2014
Hamid called up to USMNT

Bill Hamid - USMNT

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D.C. United has announced that Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the international friendly vs. Ecuador on October 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Hamid will fly to Houston, Texas, after the match and be available for selection for United’s match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Newsstand - October 6, 2014

A sampling of DCU-related media
Newsstand - October 6, 2014

Washington PostD.C. United clinches playoff berth following 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City

Post-Match Quotes: October 3, 2014

"There’s not a better show in town." Ben Olsen
Post-Match Quotes

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen

On making the playoffs
It’s good to get that out of the way. Enjoy tonight and move on. Fortunately, I think the team has bigger goals now, and there’s a feeling that they can do something. Whether it’s finish top three, finish first and make at run at this thing. We will continue to find out a little bit more about ourselves over the next couple games and get ready for the postseason.

D.C. United qualifies for 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs

Black-and-Red completes historic turnaround to make 11th postseason appearance
DCU qualifies for 2014 Playoffs

Completing one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Major League Soccer history, D.C. United has qualified for the playoffs after finishing last in the league in 2013.
United reached the 2014 postseason after earning a point in a scoreless tie against Sporting Kansas City. With a record of 15-9-7 (52 points), United sits in first place in the Eastern Conference one year after finishing 3-24-7 (16 points), setting the league record for the fewest wins in a season.

October 3 Highlights: D.C. United 0 - Sporting KC 0

With ample opportunities, United wasn't able to put one in, earns a 0-0 draw
Highlights: DCU 0 - SKC 0

D.C. United visits Houston next weekend, and then is back at RFK on October 18 to host the Chicago Fire. BUY TICKETS

October 3 Recap: D.C. United 0 - Sporting KC 0

A tie is enough, DCU clinches a playoff berth
Recap: DCU 0 - SKC 0

A pair of teams keen on claiming conference glory met at RFK Stadium on Friday evening as D.C. United welcomed Sporting Kansas City, and though neither found it, United were able to celebrate a tremendous turnaround and claim the East's first playoff berth.

Both teams struggled to break through as the two sides played to an entertaining, scrappy 0-0 draw in front of a rain-soaked crowd. The result pushed United’s point total to 52, good enough to guarantee a playoff berth one year removed from a historically bad season in which they claimed just 16 points.

Talking Strategy: D.C. United vs Sporting KC

DCU on track to clinch a playoff spot, has SKC to overcome on Friday
Talking Strategy: DCU v SKC

Luis Silva goal celebration with Davy Arnaud at Montreal - 2014

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With a positive result on Friday night against Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United punches its ticket to the Eastern Conference Playoffs (Friday, October 3 - BUY TICKETS). The Black-and-Red, having already beaten Sporting twice this year, know the visitors will be desperate and determined to avoid a sweep at RFK Stadium.

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